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Bremerton, WA 98312
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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 http://www.lsst.org/lsst/faq/public-faq#q1. I will see you in August as I drink beer in Bremerton and learn about what lies beyond the Man in the Moon.
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
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!
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.
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.
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
"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."
It's officially September, which means the kids are going back to school. As the parent of an elementary student I can tell you first hand that each year the supply list gets longer, the items more expensive and the need in the community is greater. There are many kids in our school district who cannot afford the long list of supplies that the school is asking for, which can often cost in the neighborhood of $100 per child. The Community Service Committee is asking that our club provide school supplies for the children as the September Cause of the Month. Items needed are pens, pencils, glue sticks, composition books, notebooks, crayons, colored pencils, spiral notebooks, college rule paper, wide rule paper, scissors, pocket folders, etc.. Cash and check donations are also welcome (make checks payable to "Central Kitsap School District"). Supplies can be brought each week to the Rotary meeting where they will be picked up and taken to the district offices. Checks and cash can be given to Johnnie Hawkins. Supplies can also be dropped off to Johnnie Hawkins at the following location:
Parker, Moores & Cena, PS, 9222 Bay Shore Dr NW, Suite 150, Silverdale, WA 98383 (located next door to the Yacht Club Broiler).
Thanks for your support!
Silverdale Rotary has an annual agreement with the CKHS PTSA - they help with the Duck Race, and Rotary awards $500 for CKHS Grad Night. Over two dozen students and family members helped us tag ducks on July 24 and wash ducks on Race Day, July 27. See photos below - Rotarians certainly appreciated their energy and enthusiasm!
On September 4, CKHS PTSA President Lynn Harvey (left in inset) was presented with the $500 check by Rotarian Anita Blau (on right). Lynn related that these funds reduce the cost of Grad Night via scholarships, which allows more students to attend. CKHS PTSA helps us with the Duck Race, and Duck Race funds help keep graduating seniors safe on Grad Night - Win-Win!
On April 3, $1,500 in Duck Bucks were presented to Naomi Nichols, President of the Kitsap Foster Care Association to be used in August to fill backpacks with school supplies for foster kids. We recently received the photo below showing our Duck Bucks at work!
The mission of the Association, as stated in their website at http://kitsapfostercare.org/ , is "To support and inspire foster, kinship, and adoptive caregivers through educational opportunities, enrichment activities, and by advocating for foster children in our local community." They do this by providing support for both foster care parents and kids in an large variety of ways.
Rotarian Debi Brooks-Givens (pictured below on right) presented a check for $500 to Rosie Ludlow, Independent Living Services (ILS) counselor with West Sound Youth for Christ. This is a follow on award to the the $1,000 presented in November, 2013. These funds will help foster kids who have reached the age of 18 to transition out of foster care and start to establish their own households. West Sound Youth for Christ currently has over 100 students in their Independent Living Services program. For more information about the ILS program, go to http://www.westsoundyfc.org/ministries/independentliving/ .
Silverdale Rotary welcomes Kim Zagerholm, our 2014-15 Rotary Youth Exchange student from Sweden, who arrived on August 18! Kim's first host family is the Ludwigs in Silverdale. Kim will be attending Central Kitsap High School. Valkommen, Kim!
Pictured left to right: Michele and Roger Ludwig, Kim Zagerholm, Wesley and Marissa Ludwig
On August 14 we met our outgoing Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) student for 2014-15, Adriana Pollard. Adriana, who is home schooled and has already finished all her high school requirements, is heading to the French speaking area of Belgium. Adriana is pictured below with President Ed Hamilton. Bon Voyage, Adriana!
On July 11, 2014, Silverdale Rotary Club awarded $2,090 in Duck Bucks to the Canterbury Care Center in Bremerton for a stand up raised bed and greenhouse, to allow Seniors in the Adult Day Services program practice their green thumbs without having to kneel on the ground. We just received word that the greenhouse is in place, and planting commenced last week!
