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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Silverdale!


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Kitsap Golf & Country Club
3885 NW Golf Club Hill Road
Bremerton, WA  98312
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Exchange Student Matej Kunák from Slovakia has had a busy start to the year!
Since his arrival on August 19th, the Silverdale Rotary Club has done a great job keeping Matej busy as he awaits the return of his first host family and the start of school.  Thanks to everyone that has taken Matej to do something:
  • Rich Arper and Bob Cassis for joining me to welcome him.
  • Nancy Whitaker for sharing her birthday and going kayaking
  • Roger and Barbara Aydt for taking him to church and lunch
  • Ellen and Alan Newberg for touring Kitsap and dinner
  • Ron and Peggy for hosting an incredible welcome party and taking him to church and lunch
  • Everyone who attended the salmon bake
  • Kim Peterson for taking him to the fair
  • Cathy Bisaillon for taking him to Fiddler on the Roof
  • Mary Hoover for hosting a dinner for him
  • Cindy Holmes for inviting us over for dinner and to meet some wonderful people from Burkina Faso
Whew!  I apologize if I missed an activity.  In between the external activities, he is registered for school (with a pretty heavy load), activated his cell phone, opened his bank account, joined the CK Tennis team, gone boating and swimming on Hood Canal,  and attended a few musical events here on the Seabeck campus.  He has eaten crab, oysters and shrimp for the first time and is willing to try most anything.  He will move to his first host family on Wednesday when they return.  He has tennis practice every weekday from 5-7 PM. 
Here are some things he has mentioned that he would like to do:
He wants to visit many different kinds of churches, especially ones with lots of music
Visit Seattle
Visit Portland
Hockey games
Attend Sounders, Seahawk and/or Mariners game
Musical performances: classical, jazz, piano, rock
Musical plays
Hiking, boating, kayaking
Olympic National Park
Mt Rainier
Mt St. Helens
Museum of Flight
I hope you will get a chance to get to know this incredible young man.  We are very lucky to have him!

Welcome Rotary Youth Exchange Student Matej Kunák from Slovakia!  He arrived on August 19 and immediately jumped into the Northwest summer experience. Rotarian Nancy Whitaker took him kayaking and crabbing and clamming on Hood Canal. 
And the entire Club welcomed Matej at Rotarians Ron and Peggy Templeton's  home for a gourmet salmon bake.
See our photo album

2016 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race top prize winners who could attend, and Silverdale Rotarians celebrated another successful Duck Race at our August 11 Rotary meeting.  2016 Duck Race Chair Ed Hamilton provided guests with a short presentation showing examples of some of the charitable works Silverdale Rotary has recently done with Duck Race proceeds. All this is possible due to our generous sponsors and everyone who adopts ducks.  Congratulations to all the winners who attended to accept their prizes, and thanks to our Mascot Lucky (Kirk Rienks, who was also Lucky in the July 30 parade) for joining in the festivities!
Grand Prize Winner Janet Gupton from Seabeck (on right) chose the $16,000 cash in lieu of an Advantage Nissan Frontier pickup truck.  Below Chuck Capps (on left) from Advantage Nissan presented Janet, who was accompanied by Charly Gupton (center) with the check. THANK YOU Chuck and Advantage Nissan for your tremendous generosity!  Not pictured: ticket seller Mary Hoover.  
Holland America Line donated a 7 Day Cruise for Two, and winner Shirley Hoover, accompanied by Charlie Hoover, accepted the certificate.  Shirley purchased the Quack Pack from her son-in-law, Rotarian Michael Allen.  Pictured below left to right, Michael Allen, Ed Hamilton, Charlie Hoover, and Shirley Hoover
Thank You to Quality Heating Electrical and AC, represented by Rotarian Scott Park and Nazare Alves, who donated a $1,750 credit for a Qualifying High Frequency Heating System, or a $650 cash prize. Winner Norm Sanders from Port Gamble chose the $650.  Pictured below left to right are Rotarian Roger Aydt (ticket seller), Scott Park, Ed Hamilton, Norm Sanders, and Nazare Alves. 
The Kitsap Credit Union donated a $1,000 Cash Prize, and Carol Arper (with Rotarian Rich Arper) accepted the check on behalf of their daughter Alicia Pisegna from Edmonds, WA who could not attend.  Carol tells us that she actually purchased the Quack Pack for her daughter! Thank you to the Kitsap Credit Union for their generosity year after year!  Pictured below left to right: Ed Hamilton, Rich Arper, Carol Arper
We had a rare double prize winner, Georgia Ovestrud from Port Orchard, whose ducks came in at #11 (Kitsap Garage Door Company $500 certificate or $100 cash; Georgia happily chose the certificate) and #55 (Argosy Cruise Tickets).  Pictured left to right are Ed Hamilton and Georgia.  Not pictured: Rotarian ticket seller Steve Burton.
After the prize presentations, Rotarians had time to share their "best" duck ticket selling stories, much to the delight of the audience.  2016 was a great year!

Thanks to all – Sponsors, volunteers, Rotarians and family members, and everyone who purchased Duck Tickets – it was another fantastic Duck Race weekend at Whaling Days!
For a complete list of winners, Click Here.
Photo Albums are now posted on our website under the Photos dropdown box or at these links:

This year’s Grand Prize winner of a 2016 Advantage Nissan Frontier pickup truck (or $16,000 cash) is Janet Gupton of Seabeck. 
For the total list of 76 prize winners, CLICK HERE.  Total value of prizes exceeds $50,000!
Winners will be notified about prize pickup details by telephone the week of August 1.
Congratulations to all our winners!
Photo courtesy of Gary Bowlby Photography
The Duck Race is the Rotary Club of Silverdale’s major fund raiser. This was the 23rd year for the Race.  The net proceeds from the Race are distributed to many local community and international organizations through Silverdale Rotary’s “Duck Bucks” grant process. This year, there were 18,000 Ducks in the Race.  Preliminary figures show that net proceeds total approximately $70,000 .
Silverdale Rotary thanks all the sponsors and volunteers who made this Race such a success. Special thanks go to everyone everywhere who supported this enormous effort with their purchase of Duck adoptions, making the theme of the Race, “Adopting Ducks Changes Lives” a reality.


Silverdale Rotary is proud to participate in Rotary Youth Exchange, an international program that promotes cultural exchange and world understanding. 
On July 14 we met our sponsored 2016 Short Term Exchange Program participants to and from Belgium: Julia Zapatka from CKHS (pictured on left) and Elodie Vernieuwe (on right) from Belgium.  Julia spoke about reaching beyond her comfort zone to learn and understand a new country, culture, and practice French.  Elodie is spending a month with the Zapatkas experiencing the Great Northwest – mountains, water, sports, Native American heritage, and so much more.  Next Julia will spend a month in Belgium with the Vernieuwe family on the other half of the exchange.  What an opportunity to increase world understanding!


