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County Commisioner Ed Wolfe
Apr 27, 2017
State of the County
Jorge Nolasco
May 11, 2017
Military Awards
Ron Templeton
May 18, 2017
Student of the Month
Lee Taylor
May 25, 2017
Olympic National Park
Ed Hamilton
Jun 01, 2017
Scholarship Awards
Chuck Kraining
Jun 08, 2017
Duck Sponsor Appreciation Luncheon
Chuck Kraining
Jun 29, 2017
Send-off for Matej
 
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Silverdale!

Silverdale

Service Above Self

Thursday Lunch at 12:15 pm
Kitsap Golf & Country Club
3885 NW Golf Club Hill Road
Bremerton, WA  98312
United States
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Our Stories
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!
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."
 
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!
 
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WHO SAID TURKEY TROT?
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.
 
The 1st Annual
Silverdale Rotary Club
Turkey Trot

 

1-Mile Results

 

5K Results

But wait. There's more!!
See the photos on the Rotary Facebook Page
(and you can 'like' us too!!)
 
 
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. 
 
Each quarter, Silverdale Rotary recognizes local sailors and Coast Guard members for their service and dedication to their work. Six service members were recognized, although not all were present, during the Nov. 17 meeting. 
On Nov. 17, the Silverdale Rotary Club donated $1,500 in Duck Bucks to All Teens Matter, a local Bremerton-based nonprofit. 
 
Thanks to Silverdale Rotary's "Duck Bucks," students at a low-income Bremerton school received brand-new coats.  
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!
Here's the link to the latest YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlTX-W29_H0
 
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On October 13, Silverdale Rotarians kicked off the 2016-17 school year by recognizing five 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.  Some examples: Suicide and Bullying Prevention, Associated Student Body officers, Seahawks Student Athlete of the Month, humanitarian trips, and various sports team captains. 
 
Students received a plaque and a letter from Silverdale Rotary to their parents.  Sadly, no limousine rides to lunch this year, as the limo company went out of business.  Congratulations to the students pictured below, left to right:
Margaret (Maggie) Wright (Crosspoint Academy); Kellen Leavell and Anna Ward (Central Kitsap High School); Natalie Haws and Dylan Zuber (Klahowya Secondary School)
 
Some maintenance of the grounds of the Silverdale Christmas Tree has been done, and on October 16 Rotarians Rich Arper and Scott Slocum (pictured below, left and right) turned the 128 ft tree on and did an initial assessment of the lights.   Biggest surprise:  the wind has turned the star 180 degrees!  There are a couple other issues with light strings, but we should be able to sort them out with a work party.  Now we are coordinating schedule with the volunteer tree climber/arborist. Stay tuned for the date for the work party to maintain the lights.
       
 
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/C--Users-Barbara-13-Pictures-Silverdale-Rotary-Pictures-Silv-Xmas-Tree-History-Oct-2013-Silv-Xmas-Tree-History--Oct-24-2013.pdf 
 
 
For the second year in a row, Silverdale Rotary has contributed to the Kitsap Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund’s (KFFBF) fund raiser to provide new American made coats for children in a local school.  On September 29, Tom Stanley from the Bremerton Fire Department, chair of the upcoming Operation Warm event and member of the KFFBF Board of Directors, accepted a $1,000 Duck Buck grant. 
 
Tom said that the KFFBF has raised enough to order about 280 coats which will be presented to children at the Naval Avenue Elementary School, where over 50% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunches.
Tom invited Silverdale Rotarians to participate in the event.  Watch this space for the date and time of the coat giveaway. 
 
For more information about KFFBF go to http://www.kffbf.org/, and for Operation Warm go to https://www.operationwarm.org/.
 
Our September 22nd meeting was dedicated to stuffing the backpacks for the President’s Project for a school in Burkina Faso, West Africa.
Pictured above left: Gerard Ouedraogo, Walk in the Light in-country director
 
 
 Walk in the Light reps from the U.S. (Katy Cornell) and Burkina Faso were present to thank our club for donating needed art supplies for the students.
They will deliver the supplies in just five more days, along with $47,000 raised at dinner last week that will support the building of classrooms to accommodate 60 new students.   See related story below.
 
