Posted by Barbara Beagle on Apr 18, 2019
President Rick Soper and Membership Chair Jason Wright inducted two new Rotarians into our Club on April 18:
 
Pictured left to right: Jason Wright, Rick Soper, Matej Kunak, Jim Barker
 
  • Matej Kunak was our 2016-17 Exchange Student from Slovakia (Classification: Student),and is currently attending Olympic Community College.  His Sponsor is Chuck Kraining.
  • Jim Barker (Classification: Non Profit Management International) is with Children of the Nations.  His Sponsor is Bob Cassis.
Welcome aboard, fellow Rotarians Matej and Jim!
 
Rotary Welcomes Two New Members: Matej Kunak and Jim Barker Barbara Beagle 2019-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
April 11 – Rotary Meeting Streamed Live on Facebook Steven Boe 2019-04-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Campana on Apr 11, 2019
 
On April 11, Executive Director Harold Shea (pictured next to the banner that will displayed in the Y) accepted a $3,000 Duck Buck grant on behalf of the Haselwood Family YMCA. He described some of the wonderful things the Y is able to do because of grants like these such as:
 
We are fortunate to have such a fantastic organization here in our community. https://www.ymcapkc.org/haselwood/
 
Thanks to the generous support of sponsors of the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race and the community who adopts ducks, Silverdale Rotary has been a supporter of the Haselwood Family YMCA for years.  In 2016 we wrapped up a $200,000 long term project for the Teen Center - that's a LOT of Duck Tickets!
 
 
Duck Bucks – Helping Haselwood Family YMCA Serve the Community Heather Campana 2019-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Campana on Apr 11, 2019

Pictured left to right: Front Row: Kathryn (Alexa) Watson (CKHS), Rylee Fenske-Radford (KSS), Xitong (Laura) Tan (Crosspoint), Dominic Levenseller-Watland (KSS).  Back Row: Haley Morkert, Greyson McCormick, Louis Gannon (CKHS); Nathan Taylor (Crosspoint)

 
Rotarians welcomed students and guests on April 11 for our bi-monthly recognition of Students of the Month.  All three schools were represented this month: Central Kitsap High School (CKHS), Crosspoint Academy, and Klahowya Secondary School (KSS). These students are picked by faculty, and demonstrate not only academic excellence, but also leadership, integrity and ethics. This month’s students brought a variety of different interests, cultures, and college choices! Some students are going as far away as Brown and Butler, a couple athletes are looking to Community colleges like Tacoma and Centralia to pursue soccer and baseball respectively, and of course there are a couple WSU Cougs and UW Huskies.  Congratulations to these talented and motivated future leaders!
 
Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month Heather Campana 2019-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christie Scheffer and Steven Boe on Apr 04, 2019
 
Silverdale Rotarians and The Coffee Oasis are working hard to help homeless and neglected kids in Kitsap County. Rotarians Ed Hamilton, Ashley Oaksmith (pictured above) and the rest of our club and guests filled 100 bags of supplies and food for homeless kids on April 4. Thank you to The Coffee Oasis for distributing the supplies to kids in need, and for all of the great work their organization does in our community.  For more about Coffee Oasis' amazing programs, go to https://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/Stories/coffee-oasis-program-on-april-4.
 
What a great turnout we had on April 4!! We had 12 guests attend our meeting (including Meredith Green, Rotary District 5020 Area 9 Assistant Governor, pictured below left) in addition to 30 Silverdale Rotarians!
 
It was a real pleasure to have four children and three young adults pitch in to help! Part of our mission in Rotary is to pass on the values of ‘service above self’ to the next generations! The kids helped set out all the items and had table assignments and the young adults helped cart and pack all items in the Coffee Oasis truck!
 
Rotary spanning the generations!
 
Rotarians and guests pitched in to pack the bags with enthusiasm. Items included: 2 combs, pack of wipes, toothpaste, tooth brush, 2 small shampoos, hand warmers, tuna snack pack, 2 bags of peanuts, 3 granola bars, juice bag, 3 cheese cracker packs, apple sauce, candy and a Chef Boyardee snack pack. The gallon sized bag was packed to the brim! In addition to the 100 bags, there were multi meal food bags from our work party on March 28 for Coffee Oasis to distribute to kids in transitional living situations, plus 200 pairs of warm socks, 100 additional juice bags, and a case of chili.
 
Rotarian Erin Leedham (inset), Manager of the Kitsap Mall, worked tirelessly throughout the entire event, setting up the Community room, helping to set out food and hygiene products and breaking down and rebuilding boxes as the need arose. She then assisted with the kids' help to clean up the room. We cannot thank Erin enough for welcoming our Club to the Mall for our various projects! Your team of Security guards and support staff helped in many ways to make this project possible!
 
A special thanks to our partner Clear Creek Dentistry for donating 100 tooth brushes!
 
Thank you everyone for helping meet needs of homeless youth in Kitsap County! You are making a difference! 
 
Rotary & The Coffee Oasis - Working for a Better Community! Christie Scheffer and Steven Boe 2019-04-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christie Scheffer and Steven Boe on Apr 04, 2019
On April 4, the Rotary Club of Silverdale invited Daniel Frederick from Coffee Oasis to share about the extraordinary program that is reaching and serving homeless teens on the Kitsap County community. He explained their mission is to Change the world for Homeless Youth by reaching out to youth experiencing  Drug abuse, Homelessness, Violence and Poverty. These are real problems affecting real kids in our community.
 
Their hope is to transform the lives of homeless and street-involved youth through:
 
 
 Their goal is to be “out there.” Wherever they are.  In the midst of whatever they’re going through. To compassionately guide troubled and at-risk youth into lives of dignity, integrity and responsibility. To see not just youth lives changed, but the world around them change and become a place that cares for hurting youth.
 
 
Coffee Oasis - Program on April 4 Christie Scheffer and Steven Boe 2019-04-04 07:00:00Z 0
The Quality of Your Life Steven Boe 2019-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christie Scheffer on Apr 01, 2019
Silverdale Rotarians - PEOPLE of ACTION!
 
Pictured: Erin Shannon
 
April 1-5 is Spring Break in the Central Kitsap School District, and kids are always excited for school breaks! But to some it means going hungry, as they do not have access to free or reduced breakfast and lunch.
 
Knowing this, the Rotary Club of Silverdale met at the Kitsap Mall on March 28, and using funds raised by the Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving 2018, filled 200 large bags of food and delivered them to 14 CKSD schools (Elementary, Middle and High School)! These schools were identified by the CKSD Homeless Liaison as not having a food backpack program already.
 
Rotarian Erin Leedham, Manager of the Kitsap Mall, worked with her Security and Maintenance teams to set up our food packing area inside the Mall. Rotarians Bob Cassis, Scott Shoemaker, Erin Leedham, and Christie and Ben Scheffer helped unpack and stage the food on tables so the assembly line would move smoothly and quickly.
 
 
 
Rotarians pitched in to pack the bags, and Rotarians with strong backs ferried them to the loading dock. Thank you, Scott Shoemaker, David Jordan and Rick Soper for ferrying the bags, making countless trips to the dock!
 
Pictured left to right: Ryan Gilhuly, Nicole Stephens, Kevin Moran
 
Rotarian Debi Brooks-Givens was in charge of the loading dock, counting the bags and directing them to the appropriate cars. She was assisted by Columbia Bank co-workers who pitched in to help.
 
Rotarians then delivered the bags of food to 14 different schools. Thank you to our driver volunteers: Jim Dudley, Steve Slaton, Mechelle Hoerer, Scott Shoemaker, David Jordan, Erin Shannon, Jennifer Strong, Mariam James, Chuck Kraining, Matej Kunak, Ruby Peng, Rich Arper, and Frank Guthrie and his son.  Reports are rolling in from these drivers that schools were ecstatic to receive the bags!
 
We have additional food bags made up which we will donate to Coffee Oasis on April 4!
 
A special thanks goes to our partner Safeway for donating reusable grocery bags! And again, we cannot thank the Kitsap Mall team enough for their gracious and enthusiastic help. They were amazing to work with.

 
Thank you everyone for helping ease hunger in Kitsap County! We are making a difference! 
 
 
Feeding the Hungry - Turkey Trot Proceeds at Work! Christie Scheffer 2019-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Apr 01, 2019
The Silverdale Rotary Club will be meeting at Kitsap Mall on April 4 in the Community Room across from H&M at the regular time.  We will be packing 100 gallon sized bags with a combination of small food items and hygiene products to provide to Coffee Oasis to hand out to teens that visit the coffee house or case management center.  Everyone is welcome!
Meeting at the Mall on April 4 Barbara Beagle 2019-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Mar 24, 2019
For decades the Silverdale Rotary Club has maintained strong ties with the Central Kitsap School District (CKSD), and during the past 11 years the Silverdale Rotary Club has teamed with the East Bremerton Rotary Club to deliver American Heritage hard cover dictionaries to every 3rd grader in all 12 elementary schools in the CKSD.  That's over 9,000 dictionaries!  Each Club covers six schools.  
 
Pictured: Cougar Valley Elementary School on March 20
 
Thanks to our generous sponsors and the community who purchased Duck Tickets for the 2018 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, our Club purchased and delivered over 400 dictionaries this year to eager 3rd graders and grateful staff.
 
Rotarians immensely enjoy passing out the books and interacting with the students, explaining about Rotary, and briefly exploring the dictionaries. 
Pictured: Rotarians Kim Peterson, Steven Boe, and Rich Arper at Cougar Valley Elementary
 
In the video below, Rotarian Kim Peterson and the students read and understand the Rotary Four Way Test on the label on the inside covers.
 
Some highlights from 2019:
 
  • We love the comment we received on our Facebook page: “My son has been looking forward to receiving his dictionary for a couple of years! Thank you for this!”
  • Rotarian Erin Shannon, whose son is in 3rd grade at Silver Ridge Elementary, was in his classroom doing the presentation and gave him his very own dictionary! 
     
  • Quote from a 4th grader at Silverdale Elementary when asked if he used his dictionary: “Yes, I take it with me, and I look stuff up!” 

    Our point exactly - that says it all!
Pictured at Clear Creek Elementary School on March 1: Rotarian Nicole Stephens, unidentified Teacher, Rotarian Kim Peterson
 
Pictured at Silver Ridge Elementary School: Rotarian Mary Hoover, unidentified Teacher, Rotarians Ed Ahrens and Scott Slocum 
 
 
3rd Grade Dictionaries  - Rotary's Gift to Students in CKSD Barbara Beagle 2019-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christie Scheffer and Cathy Bisaillon on Mar 21, 2019
Cause of the Quarter.  For the next two months, Silverdale Rotary seeks to restock the CKSD Comfort Closet by donating items that students (who qualify under the McKinney-Vento Act**) need to be prepared for the school day.
 
Per Gaynel Holt, Homeless Coordinator of CKSD
“… We have something called a "Comfort Closet" that we try to keep stocked with basic hygiene items, new clothing items, and school supplies.   We give a form to all McKinney-Vento families.  If they choose to fill one out, we then put the items in a discreet bag and send it to the family through the school.  There is such a need for these items. If a child is lacking any of these, it can be a giant barrier to attending school.  This is particularly true of our teens who are not living with their parents. It would benefit our families so much if your organization would help. Thank you for considering this!
 
Items that have been given out from the Comfort Closet this year include:
Shampoo and Conditioner
Bar Soap and Body Wash
Deodorant                                                 
Toothbrushes and Dental Floss                                            
Feminine Hygiene Products
Toilet Paper
Laundry Soap and Dryer Sheets
Hairbrushes and Combs, Hair Ties and Bobby Pins
Boxes of Band Aids                                
Pens and Basic Calculators        
Children’s and Adult Socks
Undershirts and Junior and Adult-sized Bras        
Children's and Adult Underwear            
Coats and Jackets
 
As you can see these are basic items that a child or teen needs in order to even think of attending school!
 
Rotarians can bring items to our weekly luncheon or can deliver them to the Kitsap Mall Management Office (across from Baskin Robbins and down the hall – open Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00).  Outside of those hours, just ask a security officer to hold the items for Erin Leedham in the management office.
 
The Rotary Club of Silverdale will respond! Let’s step up for these kids and help restock the Closet.
 
**“To be eligible for services, the student must meet the Act's definition of homeless. The McKinney-Vento Act defines “homeless children and youths” as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” Lacking any one of these three conditions would make a child eligible.”
 
 
Comfort Closet - Helping At-Risk CKSD Students Stay in School Christie Scheffer and Cathy Bisaillon 2019-03-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Mar 21, 2019
Our guest speaker on March 21st  made us extra proud to be Rotarians, and also made us feel like there is a lot more that we can do to put Service Above Self. We were honored to have Bob Cairns, the World Community Service Chair from the Port Orchard Rotary Club, share his story.  Click on the video below for a short introduction.
 
 
 “Let me tell you about Kenya,” Bob began. “Over 67% of the residents live in absolute poverty, deaths from starvation are common, and 60% of the children never go to school.” Bob and his wife Christie learned these harsh facts through their 13 service trips to Africa. They saw people dressed in rags, children drinking brown water from holes in the ground, and animals dying from drought conditions.
 
Striving just to make a difference, Bob earned multiple Rotary Global Grants to lengthen and improve the lives of the people he met. It took time and some creativity, but many problems are being solved thanks to projects such as the Adopt-A-Goat program; building a sand dam to harvest water;
 
 
stocking schools and libraries with books (pictured above); funding housing for orphans, and so much more.  For a glimpse of the work that is ongoing in Kenya in partnership with Hifadhi Africa, go to http://hifadhiafrica.org/ .
 
Bob’s words reminded us that Rotary is most effective when it is personal. His connection to Africa started after meeting just one man who used a scholarship to transform his life. Bob and his wife are headed back to Kenya in June, and he encourages all of us to ignite our passion and make a difference through Rotary.
 
Rotary in Kenya Cathy Bisaillon 2019-03-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Mar 18, 2019
newlife thanked Silverdale Rotary Club on Facebook for our $2,000 Duck Buck sponsorship of their Night to Shine event on March 8, an unforgettable prom night experience for teens and adults with disabilities and special needs.
 
 Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and hosted by newlife, the event provided music, refreshments, limo rides, photo booths and other entertainment for a huge crowd of guests and volunteers. Caregivers benefited from respite time and massage services. To see videos of the event go to https://www.facebook.com/nighttoshinekitsap/
 
A Night to Shine - Duck Bucks at Work for Those with Special Needs  Barbara Beagle 2019-03-18 07:00:00Z 0
When Being Good Is Not Good Enough! Steven Boe 2019-03-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Campana on Mar 14, 2019
Rotarians were once again “blown away” by the talent and drive exhibited by our Students of the Month, who in addition to being introduced by school staff were given the opportunity to tell us about themselves, their accomplishments, and their plans for the future. 
 
Pictured left to right: Alyssa Edwards, Hannah Alexander, Raegin Fain (Klahowya Secondary School); Aina Zabinski, Zach Green, Jasmine Lee, Elijah Allen (Central Kitsap High School)
 
Represented at our meeting on March 14 were CKHS and Klahowya Secondary School students. These students are picked by faculty, and demonstrate not only academic excellence, but also leadership, integrity and ethics.
 
Congratulations to our future leaders!
 
Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month Heather Campana 2019-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
Are You a Leader of Action? Steven Boe 2019-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
Wisdom from Dr. Seuss Steven Boe 2019-03-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Mar 01, 2019

 
For the past 25 years the Silverdale Rotary Club has hosted the Duck Race fund raiser at the Silverdale waterfront during Whaling Days, and we have raised over 1.6 million dollars!  Why?  Because it is Silverdale Rotary’s goal to make a difference in the lives of those living here.   
 
Pictured: 200 weekend food bags to Stand Up For Kids for homeless young people
 
We are so grateful to our many sponsors who provide prizes, cash donations, and in-kind sponsorships for the Duck Race year after year to offset the cost of the event. This has allowed us to donate EVERY DOLLAR raised at the Duck Race back to our community and beyond.  Click Here for a list of examples.
 
Pictured: Coats for Kids - new American made coats
 
The 2018 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race was a huge success, raising $69,500 in net proceeds.  But we need your help in 2019!
 
Will you be a sponsor for the 26th annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race set for July 28, 2019?  Please Click Here for the information packet and pledge form.  The deadline for Sponsor Pledge Sheets is March 31.  
 
Questions?  Contact Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Chair Kim Peterson Here.
 
Your sponsorship combined with those from many other proud community members will continue to Help Change Lives in Silverdale, Kitsap County and beyond.  Thank you for your generosity!

 
Duck Race Sponsorships - Will You Help Us Help Our Community?  Barbara Beagle 2019-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Arper on Mar 01, 2019
Thanks to Lee Fabricators, our Duck Trailer is repaired and painted, and it looks great!
 
The duck trailer tailgate was suffering from years of being dumped into the saltwater, despite re-painting it year after year.  See below.
 
We took the trailer out to Lee Fabricators, and they re-built the tailgate, and then re-painted the whole cage, free of charge!  That's a $2,000 in kind sponsorship!  
 
 
Thank you Lee Fabricators for your Sponsorship - the trailer is now ready for the Duck Race on July 28, 2019.
 
New Duck Race Sponsor Refurbishes Duck Trailer Richard (Rich) Arper 2019-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christie Scheffer on Feb 28, 2019
Today we recognize Barbara Beagle as Rotarian of the Month for January 2019.
 
Barbara is being honored for her outstanding continued work on developing and posting the Breeze each week, which keeps us all informed of our Club’s activities.
 
Barbara is one of the first people I met at Rotary and immediately took me under her wing, introducing me to other Rotarians, becoming my mentor and helping me navigate my way to understanding Rotary more deeply as well as the nuts and bolts of working in a Club. She is very committed to the development of new Rotarians and applies this same commitment to everything she does.
 
I cannot tell you how many times we are working on a project and Barbara comes behind and offers solutions, know-how, historical perspective and help. She is instrumental in the success of the Duck Race and has provided a safety net for us on so many projects and occasions.
 
We are very lucky in this Club to have long-term members like Barbara, with in-depth knowledge, who are just as committed as the day they joined, along with our new, energetic, awesome members! Together we make a great team and Club!
 
Thank you Barbara for all you do! You display the true heart of a Rotarian!
 
Editor’s note: Barbara accepted this recognition in Tucson, AZ via Skype, with PDG Brian Beagle sharing the moment.
Rotarian of the Month - Recognizing Barbara Beagle Christie Scheffer 2019-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Jordan on Feb 28, 2019
Past President and Foundation Chair Steve Slaton gave a riveting and inspiring discussion about not only The Rotary Foundation (TRF), but how to donate to TRF. Here is information on how to check your giving report and the way to donate. Go to the RI home page: https://www.rotary.org/en
  1. At the top of the page click on My Rotary
  2. If you have previously set up a My Rotary account, click on SIGN IN TO MY ROTARY
    1. If you do not have a My Rotary account, click on REGISTER FOR AN ACCOUNT
  3. After signing in to your My Rotary account, move your cursor to The Rotary Foundation at the top of the page.
    • On the drop-down menu, click on Foundation Reports
  4. The very first report will be the Donor History Report. Click on View Report
  5. On the next page, under Individual Reports, click on Donor History Report
  6. The first page of the Donor History Report is the Overview which provides a one-page summary of all your donations to the Rotary Foundation. Following pages provide Transaction Detail which lists information regarding each donation you have ever made to the Rotary Foundation.
    • At the bottom of the page you can toggle between these sections by clicking on Overview  or Transaction Detail.
  7. IMPORTANT NOTE: At the top right on many of these pages there is a button labeled DONATE. You are encouraged to click on this button frequently!
The Rotary Foundation - How to Check Your Donor History and Donate David Jordan 2019-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Feb 24, 2019
 
Hard cover American Heritage dictionaries were delivered by Silverdale Rotarians to almost 200 enthusiastic 3rd graders at Silverdale, Green Mountain, and Silver Ridge Elementary Schools on February 21-22. Here are some highlights:
 
  • Rotarian Erin Shannon, whose son is in 3rd grade at Silver Ridge Elementary, was in his classroom doing the presentation and gave him his very own dictionary! 
     
  • Quote from a 4th grader at Silverdale Elementary when asked if he used his dictionary: “Yes, I take it with me, and I look stuff up!” 
     
Adults pictured at Silver Ridge Elementary School: Rotarian Mary Hoover, unidentified Teacher, Rotarians Ed Ahrens and Scott Slocum 
 
Thanks to our generous sponsors and the community who purchased Duck Tickets for the 2018 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, our Club will be delivering over 400 dictionaries to a total of six CK elementary school 3rd graders. 
 
Note that the East Bremerton Rotary Club does the same for the other six elementary schools in CKSD.  Rotarians – People of Action!
 
Pictured: Rotarian Jason Wright at Green Mountain Elementary
 
 
3rd Grade Dictionaries - A Gift to CKSD Students Barbara Beagle 2019-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
What Is Your Story? Steven Boe 2019-02-21 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Canceled on February 14 Rick Soper 2019-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steven Boe on Feb 06, 2019
Silverdale Rotarians joined forces with some great organizations to put on a mock-interview training session for local adults with disabilities. In the end, the applicants made connections and gained some great interviews skills, but it was the Rotarians who left with smiles.
 
What a wonderful experience for everyone involved. If you have a job that might fit one of these applicants, please send us a message. They are ready to work!   See more details in the article below.
 
Rotarians - People of action in their community!
 
 
Rotary: People of Action in Silverdale! Making a difference one smile at a time! Steven Boe 2019-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christie Scheffer on Jan 31, 2019
Meg Hall has been a Rotarian just over a year, and one of her first volunteer jobs was to take on the mighty task of Trail Boss for Big Duck Wrangling for the 2018 Duck Race!
 
 
This meant that Meg coordinated with our generous sponsors, the locating of one of our inflatable Lucky Ducks at their place of business, coordination of the Duck Wranglers, and if a Duck Wrangler wasn’t available she would move the Duck herself.  It’s a big job and Meg handled it with grace and incredible stamina!! 
 
Meg then went on to host the Rotary Blood Platelet Drive for Silverdale, and the first Silverdale Rotary Platelet Drive was a huge success!
  
Pictured: Meg Hall on left and platelet donor Steve Boe
 
On Friday, October 5, Rotarians turned out to donate much needed platelets at the Silverdale Bloodworks NW. There are 11 donor centers across Western Washington, and more platelets were collected at the Silverdale Center on Friday than any other center, and more than on any other Friday historically! Some of the platelets from the October 5 Rotary platelet drive were sent to Florida in the wake of Hurricane Michael where there was an urgent need. 
 
Meg, we want to honor and thank you for making a difference in our community and beyond!
 
 
You Make a Difference Award – Meg Hall Christie Scheffer 2019-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jan 31, 2019
What do Rotarians do when faced with two challenges?  We combine them to achieve outcomes, of course! Nationally and locally, we face a labor shortage in practically every field. At the same time, unemployment for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities is at an all-time high.
 
On January 31, District 5030’s Partners for Work program was introduced to the Silverdale Rotary Club in the style of a hands-on project. Seven job seekers from Kitsap County who have disabilities joined our meeting for the opportunity to meet Rotarian business people and benefit from a half-hour mock interview.
 
Pictured: mock interview
 
“The buzz in the room was exhilarating,” stated Cathy Bisaillon, Silverdale Rotarian and CEO of Easterseals Washington. “I am not sure who enjoyed this experience more, the job seekers or my fellow Rotarians.”
 
At the conclusion of the mock interview, each table’s spokesperson introduced a job seeker to everyone in the room with the goal of matching the candidates with potential employers. These job seekers are not short on talent, experience or personality – they just need a chance.
 
Pictured: on right Rotarian John Oliver introduces the job seeker from his table
 
“I have a strong resume, but I haven’t worked in a year and a half,” implored Jennifer when she was offered the microphone. “I want to work, I really do.” Rotarians and guests agreed that the session opened their eyes to the challenges that people with developmental disabilities face. They commented that these are their neighbors, their fellow community members. They need to reap the benefits and challenges of having paid employment just like we all do.
 
Pictured: mock interview
 
The program was a resounding success thanks to the many disability employment agencies in the room and Issaquah Rotarian, Debbie Moore, who works for WISE https://www.gowise.org/, an agency that provides assistance to businesses and organizations to promote supported employment.   
 
Program - Partners for Work Cathy Bisaillon 2019-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jan 24, 2019
Pictured left to right: 
CS3 Cheyenne C. Frank, Guest, LSSN Julia Rice, YN2(SW) Angel C. Escobedo, ABE1(AW) Mark G. Dalmacio
 
Vocational Service Chair Scott Park, opened the program by introducing Command Master Chief Beau Willis from Naval Base Kitsap. Honored to join us in recognizing his sailors, the Master Chief began with Culinary Specialist 3, Cheyenne Frank, as the Junior Sailor of the Quarter. CS3 Frank has served in the Navy for five years including a tour on the USS Stennis, and she is raising two sons while assigned to shore duty.
 
Blue Jacket of the Quarter went to Learning Support and Special Needs Specialist Julia Rice. LSSN Rice is originally from Bulgaria, and she will soon serve a second tour in Japan. She is married and has a seven month old son.
 
Aviation Boatwain’s Mate Mark Dalmacio, proudly received the award for Senior Sailor of the Quarter. Originally from Lake Tahoe, ABE Dalmacio is in his seventh year of service and has led the command’s Leadership Certificate Program.
 
Chief Cody Thornton was brought to the microphone to honor Yeoman Angel Escobedo. YN2 Escobedo’s work toward the command’s achievement of a year of zero DUIs for sailors made him an obvious choice for Sailor of the Quarter. Escobedo served in Japan for two years, and he hails from Riverside, California.
 
Congratulations to all these hard working sailors!  Silverdale Rotarians and guests were so proud to meet and hear from our dedicated and highly skilled service men and women!
 
 
Rotary Recognizes Sailors of the Month Cathy Bisaillon 2019-01-24 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Streamed Live on January 24 Steven Boe 2019-01-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christie Scheffer on Jan 17, 2019
One of the great things about being a Rotarian is the opportunity to serve the community in hands-on-projects throughout the year. For a number of years, the Silverdale Rotary Club has coordinated with the Salvation Army to ‘Ring the Bell’ at Christmas!
 
Pictured left to right: President Elect Christie Scheffer and Vicki Finney.  Editor's note:  Christie also presented  Vicki with a Hallmark keepsake ornament of Snoopy ringing the bell!
 
This past December, Vicki Finney (shown above on right with President Elect Christie Scheffer), who joined Rotary one year ago, stepped forward to coordinate the Bell Ringing for our Club at Safeway. This meant organizing volunteers, keeping track to make sure slots stayed filled and making sure all was well coordinated with the Salvation Army.
 
Pictured on left: Past President Steve Slaton manning one of the 12 shifts during the 2-day period.
 
Vicki did a fantastic job, arriving early to set things up, checking in throughout the days to make sure Ringers were ‘good’, buying coffees and hot cocoa and simply investing the event with her gracious, bright spirit! What a wonderful way to raise money for the Salvation Army that meets needs in the community!  Thank you, Vicki for making a difference!


 
"You Make a Difference!" - Thanking Vicki Finney Christie Scheffer 2019-01-17 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Streamed Live on January 17 Steven Boe 2019-01-17 08:00:00Z 0
Two Rotarians Receive Paul Harris +2 Awards! Barbara Beagle 2019-01-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christie Scheffer on Jan 10, 2019
President Elect Christie Scheffer presented a special "You Make A Difference!" award to two very deserving Rotarians!
 
 
Ron and Peggy Templeton - Past President (1990-91) Ron and Peggy Templeton wear many hats for the Club. Ron Templeton joined our Club in 1980, and has most recently coordinated the Student of the Month program for many years. Ron and Peggy hosted three Rotary Youth Exchange Students between 1982 (the Club's first) and 2012. Peggy joined our Club in 2016 and has been a positive addition. This year she assumed the role of Chair of the Administrative Committee and has done a terrific job.
 