A large group of Rotarians and guests gathered for a very fun night at the beautiful Port Gamble Pavilion on June 27 to thank our outgoing 2015-16 Board of Directors and congratulate our incoming 2016-17 Board of Directors who took office on July 1, 2016.  The tasty dinner was catered by Essence of the Thymes of Port Orchard.  Gorgeous flowers and decorations adorned every table, thanks to Cindy Holmes and her family.  Dancing followed the formal part of the program.  Thanks, Mary Hoover and Cindy for making all the arrangements and to everyone who helped set up and take down.  Also thanks to Phil Bisaillon for being our bartender.
Outgoing President Chuck thanked everyone and presented the Rotarian of the Year award to Rick Soper, our Public Image Chair, who has brought the Club into the digital age in a big way with his videos and Facebook ads, as well as a host of other efforts, including Duck Race Media chair and, most recently, the burger booth at the Water Trails festival.  Congratulations, Rick!  The award comes with a $1,000 Paul Harris Fellow.
Below is the outgoing 2015-16 Board.  Pictured left to right: Ed Hamilton, Don Lachata, Rick Soper, Cindy Holmes, Chuck Kraining, Mike Hancock, Elayne Burton, Debi Brooks-Givens, Ron Templeton, Kim Peterson, Mariam James, Bob Cassis.  Not pictured: Jorge Nolasco
Chuck also presented Christie Scheffer with a well deserved Presidential Citation for all her behind the scenes work on many fronts.
After installation of now President Cindy Holmes and her 2016-17 Board, Chuck transferred the framed 1955 Club Charter to Cindy.
Congratulations and thank you in advance to our new Board of Directors, pictured below left to right: Cindy Holmes, Scott Park, Don Lachata, Elayne Burton, Rick Soper, Kim Peterson, Christie Scheffer, Chuck Kraining, Mechelle Hoerer, Steve Burton, Mike Hancock, Mariam James, Ron Templeton, Bob Cassis.  Not pictured: Jorge Nolasco


On June 23 President Chuck presented $1,000 in Duck Bucks to Jonathan (Captain JT) Thomas (on right in inset) of the Kitsap Maritime Heritage Foundation.  The funds will be used to further their restoration work on Kitsap’s very own tall ship, the 66' schooner Fiddler’s Dream (pictured above) which is moored at Brownsville Marina.  The money will be matched by an anonymous angel donor, yielding $2,000 total. 
Jonathan described the Foundation’s vision of providing programs for Kitsap County 3rd-5th graders that involves learning the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) as applied to hands on operation of a tall ship.  Examples are block and tackle and charting.  The programs will also include underwater cameras to learn about marine life in Puget Sound.
Skilled craftsperson volunteers are now refurbishing The Fiddler’s Dream at the Brownsville Marina, in preparation for its life as a sailing educational classroom.  Our Duck Bucks will be used for the work in the Main Hold; e.g., seating, bunking, tables, and flat screen TV.
To learn more about the Kitsap Maritime Heritage Foundation, Fiddler’s Dream, and volunteer opportunities, go to their comprehensive website at

On June 23 we met our 2016-17 outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Ulysses Galvez (pictured on left with Youth Exchange Officer Patti Lee), who is heading to Bauru, Brazil in July.  Bauru is in the southern part of the country, northwest of São Paulo (see map below).
Ulysses is no stranger to living abroad and already speaks Spanish, so that gives him a leg up on mastering Brazilian Portuguese.  Ulysses’ enthusiasm is infectious, and we look forward to hearing good things from him in the upcoming year.

June 13 was a special night for Silverdale Rotarians at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club.  We hosted our 2016 Duck Race Sponsors to thank them for making our Duck Race possible.  Great food and the venue was the Country Club's 2016 sponsorship donation. 

The  CK Interact Club helped throughout, setting up, and cleaning up.  Above, Lucky (Kyle) and his handler Sam helped with the program.  Thanks, Interactors!
It was a fun night to chat with our sponsors - above is Scott Slocum with the Reliable Storage contingent.
The Advantage Nissan owner Chuck Capps (above) brought the 2016 Duck Race Grand Prize Duck Truck (above) for its 2016 debut.  Thank you Advantage Nissan and Chuck!
During the program, President Chuck Kraining described how we spent the $80,000 we raised in the 2015 race, and he also kept the audience in stitches with the help of Lucky, who acted out various scenarios for the audience to guess.  Above the prize winning answer was "Duck Soup."  At the end over 30 door prizes were awarded, and everyone left with smiles on their faces and a better understanding of their role in supporting the Duck Race and making a difference in the Community and beyond.
Thanks to everyone who helped with setting up and hosting and cleaning up.  And THANK YOU to all our 2016 Duck Race Sponsors!  For the entire list, see the link on the left of our website under Homepage Download Files.

Recipients of Duck Bucks tell how they have Changed Lives!

On June 9 we bade a bittersweet farewell to our Rotary Youth Exchange  student Dani Forero from Colombia.  Dani played a lively video of highlights of her year that she narrated.  She also shared the fabulous news that her mom would be attending her CKHS graduation on June 11!  Following were anecdotes and presentations from her host families.  We are really sad to see Dani go!
Michele Ludwig (below, first host family) presented a portrait of the Ludwig family with Dani
Deena and Scott Weninger (below) and their family were the second host family
Alan and Ellen Newberg (below) were Dani’s third host family, shared that Dani is an excellent cook, and encouraged everyone to consider hosting an exchange student, even if there aren’t teenagers in the house.
President Chuck and Youth Exchange Officer Patti Lee (not pictured) wrapped up our farewell with more memories and gifts, and a Quack Pack (!). 
And then Dani asked us all to join together in a group photo!

Silverdale Rotarians were pleased to honor outstanding Sailors, Marines, and Coastguardsman of the Quarter who provide security for TRIDENT submarines and other Navy assets at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor.  Honorees were treated to lunch, and we heard about the accomplishments of these dedicated individuals from their supervisors.  Each was given a plaque and gift card.  Congratulations to these very deserving military personnel, and thank you for your service!
Front Row Honorees - left to right:
ME3 Bryan Leaf, MA3 Jacob Roe, MA2 Cari Guida, MA1 Nicole McDonald, and Cpl Michael San Nicolas
Not pictured: Cpl Christopher Moss
Back Row Supervisors left to right:
MLES3 Mark Lewis, MAC Shawn Stewart, MA1 Alexia Altuna, Capt Scott Suess, MACS Charles Kittle, and 1st Sgt Kevin Fontenot

Each year, graduating students from Central Kitsap High School, Klahowya Secondary School and Crosspoint Academy are encouraged to apply for the Rotary Club of Silverdale scholarship to assist with costs of attending a college, technical school, or university.  All students were required to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply for the scholarship. 
A committee evaluates each and every application, including reading of the required essays, prior to making a decision. As a result, 11 deserving students were awarded scholarships and were honored during the June 2 luncheon. Students introduced themselves to the Silverdale Rotary Club before answering a few prompt questions created for them by Rotarians. Some announced they will go into nursing, others have an interest in sociology, computer engineering, law school, economics, and other fields. 
Pictured above left to right are nine of the students standing with Silverdale Rotary President Chuck Kraining.  
Brianna Rohwein and Kassidy Wandke (Klahowya); Samantha Evans, Joy Clark, Amanda Ford, Hannah Fergus, Kyle Gordon (CKHS); Alex Becker (Klahowya); and Chellie Labonete (CKHS).  Not pictured: Gabriella Morris and Seth Huschka (Crosspoint Academy).

