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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Silverdale!


Service Above Self

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Kitsap Golf & Country Club
3885 NW Golf Club Hill Road
Bremerton, WA  98312
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Thank You to Our Duck Race Sponsors, Volunteers, and Everyone Who Adopted Ducks!
Congratulations to our 2017 Duck Race Prize Winners!
For the complete list of 67 Winners, Click Here 
Pictured: Silverdale Rotary President Kim Peterson with a Winning Duck!
DEADLINE to pick up Prizes is September 1.  Winners may pick up their prizes at Kitsap Bank in Silverdale, 10488 Silverdale Way NW.  Hours are: Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.  Please bring photo ID. 
Our Stories
Silverdale Rotarians had the joyful opportunity to meet in person the top prize winners of the 2017 Duck Race held on July 30, 2017.  They came to our Rotary meeting on August 10 to accept their prizes.
The Grand Prize winner of the Advantage Nissan Frontier Pickup, Terri Callentine (pictured below), is a secretary at Olympic High School.  She bought one duck from me at Whaling Days on Friday night. 
She spent the weekend debating with her family about whether they should take the cash or the truck.  They decided it didn't matter because she wouldn't win!  But win, she did!  She chose the truck and then upgraded it at Advantage Nissan.  She is the first winner to show up at Duck Central on Race Day after being notified.  She continues to be excited and said she will buy ducks in the future.  Congratulations, Terri!
The Holland America Cruise was won by Mike Blakely, and his friend Suzette Wright (pictured below) attended in Mike's place.  Suzette said she had always wanted to go on a cruise, and this would make her dreams come true!
Lee Ann Hicks, pictured below on left with Rotarian Erin Leedham, picked up the gorgeous diamond pendant donated by Ben Bridge.
Karla Polillo, won the $1,000 cash prize from Kitsap Credit Union.  Karla and her husband are building a house, so the timing of the prize could not be better!
The Quality Heating Electrical and AC winner Wendy Leng (pictured below with Rotarian Scott Park, co-owner of the company) chose the $650 cash because she had a new heating system installed recently.
On August 3, President Kim read an amazing letter from Molly Mansker, the founder and Director of the Poulsbo Chapter of Days for Girls, thanking Silverdale Rotary for the recent Duck Bucks grant of $1,500, which will help keep girls in school in Africa.  See the text of the letter at the end of this article.
Molly is shown above in June 2017 near Johannesburg, South Africa with some of the 50 girls who received training and feminine hygiene kits provided by the Poulsbo Chapter of Days for Girls.  Here is Molly's description of the photo of this life changing event:

"After 18 months of working on kits, here is the big payoff! We distributed over 50 kits at two sites around Munsieville, approximately 40 minutes outside Johannesburg. These young ladies were smart, eager recipients of the health training. They beamed when they got their kits. They cheered long and hard for all the unseen seamstresses and other volunteers. Thank you for the love and care you put into these kits. They are beautiful and the girls were proud to own them."
In 2016, Silverdale Rotary funded a new serger for the Poulsbo Chapter with Duck Bucks, also with proceeds from the 2016 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race.  Silverdale Rotarians are also involved in Chapter efforts. For more information about Poulsbo Days for Girls activities and the recipients of kits in Africa,  Click Here.  
We would like to congratulate Terri Callantine, the 2017 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Grand Prize winner of the Advantage Nissan Frontier Pickup Truck (or $16,000 cash)!!!
To see the entire list of 67 winners, Click Here.
Silverdale Rotarians are celebrating the completion of another successful Duck Race, thanks to our Sponsors, volunteers, and especially everyone who adopted Ducks!  We will spend the rest of the Rotary year Changing Lives with the proceeds.
To see more photos, Click Here .
A huge crowd of Rotarians, family members, and community volunteers tagged 18,000 ducks with Duck Ticket numbers in preparation for the 24th Annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race on July 30 at Whaling Days.  Thanks to everyone!
To see more photos, Click Here.
Below is a time lapse video from Rick Soper.  Or click on https://youtu.be/wRBoE8OfevM
It was a great weekend at Whaling Days, July 28-30.  On Saturday morning, hundreds of hungry folks feasted on pancakes, sausages, fruit, coffee, and milk at the annual Silverdale Rotary Pancake Breakfast on the parade route.
Then came the First Federal Lions/Kiwanis Grand Parade!
Lucky and the Advantage Nissan Duck Truck
Our John Deere Duck!
For more photos, Click Here.
Pictured: Big Duck Wranglers Rick Soper and Evan Hansen
Editor's note: Big Ducks are one of the most visible symbols reminding the community of our Duck Race, and they are also a sought after reward for our most generous sponsors.  But they don't just "happen" at a location without a lot of coordination and hard work by 0ur Trail Boss (a.k.a Scheduler Extraordinaire) Ellen Newberg, and the muscle power of our intrepid Wranglers.  For some amazing behind the scenes details, see Ellen's story below.
"This story is focused on the Unsung Heroes among us—our Big Duck Wranglers
As you drive around Silverdale and Central Kitsap and see the Big Ducks out promoting our Duck Race, little do you know of the danger, the frustration, and the joys of Duck Wrangling.
Johnny Hawkins, our Duckmeister from a few years ago, was probably the closest to checking into the Big Duck Heaven in the Sky while on Duck Duty.  An early bird (early duck, actually, Johnny liked to migrate the Big Guys before he went to work in the morning.  One morning he was rummaging around a bank, not to be named here (Editor's note: maybe one of the above??), at around 7 a.m., looking for the Big Duck and all its accoutrements. 
Suddenly, he was approached by a very suspicious and unusually alert security guard.  The guard asked if he could help Johnny who said he was just trying to migrate the Big Duck to its next destination.  Only later did Johnny realize that the guard thought he was trying to rob the bank!  We’ll never know how close Johnny was to becoming a headline in the CK Reporter for all the wrong reasons.
Poulsbo Rotarians Rand Hillier and Ardis Morrow (pictured below along with a written thank you note) thanked Silverdale Rotarians on July 13 for our recent grant of $2,000 in Duck Bucks for the Morrow Manor project.  Silverdale Rotary had previously granted $10,000 to this project a couple years ago.  This is another great example of Silverdale Rotary Duck Race proceeds at work in our Community!
Championed by the Poulsbo Rotary Club, Morrow Manor is a planned eight-unit community that will provide much needed longer-term supportive housing essential to survivors’ success. With the support services of the YWCA of Kitsap County, residents can find renewal and empowerment, a safe place to achieve goals, and a home in which they can make a healthy transition into better lives for themselves and their children.  For more information, go to http://supportmorrowmanor.org/
Learn about our Silverdale Rotary Duck Race - click on the image below.  Get your tickets now!
