Silverdale Rotary Duck Race - July 26, 2015

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Please note the first Thursday of the month our meeting is a Social at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club at 5:30 pm, the 5th Thursday a breakfast at the hotel at 7:30 am, otherwise luncheons as noted.

Silverdale

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Silverdale Beach Hotel
3073 NW Bucklin Hill Rd
Silverdale, WA  98383
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October 30 is our first "fifth Thursday," so in lieu of our normal lunch meeting time, the Silverdale Rotary Club will start at 7:30 a.m. at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel.  Arrive between 6:45-7:00 am to get through the breakfast line, as President Ed will ring the bell at 7:30 a.m.
 
 
Please note that our November 6 Rotary meeting will be an Evening Social at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club from 5:30-7:00 pm. Spouses and guests are welcome! No Host Bar. Light appetizers will be provided. This takes the place of the regular Thursday lunch Rotary meeting.
 
 
 

Our Stories

 
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 http://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/PhotoAlbums/silverdale-christmas-tree-2012 ).  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! 
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The mission of the Association, as stated in their website at http://kitsapfostercare.org/ , is "To support and inspire foster, kinship, and adoptive caregivers through educational opportunities, enrichment activities, and by advocating for foster children in our local community."  They do this by providing support for both foster care parents and kids in an large variety of ways.

 

 
 

Rotarian Debi Brooks-Givens (pictured below on right) presented a check for $500 to Rosie Ludlow, Independent Living Services (ILS) counselor with West Sound Youth for Christ. This is a follow on  award to the the $1,000 presented in November, 2013.  These funds will help foster kids who have reached the age of 18 to transition out of foster care and start to establish their own households.  West Sound Youth for Christ currently has over 100 students in their Independent Living Services program.  For more information about the ILS program, go to http://www.westsoundyfc.org/ministries/independentliving/
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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!
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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!
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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!
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The greenhouse is large enough for several people to work at the same time.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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. 
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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!

 

 
 

DUCK RACE PRIZE WINNERS

Congratulations to Grand Prize Winner YVONNE PARRAZ of Silverdale, WA!

Who won a 2014 Nissan Frontier Pickup Truck or $16,000 cash

Courtesy of Advantage Nissan!

For the complete list of 97 Prize Winners. click on the link below

  2014 Duck Race Prize Winners
 

Duck Race PHOTOS:   CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Following is a link to the Editorial entitled "It's duck time again" in the July 18 Central Kitsap Reporter. http://www.centralkitsapreporter.com/news/267416911.html?mobile=true   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!

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Another Big Duck was at Mattress Ranch (below).

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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.

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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.
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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).

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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!
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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 http://www.kitsapcancerservices.org/

 

 

 
 

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.

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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!

 

 
 

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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."

 

 
 

On May 15, Silverdale Rotary presented a $1,000 check to Lori Raymaker of Kitsap County Parks and Recreation for the Catch a Special Thrill (C.A.S.T) for Kids on June 14 at Island Lake.  300 kids (six groups of 50 each) will learn how to fish, and go home with a rod and reel and t-shirt, and (hopefully) two fish!

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See http://www.castforkids.org/events-calendar/fishing-kids-events/island-lake/ for the details.  This event is sold out for 2014, but they need volunteers.  If you would like to help or get on the 2015 notification list, contact Jessica at jessica@castforkids.org

 

 
 

"Dear Mom and Dad - Every 15 minutes, someone dies as a result of an alcolhol related collision.  Today, I died, and I never got a chance to tell you..."

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On May 15, Silverdale Rotary presented a $250 check to Marcia Masters of the Kitsap County Sheriff's Dept (picture on right in inset) for the Every 15 Minutes program to be presented on May 28-29 at Klahowya Secondary School.  "The Every 15 Minutes Program offers real-life experience without the real-life risks. This emotionally charged program, entitled Every 15 Minutes, is an event designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol and texting while driving. This powerful program will challenge students to think about drinking, texting while driving, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved."  For more details, go to http://every15minutes.com/aboutus/ .

Our own Rotarian Scott Park, who was involved as a parent in a previous simulation,  shared from his heart about the dramatic impact on their family.

 

 
 

Silverdale Rotary has a long history of honoring outstanding sailors and Marines, and Rotarian Mike Hancock continued that tradition at the meeting of May 8 by recognizing four exemplary men in uniform, all from the Marine Corps Security Force Batallion Bangor.  The honorees were:

MASN Brandon Rosa, Blue Jacket of the Quarter

MA2 Glenn Rokoski, Jr., Sailor of the Quarter (not present)

MA1 Bradley Nuding, Senior Sailor of the Quarter

LCpl Steven Knapp, Marine of the Quarter

Sgt James Eagens, NCO of the Quarter

Perhaps the best quote of the program came from LCpl Knapp, who said, “I got tired of the real world – my brother said to give the Marine Corps a try.”