On June 2, the Silverdale Rotary honored Central Kitsap School District's Teacher of the Year, Amee Coulter (pictured on right, inset).  She is a first-grade teacher at Esquire Hills Elementary who was first recognized by the District for her work in the classroom.  Principal of Esquire Hills, Susan Zetty, attended the special luncheon Silverdale Rotary hosted and offered glowing reviews of Amee and her work with students. 
"She makes it a great place," said Zetty. "She is a delight to have as an Esquire Hills staff member." 
After lunch, Rotarian Past President Ed Hamilton (on left) presented Amee with a beautiful globe and $250 check.
Then Past Rotary District 5020 Governor Brian Beagle presented Amee with a Paul Harris Fellowship, which is a special Rotary recognition named after the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris.  This award is only presented to those individuals whose actions demonstrate their commitment to achieving the goal of Rotary, which is to make the world a better place for our future. 
In his remarks, Brian said to Amee, “the words we heard today from the School District and from your Principal at Esquire Hills clearly show us that you share this commitment.  On behalf of the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation and the members of the Silverdale Rotary Club, it is my pleasure to present you with these symbols of a Paul Harris Fellowship: a certificate signed by both the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Rotary Foundation and the President of Rotary International, and this pin.”

Each July, the Silverdale Rotary puts on the annual Duck Race, which raises funds for programs, individuals, and organizations in the community. This year, Silverdale Rotary members reached out to local high schools to get help with designing the ever-popular Duck Race t-shirt.  The assignment parallels real world commercial graphic arts production, with specifications and a deadline.    

Ninth-grader Grant Baker at Crosspoint Academy (pictured on right) took on the challenge of designing the 2016 Duck Race design for the t-shirts that Rotarians and sponsors wear to raise awareness about the event throughout the community. Of all 14 entries, his was favored among Rotarians, and the design was selected for printing on this year’s t-shirts.
On June 2, Rotarian Barbara Beagle (on left) presented Grant with the very first 2016 Duck Race t-shirt featuring his design. He also received a $100 check for his hard work and creativity.  Crosspoint Academy High School technology teacher Molly Mason (pictured center) was presented with a framed design and brass plate commemorating the competition winner, along with thanks for her support of this project. 
Congratulations to Grant Baker and Crosspoint Academy!


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Can you put a dollar value on saving a life?  No, but Silverdale Rotary Duck Race proceeds will help save lives by providing $1,500 in Duck Bucks to the Harrison Foundation for their ongoing Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) Program. 

The funds will go to purchase a realistic eSimulation mannequin and  mobile Simulation Station to help healthcare providers retain life-saving CPR skills.  Pictured below is Rotarian Debi Brooks-Givens presenting the $1,500 check to Kari Driskell, Donor Relations Manager of the Harrison Foundation.  For more information about RQI, go to



Remember the thrill when you caught your first fish?  That’s the experience that $220 in Duck Bucks will help provide to 300 children at the Fishing Kids event at Island Lake Park on June 18, 2016.
The kids will fish in groups on-shore for up to 45 minutes receiving instruction by experienced anglers on angling techniques and environmental stewardship.  They can catch and keep two fish, plus they can take home the rod & reel and a Fishing Kids t-shirt!  Volunteers are needed to assist the kids with fishing, hand out gear, and clean fish.  For more information, go to
Pictured left to right are Silverdale Rotarian Debi Brooks-Givens presenting the $220 check to Fishing Kids organizer Lori Raymaker. 

Central Kitsap High School has a very active Suicide and Bullying Prevention Program, and students play a key role.  On May 19, Rotarian Debi Brooks-Givens presented $500 in Duck Bucks to Teacher/Advisor Susan Leavell and Madison Largey, one of the many students who participate in the program.  This is one more example of Duck Race proceeds going to support youth in our Community.
Pictured left to right: Debi Brooks-Givens, Susan Leavell, and Madison Largey

Silverdale Rotary presented Student of the Month awards to some very deserving students from Central Kitsap High School, Klahowya Secondary School, and Crosspoint Academy on May 19.  These students are nominated by school staff not only for academic achievement, but also for exhibiting leadership skills and service to others at their school, church, in sports activities, or in the community. 
Pictured left to right:  Gabriella Morris, Crosspoint Academy; Ethan Albro, Cameron Carroll, Amanda Soria (CKHS); Kyland Prior, Ian White (Klahowya); Rotarian Ron Templeton
Not pictured: Ella Hermann
The students were provided a ride to a Rotary luncheon in a limousine and presented with a plaque.  The best part of the award ceremony is hearing from the students themselves, their activities, future aspirations, and passion for service. Congratulations to these outstanding students!

Providing the absolute essentials for the most vulnerable children in our community – that is the mission of Eastside Baby Corner – West Sound (EBC West Sound).  It isn't easy for a family to rebuild a life in crisis, but it is impossible without adequate formula, food, diapers, warm clothes, and other basic fundamentals such as cribs and car seats.   
To help stock the shelves, Silverdale Rotary presented $500 in Duck Bucks on May 12 to EBC West Co-Founders Beverly Kinaid and Bob Maynard, pictured  on left and right below with Rotarian Kim Peterson (center).
EBC West opened its doors in November 2015 and is hosting a Grand Opening open house on June 4 at 1:30-3:30 pm at 1463 Dawn Rd NE, Bremerton.  A VIP reception will at Silverdale Antiques on June 4 after the open house.
To learn more about EBC West Sound and ways to help, go to


It’s all about creating brighter futures: basic education for adults, English as a second language, and GED preparation.  That is the mission of the Kitsap Adult Center for Education’s (KACE) 25th annual Corporate Spelling Bee fund raiser on May 6.  Spelling Bee entry fees and a silent auction raised money to continue their very important work.
It was a family affair as enthusiastic supporters cheered on Silverdale Rotary’s team We Bee Ducks as they spelled incredibly difficult words – some we have never heard of! 
Our Team, headed up by crack speller Dr. Mike Gass (center below next to Queen Bee) successfully defended last year’s Championship (and the year before, and many other years!).  Other members were Ed Ahrens (on left) and Ed Hamilton (on right).
Great fun for a Great Cause!  For more information about KACE programs, go to