On June 29, outgoing 2016-17 President Cindy Holmes presented Bob Cassis (pictured below) with a well deserved Rotarian of the Year award. 
“Bob embodies what a Rotarian should be and how a Rotarian should act,” Cindy proclaimed. Bob created new policies and procedures for administration of the Scholarship Fund; and, he was a calm, rational voice during Board discussions.
Above, Past District Governor Don Lachata presents Bob with a Paul Harris Fellow from the Club, which is a donation of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation in his name. 
Bob’s contributions to The Rotary Foundation combined with the Rotarian of the Year award presented by the Club mean that he has now achieved the Paul Harris +3 award. Congratulations, Bob, and thank you for your service!   
Pictured:  Cindy Holmes (left) passing the Club Charter to Kim Peterson (right)
Editor's Note:  Following are incoming 2017-18 President Kim Peterson's remarks when she took the helm from 2016-17 President Cindy Holmes.
"Have you ever watched someone work who knows “how to get it done?”  Have you ever listened to someone who says “what they mean…no beating around the bush?”  Have you ever been in the presence of someone who is “making a difference?”
My first introduction to Cindy was attending the District Training Conference in Centralia.  The ride allowed time for discussions about life, family, community, world and Rotary.  One thing about Cindy; she is passionate about all five. 
This past year brought many opportunities for the Rotary Club of Silverdale.  With Cindy at the helm we accomplished:
·      Drafting a Vision Statement
·      Setting Goals
·      Backpacks for Walk in the Light
·      Received an award from District 5020 for membership growth
·      Proposed stepping away from RAGS
·      Launched and had a very successful Turkey Trot
·      Set up a Burger Stand at the Water Trails Festival
·      Hosted numerous events at her home (meetings and fellowship)
·      Implemented policies for our charitable trust account
·      Knew the importance of advertising and provided jackets for each Rotarian
·      Passionately felt the need to relocate the club to the heart of Silverdale
Being able to travel the world and make a difference both by getting her hands dirty and providing financial support prove how important helping our world is to her.  The gift we are presenting represents her desire for world travel and the international aspect of Rotary.
Thank you Cindy for your leadership, passion, enthusiasm and courage.  The Silverdale Rotary Club has been blessed to have you at the helm this past year."
Note - for more details about the Installation event, see article below.
Area 9 Assistant Governor Meredith Green (pictured left), opened our 2017-2018 Installation Ceremony on the patio of the Kitsap Golf & Country Club with an inspiring quote by John Quincy Adams, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
2016-17 President Cindy Holmes’ president’s remarks were brought to life as she showed a video recap of 2016-2017 which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tdfoRgQiIk&sns=fb . The presentation, “Oh What a Year!” captured poignant moments, including candid shots of our Youth Exchange Student and warm memories of Penny Loveless (pictured on left with Cindy) who passed away during the year. Cindy thanked incoming Public Image Chair, Steven Boe, for producing the video and setting it to music.
The 2016-2017 Board of Directors was recognized with gifts, anecdotes and sincere thanks. Cindy then honored Bob Cassis as Rotarian of the Year (see separate story abovè).
The term “Rotary Geek” was introduced at the recent Rotary International Convention. While too cool to be called a geek, Elayne Burton embodies all things Rotary. Cindy took a minute to recognize Elayne for serving as Treasurer year after year; coordinating meeting venues and food; working on the Community Service Committee; and serving as an exemplary Assistant Governor. Elayne was treated to a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a warm round of applause from her peers.
The ceremony switched gears from reflecting on the past year to looking forward to the next one. Elayne assembled the Past Presidents (pictured below) in chronological order (it was akin to herding cats), and had them pass the gavel until it arrived at the podium.
Left to right: Jack Jensen, Ron Templeton, Don Taylor (behind Ron), Rob MacDermid, Scott Slocum, Rich Arper, Mary Hoover, Ed Hamilton, Chuck Kraining, Cindy Holmes, Kim Peterson, and AG Elayne Burton 
Our 2017-2018 President, Kim Peterson, was inducted and pinned (pictured above), and Cindy Holmes received her Past President’s pin.
The new Officers and Directors were called to the front where Kim thanked them for their commitment and provided them with a “survival kit” of fun items to motivate them as they conduct important club business throughout the year. Kim and Cindy traded speeches of heartfelt thanks and respect for each other, and Kim took the mic to make her official President’s Remarks (see separate article above).
Beginning with her first feelings of uncertainty when she was new to the club, and then walking us through her wonderful past year of service and learning, Kim locked eyes with the crowd and concluded with “I don’t see a single stranger here, only friends and family that want to make a difference.”  (Rotary - Making a Difference"  is 2017-18 Rotary International President Ian Riseley's theme - see graphic on right)
Everyone enjoyed the event and left energized to uphold Rotary’s new tagline “Rotary - People of Action.”
Outgoing 2016-17 President Cindy Holmes past year was brought to life as she showed a video recap of 2016-2017 which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tdfoRgQiIk&sns=fb . The presentation, “Oh What a Year!” captured poignant moments, including candid shots of our Youth Exchange Student and warm memories of Penny Loveless who passed away during the year. Cindy thanked incoming Public Image Chair, Steven Boe, for producing the video and setting it to music.
Everyone’s hearts swelled with emotion as Chuck Kraining, 3rd Host Parent of our 2016-17 Slovakian Rotary Youth Exchange Student Matej Kunak, proclaimed, “Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.” He called Matej to the microphone and displayed a cake and a poster for all to sign.
Then, Matej’s Year in Review presentation started from the very beginning when he admitted his slight disappointment to hear that he would not be going to Canada. Everyone told him that he would love the United States, and he focused on preparing for his trip and enjoying four goodbye parties.
When he finally arrived, everything seemed right. “The airport welcome by (above left to right) Rotarians Bob Cassis, Rich Arper,  and Chuck Kraining, and then my first two weeks of activities made me know that this would be a fantastic experience,” Matej shared.
Silverdale Rotarians hosted 2017 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Sponsors at a Thank You lunch on June 8.  Chuck Kraining, the 2017 Duck Race Chair, opened with the following remarks:  “Thanks to our generous sponsors who have covered ALL of our Duck Race expenses, every dollar raised through ticket sales will go to charitable causes!” Building on our success each year, the 24th Annual Duck Race is poised to set records with 93 sponsors, 65 prizes totaling $51,533, cash sponsorships totaling $35,575, with total sponsorship support of $120,575!
