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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Silverdale!
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.
Service Above Self
Silverdale Beach Hotel
Silverdale, WA 98383
It's officially September, which means the kids are going back to school. As the parent of an elementary student I can tell you first hand that each year the supply list gets longer, the items more expensive and the need in the community is greater. There are many kids in our school district who cannot afford the long list of supplies that the school is asking for, which can often cost in the neighborhood of $100 per child. The Community Service Committee is asking that our club provide school supplies for the children as the September Cause of the Month. Items needed are pens, pencils, glue sticks, composition books, notebooks, crayons, colored pencils, spiral notebooks, college rule paper, wide rule paper, scissors, pocket folders, etc.. Cash and check donations are also welcome (make checks payable to "Central Kitsap School District"). Supplies can be brought each week to the Rotary meeting where they will be picked up and taken to the district offices. Checks and cash can be given to Johnnie Hawkins. Supplies can also be dropped off to Johnnie Hawkins at the following location:
Parker, Moores & Cena, PS, 9222 Bay Shore Dr NW, Suite 150, Silverdale, WA 98383 (located next door to the Yacht Club Broiler).
Thanks for your support!
Silverdale Rotary has an annual agreement with the CKHS PTSA - they help with the Duck Race, and Rotary awards $500 for CKHS Grad Night. Over two dozen students and family members helped us tag ducks on July 24 and wash ducks on Race Day, July 27. See photos below - Rotarians certainly appreciated their energy and enthusiasm!
On September 4, CKHS PTSA President Lynn Harvey (left in inset) was presented with the $500 check by Rotarian Anita Blau (on right). Lynn related that these funds reduce the cost of Grad Night via scholarships, which allows more students to attend. CKHS PTSA helps us with the Duck Race, and Duck Race funds help keep graduating seniors safe on Grad Night - Win-Win!
On April 3, $1,500 in Duck Bucks were presented to Naomi Nichols, President of the Kitsap Foster Care Association to be used in August to fill backpacks with school supplies for foster kids. We recently received the photo below showing our Duck Bucks at work!
The mission of the Association, as stated in their website at http://kitsapfostercare.org/ , is "To support and inspire foster, kinship, and adoptive caregivers through educational opportunities, enrichment activities, and by advocating for foster children in our local community." They do this by providing support for both foster care parents and kids in an large variety of ways.
Rotarian Debi Brooks-Givens (pictured below on right) presented a check for $500 to Rosie Ludlow, Independent Living Services (ILS) counselor with West Sound Youth for Christ. This is a follow on award to the the $1,000 presented in November, 2013. These funds will help foster kids who have reached the age of 18 to transition out of foster care and start to establish their own households. West Sound Youth for Christ currently has over 100 students in their Independent Living Services program. For more information about the ILS program, go to http://www.westsoundyfc.org/ministries/independentliving/ .
Silverdale Rotary welcomes Kim Zagerholm, our 2014-15 Rotary Youth Exchange student from Sweden, who arrived on August 18! Kim's first host family is the Ludwigs in Silverdale. Kim will be attending Central Kitsap High School. Valkommen, Kim!
Pictured left to right: Michele and Roger Ludwig, Kim Zagerholm, Wesley and Marissa Ludwig
On August 14 we met our outgoing Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) student for 2014-15, Adriana Pollard. Adriana, who is home schooled and has already finished all her high school requirements, is heading to the French speaking area of Belgium. Adriana is pictured below with President Ed Hamilton. Bon Voyage, Adriana!
On July 11, 2014, Silverdale Rotary Club awarded $2,090 in Duck Bucks to the Canterbury Care Center in Bremerton for a stand up raised bed and greenhouse, to allow Seniors in the Adult Day Services program practice their green thumbs without having to kneel on the ground. We just received word that the greenhouse is in place, and planting commenced last week!
The greenhouse is large enough for several people to work at the same time.
Duck Buck grants like this are made possible by the generous support by the Community and Sponsors of our annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race fund raiser.
On August 7, Silverdale Rotarians hosted the five top Duck Race prize winners. guests, and the Sponsors who donated the prizes to an evening social at Kitsap Golf and Country Club. Our Duck Race mascot Lucky was there to add to the festivities.
Below the Grand Prize winner Yvonne Parraz (right of Lucky) accepted the $16,000 check from Dean and Chuck Capps (on left) from Advantage Nissan. Congratulations, Yvonne, and THANK YOU to Advantage Nissan! On the right are John Parraz, and Roy Meyers of Silverdale Kiwanis, who sold Yvonne the winning Duck Ticket.
Below, Rotarian Bud Grahn on left presented the Diamond Pendant from Ben Bridge to Paul Mastberg. Thank you Ben Bridge! Bud sold Paul the winning Duck Ticket.
Next, Rotarian Scott Park (far right) of Quality Heating, Electrical and Air Conditioning presented his Company's prize to Gretchen and Kenji Boike (flanking Lucky). Thank you Quality Heating, Electrical and Air Conditioning! Roy Meyers (on left) sold this winning Duck Ticket, too.
Below, Rotarian Barbara Beagle (left) presented the Viking Opal 670 Sewing Machine from Sound Sewing to Gary Graff (center). Thank you Sound Sewing! Ed Ahrens (on right) sold Gary the winning Duck Ticket.
Not pictured: Rotary President Ed Hamilton presented Sandy Ferris with the Holland America Certificate for a 1-Week Cruise for Two. Thank you Holland America! Rotarian Bob Cassis sold Sandy the winning Duck Ticket.
Congratulations to all the winners!
It's Thursday of Race Week, and Silverdale Rotarians, family members, and dozens of community volunteers converged to take the old tag numbers off 20,000 ducks and tag them with our Silverdale Rotary Duck Race ticket numbers. The ducks are transported from race to race in the blue bins all over North America. They landed in Silverdale on July 23.
Silverdale Rotary gets help from some of the organizations we support with Duck Race proceeds: Central Kitsap High School PTSA Grad Night (see below left), Stand Up For Kids (a powerful organization that helps keep homeless kids fed and in school - see below right), the Silverdale Kiwanis, and Newberry Hill Heritage Park. It's win win!
Keeping meticulous track of all 20,000 ticket numbers in our Gambling Commission licensed raffle is the job of Duck Central (below).
We had the help of the newly organized CKHS Interact Club officers (see below), who loaded tagged ducks into the truck, where they are quarantined and resting up until the big Race on Sunday
See you at the Race on Sunday, July 27, at 3:00 p.m. at Whaling Days!
Silverdale Rotarians and volunteers were out in force cooking up a delicious Pancake Breakfast.
Thanks to Peter Matty who was in charge of organizing the event. All the other volunteers are too numerous to try to name here. But if the photos below are any indication, they had lots of fun.
Left to right above: Rotarians Erin Leedham, Cindy Holmes, Chuck Kraining, Scott Park, Elayne & Steve Burton, and Representative (also Gig Harbor Rotarian) Derek Kilmer.
Left to right above: Volunteer Mason Feary (Scott Slocum's grandson), Rotarians Scott Weninger, Kevin Moran, Peter Matty, Volunteer Karlynn Haberly (Peter's spouse), and Erin.
They fed 330 paying customers, 30 Volunteers, and 56 kids under 10 and made a small profit. Way to go!
DUCK RACE PRIZE WINNERS
Congratulations to Grand Prize Winner YVONNE PARRAZ of Silverdale, WA!
Who won a 2014 Nissan Frontier Pickup Truck or $16,000 cash
Courtesy of Advantage Nissan!
For the complete list of 97 Prize Winners. click on the link below
Duck Race PHOTOS: CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS.
Thanks to Whaling Days for a terrific Weekend Festival Venue!
DUCK RACE PRIZE PICKUP LOCATION:
Columbia Bank, Silverdale Branch during normal Business Hours
10100 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale, WA 98383
See link in the article below for the Prize Winner List
Whaling Days weekend was a busy one for Silverdale Rotary, and the Lions-Kiwanis Grand Parade was no exception, with many Rotarians participating in the Parade. At the front of the line was Grand Marshall Sheriff Steve Boyer (Silverdale Rotarian) and Judith.
Heading up the rest of the flock was the Duck Race Truck driven by Rotarian Chuck Kraining. In the truck is our mascot Lucky (aka Rotarian Cathy Bisaillon), followed by Central Kitsap High School Interact Club members (sponsored by Silverdale Rotary) with our Banner thanking Duck Race Sponsors.
Then along came CKFR Fire Chief Scott Weninger (Rotarian) below.
Parade Emcees at the VIP Grandstand were Rotarians Bud Grahn and Rob MacDermid at front left below. Not pictured: Rich Arper with the Mustang Club.
We certainly do love a Parade!
Silverdale Rotarians were out in the heat on July 12-13 manning sales booths at the Silverdale Hallmark, Safeway, and Albertsons. Also the Bremerton Brew Fest (hot hot hot, but a happier crowd than the grocery stores!). Below are Steve and Elayne Burton at Hallmark and Jason Mayer and President Ed Hamilton at Brew Fest.
Remember that the Kitsap Mall is an open venue, 7 days a week, and it is air conditioned!
Thanks to Rotarians, lots of businesses are selling ducks to the public, too. For those locations click on "How (and Where) to Adopt a Duck" at www.silverdalerotaryduckrace.com . P.S. Thanks, President Ed, for single handedly web-mastering this comprehensive Duck Race website!
Silverdale Rotary was pleased to award Stand Up For Kids (SUFK) an additional $751 on July 17 to help fill up backpacks of food for homeless kids. Margaret Rodriguez, Executive Director (pictured left), along with former Executive Director Jo Clark (on right), accepted the check from Rotarian Erin Leedham (center). Ms. Rodriguez told the Club that the backpack food bags provide three meals and snacks, and are distributed at three libraries in Kitsap County. There are currently approximately 800 homeless children in Kitsap County.
Video courtesy of Little Bugga, our generous Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Sponsor
This video is airing on Wave Broadband and Comcast cable courtesy of Mattress Ranch. Thank you Mattress Ranch!
On Thursday, July 10, the Silverdale Rotary Club awarded "Duck Bucks", funds raised from our annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, to help implement gardening projects for local children and seniors. The first grant was given to the Martha & Mary Childcare Center in Silverdale. They received a grant of $1,500 to purchase and install raised garden beds for approximately 149 small children to learn how to grow healthy food and enjoy the foods they grow. Director Renee Eicher informed the club during the presentation that the majority of the children are receiving subsidies and would not otherwise have access to gardening projects. She also informed the club that the teachers and children are very excited about the project and already have seedlings sprouting in the classrooms.
Pictured Below (left to right): Renee Eicher & Paula Rimmer of Martha & Mary, with Rotarian Cathy Bisallion.
The second award of the day was for yet another gardening project. $2,090 was given to the Canterbury Care Center to purchase and install a small greenhouse for seniors in the center to be able to garden year round. The project will allow seniors to enjoy gardening while providing essential social, mental and physical health for the seniors living in the center.
Pictured Below (left to right): Shelby Taylor & Alice Hartley of Canterbury Care Center along with Rotarian Cathy Bisallion.
Following is a link to the Editorial entitled "It's duck time again" in the July 18 Central Kitsap Reporter. 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!
Another Big Duck was at Mattress Ranch (below).
And here is one of the Big Ducks with the Duck Truck at the Seabeck Conference Center Centennial Celebration on June 14, with Ron and Peggy Templeton, Penny Loveless, and Rosalie Dormaier.
Our Big Ducks will be migrating to over 35 sponsor and event locations between now and the Duck Race. Huge thanks go to our Trail Boss Ellen Newberg (who schedules the moves) and Wranglers Scott Park, Jim Dudley and Larry Rodgers, Chuck Kraining, Newberry Hill Heritage Park volunteers (Duck Buck recipients giving back), Peter Matty, and Pete Dawson.
What a treat to hear the Independents perform a patriotic medley on July 3 at Rotary, accompanied by a beautifully scripted Powerpoint of poignant images. There wasn't a dry eye in the crowd as song after heart swelling song was performed by these talented musicians directed by Pam Wenter, including our own Elayne Burton and Scott Park.
One of the great things they do is sing all the Armed Services' anthems, and everyone who has served in each Branch stands up. Below was Army, as the Doneys stood up. Then Air Force and Marine Corps. Then Coast Guard (Bob Cassis stood up).
Then there was Navy! Thanks Rob MacDermid, Jim Adkins, Frank Guthrie, Don Lachata, Brian Beagle, Mike Gass, and Roger Aydt, and Scott Park (and many other Rotarian veterans who were not there) for your service!
Silverdale Rotarians were out in force on July 5-6 manning sales booths at the Silverdale Hallmark and Albertsons. Below is our newest Rotarian, Kim Peterson.
For more locations, click on How (and Where) to Adopt a Duck at www.silverdalerotaryduckrace.com .
Natalie Bryson accepted a Duck Buck grant on behalf of the Paul Linder Educational Foundation in the amount of $1,683.30. The unusual amount is due to the fact that this is part of a matching grant; it will be used to replace badly outdated classroom maps in ten schools in the Central Kitsap School District.
Pictured: Rotarians Natalie Bryson and Elayne Burton
The Duck Truck and a Big Duck are now in the Kitsap Mall! Plus a booth that provides details about the Race and how all ticket proceeds go to support worthy causes. You can Adopt Ducks at the display or at Ben Bridge nearby.
Huge thanks go to Advantage Nissan for the Duck Truck, Kitsap Mall for display space, and to Suquamish Clearwater Casino for sponsoring the Million Dollar Duck!
On June 5, Lucrecia Mirano accepted a $500 Duck Buck grant on behalf of the CKHS PTSA, which organizes Grad Night. The funds will be used to help provide seniors graduating from Central Kitsap High School with a safe and enjoyable way to celebrate after the graduation ceremony.
Pictured left to right: Rotarian Erin Leedham and Lucrecia Mirano
2014 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Chair Mary Hoover revealed the winning T-shirt design from a competition held among students at Central Kitsap High School, Klahowya Secondary School and Crosspoint Academy. The competition attracted 23 entries, and the winner is Sarah Avery from CKHS. She was presented with a t-shirt and a $100 prize, and her art teacher Judy Sorrels was presented with a plaque to be displayed at CKHS. Sarah’s design will be featured on over 400 shirts, proudly worn by Duck Race supporters!
Pictured left to right: Rotary President Ed Hamilton, Sarah Avery, Judy Sorrels
The meeting on June 5 was conducted by officers of the new Interact Club at Central Kitsap High School, and they did an excellent job! A number of seniors from our area high schools received scholarships at the meeting.
Central Kitsap High School:
Camdon Hatch plans to serve for two years as a missionary in Peru, followed by college at BYU.
Rachel Kagan is headed for the University of Minnesota where she plans to study Chemical Engineering.
Jasmine Ford will pursue studies in Nursing and Spanish at Gonzaga University.
Madison Munro looks forward to studying Nursing at the University of Portland.
Robert Horton will study Environmental Science at the University of Washington.
Barbara Mirano is aiming for a degree in Piano Performance at Central Washington University.
Katie Lee was not present to receive her award.
Klahowya Secondary School:
Emily Nelson will study Biology at the University of Washington with an eye toward medical school.
China Kesterson is going to train in Dental Hygiene at Eastern Washington University.
Aaron Zendejas is excited about the Communications program at Central Washington University and Marine Corps Officer Candidates School.
Madison Prentiss and Nakari Henry were not present to receive their awards.
Chayse Jones and DJ Degnan were not present to receive their awards.
Pictured left to right: Rotary President Ed Hamilton; Camdon Hatch, Jasmine Ford, Rachel Kagan, Barbara Mirano, Madison Munro, Robert Horton (CKHS); China Kesterson (Klahowya)
On May 29, 2014, the Rotary Club of Silverdale awarded $1,000 of "Duck Bucks" to Jackie Smaha of Kitsap Cancer Services (KCS). Duck Bucks are funds raised by the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race held each year at Whaling Days. The $1,000 of donated funds will be used by KCS for a program called "Kitsap Kids Connected." This program, which is currently in the Central Kitsap and North Kitsap school districts, gives books and resources to the schools to help them identify and help kids who's families have been affected by cancer. Pictured below are Rotary President Ed Hamilton, Jackie Smaha, and Rotarian Erin Leedham.