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Pictured left to right: MAC Andrew Christianson, MASN Brandon Rosa, MA1 Bradley Nuding, Sgt James Eagens, SSgt Jason St. Pierre, LCpl Steven Knapp, SSgt Alvin Robancho, Rotary President Ed Hamilton

 

 
 

On April 10 Silverdale Rotary honored six Students of the Month from Central Kitsap High School and Klahowya Secondary School.  Students are chosen by school staff based on academic achievement, leadership, participation in school, community, and church activities, and sometimes overcoming hardships.  The best part of the program is hearing from the students themselves, as they talked about their lives and future plans.  Future aspirations included nursing, teaching, community service, and dental hygiene.

 

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  Pictured left to right: President Ed Hamilton, Martha O'Sullivan and Abigail Wilson (CKHS); China Kesterson and Shannon Shopshire (Klahowya); Ross Sandoval (CKHS).  Not pictured: Nick Barbero

Each honoree was chauffeured in a limo to and from lunch, received a certificate of commendation, a copy of 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, a copy of the Four Way Test, and a gift card.  All the students thanked Rotary for this honor, which is much sought after by students, and the "great lunch."

 

 
 

At the May 8 meeting, Ken Walls (pictured on right), Director of HOPE, Inc. accepted a Duck Bucks grant of $1,500 from Rotarian Elayne Burton to support the job training program offered through Coffee Oasis.  HOPE stands for Helping Others Procure Employment.  The program helps youth ages 18-25 gain job skills and work experience that will lead to permanent employment.  Youth are partnered with successful, caring businesses and are mentored in the workplace through job training.  Weekly classes in life, leadership, and job skills are taught to further equip youth.  Ken reported that 80 to 90 youth have been helped in the past year.  For more information go to http://www.thecoffeeoasis.com/#/youth-programs/hope-inc .

 

 
 

On April 10, continuing Silverdale Rotary's long tradition of supporting the Central Kitsap Food Bank with Duck Bucks and other donations, incoming Community Service Committee Chair Erin Leedham (pictured on right in inset), presented a $2,500 check to the Food Bank towards their purchase of a walk-in freezer for their new facility.  Accepting, left to right, were Robert Butterton (President, CKFB Board of Directors), Jessica Landis (Secretary, Board of Directors), and Executive Director Hoyt Burrows.  Hoyt thanked the Club and described the new facility, which had its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on April 16.  Below is Rotarian Nancy Whitaker showing off the big new freezer.  Our Duck Bucks at work!

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On April 3, Rotarian Debi Brooks-Givens (pictured on right in inset) presented a $1,500 check to Naomi Nichols, President of the Kitsap Foster Care Association.  This money will be used this coming August to fill backpacks with school supplies for foster kids.  The mission of the Association, as stated in their website at http://kitsapfostercare.org/ , is "To support and inspire foster, kinship, and adoptive caregivers through educational opportunities, enrichment activities, and by advocating for foster children in our local community."  They do this by providing support for both foster care parents and kids in an large variety of ways.

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Silverdale Rotary continued support of the Friends of Newberry Hill Heritage Park by awarding $1,700 in Duck Bucks at the April 17 meeting, which will be used for a second platform and a wetlands education area.  Pictured in the inset are Frank Stricklin, President of Friends of NHHP and also Wetland Steward, and Rotary President Ed Hamilton.  Frank shared a brief PowerPoint presentation showing how Rotary’s support has been translated into an improved viewing platform that protects fragile wetlands (pictured below),

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 and a  boardwalk (pictured below) covered with non-skid material that ensures safety for humans and horses while protecting the wetlands. 

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In June 2013, Silverdale Rotarians funded and installed mile markers on trail signs in the 1,400 acre park..

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Margaret Rodriguez (pictured below on left), Executive Director of Stand Up for Kids (SUFK) in Bremerton, was presented with $1,500 in Duck Bucks by Community Service Chair Cathy Bisaillon.  Margaret explained that the funds will be used to help children and teens who are homeless and/or in transition.  Support includes; weekend food bags for school kids, provision of hygiene items, clothes, or sleeping bags; or assistance connecting with agencies that can provide additional help.

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Margaret remarked that SUFK enjoys their partnership with Rotary, which includes tagging ducks, selling Duck Tickets, and working at RAGS.  Truly WIN-WIN!

 

 
 

Silverdale Rotary presented a $1,000 Community Service Grant to Coleta Corey to support 2014 Corey’s Day on the Farm.  Pictured in inset left to right: Rotarian Elayne Burton, Coleta Corey, and Rotarian Jack Jensen

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Silverdale Rotary has a long history of supporting this wonderful program that allows special needs children to enjoy everything from hot dogs to horseback rides.  The 47th annual Corey’s Day on the Farm takes place on May 12-13 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.  For more information, click on http://www.shoplocalbiz.com/silverdale/coleta/coreysday.htm .  Rotary grants like this are made possible by generous business and community support of the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race fund raiser.

