Silverdale Rotary Duck Race - July 26, 2015

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NOTE: April 30 is a "Fifth Thursday."  It will be a Breakfast Meeting starting at 7:30 am.

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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!


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.

NOTE: April 30 is a "Fifth Thursday."  It will be a Breakfast Meeting starting at 7:30 am.

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, explaining a little bit about Rotary to 3rd graders at Cougar Valley Elementary.  It is so heartwarming to experience the appreciation and enthusiasm of the third 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.

It was a fun night on Fat Tuesday at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino, as our Club float paraded around the Casino.  And our float was gorgeous!  Sadly, we didn't win the big money, but we certainly showed all who looked that Silverdale Rotary works hard to support the community.  The three top winners were: Summit Assistance Dogs, the Rose Society, and Suquamish Garden Club. 
Pictured above: Mason Seary (Scott Slocum's grandson) and his partner Jaide Colby escorted our float with flair and panache - what a handsome couple!  
Pictured below: other shots of the float.  Thanks to Scott and Jill Slocum, Scott and Deena Weninger, Ellen and Allen Newberg, Michele Ludwig, Debi Brooks-Givens, and supporters Vince and Sandy Smith and Columbia Bank staff, who put together the classiest float yet!  Thanks to everyone who voted!

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)

Once again Silverdale Rotary is happy to be a participating Rotary Club in the Rotary Annual Garage Sale.  This year's event is on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.  Please come back to this page for more information.
We are currently accepting donation items for RAGS at the following locations
  • United Moving and Storage (1770 NE Fuson Road in Bremerton)
  • The Seabeck Conference Center (look for the mini with a banner on it)
Thank you for your support of a community fundraiser.  Proceeds from the RAGS benefits Rotary Clubs programs which directly support our community.

Rotary International President-elect K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran announced his presidential theme for 2015-16, Be a Gift to the World, at the opening session of the International Assembly in San Diego, CA, on January 18.  "All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting in San Diego, California, USA. "You have one year to take that potential and turn it into reality. One year to lead the clubs in your district and transform the lives of others. The time is so short, yet there is so much to be done."
Highlighting Rotary's biggest challenge, the eradication of polio, Ravindran said, "A future without polio is a gift that we have promised to the children of the world. And indeed it is a gift that we will give.  Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka, used Rotary's successes in the fight to eradicate the disease as an illustration of the impact Rotary members can have in the world. When Rotary set a goal of eradicating polio 25 years ago, it was endemic in 125 countries, and more than 1,000 children were becoming paralyzed each day. Today, polio remains endemic in just three countries, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. And in all of 2014, only 333 cases were reported. "We will battle on. We will prevail," he said.

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 David McVicker 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 (pictured below on right) 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 (on left), Youth & Teen Outreach Director, and Jamie Nocula (center), 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. 

Every other month during the school year Silverdale Rotary honors Students of the Month from Central Kitsap High School, Klahowya Secondary School, and Crosspoint Academy.   Students are chosen by school staff based on Leadership, Citizenship, Academic Excellence, and Service to School and Community. We bring them to a Rotary lunch meeting in a limousine where we hear a little background about them from school staff.  But the best part is hearing from the students themselves!  They tell us about their many and varied interests, accomplishments, and aspirations.  The five honorees have interests ranging from music, sports, and volunteering; all are college bound, and all have a sincere goal to be the best they can be.  Congratulations to these five outstanding students!
Pictured left to right are Isabella Jaravata (CKHS), Anna Flood (Crosspoint Academy), Evan Lund (CKHS), and Lcey Crawford and Alanna Spicer (Klahowya) 
In addition to a letter and gift card, the students are presented with a plaque (new this year) that looks like the one in the photo on the left.

This Thank You Note was received from the Canterbury Care Center - our Duck Bucks funded a mini-greenhouse.

On September 25 we honored the Junior Sailor of the Quarter from Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor - MA2 Dominique Adams.  MAC Alexander Lee described the outstanding job that MA2 Adams did in terms of “the gold standard,”  so much so that other weapons facilities were visiting Bangor to  learn the details.  MA2 Adams (pictured on left with President Ed Hamilton) has been in the Navy 7 years, and his previous duty assignment was in Afghanistan.   Why no uniform?  He came off leave to accept his award.  Thank you MA2 Adams for your service!
Other Sailors and Marines of the Quarter who were not present to receive their awards:
Senior Sailor of the Quarter - MA1 Juan Rodriguez
Blue Jacket of the Quarter - MASN Manuel Reyes
NCO of the Quarter - Cpl Jordan Davis
Marine of the Quarter - LCpl Andrew Artrip


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!

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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 , 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




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!
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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
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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.
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Left to right above: Rotarians Erin Leedham, Cindy Holmes, Chuck Kraining, Scott Park, Elayne & Steve Burton, and Representative (also Gig Harbor Rotarian) Derek Kilmer.
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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!




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

  2014 Duck Race Prize Winners



Thanks to Whaling Days for a terrific Weekend Festival Venue!