KCS is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing life enhancing support services to increase emotional well-being in people affected by cancer. All KCS services are offered at no cost to cancer patients, their family members, friends and caregivers. Core programs for KCS include "Compassionate Care Grants," which give money to needy patients to help with everything from treatment and medications down to housekeeping services for those too sick to maintain their homes. KCS also provides holiday sharing programs during Thanksgiving and Christmas. To learn more about KCS, visit their website at 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.
The CKSD website states, “Colleagues describe Kim as caring, committed, selfless, creative and inspirational. Kim also has a deep commitment and dedication to professional growth and development. She has made a profound impact outside the teaching profession, too--locally, statewide and internationally. This investment in others has made a difference in the lives of countless people of all ages, and especially children.” In recognition of her achievement, the Rotary Club of Silverdale presented Kim with a plaque, a $350 check, and an Honorary Paul Harris Fellowship. Congratulations, and thank you, Kim!
Pictured (left to right): Joseph Moris (Crosspoint), Chelsea Musick (Crosspoint), Jasmine Ford (CKHS), Kenny Leedham (CKHS), Ciera Eisele (Klahowya), John Kraus (CKHS), Sarah Avery (CKHS). Not Pictured - Colton Kendall (Klahowya).
On Thursday, May 22, the Silverdale Rotary Club honored outstanding students from Central Kitsap High School, Klahowya Secondary School and Crosspoint Academy. Each month during the school year, students are chosen by faculty at each school to be honored. If these students are any indication of the future of America, then the future is bright! These students are outstanding students, great athletes, community minded and really, really motivated. Another thing that really stands out is how different all of these young men and women are. They all have very different dreams for their future, but each one is an inspiring individual. The students receive limousine service to and from the luncheon held in their honor, a copy of the Rotary Four-Way Test, and a copy of "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens."
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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..."
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.”
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
Nissan and Mattress Ranch are the biggest sponsors of the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Advantage Nissan gives us the new Nissan Frontier Truck (or $16,000 cash) as the grand prize, and Mattress Ranch donates the production and air time on cable of a 30 second spot promoting the Duck Race (huge!). On June 1, 2014 all the parties convened at the Mattress Ranch in Gorst for the commercial shoot. The spot will be aired on Comcast and Wave Broadband for about 6 weeks before the Duck Race.
Pictured left to right: Producer/photographer, Mattress Ranch owners Yvonne and Max Sadtler (Yvonne is providing animated direction to mascot Lucky), Ted Sadtler (Mattress Ranch founder and iconic spokesperson), Silverdale Rotary President Ed Hamilton, and Advantage Nissan owner Chuck Capps, and Mascot Lucky (aka Shyla Hamilton).
It's a wrap! Left to right below: Ed Hamilton, Ted Sadtler, Chuck Capps
Thank you Advantage Nissan and Mattress Ranch!
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.
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!
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.
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),
and a boardwalk (pictured below) covered with non-skid material that ensures safety for humans and horses while protecting the wetlands.
In June 2013, Silverdale Rotarians funded and installed mile markers on trail signs in the 1,400 acre park..
Honoring sailors and Marines each month is a tradition of our Club. This month we honored the Junior Sailor of the Quarter for the Fourth Quarter of 2013. MAC Woolf introduced MA2 Jordan Catherman describing him as a section leader and one who is mentoring others in physical fitness and a candidate for sailor of the year.
MAC Christenson introduced MASN Nicholas Rodabaug as Blue Jacket of the Quarter for Fourth Quarter of 2013. He was described as the “fastest 1 ½ miler on the base” and one who gets things done before being asked. He is in charge of about 70 Marines and Sailors all focused on protecting our nuclear assets.
MAC Lee introduced MA1 Trisha Blosser as Senior Sailor of the Quarter for Fourth Quarter of 2013. She has a passion for the martial arts of the Philippines and teaches it as an activity for others. Her responsibilities are to maintain the administrative duties of being paid, having food to eat, etc., for over 50 sailors. She would like to eventually work in the mental health field after her Navy career.
Congratulations to all!
Pictured left to right: MASN Nicholas Rodabaugh, MAC Andrew Christianson, MAC Alexander Lee, MA1 Trisha Blosser, Silverdale Rotary President Ed Hamilton, MAC Ted Woolf, MA2 Jordan Catherman.
Not pictured: Marine of the Quarter Cpl Chantley Hawkins
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.
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
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.
The Silverdale Rotary Club meeting on February 13 featured eight remarkable high school students who were chosen by their respective faculties as Students of the Month. This honor is not just a celebration of academic excellence; students of the month are also recognized for their citizenship, their ability to overcome obstacles, and their attitude of service above self. Each honoree received a certificate of commendation, a copy of Seven Habits of 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, a copy of the Four Way Test, and a gift card.
Pictured left to right: Allison Gherna and Kira Bright (Klahowya Secondary School) , Isaiah Tanksley, Madison MacKenzie, Madison Munro, and Jesse Hernandez (Central Kitsap High School), Chayse Jones and Jessica Damon (Crosspoint Academy)
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!
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.
Pictured on left: Rotarian Larry Rodgers; on right: Rotarian David Mitchell and family
Pictured left to right: MASN Eddison Nelson, MA1 Jonathon Walter, MAC Andrew Christianson, MA2 Maura Johnson, MAC David Turbyfill, Rotarian Mike Hancock. Not pictured: LCpl Anthony Perez and Cpl Casey Jarrell
On January 9th, the Silverdale Rotary Club recognized outstanding military personnel from the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor. Each quarter a few sailors and Marines are awarded the title of Sailor or Marine of the Quarter. The award is given to those sailors and Marines who consistently exhibit extraordinary job skills, excellent leadership abilities and good community service. The award is highly competitive and considered a great honor to be chosen. This quarter's winners were no exception. Each person named was a top performer amongst their peers and all of them are core personnel that are heavily relied on to get jobs done. Each recipient is awarded with a plaque and a gift card to recognize their achievement. This quarter's winners were:
MA2 Maura Johnson - Junior Sailor of the Quarter
MA1 Jonathon Walter - Senior Sailor of the Quarter
LCpl Anthony Perez - Marine of the Quarter
Cpl Casey Jarrell - Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter
MASN Eddison Nelson - Blue Jacket of the Quarter
Central Kitsap Reporter - December 13, 2013
The Central Kitsap Reporter asked for Bell Ringing stories from Silverdale Rotarians, and seven were published on December 13. Here is the link: http://www.centralkitsapreporter.com/news/235639641.html
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
On November 7, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer, representing the 6th District of Washington, addressed a full house with an informative and engaging presentation and question/answer session. After being presented by Bill Bryan and Sheriff Steve Boyer with a rare “silver stickle-backed slug” to commemorate his visit (see inset), Kilmer (who serves on the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology) spoke about what he sees as the most significant challenges facing our nation. He addressed the importance of creating jobs amidst a tepid economic recovery and the need to get a handle on the country’s long term fiscal health.
In answer to the question “What is Congress doing?” Kilmer answered “Not enough,” pointing to the damage caused by the recent government shutdown and the movement from a “fiscal cliff” to a “fiscal mountain range”. Examples of congressional inaction include the failure to pass a single jobs-related bill this session (only 29 bills have been passed since January) and the failure to agree on a federal budget (Congress has not succeeded in passing a budget since 2009).
The December 12 meeting featured another impressive gathering of outstanding students, each chosen by their respective school’s faculty for academic achievement, leadership qualities, citizenship, and school and community activities. Honorees from Central Kitsap High School were Rebecca Crabtree (who wants to study business), Sangram Watson (who intends to study criminal justice), Cedrick Smith (an aspiring film director), and Kendra Fields (who envisions a career in physical therapy). Klahowya Secondary Schools's featured students were McKenna Badkin (who hopes for a master’s degree in music) and Madison Prentiss (who dreams of becoming a doctor or pharmacist).
The students enjoyed a limousine ride to a from the Rotary meeting, and each received a certificate, a copy of the Rotary Four Way Test, a copy of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, and a gift card. One student shared a timely quotation from Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” There’s no question that students like these will change the world for the better!
Pictured left to right: Silverdale Rotary President Jason Mayer; McKenna Badkin and Madison Prentiss (Klahowya); Kendra Fields, Sangram Watson, Cedrick Smith, and Rebecca Crabtree (CKHS); and Rotarian Ron Templeton
Rotarian Debi Brooks-Givens presented a check for $1,000 to Rosie Ludlow, Independent Living Services (ILS) counselor with West Sound Youth for Christ. 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/ .
Pictured left to right: Silverdale Rotary President Jason Mayer, Rosie Ludlow, Debi Brooks-Givens
On October 10, the Silverdale Rotary Club was pleased to honor the first group of Students of the Month for the 2013-14 school year from Klahowya Secondary School, Central Kitsap High School, and Crosspoint Academy. The students are chosen by school staff for academic achievement, leadership qualities, citizenship, and school and community activities. What a group! The students told us about their activities and ambitions, which varied from music, engineering, law enforcement, theater, sports, choir, world relief, and much more.
Pictured left to right: Rotarian Ron Templeton, Ben Usher and Jacynda Hoyson (Klahowya), Camdon Hatch (CKHS), David Degnan (Crosspoint), Rachel Kagan (CKHS), Silverdale Rotary President Jason Mayer
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.
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.
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.
Below is the Playcraft digger that Silverdale Rotary paid for, thanks to Community support of the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race.
Below are the new Spring Lilies that we paid for - don't they look like fun!
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.
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
Be sure to attend Rotary on Thursday, August 22, when the program will be Duck Race 2013 Rotarian Recognition. This will be no ordinary recognition program - with Mechelle Hoerer and Damian Lonnee in charge (with their, um, twisted sense of humor), this promises to be great fun! Lots of photos and...well, you will just have to come to find out!
Silverdale Rotary was very pleased to present a $30,000 check to Haselwood Family YMCA on September 19. This is our third annual installment towards a $200,000 commitment to support the Teen Center.
We are able to write this check because of the tremendous support from sponsors and the public buying 20,000 Duck Tickets for the 20th Annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race in July 2013.
Pictured below, Halli DePhillips, YMCA Senior Youth Director, and Eric Baril (representing hundreds of teens who benefit) accepted our check on behalf of the Teen Center. Eric related that participation in the Teen Programs has been a positive influence on his life and has opened many doors. And that is why we sell Ducks!
Pictured left to right: Silverdale Rotary President Jason Mayer, Halli DePhillips, Eric Baril, and 2013 Duck Race Chair extraordinaire Elayne Burton.
At our October 17 meeting, Silverdale Rotarian Anita Blau presented a $500 check to Lucrecia Mirano, volunteer coordinator for the Central Kitsap High School PTSA. Silverdale Rotary has developed a great win-win partnership with the PTSA, as they provide significant assistance with the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race by helping with duck tagging and post-race clean up in exchange for our donation to support Grad Night. Grad Night provides Central Kitsap High School graduates with a fun, healthy, local night of celebration, and Rotary is proud to be a supporter. Grad Night 2014 is scheduled for June 12.
Pictured left to right: Lucrecia, Anita, and President Jason
Huge Thanks goes to Damian Lonnee, Michelle Hoerer and Elayne Burton for putting on a hilarious program last Thursday. Elayne did a great job of recognizing the help we had from Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue and the Port of Silverdale on Race Day, reading a letter of appreciation written by Race Ops Rotarians Scott Slocum and Scott Weninger. Pictured below are Elayne, Port Commissioner Ed Scholfield, Lt. Rick Schulgen, and Deputy Fire Chief Jay Lovato.
The Marine Corps Security Force Battallion Bangor was represented by Sgt Kurtis Matthews (below) who accepted a letter of appreciation for the hard work of a dozen Sailors and Marines on Race Day.
Afterward, Damian and Mechelle started handing out the Rotarian Duck Race "Quacktastic Awards." The awards were too numerous to name all of them here, but all of them were funny and simultaneously did a great job of recognizing just how much effort it takes to put on the duck race each year. I think we all owe Elayne Burton a collective "Thank You!" for being a highly effective Duck Race Chair and for organizing the single most successful Duck Race in the history of this club.
Pictured below, Barbara Beagle presenting Elayne with a thank you gift carried back from Portugal.
Rotary Exchange Student Kelly Wu, arrived on August 23rd ready to start her year long adventure with our Club. She was met at SeaTac airport by her first host family, the Ludwig family (Roger, Michele, Marissa and Wesley) and Club Youth Exchange Officer Chuck Kraining. She was amazingly peppy after an 11-hour flight from Taiwan and another hour-plus in U.S. Customs. She is a sweet young lady, and we hope everyone will get a chance to get to know her. Please think about taking her with you on an outing throughout the year. Are you going on a picnic? To the opera? A ballgame? To the beach? Why not invite Kelly along? Michele Ludwig is keeping her master calendar so feel free to pick a date! Both you and Kelly will treasure the experience.
Pictured (left to right): Michele Ludwig, Kelly Wu, Roger Ludwig, Wesley Ludwig, Marissa Ludwig).
It was a lovely evening at the Templeton's home on Dyes Inlet for Silverdale Rotary families and prospective members on August 24.
Thank you Ron and Peggy for an incredible salmon BBQ and gourmet meal: hors d'oeuvres, Caesar & Seabeck Salads, homemade rolls, salmon over a wood fire Native American style (firepit above left), chicken, corn on the cob, triple chocolate brownies and ice cream, and more. And wines from all over. What an evening!
Pictured clockwise left to right at the lavish buffet table: Exchange Student Kelly Wu, Penny Loveless, Roger Eagan; Shyla, Sarah, and Ed Hamilton; Michele and Roger Ludwig.
On August 29, Rob MacDermid, long time Pancake Breakfast organizer, recognized Dale Robinson for his tireless efforts in organizing volunteers, putting up the banner, being there all day, and much, much more. Rob thanked Jack Jensen and Jim Dudley for purchasing and delivering the food and transporting fencing to/from the Parks Dept. Rob thanked the many volunteers of the clean up crew who stayed to clean up and pack up.
Then Rob revived a tradition started by Past President Steve Slaton (2007-08), by passing a Rotary coin previously given to him on to a person who exemplified Rotary. He passed his coin to Scott Park (pictured below on left), whose company Quality Heating, Electrical, and Air Conditioning, transports and maintains the gas grills for the Pancake Breakfast.
Do you have a Rotary coin that has been gathering dust on your dresser or in a drawer? How about presenting it at a Club meeting to a Rotarian who exemplifies Service Above Self - let's get those coins moving again!
Gail Morse, a 12-year Silverdale Rotarian and a Kitsap Bank Vice President retired at the end of August. Many Rotarians attended the retirement event at Kitsap Bank on August 28, and just a few of them are pictured below.
Back Row: Rosalie Dormeier, Chuck Kraining, Brian Beagle, Damian Lonnee
Front Row: Nancy Whitaker, Penny Loveless, Gail Morse, Steve Burton, Elayne Burton, Mechelle Hoerer, Debi Brooks-Givens, and Barbara Beagle
On Thursday Bill Bryan, representing the raucous and irreverent bunch by the door referred to as Area 51 or Table 57 (whose members have included Gail Morse, Damian Lonnee, Nancy Whitaker, Bill Bryan, Ron "Ronster" Rogerson, Layna Pfaff, Tim Lengel, and Hank Mann-Sykes) - presented Gail with a piggy bank with two nickels, a penny, and a washer in it. You can draw your own conclusion about the members of Table 57!
Pictured: Gail Morse (left) and Bill Bryan
This was Gail's last Rotary meeting as he and wife Becky are planning to hit the road and spend time with family. We will miss you, Gail!
Kelly Wu, our new Exchange Student from Taiwan who arrived August 23, was officially welcomed to the Silverdale Rotary Club on August 29. She was accompanied by her first host family the Ludwigs (Rotarians Roger and Michele, daughter Marissa, and son Wesley). Kelly (shown below on right, with Marissa holding the Taiwanese flag) told a little about herself and with amazing aplomb addressed questions from the audience.
Below she is pictured on left with Marissa and President Jason Mayer presenting her home Club banner and some Taiwanese confections.
Kelly speaks excellent English, and she provided her "wish list" of things to see during her stay in the U.S (see below). Michele Ludwig is maintaining her calendar, so contact Michele at 360-265-5729 (cell) or 360-698-7225 (home) to include Kelly on an outing.