Thanks to all who donated to this life changing project!
 
It's hard to imagine letting your sick child wait to see a doctor because it simply was too much of a hassle to get them there. By morning, the fever, vomiting and dehydration kills them. Why would a parent ever wait to take their child to the hospital when they are that ill? 
 
Unfortunately, in Burkina Faso, a country in West Africa, this is the daily reality for many families. 
 
According to Katy Cornell, CEO of Walk in the Light International (WITLI), a nonprofit dedicated to transforming Burkina Faso through community development, the lack of access to health care and even health facilities makes death a regular visitor in the villages. 
 
Cornell, who spoke at the Sept. 1 Rotary meeting, said the people living there often become "hardened" to the sight of death because of its daily occurrence. For many villagers, a trip to a health care facility is a long and hard journey, and even upon arrival, there is no guarantee the staff can help with the medical issue. 
 
"When you see it all the time, it is not pressing to them," she said. "They wait until tomorrow (to see a doctor), and then they die." 
 
But Cornell and her staff at Walk in the Light International have been working in the country since 2009 to lead communities to easy access to health care and education. In a country where literacy rates hover right around 22%, that hasn't been an easy feat.
 
At the meeting, Cornell also introduced three guests from Burkina Faso, including left to right, Viviane Ouedraogo, sponsorship director, Gerard Ouedraogo, the in-country director; and Adama Ouedraogo, village director. All three thanked the Silverdale Rotary for donations that helped fund much-needed facilities in their region, and told of how WITLI has made a difference in their own lives.
Silverdale Rotary provided a nearly $6,000 grant in October 2015 to the nonprofit to assist in medical needs. The funds provided a hospitalization room, which included 4 hospital beds, 4 patient stations, a medicine cabinet, wheel chair, supplies, etc. The grant also paid for a patient room (1 exam table, mattress, desk, exam tools, etc.), and an overnight nurse room (1 bed, closet, desk, etc.). 
 
"You guys have made an amazing difference in Burkina Faso," Cornell told the Rotarians. 
 
Throughout the presentation, Cornell offered an update on how the organization's first group of students recently graduated, ready to move on to secondary education. With the school Walk in the Light International funds have built, more than 700 students in the region now attend, and the students have a 98% passing rate. The country's normal passing rate is about 60%, Cornell said.
 
Cornell answered questions from Rotarians, including ones about WITLI's micro loan program. Since starting the program, many women have discovered how to support their families through various businesses, including soap making, pig breeding, spice sharing, and more. As the women make enough money to support their families, they also slowly payback the loans, which in turn get rolled into a new micro loan for another woman, Cornell explained. Along the way, Viviane Ouedraogo coaches the women to help them stay on track and motivated. 
 
Silverdale Rotary funded the soap-making business, which has done quite well, according to Cornell. Samples of the shea butter soap — large, lumpy balls with a yellow tint — were passed around for Rotarians to see. 
 
As of today, around seven loans need funding, Cornell said. On WITLI's website, http://www.witli.com, anyone can donate and see a running tally of how far each loan is from being fully funded. Donations are also accepted at Lisa Stirrett's studio in Silverdale. 
 
Background: On September 1, President Cindy announced that all items for the Burkina Faso School - Cindy's President's Project - will be presented to the Walk in the Light team at Rotary on September 22.   So there is still time to donate cash or French books.  See below for the list of titles.  Also, see photos of items already purchased using donations from Rotarians - thanks to Mechelle Hoerer for doing some awesome shopping! 
 
Also at the September 1 meeting - Katy Cornell, founder of Walk in the Light in Burkina Faso, and her visitors from Burkina Faso described their life changing work.  
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Thanks to those Rotarians who have donated French children's books and cash for school supplies for the President’s Project a school in Burkina Faso, West Africa. It was established by the organization Walk in the Light International.  The Vatao School has 160 students and they desperately need back packs and specific school supplies.  The Community Service Committee is using cash donations to leverage the price by buying in bulk.
 
