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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Silverdale!
As of March 2015, we are returning mostly to our traditional lunch meeting schedule. CHECK WEBSITE FOR OCCASIONAL EXCEPTIONS.
Service Above Self
Kitsap Golf & Country Club
Bremerton, WA 98312
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Pictured above: KACE Bee, Mike Gass, Ed Hamilton
Silverdale Rotary's spelling team We Bee Ducks are Champions once again! In the 24th annual Kitsap Adult Center for Education (KACE) fund raiser, crack speller Mike Gass, with support from last minute alternate President Ed Hamilton, spelled his way to the umpteenth Championship.
After spelling many words we never heard of, Mike breezed his way through the championship word: kathak (Indian dance). Congratulations Mike and Ed!
Team We Bee Ducks' entry fee for the KACE fundraiser is funded by Duck Race proceeds. KACE provides vital English as a Second Language services. Another example of Duck Bucks at work in the Community!
I am pleased to learn that our region is home to students like you. I commend your strong work ethic and am impressed by your positive engagement in your studies and in our community. The attributes you are developing now and the commitment you have shown to leadership will prepare you for future success as one of our nation’s young leaders. As your U.S. Representative, I am proud that students like you are representing the 6th Congressional District.
Rotarian Cathy Bisaillon (pictured on right, inset) presented Kitsap Foster Care Association with a $1,000 Duck Bucks grant to support its 2015 Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner. This dinner is the culmination of a tremendous partnership with Leadership Kitsap that helped the Association to drastically increase its reach in the community. The dinner not only allows foster parents to relax and network with each other while the children enjoy their own dinner and activities; but, it opens the door for new families to get involved in the foster care system.
Marvin Young (pictured on left) was on hand from Leadership Kitsap, and Jen Miller (center) accepted the check for Kitsap Foster Care Association. Jen brought her “Rotarians in Training,” three exceptionally well-mannered children. One of them spoke to our Club about the great opportunities that he has through the Association, and he honored his mother with a Happy Buck for all that she does for him and children in need.
The Rotary Annual Garage Sale was a success! A sunny day with hundreds of attendees and Rotary volunteers in high spirits! Thank you to all who invested time and hard work to this event. Some of our members worked long hours throughout the week and all day Saturday April 6-11, along with Rotarians and volunteers from East Bremerton, Bremerton, and South Kitsap Rotary Clubs.
Pictured below are Silverdale Rotarians Nancy Whitaker and Cindy Holmes pricing in Collectibles.
Pictured below are Rotarians Ellen Newberg and Jim Dudley sorting incoming donations
It was great to see the CK Interact Club help with this event! Pictured below are Interact Club President Wesley Ludwig and VP Sam Erichsen at the big sale.
I am very proud of our Club Members and their work ethic! We should have an event sales total by weeks end. Thank you!
Editor's Note: on April 30 our Club learned that our share of the proceeds is $6,500, which will go into the Scholarship Foundation.
Silverdale Rotary Club welcomed the family of our Rotary Exchange Student Kim Zagerholm from Sweden this week. We enjoyed an evening social with them at the Seabeck Conference Center on April 7, and then hosted them again at our Rotary meeting on April 9. What fun - and everyone speaks wonderful English!
Left to right: Kim, his older brother Simon, his Dad Mikael, his younger brother Noah, and his Mom Asa
"CKHS PTSA is very grateful for the opportunities to earn funds and apply for a grant from the SIlverdale Rotary. These funds are used by the Grad Night committee to provide a safe, drug and alcohol free, all night event for graduates after graduation. For the past 7 years the committee has hosted Grad Night at NBK Bangor to minimize time in transit, reduce costs, make it easier for parent volunteers (chaperones can split shifts) and to support local businesses. Instead of taking graduates to Seattle or further, vendors bring the fun to them. Graduates will enjoy dinner, swimming, bowling, a hypnotist, games, entertainment, music, snacks, prizes and more.
In order to make the event open to all students, prices are kept as low as possible and the committee does some fundraising, applies for grants and seeks corporate sponsors. In addition, students may speak to their counselors about fee waivers. Last year nearly 140 attended, and this year we have 79 students registered already. The support of Silverdale Rotary in this endeavor is greatly appreciated."
It's officially September, which means the kids are going back to school. As the parent of an elementary student I can tell you first hand that each year the supply list gets longer, the items more expensive and the need in the community is greater. There are many kids in our school district who cannot afford the long list of supplies that the school is asking for, which can often cost in the neighborhood of $100 per child. The Community Service Committee is asking that our club provide school supplies for the children as the September Cause of the Month. Items needed are pens, pencils, glue sticks, composition books, notebooks, crayons, colored pencils, spiral notebooks, college rule paper, wide rule paper, scissors, pocket folders, etc.. Cash and check donations are also welcome (make checks payable to "Central Kitsap School District"). Supplies can be brought each week to the Rotary meeting where they will be picked up and taken to the district offices. Checks and cash can be given to Johnnie Hawkins. Supplies can also be dropped off to Johnnie Hawkins at the following location:
Parker, Moores & Cena, PS, 9222 Bay Shore Dr NW, Suite 150, Silverdale, WA 98383 (located next door to the Yacht Club Broiler).