While all of our sponsors are important, special recognition goes to Advantage Nissan for donating the Duck Truck (or $16,000 Cash) - see below.
“Without this headline prize, there would be no Duck Race. 
And…,” Chuck stated, “No one can pass up the chance to win a million dollars.” (see above)  
Inviting Marilynn Sharpnack and Cheryl Davis from Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort to come up, Chuck explained that the Casino is a loyal sponsor of the Million Dollar Duck. The ladies (on left and right) proudly presented Chuck and President Cindy Holmes (center) with a gigantic check for $7,500!
At the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta (June 10-14, 2017) 40,000 Rotarians from all over the world gathered to hear some some blockbuster speakers and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation.  On June 12 we heard from Bill Gates, RI President John Germ, WHO and CDC leaders, and other world leaders address the need for another $1.5 Billion (with a B!) to finish the fight to eradicate Polio. See YouTube video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD457g9W06k.  Help Us Drop to Zero.
Pledges announced on June 12 included $150 Million from Rotary (which the Rotarians now need to raise, see https://my.rotary.org/en/take-action/end-polio), another $300 Million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and hundreds of millions from other sources.  Total pledged:  $1.2 Billion.  There were 40 cases of polio worldwide in 2016, and the 2017 total to date is 5. 
We are “This Close,” but we can’t let up on our efforts until we “Drop to Zero” through vaccination and surveillance monitoring for three years after the last case has been identified.  End Polio Now!
For more Convention highlights, go to http://www.riconvention.org/en
It was a big night for our 2016-17 Slovakian Exchange Student Matej Kunak, as he graduated with the Central Kitsap High School Class of 2017!  Sporting two leis made of dollar bills and candy/flowers presented to him by Rotarians  Mechelle Hoerer and Kim Peterson (pictured above), and Elayne and Steve Burton (pictured below) Matej proudly displayed his diploma.
Pictured above: Rotarians Elayne and Steve Burton with Matej
Below, Rotarian host parents Ellen and Alan Newberg (left) and Rotarian Chuck Kraining (right) proudly look on.
Duck Race Chair Chuck Kraining (pictured on right above) presented Taylor Li (on left) with a $100 check and an engraved plaque to recognize his original design that will be used in many ways to promote the 24th Annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race.
Crosspoint Academy has embraced our need for a creative design each year, and the students hone their future job skills with a “real life” project as they compete to be the winner. Congratulations, Taylor!
Pictured left to right: Alexander Johnson, Heather Schronce and Benjamin Huang  (CKHS); Madeline Ferrell and Clara Smith-Perez (Klahowya); Caleb Giesbrecht, Luke Arnold, Justin Anderson, Emily Carlson, and Karlee Weninger (CKHS)
Not pictured: Cole Pobanz (CKHS) and Thu Aung (Klahowya)
Hats are off to our hard-working Scholarship Committee whose members spent many hours reviewing and discussing dozens of applications. After the winners were decided, there were announcements to be made and ceremonies to attend. The end result is twelve worthy grads with much-needed funds to support their first steps toward a college education. The 2017 committee was staffed by Ed Hamilton, Nancy Whitaker, Kim Peterson, Frank Guthrie, Chuck Kraining and President Cindy Holmes.
Our scholarship fund was boosted this year by a $2,000 donation from Chung Nguyen, owner of Chung’s Teriyaki. Chung and his family are dedicated servants to our community, and the donation to fund a $1,000 scholarship for both Central Kitsap High School and Klahowya Secondary School is proof of their commitment.
Central Kitsap High School
Alexander Johnson $1,000 (above) - Winner of the Bob Arper Scholarship, Alex is a longtime community volunteer who earned his Eagle Scout award by organizing over 200 labor hours to build park benches. He will attend Olympic College and then University of Washington to study computer science.
Benjamin Huang $2,000 (above) – Class co-valedictorian - Ben takes innovative thinking to a whole new level as he heads to the University of Washington to pursue degrees in both electrical engineering and medicine. The result, he is sure, will be the ability to design medical devices that will transform healthcare.  
Caleb Giesbrecht (above):  recipient of the Chung’s Teriyaki $1,000 scholarship.  Caleb credits his unique family experience (having two brothers who were adopted from Ethiopia) with his growth as a teacher, leader and mentor. He is excited to attend George Fox University in Oregon and major in either math or English.
Emily Carlson $1,500 (above) – A young lady with eclectic interests, Emily is just as at home on the school’s track as she is baking in the kitchen. An avid sports fan, Emily will attend Western Washington University to study kinesiology.
Heather Schronce $1,000 (above) – Heather will build on her already impressive command of languages, including American Sign Language and Spanish, as she pursues degrees in linguistics and speech pathology at the University of Washington.
Justin Anderson $1,000 (above) – Inspired by his own injuries and lifelong repercussions, Justin is headed to the University of Washington to obtain a degree in neuroscience.
Karlee Weninger $500 (above with Scholarship Committee Chair Ed Hamilton) – You would never know that this well-spoken, studious young lady is an award-winning air rifle shooter! Her commitment to 4H and other volunteer activities has strengthened her ambition to help people in her community by becoming an EMT and eventually a paramedic.
Luke Arnold $1,000 (above) – Class co-valedictorian.  As charming as he is accomplished, Luke entertained us with, “My favorite animal is a sea slug, just because it looks cool.” He has been accepted into George Fox University, and he aspires to be a cultural and social psychologist.
Klahowya  Secondary School
Ciara Smith-Perez  $2,000 (above) - Overcoming challenges is a way of life for Ciara. Born deaf and growing up without a father, Ciara learned to adapt to changing environments and to persevere no matter what. She is off to Olympic College with a plan to transfer to the University of Washington to major in business or science. 
Madeline Farrell  $2,000 (above) – Lighting up the room as she took the microphone, Maddie relayed that she is at her best on the stage and enjoys when people break into song. Her scholarship application details dealing with her father’s unexpected death and finding solace through volunteer work. She will hone her performing arts skills at Central Washington University and has ambitions to make it big in New York or Hollywood.
Not pictured:
Thu Aung  $1,000.   Recipient of the Chung’s Teriyaki $1,000 scholarship.  Thu is an immigrant and former CKHS student of the year.  Born in Myanmar, Thu has overcome much hardship and is determined to earn a degree in social sciences from the University of Washington so that she can be “a catalyst for positive and innovative change.”