See water fall
Go horseback riding
The first Starbucks
See the snow
Ride a ferry
Pike Place market
See the ocean
Kelly is also on Facebook (Ting Ting Wu - in Chinese characters!). The easiest way to get to her is on Roger or Michele Ludwig's Facebook Friends list. Kelly will be celebrating her 18th birthday on September 18. Welcome, Kelly!
Duck Race Rotarian Recognition was continued on August 29 because Scott Slocum and Scott Weninger missed the August 22 meeting. Duck Race Chair Elayne Burton thanked the Double Scotts for stepping up to run Race Day Operations and presented them both with Quacktastic Awards (little gold ducks).
Then Damian Lonnee (pictured above on left) explained the next award, the Scott 2-Ply Award, as he handed them each a roll of Scott 2-ply toilet paper and a certificate.
Pictured left to right: Elayne Burton, Scott Slocum, Scott Weninger.
It was all great fun, but very seriously, thank you to both Scott's for taking charge of Race Day Operations!
President Jason announced on August 29 that Marc Anderson, Manager of the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel, has been proposed for membership.
If you have any questions or comments, contact Membership Chair Ron Templeton by September 4.
Save the date of September 22, to attend the annual club Burger Bash. Cost is only $5 per person including beer, wine, and soft drinks! This year's bash will be held at the Seabeck Conference Center gazebo like in the 2011 picnic shown in the photo below.
It will be a potluck event and sign-up sheets will be available at next week's meeting. You can also sign up on line - just click on the event, log in, and click on Attend or Decline. So start thinking about what type of dish you would like to share and get ready for a great time.
Late breaking news this week came with the announcement by 2013-14 District 5020 Governor Pete Taylor that he had named our own Elayne Burton to be Area 6A Assistant Governor (AG). Assistant Governors provide ongoing interface between Clubs and the District in order to build stronger Clubs. While it's a true honor, there is also a lot of work that goes with it. Area 6A consists of the Rotary Clubs of Bainbridge Island, Kingston-North Kitsap, Poulsbo-North Kitsap, and Silverdale.
Assistant Governors (who must be Past Presidents) are chosen for their demonstrated leadership qualities and dedication to Rotary. Pictured below is Past District Governor Brian Beagle presenting Elayne with the AG pin that he wore from Jan 2003 - Dec 2005. Congratulations, and well deserved, Elayne!
“Totally Clean!” Those were the exact words of the Washington State Gambling Commission Auditor at the September 4 debrief of his audit of the 2013 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race. That says it all!
This is not an audit that we take lightly, as our Duck Race Gambling License depends on passing these audits. The auditor had reviewed ticket stubs, the Ticket Tracker list, prize and prize winner records, bank statements, check and invoice records, Quick Books reports, and other detailed records. And he had called all $500 and above prize winners for verification.
Huge thanks go to the Audit Team: Duck Race Chair Elayne Burton, Debi Brooks-Givens, Ed Hamilton, Kevin McNamara, and Brian and Barbara Beagle for ensuring that the records accurately reflected how the Duck Race was conducted. Thanks also to Scott Slocum and Peter Matty who provided invaluable background from the 2010 audit of the 2009 Duck Race.
Congratulations to all for an audit with NO FINDINGS!
On August 29, the Silverdale Rotary Club awarded $1,000 to Steve Polillo, a representative of Wrestling Supporting Wrestling (WSW). WSW is a tax exempt, non-profit organization, created to support and promote the sport of wrestling on the Kitsap Peninsula while aiding in the growth and overall well being of the sport everywhere. WSW gives grants and scholarships to local wrestlers to help reduce the costs of joining the sport and attending camps. They also hold and run several wrestling events such as the Hammerhead Invitational, they also host a Fundamental Skills and Technique Camp at Ridgetop Junior High. The $1,000 in Duck Bucks, funds raised from the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race fundraiser, will be used to help purchase IT equipment that WSW will use to help put on their sporting events.
Pictured: Steve Polillo (WSW) and Erin Leedham (Silverdale Rotary)
On September 5, Silverdale Rotarians proudly honored Sailors and Marines of the Quarter from the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion at Bangor. These young men and women are recognized by their superiors for outstanding leadership in keeping our Navy assets at Bangor safe and secure. Each is presented with a gift certificate and plaque, and this quarter they received an extra bonus from Silverdale Rotary Duck Race sponsor Kitsap Card – a free Kitsap Card good through December 31. Congratulations to these hard working and very deserving service men and women!
Junior Sailor of the Quarter: MA2 Gerard Petit
Senior Sailor of the Quarter: MA1 Ryan Wells
Blue Jacket of the Quarter: MA3 Sara Nader
Marine of the Quarter: LCpl Frank Aranda
Non Commissioned Officer of the Quarter: Sgt Robert Oyarzo
Pictured left to right:
Rotarian Chuck Kraining, MAC Ted Woolf, LCpl Frank Aranda, MA1 Ryan Wells, GySgt Albert Pardo, Rotarian Scott Park
Not pictured: MA2 Gerard Petit and MA3 Sara Nader
Approximately 25 new 2013 Duck Race plaques for new sponsors and 34 sets of 2013 large and small plates for continuing sponsors are being distributed by Lead Rotarians to sponsors over $500 who want them. That’s a LOT of work/cost covered for us entirely by our generous long term sponsor Recognition Plus of Silverdale and Tacoma. This year we needed to change all the large plates to Silverdale Rotary Duck Race (see photo below), and Recognition Plus provided everything without ‘blinking an eye.’
Pictured below is Lead Rotarian Debi Brooks-Givens presenting a plaque to Dr. Scott Siegel, CK Chiropractic, a new 2013 sponsor. Thanks to Rotarians Jim Adkins and Roger Aydt for doing all the delivery coordination. And thanks to our sponsors and Recognition Plus!
At Silverdale Rotary Club's regular meeting on August 8, six top Silverdale Rotary Duck Race prize winners gathered to pick up their prizes in person! Rotarians and winners alike shared in the celebration of our 20,000 ticket sellout.
The Grand Prize winner is Lindi Zuber, who chose $16,000 cash instead of a 2013 Nissan Frontier pickup, courtesy of Advantage Nissan.
Pictured left to right: Sons Tanner and Dylan Zuber, Lindi Zuber, Chuck Capps of Advantage Nissan, and our mascot Lucky (aka Damian Lonnee)
Thank you, Advantage Nissan, for providing the fabulous Grand Prize!
For more prize awards, click on More below. For the entire list of prize winners, go to www.silverdalerotaryduckrace.com .
THANK YOU to all 95 of our 2013 Duck Race Sponsors, our supporters, and everyone who purchased Duck Adoptions! Please click on this link to http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/5020/730/HTML/205341//2013SoundPublishingDuckRace-ThankYouAd.pdf to see the detailed list.
Silverdale Rotary continued a long tradition of hosting the Pancake Breakfast next to the parade route Saturday morning.
Rotarians, family members, and volunteers from Bank of America, Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel, and CKHS Key Club parents (plus others) fed the hungry hordes.
It was a lovely sunny day for the Lions Grand Parade at Whaling Days on July 27. Longtime Silverdale Rotarian and civic leader Natalie Bryson and was recognized for her enormous contributions to the Silverdale community by being named Grand Marshall (see photo below where Natalie shows us how to do "the wave")!
This parade was also special for Silverdale Rotary because our new Duck Race mascot Lucky made his parade debut, walking the route behind the Duck Truck (Silverdale Rotary Duck Race grand prize thanks to Advantage Nissan).
Lucky (Kenny Leedham, shown with Rotarian and Mom Erin Leedham on the right) is walking the route.
Ever wonder what it takes to wear a Duck Suit? Click on More below.
IT WAS A SELLOUT and the best Duck Race Ever!!!!
The 20th Annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race at Whaling Days was a fantastic success on July 28! Silverdale Rotary netted over $80,000 that will help change lives in the community.
All 20,000 ducks jockeyed for position as they crowded into the finish line! Rotarian Cathy Bisaillon (below) watches the soon-to-be winning duck enter the chute.
Congratulations to Lindi Zuber of Bremerton, WA, whose duck finished first (see photo of her adopted duck below held aloft by Rotarian Nancy Whitaker) and won the Grand Prize: a 2013 Nissan Frontier Pickup or $16,000 cash from Advantage Nissan!
For the entire list of 95 2013 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Winners, click on http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/5020/730/HTML/204663//2013DuckRaceWinners.pdf .
A huge thank you goes to everyone who adopted ducks, and to all 95 Sponsors who donated prizes, cash, and in-kind services.
In addition to the winners today, the real winners will be the recipients of the proceeds of this Rotary fund raiser. Because our Sponsors covered the event expenses, every dollar spent on ticket sales will go to worthy causes, like the ones listed here http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/5020/730/HTML/179606//DuckRaceProceedsRecipientsList.pdf.
Adopting Ducks Changes Lives - We are all winners!
For more thank you's and photos, click on More below.
Silverdale Rotary has committed $200,000 over five years to the Haselwood Family YMCA Teen Center in Silverdale. Currently our Long Term Project, it highlights Silverdale Rotarians’ multifaceted efforts to support and promote service to youth in our Community. Recently we heard two perspectives of the YMCA Teen Center story: the Youth and Teen Outreach Director Derek Foster, and Savannah Harvey, a teenager participating in the YMCA’s teen programs.
Derek talked about how the Teen Center is a place where teens can make friends and create positive relationships with peers and staff members. He went on to say that the Teen Center allows staff to get to know teens and help place them into programs to help develop personal and professional skills. Derek thanked Silverdale Rotary for all of our hard work in fundraising for the Teen Center.
Savannah then described her personal experiences the Teen Center. She started attending the Teen Center when the YMCA opened in June 2011, where she was able to connect with staff members who strongly encouraged her to volunteer at the Climbing Wall. Because of her involvement, Derek Foster asked her to be a part of the Teen Leadership Club, which is responsible for helping with Teen Late Night every Friday, as well as volunteering with the YMCA’s monthly Parent’s Night Out program. Also as part of Teen Leadership Club, Savannah has participated in team building and leadership exercises at Camp Seymour.
Savannah was invited to attend the following Leadership Conferences which focus on preparing teens to achieve their goals
- Pacific Regional Conference – Camp Seymour, WA
- Youth Leadership Development Conference – Vancouver, BC.
She remarked that because of her involvement with these programs, she has a sense of direction in her life, and she is thankful for the Teen Center being the starting point.
Derek further commented that because of Rotary’s support of the Teen Center, Savannah has been able to go from being a shy teenager to a leader among her peers.
Pictured left to right: Savannah Harvey, Derek Foster, and 2013 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Chair Elayne Burton
Silverdale Rotary funds the donations to the YMCA Teen Center with proceeds from our annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, now in its 20th year www.silverdalerotaryduckrace.com . We thank our Duck Race sponsors and everyone who purchases Duck Tickets for making Savannah’s success story possible, along with all the other teens who benefit from Teen Center programs. And thank you, Savannah and Derek, for giving us a powerful reminder of why we sell Duck Tickets!
Thanks to Duck Race Sponsor Jay Montgomery (Little Bugga) for providing this cable spot, and thanks to Sponsors Comcast Spotlight and Wave Broadband for running it as a PSA (Public Service Announcement).
From YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0vX_C7-sX4&feature=player_detailpage
The ducks are tagged and resting up for the big Silverdale Rotary Duck Race on Sunday! About 120 Rotarians, family members, and volunteers tagged 20,000 ducks today in record time! It's a real assembly line - old tags being removed in the foreground, and our tag numbers put on the ducks at the other end of the table.
Rotarian Dr. Mark Heinemann shuts down his dentist office and brings his entire staff (pictured below) every year to tag ducks every year!
CKHS volunteers help us tag and wash ducks, and Rotary donates to their Grad Night all night party that keeps grads safe. It's win-win! Pictured below (three photos) are just some of the over 20 CKHS students and PTSA volunteers, including Kitsap Royalty.
Rotarian Dale Robinson (below) brought his whole family!
Rotarian Natalie Bryson, a Club member since 1987, has been in the Club since before our first Duck Race in 1994! Natalie is pictured below on the left with her daughter and Past President Mary Hoover and Mary's granddaughter Madi on the right.
Stand Up For Kids (SUFK) is an organization that Silverdale Rotary has supported for many years with food donations and cash. This year SUFK (purple t-shirts and table below) helped us tag ducks and even sell Duck Tickets - thanks SUFK - it's win-win!
Rotarians (pictured clockwise below) Scott Weninger, Geoff Ball, Erin Leedham, and Jim Adkins with community and family volunteers.
Below the tagged ducks are being loaded into the truck by Rotarians Chuck Kraining and Scott Slocum. They are quarantined until the race in a truck donated by Duck Race Sponsor Penske Truck Rentals. We had a record breaking 95 sponsors this year who donated prizes, cash, and in-kind services. Thanks to these sponsors covering race expenses, every dollar in ticket sales will go to Silverdale Rotary charitable causes!
On June 6th, the Silverdale Rotary Club gathered at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club to honor Eric Samson as Central Kitsap School District's Teacher of the Year. Mr. Samson currently teaches Honors Physical Science at Central Kitsap Junior High School. He has been teaching in CKSD for over twenty-three years and has had a huge impact on many, many lives. Eric was chosen as teacher of the year at the school level and later at the district level. In recognition of his dedication to education, the Silverdale Rotary Club presented Mr. Samson with a very nice Crystal Plaque, a Paul Harris Fellowship Award (in which the club donated $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation in his name), as well as a $250 check. Congratulations Eric Samson and thank you for all that you do for our community!!!
Pictured (left to right): Rotarian Bud Grahn, Eric Samson, and Rotary President-Elect Jason Mayer.
On June 6th, the Silverdale Rotary Club once again demonstrated its dedication to education in our community by giving out $12,250 in scholarships to eighteen Central Kitsap School District students. The recipients were hand picked by a committee of Rotarians, who chose the awardees based on pre-submitted scholarship applications. The recipients of the awards were as follows:
Klahowya Secondary School
- Quincy Rouse - $1,000
- Alyna Jensen - $1,000
- Michael Ward - $1,000
- Riley Mills - $1,000
- Shelby Hemmerling - $500
- Sally Fletcher - $500
- Alyson Kreifels - $500
Central Kitsap High School
- Mathew Bogert - $1,500
- Joshua Wyllie - $1,000
- Nicholas Anderson - $500
- Jahrielle Davis - $500
- Kaitlyn Duarte - $500
- Benjamin Green - $500
- Mykyaila Jaramillo - $500
- Melissa Khuat - $500
- Amber Cheremsak - $500
- Kierra Brobst - $250
- Alexandra Gamble - $500
Pictured (left to right): Quincy Rouse, Alyson Kreifels, Sally Fletcher, Kaitlyn Duarte, Jahrielle Davis, Amber Cheremsek, Melissa Khuat, Mathew Bogart, Mikyaila Jaramillo, Joshua Wyllie, Kierra Brobst.
It won't be long before those who have cable TV on Comcast or Wave Broadband will see a new Silverdale Rotary Duck Race cable ad courtesy of Mattress Ranch, once of our biggest sponsors after Advantage Nissan. The footage was shot on location on May 30 at the Port Orchard Mattress Ranch.
Pictured below are Silverdale Rotary President Elect Jason Mayer, Mattress Ranch owner Ted Sadtler, and Chuck Capps of Advantage Nissan, with Lucky in the 2013 Grand Prize Nissan Frontier Duck Truck.
Thank you Advantage Nissan and Mattress Ranch!
On Saturday, June 22, Rotarians showed up in force to complete the 2013 President's Project. Each Year, the current president of the Rotary Club gets to choose a community project that is near and dear to their heart. This year's president, Mary Hoover, chose to help the Newberry Hill Heritage Park. The 250-acre park, which has approximately 15 miles of trails was in need of mileage marker signs throughout the park. In addition to providing the funding for the signs, the Silverdale Rotary Club also provided the labor and tools to place the signs throughout the park. Several Rotarians, spouses, children and even a dog, all showed up with backpacks and cordless screwdrivers to hike the trails and mount the signs throughout the park. This was a very fun project and it was a perfect morning for a beautiful hike. If you haven't been to the park and you enjoy nature walks, I strongly urge you to visit. For more information about the park click here.
Rotarians Scott Slocum and Peter Matty
What a treat after we honored Sailors and Marines of the Quarter on May 23 to hear a stirring patriotic medley from the Independents. Singing in front of a huge crowd, their special Memorial Day program honored active duty military, veterans, and all those who have fallen in service to our country.
