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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."

On December 10, our Club was pleased to honor Students of the Month from Central Kitsap High School, Klahowya Secondary School, and Crosspoint Academy.  This is one of our favorite programs, because we hear from and about these outstanding students who are our future leaders.  Students are chosen by school staff, and then we bring them to lunch in a limousine, and present them with a plaque and congratulatory letter.
Besides excelling in academics and participating in sports and other activities, all these students volunteer their time in endeavors such as teen mentoring, Special Olympics, tutoring, and Food Bank.  Congratulations to all these well deserving students! 
Pictured left to right:  McKenna Welch (Klahowya); Kalie Nation (Crosspoint Academy); Anthony Tobias, Klahowya; Andrew Campbell, Chelle Labonete, Taija Rice, and Brennan Dour (CKHS)

Our Club proudly presented Kitsap Food Backpacks 4 Kids (KFB4K) with a Duck Bucks grant for $1,000 to further its mission to provide nutritious food to children and their families who are homeless or who are struggling to make ends meet.
Dr. Tom Hawks (pictured on left), KFB4K Board Member, accepted the check from President Chuck Kraining and thanked our club for helping elementary school children (who typically receive free or reduced lunch at school) to have food on the weekends. We learned that the need has grown to more than 180 backpacks to fill each week, and that KFB4K operates with an all-volunteer staff. Learn more about this local organization at

On December 3, Silverdale Rotarian Debbie Brooks-Givens presented $1,500 in Duck Bucks to Tim Samuels (inset), a representative of the local Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots organization.   These funds will purchase toys for the giveaway to needy children ages 0-13 on December 19 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.  Tim described the huge need in Kitsap County and related that to qualify, recipients must show proof of need as described on the Toys for Tots website
Duck Bucks awards are possible thanks to the huge community support for the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race raffle fund raiser.  This is why we sell Ducks!

The weather may have been cold and wet but hearts were brimming with warmth as the donations poured into the Salvation Army buckets on Saturday, December 5! Rotarians and family members and friends rang bells at all four doors at Macy’s and collected smiles, funny jests and urgently needed cash that will make such a difference in people’s lives who are struggling to meet basic needs. Rotarians rang bells, opened doors, handed out candy canes, and helped folks in and out of cars with an umbrella.  Pictured left and below are Rotarian Christie Scheffer's granddaughter Reyce and daughter Tessa, and Rotarian Scott Slocum.
We will be ringing again from 10 am to 4 pm on December 12th and 19th, and on Christmas Eve from 10 am to 2 pm.  Come say hello!

In a “Winter Warmth” drive in November, thanks to Rotarians’ personal contributions, the Silverdale Rotary Club collected over 75 coats and in addition, warm winter clothing items (sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves and thick wool socks)!  We provided these to Stand Up for Kids, Georgia’s House and the Benedict House. They expressed that the need was great and were very appreciative of the donations, which met the specific needs of each group.  We collected more items this year than last year, making  a real difference in the community we serve!

Silverdale Rotarians, family members, and friends were out in force (in the cold!) on Black Friday and Saturday, November 28, too, to ring the bells for the Salvation Army at all four doors at Macy’s at the Kitsap Mall.  It’s an annual tradition, going back as far as we can remember, and everyone entering and leaving Macy’s from 10 am to 4 pm was warmly greeted.  Some dressed to reflect the Holiday Season, like Rotarian Erin Leedham (pictured left).  It’s great to say hello and see the smiles of the shoppers and to say Thank You to everyone stuffing money into the buckets! 
Families got involved, like Rotarian Jim Adkins, who was joined by his daughter-in-law Mary Adkins and grandson James while they visited from out of town (all pictured right). 
2015 Silverdale Rotary Scholarship winner Rebecca Leedham (pictured on right) “gave back” by taking a shift along with her friend Shannon Meester (pictured on left).
Rotarians will be ringing the bells on Saturdays, December 5, 12, 19 from 10 am to 4pm; and on Christmas Eve from 10 am to 2 pm.  Come by and say hello!

The 61st annual Silverdale Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony was held Saturday, November 28 at 6:00 pm.  Steeped in tradition, Silverdale Rotarians/future Rotarians, in partnership with Dandy Lions, Kiwanis and other dedication community volunteers, have supported maintenance of this tree with funds and labor every year since 1954, a year before our Club's Charter in 1955.   Silverdale Rotarian Rich Arper and Silverdale Dandy Lion Roland Arper have continued the legacy of their father, legendary Silverdale Rotarian Bob Arper, in organizing the small army of volunteers it takes every year to keep the tree lit.