Here is a suggested list of French-language books needed for the library.  Amazon is a great resource for books in French. The students are 2nd-4th graders, but books can also be read to the students by the teachers. See the suggested list below:
 
Little engine that could            Make way for ducklings
Because of Win-Dixie               Narnia books
Bridge to Terebithia                  Dr Suess books
Amelia Bedelia books                Eric Carle Books
Curious George books               Peter Rabbit Series
Charlotte’s Web                          Millions of Cats
Blueberries for Sal                     Magic Treehouse Series
Winnie-the-Pooh Series           Stuart Little
Railway Children series            Frog and Toad series
Swiss Family Robinson             The Secret Garden
The Wind in the Willows           Holes
Black Beauty                                 Treasure Island
Peter Pan                                       Olivia Series
Strega Nona                                  To Kill a Mockingbird
When you give a mouse a cookie series
Charlie and Chocolate Factory
Madeline Books (for sure, about a French girl!)           
Matilda                                           Little Bear Series
Amelia Bedelia                              The Snowy Day
The Giving Tree                             Beverly Cleary’s Ramona series     
Good Dog Carl series                    All the “I Can Read” books
Babar Series                                    Richard Scarry books
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Corduroy series                              Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Wizard of Oz series                        Caps for Sale
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No Good, Very Bad Day
 
Posted by Mechelle Hoerer on Facebook on September 4:
 
For more information about Walk in the Light International, visit:
Facebook: Walk in the Light International
 
Matej Kunák, our Slovakian Rotary Exchange Student, provided our members with a great First Month Report at our meeting on September 15. His emotions and enthusiasm were difficult to hide as he told us about the relationships that he has already formed and his success on the school tennis team, his interest in chemistry, and his joining the marching band as a cymbal player. Matej is grateful for his host family members who have welcomed him as one of their own, and who have taken him to Seattle to ride The Wheel, shop at Pike Place Market, and see a movie.
 
To Matej’s surprise, the recent Rotary Youth Exchange weekend at the Seabeck Conference Center did not focus on the do’s and do not’s. Instead, the theme encouraged him and his peers to create a lifetime of memories throughout this one school year. Matej came away committed to develop into the best person he can throughout his stay in the United States. He also changed his mind and has decided to take the group Youth Exchange trip to California in November. To help fund the trip, Matej will cook and entertain for us in exchange for donations toward the $1,700 price tag.
 
As he wrapped up his speech, Matej was presented with a huge cake that held 18 candles and a serenade by our club to help him celebrate his birthday!
 
Kitsap County Auditor Dolores Gilmore made a special presentation to Silverdale Rotarians during the September 9 regular meeting. 
Gilmore said she’s worked in all divisions at the auditor’s office since starting there back in 1984. 
One of the most challenging parts of the election process, she said, is that the deadline for election day can never be moved. Even if numerous staff members are out with the flu, or if a major storm hits, polls close at 8 p.m. election night and the counting process must still go on. 
Gilmore also noted that every step of the elections process is open to the public, and she encouraged Rotarians to stop in to see how it all works. 
“I think that’s a good thing,” she said of the open process. “That’s an extra set of eyes.” 
In Kitsap County, there are 178,000 registered active and inactive voters, and more than 80 jurisdictions across the county. For the upcoming general election in November, Gilmore expects the number of registered voters to increase as it does every time there is a presidential election. To make sure the voting process is accessible to all, there are numerous ways to vote. Paper, audio, online and accessible voting units are available for registered voters to use. Audio is for those who may be deaf or hard-of-hearing, and the online process is for service members serving overseas who wish to vote. 
Over the years, she’s seen election laws change rapidly, but she said it has always been a very interesting and fun place to work. One aspect of the process she doesn’t think will change anytime soon is the ability for voters to cast ballots via their phones or home computers due to concerns with hacking the process. 
As of today, there are 28 software programs used to keep the system secure, and all the voting software for tabulation is kept in a special room with no internet access. Only eight people in total have access to it, and there is a log sign-in requirement each time someone is in the room. 
She expects this election in particular to be a busy one. For November, the auditor’s office plans to receive around 100,000 ballots. There is usually an 87% turnout for general elections. As for recounts? She’s been a part of 20-something manual recounts. Some elections have been as close as five votes apart to declare the winner, which is why so many steps are painstakingly taken at each election cycle and why security is so tight.  
“There’s many levels of safeguards,” she said. “It’s a fun place to work. I never really get bored because it changes all the time.”
 