"The volunteers at the Hallowed Ground Café are angels to those who don’t know when they will get their next meal," said Richard LeMieux, formerly homeless and now famous author of “Breakfast at Sally’s.”
The Café serves dinner every week on Tuesday at the Silverdale United Methodist Church to an average of 120 people.  To that end, on May 5, Silverdale Rotary presented $1,000 in Duck Bucks to the Café,  which will fund the weekly dinners for an entire month!   
Hallowed Ground Café is noteworthy in that food is served restaurant style by volunteer wait staff (see photo above) - no cafeteria lines or paper plates.  At the same time, approximately 30 people per week are provided with clothing, shoes, and boots after the meal. 
Pictured below left to right: Rotarian Kim Peterson, Jeanette Broadwell (lead wait person), Dennis Gregory (chairman of the project), Annette Kensmoe (expediter), Richard LeMieux (author)
Chairman Dennis Gregory spoke passionately about need to feed the hungry in the community, and the dedication of church volunteers who work week after week to give them a hot meal in a pleasant setting.   For more information, go to  Volunteers from the community are always welcome and encouraged!
Duck Buck grants are made possible by the tremendous support from Duck Race sponsors and community members who adopt ducks in the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race fund raiser.

On April 15 a contingent of Silverdale Rotarians surprised the Poulsbo Rotary Club at their regular meeting by presenting a check for $10,000 for their Morrow Manor project campaign.  The project is entitled the Campaign to Build Brighter Tomorrows: Hope and Housing Solutions for Survivors of Domestic Violence.  The goal is to offer safe, supportive, longer-term affordable housing for survivors of domestic violence in Kitsap County.  Pictured on left are Silverdale Rotarian Elayne Burton and Poulsbo Rotary President Naveen Chaudhary.
Poulsbo Rotarians were great hosts and really appreciated our donation to their awesome project. This surprise presentation created an impromptu celebration of smiles and hugs and tears among the Rotarians of both Clubs. 
Pictured below left to right: Bob Cassis (Silverdale), Ardis Morrow, for whom the project is named (facing away, Poulsbo), Mike Hancock (Silverdale) hugging Amy Sanford (Poulsbo), Kim Peterson (behind, Silverdale),  President Chuck Kraining (Silverdale), Rand Hillier (Poulsbo) and Elayne Burton (Silverdale).
We  encourage you to read more information about this project at: Morrow Manor.

The Silverdale Rotary Club would like to congratulate the April Students of the Month!  
Pictured from left below are Aaron Mahiou from Crosspoint Academy; Amber Leon-Guerrero from Central Kitsap High School (CKHS); Derek Dowell and Morgan Walters from Klahowya Secondary School; Bailee Barrick, Torsten Robinson, and Ryan Zetty from CKHS; and Silverdale Rotarian Ron Templeton
All the students arrived at the April 14 Rotary meeting in a limo, were treated to lunch, were recognized by representatives from their schools, gave wonderful speeches, and received a plaque for their scholastic and community service efforts. We would like to wish them well as they move forward into a bright future.


At just one-week old, Brenda Small's daughter was diagnosed with congenital heart failure. When she hit eight-months-old, the infant underwent open-heart surgery that saved her life.  As a result of the successful surgery, the Small family went on to create the non-profit Gift of Life in Los Angeles, which pays for children in need of heart surgeries whose families could otherwise not afford it. The local non-profit is a part of the larger organization, Gift of Life International. 
Delaney, Small's daughter, is now a thriving teenager. 
Small, a Rotarian since 2006, came and spoke to the Silverdale Rotary Club on March 31 to talk about her organization, and she shared the reason why kids overseas receive help: "Those people don't have access to the help we have here in the United States." 
The international chapter of Gift of Life is a Rotarian-based organization that has helped more than 19,000 kids with heart disease over the last four decades. These children are from 71 different countries, many of which do not have a cardiac-specific centers where they can seek help. Much of the financial aid and assistance goes to Uganda, El Salvador, and Jamaica. This July, Romania will also receive funding and assistance from Gift of Life, Small said.
She also shared that between 2012 and 2015, Rotary grants for Haiti and the Philippines alone have totaled $889,000. Because of that funding, Haiti now has a new hospital for cardiac patients, something that didn't exist before. Silverdale Rotary is part of the district that funds the grants.  
"We could not be doing what we are doing and help the children we're helping without Rotary," she said. "It's a wonderful, wonderful grant." 

During our March 31 meeting, Silverdale Rotary Club members had the pleasure of hearing from four Central Kitsap High School Interact members. Interact students updated the club on current projects, including a special one that will be their club's first large project that requires community assistance. 

Island Lake Park has a 9/11 memorial that most locals don't even know about, the members reported. There is a unique rock garden where visitors can reflect and place a rock in a stone cylinder. Instead, it is often filled with trash, and the surrounding areas are often trashed with litter. Interact members hope to clean up the area in four different stages, to include cutting back brush, cleaning the benches, scrubbing the headstone and rock garden, and more. The students plan to speak with the county parks department officials to see what can be done on the Interact Club's behalf, and they asked for Rotarians' help and suggestions once all is approved. 
Interact Club members hope to make it an annual project where they will clean the area, plant flowers, etc. 

On March 17, President Chuck Kraining (pictured on left) proudly presented a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) award to Tex Lewis.  Our Club members selected two recipients following our 2015-16 Fantasy Football fundraiser, which raised $2,000 for The Rotary Foundation and enabled PHF awards for two community members.
A longtime Silverdale resident, Tex’s name is synonymous with the Clear Creek Trail and the Clear Creek Task Force, and has been instrumental in the planning, fund raising, and recruiting volunteers for the now extensive network of trails.  Tex also coordinated the beautiful mural painting and clear coat of the Anderson Hill Overpass in 2009, a project in which Silverdale Rotary was proud to heavily participate.  Tex’s tireless volunteer efforts in the community totally embody the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.”

