- 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
- Duck Tagging on July 28: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/PhotoAlbums/duck-tagging-for-the-2016-silverdale-rotary-duck-race
- Pancake Breakfast and Parade on July 30: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/PhotoAlbums/2016-rotary-pancake-breakfast-parade-at-whaling-days
- Duck Race on July 31: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/PhotoAlbums/2016-silverdale-rotary-duck-race
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.
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 http://www.laerdal.com/us/RQI.
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.
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 www.kitsaprescue.org 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.
ITEMS CURRENTLY NEEDED:
• scrubs (like nurses wear)
• cash donations
• A large first aid kit
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.
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.