But what we want to specifically honor and thank them for is their generous hospitality over the years! They have opened them home for many years to host a Salmon Bake for the incoming Exchange Student at their beautiful home on Dyes Inlet. They spend many hours in preparation, setting up tables and chairs and food and drink tables, preparing delicious food, banking a salmon over a hot fire and hosting with grace and a warm welcome the members, friends and families that attend. Thank you Ron and Peggy for your warm hearts and generosity!
 
"You Make a Difference!" - Recognizing Ron and Peggy Templeton Christie Scheffer 2019-01-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christie Scheffer on Jan 10, 2019
President Elect Christie Scheffer recognized three Rotarians of the Month for their hard work and contributions to the Club.  
 
October - Mary Hoover – Past President Mary (pictured on left with Christie on right) has been a member since 2004. She was awarded the Rotarian of the month for October for her ongoing, positive, friendly service and willingness to pitch in on any project. Whenever there is a task to do, Mary shows up and is willing to take on any aspect. She is calm, supportive and offers good advice and perspective from her years of involvement.  She is steadfast, persevering and fun! Mary, for a number of years, has arrived early to set up the meeting and then served as the Registration Table/Greeter. She offers a warm, welcoming  greeting to members and visitors alike. Thank you Mary for all you do!!
 
November - David Jordan - David Jordan volunteered to coordinate the 2018 Turkey Trot and worked very hard to increase enrollment and participation. The Turkey Trot was a successful event, offering us an opportunity to engage with our community together in making a difference. We were able to raise additional funds to feed children in Kitsap County! We have already been told folks are excited about coming again next year and will bring their families and friends! Thank you David for all you do!
 
 
December - Steven Boe – Steven Boe has been a member for 2.5 years. During that time he has worked to develop a positive, outward facing profile for the Rotary Club of Silverdale. He has developed videos, manages our Facebook Profile, set up our Club meetings to be viewed live on Facebook and many other forms of Public Information. He is currently our Public Information Chair and whether its online meetings, videos advertising upcoming events or fund raisers or advertisement spots he has created it with a touch of magic excellence, professionalism and positivity. For the past two years he has coordinated the Christmas Wreath fund raiser in an effort to raise additional funds to feed kids in Kitsap County. Thank you Steve for all you do!
Rotarians of the Month – People of Action! Christie Scheffer 2019-01-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Campana on Jan 10, 2019
In 2018, Silverdale Rotary sent $2,000, and Bainbridge Island Rotary chipped in $500, for a total of $2,500 that funded school supplies for four classrooms serving 900 students in the Capunitan Elementary School in the Philippines!   Our Club recently received a  letter and certificates from the Rotary Club of Orion in the Philippines as well as some kudos to the Rotarians on the International Service Committee and 2017-18 President Cindy Holmes.  See below.
 
It’s great to be a part of something bigger, making a difference at home and around the world - Silverdale Rotary Duck Race proceeds at work!
 

 
Thank you from the Rotary Club of Orion in the Philippines Heather Campana 2019-01-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Jordan on Jan 03, 2019
 
Clink on this link for a short video of Elaine Turso telling about her project: https://www.facebook.com/SilverdaleRotaryClub/videos/vb.189208651110287/278065176192746/?type=2&theater
 
The Rotary presentation on January 3 was one of pain, empowerment, and thriving through adversity. Our presenter was Elaine Turso of Elaine Turso Photography. Ms. Turso leads Project Beauty Beast here in Kitsap County. Her work focuses on shedding light on the bullying, body shaming, self harm, and suicide attempts that plague our community.
 
She works with teens in our community to show through photography the issues that ravage their lives, and how to triumph from the pain they suffer through. Her work, information on Project Beauty Beast, and helpful links can be found online at www.projectbeautybeast.com.   
 
Project Beauty Beast - January 3 Program David Jordan 2019-01-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Dec 24, 2018
On December 20, we were visited by Stacey Saunders and Brandon Myers (pictured below), Chair and Vice Chair of the Central Kitsap Community Council (CKCC). Stacey and Brandon reminded us that the 20-year-old Council exists to facilitate and improve communication among the Central Kitsap community and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).
 
Projects put forth by CKCC include a recently completed survey regarding the vision for Old Town Silverdale and a potential “Adopt an Orca” art project that allows community groups and businesses to decorate large fiberglass orcas that would be placed in prominent Silverdale locations.
 
Want to feel more connected to our local government? The CKCC welcomes ad hoc committee members and invites the public to its meetings which occur on the first Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m. at the Silverdale Beach Hotel. More information can be found at https://www.kitsapgov.com/BOC_p/Pages/CKCC.aspx.
 
Program - Central Kitsap Community Council Cathy Bisaillon 2018-12-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Dec 20, 2018
On February 8, 2019, Kitsap County will join 537 locations around the world to provide Night to Shine, an unforgettable prom night experience for teens and adults with disabilities and special needs.
 
Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and hosted by newlife, the event provides music, refreshments, limo rides, photo booths and other entertainment for more than 500 guests and 1,000 volunteers. Caregivers benefit from respite time and massage services.   Prospective volunteers can get involved by visiting https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSey6n8Y-W7juISQVK2GhtZMVOMT2XvYcUVKvIsLaZGLJPtpfQ/viewform.
 
Our club presented Josh Hinman (pictured on left with Rotarian Steve Slaton), Executive Director of newlife in Silverdale (and former Silverdale Rotarian) with a Duck Bucks check for $2,000 to support hospitality for the event. Find out more about Night to Shine Kitsap at https://nighttoshinekitsap.com/.
 
This Duck Bucks proceeds grant is made possible by our generous sponsors of the 2018 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race and the community who purchased Duck Tickets.
 
 
A Special Night for People with Special Needs Cathy Bisaillon 2018-12-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Dec 20, 2018
Chuck Kraining informed as that Ruby Peng has recently transitioned to her second host family, Rotarian Ashley & husband Ben Oaksmith, and she is headed to some fun in the San Diego sun for a week. Life with the Oaksmith clan includes hanging out with two rescue dogs and three rescue cats – Ruby will not be bored!
 
Pictured left to right: Ruby Peng, Ashley and Ben Oaksmith, Ben's sister Jenne and her husband Matt and family in the San Diego area
 
Chuck reminded us that Ruby is up for outings of all kinds, and that Ashley is handling her schedule. Have something fun coming up? Email Ashley at aoaksmith@krl.org. Also, Ruby will need a third host family in a couple of months, so please consider hosting this outgoing, fun-loving young lady!
 
Exchange Student Update Cathy Bisaillon 2018-12-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Dec 20, 2018
What could be better than spending June 21, the longest day of the year, experiencing live music everywhere in Kitsap County for free? The West Sound Art and Music Association (WSAMA) is making this happen by adding our area to the list of more than 800 cities worldwide hosting Make Music Day on June 21.
 
Jill Hudson-Giddings (President, WSAMA) and Jim Goettler (Director, Make Music Day – Kitsap) informed us that there will be concerts on streets, sidewalks, parks – pretty much anywhere musicians of all types can set up and play. Corporate partners will give away harmonicas and songbooks, all in the spirit of spreading the love of making music.
Pictured: Jim Goettler, Jill Hudson-Giddings, Rotarian Steve Slaton
 
The Rotary Club of Silverdale is proud to help WSAMA make the first annual Kitsap event a success by granting $500 to help with publicity and outreach. People with info on possible venues to host the casual concerts can learn more at   http://www.makemusicday.org/kitsap/.
Duck Bucks  Granted for Make Music Day Cathy Bisaillon 2018-12-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Dec 16, 2018
There will be no regular meeting on Thursday, December 27.
 
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE SILVERDALE ROTARY CLUB!
 
 
No Rotary Meeting on December 27 Barbara Beagle 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Dec 10, 2018
Shoppers at Silverdale Safeway on December 6-7 were greeted with warm smiles as Rotarians manned the Salvation Army kettles.  Many were our new members who had never rung the bell before as Silverdale Rotarians.  
   
Pictured left to right: new Rotarians Brianna Miller, Brittany Logan, Meg Hall
 
A total of 16 shifts were covered over the two days.  Rotarians - People of Action!
 
      
Pictured left to right: Jason Wright and Scott Shoemaker. While ringing, Scott posted on Facebook, "Come see me! Bring change! More (cow)bell. Hook’em Horns!"
 
 
Rotarians Ring the Bell for Salvation Army at Safeway Barbara Beagle 2018-12-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Wright on Dec 06, 2018
Rotarians were very pleased to honor Students of the Month from Central Kitsap High School and Crosspoint Academy on December 6.
Pictured left to right: Fritz Humm, Ryan Nguyen, Maggie Gibson, Christina Calma, Megan Hendrick, Avery Schuette (CKHS); Greta Reydell (Crosspoint Academy)
 
School staff members introduced their students, and then came the best part: hearing from the students themselves – young people with many accomplishments under their belts and already leaders with an enormous drive to make the world a better place. 
 
Central Kitsap High School:
  • Maggie Gibson has been skiing since she was 3 and swimming since she was 7. She like AP Science and has a humble soul.  She grew up in Montana. 
  • Fritz Humm plays the viola in the Kitsap Philharmonic. He is on the basketball team, cross country team, and was the ASB President.
  • Christina Coma enjoys dancing. She is the president of the cooking and community club.  She does a weekly broadcast on the school TV. She lived in San Diego, Italy, and lives in Port Orchard. She enjoys photography, sculpting, and wants a career in film and photography.
  • Ryan Nguyen plays the violin and the piano. He has two black belts. He is ABS President, is courteous, and has excellent people skills.
  • Megan Hendrick has been playing soccer since she was 5 years old. Megan plays on the school soccer team and city league play.  She works part time while still finding the time to complete the homework for her AP Classes.  She either wants a degree in psycology or neurosciences. 
  • Avery Schuette plays football and lacrosse and is in the Honor Society.  He is looking forward to having many great memories.
Crosspoint Academy:
  • Greta Reydell: She is on the National Honor Society, plays basketball, and volleyball.  She wanted to figure out a way to give back and decided that it would be through teaching music.  She currently has her own business teaching piano and has 8 students.
Congratulations to all our well deserving Students of the Month!
 
 
 
Students of the Month Honored by Rotarians Jason Wright 2018-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steven Boe and Rick Soper on Dec 06, 2018
Click the following link for the latest Rotary Wreaths video from Steve and Whitney Boe.  https://www.facebook.com/SilverdaleRotaryClub/videos/2205393256397591/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qib6muojFmY
 
 
Spread the word about Lynch Creek Farms - buy a wreath or centerpiece, and 20%  will go towards feeding Kitsap Kids!  http://www.rotarywreaths.com ,  Here are a couple more of this year's creations.
 
         
 
 
 
Order Rotary Wreaths to Help Feed Kitsap Kids! Steven Boe and Rick Soper 2018-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Wright on Dec 06, 2018
  
 
On December 6, Rotarian Cathy Bisaillon (pictured on right) presented a Duck Buck check for $750 to Dawn McCalden (on left) of Eastside Baby Corner (EBC) -West Sound to purchase critical essentials for local children (birth to age 5) living in poverty or crisis in Kitsap and west Pierce Counties. https://babycorner.org/ebc-west-sound/.  Duck Buck grants are possible because of our generous sponsors of the 2018 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race and the community adopting ducks!
 
EBC was founded in 1990 in King County because Karen Ridlon, a local pediatric nurse practitioner, became concerned about the large numbers of babies in her practice that began life without adequate food, clothing, beds or safety equipment. Her commitment to giving these children a stronger start grew from a idea and a few items gathered in her dining room, into an agency that in 2016 filled its 500,000th order of absolute essentials.
 
For 50 weeks each year, volunteers and staff at Eastside Baby Corner collect community donations and purchase and distribute children’s and maternity items to families in collaboration with organizations helping families in our area. Case managers from partner agencies assess the needs of the family, request the items from EBC, pick up and deliver them to the family.  EBC serves as a diaper bank, a clothing bank, and a food source.
 
EBC leverages the impact of direct service providers by providing essential goods to the families they are helping.  We practice good stewardship of resources through smart purchasing in bulk, reliance on volunteers and in-kind donations, including donated warehouse space. EBC is the major source of baby food, formula, diapers, cribs and car seats for local food banks in King, Kitsap, and west Pierce counties.  They are currently looking for volunteers and donations.
 
East Side Baby Corner awarded Duck Bucks for "Protect the Kids" Program  Jason Wright 2018-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Meeting on December 6 Live Streamed on Facebook Steven Boe 2018-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
2018 Turkey Trot Results Barbara Beagle 2018-11-26 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Wreaths - Beauty with a Purpose! Steven Boe and Rick Soper 2018-11-23 08:00:00Z 0
2018 Turkey Trot - Results and Thank You! Rick Soper and Steve Boe 2018-11-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Nov 15, 2018
“What do you know about Taiwan?” Ruby asked us shyly.
She added to our basic answer that it is an island in East Asia, by displaying brightly colored photos of its landmarks, people, foods and festivals. Ruby and her mom, dad and younger brother live in the port city Kaohsiung where they enjoy biking, camping and celebrating holidays including Chinese New Year. In February 2018, they brought in the Year of the Dog by playing cards all night and leaving lettuce out for the dragon.
 
Since coming to the United States, Ruby has shared her love of baking (especially cookies and pies) and she sharpened her shopping ability during a recent trip to Disneyland. Theme park prices? “Way too expensive!” Ruby spoke proudly of her Rotary Club in District 3510. Her language skills are strong, as English is taught along with Mandarin when children are very young with “tests, practice, tests, and more tests,” she sighed.
 
Ruby smiled broadly when she relayed the great memories that she has already made in our country, and she is excited to further explore our area. Reach out to Chuck Kraining to book outings with Ruby, and please keep in mind that we are still looking for host families to round out her stay.
 
Speaker - 2018 – 2019 Rotary Exchange Student, Ling-Chieh “Ruby” Peng Cathy Bisaillon 2018-11-15 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Live Streamed on Facebook on November 15 Steven Boe 2018-11-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 12, 2018
Two of our Club's newest Rotarians shared a bit about themselves and why they joined Rotary.  Welcome Erin and Brittainy!
 