Cole Pobanz  $1,000. Volunteering at his local church’s soup kitchen and at the Kitsap Humane Society has shaped Cole’s aspirations for college education (electrical engineering) and career.  Combining his interest in physics and electricity with his new found passion for helping people, Cole would like to work on creating clean renewable energy, both at home and in developing countries.
Rotarian Ed Hamilton proudly presented Debbee Straub, a Fairview Middle School instructor of cience and Aviation Classroom Experience (ACE), with the 2017 Teacher of the Year Award.  What sets her apart is her ability to design lessons that ensure collaboration, engagement, physical movement and reflection. Debbee was humbled by the recognition and glowed when she shared, “I love seeing my students experience something new, and I know that they will go far.”
Pictured left to right: Jacob Sargent and Alicia Flint (Klahowya Secondary School), Katelyn Downey and Kaleb Foss (CKHS), Xin He (Crosspoint Academy)
On May 18, Silverdale Rotarians enthusiastically honored the five Students of the Month pictured above from three local high schools.
The students were first introduced by staff members of their respective schools.  Katie Staker (above on right) who is the Activities Coordinator for CKHS, is telling us about Kaleb Foss' and Katelyn Downey's achievements that led these awards.  Below on right we heard from Ken Ebersole, Principal of the Crosspoint Secondary School, talking about Xin He.  This isn't the first time we have seen Xin at a Club meeting - last year Xin won the 2016 Silverdale Rotary Duck T-Shirt Design Contest!
Then the came the best part - we heard from the students themselves - their academic and outside activities, their families, and their future aspirations.  On right below, Alicia Flint from Klahowya is addressing the crowd of Rotarians and guests while student Jacob Sargent and Shannon Steedman, who teaches Family and Consumer Science, look on.
All the students thanked Rotarians for honoring them, but it is actually we who thank them for being our future leaders!
Pictured  left to right: LN1 Cynthia Hunter, FT2(SS) Kelby Sample, LCpl Dillon Purvis, NC1(IW) Erik Mendoza, HM3 Angella Tran, PS2 (EXW) Mike Maoudj, AO3 Neil Usefara, BM2 Scott Horrigan
Military Awards –  Vocational Service Chair, Jorge Nolasco, proudly presented awards to our fine military recipients:
Marine of the Quarter – Lance Corporal Dillon Purvis, a Warehouse Chief from Kentucky
Enlisted Person of the Quarter – Boatswain Mate Scott Horrigan, a Petty Officer from Boston
SWFPAC Senior Sailor of the Quarter – Yeoman Bryce Jameson
SWFPAC Junior Sailor of the Quarter – Fire Control Technician Kelby Sample
NOSC Kitsap Sailor of the Quarter – Navy Counselor Erik Mendoza from Los Angeles
NOSC Kitsap Junior Sailor of the Quarter – Personnel Specialist Mike Maoudi
NOSC Kitsap Blue Jacket of the Quarter – Hospitalman Angella Tran from Florida
NOSC Kitsap SELRES Sailor of the Quarter – Legalman Cynthia Hunter
NOSC Kitsap SELRES Junior Sailor of the Quarter – Information Specialist Cathy Urquidez
NOSC Kitsap SELRES Blue Jacket of the Quarter – Aviation Ordanceman Neil Usefara
Pictured left to right: Rotarian Mike Hancock, Silverdale Rotary President Cindy Holmes, Honduran Sonia Ramirez
On April 13, Sonia Ramirez, President of the Rotary Club Villa Real de Tegucigalpa in Honduras, visited our Club to thank us for our support in building the medical clinic to help impoverished Hondurans.  In our largest hands-on international project ever, using $7,640 from Duck Race proceeds and a $3,500 District 5020 Rotary Foundation grant, Silverdale Rotarians and family members spent a week in Honduras in early 2017 helping build the clinic.
Here are President Sonia's remarks: "It was a great visit to Silverdale Rotary Club - thank you for always welcoming me to your Club. On behalf of Club Rotario Villa Real de Tegucigalpa  we presented a Certificate of Recognition for all your contributions, timeless service and dedication to the project at Nerza Paz Clinic in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

THANK YOU also to Mike and Janele Hancock for having me over - it was such a pleasure to stay in their beautiful home. Thanks you were great. The magic of Rotary brings you home whenever you go to any Rotary Club or Rotarian family."
Molly Mansker, founder of the Poulsbo Days for Girls (DFG) chapter, was our speaker on April 20.   She described the DFG program, a worldwide organization https://www.daysforgirls.org/  that so far has provided over 640,000 women and girls with access to feminine hygiene.   Molly thanked Silverdale Rotary for the high-production-level serger that was purchased in 2016 using $1,000 in Duck Bucks (and a $600 discount from Quality Sewing and Vacuum).  Nine items in the kits require a serger. 
Pictured: Diane Heesacker using the new serger to make liners
Days for Girls Kit
Want to get involved locally?  Contact President Elect Kim Peterson at kpeterson@kitsapbank.com or go to Facebook https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=days%20for%20girls%20poulsbo%20wa%20chapter .
Pictured left to right: Katelyn Herrera and Kevin Lunden (Klahowya Secondary School); Courtney Salisbury, Emily Carlson, Luke Arnold, and DeAndre Sincere (Central Kitsap High School).  Not pictured: Peter Park (Crosspoint Academy)
On April 13, Silverdale Rotarians  recognized seven amazing young men and women from three local high schools as Students of the Month.  Chosen by the faculty and staff of each school, students are recognized not only for academic achievements, but also for leadership and service. 
Students received a plaque and a letter from Silverdale Rotary to their parents.   Congratulations to our future leaders!
The youngest member of our Rotary family, Bradley Berube, made his Rotary debut with his proud Rotarian parents Seraine and Tyler at our April 13 meeting.  Born on December 24, he  captured everyone's hearts.  Bradley is shown below with his Mom Seraine and our oldest Rotarian Jack Jensen.
Below, Bradley with proud Dad Tyler.
Below - President Elect Kim Peterson - channeling future grandmotherhood, maybe?
Occasionally a Rotarian may be accused of sleeping during the meeting, but in Bradley's case, we didn't mind!
For their February 2017 Cause of the Month, Silverdale Rotarians reached into their own pockets to purchase new socks for Benedict House and Georgia's House in Bremerton.  These two shelters provide temporary housing and services to homeless men, women, and children. 
