Fall arrived right on cue after Labor Day, but the cooler and rainy weather doesn't have to send you inside just yet. There are several social events and volunteer opportunities for club members to get September going. 
Starting this Saturday, when our Illahee Preserve leadership team is offering a morning walking tour of the forest that East Bremerton Rotary has been closely involved with for years (pictured above). Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Almira Drive parking lot for a really interesting walk and lesson about this special place. 
Then on Sunday, the annual EBR Golf Fellowship tees off at Rolling Hills Golf Course, just next door to Illahee Preserve. If you aren't signed up for a tee time yet, talk to Doug Fairbanks or Justin Paquette. As always the golfing is followed by dinner at McCloud's, which non-golfers are welcome to attend. 
Our club work project with Stella Maris women's shelter began last week, and will continue with a few upcoming work days. We are helping the shelter build a storage shed on Tuesday, Sept. 12 (4-8 p.m.), Wednesday, Sept. 18 (4-8 p.m.), Saturday, Sept. 21 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) and the finishing up with a painting party and restocking on Tuesday, Sept. 24 (4-8 p.m.). If you are interested in helping or need more details, contact Sue Shipley. Also, this week our club will hear a request for a donation of up to $10,000  to the women's shelter to reimburse the cost of the supplies for the storage shed. Any donation of $5,000 or more requires a club vote and approval by the EBR board. 
Finally, sign up now for the "Fifth Wednesday" club social at Hale's Barrelhouse, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25. We'll meet at Hales, at the corner of 15th and Wycoff in West Bremerton, at 5:30 p.m., and we've got the director of the Washington Youth Academy lined up as a guest speaker. Look for a sign-up sheet at tomorrow's meeting. 
Whew, what a month. It's going to be a fun fall!