Erin Shannon is a VP and the SBA Manager (small business lending) at First Security Bank in Silverdale.  Erin grew up in Hawaii, is married to Tom, has two boys, Jacob-13 and Reece-8, and also has a Texas rescue dog Kona and a KHS rescue cat Bugsy.  One of the draws of working at First Security, besides working close to home, was the opportunity to volunteer, as “First Security feels very strongly about it.”  Erin joined Rotary because she wants to model giving back for her boys, “because none of us got here by ourselves.”
 
Dr. Brittainy Logan is a Podiatrist who just moved here from Cleveland, OH (which she described as a “quirky” city). She graduated from Podiatrist School and finished her residency at a Cleveland VA hospital, specializing in diabetic limb salvage.  In July she joined Kitsap Podiatry with Dr. Paul Aufderheide.  Brittainy grew up in a culture of community service and thanked Silverdale Rotarians for the opportunity to continue that tradition. 
 
 
Classification Talks - Erin Shannon and Brittainy Logan Barbara Beagle 2018-11-12 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Live Streamed on Facebook on November 8, 2018 Steven Boe 2018-11-08 08:00:00Z 0
Register Now for the Turkey Trot and Help Feed the Community! Steven Boe 2018-11-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Wright on Nov 05, 2018
Today was a special day for our Club – the annual District 5020 Governor’s Visit.  Since our District Governor Craig Gillis is from Campbell River, BC, our Club Service Chair Peggy Templeton had beautiful centerpieces on each table that sported both the American and Canadian flags.  We sang both the Canadian and U.S. National Anthems.
 
District 5020 Area 9 Assistant Governor Meredith Green introduced District 5020 Governor Craig Gillis.  Watch the video  below for his entire inspirational speech, encapsulating the Essence of Rotary.
 
 
 
District Governor Captures the Essence of Rotary Jason Wright 2018-11-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Soper on Nov 04, 2018
On November 4 my President’s Project with the Kitsap Humane Society took a big step forward.  I was joined by seven others at the Orientation and Introduction to Dogs classes that we need to take, before we move on to the dog walking course most of us will be taking this week.  
 
And when we are certified to work with the animals at the shelter, I'm going to start setting up days of the week where we'll meet as a group to go out and walk the dogs together.  My goal is the give us a constant hands on opportunity that we can do as a group, that's making a deep impact on the Humane Society as they move through a construction process that can be very upsetting to the animals there.   
 
I want to thank everyone who has participated so far, especially those who were able to come today:  pictured above left to right: Kiley (Meg Hall’s daughter), Meg Hall, Shannon Stowers (Asst Manager 1st Security), Jennifer Strong, Mariam James, Ashley Oaksmith, and Erin Shannon.
 
As we move forward, and I find out more and start to schedule things, I'll keep everyone informed. I look forward to what we will accomplish going forward together.  Rotarians – People of Action!
 
Kitsap Humane Society Training - the Path to Working with Dogs Rick Soper 2018-11-04 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Live Streamed on Facebook on November 1 Steven Boe 2018-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Campana on Oct 25, 2018
            
 
What’s going on with the CKSD Schools?  Superintendent David McVicker (on left above) and Doug Newell, (Executive Director of Business Operations on right) spoke on the progress made with the CK Schools.
 
Note: You can watch this presentation at  https://www.facebook.com/SilverdaleRotaryClub/videos/335922403837878/ It starts at about 29 minutes into the video.
 
"Bonds are for Buildings"
  • At Klahowya Secondary School, the new addition has been completed, adding a music room, 21 new classrooms, and a new auxiliary gymnasium!
     
  • Olympic High School boasts a brand new front entrance (90% complete), a new commons area (also a community gathering spot), brand new top-of-the-line Career and Technology Education (CTE) classroom with a 2200 sq ft lab, 4000 sq ft machine lab, and a robotics lab.
     
  • CK Middle and High Schools are to be completed March/April of 2019.  With 60 acres of land and tearing down 23 buildings, this is a big undertaking. The new CK High School will have a 2-story commons with a view of the Olympics and Dyes Inlet, a new CTE facility (like Olympic), a 900-seat Performing Arts space, as well as the new track and football field slated to host CK’s FIRST home football game (since the 1980’s) versus the Olympic High School Trojans, September of 2019!
     
  • Boeing, Alaska, and Horizon Air have all partnered with CKSD  on the CTE programs the District will be able to offer now. What a blessing for our young people!
     
  • Student and Staff Safety is also a big concern in today’s world. The CK School District is working to include in this: Social/Emotional Safety, Operational Safety, and Facility Safety. Six of the 19 buildings already have secure entrances and advanced camera systems, and they’re working to complete all the buildings.  Now there are Resource Officers at all 3 high schools. . They’ve hired 6 new counselors in the elementary schools to address additional social and emotional safety concerns.
     
"Levies are for Learning" – Levies are geared to bridge the gap from state funding to even more quality education.  The McCleary Decision increased funding for schools. This was beneficial to Kitsap teachers’ salaries as the increase was with the King County cohort. What a wonderful thing for our amazing teachers in our area!
 
Update on CKSD Programs and Construction Projects Heather Campana 2018-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Campana on Oct 25, 2018
We hosted Jim Barker from Children of the Nations (COTN  at our Club meeting, and he introduced Henry from Malawi to speak about how Rotarians and Rotary Clubs and TRF, partnering with COTN, have made a difference in his life.
 
Henry’s dad died when he was a baby, and his mom died when he was only 5 years old. He moved in with his aunt. His six older brothers tried to provide for him, but they were still young, too. Henry met COTN at age 6, by 9 years old he was in school in their programs which provided food and education. He has now graduated from college with a degree in education. Henry noted that the impact The Rotary Foundation made on him and others like him lasts a lifetime and beyond…from generation to generation.
 
Silverdale Rotary has supported many projects and programs by partnering with COTN in the Dominican Republic, including water filtration projects, sponsoring children, and breakfasts for students who would otherwise get nothing nutritious to eat.
 
Malawi - From Starvation to College Degree - Children of the Nations and Rotary  Heather Campana 2018-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 20, 2018
On October 20, members of the Silverdale Rotary Club, Silverdale Dandy Lions, and other community volunteers spread 5 loads of bark mulch (donated by Asbury's topsoil and Kitsap County Public Works) around the 128’ landmark tree, trying their best to bolster the health of the ailing tree, weakened by drought and insect infestation.
 
While people on the ground were tirelessly shoveling, wheeling, dumping, and spreading bark mulch, arborists Dan Field and Mitch Ruscin from Field’s Tree Service made the arduous climb up the tree carrying hundreds of feet of rope and heavy loads of climbing gear. They also winched up a long metal pole that is used to extend the light strings out past the branches to be winched down to the ground.
 
Pictured left to right: Dan Field, Mitch Ruscin.  They were assisted on the ground by longtime volunteer arborist Ken Little of Bloedel Reserve, who had climbed the tree for years.
 
 
  Where's Daddy? Answer: he (Dan Field) is at the top of the tree!
 
  Pictured: Paxton Field
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Once a light string is winched down and carefully laid on the ground,
wires and sockets are inspected and repaired as necessary, and burnt out bulbs are replaced according to a specific color order. 
Each of the 12 strings has its own prescribed colored light sequence.  Pictured left to right: Bill Carter (of former Olympic Wiring who donated labor and materials to re-wire the tree in 1997 when it was vandalized), Dandy Lion Carla Larson, Rotarian organizer Rich Arper, Dandy Lion organizer Roland Arper (in front).
 
To see a light string going back up, click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY_vnKn7dLE
 
Meanwhile, legendary Silverdale resident and Dandy Lion Bill Selo, 87, came by to see the effort and greet old friends.  Bill was very much involved in providing wiring services and organizing work parties for years and years.  He showed us archived records and clippings going back decades!
 
 
 
The Silverdale Christmas Tree lighting event will be held on November 24, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, near the antique store on Silverdale Way.  Details are forthcoming.
Saving the Silverdale Christmas Tree – It’s a Community Effort! Barbara Beagle 2018-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Live Streamed on Facebook on October 25 Steven Boe 2018-10-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 18, 2018
On October 18 Silverdale Rotarians welcomed the first Students of the Month and family members for the 2018-19 school year.  Rotarian Ron Templeton gave a brief overview of Rotary International to the audience and welcomed school staff members to introduce their students. 
 
Pictured left to right: Isabel Iral, Tanner Weaver, Kate Streck
 
The best part was hearing from the students themselves – young people with many accomplishments under their belts and already leaders with an enormous drive to make the world a better place.  All three students this month have aspirations to pursue careers in biomedical fields.
 
Klahowya Secondary School
  • Kate Streck is taking the most rigorous schedule of Advanced Placement (AP) courses available, helps manage the High School Academy Tutor Program which matches students with student tutors, plays soccer competing at the state level, is on the golf team.
  • Tanner Weaver is captain of the football team, is involved in designing sports medicine training programs, plays lacrosse, and tutors middle school students. He aspires to a career in sports medicine
Crosspoint Academy
  • Isabel Iral is the lead editor for the High School year book, co-captain of the swim team competing at state level, member of the National Honor Society, has joined spring break missions to Appalachia to build homes for teachers.  She aspires to be a trauma surgeon while also addressing the aftermath of healing both physically and spiritually.
 
Congratulations to these very deserving Students of the Month! They were each presented with a letter, plaque, a letter to their parents, and a gift card.
 
Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month Barbara Beagle 2018-10-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 18, 2018
On October 18, Rotarian Erin Leedham (pictured on right) presented $1,500 to Scott McDaniel (on left) of the Paul Linder Educational Foundation to close out the Buy the Book Drive for CKSD elementary schools.
 
The “Buy the Book” Drive for CKSD Elementary Schools was held by Silverdale Rotary  in August-September, partnering with Barnes and Noble at the Kitsap Mall. The goal was to deliver a total of 2018 books to 11 elementary schools in the Central Kitsap School District.
 
The Foundation will take the Duck Buck funds to Barnes and Noble who will provide a 20% discount to fill in the final "holes" left by the book drive.
 
 
This Duck Buck grant was made possible by the huge support of Sponsors and the community of our 2018 Duck Race fund raiser.
 
For more information about the Paul Linder Educational Foundation, go to http://www.ckschools.org/about/community_partnerships/linder_foundation.
 
Duck Bucks and Buy the Book Campaign - the Rest of the Story Barbara Beagle 2018-10-18 07:00:00Z 0
Turkey Trot - Registrations and Sponsorships Now Open Steven Boe 2018-10-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steven Boe on Oct 15, 2018
 
 
House of T! Steven Boe 2018-10-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 15, 2018
Come help save the Silverdale Christmas Tree on Saturday, October 20 at 9 am.  Wear sturdy outdoor shoes (uneven ground), bring gloves, and one or more of the following: shovel, wheelbarrow, rake for spreading wood mulch, hand clippers for touching up.  If you don't have any of those tools, come anyway!  There will be donuts!
 
It's a Community Effort!  Join Silverdale Dandy Lions, Silverdale Rotarians, and people who love our Christmas tree at the tree site on Anderson Hill just up from the intersection with Silverdale Way.  The purpose is to mulch around the tree to help the drought stricken, insect infested 140-150 year old 128 ft tree; and maintain the 12 strings of lights.
  
Pictured above: Christmas Tree and mulching the tree.
 
Pictured below: replacement light bulbs for the 12 strings of lights.
  
For background information on what the volunteer arborist says about our beloved tree (70/30%  chance of survival, up from 50/50%); and what he did to treat the tree for insects, click on https://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/Page/Show?ClassCode=StoryDetails&Slug=saving-the-silverdale-christmas-tree-on-october-20-you-can-help.
 
Pictured below: holding the light string waiting for the arborists at the top of the 128 ft tree to raise the lights on a pulley to the top.
 
Help Save the Silverdale Christmas Tree! Barbara Beagle 2018-10-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steven Boe on Oct 15, 2018
 
 
House of T! Steven Boe 2018-10-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 15, 2018
Come help save the Silverdale Christmas Tree on Saturday, October 20 at 9 am.  Wear sturdy outdoor shoes (uneven ground), bring gloves, and one or more of the following: shovel, wheelbarrow, rake for spreading wood mulch, hand clippers for touching up.  If you don't have any of those tools, come anyway!  There will be donuts!
 
It's a Community Effort!  Join Silverdale Dandy Lions, Silverdale Rotarians, and people who love our Christmas tree are meeting on Saturday, October 20 at 9 a.m. at the tree site on Anderson Hill just up from the intersection with Silverdale Way.  The purpose is to mulch around the tree to help the drought stricken, insect infested 140-150 year old 128 ft tree; and maintain the 12 strings of lights.
  
Pictured above: Christmas Tree and mulching the tree.
 
Pictured below: replacement light bulbs for the 12 strings of lights.
  
For background information on what the volunteer arborist says about our beloved tree (70/30%  chance of survival, up from 50/50%); and what he did to treat the tree for insects, click on https://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/Page/Show?ClassCode=StoryDetails&Slug=saving-the-silverdale-christmas-tree-on-october-20-you-can-help.
 
Pictured below: holding the light string waiting for the arborists at the top of the 128 ft tree to raise the lights on a pulley to the top.
 
 
 
 
Save the Silverdale Christmas Tree - This Saturday, October 20 Barbara Beagle 2018-10-15 07:00:00Z 0
Turkey Trot - Registrations and Sponsorhips Open Steven Boe 2018-10-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 11, 2018
Four Rotarians gave their "Classification Talks" on October 11, telling us about themselves and why they joined Silverdale Rotary.
 
Scott Shoemaker, Attorney at Law, Ryan Montgomery & Armstrong, joined Silverdale Rotary in April 2018.  He is married to Aleena, and they have a daughter Ellie (10) and a son Marshall (7).
 
Scott shared that the Rotary Four Way Test mirrors what he describes as his lifelong “search for the truth,” and that he “likes the way it feels to help people in their own lives.”
 