 “The need is huge,” Dave Frederick, Executive Director of Coffee Oasis, commented as he opened his address to our club. Coffee Oasis makes an impact for the 466 Kitsap youth who are homeless by providing shelter, case management, job training, and street and school outreach. Just as Dave learned that the organization was losing its lease on its Bremerton drive-thru, the phone rang, and the owner of the defunct KFC restaurant on Naval Avenue offered to donate the space to Coffee Oasis.
The work is in progress to prepare the 40-person café & job training center for a June opening, and Silverdale Rotarian Debi Brooks-Givens presented Dave with a $1,961 Duck Bucks grant to purchase an industrial hot water tank to get the operation off to a great start. It is rewarding to know that our hard work supports the mission of “Changing the world for homeless youth.”  For more about Coffee Oasis, visit

Chris Brunell (pictured on right), Facility Supervisor of Benedict House in Bremerton, gratefully accepted a Duck Bucks grant from Silverdale Rotarian Debi Brooks-Givens for $1,980 to replace aging wooden beds with 4 new metal bunks. A program of Catholic Community Services, Benedict House provides emergency shelter and transitional living support to single men who are in crisis. The new beds are part of a campaign to combat a recurring bed bug problem and to make the facility cleaner and more sustainable. Learn more about the impact that Benedict House makes on our local community at

Silverdale Rotarians really appreciate it when we hear from our Duck Buck and Cause of the Month recipients!  It really brings home why we sell Ducks! Kitsap Rescue Mission posted the following on their Facebook page on March 11.  Thanks for your kind words, Kitsap Rescue Mission!
For more information, see related article following this one.


Duck Bucks continues doing good things for the homeless here in Kitsap County. 

During our March 10 meeting, Walt Le Couteur, the Director of Kitsap Rescue Mission (KRM), gave a presentation on how Silverdale Rotary's Duck Bucks have given hope to the homeless. 

He briefed us on how Duck Bucks from a few years ago gave KRM staff the opportunity to purchase a mobile shower unit. This unit goes with staff six days a week to meal sites where homeless gather for meals together. The shower has become a welcome sight at meal time, according to Walt.  

Additionally, he remarked the recently opened "dayroom" at the KRM facility is an excellent opportunity for those who are homeless to come in and warm up during the day, even if they do not have a place in the KRM shelter for the night. They are invited in to rest, do a puzzle, have a cup of coffee, and chat with others. About 90 people a day utilize the dayroom, he said, and the mobile shower unit will be open twice a week for those visitors to clean up. 

Walt said the new goal of KRM is to focus on the new 20-bed shelter that needs resources to help folks get off the streets. Donations of toiletries such as mouthwash, razors, deodorant, toilet paper, and more are always needed. Visit for more details on how to donate or volunteer. 


After Walt's speech, Rotarian Debi Brooks-Givens presented a check from the Silverdale Rotary Club for $1,000. 




March's Cause of the Month is Kitsap Rescue Mission (KRM). 

Kitsap Rescue Mission exists to assist the homeless and poor as they work toward restoration of body, mind and spirit through Christ-centered programs. In February, KRM opened a low-barrier overnight shelter for homeless men, women and children in Kitsap County. The overnight shelter was designed to get these locals into a safe facility for the night.

A 20-bed shelter will now be open seven nights a week during the winter months — and possibly beyond. Each person who enters the shelter is required to do an intake process with Housing Solutions, which tracks individuals and helps them get connected to community services like Kitsap Mental Health, Kitsap Community Resources, and more. All services are meant to help individuals who desire to move forward in life and provide them with a safe place as they accomplish doing so. 


• blankets 

• scrubs (like nurses wear) 

• flashlights/lanterns 

• cash donations 

• batteries 

• A large first aid kit



In March 2016 Silverdale Rotarians recognized the Military of the Quarter (see article following below), but one honoree, FN Karl Jennings (U.S. Coast Guard) could not be present.  So President Chuck Kraining  presented FN Jennings his award at his work place at Bangor.  Awarding Coast Guardsmen of the Quarter is new for Silverdale Rotary starting in 2015, and we are very pleased to recognize the important job that the Coast Guard does at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor.
Pictured below: FN Jennings and President Chuck Kraining
Military of the Quarter Honorees
Pictured left to right: MACS Kittle, MA3 Harris, MA2 Vigo and MA1 Sullivan. Not pictured: FN Karl Jennings
Each quarter, our club is proud to host military members who exhibit professionalism and integrity and stand out among their fellow service members. We thank you for your service, dedication and hard work!
The Military of the Quarter honorees are: MA1 Ryan Sullivan, MA2 Lindsay Vigo, MA3 Devron Harris and FN Karl Jennings. They were accompanied MACS Kittle who spoke about the quarterly selection process and the accomplishments of the honorees. Our club then heard from the awardees themselves, who then answered questions from the audience. 

Rotarian Debi Brooks-Givens listens as Ellen Strong of Clam Island Rowing speaks about what $900 in Silverdale Rotary Duck Bucks will be used for.
An indoor rowing machine — also called an ergometer — will be purchased for junior rowers to work on indoors when the weather doesn’t cooperate outside. It will also be movable to bring to various schools so students can experience what it feels like to row. The machine will also be a recruiting tool to bring in junior rowers.
“This will allow us to expand our program,” said Ellen, junior rowing coach. 
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Pictured: Silver Ridge 3rd graders with Silverdale Rotarians Mariam Camery and Mary Hoover in the back row in January 2016.
As a follow on to our ninth annual joint 3rd grade dictionary project with the East Bremerton Rotary Club, Dick Sims, an East Bremerton Rotarian, wanted to share a few words regarding the project. The Silverdale Rotary Club and Rotary Club of East Bremerton join together each year and donate dictionaries in elementary schools. Sims, the Dictionary Chairperson, had this to say: 
The third-grade dictionary project began in 2008 and has run continuously in the Central Kitsap School District. Every year, every third grade class gets a visit by Rotarians with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt American Heritage Children's Dictionaries in hand. These dictionaries become the property of each student.
During this visit, the students write their name in the front of the book and Rotarians give a brief overview of what Rotary is all about and then ask the students to help repeat the Four Way Test. One of the fun things to ask during the last test (Will it be beneficial to all concerned?), is if the students know the definition of beneficial. Most of the time there is no answer, so we ask the students, "where do you think we can find out what it means?" Certain students understand to look up the word and discover the answer. As a class, we then look up the word together. 
To date, more than 8,000 dictionaries have been handed out.
In many cases, this is the only book the student owns, and they become very possessive of their new books. Occasionally there is a conflict between a pair of siblings (third and fourth grader) in mixed classes where the students recently transferred. It is always fun to sneak a dictionary to a fourth grader. 
The teachers and students always show their appreciation with thank you notes and pictures. 
One of my favorite memories came when I was presenting a topographical to a junior high school class.The presentation was in the library, and all the students were on the floor. As I finished my presentation, I called on a young man who had been raising his hand in the back. He jumped up, ran forward and exclaimed, "I know you, you're the dictionary guy!" I responded that we enjoy doing the program, and he said, "just a minute." He ran to the back of the room, opened his backpack and pulled out his third-grade dictionary. The student was 4-6 years removed from our gift, but he was still carrying it. To his credit, the dictionary was worn and really showing its use.
The thank you notes are always fun to share with the club.
Dick Sims