            There’s nothing better than the hug of a warm coat on a cold winter’s day. On November 18, Kitsap County residents woke up to front yards landscaped with frost and thick ice covering car windows. The temperature registered at 35 degrees.  Yet, some local children went off to school without jackets. A few even wore shorts, despite the frigid air surrounding them.
            Three years ago, local firefighters decided to step up and help clothe kids in coats through the funding of Kitsap Firefighters Benevolent Fund. The group fund raises and helps with local causes, including making donations to the food banks and more. This year, the Silverdale Rotary and Bremerton Rotary Clubs both donated to help fund this year’s coat drive.
            “We’re gonna do some good things for our kids,” said Chris Bigelow, president of the Kitsap Firefighters Benevolent Fund, right before the group passed out the coats.  Three second-grade classes received the coats based on needs within the school district where free-and reduced-lunch rates are the highest. This year, and as in years past, the Bremerton School District had the highest need.
            Silverdale Rotarians (Mariam Camery center) were on site to watch the coat giveaway and to hand out little rubber ducklings, the known symbol of the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, which raises money for community projects like this one. The popular race event brings in thousands of dollars that are then given away as "duck bucks" to community organizations in need.
            Because of the Rotarians’ and firefighters’ generous donations, 108 children now have warm winter coats at View Ridge Elementary School in Bremerton. The coat drive is part of a larger project nationwide known as Operation Warm, which was founded in 2002. For more information on Operation Warm, visit
Pictured left to right: Benevolent Fund President Chris Bigelow, Mary Hoover and Barbara Beagle (Silverdale Rotary), Bremerton Rotary President, Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent, CKFR Chief Scott Weninger (also Silverdale Rotarian)

Silverdale Rotary lost 1955 Charter Member Bruce O. Armstrong on November 9, 2015. Serving as Club President in 1973-74, he was the last known Charter Member to have stayed in the local area.
In later years, Bruce was an Honorary Member and would occasionally attend Club functions. To read his obituary, go to!/Obituary.

Silverdale Rotary has a long history of honoring active duty service members in the local area, and one way is through the Blue Star Banner Program nonprofit organization.  On October 29, Lynette George (pictured in inset), founder of the Blue Star Banner Program, accepted $1,100 in Duck Bucks to replace 11 torn and worn banners in Kitsap County.  These banners represent the gratitude and high esteem that Silverdale Rotarians (many of whom are veterans and active duty themselves) hold for Armed Forces men and women.
For more information about the Blue Star Banner Program, go to


On October 29, Silverdale Rotarian Elayne Burton (pictured on left) presented a check for $1,500 to Lanette Duchesneau (pictured on right) of All Teens Matter.  These funds will provide complete Christmas dinners for 60 teenagers and their families who would otherwise not have Christmas. 
The purpose of All Teens Matter is to help provide a Christmas to low income, homeless high school students in our county ages 14 to 18. The need becomes greater and greater as the economic crisis continues. They receive a stocking, tree, 4 to 6 gifts, and a complete dinner for their whole family. For more information visit

On October 29, 2015, Rotarian Elayne Burton presented Leanna Weaver, Executive Director of Georgia Mattson Memorial Shelter, with a Duck Bucks check for over $2,000.  Leanna is  pictured on right with Silverdale Rotarians Scott Park and Jim Atkins.  The Duck Bucks were used to replace the shelter’s gas furnace which was beyond repair and a safety hazard to operate.  With winter temperatures arriving soon, time was of the essence in returning the central heating system to operation.  Rotarian Scott Park volunteered his company, Quality Heating, Electrical and Air Conditioning, Inc, to quickly complete the work funded by the Duck Bucks.
Weaver Foundation - Georgia Mattson Memorial Shelter (Georgia’s House) is a local 501(c) 3 non-profit providing women and children a safe place for a second chance.  Its mission is to insure that low income homeless women and children up to the age of 18, as well as those experiencing domestic violence, have the opportunity to seek out ways to better themselves without concern for shelter, food and safety.  Georgia’s House has twenty-two beds for women and children and has operated solely with volunteers for over three years.  It is the only shelter taking children up to 18 in the area and the only one which intakes on a 24/7 schedule.  Prospective residents are referred to Georgia’s House by the Kitsap County Housing Solutions Center in Bremerton.  The Shelter is usually filled to capacity with residents being able to reside in Georgia’s House for up to 90 days.  For more information, go to


   Walk in the Light International (WITLI) was founded in 2009, by Tom and Katy Cornell, in Port Orchard, WA.  They have been serving the Rialo, in Burkina Faso, West Africa.  Since their inception they have drilled clean water wells, built schools, made micro loans to local women so they could start businesses and most recently are building and furnishing a Clinic to provide health care for Rialo and the surrounding communities.