Pictured above: Rotarians Kim Peterson (canter) Debi Brooks-Givens (right) giving Kris (on left) at Benedict House bags of socks for men
Pictured below: Rotarian Debi Brooks-Givens dropping off socks for women at Georgia's House
On March 2, 2017 Rosie Ludlow, Executive Director of Scarlet Road in Bremerton (pictured on left with Rotarian Debi Brooks-Givens ), accepted a Duck Buck grant for $1,000 to purchase two computers for the Scarlet Road drop in center.
“Founded in 2008, born out of the desire to see a way out for women and children in the sex industry, Scarlet Road set out to change social perspectives, help the community understand and serve victims of sexual exploitation, and provide long term support for a population of women and children that was receiving none.”  For more information about Scarlet Road, go to http://scarletroad.org/ .
Adopting Ducks Changes Lives!
Editor’s note:  Silverdale Rotary Club President Cindy Holmes (holding the baby in the video linked below) and her husband Buzz recently visited Burkina Faso with Walk in the Light International http://www.witli.com/ founder Katy Cornell and Mikayla Day (pictured right and left respectively at a Club meeting on February 23) to see the impact of Silverdale Rotarians’ personal donations and Duck Race proceeds over the past few months.  Below is Cindy’s description and a video collage by Rotarian Steven Boe of their trip.  Adopting Ducks Changes Lives!
"I wanted to thank Silverdale Rotarians and everyone who purchased duck tickets for the many lives that they have helped in Burkina Faso…from contributing to micro loans for women, the health center, the back packs with school supplies and the French books for a library in the schools. Katy shared how one book in particular that we sent over will drastically change how the teachers are able to teach. It was a French and English dictionary with pictures of each item. It has been very difficult for the teachers to teach English words such as airplane or boat when the children have never seen one. Thank you so much to Rotarians who brought in the books and school supplies. Pictured below is the Rotary work party loading the school supplies.
In the video below you will see the health center that the Silverdale Rotary helped fund with Duck Race proceeds. We visited the center at night when it was empty, and we could see how beautiful and clean it was. The next day it was full and over flowing with children waiting their turn for their exams and lots of children waiting outside for their turn inside.  (Fortunately there are no pictures of some of us entertaining the kids waiting!)
You will also see the huts that make up their homes and the demonstration of manually grinding the wheat, their daily shore for meals…but then a Silverdale Rotary micro loan funded a wheat grinder. The woman were so proud to show me how they had learned to start the wheat grinder and process the wheat…with sales to others at $12.00 per day…a significant amount in their village!
The women were trained for a month on how to use the machine; it was so inspiring to see how they were willing to try something so new and foreign to them. They gathered from all over to show me how it worked and then thanked me by giving me a live chicken! (The men had thought they should do the grinding with the machine but Katy insisted it was for the women and they could learn to do it, and they did!)
The school shown in the video is the secondary school. The kids were on break but gathered when they knew we were coming. Silverdale Rotarians had donated the French books that were at their levels. Can you imaging reading about places and things that you have never seen or experienced? 
I really can’t thank you enough for all you did to help with my President’s project, but more importantly how you have helped to make significant educational improvements for the children there.
Duck Race proceeds also funded micro loans that helped with the health center.  I know lives will be changed by these contributions!"
Here is the link to the YouTube video above: https://youtu.be/2gkdjLtkI3c 
Thank you notes from third graders have been rolling in! 
In January Silverdale Rotarians distributed 400+ dictionaries to students in the CK School District.  This is part of an annual partnership with East Bremerton Rotary to provide hard cover dictionaries to all 800+ third graders in the Central Kitsap School District (including private schools).
Silverdale Rotarian Leslie Walters did an outstanding job of organizing the distribution  of our share of dictionaries to third graders this year, and on February 23 Rotarians and guests were treated to her collages of photos of the distribution along with the countless thank you letters we have received from students.   
Some of the notes are funny, some of them are touching, and all of them are a great reminder of why we continue to do this year in and year out. 
2016 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race proceeds at work helping students learn!
On February 23, our Rotary Club awarded Kitsap County Parks Department with a grant of $3,000 in Duck Bucks for AED's (Automated External Defibrillators) that will be placed around the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.
This is unusually large grant of Duck Bucks, which recognizes Silverdale Rotary’s commitment to the community, and in this case Public Safety.  Thanks to the huge support of sponsors and the community purchasing tickets for the 2016 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, this grant was possible.
Our Duck Race Motto is “Adopting Ducks Changes Lives,” but in this case it might very well mean “Adopting Ducks Saves Lives!”
Pictured below is Rotarian Debi Brooks-Givens (left) and Billie Schmidt, Superintendent of Operations,
Kitsap County Parks Department who thanked the Club for the grant
Our February 23 Rotary meeting was packed with all of the miltary individuals that were being honored, along with their supervisors, Command Master Chiefs, and their Commanding Officers.   Personnel from commands at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor included Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC, their CO CAPT Muns was present),  Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC, Navy, their CO CAPT Elmstrom was present), and Maritime Force Protection Unit (MFPU, Coast Guard).  On the right at the podium is our Military of the Quarter coordinator, Rotarian Jorge Nolasco.
And as usual the list of individuals that were recognized was filled with people who are performing at a fantastic level that should give us all the peace of mind that we are well protected and completely secure.
Below, pictured left to right: MA2 Robert Hansen, ATAN Molly Brunner, HM2(SW) Hector Santillan, PS1(SW) Charles Duncan (NOSC);  MT2(SS) Randal Raderstorf  and MT1(SS) Patrick Westfall (SWFPAC); GM2 Chelsea Rittenhouse (MFPU).
Not pictured: IT1(AW) Joseph Finnegan and OS3 Breanna Coleman (NOSC).
On January 29-February 4, 2017 Silverdale Rotarians Mike Hancock, Mariam James, Rich Arper, Scott Weninger and family members Janele Hancock and Deena Weninger spent a week getting their hands dirty helping build a health clinic in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. 
Our Rotary Club donated $7,640 in Duck Race proceeds and secured a $3,500 District 5020 Rotary Foundation grant.   Mike had visited the building site in January 2016 during the Uniendo America Project Fair.  At that time all that existed were bare cement walls – no roof, floor, or anything else (see photo below). 
Our project partners were Villa Real Tegucigalpa Rotary Club and Nueva Tegucigalpa Rotary Club.  Members of both Clubs worked alongside us during the week.
Below is the first day on the job.  Deena is helping the roofers who were just starting to make the roof trusses, and Mike and Rich are working on some drainage.  (Mariam is supervising?)
Below, Scott is helping the carpenters with the concrete forms for the window openings, which were too big.  Once done, there will be six windows on this side of the building.