Thanks for your support!
Silverdale Rotary has an annual agreement with the CKHS PTSA - they help with the Duck Race, and Rotary awards $500 for CKHS Grad Night. Over two dozen students and family members helped us tag ducks on July 24 and wash ducks on Race Day, July 27. See photos below - Rotarians certainly appreciated their energy and enthusiasm!
On September 4, CKHS PTSA President Lynn Harvey (left in inset) was presented with the $500 check by Rotarian Anita Blau (on right). Lynn related that these funds reduce the cost of Grad Night via scholarships, which allows more students to attend. CKHS PTSA helps us with the Duck Race, and Duck Race funds help keep graduating seniors safe on Grad Night - Win-Win!
On April 3, $1,500 in Duck Bucks were presented to Naomi Nichols, President of the Kitsap Foster Care Association to be used in August to fill backpacks with school supplies for foster kids. We recently received the photo below showing our Duck Bucks at work!
The mission of the Association, as stated in their website at http://kitsapfostercare.org/ , is "To support and inspire foster, kinship, and adoptive caregivers through educational opportunities, enrichment activities, and by advocating for foster children in our local community." They do this by providing support for both foster care parents and kids in an large variety of ways.
Rotarian Debi Brooks-Givens (pictured below on right) presented a check for $500 to Rosie Ludlow, Independent Living Services (ILS) counselor with West Sound Youth for Christ. This is a follow on award to the the $1,000 presented in November, 2013. These funds will help foster kids who have reached the age of 18 to transition out of foster care and start to establish their own households. West Sound Youth for Christ currently has over 100 students in their Independent Living Services program. For more information about the ILS program, go to http://www.westsoundyfc.org/ministries/independentliving/ .
Silverdale Rotary welcomes Kim Zagerholm, our 2014-15 Rotary Youth Exchange student from Sweden, who arrived on August 18! Kim's first host family is the Ludwigs in Silverdale. Kim will be attending Central Kitsap High School. Valkommen, Kim!
Pictured left to right: Michele and Roger Ludwig, Kim Zagerholm, Wesley and Marissa Ludwig
On August 14 we met our outgoing Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) student for 2014-15, Adriana Pollard. Adriana, who is home schooled and has already finished all her high school requirements, is heading to the French speaking area of Belgium. Adriana is pictured below with President Ed Hamilton. Bon Voyage, Adriana!
On July 11, 2014, Silverdale Rotary Club awarded $2,090 in Duck Bucks to the Canterbury Care Center in Bremerton for a stand up raised bed and greenhouse, to allow Seniors in the Adult Day Services program practice their green thumbs without having to kneel on the ground. We just received word that the greenhouse is in place, and planting commenced last week!
The greenhouse is large enough for several people to work at the same time.
Duck Buck grants like this are made possible by the generous support by the Community and Sponsors of our annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race fund raiser.
On August 7, Silverdale Rotarians hosted the five top Duck Race prize winners. guests, and the Sponsors who donated the prizes to an evening social at Kitsap Golf and Country Club. Our Duck Race mascot Lucky was there to add to the festivities.
Below the Grand Prize winner Yvonne Parraz (right of Lucky) accepted the $16,000 check from Dean and Chuck Capps (on left) from Advantage Nissan. Congratulations, Yvonne, and THANK YOU to Advantage Nissan! On the right are John Parraz, and Roy Meyers of Silverdale Kiwanis, who sold Yvonne the winning Duck Ticket.
Below, Rotarian Bud Grahn on left presented the Diamond Pendant from Ben Bridge to Paul Mastberg. Thank you Ben Bridge! Bud sold Paul the winning Duck Ticket.
Next, Rotarian Scott Park (far right) of Quality Heating, Electrical and Air Conditioning presented his Company's prize to Gretchen and Kenji Boike (flanking Lucky). Thank you Quality Heating, Electrical and Air Conditioning! Roy Meyers (on left) sold this winning Duck Ticket, too.
Below, Rotarian Barbara Beagle (left) presented the Viking Opal 670 Sewing Machine from Sound Sewing to Gary Graff (center). Thank you Sound Sewing! Ed Ahrens (on right) sold Gary the winning Duck Ticket.
Not pictured: Rotary President Ed Hamilton presented Sandy Ferris with the Holland America Certificate for a 1-Week Cruise for Two. Thank you Holland America! Rotarian Bob Cassis sold Sandy the winning Duck Ticket.
Congratulations to all the winners!