On October 29, Katy (pictured right with Rotarian Mike Hancock) accepted a grant for $5,783 to furnish three rooms in the clinic as follows:  

  • Hospitalization room $3,610.00 (4 hospital beds, 4 patient stations, medicine cabinet, wheel chair, supplies, etc.)
  • Patient room $1,674.00 (1 exam table, mattress, desk, exam tools, etc.)
  • Overnight nurse room $584.00  (1 bed, closet, desk, etc.)
The clinic is due to open on January 4, 2016, and our own Rotary President Elect Cindy Holmes will be there to participate in the celebration and bring back stories and pictures to share of the clinic and the impact of our contribution.

When Silverdale Rotarians heard an update on youth programs from Haselwood Family YMCA’s staff who work with the kids, we were reminded once again, “This Is Why We Sell Ducks!”  On November 5, Sarah Grai (Senior Youth Director), Zak Padayao and Edna Cox (Youth and Teen Directors) provided enthusiastic snapshots of the activities that our $200,000 6-Year Long Term Project commitment supports.  Some examples:
  • Youth Sports - basketball, flag football, volleyball, indoor and outdoor soccer, t-ball
  • Dance Programs – pre-ballet, tap, break dancing – including a spring recital
  • Art Classes - summer camps and classes
  • Youth Performance Cheer classes – collaborating with local high school cheer squads
  • Home school physical education
  • Mock trials
  • Teen Late Night (grades 9-12) and Grades 6-7-8 Night (both open to the public on Saturday and Friday nights respectively)
  • Life skills, anti bullying, and leadership classes
And it’s not just classes – it’s the close personal interaction with the adult staff being role models that makes a real difference in the lives of the kids at the YMCA.  At the end of their presentations, President Chuck Kraining presented Sarah, Zak, and Edna with a check for $24,000; the fifth of six installments towards the $200,000 project to support the Teen Center.  All three emphasized the importance of outside financial support, for without donations like ours, many programs would suffer.
Pictured left to right: Edna Cox, President Chuck Kraining, Sarah Grai, Zak Padayao
Quick, clear communication can mean the difference between life and death during an emergency. The truth is, our daily means of communication may not be accessible when we really need them. “When all else fails,” comments Doug Smith, President of Kitsap County Amateur Radio Club, “Ham Radio is there.” He explained that amateur radio operators were key to the relay of information during the 2014 Oso landslide and the 2015 Central Washington area wildfires. For decades they have been tapped during earthquakes and other emergencies, and can be used to facilitate safety measures at community events such as walkathons and bikeathons.
Doug, pictured right with Rotarian Christie Scheffer, gratefully accepted a Duck Bucks grant for $1,800 to replace outdated antennae with two 40’ state-of-the-art push up masts. The new masts will dramatically improve communications in both voice and digital format. The radio club is an active group of enthusiasts that provides training and support for operators of all levels. More info can be found at
Duck Buck awards are made possible by the tremendous support for the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race fund raiser from sponsors and the ticket buying public.

We all know that wrestling as a youth sport builds speed, agility and stamina. On November 5, Doug Dowell (pictured left with Rotarian Kim Peterson) from the local non-profit Wrestling Supporting Wrestling also taught us that wrestling builds character.  As an individual sport for both boys and girls, wrestling demands hard work and the inner strength to know that if you lose a match there is no one to blame but yourself.
Doug and his fellow Board Member, Steve Polillo, have spent the past five years growing their organization to one that now hosts two weekend-long tournaments at the Kitsap Sun Pavilion each December. These events bring thousands of teen wrestlers and their families together for the love of competition. Our club proudly awarded Wrestling Supporting Wrestling a $500 Duck Bucks grant to help purchase the wrestlers’ t-shirts for the Olympic Duals Tournament. “These shirts are a badge of honor for our wrestlers, many of whom could never afford to purchase one,” Doug commented, adding his sincere thanks to the Rotary Club of Silverdale for its support.

Silverdale Rotarians Kim Peterson, Mechelle Hoerer, and Elayne Burton (pictured above and left), represented the Silverdale Rotary Club at the annual Seabeck Conference Center Halloween Trick or Treat festivities, which provides a safe place for children to Trick or Treat in various houses all over Conference grounds. 
Dressed as the Three Musketeers (who also decorated the house), candy treats which were provided from the generosity of the Silverdale Rotarians were handed out to princesses, zombies, owls, football players, Super Heroes, witches, firemen, policemen, airplane pilots, crazy cat ladies, lions etc.  
The Musketeers stayed true to the saying "All for One and One for All!" during the two hour stream of costumed children. 
The threat of rain (which did not happen) did not lessen the attendance at the event.  Estimation is that over 400 guests received a treat (or two) from the Musketeers. 
It was a successful event creating great memories. Thank you to Seabeck Conference Center and to Silverdale Rotarians!