 

 
 

Silverdale Rotarians and families and students were out in force on Friday and Saturday, November 29-30, and on a very cold Saturday, December 7, and December 14, ringing bells for the Salvation Army at all four doors at Macy's.  The tradition goes back longer than we can remember!  We will be back on December 21, too.  Come see us and say Hello!

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Pictured on left: Taiwan Exchange Student Kelly Wu, Rotarian Michele Ludwig and daughter Marissa; on right Rotarians Barbara and Brian Beagle

Thanks to Rotarians Rob MacDermid, Chuck Kraining, and Brian Beagle who coordinated on those days to ensure the kettles, aprons, bells, and signs were in place for our volunteers.

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Pictured on left: Rotarian Larry Rodgers; on right: Rotarian David Mitchell and family

 

 

 
 

The Rotary Clubs of Silverdale and East Bremerton just completed the fourth annual Rotary distribution of American Heritage hardcover dictionaries to all 3rd graders in Central Kitsap School District (12 elementary schools), plus home schooled and Crosspoint Academy 3rd graders.  Almost 800 dictionaries were distributed by Rotarians, family members, and friends of Rotary. Pictured below are students from Mrs. Davis’ class at Clear Creek Elementary.

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Dozens of Rotarians and supporters were involved in the distribution, and all agree that this is one of the most fun and satisfying projects that Silverdale and East Bremerton Rotary Clubs do.  The excited children's faces, the artwork on student thank you notes, and the sincere appreciation of teachers and school staff warm are heartwarming.  In July, when Silverdale Rotarians are out selling Duck Race tickets, they often hear children and relatives exclaim, “They

are the Dictionary People!”

Pictured below: Ms. Surette (in back row)  and her 3rd grade class at Cougar Valley Elementary with Rotarian Michele Ludwig barely visible in the center, surrounded by enthusiastic students

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Funding for the dictionaries come from the generous community and business support of the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race and the East Bremerton Rotary fund raisers Bremerton Party, Sweethearts Dinner/Auction, and RAGS.

 

 
 

Silverdale Rotarians joined the Silverdale Dandy Lions and other volunteers to put the reworked 8 ft star back up on top of the 130 ft Christmas tree and lower, fix/rebulb, and return 5 of the 12 strings of lights back to position.   Pictured below, replacing bulbs per the specified diagram (each 34-bulb string has its own order of colors.

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Below is a view from the top of the tree from tree climber Steve Delazerda, who free-climbed all the way up there with Ken Little, Bloedel Reserve Arborist.  Ken has been doing this for 17 years!

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Silverdale Rotary is proud to be a supporter of the Silverdale Christmas tree with funds and labor for as long as we can remember!  Other key players have included Silverdale Dandy Lions, Hanson Signs (responsible for the star), Olympic Wiring, and many others.  For more photos and descriptions of the day, go to https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10202019599387634.1073741834.1115576466&type=1&l=a3c5284aae .  The Christmas Tree Lighting event in Silverdale is set for November 30 from 4:30-6 p.m. in front of Silverdale Antiques.

 

 

 
 

Silverdale Rotary is very pleased to be a part of a successful 2-year combined Community effort along with the Kitsap County Parks Dept to make the Kitsap Kids Playground near the Fairgrounds a safe and attractive playground again.  Because of vandalism, it had become in danger of being closed due to serious safety issues.

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In addition to our involvement with the original building of the 16,000 sq ft Kitsap Kids castle structure in 2002, our Club members have participated in many maintenance work parties over the years.  But this latest effort was more than painting toys (see red truck below), repairing fences, weeding, raking wood chips, and sanding/painting over graffiti -- the park needed a sizable infusion of cash for new equipment. 

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Using funds raised by the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, Silverdale Rotary donated $4,900 for the purchase of new playground equipment which is accessible to children of all abilities. Pictured below are the tire swing and inclusive swing seat that those funds purchased.

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Below is the Playcraft digger that Silverdale Rotary paid for, thanks to Community support of the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race. 

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Below are the new Spring Lilies that we paid for - don't they look like fun!

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The Silverdale Rotary Club’s name is prominently displayed on the park sign recognizing the groups involved with the original project, and we are once again proud to have our name associated with a safe, fun, beautiful place for our kids to play.  

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For the full text of the Kitsap County Parks Dept Press Release on the Park Revitalization describing all the other core groups and individuals involved in the project, go to http://www.kitsapgov.com/press/2013/NR13-097.htm

 

 
 
 
 
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