In 2015, Silverdale Rotary donated a portion of Duck Race proceeds to Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue (CKFR) to help launch the life-saving PulsePoint smartphone app.  We are proud to share an excerpt from a February 19, 2016 press release from CKFR:
Kitsap County First in Western Washington to Implement PulsePoint.
A new smart phone app is now available to give Kitsap County residents the ability to save a life. The PulsePoint app notifies CPR trained citizens of nearby cardiac arrests and is accessible now in Kitsap County.
PulsePoint is integrated into the county’s 911 system and alerts CPR-trained bystanders in the immediate vicinity of a public cardiac emergency, so they can get to the scene and start CPR in the critical minutes before emergency medical teams arrive.”
For a video showing the PulsePoint app in action, please visit this link:
In conjunction, CKFR is also gearing up for the FREE mass CPR event to be held at the Silverdale YMCA on February 28th.  For more information or to register, please click here:

Silverdale Rotary presented Student of the Month awards to some very deserving students from Central Kitsap High School, Klahowya Secondary School, and Crosspoint Academy on May 19.  These students are nominated by school staff not only for academic achievement, but also for exhibiting leadership skills and service to others at their school, church, in sports activities, or in the community. 
Pictured left to right:  Gabriella Morris, Crosspoint Academy; Ethan Albro, Cameron Carroll, Amanda Soria (CKHS); Kyland Prior, Ian White (Klahowya); Rotarian Ron Templeton
Not pictured: Ella Hermann
The students were provided a ride to a Rotary luncheon in a limousine and presented with a plaque.  The best part of the award ceremony is hearing from the students themselves, their activities, future aspirations, and passion for service. Congratulations to these outstanding students!

Pictured left to right: Rotarians Mariam Camery, Scott Weninger, a nameless Old Guy, and Scott Slocum
Anticipation ran high at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino on February 9, Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday, as the Casino held their annual non-profit Mardi Gras float contest.  New this year, the parading of the 18 floats and judging were held in the Event Center as about 250 enthusiastic supporters cheered on their floats.  When the announcement was made, Silverdale Rotary had won first place, and a cash prize of $3,000 to spend on the good works of Rotary!
Thanks to the Silverdale Rotarians and helpers, spearheaded by Rotarian Scott Slocum, who all together designed, built, wired,  decorated, and transported our best float yet.  For more details on who did what, working on the float, go to
But it was the people who voted for our float at the Casino who made the difference for us between first and second place ($3,000 vs $2,000), because our float garnered the most votes (253, only 15 votes more than the 2nd place vote getter), adding extra points to the judges' scores. 
The Casino ceremoniously awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals, as our float participants stood proudly on the podium. Pictured left to right: Scott Weninger, Mariam Camery, Savannah Young (Scott Slocum's granddaughter), and Scott Slocu,
Thanks to the Suquamish Clearwater Casino for their enormous support of Kitsap non-profits, as all entries were awarded $500 for their efforts, even if they didn't win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd prizes of $3,000, $2,000, or $1,000.  The Casino is also a huge supporter of the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, sponsoring the $1M Duck!
Again, special thanks to everyone who voted for our float - your votes won us an extra $1,000!
At the end of the exciting evening upon reaching home, Scott Slocum received a well deserved "high five" from Ticker, his Golden Retriever.  Congratulations to all!

Silverdale Rotary President Chuck Kraining wrapped up his President’s Project by having Wilma Tambong Lewis (pictured) show us photos of smiling children from Linayasan Elementary School in the Philippines. “We will never forget this for our entire lives,” Wilma quoted the children who received six huge boxes of school supplies from our Rotary Club that were shipped in September 2015. See for the background story.

As part of a ceremony on December 11, 2015, the children were lined up to fill their blue Rotary branded backpacks with paper, rulers, markers and more. For many of these kids, it was the first time that they had a pencil that they did not have to share with a sibling or classmate.
A clean shirt, a meal, and basic learning supplies mean the difference between children who learn and achieve and those that drop out of school before sixth grade.
Wilma presented a beautiful banner thanking our club members for the donated supplies; but, we are the grateful ones. It is truly rewarding to make such a significant difference in the lives of underprivileged children.  President Chuck added, “I am incredibly grateful for the support that our club showed for this project.  It’s something I will never forget as well!”

Each year, Silverdale Rotary raises thousands of dollars via the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race to fund special projects around the community. One of the most public and highly-anticipated events funded is the third-grade dictionary giveaway. In our club alone, 442 dictionaries were given out with the help of 12 Rotarians and two Rotary friends. East Bremerton Rotary also gave out their share of books. Thanks to the partnership we have with East Bremerton Rotary, we'd say this year's giveaway has been a great success! 
Above, Mary Hoover and Mariam Camery strike a pose with Silver Ridge Elementary students.
For the 8th school year in a row, Silverdale Rotary teamed up with East Bremerton Rotary to deliver an American Heritage hardcover dictionary to every third-grader in the Central Kitsap School District. On average, around 900 dictionaries are given out to excited kiddos each year between November and January. It's often a favorite with Rotarians as they get to pose for silly pictures (see below) with the students. 
So, why dictionaries? According to Open Polytechnic, an educational institute, dictionaries have several benefits. The World Wide Web isn't always the answer! 

Using a dictionary will help you:

  • • understand the learning material and your assignment questions. This is very important because if you misinterpret even one word in an assignment, you risk getting the answer wrong.
  • • choose the most appropriate words so that your writing is clear, interesting and reads well.
  • • use words correctly so that you say what you mean and your writing is easy to understand.
  • • spell words correctly — incorrect spelling may be penalized in assignments, and it certainly gives a bad impression.
  • • build your vocabulary — looking up a word not only helps you understand and use that word but the process of looking it up helps fix the word in your memory.
Last week Rotarians delivered to Clear Creek, Cougar Valley, and Emerald Heights Elementary Schools.
Above, Rotarians Mariam Camery, Ed Ahrens and David McVicker pose with Clear Creek Elementary third graders holding new dictionaries on January 22.
Below, Rotarians Peter Matty and Mary Hoover are pictured with Emerald Heights third graders on January 19.
Below, Rick Soper speaks to a class of students about Rotary Club.
Thanks to all our devoted Rotarians for going out to schools to share what Rotary is all about! 
On January 28, Rotarians Rick Soper and President Chuck Kraining proudly presented a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) award to Lisa Stirrett on January 28.  Following our first annual Fantasy Football fundraiser, organized by Rick Soper, which raised $2,000 for The Rotary Foundation and enabled PHF awards for two  community members, our club members selected two recipients.
Lisa, who has done extensive work in our community and in Africa, received the highest number of votes, and following her program presentation about Walk in the Light in Burkina Faso (see article below), was an obvious choice to receive the award that whole-heartedly recognizes her embodiment of the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.”