Instrumental music is alive and well, and can be heard year-round throughout Kitsap County. Our Rotary Club experienced this firsthand at our meeting on October 22 when The Hometown Band entertained us during our Oktoberfest themed luncheon. This was the third time that the group has performed for the Silverdale Rotary Club, and this concert was a special way for the band to thank the Club for the Duck Bucks that contributed toward the purchase of a much needed equipment trailer and performance chairs (pictured below) .
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the concert band fills a unique niche in our community, combining an open-door environment for musicians of all ages and ability levels with a mission to help charitable organizations and local festivals enrich their events. Jas Linford has been the group’s conductor for the past 25 years, in addition to playing tuba in area ensembles and operating his own musical instrument repair business. Jas keeps the Hometown Band’s musicians challenged by booking about 25 concerts per year with frequent repertoire changes.
The Hometown Band is gearing up for its holiday concert season with performances throughout the county starting in early December. The concerts are free (donations accepted) and fun for all ages. More info is available at or by contacting Cathy Bisaillon at

Silverdale Rotary received this very nice Thank You note from a happy 2015 Duck Race prize winner, who received services from Quality Heating Electrical and Air Conditioning (Rotarian Scott Park, co-owner) as a result of adopting ducks.   Thank you, Judy Conlow!

Three Silverdale Rotarians (Rich Arper, Scott Slocum, and Frank Guthrie) joined Lions, Kiwanis, and enlisted military volunteers at the Silverdale Christmas Tree work party on October 24 to continue a 61 year tradition of grounds and light maintenance.
The day started out cool and cloudy, and while the tree climbers were going up the tree, everyone worked on spreading mulch around the base of the tree to help keep it healthy.  Then it started to rain, and there was concern that the tree climbers would need to call it off as being too dangerous to stay in the tree.  But the two tree climbers (pictured on right) were troopers and hung in there – arborist Ken Little has been climbing the tree for 18 years and Steve Delazerda has been helping for years, too!.
We worked our way around the tree, lowering and raising 9 of the 12 strings (pictured left), re-lamping and taping up the frayed wiring (the most time consuming process).  We replaced about $400 in lights this year, funded by Silverdale Rotary Duck Race proceeds.  Some of those light strings had not been taken down for several years, and were missing several lights, so it was definitely time.
The tree climbers say that the top of the tree needs maintenance, and the mounting for the star is failing.  If someone has a drone with a camera, we need some good photos of the top of the tree to devise a game plan for repairing/fabricating the top of the tree mounting.
Thanks to the volunteers, and Duck Race proceeds, the 61st Annual Silverdale Christmas Tree Lighting will occur on November 28.

Silverdale Rotarians kicked off Students of the Month awards for the 2015-16 school year on October 15 by presenting awards to some very deserving students from Central Kitsap High School, Klahowya Secondary School, and Crosspoint Academy.  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.  Examples are mentoring younger students and organizing recycling programs and charitable fund raisers.
Students are 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:
Rotarian Ron Templeton, Wyatt Coffin (Crosspoint), Colin Gillespie and Elena Stamerra (CKHS), Jenna Christman and Nathaniel Hough (Klahowya)

Thanks to our very own Producer/Videographer Rick Soper for this video!

On October 1, Silverdale Rotarians were very pleased to host, honor, and thank for their service some very hard working young military men and women as Sailors and Marines of the Quarter from the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor.  As their supervisors described, not only are they outstanding leaders in their jobs, but they also volunteer on their own time.  Example: Rotarian Josh Hinman, whose son is a Pee Wee, thanked MASN Patrick Wiles and his friends who coach the Silverdale Spartans C-String (ages 8-9) at Silverdale Pee Wees.  Each Honoree receives a plaque and a $100 gift card, and sincere thanks for a job WELL DONE!
Pictured left to right:  GySgt Jeff (“Snake Eater”) Toms, Cpl Derrick Brown, MA2 Monique Encinas, MASN Patrick Wiles, and MACS Charles Kittle
Not pictured: Cpl Daniel Peczuh (left for next duty station) and MA1 Jonathon Walter (on travel competing for the Strategic Systems Programs Sailor of the Year)

On October 1, Silverdale Rotarian Kim Peterson was pleased to presented Chris Bigelow (pictured left), President of the Kitsap Firefighters Benevolent Fund, a check for $1,000 in Duck Bucks.  These funds will be used for Coats for Kids (a purchase of brand new American-made coats) and handed out at a “High Need” Elementary school in Kitsap County.  Brand new Operation Warm coats give needy children newfound freedom and confidence to play more, learn more, and do more.
In response to Silverdale Rotary’s challenge for a match, the Rotary Club of Bremerton stepped up with $1,000, too, for Operation Warm!  Silverdale Rotary has been invited to help with the distribution of the coats in October and to bring along our Duck Race mascot to the event.  Why?  Because without the support of generous sponsors of the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race and the public adopting Ducks, this donation would not have been possible!
For information about the Kitsap Firefighters Benevolent Fund, go to  For more information about Operation Warm, go to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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