Our own Rotarians Elayne Burton (pictured far right, front row) and Scott Park (5th man from the left, back row), are longtime members of this group,
A favorite part of their program is to sing the anthems of all the military services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard), while all those current, past, or families of fallen heroes in those stand. Every service was represented with singular pride. Thank you to the Indpendents for this opportunity to be reminded that Freedom is Not Free.
On May 30th, the Silverdale Rotary Club awarded "Duck Bucks" to Easter Seals and the Hometown Band. Duck Bucks are funds from the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race.
The first recipient was Alisha Hartnett, the Program Director for the Easter Seals Olympic Peninsula Autism Center. The $900 donation will be used for developing a sensory room, which will be used for therapy enhancement. Rotarians will also supply a portion of the labor needed to build the room and equipment. For more information click here.
Pictured: Rotarian Cathy Bisallion (left) with Alicia Hartnett.
The second recipient of the day was Greg Patterson, President of the Hometown Band. The Hometown Band is a non-profit volunteer community band. For more information about the Hometown Band visit their website. The $500 donation will be used to purchase new chairs for the band members to use while performing at community events.
Pictured: Rotarian Cathy Bisallion with Greg Patterson.
Each quarter, the Silverdale Rotary Club honors local Sailors and Marines. On May 23, we recognized exemplary Sailors and Marines from the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion at Bangor and the USS CONNECTICUT (SSN-22). These men and women are chosen from a large pool of candidates, and their level of achievement in outstanding service to our country as well as community involvement is truly astonishing.
It was particularly timely to honor our Sailors and Marines just days before Memorial Day, a time when we are all reminded of the sacrifices of so many who have gone before.
Front row: MAC Andrew Christianson, Cpl Nathan Presley, MASN Jill Somekawa, Cpl Elijah Hardy, SSgt Alvin Robancho, SSgt John Bishop (all from Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor)
Back row: MACS John McCown, MA3 Dustin Rothell, MA1 Dameon Parez, SgtMaj Steven Burkette (all from Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor); ET1(SS) Jason Hoag and MMCS(SS) Nicholas Wallace (USS CONNECTICUT (SSN-22))
Continuing a long tradition of supporting the Clear Creek Trail, Silverdale Rotary Awarded $1,000 in Duck Bucks for a project to put a bridge from the new trail just west of Hop Jack’s Restaurant to Bayshore Drive. The project, dubbed the "Beer Bridge" by Tex Lewis, the longtime driving force behind the Clear Creek Task Force, was designed by the Engineering Club at Olympic Community College.
Pictured left to right are Tex Lewis and Mary Earl of the Clear Creek Task Force and Rotarian Nancy Whitaker.
Duck Bucks are made possible by the generous support of the Community and Sponsor support of the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race. For information about the Duck Race on July 28, see http://silverdalerotaryduckrace.com/ .
Costco Silverdale held a Military Appreciation Night on May 11, and Silverdale Rotary was invited to man a booth to thank our local Military families and promote the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race which will be held on July 28 at the Whaling Days Festival (July 26-28 at Silverdale Waterfront Park). Pictured above left to right are Silverdale Rotarians Debi Brooks-Givens, Don Lachata, our new Duck Race mascot "Lucky" (Rotarian Mechelle Hoerer), friend of Rotary Phil Bisaillon, and Rotarians Elayne Burton and Jason Mayer.
Costco very generously provided two "Duck Cakes" to pass out to the hordes of visitors. Thank you Costco for allowing us to honor our local Military families!
We were also happy to see Jahrielle Davis, our 2011-12 Rotary Exchange Student to Hungary, pictured above. Jahrielle is a senior at Central Kitsap High School, a Running Start student at Olympic College, and 2013 Miss Silverdale!
Last Thursday, Nick and Coleta Corey, received a $1,000 check from the Silverdale Rotary Club in support of "Corey's Day on the Farm," an annual two day event in support of special needs children. The money given to the project comes from "Duck Bucks," funds raised during the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race. The money raised from the duck race each year is then given back to the community in support of great projects such as this. For more information on Corey's Day on the Farm click here.
Pictured (left to right): Silverdale Rotary President Mary Hoover, Nick and Coleta Corey, Silverdale Rotary President Elect Jason Mayer.
On May 9, the Silverdale Rotary Club gathered to honor several "Students of the Month" from Central Kitsap High School, Klahowya Secondary School and Crosspoint Academy. Each student being honored received limousine service from school to the Silverdale Beach Hotel, a luncheon in their honor, a certificate of achievement, a copy of the Rotary Four-Way Test, and a copy of the book, "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens."
We are always amazed at the range of talents and achievements exhibited by the students from these schools. As they described all their activities and community involvement, we wondered once again how they simultaneously balance rigorous AP course schedules with all their other amazing pursuits. Congratulations to all these well deserving students!
Pictured left to right: Carlos Vallejo (Klahowha); Russell Melin (Crosspoint, son of Silverdale Rotarian Glen Melin); Josh Wyllie, Gunnar Onarheim, Joshua Keaton, and Lisa Schmall (CKHS); Silverdale Rotary President Mary Hoover; Rotarian Ron Templeton
Not pictured: Kiara Blas (CKHS) and Shelby Hemmerling (Klahowya)
Last Thursday, the Silverdale Rotary Club gave $2,100 in "Duck Bucks," funds raised from the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, to Friends of Newberry Hill Heritage Park. Frank Stricklin (pictured on the left, next to Silverdale Rotary President Mary Hoover) was at the club meeting to receive the check and informed the club that the funds will be used to build the first viewing platform on the heritage wetland and a boardwalk at the bird meadow within the park. Form more information about the Newberry Hill Heritage Park click here. For more information on the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race click here.
Last Friday, inside a very hot and crowded Olympic College Theater, and with little support to cheer them on, our crack spelling team, “We Bee Ducks”, emerged victorious in the 22nd Annual Kitsap Adult Center for Education (KACE) Corporate Spelling Bee for the NINTH TIME! Our team is sitting in the back row, center in the photo below.
Congratulations to Mike Gass, Elayne Burton, and Ed Ahrens (pictured below) on taking First Place! They have a long history of success, the Silverdale Rotary team has placed in 20 of 22 of these events.
As the teams dwindled, and our team stood fast, supporters of other teams in the crowd commented on the tenacity and talent exhibited by our Rotarians! Special thanks to Cathy and Nick Doney, Scott Slocum, Mary Hoover and Steve Burton for coming out to support our efforts.
In Kitsap County, 1 in 12 adults has not finished high school or an equivalent, and 1 in 7 reads and writes at or below the 5th grade level. The Kitsap Adult Center for Education serves the needs of those individuals, and our participation in the Spelling Bee nets the organization $500 to do that work.
Each quarter, the Silverdale Rotary Club honors local Sailors and Marines. On March 7 we recognized exemplary Sailors and Marines from Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC)/Marine Corps Security Force Battalion (MCSFBn) at Bangor. These service members are chosen from a large pool of candidates by their superiors, and their level of achievement is amazing. Candidates are chosen based on job performance, leadership, and their community involvement. As we listened to their leaders' descriptions of their accomplishments, as well as to the honorees themselves, our hearts swelled with pride and gratitude for their outstanding service to our country.
Pictured (left to right):
MA1 Ryan Wells - SWFPAC/MCSFBn Senior Sailor of the Quarter
MA2 Joshua Ferrer - SWFPAC/MCSFBn Junior Sailor of the Quarter
MCSFBn SgtMaj Steven Burkett
LTJG Matthew Rumpke
MCSFBn Executive Officer LCDR Darrin Faller
MAC Doug Terou
MCSFBn Command Master Chief MACM George Serrano
MACS Winston Preston
MSgt Jason Selby
Sgt Nicholas Weidner - MCSFBn Non-Commissioned Officer of the Quarter
SSgt John Bishop
LCpl Nathan Keller - MCSFBn Marine of the Quarter
Not pictured: MASN Kimyounna Jackson - SWFPAC/MCSFBn Blue Jacket of the Quarter
Continuing a 13-year tradition in helping homeless youth in Kitsap County, Silverdale Rotary awarded Stand Up For Kids (SUFK) $2,000 in Duck Bucks to feed homeless youth on weekends. Pictured below is Rotarian Bob Cassis with a cart full of bags. Each bag feeds one homeless young person for a weekend.
Director at Large Jo Clark, who recently stepped down after 15 years as Executive Director, introduced Executive Director Margaret Rodriguez to Rotarians and guests at our February 28 Club meeting. Ms. Rodriguez described herself as having a passion for the homeless, and went on to say that there are 800 homeless young people in Kitsap County! SUFC helps homeless youth in a variety of other ways besides food; including clothes, shoes, personal hygiene items, and bus passes and tokens to get to school.
Ms. Rodriguez said that SUFK will continue to provide hands on support to our Silvedale Rotary Duck Race, which will be held this year on July 28, the last day of the 3-day Whaling Days Festival. It is this fund raiser that allows us to donate Duck Bucks to worthy organizations like SUFK, and we appreciate the partnership with recipients - truly win-win!
For more information about SUFK, go to http://www.standupforkids.org/bremerton/default.aspx .
Silverdale Rotarians were pleased to honor Students of the Month on April 11 from Crosspoint Academy, Klahowya Secondary School, and Central Kitsap High School. In the students' own words we heard about their impressive accomplishments, their wide range of activities and volunteer pursuits, and their plans for the future. We can't help but ask, how do they fit it all in and still maintain impressive GPAs with multiple Advanced Placement Classes?
Congratulations to the students pictured below - our future looks brighter because of them.
Left to right: Mikal Pattee (Crosspoint), Whitney Killgore aand Sidney Winters (Klahowya), Nicholas Anderson, Kimberly Robles, Abigail Encarnacion (CKHS), Rotarian Student of the Month Coordinator Ron Templeton, President Mary Hoover.
Each student being honored received limousine service from school to the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel for a luncheon in their honor, a certificate of achievement, a copy of the Rotary Four-Way Test, and a copy of the book, "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens." WELL DONE to these fine students!
Silverdale Rotary was delighted to award $610 in Duck Bucks to the Woodlands Elementary PTA to buy t-shirts for 5th grade students attending YMCA Camp Colman on the Key Peninsula. The PTA has an agressive fund raising program, providing finanacial support to the many students in the 5th grade who are on a free or reduced lunch program. Without the PTA support, many could not afford to attend camp, let alone buy a t-shirt. Camp Colman's program is designed to "help the camper build skills and confidence, explore talents, and enjoy lasting friendships."
Melissa Snyder accepted the check on behalf of the PTA and pledged to help with the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race. She also added that Woodlands Elementary children are very appreciative of the 3rd Grade Dictionaries that Rotarians provide every year.
February 14 was a day to celebrate the next generation, as Silverdale Rotary hosted seven amazing Students of the Month from Central Kitsap High School, Klahowya Secondary School, and Crosspoint Academy. With proud relatives looking on, each student spent a few minutes describing their impressive lists of activities, accomplishments, community and international service, and aspirations. Areas of future study include meteorology, physics, pilot training, food service and bakery management, sports medicine, and many more. We couldn't be in better hands!
Each student was presented with a copy of the Rotary Four-Way Test, a certificate, limousine service from the school to a luncheon in their honor, and a copy of 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Pictured below from left: Morgan RIchmond and Andrei Brundige (CKHS), Chris Leu (Crosspoint), Sally Fletcher (Klahowya), Silverdale Rotary President Mary Hoover, Alyson Kreifels (Klahowya), Anna Robinson and Ben Green (CKHS), and Rotarian Ron Templeton.
One Rotarian reflected later that while his normally unwelcome Property Tax bill had arrived that morning with a sizable amount included for the CK School District, it was "money well spent."
Rotarians were also delighted when Crosspoint Academy College Counselor and English Teacher Victoria Stamp (pictured below) presented a huge thank you note from the 3rd grade class for their dictionaries (see related story below on this webpage).
Suquamish Clearwater Casino held their 2nd annual Fat Tuesday Parade of Service celebration on February 12. Twenty three non-profit organizations built floats for the competition. The Casino is very generous to the Community, because every non-profit is awarded $500 for their entry, and there is more cash for top prizes.
Pictured above is the Silverdale Rotary End Polio Now float, celebrating the second year in India without a single case of polio. Rotarian Jim Dudley provided the pulling power while President Mary Hoover handed out Mardi Gras beads. Great fun was had by all! Normally quiet Jim came decked out in Mardi Gras splendor (inset picture).
Thanks to Suquamish Clearwater Casino, one of our biggest Duck Race sponsors, and thanks to all the Rotarians who helped with the float!
Neither rain, nor wind, nor sleet, nor snow, nor dark of night keeps Silverdale Rotarians from their Salvation Army posts at the four doors of Macy's on Saturdays in December! Below Rotarian Tommy Jones is spreading Christmas cheer in the dark on the late afternoon shift.
The Salvation Army reported to us on December 13 that at the four Macy's doors on December 1 and 8 we collected $1,756 from generous shoppers!
Below new Rotarian Josh Hinman brought his son Noah along to help.
We thank President Mary Hoover who coordinated the initial scheduling and Rotarian Rob MacDermid (top inset) who is coordinating the bell ringers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for three Saturdays in a row (December 8, 15, and 22)!
Silverdale Rotary's Bell Ringing at Macy's ended on December 22 with a flourish as Rotarians were joined by their kids, grandkids, friends, and neighbors, ringing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thanks to Rob MacDermid, who was the daily coordinator for the third week in a row! There isn't room to publish all the photos, but here are a few:
Erin Leedham and her son Kenny.
To see the rest, click on More below.
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. A total of 872 dictionaries were distributed by Rotarians, family members, and friends of Rotary. Pictured below is Silverdale Rotarian Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue Chief Scott Weninger presenting a dictionary to enthusiastic recipients at Cougar Valley Elementary School.
Dozens and 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. If the looks on the children's faces and the amazing student thank you notes we receive weren't enough, the sincere appreciation of teachers and school staff is an added bonus. Pictured below: Crosspoint Academy 3rd grade class with (left to right) teacher Carla Fontenot, and Rotarians Johnnie Hawkins, Barbara Beagle, Rotary spouse Barbara Aydt, and Rotarians Tei Habenicht and Roger Aydt.
Silverdale Rotary is able to fund this project because of public support of the Great Kitsap Duck Race at Whaling Days, and East Bremerton Rotary credits public support of their three fund raisers (the Sweetheart Auction, the Bremerton Party, and the Blast) for their participation. It's a win-win for all!
In a tradition going back to 1999, Silverdale Rotary Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army kicked off Saturday, a wet and windy day. But it didn't dampen spirits of Rotarians manning 17 shifts at Macy's. Several brought family members. Facebook was abuzz, and people were asking at the Mall, "where is the cute little girl?" (Amelia Mayer, above).
Bob Cassis (above) brought his grandson Robert Cassis IV, who started ringing in 2002!
Rob MacDermid had help from his granddaughter Kaylynn (left).
We will be greeting shoppers at all four doors at Macy's on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through December.
The Silverdale Rotary Club celebrated the upcoming Veteran's Day holiday at their club meeting last Thursday, by honoring the Sailors and Marines of the Quarter. In addition, there was a large birthday cake for all to enjoy in celebration of the 237th birthday of the United States Marine Corps (OORAH!). The Sailors and Marines chosen for this honor are outstanding individuals chosen from a large pool of candidates. They are chosen based on professional merit, community service and leadership capabilities. Each person received a plaque in recognition of their achievement, a luncheon in their honor, and a gift certificate. Thank you to all of those who serve our community and country!
The winners for this quarter are:
MASN Brianne Jaeckel - Blue Jacket of the Quarter
MA2 Matthew Birmingham - Junior Sailor of the Quarter
MA1 Dameon Perez - Senior Sailor of the Quarter
LCPL Zechariah Deloach - Marine of the Quarter
SGT James Wadeck - NCO of the Quarter (not present)
On October 18, the Silverdale Rotary Club gave $30,000 in "Duck Bucks" to the Haselwood Family YMCA. The $30,000 was the second installment of a five year commitment made by the club to sponsor the YMCA Teen Center. The Rotary Club has pledged $150,000 over the next five years, with an additional $50,000 coming from individual Rotarian pledges. The Teen Center is important to Rotary's commitment to help the youth in our community. Geoff Ball, the Executive Director of the YMCA, reported that the money is being well spent. He stated that on any given day, the Teen Center is bustling with activity. In addition, the YMCA weekend program is doing great (allowing middle and high school children to have the run of the facility on Friday and Saturday nights). Geoff stated that teen attendance on the weekends is about 250 kids per night. It is exciting to see so many youth benefiting from this project.