At our meeting on January 28, Mariam Camery introduced Lisa Stirrett as a University of Washington graduate, a mother of two sons, an accomplished artist, and an active philanthropist. Taking the mic, Lisa spoke very little about herself, and focused on the difference that Walk in the Light International (WITLI) is making in the lives of children and adults in Africa. After meeting Katy and Tom Cornell, founders of WITLI, Lisa was determined to help them break the cycle of poverty and improve the appalling living conditions in several African communities, including Burkina Faso.
Through “Products with a Purpose” and other campaigns, Lisa has played an integral role in raising funds to build health care centers, establish clean water systems and set up micro loans so that women in Africa can start their own businesses. The introduction of basic tools and a flat-bed trailer pulled by a motorcycle have revolutionized the area, cutting years off construction schedules and freeing up residents’ time to establish their industries and sell their wares.
Lisa’s passion for international service grew out of her son’s calling to provide medical assistance in Africa.  After accompanying him to the Burkina Faso region, Lisa knew that she would return again and again, determined to help the people live longer, healthier lives and bring hope to their starving children.
Lisa thanked our club profusely for dedicating a portion of our International Service budget to this compelling need. (See details about our Club grant at She ensured us that our investment in tools, donkeys, plows and business supplies will result in the beginning of economic self-sufficiency for hundreds of people who, until now, have been lucky to survive each day. Learn more about WITLI at

Erin Stamerra and MaryBeth Fergus (pictured left and center), Co-Chairs of the Central Kitsap High School’s PTSA Grad Night Committee, accepted a check from Rotarian Kim Peterson for $500 in addition to the $500 already awarded to the organization following their support of our club’s 2015 Duck Race.  
Grad Night is a safe, substance-free party for CK graduates following their commencement. The $20,000 event has been held at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor for the past nine years, and it allows the grads to cut loose and enjoy bowling, swimming, dancing, inflatable obstacles, movies and more. The students are provided with a buffet dinner, professional entertainment from a local hypnotist, and prizes ranging from gift cards to dorm-size refrigerators. The volunteer committee works hard to secure grants to ensure that the event is top-notch and is affordable for all.
While PTSA has been supporting the Duck Race with duck labeling and duck washing on race day, in July 2015 their support was particularly crucial following the race that was delayed 1.5 hours by an epic thunderstorm.  Even though many other community volunteers had left the race, the PTSA group came back to finish the job in the rain (see photo below).

Pictured left to right: MA1 Walter, MAC Ferrer, Cpl Potter, 1st Sgt Fontenot, MA3 Wiles, MAC Hughes, MA2 Encinas, and ISC O’Neill.  Not pictured:  OS2 McGinnis and Cpl Davis
On January 7, Silverdale Rotarians were pleased to honor outstanding enlisted representatives of the Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard who are attached to the Marine Corps Security Force Company, Bangor.   We have added the Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit to our quarterly award program, and this is the first time that the Coast Guard attended.  Their mission is to provide Transit Protection Service to TRIDENT submarines.
The Military of the Quarter honorees are: MA1 Walter, Cpl Potter,  MA3 Wiles,  MA2 Encinas, OS2 McGinnis, and Cpl Davis. 
They were accompanied by their supervisors who spoke about the quarterly selection process and the accomplishments of the honorees. Then we heard from the awardees themselves and had the opportunity to ask questions.  Congratulations to these hard working Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsman!

Susan Eagan (pictured on left), board member for the Kitsap Adult Center for Education (KACE), accepted a $1,500 Duck Bucks grant from Rotarian Kim Peterson (on right) to purchase three new computers for the enter. She explained that KACE exists to combat the staggering statistic that 1 out of 12 adults in Kitsap County cannot read at a 5th grade level. The new computers are vital to help students who are not successful in traditional college classes improve their literacy and earn their GEDs.
Susan shared two success stories and the impact the organization makes to improve lives.  Susan shared two success stories and the impact the organization makes to improve lives.  For more information, go to
Grants like these are made possible by the tremendous support of sponsors of the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race fund raiser and the ticket buying public.

Dear Silverdale Rotary Club.
               This past month I have been very busy. My school put on a musical called Testament, and it is about an old rich women who has her family plan her funeral, and they do it because they think they will inherit all her money, but in the end they spent it all on the funeral, but they are happy because it made them all close again. I wanted to participate in the musical, so I joined the choir. Joining the choir was a great way for me to socialize with different people I don’t see everyday, and also it kept me very busy. I had practices on Wednesdays after school, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm. I’m so thankful for all the fun times, and people I met throughout the production. We had our premiere on the 22nd, and it went very well! We did three shows, and on the last night my host dad and brother came to watch. After the final show, and clean up the school gave us an after party. It was fun to celebrate all our hard work, and success.
               Something else I did this past month was I switched host families. I am very happy with my new family! I have twin thirteen-year-old host siblings, a boy and a girl, and their older sister is on her exchange in South Africa. My new family has so much energy! My parents both run, the kids do handball, and fodbold (soccer), and my host parents got me to go to cross fit with them (I died a little). With my new host family there is a lot more time together as a family, and we are always talking and doing some kind of activity. I think I’m a lot more tired now since I’m socializing every second.
               Another fun thing I got to do this last month was on Thanksgiving I went to a boarding school with other exchange students (some from AFS), and gave presentations all about my life, and the society in the US. It was great to meet lots of new people, and to take a tour of the school, and the housing of the students.
               Some other things I did to finish out the month, was on Friday we had our big school Christmas party, and it was a lot of fun. We had a live performance, and danced a lot. On Saturday, I finally had time to have a girl’s day with my new host sister. We toured around town looking at different shops, ate different food throughout the day, and we also visited Starbucks. My little host sister loves Starbucks! I had fun telling her how I’ve been to the original Starbucks, and that it originated in my state. I even saw some décor in the store that said Seattle on it.
               This past month has been filled with lots of great memories, and I’m so thankful to all who have been apart of it, and made these memories possible! I’m very excited to experience a Danish Christmas! We will celebrate on the 24th, and some of the traditions are different.  I’ve been told to wear sweat pants, because we will be eating lots of delicious food.
 Jeg håber alt er godt og I må få en god jul! (I hope all is well, and that you have a good Christmas!)
Kærlig Hilsen (Best of wishes)
Amelia Hisaw

Silverdale Rotarians wrapped up the Club’s Salvation Army Bell Ringing season on Christmas Eve with lots of smiles and good wishes.  Thanks to everyone who rang on Thursday, December 24: Coordinator and Bell Ringer Rob MacDermid, Christie Scheffer, Christie’s son-in-law and daughter Tim and Brianna Miller, David McVicker, Scott Park, Mark Heinemann and his son Tyler, and Chuck Huddleston. 
Pictured above: Tyler and Mark Heinemann, Chuck Huddleston
It was so nice to see long time Rotarians Mark Heinemann and Chuck Huddleston again!
It’s been a great season with dozens of Bell Ringers manning the kettles.  Thanks to overall Coordinator Rob MacDermid and to Barbara Beagle for setting up the ClubRunner schedules.  And special thanks to Rotarians, family members, and other ringers (many who rang on several days) who supported the Salvation Army’s good works by volunteering!