Day three below: the roof is finished.  Since the Silverdale Rotary team left, they have finished the concrete floor, completed the exterior walls and roof for the bathrooms, and installed the front door.  Also the windows (including exterior window guards), rough plumbing and electrical wiring.  The only things still to complete our part of the project is the finish plumbing, painting and hanging the sign, which should be done by February 25. 
The next step for our Honduran partners to undertake will be to obtain tables and chairs and computers, so Dr. Nerza Paz can fulfill his dream of having a fully functioning Community Health Education Center in his clinic.
Below is our team receiving appreciation plaques from our host club, the Villa Real Tegucigalpa Rotary Club.  On the far left is Dr. Carla Carmaco, who was the President of their club last year and also the guide of rural clinics when Mike found this project.  On the far right is Sonia Ramirez, this year's Club President (Sonia visited our club in April 2016 and will be here again this year).  Next to Sonia is Wendy Ayestas, the project Treasurer and a huge part of making our visit a success.  Wendy and her husband Armando provided daily transportation to and from the site, and Wendy spent almost every day at the site with us. 
Not pictured is Nueva Tugucigalpa's Club President Saul Zelaya, who provided design and construction management.
Above, holding the plaques from left to right are the Silverdale team members: Mike Hancock, Scott Weninger, Deena Weninger, Janele Hancock, Mariam James, and Rich Arper.
This project is the largest hands-on International Project that the Silverdale Rotary Club has ever undertaken – a great example of Silverdale Rotary Duck Race proceeds and Rotary Foundation funds changing lives!
On my recent trip to Colombia,  I spent time with the Rotary Club of Tulua el Lago, whose flagship program is called "A Smile for Life." We were introduced to this program by our 2015-16 Colombian Rotary Youth Exchange student Dani Sanabria, and our Club donated $2,000 in Duck Race proceeds to this worthy organization.
Pictured front row left to right: Dora Zapata de Molina (mentors the children), Silverdale Rotarian Mike Hancock, Jeyson Barrantes a recipient of the surgeries, prosthodontist Dr. Jairo Sanabria (Dani's father).  Back row: Exchange Student, interpreter Morgan Welch from Minnesota, two Exchange Students, speech therapist Adriana Ocampo
The volunteers perform Cleft Palate and Cleft Lip surgeries on underprivileged children from rural Colombia, who otherwise would not have the opportunity to live normal lives. The amazing thing about their program is that they don't just do a surgery and send the child home. They also provide Hearing surgeries (if needed), mental health services, speech therapy and anything else that is needed to treat the "whole person," not just the mouth.
All of the Doctors that participate in this program donate their services, which could include up to 20 surgeries (or more) per child. This is because as the child's head grows, there are different things that need to be done to make sure that when they reach adulthood, everything fits and is working properly.
The only things that are paid for are the operating room and anesthesia, which are supported by the Tulua el Lago Club's local fundraising, as well as donations from around the world. They have about 40-45 kids in the program at any given time, with 4-5 graduating out each year and 4-5 new cases coming in.
Many of the children shown in these photos have had most of their surgeries. I didn't post the "before" pictures, as they may be too much for many people to see, but you can definitely see the results of the program in their faces, eyes and smiles.
What an amazing opportunity it has been for me to witness, first-hand, the great work of A Smile for Life. I will be working with my Rotary Club of Silverdale to establish an account within our Foundation to support this effort further. So, if any of you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to this very worthwhile cause, let me know. I hope to have this set up very soon.
On February 9, eight students from Central Kitsap High School, Klahowya Secondary School, and Crosspoint Academy were honored at Silverdale Rotary's weekly luncheon for their academic, personal and extracurricular efforts. 
Pictured left to right: Bethany Lunden and William Matney (Klahowya); Sarah Devine and Chris Van Ye (Crosspoint Academy); Kendall Massey, Samantha Miller,  Rhys Miller, and Roque Blas (CKHS)
After a brief introduction from school staff, we heard from these outstanding students as they told us about current activities and future plans.  Some highlights:
Bethany Lunden – Active in student government
William Matney – Active in choir and drama, volunteers at Humane Society
Sarah Devine – Appalachian Mountains service trip, will go again this year
Chris Van Ye – Appalachian Mountains service trip
Kendall Massey – Rotary sent her to France, serves on ASB
Samantha Miller – UW or MIT to either be a software developer or teacher
Rhys Miller – Interested in engineering, on the Robotics team, headed to UW
Roque Blas – Headed to UW
Congratulations to all!
Dr. Tom Hawks was at Rotary on February 2 to receive $1,500 in Duck Bucks for Central Kitsap Food Backpacks 4 Kids.  Our Duck Bucks grant will help include larger portions of protein in the backpacks that are sent home with children in need in their weekend backpacks.  The CK Food Backpacks 4 Kids puts together complete meals for a family of four to take home on weekends so that the kids who are sometimes only eating through assistance programs at schools will be able to have the nourishment it takes to get through a weekend for themselves and their family members.  For more information go to http://www.ckfoodbackpacks4kids.com/
Pictured: Dr. Tom Hawks and Rotarian Chuck Kraining
This award to help hungry kids and families is made possible because of the huge sponsor and community support of our 2016 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race fund raiser.
Amelia Hisaw was our outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student in 2015-16, and she spent her year in Denmark.  Her year got off to a rocky start with her first host family because they really didn'y click together, but when she moved on to her second and third families, the whole experience bloomed into the special adventure it was expected to be.  
Amelia came from constantly being in a car in America to either taking public transportation, walking, or riding a bike everywhere.  Amelia found that one aspect of her trip to be one of the most empowering, because it gave her the confidence to know that no matter where she was, she would have the freedom and experience to get where she needed to go.  
Like many students who make this journey, she found a lot of friends along the way.  Not only were there her host family members, some of who were extraordinarily tall, but also there  were the large population of fellow exchange students, and the girls she was going to school with.  Overall Amelia really seemed to have enjoyed her year abroad, and has come away with a much deeper understanding of European cultures.  
Amelia looks forward to her friends from Denmark coming to America to visit her, and to making as many trips as she can back to Europe.  She thanked us profusely and repeatedly for making this experience possible for her.
On January 26 April Ihde and Mindy Wbitney from CKHS PTSA were on hand to accept another $500 Duck Buck grant for CKHS 2017 Grad Night from Rotary President Elect Kim Peterson.  The event, which is held at Naval Base Kitsap, is an all night event that features dinner, dancing, bowling, swimming, entertainment, and prizes to keep kids sober and safe, while letting them have a whole bunch of fun.  Our grant will go towards helping disadvantaged kids be able to afford the registration costs.