Whaling Days weekend was a busy one for Silverdale Rotary, and the Lions-Kiwanis Grand Parade was no exception, with many Rotarians participating in the Parade. At the front of the line was Grand Marshall Sheriff Steve Boyer (Silverdale Rotarian) and Judith.


Heading up the rest of the flock was the Duck Race Truck driven by Rotarian Chuck Kraining.  In the truck is our mascot Lucky (aka Rotarian Cathy Bisaillon), followed by Central Kitsap High School Interact Club members (sponsored by Silverdale Rotary) with our Banner thanking Duck Race Sponsors.

Then along came CKFR Fire Chief Scott Weninger (Rotarian) below.

Parade Emcees at the VIP Grandstand were Rotarians Bud Grahn and Rob MacDermid at front left below.  Not pictured: Rich Arper with the Mustang Club.

We certainly do love a Parade! 



Silverdale Rotary was pleased to award Stand Up For Kids (SUFK) an additional $751 on July 17 to help fill up backpacks of food for homeless kids.   Margaret Rodriguez, Executive Director (pictured left), along with former Executive Director Jo Clark (on right), accepted the check from Rotarian Erin Leedham (center).  Ms. Rodriguez told the Club that the backpack food bags provide three meals and snacks, and are distributed at three libraries in Kitsap County.  There are currently approximately 800 homeless children in Kitsap County.  



Video courtesy of Little Bugga, our generous Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Sponsor




This video is airing on Wave Broadband and Comcast cable courtesy of Mattress Ranch.  Thank you Mattress Ranch!




On Thursday, July 10, the Silverdale Rotary Club awarded "Duck Bucks", funds raised from our annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, to help implement gardening projects for local children and seniors.  The first grant was given to the Martha & Mary Childcare Center in Silverdale.  They received a grant of $1,500 to purchase and install raised garden beds for approximately 149 small children to learn how to grow healthy food and enjoy the foods they grow.  Director Renee Eicher informed the club during the presentation that the majority of the children are receiving subsidies and would not otherwise have access to gardening projects.  She also informed the club that the teachers and children are very excited about the project and already have seedlings sprouting in the classrooms.

Pictured Below (left to right): Renee Eicher & Paula Rimmer of Martha & Mary, with Rotarian Cathy Bisallion.


The second award of the day was for yet another gardening project.  $2,090 was given to the Canterbury Care Center to purchase and install a small greenhouse for seniors in the center to be able to garden year round.  The project will allow seniors to enjoy gardening while providing essential social, mental and physical health for the seniors living in the center.

Pictured Below (left to right): Shelby Taylor & Alice Hartley of Canterbury Care Center along with Rotarian Cathy Bisallion.




Following is a link to the Editorial entitled "It's duck time again" in the July 18 Central Kitsap Reporter.   Thank you, Sound Publishing!




Our Big Ducks were spotted around the county last week - and this is just the beginning!  Below is the 20' duck at Advantage Nissan - if you speak to the Capps at the Kick Off Party on Monday night, please thank them for the Duck Truck and for promoting the Duck Race at their dealership and on Facebook!


Another Big Duck was at Mattress Ranch (below).


And here is one of the Big Ducks with the Duck Truck at the Seabeck Conference Center Centennial Celebration on June 14, with Ron and Peggy Templeton, Penny Loveless, and Rosalie Dormaier.


Our Big Ducks will be migrating to over 35 sponsor and event locations between now and the Duck Race.  Huge thanks go to our Trail Boss Ellen Newberg (who schedules the moves) and Wranglers Scott Park, Jim Dudley and Larry Rodgers, Chuck Kraining, Newberry Hill Heritage Park volunteers (Duck Buck recipients giving back), Peter Matty, and Pete Dawson.



What a treat to hear the Independents perform a patriotic medley on July 3 at Rotary,  accompanied by a beautifully scripted Powerpoint of poignant images.  There wasn't a dry eye in the crowd as song after heart swelling song was performed by these talented musicians directed by Pam Wenter, including our own Elayne Burton and Scott Park.
One of the great things they do is sing all the Armed Services' anthems, and everyone who has served in each Branch stands up.  Below was Army, as the Doneys stood up.   Then Air Force and Marine Corps. Then Coast Guard (Bob Cassis stood up).

Then there was Navy!  Thanks Rob MacDermid, Jim Adkins, Frank Guthrie, Don Lachata, Brian Beagle, Mike Gass, and Roger Aydt, and Scott Park (and many other Rotarian veterans who were not there) for your service!



 Natalie Bryson accepted a Duck Buck grant on behalf of the Paul Linder Educational Foundation in the amount of $1,683.30.  The unusual amount is due to the fact that this is part of a matching grant; it will be used to replace badly outdated classroom maps in ten schools in the Central Kitsap School District.


Pictured: Rotarians Natalie Bryson and Elayne Burton



The Duck Truck and a Big Duck are now in the Kitsap Mall!  Plus a booth that provides details about the Race and how all ticket proceeds go to support worthy causes.  You can Adopt Ducks at the display or at Ben Bridge nearby.