The greenhouse is large enough for several people to work at the same time.
Duck Buck grants like this are made possible by the generous support by the Community and Sponsors of our annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race fund raiser.
On August 7, Silverdale Rotarians hosted the five top Duck Race prize winners. guests, and the Sponsors who donated the prizes to an evening social at Kitsap Golf and Country Club. Our Duck Race mascot Lucky was there to add to the festivities.
Below the Grand Prize winner Yvonne Parraz (right of Lucky) accepted the $16,000 check from Dean and Chuck Capps (on left) from Advantage Nissan. Congratulations, Yvonne, and THANK YOU to Advantage Nissan! On the right are John Parraz, and Roy Meyers of Silverdale Kiwanis, who sold Yvonne the winning Duck Ticket.
Below, Rotarian Bud Grahn on left presented the Diamond Pendant from Ben Bridge to Paul Mastberg. Thank you Ben Bridge! Bud sold Paul the winning Duck Ticket.
Next, Rotarian Scott Park (far right) of Quality Heating, Electrical and Air Conditioning presented his Company's prize to Gretchen and Kenji Boike (flanking Lucky). Thank you Quality Heating, Electrical and Air Conditioning! Roy Meyers (on left) sold this winning Duck Ticket, too.
Below, Rotarian Barbara Beagle (left) presented the Viking Opal 670 Sewing Machine from Sound Sewing to Gary Graff (center). Thank you Sound Sewing! Ed Ahrens (on right) sold Gary the winning Duck Ticket.
Not pictured: Rotary President Ed Hamilton presented Sandy Ferris with the Holland America Certificate for a 1-Week Cruise for Two. Thank you Holland America! Rotarian Bob Cassis sold Sandy the winning Duck Ticket.
Congratulations to all the winners!
It's Thursday of Race Week, and Silverdale Rotarians, family members, and dozens of community volunteers converged to take the old tag numbers off 20,000 ducks and tag them with our Silverdale Rotary Duck Race ticket numbers. The ducks are transported from race to race in the blue bins all over North America. They landed in Silverdale on July 23.
Silverdale Rotary gets help from some of the organizations we support with Duck Race proceeds: Central Kitsap High School PTSA Grad Night (see below left), Stand Up For Kids (a powerful organization that helps keep homeless kids fed and in school - see below right), the Silverdale Kiwanis, and Newberry Hill Heritage Park. It's win win!
Keeping meticulous track of all 20,000 ticket numbers in our Gambling Commission licensed raffle is the job of Duck Central (below).
We had the help of the newly organized CKHS Interact Club officers (see below), who loaded tagged ducks into the truck, where they are quarantined and resting up until the big Race on Sunday
See you at the Race on Sunday, July 27, at 3:00 p.m. at Whaling Days!
Silverdale Rotarians and volunteers were out in force cooking up a delicious Pancake Breakfast.
Thanks to Peter Matty who was in charge of organizing the event. All the other volunteers are too numerous to try to name here. But if the photos below are any indication, they had lots of fun.
Left to right above: Rotarians Erin Leedham, Cindy Holmes, Chuck Kraining, Scott Park, Elayne & Steve Burton, and Representative (also Gig Harbor Rotarian) Derek Kilmer.
Left to right above: Volunteer Mason Feary (Scott Slocum's grandson), Rotarians Scott Weninger, Kevin Moran, Peter Matty, Volunteer Karlynn Haberly (Peter's spouse), and Erin.
They fed 330 paying customers, 30 Volunteers, and 56 kids under 10 and made a small profit. Way to go!
DUCK RACE PRIZE WINNERS
Congratulations to Grand Prize Winner YVONNE PARRAZ of Silverdale, WA!
Who won a 2014 Nissan Frontier Pickup Truck or $16,000 cash
Courtesy of Advantage Nissan!
For the complete list of 97 Prize Winners. click on the link below
Duck Race PHOTOS: CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS.
Thanks to Whaling Days for a terrific Weekend Festival Venue!