Above left to right: Kim Peterson, April Ihde, and Mindy Whitney
The CKHS PTSA provides volunteers every year to help tag ducks and then wash ducks on Race Day.  Silverdale Rotary, in turn, donates a total of $1,000 to Grad Night.  It’s win-win!
Above: CKHS parents and students tagging ducks, July 2016
Above: Duck Washing, July 2016
Above: Duck Washers - CKHS students and family members, July 2016
Pictured: David McVicker, President Cindy Holmes, Rich Arper
Congratulations to our two most recent Paul Harris Fellows (PHF) who were presented with their awards on January 26.  David McVicker received his first PHF signifying a donation to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) of $1,000, and Rich Arper received his PHF+8 pin, signifying a total of $9,000 donated to TRF! ( Only one more to reach the Major Donor milestone.)
Thank you David and Rich for supporting TRF - it's donations like yours that make Silverdale Rotary's Honduras project, which is currently underway, possible.  Rotarians Mike Hancock, Mariam James, Rich Arper, Scott Weninger and family members are working hard this week building a health clinic in Tegucigalpa, partially funded by a Foundation grant.
Putting up a cement block wall
Our team with the Honduran Rotary project members
Long time Silverdale Rotarian member Penny Loveless passed away on Friday, January 27.  She was the first person most of us met at every meeting.  Her easy smile and friendly welcome was a fixture at the Greeter Table for many years.    Penny joined Silverdale Rotary in June 2006.
Penny was recognized as Rotarian of the Month, year after year (pictured above with President Cindy Holmes)
Penny also worked tirelessly on the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, organizing the Sponsor Appreciation Party, and working all of Race Weekend at Duck Central (see photo below).
She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday February 12th at 3:00 pm in the Seabeck Conference Center Dining Room.  Rotarian Bob Cassis will officiate.
During the week of January 9, Silverdale Rotarians delivered 3rd grade dictionaries to Silverdale Elementary, Clear Creek Elementary, and Peace Lutheran School. 2016 Race proceeds at work helping students in our Community!
Pictured below: One of the three classrooms at Silverdale Elementary that got their brand new dictionaries from Silverdale Rotarians Rick Soper, Frank Guthrie, and Peter Matty.  They were all smiling from ear to ear and cheering with excitement, which makes it all so very much fun to do!
Pictured below: 3rd Graders at Peace Lutheran School putting their names on the label in their dictionaries.
Pictured below at Peace Lutheran: Rotarian Leslie Walters describing our Rotary mission, explaining the value of the Rotary Four Way Test (see graphic below), which is on the label inside the dictionaries under where the students wrote their names .  Also pictured, Rotarian Bob Cassis
Pictured below at Clear Creek Elementary: Rotary President Elect Kim Peterson explaining how Rotary, via our Duck Race fund raiser, can give dictionaries to the students, and do so much more in our Community.
For more information about our dictionary project, go to http://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/Stories/third-grade-dictionary-labeling-1
Pictured left to right Rotarians Don Lachata, Scott Slocum, Christie Scheffer, President Elect Kim Peterson
On January 8 more than a dozen enthusiastic Silverdale Rotarians and family volunteers met at United Moving and Storage to label third grade dictionaries.  Thanks to PE Kim's great suggestion of an assembly line, we got 400+ dictionaries labeled in under an hour!!!!
Pictured Rotarians Ellen Newberg, Bob Cassis, and volunteer Kathy Cassis
Pictured below Rotarian Scott Weninger
A big thank you to East Bremerton Rotarians for spearheading this annual partnership effort to provide dictionaries to all third graders in the Central Kitsap School District,  plus providing the staging facility at United Moving and Storage.
Dictionary distribution gets under way this week!
We wrapped up Bell Ringing on Christmas Eve! We rang for a total of $3,328 ($69.34 per hour) for four Saturdays, which Salvation Army said was fantastic!  They were deeply grateful for our commitment to ringing for four weeks. With the rising minimum wage, they cannot afford as many bell ringers, so volunteers are very valuable. Most service clubs ring for a day, so Rotary Club of Silverdale's commitment to four Saturdays is outstanding!  Thank you to Rotarian Cathy Bisaillon who co-led this event and to everyone who participated with glad hearts and warm smiles!
Pictured above - new Silverdale Rotarian Ed Beckley; below - Rotarian Mariam James
We want to share quick story: a Rotary bell ringer was ringing by the north door of Safeway that has an outside bench. A homeless woman was sitting on the bench eating. It was cold, and a brisk wind was blowing. The bell ringer noticed the woman and walked over to offer her candy canes. The ringer then offered her their own gloves and scarf to help keep out the cold. I don't know what else transpired but know that it exemplified 'Service above Self'. Thank you to all for helping Silverdale Rotary continue to make a difference in the community we love and serve. 
Pictured: longtime Rotarian Scott Park
Congratulations to  Silverdale Rotarians Seraine and Tyler Berube who welcomed Bradley Raymond Berube into this world at 12:02 am on Christmas Eve! 5 pounds, 12 oz. and 19 inches.  What a Christmas present!
Seraine and Bradley
Tyler and Bradley
On Dec. 8, several Central Kitsap-area students were honored at Silverdale Rotary's weekly luncheon for their academic, personal and extracurricular efforts. 

Central Kitsap High School: Cody Davis, Brianna Salisbury, Brotton Laing and Kennedy Jackson 

Crosspoint Academy: Christopher VanYe

Klahowya Secondary School: Thu Aung, Elizabeth Simmons 

Pictured left to right: Elizabeth Simmons, Kennedy Jackson, Rotarian Ron Templeton,
Brianna Salibury, Cody Davis and Thu Aung.   ​​
Rotarians rang the bell for Salvation Army from 10 am to 6 pm in front of both doors of Silverdale Safeway on December 3, the first of four scheduled Saturdays in December.
Pictured: Rotarian Emily Guadamuz, husband Johnnie, and Wilson
Donations poured in! We had to keep shaking down the buckets in order to accept more money! They were packed full!
Pictured: Rotarian Ed Ahrens
Many people stopped to thank the Silverdale Rotary for ringing the bell! Comments: "Wow how many of you are out here? I've seen three different folks at this station today!" "Thank you so much for being out here, doing this!" "Rotary is a great organization!"