For more information and a video about ballot processing, go to  http://www.kitsapgov.com/aud/elections.htm .
Exchange Student Matej Kunák from Slovakia has had a busy start to the year!
 
Since his arrival on August 19th, the Silverdale Rotary Club has done a great job keeping Matej busy as he awaits the return of his first host family and the start of school.  Thanks to everyone that has taken Matej to do something:
  • Rich Arper and Bob Cassis for joining me to welcome him.
  • Nancy Whitaker for sharing her birthday and going kayaking
  • Roger and Barbara Aydt for taking him to church and lunch
  • Ellen and Alan Newberg for touring Kitsap and dinner
  • Ron and Peggy for hosting an incredible welcome party and taking him to church and lunch
  • Everyone who attended the salmon bake
  • Kim Peterson for taking him to the fair
  • Cathy Bisaillon for taking him to Fiddler on the Roof
  • Mary Hoover for hosting a dinner for him
  • Cindy Holmes for inviting us over for dinner and to meet some wonderful people from Burkina Faso
 
Whew!  I apologize if I missed an activity.  In between the external activities, he is registered for school (with a pretty heavy load), activated his cell phone, opened his bank account, joined the CK Tennis team, gone boating and swimming on Hood Canal,  and attended a few musical events here on the Seabeck campus.  He has eaten crab, oysters and shrimp for the first time and is willing to try most anything.  He will move to his first host family on Wednesday when they return.  He has tennis practice every weekday from 5-7 PM. 
 
Here are some things he has mentioned that he would like to do:
He wants to visit many different kinds of churches, especially ones with lots of music
Visit Seattle
Visit Portland
Hockey games
Attend Sounders, Seahawk and/or Mariners game
Musical performances: classical, jazz, piano, rock
Musical plays
Hiking, boating, kayaking
Olympic National Park
Mt Rainier
Mt St. Helens
Museum of Flight
 
I hope you will get a chance to get to know this incredible young man.  We are very lucky to have him!
 
Welcome Rotary Youth Exchange Student Matej Kunák from Slovakia!  He arrived on August 19 and immediately jumped into the Northwest summer experience. Rotarian Nancy Whitaker took him kayaking and crabbing and clamming on Hood Canal. 
 
 
And the entire Club welcomed Matej at Rotarians Ron and Peggy Templeton's  home for a gourmet salmon bake.
 
 
See our photo album
here.
 
 
2016 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race top prize winners who could attend, and Silverdale Rotarians celebrated another successful Duck Race at our August 11 Rotary meeting.  2016 Duck Race Chair Ed Hamilton provided guests with a short presentation showing examples of some of the charitable works Silverdale Rotary has recently done with Duck Race proceeds. All this is possible due to our generous sponsors and everyone who adopts ducks.  Congratulations to all the winners who attended to accept their prizes, and thanks to our Mascot Lucky (Kirk Rienks, who was also Lucky in the July 30 parade) for joining in the festivities!
 
Grand Prize Winner Janet Gupton from Seabeck (on right) chose the $16,000 cash in lieu of an Advantage Nissan Frontier pickup truck.  Below Chuck Capps (on left) from Advantage Nissan presented Janet, who was accompanied by Charly Gupton (center) with the check. THANK YOU Chuck and Advantage Nissan for your tremendous generosity!  Not pictured: ticket seller Mary Hoover.  
 
Holland America Line donated a 7 Day Cruise for Two, and winner Shirley Hoover, accompanied by Charlie Hoover, accepted the certificate.  Shirley purchased the Quack Pack from her son-in-law, Rotarian Michael Allen.  Pictured below left to right, Michael Allen, Ed Hamilton, Charlie Hoover, and Shirley Hoover
 
Thank You to Quality Heating Electrical and AC, represented by Rotarian Scott Park and Nazare Alves, who donated a $1,750 credit for a Qualifying High Frequency Heating System, or a $650 cash prize. Winner Norm Sanders from Port Gamble chose the $650.  Pictured below left to right are Rotarian Roger Aydt (ticket seller), Scott Park, Ed Hamilton, Norm Sanders, and Nazare Alves. 
 