Silverdale Rotarians and guests were in for a musical treat on December 17 when a contingent of the Klahowya Secondary School Jazz Choir performed a medley of contemporary and holiday selections.  Led by Director Jackie Levenseller and accompanied by math teacher Mandy Watland, their voices filled the room with joyous music. We really appreciated these talented young people coming to our meeting to entertain us!

Pictured above left to right: Family members Tim and Brianna Miller; Ruby and Ben Scheffer
Silverdale Club Rotarians and families rang Salvation Army bells at three doors at Macy’s in Silverdale, on December 19th!  Despite wind and rain, warm hearts prevailed as we rang bells, gave away candy canes and opened doors for shivering, hurrying shoppers.  Passers-by were quick to offer donations and encourage their younger children to place the money in the red kettles.
Rotarians Nancy Whitaker and Peter Matty
Ringers included: Peter Matty, David McVicker, Rob MacDermid, Nancy Whitaker, Frank Guthrie, Saturday's Coordinator Christie Scheffer and Christie’s kids – Ben and Ruby Scheffer and Tim and Brianna Miller.  Peter stepped up and rang for four hours!
Rotarians Rob MacDermid and David McVicker
Some may not know that unless the Salvation Army has a volunteer bell ringer, they must pay folks to ring the bells. So Rotarian volunteers help the Salvation Army raise important funds in several ways, each time they volunteer. There are two shifts left this coming Christmas Eve! Bring a friend or family member and share in the warmth this season!
Rotarian Frank Guthrie

The Silverdale Rotary Club awarded $2,000 to West Sound Youth For Christ to help purchase art supplies for an Art Therapy Study for Foster Youth.  Josh Hinman (pictured on left), the Executive Director of West Sound Youth For Christ and Chelsey Gutierrez, Art Therapy Intern (pictured center), accepted the award on December 17, 2015 from Silverdale Rotary Club member Christie Scheffer (on right).
Foster Youth commonly struggle with anxiety, self esteem issues, identity conflicts, and feelings of abandonment. Almost every foster child has or will be involved in therapy. Art therapy is a unique opportunity for youth to use creativity to help them explore the pain and hurt of their past. YFC works with over 160 teenage foster youth in Kitsap. They will seek to involve them in this therapy.
The purpose of the study is to determine the effects of participating in art therapy groups for adolescents preparing to age out of the foster care system.  These adolescents commonly struggle with anxiety, self esteem issues, identity conflicts, and feelings of abandonment.  Once these youths have “aged out” of the system, they face unemployment, poverty, addiction, poor health, depression, and as well as early pregnancy risk. Lack of connectedness and social support increases risk of poor mental health as well as important life skills.
The author of this study (Chelsey) will develop a twelve month art therapy curriculum to address those issues.  The goals of this study are to give participants coping mechanisms to deal with adjustment anxieties, explore personal strengths and core beliefs, and to reframe early negative experiences.  This study would also aim to help participants develop their own life goals, as well as create positive plans to accomplish them. Participants will be adolescents receiving services through West Sound Youth for Christ. 

Editor's Note:  the following was written by Paul Murphey (pictured), who was a member of our Club from May 1995 to November 2013.
The one project in Rotary I am most proud of was my involvement in bell ringing for the Salvation Army during the Christmas Season.  In 2000, Major Jim Baker came to the Club and spoke of the need for volunteer bell ringers.  No one offered to help.  After the meeting, I talked with him and told him my father rang the bell in Augusta, GA when his Lions Club contributed many hours.  I told him I wanted to honor my Father’s memory by ringing the bell.  He put me down for ten hours – four hours on two days and two hours on one. 
I was standing under the overhang to the entrance to one of the Kitsap Mall stores.  It was rainy and cold and the wind was blowing.  A lovely lady and her young daughter, about 10-11 I guess, came over to where I was.  The mother reached into her purse and gave her daughter a $10 bill.  The child looked like something out of a story book with her green velvet coat, white fur collar and white hand muff.  As the mother gave her the money she said to her daughter, “now put this in the kettle where the nice man is ringing the bell.  He doesn’t have to be out here in the rain, but he wants children like you to have a better Christmas – we do, too.”
Bell Ringing continued on December 12 with Rotarians, families and friends, and Princesses who contacted us to volunteer. 
Notes from Chuck Kraining, who was Coordinator that day: "It was a very fun day on Saturday.  We had five teams come for four doors twice during the day, so every shift was covered and then some.  Thanks to Christie Scheffer for the freshly laundered aprons and festive baskets full of candy canes.  They were a big hit."
Thanks to Chuck, Rob MacDermid, Cathy Bisaillon, Bob Cassis, Jack Jensen, Mary Hoover and granddaughter Taylor, Anita Blau, the entire Ludwig family and Exchange Student Dani Sanabria, Mike Hancock and grandson Nolan, David McVicker, and the Miss Poulsbo/Silverdale/Kitsap/West Sound Princesses.
Above: Brittney Brown (Miss West Sound) and Adrianne Runyan
Above: Michele, Marissa, Wesley, and Roger Ludwig; Exchange Student Dani Sanabria
Above: Mary Hoover and granddaughter Taylor, Mike Hancock and grandson Nolan
There are still some open shifts on Saturday, December 19 and Thursday, December 24.  Thanks to everyone who has helped/is helping the Salvation Army do their important work!

It was so good to see Miharu Umehara at our Christmas Party on December 9! She is our Rotary Youth Exchange student from Japan that Silverdale Rotary Club hosted in 2010-2011. She is all grown up, but she still lights up the room with her enthusiasm for life!
She posted the following on her Facebook page yesterday after playing with the Hometown Band (trumpet section pictured below) for the first time in 5 years, and her remarks about the power of Rotary Youth Exchange:
"No way it's been 5 years!? You're 22??  Nahh you're still a little goofy trumpeter"
So this is how it happened: I attended the Silverdale Rotary Club Christmas party few days ago. Rotarian Cathy and Phil Bisaillon (both members of the Hometown Band) didn't know that I was going to be there, but right after we reunited they asked me: "Would you come play with us if I got you a trumpet!? We have a gig on Friday"
I wasn't sure if I could play anything since it had been a while since I played my trumpet last time. Though the people in the band welcomed me so nicely and the director handed me this 100 year old cornet. (Omg it was such a beautiful vintage cornet!!). I mostly pretended that I was playing, but it was simply amazing to be in the band and feel the warmth of the people again.
Now after 5 years I'm experiencing what "life-long friendship" is really like, and truly appreciating what Rotary International Youth Exchange is doing. I still believe that studying abroad in the midst of high school was the best decision I've ever made."