Rotary Four Way Test - of the things we  think, say or do:
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all Concerned?
  3. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
  4. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
But some years ago in Texas he was so consumed with work that his family life took a back seat.  “If work consumes you, you are OK at a lot of things, but you ‘just exist’.”  His physician said it would lead to an early death.  To change that he relocated with his family to a new job in Silverdale and has worked ever since to balance his life between work, family, and serving the community. “I have a lot to learn from Rotary about Community Service,” Scott remarked, but from our view, he has already jumped into service projects with energy and enthusiasm.  Welcome to Silverdale Rotary, Scott!
 
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Ryan Gilhuly, Financial Advisor - Edward Jones, joined Rotary in March 2018.  He is married to Kasey, and they have sons Patrick (12) and Sean (8}.
 
Earlier in his working career, Ryan was in the hospitality industry in a huge hotel in Hawaii.  It was an all-consuming, 24/7 job.  He moved back to the Mainland and changed careers where he makes time for family and other non-work activities.  Ryan already has a lot of Community Service experience, being Cubmaster and Boy Scout Troop leader, and coaching basketball, baseball, and soccer.  Ryan immediately engaged in Rotary activities.  Welcome to Silverdale Rotary, Ryan!
 
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Ashley Oaksmith, Branch Manager of the Silverdale Branch, Kitsap Regional Library, joined Rotary in May 2017.  She is married to Ben Oaksmith.
 
Ashley has worked in libraries for 15 years, is “proud to be a librarian,” and it’s obvious that she considers her work as service to communities.  She believes that libraries are more than shelves of books and resources: libraries should be a safe place for kids, a place where military families don’t need to “know someone” to connect with people in library activities, that libraries are a place for seniors to have good conversations.  Ashley has worked in five states, and in Texas she discovered that there are many isolated small communities living in “book deserts” because they can’t afford a library.  Ashley created electronic libraries with e-readers; a concept not immediately fully embraced by some, until later.
 
Ashley speaks with enthusiasm and gratitude that there is now a path forward for a new Silverdale Branch Library, partnering with the Central Kitsap School District.  She remarked that the love and support of the local community for the library was very gratifying.  Welcome to Silverdale Rotary, Ashley, and thank you for bringing your passion for service to our Club!
 
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Nicole Stevens, Orca District Executive, Chief Seattle Council, Boy Scouts of America, joined Rotary in May 2018.  She has a daughter Emma (6) and a son Ty (3).  
 
Nicole started doing community and international service work (building houses in Mexico) in a big way in high school, carried on through college, is a UW graduate, and holds a Masters in non-profit management.  Thank you for bringing your service experience and education to Silverdale Rotary, Nicole, and welcome to our Club!
 
Jennifer Strong, VP & Branch Manager, 1st Security Bank, joined Rotary in September 2018.  She has a daughter Sophia (12) and a son Tye (9).  
 
Jennifer has always considered family and community service to be most important, but commuting to SeaFirst/BofA in Seattle for years severely restricted time for those activities.  Joining 1st Security Bank has allowed her to join Rotary and also have weekends off to devote to family.  With only a month in the Club, Jennifer is already involved in Rotary projects.  Welcome to Silverdale Rotary, Jennifer!
 
“Why Did I Join Rotary?” New Rotarians Answer the Question Barbara Beagle 2018-10-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 11, 2018
On October 11 we surprised Jack Jensen by announcing  that it was his 50th Anniversary, having joined Silverdale Rotary in October 1978.  Rotarians immediately rose to their feet in a rousing standing ovation.
Pictured right to left: Jack Jensen, Meg Hall, Rich Arper, Scott Slocum
 
When given the microphone (photo above), in the forthcoming style that is quintessential Jack, he said:
  • Don’t ever wear a Duck Suit in 95 degree weather,
  • Rotary has done for me more than I have done for Rotary,
  • Just DO IT, and
  • Don’t ever make me speak into one of these things again!
Later during Happy Bucks, Rotarians shared some memories, many having to do with Jack’s legendary Duck Selling:
  • Brian Beagle, Steve Slaton, Scott Slocum (with many others nodding in assent) all shared about the many times being told by prospective buyers that they ALWAYS buy their ducks from Jack.  A 50+ year old lady even said, “if I don’t, Jack will put me in detention!”
  • The same thing happened at the Parade on Race Weekend, to wit, “I buy from Jack, I know I will see him here.”
  • Jim Adkins (widely known for being…dare we say it…long winded!), remarked that Jack liked Jim’s classification talk.  Jack may have been the only one to compliment Jim on a “short” presentation!
  • Barbara Beagle mentioned that since 1980 when Brian joined, they had always enjoyed seeing Jack’s beloved wife Kay at social occasions – RIP Kay.
  • Then there was Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army at Christmas (above).  Having been CKHS Principal for a long time, it seems that generations in town knew Jack, and the Salvation Army pot benefited from that.

And as a life long educator, Jack loved to give away 3rd Grade Dictionaries in the classrooms.  He developed an immediate rapport with the children.
 
       We love you, Jack!
 
 
Jack Jensen – 50 Years in the Silverdale Rotary Club! Barbara Beagle 2018-10-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 11, 2018
On October 11, for the 2nd year in a row, $1,000 in Duck Bucks were presented to Zachary Darner who founded Kidzz Helping Kidzz in 2016 at the age of 7. 
 
Statistics:
2016: Thanks to Zachary's efforts, 259 toys were delivered to children in Mary Bridge Children's Hospital
2017: 1,059 toys
2018: the goal is 5,000!  More hospitals!
 
For more information on this amazing heart warming story, go to
  
Thanks to our generous Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Sponsors and the community who adopted Ducks in 2018, children in local hospitals over the 2018 holidays will have new toys to make them smile!
 
Duck Bucks Awarded to Kidzz Helping Kidzz Barbara Beagle 2018-10-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Meg Hall on Oct 11, 2018
Silverdale Rotarians - People of Action!
 
Update: Rotarian Meg A. Hall of Bloodworks NW, announced on October 11 that some of the platelets from the October 5 Rotary platelet drive were sent to Florida in the wake of Hurricane Michael where there is an urgent need.  Thanks to everyone who donated!  Others are encouraged to donate whole blood at any time.
 
Pictured: Rotarian Steven Boe
 
The first Silverdale Rotary Platelet Drive was a huge success! On Friday, October 5, Rotarians turned out to donate much needed platelets at the Silverdale Bloodworks Northwest Donation Center.  Of 12 appointment times, due to the effort of Silverdale Rotarians, 11 were filled. Of those, 8 were first time donors!
 
Pictured: Rotarian Jason Wright
 
There are 11 donor centers across Western Washington, and more platelets were collected at the Silverdale Center on Friday than any other center, and more than on any other Friday historically!  These units were picked up Friday evening (by a volunteer driver) and taken to the Bloodworks Lab in Renton where they were tested and typed.  They were then distributed to local hospitals including Harrison and Naval Hospital Bremerton. 
 
Today, as you read this, the donations are in our local hospitals being used for a variety of emergencies and treatments.  Similar to treatments that were needed by Holly; click Here and you can read about Holly, her husband Scott and what platelet donations mean, both the platelet product and the process of donating.
 
Pictured below: Rotarian Meg Hall, Donor Resources Representative,
Bloodworks Northwest
As usual, it took the whole Club to make this event successful.  From donating platelets, to donating whole blood to creating posters and a social media buzz, to encouraging friends and family to donate.  Sometimes it’s the quiet effort, a couple of hours relaxing, giving of something you don’t need but someone else desperately does that has the most impact.
   
Pictured: Silverdale Rotary President Rick Soper and Past President Kim Peterson
 
 
Update to "Rotary Platelet Drive Breaks Records!" Meg Hall 2018-10-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Erin Shannon and Jennifer Strong on Oct 04, 2018

Order now for your fall and Thanksgiving decorations!  You can also order your Christmas items and schedule delivery for a later time.  All  you have to do is water the arrangements or spray the wreaths, and they and their woodsy fragrance lasts a LONG time!

Pictured: President Rick Soper and Jennifer Strong

Every time we and our supporters shop online through our group's fundraising page, Kitsap Kids Wreaths Fundraiser earns cash back! It really is that easy. Shipments started on October 1.  

Join our fundraiser now using our invite code 7KJAJB at https://www.lcffundraising.com/teams/join?fundraiser_name=Steven+Boe&joincode=7KJAJB,  

Want to create a team in your workplace?  Go to the same link.  Sponsors Windemere Realty and First Security have challenged each other to see whose team raises the most.  Haselwood YMCA has joined the fray.  All to feed needy kids in Kitsap County.

All the greenery is sustainably grown in the Shelton, WA area.  Here's the Lynch Creek story: https://www.lynchcreekwreaths.com/about-us/.

Thanks to our new Rotarians Erin Shannon and Jennifer Strong for coordinating this fundraiser for 2018.  It's All for the Kids!

 

Kitsap Kids Wreaths Fundraiser - join our team at Lynch Creek Farm Erin Shannon and Jennifer Strong 2018-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 04, 2018
Click on this link to view the latest video from Steve Boe and President Rick: https://youtu.be/WYRC47EKySY
 
We now have FOUR sponsors for this fundraiser: Kitsap Bank, Thrivent Financial, Equilibrium Natural Health, and Quality Heating AC and Electrical - THANK YOU!  But we need more to cover expenses.  Want to be a sponsor or recruit sponsors?  Go to http://runsignup.com/CreateRaceSponsor/66771/t/7dmJqyNb7UECE1trNANe798V3uFitKMj
 
To REGISTER, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/WA/Silverdale/TurkeyTrot18 p;us all the location and schedule details.  There are multiple categories, and there will be LOTS of prizes.  Great fun on Thanksgiving Day Morning! 
 
All proceeds go to helping feed the Community.  The 2017 proceeds filled 200 school break food bags for at risk kids, and $3,000 was donated to Central Kitsap Food Bank!
Registrations and Sponsorships Open for Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot Barbara Beagle 2018-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 04, 2018
It's a Community Effort!  Silverdale Dandy Lions, Silverdale Rotarians, and people who love our Christmas tree are meeting on Saturday, October 20 at 9 a.m. at the tree site on Anderson Hill just up from the intersection with Silverdale Way.  The purpose is to mulch around the tree (bring gloves, shovels, and wheelbarrows) to help the drought stricken, insect infested 140-150 year old tree; and maintain the 12 strings of lights.
Pictured above: Christmas Tree all lit up and mulching the tree.
Pictured below: replacement light bulbs for the 12 strings of lights.
  
For background information on what the volunteer arborist says about our beloved tree (70/30%  chance of survival, up from 50/50%); and what he did to treat the tree for insects, click on https://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/Page/Show?ClassCode=StoryDetails&Slug=saving-the-silverdale-christmas-tree-on-october-20-you-can-help.
 
Pictured below: holding the light string waiting for the arborists at the top of the 128 ft tree to raise the lights on a pulley to the top.
 
 
 
 
On October 20 You Can Help Save the Silverdale Christmas Tree Barbara Beagle 2018-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
**CORRECTION to Change of Venue on October 11, 2018** Erin Leedham 2018-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Meg Hall on Oct 01, 2018
Did you know up to 900 new mothers die from traumatic bleeding each year?
Platelets are needed for a variety of life-saving treatments including chemotherapy and transfusion packages for emergencies such as post-partum bleeding. Bloodworks Board of Trustees member Molly Firth wasn’t aware of these stats – until she suffered her own traumatic birth experience. Check out Molly’s story on the Bloodworks NW blog and help other patients in local hospitals by donating at the Silverdale Rotary Platelet Drive.
 
WHEN:  Friday, October 5th  8am – 4pm
WHERE:  Bloodworks Northwest, 3230 NW Randall Way, Silverdale
 
Platelet donations take a little longer (about 1.5 hours).  Can't donate platelets? Come on in between 8-4 and donate whole blood (about 45min). 
 
Can't donate at all?  Ask family, coworkers and friends.  There will be other people from the community donating on this day - volunteer in the canteen and you can share the Rotary mission with them. This is a great opportunity for like minded members of our community to see Rotary in action! 
 
To make an appointment or for questions about eligibility call 1-800-398-7888 x2 or go here.  Please remember to eat a good meal, drink plenty of water and bring a photo I.D.
 
Bloodworks Northwest has been supporting hospitals throughout Western Washington for more than 70 years. We are a non-profit, independent, volunteer-supported and community-based blood center and medical resource and research center. To learn more about the donation process and how your donation makes a difference go to www.bloodworksnw.org .
 
Rotary Bloodworks NW Platelet Drive on October 5 - FIVE SLOTS LEFT Meg Hall 2018-10-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Soper and Steve Boe on Sep 22, 2018
After seeing the images and hearing a recent story about 26 dogs left alone in a hoarding house, (see https://www.kitsap-humane.org/2018/09/36-neglected-animals-rescued-from-local-home/ ) Silverdale Rotary President Rick Soper decided to do something about it.
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With his own funds he purchased 200 cans and containers of soft dog food for the dogs that desperately need special care and rehabilitation plus gallons of distilled water for surgeries.  Since then, Rick has made the Humane Society’s neglected dogs his President’s Project, and the Club granted $500 of Duck Race proceeds to the cause.  Look for more activity on this Project coming in the future!
 
Silverdale Rotarians – People of Action!
 
Silverdale Rotary Provides Critically Needed Food for Neglected Dogs Rick Soper and Steve Boe 2018-09-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Sep 20, 2018
Spread the word to young adults!  Kitsap area Rotary Clubs are helping sponsor a community-based Rotaract Club. Cheyanne Arneson (pictured in graphic) spoke at our Club on September 20 to help spread the word.  Our own Matej Kunak and Ulysses Galvez, former incoming and outgoing Exchange Students respectively, are participating .  Contact Cheyanne Arneson at cheyannem91@gmail.com for more information.
“Rotaract Clubs bring together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.”  Search for and “Like” Kitsap County Rotaract on Facebook. 
 