The Kitsap Credit Union donated a $1,000 Cash Prize, and Carol Arper (with Rotarian Rich Arper) accepted the check on behalf of their daughter Alicia Pisegna from Edmonds, WA who could not attend.  Carol tells us that she actually purchased the Quack Pack for her daughter! Thank you to the Kitsap Credit Union for their generosity year after year!  Pictured below left to right: Ed Hamilton, Rich Arper, Carol Arper
 
We had a rare double prize winner, Georgia Ovestrud from Port Orchard, whose ducks came in at #11 (Kitsap Garage Door Company $500 certificate or $100 cash; Georgia happily chose the certificate) and #55 (Argosy Cruise Tickets).  Pictured left to right are Ed Hamilton and Georgia.  Not pictured: Rotarian ticket seller Steve Burton.
 
 
After the prize presentations, Rotarians had time to share their "best" duck ticket selling stories, much to the delight of the audience.  2016 was a great year!
 
 
 
 
Thanks to all – Sponsors, volunteers, Rotarians and family members, and everyone who purchased Duck Tickets – it was another fantastic Duck Race weekend at Whaling Days!
 
For a complete list of winners, Click Here.
 
Photo Albums are now posted on our website under the Photos dropdown box or at these links:
 
This year’s Grand Prize winner of a 2016 Advantage Nissan Frontier pickup truck (or $16,000 cash) is Janet Gupton of Seabeck. 
 
For the total list of 76 prize winners, CLICK HERE.  Total value of prizes exceeds $50,000!
Winners will be notified about prize pickup details by telephone the week of August 1.
Congratulations to all our winners!
 
 
 
 
Photo courtesy of Gary Bowlby Photography
 
The Duck Race is the Rotary Club of Silverdale’s major fund raiser. This was the 23rd year for the Race.  The net proceeds from the Race are distributed to many local community and international organizations through Silverdale Rotary’s “Duck Bucks” grant process. This year, there were 18,000 Ducks in the Race.  Preliminary figures show that net proceeds total approximately $70,000 .
 
Silverdale Rotary thanks all the sponsors and volunteers who made this Race such a success. Special thanks go to everyone everywhere who supported this enormous effort with their purchase of Duck adoptions, making the theme of the Race, “Adopting Ducks Changes Lives” a reality.
 
 
 
Silverdale Rotary is proud to participate in Rotary Youth Exchange, an international program that promotes cultural exchange and world understanding. 
 
On July 14 we met our sponsored 2016 Short Term Exchange Program participants to and from Belgium: Julia Zapatka from CKHS (pictured on left) and Elodie Vernieuwe (on right) from Belgium.  Julia spoke about reaching beyond her comfort zone to learn and understand a new country, culture, and practice French.  Elodie is spending a month with the Zapatkas experiencing the Great Northwest – mountains, water, sports, Native American heritage, and so much more.  Next Julia will spend a month in Belgium with the Vernieuwe family on the other half of the exchange.  What an opportunity to increase world understanding!
 
 
 
 
A large group of Rotarians and guests gathered for a very fun night at the beautiful Port Gamble Pavilion on June 27 to thank our outgoing 2015-16 Board of Directors and congratulate our incoming 2016-17 Board of Directors who took office on July 1, 2016.  The tasty dinner was catered by Essence of the Thymes of Port Orchard.  Gorgeous flowers and decorations adorned every table, thanks to Cindy Holmes and her family.  Dancing followed the formal part of the program.  Thanks, Mary Hoover and Cindy for making all the arrangements and to everyone who helped set up and take down.  Also thanks to Phil Bisaillon for being our bartender.
 
Outgoing President Chuck thanked everyone and presented the Rotarian of the Year award to Rick Soper, our Public Image Chair, who has brought the Club into the digital age in a big way with his videos and Facebook ads, as well as a host of other efforts, including Duck Race Media chair and, most recently, the burger booth at the Water Trails festival.  Congratulations, Rick!  The award comes with a $1,000 Paul Harris Fellow.
 