It's Thursday of Race Week, and Silverdale Rotarians, family members, and dozens of community volunteers converged to take the old tag numbers off 20,000 ducks and tag them with our Silverdale Rotary Duck Race ticket numbers. The ducks are transported from race to race in the blue bins all over North America. They landed in Silverdale on July 23.
Silverdale Rotary gets help from some of the organizations we support with Duck Race proceeds: Central Kitsap High School PTSA Grad Night (see below left), Stand Up For Kids (a powerful organization that helps keep homeless kids fed and in school - see below right), the Silverdale Kiwanis, and Newberry Hill Heritage Park. It's win win!
Keeping meticulous track of all 20,000 ticket numbers in our Gambling Commission licensed raffle is the job of Duck Central (below).
We had the help of the newly organized CKHS Interact Club officers (see below), who loaded tagged ducks into the truck, where they are quarantined and resting up until the big Race on Sunday
See you at the Race on Sunday, July 27, at 3:00 p.m. at Whaling Days!
Silverdale Rotarians and volunteers were out in force cooking up a delicious Pancake Breakfast.
Thanks to Peter Matty who was in charge of organizing the event. All the other volunteers are too numerous to try to name here. But if the photos below are any indication, they had lots of fun.
Left to right above: Rotarians Erin Leedham, Cindy Holmes, Chuck Kraining, Scott Park, Elayne & Steve Burton, and Representative (also Gig Harbor Rotarian) Derek Kilmer.
Left to right above: Volunteer Mason Feary (Scott Slocum's grandson), Rotarians Scott Weninger, Kevin Moran, Peter Matty, Volunteer Karlynn Haberly (Peter's spouse), and Erin.
They fed 330 paying customers, 30 Volunteers, and 56 kids under 10 and made a small profit. Way to go!
DUCK RACE PRIZE WINNERS
Congratulations to Grand Prize Winner YVONNE PARRAZ of Silverdale, WA!
Who won a 2014 Nissan Frontier Pickup Truck or $16,000 cash
Courtesy of Advantage Nissan!
For the complete list of 97 Prize Winners. click on the link below
Duck Race PHOTOS: CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS.
Thanks to Whaling Days for a terrific Weekend Festival Venue!
Whaling Days weekend was a busy one for Silverdale Rotary, and the Lions-Kiwanis Grand Parade was no exception, with many Rotarians participating in the Parade. At the front of the line was Grand Marshall Sheriff Steve Boyer (Silverdale Rotarian) and Judith.
Heading up the rest of the flock was the Duck Race Truck driven by Rotarian Chuck Kraining. In the truck is our mascot Lucky (aka Rotarian Cathy Bisaillon), followed by Central Kitsap High School Interact Club members (sponsored by Silverdale Rotary) with our Banner thanking Duck Race Sponsors.
Then along came CKFR Fire Chief Scott Weninger (Rotarian) below.
Parade Emcees at the VIP Grandstand were Rotarians Bud Grahn and Rob MacDermid at front left below. Not pictured: Rich Arper with the Mustang Club.
We certainly do love a Parade!
Silverdale Rotary was pleased to award Stand Up For Kids (SUFK) an additional $751 on July 17 to help fill up backpacks of food for homeless kids. Margaret Rodriguez, Executive Director (pictured left), along with former Executive Director Jo Clark (on right), accepted the check from Rotarian Erin Leedham (center). Ms. Rodriguez told the Club that the backpack food bags provide three meals and snacks, and are distributed at three libraries in Kitsap County. There are currently approximately 800 homeless children in Kitsap County.
Video courtesy of Little Bugga, our generous Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Sponsor
This video is airing on Wave Broadband and Comcast cable courtesy of Mattress Ranch. Thank you Mattress Ranch!
On Thursday, July 10, the Silverdale Rotary Club awarded "Duck Bucks", funds raised from our annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, to help implement gardening projects for local children and seniors. The first grant was given to the Martha & Mary Childcare Center in Silverdale. They received a grant of $1,500 to purchase and install raised garden beds for approximately 149 small children to learn how to grow healthy food and enjoy the foods they grow. Director Renee Eicher informed the club during the presentation that the majority of the children are receiving subsidies and would not otherwise have access to gardening projects. She also informed the club that the teachers and children are very excited about the project and already have seedlings sprouting in the classrooms.
Pictured Below (left to right): Renee Eicher & Paula Rimmer of Martha & Mary, with Rotarian Cathy Bisallion.
The second award of the day was for yet another gardening project. $2,090 was given to the Canterbury Care Center to purchase and install a small greenhouse for seniors in the center to be able to garden year round. The project will allow seniors to enjoy gardening while providing essential social, mental and physical health for the seniors living in the center.
Pictured Below (left to right): Shelby Taylor & Alice Hartley of Canterbury Care Center along with Rotarian Cathy Bisallion.
Following is a link to the Editorial entitled "It's duck time again" in the July 18 Central Kitsap Reporter. 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!
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!