This is by far the largest long-term project that the Silverdale Rotary Club has ever undertaken. The funding for the project is raised through the Rotary Club's annual fundraiser, The Great Kitsap Duck Race. Please visit the Duck Race website for more information about the race and all of the other great things that the Rotary Club does with funds raised through the race.
Pictured: Rotarian (YMCA Executive Director) Geoff Ball with Rotary President Mary Hoover
Pictured (left to right):
Rotarian Ron Templeton, Tessa Allison (Crosspoint), Gabrielle Bozarth (Klahowya), Logan LaFontaine (CKHS), Alex Clithero (CKHS), Sheri McCarty (Klahowya), Rotary President Mary Hoover.
- DG Judy was very complimentary about our Club's activities and projects, both local and international.
- The District 5020 website www.rotary5020.org is a huge source of information, including a calendar of major club and district events. (Editor's note: The 2013 Duck Race is now on the District Calendar.)
- District 5020 is on Facebook and Twitter, and we are encouraged to participate in these social media tools.
- DLTA will be March 23-24, 2013 at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria, BC
- District Conference will be in Sydney, BC on May 31 - June 2, 2013
- Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko has reminded us that Rotary Clubs should be run like a business.
Pictured: PDG Brian Beagle (2008-09), DG Judy Byron (2012-13), PDG Don Lachata (2001-02)
Every year the light strings are maintained, and burned out lights are replaced. To do that, arborists climb to the very top of the tree and lower the strings of lights using a pulley system. It was a nice day on October 6, but imagine past years in the wind and rain at 128 feet (yikes)! The Silverdale Dandy Lions organized the work party, helped out by Silverdale Rotarians, two arborists from Bloedel Reserve (Ken Little is pictured below, climbing branch by branch to the top), and others, who also spread that huge pile of donated wood chips to control weeds and provide nutrients.
This year, the star needed fixing, so it was lowered, too, and taken to Hanson Signs for maintenance of the LED light bars.
It's truly a community effort! For more photos, go to the Photo Journal at http://www.clubrunner.ca/portal/Journals/JournalDetails.aspx?accountid=730&jid=48468 .
Pictured (left to right):
CAPT Brodie Berkhout, YN1 Marlynna Lambert, CMDCM Jared Hofer.
Pictured (left to right):
MA2 Jemes Parafina (Junior Sailor of the Quarter), MASN Kaitlyn Vrobel (Blue jacket of the Quarter), MAC Davis
MA1 Ryan Wells (Senior Sailor of the Quarter)
Pictured (left to right):
LCpl Nathan R. Presley (Marine of the Quarter), Cpl Daniel R. Warren (NCO of the Quarter), SSgt McClosky, Rotarian Bob Cathcart
We have a long term partnership with CK Grad Night - parents and students help with tagging ducks before the race, and they wash ducks after the race (see photo below).
Well that was not the young lady that returned! The Jahrielle we saw on Thursday was full of confidence, very excited about her trip and sharing it, and spoke fluent Hungarian! However, I believe the most impressive part of Jahrielle's presentation was when she put up a slide of the Four Way Test and described to our Club how she used it to help her on her trip.
Now I know what you are thinking, "Dang! I wish I could have seen that." Well, don't worry because you can if you click this You Tube link:
Pictured: Rotary President Mary Hoover, Jahrielle Davis and Rotarian Chuck Kraining, our Youth Exchange Officer
What a celebration it was when Silverdale Rotary awarded the 2012 19th Annual Great Kitsap Duck Race grand prize – a 2012 Nissan Frontier pickup donated by Advantage Nissan – to Shirley Corbin. Pictured below, Shirley was all smiles when Chuck Capps of Advantage Nissan handed her the keys.
The ceremony took place at Silverdale Rotary’s regular Thursday noon meeting. Pictured below are 2012 Duck Race Chair Rich Arper, Aaron and Chuck Capps of Advantage Nissan, and Shirley and her grandson.
Five other top prizes were also presented to happy winners, thanks to generous donations from Ben Bridge Jeweler, Holland America, Quality Heating and Air Conditioning, Sound Sewing and Vacuum, and Kitsap Credit Union. See article further down on this website for the entire list of 51 prize winners.
At the luncheon President Mary Hoover reiterated that the Duck Race is a fund raiser, and thanks to countless sponsors and thousands of ticket buyers, Silverdale Rotary has funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars back into the Communty.
The full list of 2012 Great Kitsap Duck Race Prize Winners are:
- Nissan Frontier Pickup or $16,000 cash - Shirley Corbin of Silverdale. Prize courtesy of Advantage Nissan
- Cruise for Two - Nathan Draxler of Silverdale. Prize courtesy of Holland America
- Diamond Pendant - Donene Stagner of Poulsbo. Prize courtesy of Ben Bridge Jeweler
- $1500 Credit Toward HVAC - Laura Holloway of Silverdale. Prize courtesy of Quality Heating and Air Conditioning
- 3 Months Chiropractic Care - Mark Ramirez Bremerton. Prize courtesy of Upper Cervical Health Centers of America
- Pfaff Ambition 1.5 Sewing Machine - Lisa Pitcher of Seabeck. Prize courtesy of Sound Sewing & Vacuum
- $1000 cash - Zachary Hope of Silverdale. Prize courtesy of Kitsap Credit Union
- $500 Gift Certificate or $100 Cash - Fred Marchand of Bellingham. Prize courtesy of Kitsap Garage Door Company
- $500 Gift Certificate or $100 Cash - Alicia Pisegra of Edmonds. Prize courtesy of Kitsap Garage Door Company
- $500 Gift Certificate or $100 Cash-Ed Hamilton of Bremerton . Prize courtesy of Kitsap Garage Door Company
- $500 Gift Certificate or $100 Cash-Anya Barnett. Prize courtesy of Kitsap Garage Door Company
- $500 Gift Certificate or $100 Cash-Maria Hannawadar of Silverdale. Prize courtesy of Kitsap Garage Door Company
- $500 Gift Certificate or $100 Cash-Rosemary Adkins of Silverdale. Prize courtesy of Kitsap Garage Door Company
- $500 Gift Certificate or $100 Cash-Doug Rinehart of Port Orchard. Prize courtesy of Kitsap Garage Door Company
- $500 Gift Certificate or $100 Cash-Robin Record of Bremerton. Prize courtesy of Kitsap Garage Door Company
- $500 Gift Certificate or $100 Cash-Marissa Gillette of Bremerton. Prize courtesy of Kitsap Garage Door Company
- $500 Gift Certificate or $100 Cash-Cathy Torolini of Silverdale. Prize courtesy of Kitsap Garage Door Company
- Junior Suite and Breakfast Hotel Package - Dennis DeCoteau of Kingston. Prize courtesy of Silverdale Beach Hotel
- Twelve Yards Topsoil Delivered - John Dunham of Gig Harbor. Prize courtesy of Asbury's Topsoil, Inc.
- Raleigh Mountain Bike - Jodee Countess of Bremerton. Prize courtesy of Silverdale Cyclery
- Wine Tasting Dinner for 10 Basil Paris of Silverdale. Prize courtesy of Siloam Retreat and Wine Shop
- BBQ Grill Package - S. A. Henderson of Silverdale. Prize courtesy of Home Depot #4716 Silverdale
- Complete Auto Detail - Clara Brandewie of Seabeck. Prize courtesy of Silver City Automotive
- Experience Seabeck Package Prize courtesy of Seabeck Conference Center Paul Harris Bremerton
- Spa Basket - Troy Cox of Bremerton. Prize courtesy of The Nail Detail
- 5 Private Pilates Sessions - Justin Robbins of Bremerton. Prize courtesy of BODY reFORM Pilates & Physical Therapy
- 3 One Hour Massages and Warmie Hot Pac - Donna Aarless. Prize courtesy of Old Town Massage
- 3 One Hour Massages and Warmie Hot Pac - Kim Poole of Kingston. Prize courtesy of Old Town Massage
- 3 One Hour Massages and Warmie Hot Pac - Roberta Thompson of Bremerton. Prize courtesy of Old Town Massage
- 2 Nights Lodging at Resort - Dawn Tharpe of Bremerton. Prize courtesy of Ocean Spray Resort
- One night's stay - Angelo Ivie of Silverdale. Prize courtesy of Oxford Suites
- One night's stay - Lyn Morris Bremerton. Prize courtesy of Oxford Suites
- 3 Months Membership - Bill Metcalf of Poulsbo. Prize courtesy of Silverdale Fitness Center
- 3 Months Membership - Michael Szymonik Bremerton. Prize courtesy of Silverdale Fitness Center
- 3 Months Membership - Ernie Kimball of Seattle. Prize courtesy of Silverdale Fitness Center
- Legal Fireworks - Carl Oswald of Tracyton. Prize courtesy of Prime Lending & Aurora Fireworks
- Galaxy Limousine Gift Certificate - Roy Meyers of Bremerton. Prize courtesy of Galaxy Limousine
- Season Tickets to Concert Series - Valerie LeGare of Tracyton. Prize courtesy of Collective Visions Gallery
- $100 Cash - V. L. Bower of Bremerton. Prize courtesy of BECU
- Clear Creek RV $100 Gift Card - Karen Gorman of Silverdale. Prize courtesy of Clear Creek RV
- 2 "Ride the Ducks" Tour Tickets - Nancy L. Beck of Bremerton. Prize courtesy of Ride the Ducks of Seattle
- $50 Gift Bag - TJ Assortment - Gary Young of Bremerton. Prize courtesy of Trader Joes
- $50 Gift Bag - TJ Assortment - Delores Allen of Bremerton. Prize courtesy of Trader Joes
- $50 Gift Bag - TJ Assortment - Matt Puzon of Port Orchard. Prize courtesy of Trader Joes
- $50 Gift Bag - TJ Assortment - Alma Gillespie of Silverdale. Prize courtesy of Trader Joes
- $50 Gift Bag - TJ Assortment -Ken Skogstad of Tukwila. Prize courtesy of Trader Joes
- $50 Gift Certificate - Timothy Putaansuu. Prize courtesy of Ultra Custom Cleaners
- $50 Gift Certificate - Melanie Malcolm of Bremerton, Prize courtesy of Ultra Custom Cleaners
- $50 Red Lobster Gift Card - Wayne Hanson of Bremerton. Prize courtesy of Columbia Bank
- $50 Gift Certificate - Steven Detweiler Bremerton. Prize courtesy of Wild Bird Center
- $25 Gift Certificate - Kim Miller of Bainbridge Island. Prize courtesy of Barbie's Seabeck Bay Café
In a record breaking 10 minutes after the last of 22,000 ducks hit the race course in the 2012 Great Kitsap Duck Race, the first place duck crossed the finish line! While it was not a $1 Million Dollar Duck, the winner gets the grand prize of a Nissan Frontier pickup truck or $16,000 cash from Advantage Nissan. The 19th Annual Great Kitsap Duck Race was the final event of a fun filled weekend at Whaling Days at Silverdale Waterfront Park.
For the list of 51 prize winners see the story below, and for the official press release, click on the title in the Download column on the upper right side of this website.
For more photos, see the Photo Journal at http://www.clubrunner.ca/portal/Journals/JournalDetails.aspx?accountid=730&jid=46503 .
And we have another winner!
Silverdale Rotary Club would like to thank all our generous sponsors, the community volunteers, and the thousands who adopted ducks. Proceeds of this fund raiser will go back into the community - to see work of our Rotary Club, please scroll down below this story. To see the list of sponsors and more background about the Duck Race, click on www.greatkitsapduckrace.com .
Plain or Blueberry? That was the question to the crowds that flocked to the annual Silverdale Rotary Pancake Breakfast at Whaling Days on July 28. Rotarians were up at dawn to set up and start serving the hungry participants and spectators of the Lions Parade and Whale of a Run. Pictured here left to right are Rotarians Bob Cassis, Scott Park, and Steve Slaton.
Meanwhile a couple blocks south, Rotarians Rob MacDermid and Bud Grahn were the announcers at the grandstand of the Lions Parade, pictured left to right below.
For more photos, see the Photo Journal at http://www.clubrunner.ca/portal/Journals/JournalDetails.aspx?accountid=730&jid=46493
Get your tickets at Safeway and Albertsons July 21-28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and at Whaling Days at various locations. Grand Prize is this 2012 Nissan Frontier pickup or $16,000 cash from Advantage Nissan. You might even win a Million Dollars! We sold out of tickets in 2011!
Scroll down below this article to see the worthy causes supported by this fund raiser. Click on www.greatkitsapduckrace.com to see our long list of generous sponsors who make this event possible. The Great Kitsap Duck Race is the final event in the fantastic 3-day Whaling Days Festival, July 27-29, at Silverdale Waterfront Park.
Excitement is building in Silverdale as decorated ducks are popping up all over in preparation for our first annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Hunt! Armed with a license and a map you will pick up at Key Bank on July 14, if you find a duck between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. that day, you may keep it (one duck per license, over 200 ducks decorated). Buy more licenses, and you can hunt more ducks! All proceeds go to the Silverdale Rotary Scholarship Fund.
Look for signs and decorated ducks and get your Duck Hunt licenses for $1.00 apiece at the following Silverdale stores:
Wholesale Sports Reid Real Estate
Austin Chase Old Towne Frame Shop
Global Bean Monica's Waterfront Bakery
Global Bean at YMCA Key Bank
Chung’s Teriyaki All Star Lanes
Naturally4Paws Our Place Pub
Yacht Club Broiler
Earlier this week the Hood Canal Oyster Co boat Jimmy moored at Silverdale Waterfront Park long enough to load the Duck Cage which will be filled with all 22,000 ducks early on Race Day.
On June 7, Silverdale Rotary was pleased to honor Rich Newell, Central Kitsap School District’s Teacher of the Year (see CKSD’s write up at http://www.cksd.wednet.edu/PDF/Celebration/TOY2012.pdf). Mr. Newell was presented with an engraved crystal, a check, and a framed copy of the Four Way Test (see http://www.v-artstudio.com/pages/post_fourwaytest.html).
In addition, Mr. Newell and was designated as a Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow. This happens on very special and limited occasions, when Rotarians recognize a non-Rotarian whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of The Rotary Foundation, to build world understanding and peace. Mr. Newell was recognized as such for having demonstrated, through personal leadership and devotion to community, the very meaning of the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.” Congratulations, Rich Newell!
Pictured: Rotarian Bud Grahn and Rich Newell
Pictured: Rotary President-elect Mary Hoover (left) with Leann Weaver (right).
The 18-foot tall duck is in the corner "pond" at Advantage Nissan in Bremerton, our amazing sponsor who donated the Grand Prize, a Nissan Frontier pickup truck. The other two 12-foot tall ducks will be rotated around to various locations. So be on the lookout for our spiffed up ducks!
In addition to $11,000 in scholarships the selection committee also was provided with $2,000 in monies from the Suquamish Casino Charity Float competition to allocate to recipients, who might not otherwise qualify for scholarships because of extenuating situations. The result of winners was a wonderful mix of academically excellent and community-involved candidates as well as students who, through hardships in their past, haven't enjoyed a young adulthood we would wish on all children. Now, with a small boost from the Silverdale Rotary they are all continuing on with their education. Good luck to all our Scholarship Recipients.
Front row: Brynna Mosely (Klahowya Secondary School), Catherine Staug (KSS), McKenzie Munro (Central Kitsap High School), Nicholas Johanson (KSS) and Gretchen Hoyum (Crosspoint Academy)
Back row: Sofi Grellner (KSS), Hunter Keffer(CKHS), Mariam Davis (CKHS), Boyd Wolking (KSS), Brandon Carlson (CKHS), Kericho Corry (CKHS) and Mitchell Flowers (KSS)
The ballroom at the Silverdale Beach Hotel was the festive site of our 2012 Great Kitsap Duck Race Kickoff Party, where Rotarians, Sponsors, and guests celebrated the our combined efforts to raise money for the Community. Our 19th Annual Duck Race will be held on July 29 at Whaling Days Festival at Silverdale Waterfront Park.