Below is the outgoing 2015-16 Board.  Pictured left to right: Ed Hamilton, Don Lachata, Rick Soper, Cindy Holmes, Chuck Kraining, Mike Hancock, Elayne Burton, Debi Brooks-Givens, Ron Templeton, Kim Peterson, Mariam James, Bob Cassis.  Not pictured: Jorge Nolasco
 
Chuck also presented Christie Scheffer with a well deserved Presidential Citation for all her behind the scenes work on many fronts.
 
After installation of now President Cindy Holmes and her 2016-17 Board, Chuck transferred the framed 1955 Club Charter to Cindy.
 
Congratulations and thank you in advance to our new Board of Directors, pictured below left to right: Cindy Holmes, Scott Park, Don Lachata, Elayne Burton, Rick Soper, Kim Peterson, Christie Scheffer, Chuck Kraining, Mechelle Hoerer, Steve Burton, Mike Hancock, Mariam James, Ron Templeton, Bob Cassis.  Not pictured: Jorge Nolasco
 
 
 
 
 
On June 23 President Chuck presented $1,000 in Duck Bucks to Jonathan (Captain JT) Thomas (on right in inset) of the Kitsap Maritime Heritage Foundation.  The funds will be used to further their restoration work on Kitsap’s very own tall ship, the 66' schooner Fiddler’s Dream (pictured above) which is moored at Brownsville Marina.  The money will be matched by an anonymous angel donor, yielding $2,000 total. 
 
Jonathan described the Foundation’s vision of providing programs for Kitsap County 3rd-5th graders that involves learning the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) as applied to hands on operation of a tall ship.  Examples are block and tackle and charting.  The programs will also include underwater cameras to learn about marine life in Puget Sound.
 
Skilled craftsperson volunteers are now refurbishing The Fiddler’s Dream at the Brownsville Marina, in preparation for its life as a sailing educational classroom.  Our Duck Bucks will be used for the work in the Main Hold; e.g., seating, bunking, tables, and flat screen TV.
 
To learn more about the Kitsap Maritime Heritage Foundation, Fiddler’s Dream, and volunteer opportunities, go to their comprehensive website at http://www.kitsapmaritime.com/.
 
On June 23 we met our 2016-17 outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Ulysses Galvez (pictured on left with Youth Exchange Officer Patti Lee), who is heading to Bauru, Brazil in July.  Bauru is in the southern part of the country, northwest of São Paulo (see map below).
  
Ulysses is no stranger to living abroad and already speaks Spanish, so that gives him a leg up on mastering Brazilian Portuguese.  Ulysses’ enthusiasm is infectious, and we look forward to hearing good things from him in the upcoming year.
 
 
 
 
June 13 was a special night for Silverdale Rotarians at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club.  We hosted our 2016 Duck Race Sponsors to thank them for making our Duck Race possible.  Great food and the venue was the Country Club's 2016 sponsorship donation. 

 
The  CK Interact Club helped throughout, setting up, and cleaning up.  Above, Lucky (Kyle) and his handler Sam helped with the program.  Thanks, Interactors!
It was a fun night to chat with our sponsors - above is Scott Slocum with the Reliable Storage contingent.
 
The Advantage Nissan owner Chuck Capps (above) brought the 2016 Duck Race Grand Prize Duck Truck (above) for its 2016 debut.  Thank you Advantage Nissan and Chuck!
 
During the program, President Chuck Kraining described how we spent the $80,000 we raised in the 2015 race, and he also kept the audience in stitches with the help of Lucky, who acted out various scenarios for the audience to guess.  Above the prize winning answer was "Duck Soup."  At the end over 30 door prizes were awarded, and everyone left with smiles on their faces and a better understanding of their role in supporting the Duck Race and making a difference in the Community and beyond.
 
Thanks to everyone who helped with setting up and hosting and cleaning up.  And THANK YOU to all our 2016 Duck Race Sponsors!  For the entire list, see the link on the left of our website under Homepage Download Files.
 
 
Recipients of Duck Bucks tell how they have Changed Lives!
 