Pictured: Rotarian Christie Scheffer and granddaughter Reyce
Pictured:  Rotarian Rob MacDermid
Our Rotary Club meeting on December 1 was extra special.  Not only did District 5020 Governor (DG) Joanne Croghan visit and speak to us, but three new members were inducted into our Club:
Emily Guadamuz - First Federal Bank - Classification: Banking - Lending Officer
Ed Beckley – Trinchero Family Estates Winery - Classfication: Wine Industry Management
Harold Shea - Executive Director, Haselwood Family YMCA - transfer from Chandler AZ Horizon Rotary Club – Classification: YMCA Management
After President Cindy Holmes performed the induction ceremony, DG Joanne presented a Rotary International 2016-17 theme pin (Rotary Serving Humanity) to each new member.
Pictured left to right: Harold Shea, Johnnie Guadamuz (Emily’s husband), Emily Guadamuz, Membership Chair Christie Scheffer, PI Chair Rick Soper (Ed Beckley’s Sponsor), Ed Beckley, DG Joanne Croghan, President Cindy Holmes
WELCOME Harold, Emily, and Ed to our Silverdale Rotary Family!
Editor’s Note:  This is an astonishing tale of Service Above Self.  Kim Peterson, President Elect and Chair of the First Annual Turkey Trot, described at Rotary on December 1 how a dedicated group of our very own Silverdale Rotarians and volunteers succeeded, against all odds, in raising $5,200 for the community!  Please read the whole story, and you will be reminded once again why we are SO PROUD to be Silverdale Rotarians!
By Kim Peterson
"There is something to be said about being invited to a meeting.  It was August 9th when President Cindy Holmes and Rick Soper and I met with Greg Chapman to talk about a fundraiser for Silverdale Rotary.  Greg is a local race expert and owns Race Directions, a business that supports race events.  We visited for about 1 ½ hours.  As we left I was surprised to be the party leaving with all of the paperwork Greg had provided us.  No problem, I’ll just make a folder and hold onto it.
Were we excited?  Yah!  Potentially doing something new and raising some money to put back into our community?  Let’s do it!  The schedule Greg provided indicated that you should allow 9 months to plan an event.  That would have put the event happening in May or June of 2017.  Do-able?  Yah!  We have a great club, but with a race in May or June we are in full DUCK MODE.  The next option was to do a Turkey Trot.  Not just any Turkey Trot, but the FIRST ANNUAL Turkey Trot.  That still seemed do-able for Thanksgiving of 2017.  Cindy and Rick and Greg thought it would be better to get the first one started in 2016.  Can we do this? 3 months vs 9 months to prepare?  We’ll see.
On Thanksgiving Day, Silverdale Rotary proved once again how important community is in Kitsap County. 
Our first-ever Turkey Trot walk/run brought in more than 300 locals! All proceeds will be donated back to the community. 
For over 60 years Silverdale Rotarians have been teaming with the Silverdale Dandy Lions, arborists, many generous companies, community volunteers and donors, and young people doing community service from the County Sheriff Juvenile Division, to light up Silverdale’s 128 ft Christmas Tree.  But it’s not just a matter of turning on the main switch on Thanksgiving weekend and watching the lights alternate between all red and multicolor.  Considerable annual maintenance is required on the twelve 140-ft strings of light (a total of 408 light bulbs!), the star, and the grounds surrounding the tree. 
Silverdale Rotarian Rich Arper and Silverdale Dandy Lion Roland Arper, continuing the tradition of their Dad, the legendary Silverdale Rotarian Bob Arper, have coordinated that maintenance in recent decades.  On the morning of October 29, 20 people gathered in the rain to tackle fixing a string of lights that wasn’t functioning properly, plus to turn the star back in the right direction to face Silverdale.
Tree experts Dan Fields and Ben Paulson (pictured above) from Fields’s Tree Care LLC, with communication assist by arborist Ken Little, climbed to the top of the tree, branch by branch, and set up the pulley system to carefully lower the string to the ground for troubleshooting (pictured below)
This string was particularly pesky, and finally half the string’s insulation was removed by the 18 people on the ground to find not one, but two, hidden electrical shorts causing the problem (all the while the two climbers were waiting patiently at the top of the tree in the breezy rain!). 
The string was then re-wrapped with rolls and rolls of electrical tape (above),
burned out bulbs were replaced with specific colors according to the color diagram for that string (above), and the string was reeled back up the tree.  The climbers also turned the star to face Silverdale.  Then…test, test, test – SUCCESS!
The 62nd annual Tree Lighting event is scheduled for Saturday, November 26.  Family festivities start at 1:00 pm by Silverdale Antiques, and tree lighting is set for 6:00 pm.  For a history of this iconic tree and the community partnership forged to light it up every year, go to https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000730/en-us/files/homepage/silverdale-christmas-tree-history/Silv-Xmas-Tree-History-2-Nov-16.pdf .
Here are some photos from the conference center's Halloween party on Oct. 31. Silverdale Rotarians were on site to hand out candy and pass out information about the upcoming Turkey Trot we will be hosting on Nov. 24! 
Thank you to all the Rotarians who helped out and who donated candy. Leftover candy will be used for prizes at the Turkey Trot. 
On October 27, Rotary President Elect Kim Peterson presented a $550 Duck Bucks grant to the Peninsula Dance Theatre (PDT).  Accepting the check were Mallory Morrison (Assistant Director) and Lawan Morrison (Artistic Director).
Pictured left to right:  Kim Peterson, Mallory Morrison, Lawan Morrison
Each fall, PDT's Apprentices and Junior Company members (ages 11-13) take a ballet on tour to Kitsap County's elementary school assemblies to entertain and educate young students in the art of dance.  The company members learn many skills in addition to performance: public speaking, organization and production, and hair and makeup to name a few.  Also, often this is the first (and only) time students in the schools can experience dance and theatre arts. 
Silverdale Rotary has a proud history of supporting youth in our community, and Duck Race proceeds make this possible.  For more information about Peninsula Dance Theatre (and specifically The Rainbow Fish tour), go to http://www.peninsuladancetheatre.org/the-rainbow-fish.html .
In October 2016, Silverdale Rotary sent the final installment check of a $200,000 Long Term Project commitment to support the Haselwood Family YMCA Teen Center.  The commitment was announced in 2011.  Silverdale Rotary has always had a major focus of supporting youth, and the Teen Center (named after Silverdale Rotary) which has been in operation for over 5 years, was a perfect fit.
While some of the funds came from direct personal donations from Rotarians to the YMCA, the majority of the funds came from proceeds from the last six annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race raffles.  
Huge thanks go to our amazing Duck Race sponsors and the legions of people adopting Ducks - they all made this enormous commitment to the teens in our community possible!