Thanks to our generous sponsors we have broken all records for the value of prizes ($41,526), cash donations ($26,070) and in-kind services ($51,914), for a total of $119,510 in donations!
Silverdale Rotary President Elayne Burton thanked our Sponsors and listed just some of the very long list of worthy causes that have received support from the proceeds of the Duck Race. Scroll down in our website and you will see just what we are talking about!
Duck Race Grand Prize – a Nissan Frontier truck donated by Advantage Nissan valued at $21,130.
Inset: Aaron Capps from Advantage Nissan describing his company’s dedication to Community Service while his wife Pat looks on. Not pictured: Chuck Capps.
This award of Duck Bucks is made possible by the tremendous community support of the Great Kitsap Duck Race.
It was a breezy, cool Memorial Day afternoon at the Kitsap County Veterans Memorial in Silverdale, where a quiet crowd gathered to honor those who have given their lives to protect our freedom. The thoughtful mood was set by the Duncan Creek String Quartet, and at the end, Taps was played by Kent Larabee while all the veterans present, including six Silverdale Rotarians/spouses, gathered by the wreath donated by Paul’s Flowers of Bremerton.
Thanks go to Bob Cassis of the Silverdale Rotary Club who organized the event.
We blind tasted chardonneys and rich red wines, ate lavishly scrumptious hors d'oeuvres prepared and donated by Cindy Holmes, were entertained with classical guitar music, and viewed compelling photos of the Dominicans we are helping. A big crowd mingled in the creative ambience of the Gallery and heard stories about Silverdale Rotary's work in the Dominican Republic. Way to go Nancy Whitaker, Jason Mayer, Cindy Holmes, Ed Hamilton, Cathy and Phil Bisaillon, Cathy Doney, Roger Eagan, Ellen and Alan Newberg, Mary Hoover, and your many other volunteers!
Pictured: Phil Bisaillon expertly pouring red wine for the blind tasting.
Pictured (left to right): SgtMaj Rick Smith, CPL Keegan Faulkner, LCPL Rico Collazo, MA1 Brandon Pauley and Rotarian Bob Cathcart. Not pictured are MASN Lacey Hill, MA2 Lindsey Zwaagstra and EM1 (SS) Joe Burch.
Pictured below (left to right): Jeremy Felty (Klahowya - May), Olivia Sullivan (CK - April), Shawn O'Brien (Cross Point - May-June), Rachel Adamson (CK - May), Hunter Keffer (CK - May).
Not Pictured: Brandon Carlson (CK - April).
Pictured below: Rotarian Cathy Bisallion with MADD representative Marsha Masters.
On April 26, President Elayne Burton presented representatives of the 2012 13-Year-Old World Series with our Club's share of a $10,000 sponsorship from all eight Rotary Clubs of Kitsap County. This Babe Ruth League event will be held August 13-22 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. In addition to supporting a very worthy event, the combined $10,000 Hall of Fame Sponsorship will provide significant public relations benefits to Rotary.
Pictured left to right: Russ Barker, Brent Stenman, and Elayne Burton. For more information about the World Series, go to www.kitsapworldseries.com .
In preparation for the event, Rotarians had donated cash or food from specific shopping lists, and all was assembled in a little over an hour, filling up three SUVs that delivered the bags to Jo Clark, the Director of Stand Up For Kids. Then President Elayne surprised Jo Clark with an additional check for $600, made possible by the generosity of Mark Maberry of Kuresman Insurance ($500) and additional Rotarian donations.
On April 19, the Silverdale Rotary Club awarded $2,000 for bunk beds and mattresses to Donna Pledger of Leadership Kitsap, whose team is supporting the Coffee Oasis Teen Shelter project. This award is possible because of the wonderful community and business support for the Great Kitsap Duck Race.
For more information about the Coffee Oasis Teen Shelter project, go to http://www.thecoffeeoasis.com/#/the-community/oasis-teen-shelter . For more information about Leadership Kitsap, go to http://www.leadershipkitsap.org/ .
Pictured: Donna Pledger of Leadership Kitsap and Dave Frederick of Coffee Oasis
Community volunteers are needed and welcome for this event. Just show up and they will put you to work! We will also support the event by participating in the Corey's Day Golf Classic fund raiser at McCormick Woods on May 11. Contact Jason Mayer at email@example.com for tournament information.
Pictured left to right: Rotarian Mechelle Hoerer, Coleta and Nick Corey, and Rotarian Jason Mayer
Pictured (left to right): Kenneth Ford (CKHS, March), Jacob Foutch (Klahowya, March), Bryce Gorang (Klahowya, Jan), Katherine Wilson (CKHS, March), Shawn Mortiz (Klahowya, Feb), Abigail Wilson (CKHS, Feb), Ben Case (Klahowya, April), Faith Hamilton (Cross Point Academy, March-April), Kyle Arvila (CKHS, Feb).
Pictured: Rotarian Mechelle Hoerer (left) with Roy Meyers (right).
Pictured: Jo Clark (left) with Rotarian Damian Lonnee (right).
Thank you to Cindy Holmes for putting this video together.
Juanchy (blue shirt, center) led the Rotary funded trip taking a bus full of students to the capitol. The trip was so rare that many of the teacher chaperones had never been to the capitol themselves. What the students learned and saw could fill books. What Juanchy hoped they saw was opportunity. A world that is open to educated, English-speaking students. A world where an education leads to employment, living in a house instead of a dirt-floor shack, a variety of food available for purchase rather than a life struggling in the fields to purchase food staples which only ensure temporary survival.
What began as a "pass of the hat" at a Rotary meeting may well have been the motivation for a student to push beyond their humble beginnings and aspire to a different life.
Pictured: Jane Erlandsen and Rotarian Damian Lonnee
The Second Annual Parade of Service Organizations at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino was held on February in celebration of Fat Tuesday.
Several service organizations applied, but only 20 groups were chosen to compete by entering Mardi Gras themed floats for the parade. We were one of those selected, and we are happy to tell you that after the judging our Club came away with $2,000 dollars by winning Second Place!!!
Thank you Suquamish Clearwater Casino! They are also sponsors or our Great Kitsap Duck Race Million Dollar Duck!
But the REAL kudos go to Rotarian Jack Hamilton. When the Board made the decision to try and win this money for our Club, Jack took the ball and ran with it. He single handedly designed and built the float, and it was a magnificant representation of our annual Great Kitsap Duck Race! We have an extra $2,000 to spend on great causes because of his efforts and his dedication to our Club and the Community!
Awards went to MA-1 Lee (Marines), MA-2 Butler (Marines), MA-3 Parker (Marines), Cpl Brant (Marines), MT-1 Miller (Navy), MT-1 Williams (Navy).
On February 9 the Silverdale Rotary Club honored five exemplary students from Cross Point Academy and Central Kitsap High School. The faculty chooses Students of the Month based on outstanding academic performance, great attitude and overall contribution to their community and school. Rotarians and family members of the students looked on proudly as these next generation leaders were recognized.
A long list of achievements were attributed to the students, including National Merit Scholar, numerous sports achievements, enormous number of Advanced Placement classes, participation in the Where Everyone Belongs program, and extensive volunteer efforts. All are college bound. Each student received a gift certificate, a copy of the Rotary Four Way Test, and a certificate in recognition of their achievement. In addition, the students are transported to and from the Rotary luncheon via limousine.
The students recognized were as follows:
Justin Holland (January and February)
Central Kitsap High School:
Maggie Humm (December)
Austin Cook (December)
Kyle Lanoue (January)
Jasmine Diaz (January)
Pictured left to right: Justin Holland, Maggie Humm, Kyle Lanoue, Jasmine Diaz, Austin Cook
On January 5, the Silverdale Rotary Club granted $100 in "Duck Bucks" to Healthy Start Kitsap. Healthy Start Kitsap, an organization dedicated to helping low income, first-time mothers through their pregancies up to the child's first birthday, will use the funds to purchase books for their childrens program. The Rotary Club raises "Duck Bucks" through their annual fundraiser, The Great Kitsap Duck Race.
Pitctured: Ed Kalmbach (Executive Director of Healthy Start Kitsap) with Rotarian Mechelle Hoerer.
In November, Silverdale Rotary proudly donated $350 in Duck Bucks to the Blue Star Banner Program, which funded a Blue Star Banner for Christopher Wonaszek from Silverdale, who is on active duty in the U.S. Navy. We are delighted to announce that the banner is now hanging on Bucklin Hill Road near Chung's Teriyaki. Blue Star banners are created for military members serving our Country, and the banners are displayed throughout their home town for as long as the member is in the Service or 3-5 years, the life expectancy of the banners. For more information about the Blue Star Banner Program, founded by Lynette George, go to http://www.bluestarbanner.org/about.php .
Silverdale Rotary has close ties with local military bases, and many of our members served with or are retired from the Navy, Army, Air Force, or Coast Guard. Duck Buck donations are made possible by the generous community support of our annual Great Kitsap Duck Race fund raiser.
Silverdale Rotary has a long history of supporting students, and today was just another example. We donated $500 in Duck Bucks to Woodlands Elementary School for scholarships to Camp Coleman. Accepting the check at our Rotary meeting was Melissa Snyder, who explained that this money will send students to camp that wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it. Duck Bucks donations like this are made possible by the huge community and business support of our annual Great Kitsap Duck Race.
Pictured: Melissa Snyder and Rotarian Damian Lonnee
Silverdale Rotary continued its support of the West Sound Youth for Christ Independent Living Services program with a donation of $500 in Duck Bucks. YFC Independent Living Services assists youth, ages 15-21, with their transition to independence after emancipation from the foster care system. The cash will be used for equipment for the virtual token program for approximately 30 foster children. For more information about the program go to http://westsoundyfc.org/ministries/independentliving/.
Pictured: Rotarian Mechelle Hoerer and YFC Executive Director Josh Hinman (accepting check)
If there exists a model of devotion and drive to achieve a personal goal, best selling author and philanthropist, Debbie Macomber, certainly meets the criteria. In an informal talk about her life journey to Silverdale Rotarians, Debbie made the case for following a dream and never giving up.
Macomber, who describes herself as a "story teller" first and a writer second, told her tale of overcoming the odds to achieve success. Although Debbie decided she wanted to "write books" when she was four, her dyslexia hampered her ability to read well until she was ten. Throughout her school years she was continuously advised to give up her plans to be a writer with the apparent finality of "you can’t do that". Debbie made the life choice to marry young and soon was a loving mother of four wonderful children. However the dream lived on. Debbie also received some sage advice, contrary to all the guidance she had previously received. She was told that if you want to achieve a dream you have to be willing to walk through the door marked "Absolutely No Admittance."
Working from her kitchen table, kids on her lap or on her hip, Debbie banged out her stories on a rented typewriter. Her first major rejection came back with the advice "throw it away." Fortunately Debbie’s dream was more pervasive and her will to succeed more resilient. After five years of rejection and dismissal the first acceptance arrived. Although it took a significant amount of editing and revision, the first story was published. The book was a success, the door was open, and Debbie was on the road to achieving her dream.
In her address to Rotary it became clear why Debbie calls herself a "story teller." The tale of her life, filled with a continuous string of anecdotes, revealed a person of great integrity, drive, and humility. In her remarks, Debbie noted that, although she new nothing of the Rotary "Four Way Test", that creed embodied the very same factors that she lived by. As she talked, what came through clearly was a deep love of family, a caring for community, and a solid faith to guide her. Kitsap County should be well pleased to have Debbie Macomber as a member of our community and a teller of our stories.
On December 8, the Rotary Club of Silverdale dedicated their meeting agenda to recognize and honor seven students from local high schools for their academic performance and community involvement. Rotary, with its motto of "Service Above Self," makes a specific effort to support our local school programs and our students. In remarks made to Club members, the students being recognized, and their parents and friends, Rotarian Ron Templeton emphasized the importance of a complete education. Templeton also introduced the students to the Rotary "Four Way Test," the creed that all Rotarians pledge to follow in their business practices and personal lives.
In the presentations concerning student achievement made by the senior staff from each school, the academic records and community involvement of each student was noted. In addition, the college plans for the students were addressed. It was notable that the students, as a group, had set high goals for themselves. Most appropriate for this heavily Navy community is that Epiphany Nick is considering appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, a path that has a long tradition in Kitsap County.
Students honored by Rotary included Janessa VonScheele and Jennifer Seal from Klahowya Secondary School, Gavin Jaravata, Epiphany Nick, Joseph Sanchez, and Myranda Stout from Central Kitsap High School, and Quincy Miller from Crosspoint Academy. Each student received a Certificate of Achievement and a framed copy of the Rotary “Four Way Test”.
Pictured (left to right): Quincy Miller, Epiphany Nick, Myranda Stout, Gavin Jaravata, Joseph Sanchez, Jennifer Seal, and Janessa von Scheele.
The annual Club project to provide a personal dictionary to each third grade student in the Central Kitsap School District was completed on December 15. Each school in the district, including Cross Point Academy and home school students, was visited by a team of Rotarians. Working with the East Bremerton Club nearly 900 dictionaries were delivered.
This project has become a favorite of Rotarians because it combines the opportunity for direct service to the community with the experience of being with young people who represent the future of our community and our nation. The joy of giving is amplified by the ability to interact with the children and share with them the fun of gifting and then using thier dictionaries for the first time. Some of us who participated even had the opportunity to witness former CKHS Principal Jack Jensen revert to "teacher mode," a role made for him.
From all the Rotarians who had an opportunity to participate this year, from sticking book plates in each copy to actually delivering the dictionaries, a hearty "Thank You" to the Club for making the experience possible.
Pictured: Students of Silver Ridge Elementary proudly displaying their new dictionaries.
Once again the Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Silverdale are making a sound community investment with dollars raised during the 2011 Great Kitsap Duck Race. Some of those dollars have been invested in dictionaries that are now being distributed to all third grade students in the Central Kitsap School District. This is the third year for the dictionary program which has earned rave reviews from students, parents and teachers alike.
On a schedule set by individual schools, a group of Rotarians, with hand carts filled with boxes of children's dictionaries, visit each third grade classroom in the district. In the classroom, after a very short explanation about the dictionary program, the Rotarians hand a dictionary to each student. The dictionaries are the personal property of the students and the first action they all take is to print their names in the front cover of the book to validate that ownership. The students are then asked to look up a selected word and read the meaning.
The Rotary Clubs of Silverdale and East Bremerton conduct this dictionary program as a joint project.
Pictured: This is what it's all about. Emerald Heights third graders put their new dictionaries to use.
The Rotary Club of Camp Pendleton, CA spearheaded a project to collect personal items for Marines in Afghanistan at the Zone 25/26 Rotary Institute in Palm Springs on November 11-13. Silverdale Rotarians donated three big boxes of paperbacks and sundries and $200, which Rotarians Brian and Barbara Beagle delivered to the Institute. Total collected was two big pickup loads, which the Marine Corps will ship for free. All the items are intended to make the troops' life in harm's way a little more comfortable and remind them that we are thinking of them back home.
Pictured: Silverdale Rotarian Brian Beagle, Camp Pendleton Rotarian and Project Coordinator Linda Sundram, and three Marines from Camp Pendleton who accepted the donations at a Veterans Day ceremony.
At the November 10th meeting, the Silverdale Rotary Club celebrated Veteran's Day by recognizing the Sailors and Marines of the Quarter/Year. Each awardee is chosen by their superior officers from a large pool of candidates in recognition of both outstanding military service as well as outstanding community service. Each person recognized receives an engraved plaque, a lunch in their honor at the Silverdale Beach Hotel, and a gift certificate.
MA1 Virginia Horton (Sailor of the Year)
MASN Krisstofer Drumheller (Bluejacket of the Year)
Sgt Brandon Richman (Marine NCO of the Quarter)
Sgt Williamhar Makolo (Marine NCO of the Year)
Cpl John Davis (Marine of the Year)
MA2 Nicholas Miller (Junior Sailor of the Year)
LCpl Sarah Gorman (Marine of the Quarter)
As an added Veteran's Day bonus, Sgt. Major Rick Smith had his Marines perform a "Full Battle Rattle" for the club. Marines in full uniform from every time period marched into the ballroom while another Marine described the wars and battles that the Marines from each time period fought in. It was a wonderful illustration of the 236 year history of the Marine Corps and a powerful reminder of the dear price the American people have paid for the freedoms we enjoy.