 
 
 
On June 9 we bade a bittersweet farewell to our Rotary Youth Exchange  student Dani Forero from Colombia.  Dani played a lively video of highlights of her year that she narrated.  She also shared the fabulous news that her mom would be attending her CKHS graduation on June 11!  Following were anecdotes and presentations from her host families.  We are really sad to see Dani go!
 
Michele Ludwig (below, first host family) presented a portrait of the Ludwig family with Dani
Deena and Scott Weninger (below) and their family were the second host family
Alan and Ellen Newberg (below) were Dani’s third host family, shared that Dani is an excellent cook, and encouraged everyone to consider hosting an exchange student, even if there aren’t teenagers in the house.
President Chuck and Youth Exchange Officer Patti Lee (not pictured) wrapped up our farewell with more memories and gifts, and a Quack Pack (!). 
 
 
And then Dani asked us all to join together in a group photo!
 
 
Silverdale Rotarians were pleased to honor outstanding Sailors, Marines, and Coastguardsman of the Quarter who provide security for TRIDENT submarines and other Navy assets at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor.  Honorees were treated to lunch, and we heard about the accomplishments of these dedicated individuals from their supervisors.  Each was given a plaque and gift card.  Congratulations to these very deserving military personnel, and thank you for your service!
Front Row Honorees - left to right:
ME3 Bryan Leaf, MA3 Jacob Roe, MA2 Cari Guida, MA1 Nicole McDonald, and Cpl Michael San Nicolas
Not pictured: Cpl Christopher Moss
 
Back Row Supervisors left to right:
MLES3 Mark Lewis, MAC Shawn Stewart, MA1 Alexia Altuna, Capt Scott Suess, MACS Charles Kittle, and 1st Sgt Kevin Fontenot
 
 
Each year, graduating students from Central Kitsap High School, Klahowya Secondary School and Crosspoint Academy are encouraged to apply for the Rotary Club of Silverdale scholarship to assist with costs of attending a college, technical school, or university.  All students were required to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply for the scholarship. 
 
A committee evaluates each and every application, including reading of the required essays, prior to making a decision. As a result, 11 deserving students were awarded scholarships and were honored during the June 2 luncheon. Students introduced themselves to the Silverdale Rotary Club before answering a few prompt questions created for them by Rotarians. Some announced they will go into nursing, others have an interest in sociology, computer engineering, law school, economics, and other fields. 
 
Pictured above left to right are nine of the students standing with Silverdale Rotary President Chuck Kraining.  
Brianna Rohwein and Kassidy Wandke (Klahowya); Samantha Evans, Joy Clark, Amanda Ford, Hannah Fergus, Kyle Gordon (CKHS); Alex Becker (Klahowya); and Chellie Labonete (CKHS).  Not pictured: Gabriella Morris and Seth Huschka (Crosspoint Academy).
 
 
 
On June 2, the Silverdale Rotary honored Central Kitsap School District's Teacher of the Year, Amee Coulter (pictured on right, inset).  She is a first-grade teacher at Esquire Hills Elementary who was first recognized by the District for her work in the classroom.  Principal of Esquire Hills, Susan Zetty, attended the special luncheon Silverdale Rotary hosted and offered glowing reviews of Amee and her work with students. 
 
"She makes it a great place," said Zetty. "She is a delight to have as an Esquire Hills staff member." 
After lunch, Rotarian Past President Ed Hamilton (on left) presented Amee with a beautiful globe and $250 check.
 
Then Past Rotary District 5020 Governor Brian Beagle presented Amee with a Paul Harris Fellowship, which is a special Rotary recognition named after the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris.  This award is only presented to those individuals whose actions demonstrate their commitment to achieving the goal of Rotary, which is to make the world a better place for our future. 
 
In his remarks, Brian said to Amee, “the words we heard today from the School District and from your Principal at Esquire Hills clearly show us that you share this commitment.  On behalf of the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation and the members of the Silverdale Rotary Club, it is my pleasure to present you with these symbols of a Paul Harris Fellowship: a certificate signed by both the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Rotary Foundation and the President of Rotary International, and this pin.”