Rotaract is Organizing in Kitsap County! Barbara Beagle 2018-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Sep 20, 2018
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After seeing the images and hearing a recent story about 26 dogs left alone in a hoarding house, (see https://www.kitsap-humane.org/2018/09/36-neglected-animals-rescued-from-local-home/ ) Silverdale Rotary President Rick Soper decided to do something about it.  
With his own funds he purchased 200 cans and containers of soft dog food for the dogs that desperately need special care and rehabilitation plus gallons of distilled water for surgeries.  Since then, Rick has made the Humane Society’s neglected dogs his President’s Project, and the Club granted $500 of Duck Race proceeds to the cause.  Look for more activity on this Project coming in the future!
 
Silverdale Rotarians – People of Action!

 
Rotary Provides Critically Needed Dog Food for Neglected Dogs Barbara Beagle 2018-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Sep 20, 2018
Corporal Aaron Baker, accompanied by his gorgeous black German Shepherd Patrol Dog named Hiko, spoke (and barked) to us, explaining the hugely important mission of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit. 
 
In a nutshell: they catch bad guys fast without using deadly force, saving police, citizens’, and targets' lives, and recovering crucial evidence.
 
Some facts and figures:
  • Bremerton Police Dept and the Sheriff unit each have two K-9 Patrol Dogs
  • K-9 units track only “the most dangerous” suspects
  • Hiko is 8.5 years old, and in 6 years has successfully tracked his target 140 times; the longest track taking 3 hrs 40 min. 
  • Hiko is a permanent resident in Cpl Baker’s home, and will continue to be after retirement.
  • A patrol unit (Officer and K-9) represents a $30,000-$40,000 investment, including purchase of the dog  ($10,000-$15,000), outfitting the patrol car, and 400 hours of training for both dog and handler.
  • Hiko’s custom-made ballistic resistant vest cost about $3,000, which was privately funded (same with the other three Patrol Dogs’ vests in Kitsap County).  Hiko doesn’t wear it on extended tracking situations; it’s too heavy. 
  • Ongoing maintenance and vet bills are considerable every year.  Donations often cover expensive surgical repair of injuries.
  • Most patrol dogs (German Shepherds, German Malinois) come from Europe.  Hiko came from Serbia.
  • K-9 patrol cars are outfitted with temperature sensors which automatically turn on the A/C when necessary.
To watch Cpl Baker’s entire presentation that was streamed live on Facebook, go to  Part 1:
 
 
K-9’s Rule!  Kitsap Co. Sheriff’s K-9 Unit – Program on September 20 Barbara Beagle 2018-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Wright and Christie Scheffer on Sep 13, 2018
Pictured left to right: Jennifer Strong, Erin Shannon, Membership Chair Jason Wright, President Rick Soper, Brittany Logan, Christie Scheffer, Brianna Greer
 
On September 13, four new members were inducted into the Silverdale Rotary Club: The following people were inducted into the Club: 
 
  • Brittany Logan.  She is a Podiatrist, she is an Individual Member, and her Sponsor is Christie Scheffer.
  • Erin Shannon.  She is a Business Lender, shares a Corporate Membership with Jennifer, and her Sponsor is President Rick Soper.
  • Jennifer Strong.  She does Business Banking Services, shares a Corporate Membership with Erin, and her Sponsor is President Rick Soper.
  • Brianna Greer. She is a Fitness Instructor, has a Service Membership, and her Sponsor is her Mom, Christie Scheffer! 
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Silverdale!
 
Four New Members Inducted into the Rotary Club of Silverdale Jason Wright and Christie Scheffer 2018-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Wright on Sep 13, 2018
Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue (CKFR) Chief Scott Weninger gave an update on the 2018 levy and what it will do for the county, and what they used the last levy for (staffing, vehicles, and equipment).  Click on  https://www.facebook.com/174823399218603/videos/276450022967276/?t=633 to watch his presentation on Facebook Live, which starts at about 21 minutes 30 seconds.
 
In November, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue (CKFR) voters will be asked to restore the Regular Fire Levy to the $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation (AV). This tax will replace the Maintenance & Operations Levy (M&O) that was passed in 2015.
 
https://www.ckfr.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/CKFR-Levy-Lid-Lift-Facts-Sheet-2018.pdf is a link to the Restoration of CKFR’s Regular Fire Levy Lid Lift fact sheet.
 
 
Chief Weninger also reminded us to check our smoke alarm batteries (are they 1-year or 10-year?) and get Carbon Monoxide detectors if you have natural gas or propane.
CKFR Chief Provides Update on Levy Lid Lift Jason Wright 2018-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
Coffee Oasis Thanks Rotary for Duck Bucks Kimberly Peterson 2018-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Campana on Sep 06, 2018
Visit Kitsap Peninsula - Patricia Graf-Hoke (Director) spoke about what sets our Kitsap Peninsula apart. Founded in 1983, Visit Kitsap Peninsula (VKP) is an official member of WA State Destination Marketing Organization (WSDMO), funded by Kitsap County, cities, tribes, and other government agencies, and is headquartered right here in Silverdale.
 
Their mission is to promote the region’s tourism and encourage prospects to choose Kitsap for day and overnight visits, and promote the region as “the natural side of Puget Sound” while supporting Kitsap County’s economic goals, quality of life, and environment. Patty shared that tourism is big business, and since 2010, tourism spending has increased 43%!
 
What makes Kitsap special??  Kitsap County boasts 371 miles of coastline, acres of open space and outdoor recreation, every major town is on the waterfront, urban amenities, award winning brews and wines, culture, history, art, golf… the list could go on and on. Visit Kitsap Peninsula markets our distinct natural assets, promoting our proximity to Seattle, and promoting Kitsap as its own destination versus the ‘gateway’ to somewhere else.
 
You can find their marketing materials on the Washington State ferries, and if you’d like to learn more, visit their website: www.visitkitsap.com
Visit Kitsap Peninsula - Program on September 6, 2018 Heather Campana 2018-09-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Wright on Aug 20, 2018
Silverdale Rotarians celebrated our successful 25th Annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race by inviting the Top Prize Winners to join us for lunch and be awarded their fantastic prizes.  The presentations were emceed by 2018 Duck Race Chair Cindy Holmes.  Here are the Sponsors and lucky winners!
Top Duck Race Prize Winners Receive Prizes from Sponsors Jason Wright 2018-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Arper on Aug 12, 2018
The Duck Trailer has been recovered!!!!  It is now safely in my driveway – what a relief!
It wasn't damaged, just a little dirty.
 
On Tuesday, August 7, someone brought it back to near where it had been stolen at Pacific Street in Old Town Silverdale. The port got a license number of a van that dropped it off, and the sheriff followed up.
 
We believe that the article that the Kitsap Sun ran on for us on August 2 (see https://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2018/08/02/silverdale-rotarys-duck-race-trailer-stolen-after-whaling-days/894012002/) made all the difference in recovering the trailer, so we owe them our thanks.  The Kitsap Sun is also a long time Major Duck Race Sponsor.
The Duck Trailer Is Back! Richard (Rich) Arper 2018-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Campana on Aug 09, 2018
Lori Raymaker with Kitsap County Parks spoke on their C.A.S.T (Catch a Special Thrill) CAST for Kids program. Registration for the event opens every year near the end of March/beginning of April. The first 300 kids (open to ages 5yrs to 12 yrs) to register are able to attend. This event is held the Saturday before Father’s Day each year (this year at Island Lake on June 16), and costs about $6,500 to put it on.
They only ask a registration fee of $7.50 per kid, and with about 300 kids, this raises $2,200. This leaves over a $4,000 shortfall! This is where Duck Buck grants and sponsorships from community members and businesses come in. The idea is to teach kids to fish and hopefully develop a passion to fish or even just protect our resources.
C.A.S.T – Catch a Special Thrill - Program on August 9 Heather Campana 2018-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Aug 06, 2018
Thanks to the legion of Rotary and Whaling Days photographers who sent me or posted Duck Race photos on Facebook.  Below is a sampling:
 
AND THE RACE IS ON AT WHALING DAYS, JULY 29, 2018!
 
 
 

 
Pictured: Erin Leedham and Nancy Whitaker
 
THE WINNING DUCK!
Pictured:  Cathy Bisaillon (who had just donated a kidney 10 days before!), Steve Burton, Kim Peterson, Nancy Whitaker
 


 
2018 Duck Race Photos Barbara Beagle 2018-08-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 31, 2018
Lawrence (Larry) Everett Rodgers
Poulsbo, WA
Nov. 4, 1941 to July 15, 2018


A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Central Kitsap Christian Church, 6735 Stampede Blvd NW, Bremerton, WA 98311. To share a memory or leave a message for the family please visit http://www.Miller-Woodlawn.com and https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries  (search for Lawrence Rodgers).
 
Larry was a member of the Rotary Club of Silverdale from June 1978 to May 2015 and was Club President in 1988-89.  Later, Larry was an enthusiastic Duck Ticket seller and Big Inflatable Duck Wrangler (not an easy job!).  Larry was a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.  His wife Charlene was a huge supporter of Rotary activities, they were both very generous of their time, and they hosted Rotary Youth Exchange Students as house parents.  Their cheerful presence brightened up all social occasions they attended.  We miss you Larry and Charlene!
 
Remembering Long Time Rotarian Lawrence (Larry Rodgers) Barbara Beagle 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
2018 Duck Race Prize Winners! Debi Brooks-Givens 2018-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 28, 2018
 
SUMMARY - As of July 29, tickets are only available at Hallmark by Silverdale Safeway, along the First Federal Lions/Kiwanis Grand Parade on Saturday, and at Whaling Days. 
 
For a calendar of locations (Duck Booths) and times where Rotarians are selling, click on http://silverdalerotaryduckrace.com/calendar
 
All tickets have been pulled from all other locations as of July 28.  
 
The Duck Race is Sunday, July 29 at 3 pm.  Where Can You Get Your Duck Tickets? Barbara Beagle 2018-07-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peggy Templeton on Jul 23, 2018
The August 2 regular meeting will be held at the Community Room at the Kitsap Mall across from H&M.
 
Meeting Location Change on August 2 Peggy Templeton 2018-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 23, 2018
 
Come see the Duck Truck in front of AT&T at The Trails all week - get your Duck Tickets, and you could win this truck while supporting the community. The Race is at 3 pm this Sunday, July 29 at Whaling Days!
For a calendar of locations (Duck Booths) and times where Rotarians are selling, click on http://silverdalerotaryduckrace.com/calendar
 
Also, see below for business establishments that are selling tickets during regular business hours:
 
  • Advantage Nissan Auto Center – Mon-Fri 8:30-8, Sat 9-7, Sun 11-6
  • Ben Bridge Kitsap Mall – Mon-Sat 10-9, Sun 11-6
  • Chase Bank Silverdale, 10745 Silverdale Way NW – Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat 9-1
  • Columbia Bank Port Orchard, 228 Bravo Terrace - Mon-Thu 9-5, Fri 9-6
  • Columbia Bank Silverdale, 10100 Silverdale Way – Mon-Thu 9-5, Fri 9-6, Sat 9-1
  • Edward Jones, 3500 Anderson Hill Rd, Silverdale - Mon-Fri 8-4
  • Four Seasons Pools and Spas, 9165 Ridgetop Blvd – Mon-Sat 9:30-6
  • Guitar Café, 3381 NW Bucklin Hill Rd – Mon-Thu 10-8, Fri-Sat 10-10
  • Haselwood Family YMCA – Mon-Thu 4:30 am-10 pm, Fri 4:30 am-9 pm, Sat 6:30 am-8:30 pm, Sun 9-5
  • Kitsap Bank Silverdale, 10488 Silverdale Way – Mon-Thu 9-5, Fri 9-6
  • Kitsap Mall Management Office – Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30
  • Quality Heating Electrical and Air Conditioning, 9960 Silverdale Way – Mon-Fri 8-4:30
  • Scout Shop, 10876 Myhre Place, Suite 116. Mon-Fri 10-5
  • Silverdale Chamber of Commerce, 3100 NW Bucklin Hill Rd St - Mon-Thu 9-5, Fri 9-2, Sat-Sun 9-noon
  • Templeton Horton Weibel Law Office, 3212 NW Byron St – Mon-Fri 9-5
  • Ultra Custom Cleaners, 2222 NW Bucklin Hill Rd – Mon-Fri 7-7, Sat 9-5, Sun 11-3
The Duck Race Is Sunday, July 29 at Whaling Days - Where Can I Buy Duck Tickets? Barbara Beagle 2018-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 02, 2018
The Celebration of the Life of Natalie E. Bryson (1931-2018) will be held on Sunday, July 8, 2018, 2 p.m., at Klahowya Secondary School, 7607 NW Newberry Hill Road, Silverdale, WA 98383. 
 
We lost our beloved Natalie Bryson on June 19 at the age of 87, but to us she was ageless.  So much has been said and will be said in tribute to Natalie that it’s impossible to capture here, so instead we searched the photo archives for some memories that typify why she will be missed so much. 
 
On the left Natalie was distributing 3rd Grade Dictionaries and telling the girls about Rotary and the Four Way Test on the inside label.
 
Natalie loved to share this story about being the first female Rotarian in Kitsap County in 1987: a District 5020 Governor told her that she was chosen to be the first woman because she was “safe and reliable!”
 
Representative Derek Kilmer paid a glowing tribute to Natalie on the floor of the House of Representatives on June 21.  See the video clip at https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4736904/rep-kilmer-speaks-natalie-bryson.  
 
Representative Kilmer also said the following in his July 2, 2018 Newsletter to constituents: "Two weeks ago, Kitsap County lost one of its best leaders, and I lost a dear friend, Natalie Bryson. I had the chance to wish her well from the House floor shortly before she passed, and the Kitsap Sun wrote a fitting tribute to her. She helped define the spirit of our community. She stood up for what was right, and spoke out when she saw injustice. As we celebrate our Independence later this week, I can’t help to think that the Founders would have been proud of folks like Natalie who used her right of free speech to speak up for so many."
 