On October 20, the Silverdale Rotary Club gave $250 to Susan Leavell for the CKHS W.E.B. program. W.E.B., Where Everyone Belongs, is a student run anti-bullying campaign. The group consists of 16 students who provide programs in their school and also travel to other local schools. The group performs skits and gives speeches intended to promote diversity and promote inclusion among students. The "Duck Bucks" given, money raised in the Rotary's annual Great Kitsap Duck Race, will help the students purchase group T-shirts and buy more supplies for their awareness program.
Pictured (left to right): Rotarian Damian Lonnee, Rotarian Mechelle Hoerer and Susan Leavell.
On October 20, the Rotary Club of Silverdale gave $500 to Kelee Jungkeit and Martha de Forest, co-chairs for the CKHS Grad-night program. Grad-night is part of a "Safe & Sane" program to help keep our graduating seniors safe on their big night by providing them with a wide range of fun, safe alternatives. The annual Grad-night party runs from right after graduation until about 4:30 am, which helps to ensure that the kids steer clear of high risk activities late in the night.
The "Duck Bucks" given were part of the proceeds raised by the Rotary Club's annual Great Kitsap Duck Race.
Pictured: Rotarians Damian Lonnee and Mechelle Hoerer (left two) with Kelee Jungkeit and Martha de Forest (right two).
On October 13, the Silverdale Rotary club honored five exemplary students from Cross Point Academy, Klahowya Secondary School and Central Kitsap High School. Each month the faculty at each school chooses a "Student of the Month," based on outstanding academic performance, great attitude and overall contribution to their community and school. Each student received a gift certificate, a copy of the Rotary 4-way Test, a letter and a certificate in recognition of their achievement. In addition, the students are transported to and from the Rotary luncheon via limosuine. The students recognized were as follows:
Carly Walter (September & October)
Klahowya Secondary School:
John Wolfram (September)
Katlyn Sargent (October)
Central Kitsap High School:
Dominic Stamerra (September)
Easther You (September)
Pictured (left to right): Dominic Stamerra, Carly Walter, Easther You, Katlyn Sargent, John Wolfram, Rotarian Ron Templeton.
On September 8, Silverdale Rotary presented a $30,000 check to the Haselwood Family YMCA, the first installment of a $150,000 commitment of direct funding over 5 years to the YMCA Teen Center. This grant of $150,000, along with a promise of an additional $50,000 from individual Rotarians, is the largest in the history of the Silverdale Club. The $30,000 check was made possible by huge Community support of our recent 18th annual Great Kitsap Duck Race fund raiser, which this year sold out for the first time ever!
Silverdale Rotary is proud to support the YMCA Teen Center, which serves the future leaders of our County, State, and Nation, consistent with the goals and objectives of Rotary International.
Accepting the check and pictured left to right are Silverdale Rotarian Geoff Ball, Executive Director, Haselwood Family YMCA; Derek Foster, Youth Director; and Jennifer Zuver, Chairperson of the Haselwood Family YMCA Advisory Council. Presenting the check at the far right is Silverdale Rotary President Elayne Burton.
For the August 26 Kitsap Sun article, see http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/aug/26/mobile-shower-offers-kitsaps-homeless-a-place-to/
Silverdale Rotary is delighted to welcome Louise Göbbels, our new Rotary Exchange Student from Theux, Belgium. Louise will be attending classes at Central Kitsap High School as a Senior, and she is currently residing with Rotarian Ron and Peggy Templeton, her first host family. Welcome, Louise!
On August 11, the Silverdale Rotary Club honored the Marines and Sailors of the quarter in recognition of their outstanding military performance and service to their country. The men and women who receive this award are chosen from a very large group of candidates by their superior officers. In addition to being honored guests at the Rotary Club luncheon, the recipients receive a $100 gift certificate and a plaque to commemorate their achievement. On behalf of the Silverdale Rotary Club, we thank you!
Pictured (left to right): MACS Tom Blitz, SGTMAJ Rick Smith, SGT Chad Cason (NCO of the Quarter), MA1 Steven Batterson (Senior Sailor of the Quarter), MASN Mario Osman (Sailor of the Quarter), LCOL Curtis Carlin, MM2(SS) Kenneth Murray (Sailor of the Quarter).
Not Pictured (unable to attend): MA2 Karen Hicks (Junior Sailor of the Quarter, LCPL Brian Maynard (Marine of the Quarter).
August 4 was a day of celebration at the Rotary Club of Silverdale's regular meeting, as today we awarded the 2011 Duck Race Grand Prize of $16,000 from Advantage Nissan to Jeff Kehring of Poulsbo (see story below). A huge thanks goes to Advantage Nissan for their incredibly generous donation. As Duck Race Chair Peter Matty reiterated, it is very unusual and especially generous for a sponsor to offer cash in lieu of a prize. We also recognized and/or awarded prizes from the following other major sponsors: Holland America, Quality Heating & Air Conditioning, Silverdale Ben Bridge, Upper Cervical Health Center, and Kitsap Credit Union. Congratulations to all!
Of course, the other winners of the Duck Race will be the recipients in the Community and in the Dominican Republic of the charitable work of the Rotary Club of Silverdale, made possible by the generosity of sponsors and this year's successful Duck Race Ticket Sell Out!
Pictured left to right: Rotarian Barbara Beagle (sold Jeff Kehring the winning duck ticket), Silverdale Rotary President Elayne Burton, Chuck Capps from Advantage Nissan, winner Jeff Kehring, Becky Kehring, and Rotarian Peter Matty (Duck Race Chair).
Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 18th Annual Great Kitsap Duck Race! Also, a big Thank You! to all the people in our community who Adopted a Duck this year. We had a Sell Out (first time ever!) on Race Day which allows us to continue to support the organizations, projects and individuals who so need our continued financial and volunteer support during these stagnant economic times. Pictured here are the winning ducks racing to the finish line. For a detailed photo journal of the Race, click here.
The Winners are:
1. Jeff Kehring of Poulsbo, WA won a Nissan Truck or $16,000.00 cash from Advantage Nissan
2. Mary Demers of Poulsbo, WA won a Cruise for 2 up to $3,300 Holland America
3. Kim Rye of Bremerton, WA won a $2,500 Credit towards purchase from Quality Heating & Air Conditioning
4. Angela Dabney of Silverdale, WA won a Diamond Pendant from Ben Bridge
5. Elizabeth Kaufman of Indianola, WA won an Upper Cervical Package from Upper Cervical Health Center
6. Ed Raymond of Bremerton, WA won $1,000 cash from Kitsap Credit Union
7. Stephanie Martinez of Bremerton, WA won an Overnight Resport Package from Clearwater Casino Resort
8. Nancy Wood of Poulsbo, WA won a Pfaff 1142 Sewing Machine from Sound Sewing
9. Connie Uhinck of Silverdale, WA won a $500 Gift Certificate from Kitsap Garage Door
10. Carolyn Atopness of Bremerton, WA won a $500 Gift Certificate from Kitsap Garage Door
11. Kim Peck of Poulsbo, WA won a $500 Gift Certificate from Kitsap Garage Door
12. Brian Beagle of Silverdale, WA won a $500 Gift Certificate from Kitsap Garage Door
13. Triangle Import Repair of Bremerton, WA won a $500 Gift Certificate from Kitsap Garage Door
14. Schuyler Beaver of Bremerton, WA won a $500 Gift Certificate from Kitsap Garage Door
15. Debra Menkes of Silverdale, WA won a $500 Gift Certificate from Kitsap Garage Door
16. Chris Townsend of Bremerton, WA won a $500 Gift Certificate from Kitsap Garage Door
17. Elmer Beventson won a $500 Gift Certificate from Kitsap Garage Door
18. Ryan Templeton of Bremerton, WA won a $500 Gift Certificate from Kitsap Garage Door
19. Alex Hunnel of Port Orchard, WA won Limo Service from Galaxy Limousine
20. Cheryl Porter of Seabeck, WA won 12 Yards Topsoil Delivered from Asbury's Topsoil
21. Thomas Morrow of won 10 Yards Medium Bark from Clear Creek Nursery
22. Ken Stansberry of Bremerton, WA won a Raleigh Mountain Bike from Silverdale Cyclery
23. Jan Berry of Bremerton, WA won a BBQ Grill Package from Home Depot
24. Gena Black of Belfair, WA won a Stay and Wine Tasting Package from Siloam Retreat & Wine Shop
25. Jeff & Debbie Madche of Silverdale, WA won a $500 EE Bond from Columbia Bank
26. Mary Hoover of Silverdale, WA won a Spa Gift Basket from The Nail Detail
27. Karel Chessman of Allyn, WA won 3 one-hour massages plus warmie from Old Town Massage
28. Barbara Kinnert of Silverdale, WA won 3 one-hour massages plus warmie from Old Town Massage
29. Laurie Hoskinson of Bremerton, WA won a One Night Stay in Fireplace Suite from Oxford Suites Silverdale
30. Marcus Hoffman of Silverdale, WA won a 3 Month Pass from Silverdale Fitness
31. Carol Darling of Bremerton, WA won a 3 Month Pass from Silverdale Fitness
32. Tamera Ingwaldson of Belfair, WA won $100 Cash from BECU
33. Lou Weir of Bremerton, WA won a $75 Gift Certificate from Wild Bird Center
34. Dianna Johnson of Silverdale, WA won a $50 Gift Certificate from Ultra Custom Cleaners
35. Pete Schlicher of Bremerton, WA won a $50 Gift Certificate from Ultra Custom Cleaners
36. Kevin Howell of Port Orchard, WA won a $50 Gift Certificate from Ultra Custom Cleaners
37. Kurt Fisher of Port Orchard, WA won a $50 Gift Certificate from Ultra Custom Cleaners
38. Claire Brandewie of Seabeck, WA won a $50 Gift Certificate from Ultra Custom Cleaners
Winners may contact our prize coordinator, Mechelle, at 360-662-8218.
On July 28 over 100 Rotarians, family members, CKSD volunteers, Community volunteers, and Kitsap County royalty converged on Jenne Wright to de-tag and re-tag 20,000 ducks with ticket numbers in record time: less than 1.5 hours! Huge Thanks go to all the Rotarian family members, friends, and Community supporters who helped us! The ducks were subsequently locked in secure storage to rest up for the Race on July 31. For more photos of this Community event click here.
Win this Nissan Pickup or $16,000 from Advantage Nissan! Adopt your ducks now at the following locations:
- Kitsap Mall at Center Court (look for the big Duck!) through July 28
- Silverdale location of Safeway and Albertson's:
- - the week of July 25th – 30th from 10 am to 6 pm
- Kitsap Bank in Silverdale during bank hours.
- Haselwood Family YMCA
- - July 25th - 29th - 8:00 AM to 6 PM
- - July 30th - 10 AM to 6 PM
- Columbia Bank in Silverdale during bank hours.
- Ben Bridge Jewelers in the Kitsap Mall.
- Advantage Nissan
- Pancake Breakfast: July 30th - 6:30 AM - 11 AM
- Along the Whaling Days Parade route: July 30th
- At Rotary Booths at the Whaling Days Festival
The Silverdale Rotary Club is blessed to have enough dedicated Rotarians that selecting a "Rotarian of the Year" is a challenge to the Club President. This year the honor goes to Jason Mayer. In the past year Jason has successfully delivered on the Clubs first International Services Project, has volunteered for numerous activiites related to the Duck Race, has taken over and significantly increased the marketing and sponsorship levels for this year's Duck Race, has been an active Rotarian in the background on numerous other projects and, maybe most importantly, has come to Rotary with a passion that he is driven to see complete.
(Photo: Jason Mayer, right, accepts the Rotarian of the Year award from 2010-2011 Silverdale Club Presidnet Rich Arper)
The passion he carried into the International Services project -- the delivery of a passenger van to Children of the Nations (COTN), a relief organization focusing their efforts on the impoversihed children of the world's poorest countries, which will provide medical and educational opportunities for children who otherwise would simply have gone without -- is the culmination of several years of work on Jason's part. The resulting success of this project is literally saving lives every day. Jason is already at work on a proposal to bring clean water to villages that every day go without. In villages housing the poorest people in the Western Hemisphere, a term the World Bank refers to as "extreme poverty", the people choose between food, clean water and medicine on a daily basis. Often only getting one or two of these. Clean water reduces medical illnesses by over half in children and thereby brings the opportunity for a healthier lifestyle to all.
Congratulations Jason. And thank you!
Our new 2011-12 President Elayne Burton spoke eloquently about the new Rotary International (RI) President Kalyan Banerjee's Theme "Reach Within to Embrace Humanity" at her installation speech on June 30, 2011. She provided powerful personal examples and related that "as Rotarians and human beings we all draw on our own inner strength and our own resolve to achieve success in rotary."
"I'm extremely proud to be part of Rotary. We belong to an organization that has not been afraid to tackle the big stuff - like clean water and polio eradication. We're lucky to be a part of that. In all the things we think say and do, we have the opportunity to make a difference. I'm going to try my best to do that this year, and I hope you'll consider reaching within yourselves and joining me."
For the full text of the speech, click here.
Silverdale Rotarians celebrated a new Rotary Year at the Installation Dinner on June 30, 2011 at the Seabeck Conference Center. We thanked Rich Arper for his service in 2010-11 and welcomed Elayne Burton as our new President (see related article above). Included in the crowd were 16 Presidents, spanning service from 1967-68 to the present.
Front Row: Rob MacDermid 1998-99, Peter Matty 1991-92 & 2009-10, Guest Joanne Croghan (Area 6A Assistant Governor), Elayne Burton 2011-12, Bruce Armstrong 1973-74,
Back Row: Roger Aydt 2000-01, Scott Slocum 2006-07, Brian Beagle 1985-86 & PDG 08-09, Steve Slaton 2007-08, Bud Grahn 2005-06, Rich Arper 2010-11, Bob Cathcart 2003-04, Don Taylor 1986-87, Larry Rodgers 1988-89, Mike Koch 1983-84, Dick Cooke 1967-68, Jack Jensen 1974-75
For more photos of the event, click here.
June 22 was the 18th Annual United Way Day of Caring, and Silverdale Rotarians participated in several hands on projects at non-profit organizations in Kitsap County. In an amazing 2.5 hours we and other community volunteers worked magic on the landscaping at the Hospice Care Center in Bremerton. This continues our long standing partnership with Hospice, where we have worked on the landscaping and completed our long term project, which was a $100,000 commitment to the Hospice Care Center. For more photos of this project, click here.
Other Rotarians worked on projects with their own Company groups, and all over Kitsap County the United Way red t-shirts were very visible as hundreds of volunteers made a difference with elbow grease!
On June 2 Silverdale Rotararians thanked all of our 68 (yes, 68!) sponsors at the Duck Race Kick Off Party at the Silverdale Beach Hotel. All sponsors present had the opportunity to tell about their businesses and their commitment to supporting the community. Special guests were Aaron and Pat Capps and Chuck Capps, all from Advantage Nissan, who donated the Nissan Frontier PickupTruck - the grand prize for the Duck Race on July 31. THANK YOU, SPONSORS!For more Duck Race information, go to www.greatkitsapduckrace.com/.
From July 2010 to May 2011, individual Rotarians were asked to keep track of the time they devoted to the work of Rotary. In addition, the personal financial donations of those Rotary members were also tracked. Because the time tracking system was very informal, the results were not as complete as might have been desired. However, even with less than half of active members reporting, the total time devoted to Rotary and community service was 7,780 hours. The majority of that time is dedicated either to fundraising to support work in the community or in completion of various “dirty hands” projects. The hours figure breaks down to about 111 hours per individual or over two and one-half weeks of work per year. When the numbers are corrected to reflect total reporting, it become apparent that, on average, individuals donate about one month of personal time and labor to live up to the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”
In addition to the time commitment made by Rotarians, they have also demonstrated personal generosity. In the same Rotary year, individual Rotarians donated over $15,000 to The Rotary Foundation and raised and spent over $50,000 locally. In addition to the numerous “Duck Buck” grant awards, Rotarians have funded $10,000 in academic scholarships for graduates of our local CK high schools and helped provide personal dictionaries to each third grader in the CK School District.
their very nature, do not seek publicity or recognition for their contributions
or accomplishments; they save that for deserving members of the community. Even
while you are reading this, Silverdale Rotarians are planning the next
fundraising activity or community project. There is a Silverdale Rotarian on
the phone or online gathering information or support for a project or activity
somewhere. Even though they work behind
the scenes and without fanfare, Silverdale Rotarians are a powerful force in
the community. As you drive around the
On Tuesday, June2nd, the Silverdale Rotary Club recognized Mindy Eisele as the Central Kitsap School District's Teacher of the Year. Mindy was selected for her positive influence on the students, her dedication to the teaching profession as well as her students and her tireless efforts to help students realize their potential.