Huge thanks go to Advantage Nissan for the Duck Truck, Kitsap Mall for display space, and to Suquamish Clearwater Casino for sponsoring the Million Dollar Duck!




On June 5, Lucrecia Mirano accepted a $500 Duck Buck grant on behalf of the CKHS PTSA, which organizes Grad Night.  The funds will be used to help provide seniors graduating from Central Kitsap High School with a safe and enjoyable way to celebrate after the graduation ceremony.


Pictured left to right: Rotarian Erin Leedham and Lucrecia Mirano




2014 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Chair Mary Hoover revealed the winning T-shirt design from a competition held among students at Central Kitsap High School, Klahowya Secondary School and Crosspoint Academy.  The competition attracted 23 entries, and the winner is Sarah Avery from CKHS.  She was presented with a t-shirt and a $100 prize, and her art teacher Judy Sorrels was presented with a plaque to be displayed at CKHS.  Sarah’s design will be featured on over 400 shirts, proudly worn by Duck Race supporters!


Pictured left to right: Rotary President Ed Hamilton, Sarah Avery, Judy Sorrels



The meeting on June 5 was conducted by officers of the new Interact Club at Central Kitsap High School, and they did an excellent job!  A number of seniors from our area high schools received scholarships at the meeting.

Central Kitsap High School:

Camdon Hatch plans to serve for two years as a missionary in Peru, followed by college at BYU.

Rachel Kagan is headed for the University of Minnesota where she plans to study Chemical Engineering.

Jasmine Ford will pursue studies in Nursing and Spanish at Gonzaga University.

Madison Munro looks forward to studying Nursing at the University of Portland.

Robert Horton will study Environmental Science at the University of Washington.

Barbara Mirano is aiming for a degree in Piano Performance at Central Washington University.

Katie Lee was not present to receive her award.

Klahowya Secondary School:

Emily Nelson will study Biology at the University of Washington with an eye toward medical school.

China Kesterson is going to train in Dental Hygiene at Eastern Washington University.

Aaron Zendejas  is excited about the Communications program at Central Washington University and Marine Corps Officer Candidates School.

Madison Prentiss and Nakari Henry were not present to receive their awards.

Crosspoint Academy:

Chayse Jones and DJ Degnan were not present to receive their awards.


Pictured left to right:  Rotary President Ed Hamilton; Camdon Hatch, Jasmine Ford, Rachel Kagan, Barbara Mirano, Madison Munro, Robert Horton (CKHS); China Kesterson (Klahowya)



On May 29, 2014, the Rotary Club of Silverdale awarded $1,000 of "Duck Bucks" to Jackie Smaha of Kitsap Cancer Services (KCS).  Duck Bucks are funds raised by the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race held each year at Whaling Days.  The $1,000 of donated funds will be used by KCS for a program called "Kitsap Kids Connected."  This program, which is currently in the Central Kitsap and North Kitsap school districts, gives books and resources to the schools to help them identify and help kids who's families have been affected by cancer.  Pictured below are Rotary President Ed Hamilton, Jackie Smaha, and Rotarian Erin Leedham.


KCS is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing life enhancing support services to increase emotional well-being in people affected by cancer.  All KCS services are offered at no cost to cancer patients, their family members, friends and caregivers.  Core programs for KCS include "Compassionate Care Grants," which give money to needy patients to help with everything from treatment and medications down to housekeeping services for those too sick to maintain their homes.  KCS also provides holiday sharing programs during Thanksgiving and Christmas.  To learn more about KCS, visit their website at




Kim Witte, a second grade teacher at PineCrest Elementary School, was honored at the June 5 Rotary meeting as Teacher of the Year.  Kim is pictured below with Rotarian Bud Grahn.


The CKSD website states, “Colleagues describe Kim as caring, committed, selfless, creative and inspirational.  Kim also has a deep commitment and dedication to professional growth and development.  She has made a profound impact outside the teaching profession, too--locally, statewide and internationally.  This investment in others has made a difference in the lives of countless people of all ages, and especially children.”  In recognition of her achievement, the Rotary Club of Silverdale presented Kim with a plaque, a $350 check, and an Honorary Paul Harris Fellowship.  Congratulations, and thank you, Kim!




Pictured (left to right): Joseph Moris (Crosspoint), Chelsea Musick (Crosspoint), Jasmine Ford (CKHS), Kenny Leedham (CKHS), Ciera Eisele (Klahowya), John Kraus (CKHS), Sarah Avery (CKHS).  Not Pictured - Colton Kendall (Klahowya).

On Thursday, May 22, the Silverdale Rotary Club honored outstanding students from Central Kitsap High School, Klahowya Secondary School and Crosspoint Academy.  Each month during the school year, students are chosen by faculty at each school to be honored.  If these students are any indication of the future of America, then the future is bright!  These students are outstanding students, great athletes, community minded and really, really motivated.  Another thing that really stands out is how different all of these young men and women are.  They all have very different dreams for their future, but each one is an inspiring individual.  The students receive limousine service to and from the luncheon held in their honor, a copy of the Rotary Four-Way Test, and a copy of "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens."


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