Natalie processing Winning Ducks at Duck Central
 
Cards may be sent to the family at: 
Family of Natalie Bryson
PO Box 2000
Silverdale WA  98383
 
On right: Vintage Natalie at our Evening in Paris Holiday Party
Natalie Bryson – Farewell to an Icon Barbara Beagle 2018-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2018
The Celebration of the Life of Natalie E. Bryson (1931-2018) will be held on Sunday, July 8, 2018, 2 p.m., at Klahowya Secondary School, 7607 NW Newberry Hill Road, Silverdale, WA 98383.  
 
See the article below for more information about Natalie.
 
Natalie Bryson's Celebration of Life Mary Hoover 2018-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles (Chuck) Kraining on Jun 25, 2018
Please join us on Friday June 29th from 6:00-8:00 pm at Seabeck Conference Center as we say Congratulations and Goodbye to our 2017-18 exchange student Ata Celik who finished the year with a 3.7 GPA and graduated from CKHS last week with an honorary diploma.  Come join us as we celebrate his academic success and thank him for a great year.  We will serve burgers, hot dogs, brats, potato and macaroni salad, baked beans and more!  Wine, beer, lemonade and soda will also be provided.  Save room for cake!
 
No RSVPs needed, just come and relax and enjoy an evening with Ata.   
 
Chuck and Ata ended their Southwest road trip with a bang in Las Vegas!
 
Where, at a Chinese Buffet, Ata opened his fortune cookie...
and this is what it said:
 
 
 
Ata's Last Weeks in the U.S. Charles (Chuck) Kraining 2018-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
Thank You to Our 2018 Duck Race Sponsors! Christie Scheffer 2018-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
2018 Duck Race Sponsors - Thank You! Christie Scheffer 2018-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Soper and Chuck Kraining on Jun 18, 2018
Graduation from CKHS: From President Elect Rick on June 15: Congratulations to Ata Celik, our foreign exchange student from Turkey, on graduating from an American high school with a B+ average!!!  Way to go dude!  Chuck Kraining and I were proud to see you get your diploma...there were times we wondered if it would happen...but you did it and we couldn’t be happier!
Pictured: Host Dad Rick Soper with Ata Celik
 
Pictured: Ata with Host Dad Chuck Kraining
 
Road Trip: From Past President Chuck at the Las Vegas airport on June 16:  97 degrees! I usually don’t like heat, but I can feel my bones warming. Happy graduation Ata!  Ata and I are heading for Zion and the Grand Canyon, but first, In and Out for a burger!
 
Zion National Park:
 
 
Bryce Canyon National Park:
 
 
 
Ata Graduates and Hits the Road Rick Soper and Chuck Kraining 2018-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steven Boe and Barbara Beagle on Jun 14, 2018
Rotarians welcomed the Independents (directed by Pam Wenter on right) to celebrate Flag Day and were treated to an inspiring patriotic performance.  They are such a talented group who sing for the love of country and the joy of singing!  When they sing the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard anthems, and all veterans in the audience stand for their own, it's magical! (starting at about 10 minutes). 
 
Two of our own Rotarians, Scott Park (2nd row on right) and Elayne Burton (not pictured) are longtime members of this group.
 
Click on the following Facebook link to see their entire performance.  
If you’re not signed in (or don’t belong to Facebook) , a pop up might appear and ask you if you want to sign in or sign up. You can choose Not Now and watch.
 
 
Flag Day Celebration at Rotary with the Independents Steven Boe and Barbara Beagle 2018-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
Duck Race Coloring Book - Coming Soon! Steven Boe 2018-06-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Soper on Jun 01, 2018
 
President Elect Rick Soper put this Big Duck up at Mattress Ranch in Gorst on June 1 for our commercial  shoot the following morning...he is happy to be the first person to put out a duck this season! 😉
 
Next to Advantage Nissan, Mattress Ranch is our second largest Duck Race Sponsor. Year after year they have been providing the production and airing of a 30 second spot on cable TV.  Thank you  Mattress Ranch!
 
 
 
The First Big Duck of the Season! Rick Soper 2018-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Campana on May 31, 2018
On May 31 Silverdale Rotarians hosted our 2018 Rotary Scholarship winning graduating seniors from three local high schools:  Klahowya Secondary School, Central Kitsap High School, and Crosspoint Academy.
 
There were 14 recipients for a total of $14,000.  A special Thank You goes to the owners of Chung's Teriyaki, who donated $4,000 for these scholarships!  
 
In addition, the Club awarded $5,000 to Matej Kunak, our 2016-17 Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Slovakia.  Matej will return to Silverdale to attend Olympic Community College. This brings the scholarship totals this year up to $19,000.
 
During the award ceremony, the student awardees who attended were asked to tell us something about themselves. What a joy it was to hear from these young people, with bright futures ahead of them!
 
Pictured left to right:
Klahowya Secondary School: Brian Spilman and Catherine Wise
CKHS: Molly Giesbrecht, Molly Fischer, Madison Birkenfeld, Madison Adams, Allison Payne
 
Not pictured: 
Klahowya: Tristan Wolff, Benjamin Streck, Madelyn Drew Land
CKHS: Amanda Park, Lina Fowler
Crosspoint Academy: Chloe Loney, Rachel Degnan
 
We also received this Thank You note from Molly Fischer:
 
 
 
Silverdale Rotary Awards $19,000 in Scholarships Heather Campana 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Campana on May 31, 2018
Silverdale Rotarians were proud to recognize Central Kitsap School District's (CKSD) 2018 Employees of the Year at our regular meeting on May 31.
 
We met CKSD Teacher of the Year for 2018: Karla Van Eycke. Karla has an amazing ability to gain students’ trust and respect and build their confidence to learn. And it’s working! As a reading specialist at Silverdale Elementary, Karla takes the time to listen to students and discover what drives them—then uses this knowledge to help students move forward and meet their academic goals. She NEVER gives up.

Karla is committed to professional development and has worked on numerous innovative projects to help students succeed. She is a true advocate for students and relentless when it comes to encouraging them, protecting them, and providing them with lasting memories and experiences. She is also a foster parent, and even after 31 years brings enthusiasm and energy to the room when she talks about being a teacher.
 
We recognized the CKSD Classified Employee of the year for 2018: Brandon Parr (unable to attend). Brandon is a custodian at Silverdale Elementary, and he knows that the little things go a long way in creating a culture that is positive and safe. Brandon pays attention to detail and anticipates the needs of staff members. Regardless of how big the challenge, he responds quickly and with a smile.

Brandon has excellent technical knowledge and loves a project. When he sees a need, Brandon takes pride in addressing it by finding a solution that is done right and that will last. Brandon enjoys serving the community and taking care of its members. He understands and supports the goals of his school—and he makes a difference every day!
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Recognizes CKSD Employees of the Year Heather Campana 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day Barbara Beagle 2018-05-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mariam James on May 24, 2018
On May 24 Silverdale Rotarians and guests were proud to host Students of the Month from three local high schools.  Students are chosen by school teachers and staff for not only academic achievements, but also leadership and community service.  Read on for details.
 
Each student was presented with a plaque and letter recognizing his/her achievements.  Congratulations to our future leaders!
 
Klahowya Secondary School
 
Robert Clifton (on left) remarked that “There are students that like STEM and those who like humanities.” He wants to be an author.  He started in 5th grade at Silverwood Elementary where he won a "young authors" award.  He started with storytelling, but at Klahowya has learned how to write about people through social experiences.  He will attend Western Washington University majoring in creative writing.
 
Garrett Betzing (on right) is active in varsity golf and basketball, History Club, and is the Associated Student Body (ASB) executive VP.  He will attend Grand Canyon University Honors College studying finance. He has a passion for real estate, both for the homes and the human interaction and connections. He is also considering a career as  a financial adviser.
 
Alison Schultz – not present due to being a camp counselor
 
Cross Point Academy
 
Charlie Jones (on left) is class Salutatorian.  Activities include team captain of golf, National Honor Society, drama, and band. took a mission trip to Ukraine last year.  He wants to major in neurobiology  and minor in music.  Charlie is thankful for the small nurturing atmosphere of Crosspoint, and the wisdom and patience he has learned from his parents.
 
Rachel DeSchryver (on right) is described as a strong and caring servant leader who is willing to help anyone with anything.  She helped organize a blood drive in April with Bloodworks for her school and has been on mission trips to Basque country in Spain in 2016 and Peru in 2014.  Rachel overcame a battle with cancer and wants to be a registered nurse.  She will also attend Grand Canyon University Honors College. 
 
Central Kitsap High School
 
Ally Payne (on right) is ASB Secretary, plays varsity tennis, and is passionate about the environment and conservationist living. She was awarded a Washington NASA Space Grant, and she will attend University of Washington to study aeronautics and astronautics. 
 
Warren Coons (on left) is class Valedictorian.  Volunteering at the food bank opened his eyes and got him out of his shell; Warren realized that people need to share knowledge and experience with each other to grow.  He will attend UCLA as a math major.
 
 
Rotarians Honor Students of the Month Mariam James 2018-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kimberly Peterson on May 20, 2018
Silverdale Rotary has been supporting Days for Girls for several years with funds and volunteer hours, helping countless girls in Africa to remain in school all month long.
 
On May 16, President Kim Peterson held a President’s Project work party to cut PolyUrethane Laminate (PUL) yardage into the components that are sewn into liners for Days for Girls hygiene kits (see April 29 article a few paragraphs below). 
 
Pictured below are the pieces that are carefully sewn together into a liner. The waterproof PUL layer is white, and is hidden in the finished liner.  
 
The following photo is of two sewn liners. The addition of snaps on the "wings" jfor folding completes them.
 
 
Rick Soper, Nancy Whitaker, Chuck Kraining, Exchange Student Ata, and Ed Ahrens were amazing at the PolyUrethane Laminate (PUL) work party.  Using a manual die cut machine, they cut out approximately 200 regular and 120 heavy flow liners.  They also cut 200 yards (two football fields!) of 55” wide PUL to the proper length to minimize scraps and maximize the yield of liners.
 
Pictured above: Chuck Kraining and Ed Ahrens, the die cut machine, and bins of cut PUL to be sewn into liners
 
Pictured above: Ata holding a part of the die cut machine
 
The PUL also comes in bright colors (turquoise in photo above).  The die cut can do two layers (sometimes three) at a time.  The regular die cut allows two smaller liner patterns (times two layers = four) at a time, or only one pattern on the die cut, yielding two larger heavy flow liners per cut.
 
Editor's Note: At the weekly Rotary meeting on May 17, Kim distributed “O-FISH-ally awesome” awards to Nancy, Rick, Ed, Chuck and Ata for assisting with her President’s project.
 
Below is the story published on April 29, 2018.
 
We received a thank you note we from the Poulsbo Chapter of Days for Girls - here is the full text:  "Thank you for your continued support with time and funds which help us reach our goals of education, health, and dignity for girls around the world.  Your generous donation of PUL will allow us to make 4,000 shields, which is enough for 2,000 kits!  Imagine the smiles on faces as those kits get handed out!  So much appreciated, (signed) Shirley Wilder, Poulsbo Chapter Director"
 
From President Kim: For my recent President’s project, I chose to purchase 250 yards (5 rolls) of 55" wide PUL (Polyurethane Laminate) waterproof fabric that is needed to make hygiene kits for girls.   
 
I am planning a “working” evening meeting where club members will be able to cut the PUL (both measured pieces and on the die cut machine).  We are hoping to cut 1,000 shields.  Imagine the difference we will be able to make!

Here is a link to a video with a short description of the items in a hygiene kit: https://www.facebook.com/DfGCumberlandWI/videos/298250160559656/
 
Also, below  is a photo of a hygiene kit.  The two shields filled with liners are in the lower left corner, stuffed with liners.
 
For more information about the worldwide work of Days for Girls, go to https://www.daysforgirls.org/.
 
 
Update - President's Project Work Party for Days for Girls Kimberly Peterson 2018-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on May 17, 2018
Silverdale is home to one of a dozen donor centers for Bloodworks Northwest (formerly Puget Sound Blood Center). Meg Hall (pictured), new Silverdale Rotarian and Donor Resources Representative for the organization, began her compelling presentation on May 17 with “Someone you know will need blood in his or her lifetime.”
 
Obviously proud of the life-saving work accomplished by the non-profit, Meg shared stunning statistics with us, including that while 38% of the population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually does.
 
More than 90 hospitals in Washington, Oregon and Alaska rely on Bloodworks Northwest for blood supply, lab services and transfusion expertise every day. Regulated by the FDA and largely volunteer staffed, Bloodworks needs the community to understand and support its mission that is coined as “Bettering our community, drop by drop.” Meg quantified those drops, explaining that the average transfusion takes ten units of blood, and that 800 units will be needed for a four-day emergency.
 
Blood and platelets go to new mothers with traumatic bleeding, cancer patients, accident victims, surgery patients, and many other children and adults experiencing bleeding emergencies. It seems impossible to overestimate the need for blood when put in these terms.
 
The call to action is clear.  Community members need to counteract the nationwide decline in blood donation by routinely giving just 45 minutes for a blood draw or two hours for platelets. “Donate regularly if you can, encourage others to donate, and use your connections to schedule blood drives,” Meg urged.
 
To learn who is qualified to donate blood and platelets, how to organize a blood drive, and other important information, click on https://bloodworksnw.org/ today.
 
 
Program – Bloodworks Northwest, Meg Hall Cathy Bisaillon 2018-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on May 14, 2018
Duck Bucks at Work!  We received the following thank you letter from The Coffee Oasis with a touching story about one of their success stories.   Details about the Duck Buck award follow the letter.
 
 
 
Dave Frederick (pictured on right with President Kim Peterson), Executive Director of The Coffee Oasis, gratefully accepted a Ducks Bucks grant for $2,000 to fund the purchase of an industrial coffee grinder for the organization’s new mobile unit.
 
The logo-wrapped van is fully equipped to teach job skills to at-risk youth while vending gourmet coffee to happy customers all over Kitsap County. For more information about their mission "Changing the World for Homeless Youth," see their website at https://thecoffeeoasis.com/ .
 
2017 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race proceeds at work in the community!
 