Along with a Paul Harris Fellow, Mindy was presented with a glass paperweight, a financial gift and a framed copy of the 4-Way Test.
Pictured: Silverdale Rotarian Bud Grah and CDSK Teacher of the Year Mindy Eisner
The 2010-2011 Silverdale Rotary Scholarship Awardees were presented to the Club at the June 2nd luncheon. Each of the students was given an opportunity to introduce themselves to the Club and talk briefly about their future ambitions. As with years past the selected recipients represent an intelligent, motivated, caring group of students.
Pictured (left to right): Silverdale Rotary Club President Rich Arper, Joey Cilinceon, Emily Kreifels, Jeffrey Alcock, Jake Shoudy, Amber Henry, Brittney Hassett, Hannah Brown and Silverdale Rotarian Ed Hamilton
Duck Adoptions will be available in our community very soon. Supporting the Silverdale Rotary's Great Kitsap Duck Race is a direct way to support the many programs, donations and activities of the Silverdale Rotary. This year our goals include our 4th year providing every 3rd Grader in the Central Kitsap School System with a hardbound, color dictionary, annual scholarships to graduating high school students, dozens of grants ("Duck Bucks") to community organizations and our newest project to sponsor the Teen Center in the new Haselwood YMCA.
This year the Duck tickets will be different. Namely, the "Quack Pack" will be one ticket with 5 chances to win! The Rotary Club is also pleased to announce additional venues where you can Adopt-A-Duck. Please see the official Great Kitsap Duck Race website for more details.
Pictured: Duce Race Ticket Coordinator Roger Eagan and Silverdale Rotary Club President Rich Arper modeling this year's tickets.
On May 19, the Silverdale Rotary Club recognized eight students from Klahowya Secondary School (KSS) and Central Kitsap High School (CKHS) for their outstanding academic achievements. As always, each and every student impressed club members with their academic, extra cirricular, community service, athletic and personal activity schedules. The number one question that gets asked of these amazing kids is, "Where do you find the time?!" The students being recognized had a wide array of interests, college choices and career ambitions. However, all students shared the common thread of academic achievements, great work ethics and fantastic attitudes! Each student received a copy of the Rotary Four-Way Test, a certificate worthy of framing, a $100 savings bond and limousine service to the Rotary luncheon.
Pictured (left to right): Lindsey Holdren (CKHS), Katherine Crabtree (CKHS), Peter Lockwood (KSS), Joey Cilinceon (KSS), Carly Whetsel (KSS), Kyle Hnatovic (KSS), Nicholas Wilson (CKHS), Dexter Leland (CKHS), Rotarian Ron Templeton.
The following image confirms (choose one):
a. Being the President of a Rotary Club is stressful
b. The Silverdale Rotary Club just celebrated the second Full Moon Fellowship
c. This is always the way Rich dresses on Tuesday nights
d. It's Halloween in May.
On Tuesday, May 17th, the Silverdale Rotary Club joined the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Club at Sogno di Vino to celebrate a Full Moon, the Norweigan Independence Day and Rotary Fellowship. The Front Street restaurant was an ideal location on an ideal evening for some fellowship between the two Rotary Clubs. Approximately 45 Poulsbo and Silverdale Rotarians were joined by District Governor Bob Martin and his wife Jan who both seemed more than willing to wrap up a day of Club visits with a low-key social gathering of Rotarians.
It was a lot of fun to extend the idea of our Full Moon Fellowship to our Rotarian neighbors to the north and have the result be a fun evening in a location not often visited by Silverdale Rotarians.
As for the question above; I can't help you with the correct answer. But, having spent a week in the Dominican Republic with Rich, I can tell you he doesn't dress like this every Tuesday night.
(pictured: Brenda Wall, President Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Club; Rich Arper, President Silverdale Rotary Club and 5020 District Governor Bob Martin)
Silverdale Rotary hosted the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion (MCSFBn), Bangor and Sgt Christopher Rangel on May 11 in order to recognize Sgt Rangel for being chosen as the MCSFBn’s Marine of the Quarter. SgtMaj Richard Smith described Sgt Rangel’s multitude of accomplishments, and as always, we are grateful for the outstanding service of the Marines in our area.
SgtMaj Smith then went on to provide us with a summary of the long history of the Marine Corps in the Puget Sound area, which started way back in 1856! Along the way the Marines were assigned on deployed ships and in Bremerton, Keyport, Alaska, Indian Island, Seattle and then Marine Barracks Bangor, which ultimately became Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, Bangor. Today MCSFBn Bangor numbers over 1,000 Marine Corps and Navy personnel.
Pictured left to right: Sgt Rangel, SgtMaj Smith, and Rotarian Jack Hamilton
On May 12, Silverdale Rotarians had the opportunity to thank Submarine Group Nine Sailor of the Quarter MM1 Andrew Heil. Heil, stationed aboard the SSBN Louisiana (Gold crew), was presented to the Silverdale Rotary Club by Louisiana Captain (Gold) Joe Turk.
During a week when media attention was focused on Navy's special forces it was a good reminder that we have exceptional sailors serving throughout the Navy.
Our Rotary team won the Literacy Council of Kitsap Spelling Bee on May 6! It took 34 Rounds and four grueling hours, but our "We BEE Ducks" team of crack spellers (Elayne Burton, Ed Ahrens, and Mike Gass) ultimately prevailed over the 12 other teams in the annual fund raiser. About 15 very vocal supporters dressed in neon yellow "Rotarians at Work" vests cheered them on with duck calls and resounding cheers. Silverdale Rotary contributed $500 of our Duck Race proceeds towards this event plus uncounted personal funds towards Bribing the Bee and the Silent Auction. Lots of fun for a good cause!
We mourn the loss of Silverdale Rotarian Judith Rammel, who passed away on April 19. She joined our Club in 1995, was Club Secretary 2003-05, and was a Paul Harris Fellow. We will miss her enthusiasm for Rotary, her passion for service, and her unquenchable smile.
The following is from her husband Patrick (who was also a Silverdale Rotarian from 1995-2004): "There will be a Celebration of Life service on May 7, 2011 at 2 P.M. at the Admiral Theater in Bremerton. Please come and celebrate Judith's life with songs and stories. She wanted this is to be a joyful time and filled love and happiness. If you have something red, wear it because it was Judith's favorite color."
The Rotary Club of Silverdale has been working to support the poor in the Dominican Republic for several years (see March 2011 stories below about the van and dictionary project), and is currently making plans for a clean water project in the batays in Southwestern Dominican Republic. We are thrilled to report that the Rotary Club of Siverdale Sunrise has provided funds to help with this project! On April 21 Jay Lovato and Bill Wright presented us with a $2,000 check. Thank you, Silverdale Sunrise Rotary!
Pictured left to right: Nancy Whitaker and Jason Mayer (Silverdale Rotary International Services Committee), and Jay Lovato and Bill Wright (Silverdale Sunrise Rotary).
In April we awarded $1,044 in Duck Bucks to Leadership Kitsap Project Team 2 to purchase the linens for the bunk beds that the Team just built for the Bremerton Rescue Mission. Then on April 10, our Rotarians volunteered at the 5K Fun Run/Walk fund raiser. It was a cold, wet morning, but all participants still had fun!
Pictured here are Rotarians Mary Hoover and Cathy Bisaillon next to one of the newly constructed bunk beds. For more information about Bremerton Rescue Mission, see http://www.bremrescue.org.
What a pleasure is was to recognize four more outstanding students from Klahowya Secondary School and Central Kitsap High School. On April 7 we heard all about their achievements and awarded them certificates and Savings Bonds to lend our encouragement. Congratulations! Pictured left to right:
Alexandra (Alex) Draper (Klahowya) - is headed for the Gene Juarez Academy and plays bass guitar
Dakota Meadows (CKHS) - is headed for the United States Military Academy at West Point
Shannon Lubetich (CKHS) - is a National Merit Scholar finalist and a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program finalist
Ashley Hargrove (Klahowya) - is in Running Start and aspires to be a teacher
Ron Templeton - Silverdale Rotarian
Meet Miharu Umehara, her Mother Chika, and her brother Hiroaki, all from Chigasaki, Japan (Kanagawa prefecture, southwest of Tokyo). Miharu is our Rotary Exchange Student who arrived in August 2010. Just last weekend Chika Umehara arrived from Japan, and Hiroaki arrived from Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX, where he is studying applied linguistics at the graduate school. Mrs. Umehara brought her daughter a special gift – Miharu’s first formal kimono, which Miharu modeled at our Rotary Club meeting on March 17. We learned that it takes special training and 1.5 hours to properly dress a lady in a kimono.
Pictured from left to right: Miharu, Christy Cathcart (Silverdale Rotary Youth Exchange Officer, who presented gifts to the family), Chika Umehara, and Hiroaki Umehara.
On Facebook, Chuck Capps of Advantage Nissan, our Signature Great Kitsap Duck Race Sponsor, posted: "As one of the Advisory Council members of the Silverdale YMCA I would like to personally thank the Silverdale Rotary Club for your $200,000 pledge!!! Thank you very much!!!! That is over the top!!"
Pictured in the area of the future Teen Center: Geoff Ball, Senior Executive Director of the YMCA (and Silverdale Rotarian) with Silverdale Rotary President Elect Elayne Burton and Silverdale Rotary President Rich Arper. To see the full Press Release, click here.
Silverdale Rotarians heard first hand how attending Washington Business Week (WBW) can change a high school student's life when Andrew Walters (pictured on left), sophomore at Klahowya Secondary School, described his experiences last summer. In a dynamite presentation, Andrew related how his group invented a product, started a business, and ran it. He described the skills he learned, confidence he gained, and the lasting relationships he formed.
Silverdale Rotary has been supporting Washington Business Week since 1981, and at our meeting today, Rotarian Jim Adkins presented $2,400 to Steve Hyer, WBW Executive Director (pictured on right) to sponsor two CKHS students and defray out of pocket expenses for two more from CKHS or Klahowya. Steve talked about the volunteers from the business community that make WBW such an exciting experience for teens. For more about WBW, go to http://www.wbw.org/Default.aspx .
Pictured (left to right): Rotarian Bob Cathcart, GySgt Joshua Kelly, MAC Michael Therkildsen, MA2 Raymond Cuevas (foreground), LCpl Alex Phole, Sgt Williamar Makalo, SgtMaj Rick Smith, ITC Alexis Barnhart and IT1 Robert Dunlap.
Pictured: Ronn McMahon, VP of Financial Development, Marketing, and Communications, YMCA of Piecre and Kitsap Counties; and Tommy Jones, Director of the Silverdale Rotary Community Services Committee.
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Pictured: CKHS students Tim Anderson and Wendy Ellison, Klahowya students Ashley Van Buskirk and Marc Barbosa, and Rotarian Ron Templeton
Duck Bucks are raised by Rotarians each year in the annual Duck Race and then distributed throughout the year to organizations and causes that the Rotary Club would like to help with throughout the year.
Pictured (left to right): Rotarian Kevin McNamara and Joshua Hinman.
Pictured: Danniel Aquino and Haley Moutier (CKHS), Mari Clevin and Kenny Hata (Klahowya), and Rotarian Ron Rogerson
The winning students were:
Dustin Schildroth (Klahowya), who aspires to become a police detective.
Sofi Grellner (Klahowya), a National Honor Society member, who enjoys rock climbing and is taking several AP courses.
Vashti Engebretson (CK), a student who excels in Spanish, is taking four AP courses and aspires to be a physician.
Jacob Gile (CK), who is an MIT hopeful, a musician, he is taking six AP courses and is also a National Merit Scholar.
Pictured Left to Right: Vashti Engebretson, Jacob Gile, Sofi Grellner, and Dustin Schildroth.
Pictured Left to Right: Rotarian Bob Cathcart, Cpl Garrett Wyler, GySgt Michael
Leiter, MACS Art Stephens, MA1 Alan Gennette, MM1(SS) Patrick Harris, STSCM
Not Pictured: MASN Lindsey Zwaagstra, MA2 Clarence Judd, LCpl John Davis
Our hearts swelled with pride and our eyes filled with tears as the Independents (including Rotarians Elayne Burton and Scott Park, and directed by Pam Wenter) sang two amazing sets of patriotic music which was choreographed along with projected images of flags, soldiers, sailors, families, ships, planes, cemetaries, and more flags - all the components of the price we pay for freedom.
Rotary's donation was made possible by the generosity of sponsors and those who bought Duck Tickets for the 2010 Great Kitsap Duck Race.
Pictured: Front row, accepting the check: Allana Nixon and Paris Harrison. Back Row: Amanda Harrison, Deena Dixon, Rochelle Doan (Development Director of Kitsap Mental Health Services), and Silverdale Rotarian Penny Loveless.
Pictured (left to right): Jackie Mann, Marcey Farren and Rotarian Tommy Jones.
To view pictures of this quarter's recipients click here.
Pictured: Silverdale Rotarian Damian Lonnee, April VanGeson, Director, Camp to Belong Washington; Silverdale Rotary President Rich Arper
Bobbie Kimmel, $1,000 in health care services from Upper Cervical Centers of America
Gary White, $1,000 from Kitsap Credit Union
John Stockwell, $1,500 package from Quality Heating and Air Conditioning
Carie Dela Cruz, $2,500 from The Point Casino
Betty Koster, diamond pendant from Ben Bridge Jewelers
Ellen Craft, cruise for two from Holland America
Evonne White, $16,000 from Advantage Nissan
To see the list of prizes and winners click here. To see 4 pages of photos, click here.
This event is Silverdale Rotary's primary fund raiser, this year netting about $60,000 for community support and international projects. For Silverdale Rotarians this is an "All Hands" evolution, and final Duck Sales represented 18,435 adopted ducks out of a total of 20,000.
The Rotary Club thanks all the generous sponsors providing prizes, cash, and in-kind services; volunteers from schools, Navy and Marine Corps, and numerous organizations; and especially the many people of Central Kitsap and beyond who supported this enormous effort by purchasing duck adoptions for this year's race.
Pictured left to right: Chuck Capps (a member of the Bremerton Rotary Club), Aaron Capps, and Silverdale Rotary President Peter Matty.
Pictured: Silverdale Rotary Club President Peter Matty and District 5020 Governor Alex Alexander.
The luncheon also offered the Silverdale Rotary an opportunity to meet the students and to hear from them about their current ambitions, their school accomplishments and a little bit about them as individuals.
Pictured are: (L to R) Sejin Kim, Jocelyn Swanberg, Nathan Pope, Ariana Sheridan, Li Liao, Brooke Snowden and Kim Chase. Not pictured is Zac Wick. Nathan and Ariana represent Klahowya Secondary School. The other recipients are from Central Kitsap High School.
Pictured (left to right): Boyd Wolking, Greg Lynch.
Working with the Rotary Club of Salcedo (Club Rotario Salcedo, Republica Dominicana) the Silverdale Rotary Club expanded our Kitsap-based dictionary project to include students of the Dominican Republic. School administrators brought out the only 3 dictionaries the school previously owned -- and shared amongst the several hundred students of the school -- prior to accepting the new books.
The books all included a sticker similar to the one distributed with dictionaries here in Kitsap County. The sticker listed the Silverdale Rotary and Salcedo Rotary Clubs by name, contained the Rotary International logo and also included the 4-Way Test (in Spanish).
Pictured are Silverdale Rotarians, Salcedo Rotarians, the School Principal (far right) and the head of the school's parent-teacher organization (third from left in blue jeans jacket).
Pictured: Students of the Month Katie Cole and Jeff Durr.
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Volunteer arborists Ken Little and Don McKinney climbed Silverdale's historic 131' Christmas tree to help volunteers from the Silverdale Dandy Lions, Olympic Wiring, and the Silverdale Rotary Club get the tree ready for the big lighting event on November 28 starting at 5:00 p.m. in the Silverdale Antiques Store parking lot.