 
 
"Thank You" for Duck Bucks from The Coffee Oasis Cathy Bisaillon 2018-05-14 07:00:00Z 0
Duck Cards Are Back! Steven Boe and Rick Soper 2018-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on May 10, 2018
 
"Through holistic care Scarlet Road offers the hope of freedom to those who have been sexually exploited."  http://scarletroad.org/
 
  Every year the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, with the huge help of sponsors and and the ticket buying public, raises funds; and then we award Duck Buck grants to worthy nonprofit organizations that help people in our community. 
 
Scarlet Road is one such nonprofit.  On May 10, Rosie Ludlow, Executive Director of Scarlet Road, accepted a Duck Buck award of $1,000 to help pay for emergency hotel expenses for victims escaping from sexual exploitation.  Duck Race proceeds are making a difference in people's lives!
 
 
Duck Bucks Help Fight Sexual Exploitation Barbara Beagle 2018-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on May 03, 2018
 
“Animals are sometimes the most important companion in someone’s life,” opened Eric Stevens, Executive Director of the Kitsap Humane Society (KHS). Formed in 1908, the organization has transformed from primarily a euthanasia facility to a community partner that strives to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome more than 7,000 animals annually.
 
The services offered are comprehensive, from spay & neuter procedures and pet licensing, to the highly acclaimed “Cats in Prison” program.
 
KHS is in the middle of a 6.5 million dollar capital campaign that will result in a much bigger footprint and a state-of-the-art facility complete with a sophisticated HVAC system, a lower stress dog area with large kennels, new cat condos and more.
 
Animal-loving Rotarians can support KHS by making a donation, contributing an item from the Wish List https://www.kitsap-humane.org/support-us/in-kind-donations/, fostering animals or teaming up for a volunteer project. Eric can be reached at executivedirector@kitsap-humane.org.
 
Note:  All animals shown in this article were available for adoption on the website as of May 7.
 
 
 
Program - Kitsap Humane Society Cathy Bisaillon 2018-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on May 03, 2018
Silverdale Rotarian and Haselwood Family YMCA Executive Director, Harold Shea, was honored to receive a check for $1,490 to underwrite YMCA memberships for local foster children.
Pictured left to right: Harold Shea, President Kim Peterson, Steve Burton
 
The program enriches the lives of more than 198 foster kids annually by giving them access to swim lessons, dance classes, tumbling and mentorship until age 18. Harold told the touching story of a guardian dis-enrolling a little boy from the subsidized YMCA program, as she was in the process of adopting the child and wanted to include him in her paid family membership. Now, that’s paying it forward!
 
Thanks to the generous support of our Sponsors of the 2017 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race along with the overwhelming support of community members Adopting Ducks, Duck Buck grants like this one are possible.
 
 
Duck Bucks Provide YMCA Memberships for Foster Kids Cathy Bisaillon 2018-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on May 03, 2018
2018 Duck Race Chair Cindy Holmes gave us an update on the Duck Race.  Sponsors are in, duck tagging is scheduled and ticket packets are coming soon.
 
Steven Boe has done a great job revitalizing the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race website – check it out at http://silverdalerotaryduckrace.com/.  
   
 
 
The Duck Race Is Coming! Cathy Bisaillon 2018-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kimberly Peterson on Apr 29, 2018
 
We received a thank you note we from the Poulsbo Chapter of Days for Girls - here is the full text:  "Thank you for your continued support with time and funds which help us reach our goals of education, health, and dignity for girls around the world.  Your generous donation of PUL will allow us to make 4,000 shields, which is enough for 2,000 kits!  Imagine the smiles on faces as those kits get handed out!  So much appreciated, (signed) Shirley Wilder, Poulsbo Chapter Director"
 
From President Kim: For my recent President’s project, I chose to purchase 250 yards (5 rolls) of 55" wide PUL (Polyurethane Laminate) waterproof fabric that is needed to make hygiene kits for girls.   
 
I am planning a “working” evening meeting where club members will be able to cut the PUL (both measured pieces and on the die cut machine).  We are hoping to cut 1,000 shields.  Imagine the difference we will be able to make!
 
This video briefly explains the items in a Hygiene Kit.
 
Below  is a photo of a hygiene kit.  The two shields filled with liners are in the lower left corner.
 
For more information about the worldwide work of Days for Girls, go to https://www.daysforgirls.org/.
President's Project - Days for Girls Kimberly Peterson 2018-04-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mariam James on Apr 19, 2018
Pictured left to right.  Front row: LCpl Silvestri, 1st Sgt LaTour, MT1(SS) Varner, MT2(SS) Figeac, BU1Maranho, LS1(SW) Ududua.  Back row: MTCS Hassett, CMDCM Morrow, HMC Muckle
 
Silverdale Rotarians listened with pride during the recognition of five exemplary members of local Navy and Marine Corps commands at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor.  We heard a little about them, and each individual was presented with a plaque and a gift card. Congratulations to our outstanding Sailors and Marine!
 
Naval Operations Support Center (NOSC) Kitsap Sailor of the Quarter/Year BU1 Jeffery Naranjo (pictured on right) was introduced by Command Master Chief Morrow  (on left).  He was raised in Edmonds and is a Seahawks fan; he joined the Marines in 1987 and served in Desert Storm .  After 9/11, he joined the Navy Reserves and is a Seabee. He holds a civilian job as a project manager for PSE.
 
NOSC Kitsap Sailor of the Quarter LS1(SW) Topaz Ududua (pictured on right) was introduced by Chief Muckle (on left). He emigrated from Nigeria and has fast tracked his way to First Class in 7 years. He works in the supply department and is also the fitness coordinator for his command. He says he goes for "the best looking jersey" when it comes to sports.
 
Marine of the Quarter Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Lance Corporal Nicholas Silvestri (pictured on right) was introduced by First Sergeant LaTour (on left). He comes from California and is a Dodger fan.
 
Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC) Sailor of the Quarter MT1(SS) David Varner (pictured on left) was introduced by Senior Chief Sean Hassett (center). David is responsible for maintaining TRIDENT II missiles and provides oversite for his production building. He's been in the Navy 13.5 years.
 
SWFPAC Junior Sailor of the Quarter MT2(SS) Kyle R Figeac  (pictured on right above) was also introduced by Senior Chief Sean Hassett.  He comes from Sacramento, CA and is an Oakland Raiders fan. He is a crane and rigging expert, the command fitness coordinator and is working on finishing his BA in mechanical engineering and technology.
Rotarians Recognize Sailors and Marine of the Quarter/Year Mariam James 2018-04-19 07:00:00Z 0
Duck Bucks at Work - Thank You's from Recipients Kimberly Peterson 2018-04-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Wright on Apr 12, 2018
Rotarian Ron Templeton introduced Students of the Month from for the period January-June.   Each student in attendance told a little about themselves. Congratulations to our future leaders!
 
 
Central Kitsap High School
  • Brandon Rodriguez (not present)
  • Raichel Portis (not present)
  • Collin Smith (not present)
  • Molly Fischer – Molly enjoys running and is the ASB Treasurer. She plans to go on a mission with her church and to attend Utah State for an International Business Management degree.
  • Teagan Taafe - Teagan is the lead in school plays, has a leadership in his role with the year book, and he wants to teach 1st to 3rd graders.
  • Grace Chung - Grace contributes to the CK community, one example is the fund raiser that she coordinated as ASB President. They collected over $400 to help Hurricane victims. She helps Stand Up for Kids and will be attending UW in the fall.
Klahowya Secondary School
  • Robert Clifton (not present)
  • Sarah Slane - In 7th grade her teacher put her as the sound engineer for their plays, and now she has overcome her fear of public speaking.  She has been the secretary of ASB for 2 years, volunteers at the Humane Society and wants to join the Air Force for 4 years.
  • Desiree Watts - Desiree learns from mistakes, pays it forward, and enjoys helping others.  She works with the Central Kitsap Foodbank and is going to OC this fall. She wants to transfer to Oklahoma Christian University and go on to work with terminally ill.
  • Karli Eberhard – Karli is committed to our community. She is going to start at OC then transfer to UW to be a mechanical engineer. She wants to work in the engineering department at PSNS.  She plays basketball and fast pitch softball. Karli has worked with SWAT (Students with a Testimony) at her church for the last 3 years.
Crosspoint Academy
  • Rachel DeSchryver (not present)
  • Charlie Jones (not present)
Rotary Honors Students of the Month Jason Wright 2018-04-12 07:00:00Z 0
Thank You from Kitsap Maritime Heritage Foundation Barbara Beagle 2018-04-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Mar 29, 2018
What’s been going on at the Kitsap Mall lately? Plenty!
 
Silverdale Rotarian and General Manager of the Mall, Erin Leedham (pictured on left), proudly showcased the mall’s recent transformation. “I work in an amazing place, with the best team and caring customers,” Erin shared.
 
Owned by Starwood Retail Partners, the Kitsap Mall is being reinvented to meet the changing needs of shoppers and the community.
 
 
Since 2013, the shopping complex has grown to include seven new restaurants including Buffalo Wild Wings, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Moctezuma’s and (this writer’s favorite) World of Beer. The food-court style eateries such as Orange Julius, Subway and Baskin Robbins have been remodeled or relocated.
 
Big-name retailers are now in Silverdale instead of a drive over the bridge. From Dick’s Sporting Goods to fashion bargains at H&M, there is something to catch everyone’s eye. Erin summarized the expansion with, “At one point, we had 14 general contractors working on 15 different projects at the same time. People pardoned our dust and noise, and it was well worth it.”
 
Walk, wheel or push children through the mall, and it is clear that adding new stores was only part of the project. The mall is now more accessible to all with a family/single-use restroom, upgraded interior seating, and a beautifully landscaped pocket park on the west side of Dick’s that hosts art walks, Chamber of Commerce events, performances and more.

 
Love the new salmon sculptures and Northwest décor in the core of the mall? Thank our own resident glass artist, Lisa Stirrett!
 
Anyone who has met Erin knows that she is all about embracing and building community. Adopting Starwood Retail’s award-winning Live 360° retail experience, Erin is harnessing the minds of hundreds of local community leaders to create a comprehensive schedule of events that meet organizations’ needs and develop relationships.
 
The April 18 round table will take the idea to the next level; but, the Mall is already hosting flu shot clinics, yoga classes, STEM events, art exhibitions, a lending library and Silverdale Rotary hands-on projects.
 
 
Face-to-face shopping still accounts for approximately 91% of total sales. Savvy retailers know that bridging their businesses with e-commerce and finding creative ways to maximize space utilization make sense. The Kitsap Mall, with Erin Leedham’s forward-thinking leadership, is remaining relevant and vital to Silverdale and the surrounding area.
Program - Reinventing Kitsap Mall Cathy Bisaillon 2018-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Jordan on Mar 22, 2018
Thanks to Rotarians and videographers Rick Soper and Steven Boe who produced this video.
 

On March 22, an army of Silverdale Rotarians and volunteers tackled one of societies great needs: hunger. The energized group put together 311 bags of food and toiletries for children in the local area who may not have a meal over the upcoming spring break. With Rotarian Christie Scheffer at the helm, everyone quickly and decisively filled the bags, loaded 18 vehicles, and drivers delivered the bags to 19 CKSD schools.
 
Thanks to our partners Fred Meyer, Clear Creek Dentistry, and Best Western Plus for donating bags, toothbrushes, and toiletries, respectively.  Special thanks goes to the Kitsap Mall, for providing the staging space, and the Mall’s security team members who spent several hours helping put food out, breaking down boxes, and offering any kind of help needed with positive attitudes and smiles!
 
And thanks to sponsors, runners, and walkers at the the 2017 Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot, as the proceeds funded this project.
Rotarians at Work - Food Bags to Fight Hunger David Jordan 2018-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Mar 15, 2018
Editor's note:  Thank you to Past President Cindy Holmes (who began our Club's involvement with Walk in the Light International - WITLI), Cathy Bisaillon, Past President Ed Hamilton, and Barbara Beagle for contributing to this story.
 
Silverdale Rotary has been supporting Walk in the Light International (WITLI http://www.witli.com/) for over two years with grants from the Club and individual Rotarians sponsoring children and micro-loans.  
 
On Thursday, March 15, we were treated to a visit from our partners from Walk in the Light International (WITLI).  Katy (pictured above on left) is WITLI co-founder with her husband Thomas.  Pictured above right is Adama Ouedraogo, the Burkina Faso In-Country WITLI Director, who shared one of the most touching, powerful, and personal stories that we have heard in recent memory.
 
They shared about the changes in the lives of children and adults in Burkina Faso since we have become involved, and it took our collective breath away. We learned astounding facts, like that children can now attend school past the elementary level, and that they no longer have to skip an entire day of eating for the opportunity to learn with their peers.
 
People of all ages  with infections and diseases are now treated without delay in the new Rotary health center, substantially lowering the infant mortality rate and eliminating the need to split up families to seek medical care hundreds of miles away.
 
The most touching moment of the day was learning first-hand from Adama Ouedraogo  that Rotarian-sponsored micro-loans have empowered women to start their own businesses and finally halt the cycle of poverty and oppression.
 
Adama stopped in mid-sentence and asked if Rotarian Barbara Beagle was in the room, as he wanted to personally thank her for funding a microloan for his wife Bernadette Diasso's business. “My clothes,” he whispered as he stopped to model his exquisite shirt and trousers, “were made by Bernadette using skills and equipment that she would not have without Barbara’s love and support.”  
 
Background: All the clothes in the photos in this story were designed and tailored by Bernadette, pictured on left with Adama. She started with the 2-year microloan in 2016, and the first thing she learned was drafting a pattern, then tailoring to fit a specific person. Bernadette acquired a sewing machine and practiced her newly learned skills with beautiful African fabrics.  And you can see the results in these photos.
 
    
 
 
In the summer of 2017 she took a break to have their precious daughter and make baby clothes. Then she started with the second year of classes. 
  
Barbara (a lifelong seamstress who was drawn to Bernadette by her passion to learn to tailor) connects and gets updates from Bernadette via Facebook Messenger, in French!
 
We believe that that Adama could have larger financial opportunities elsewhere, but his heart is with the schools in the villages in Burkina Faso, and changing students' lives by education. We are so grateful that the tailoring skills that Bernadette has acquired will help their family be able to continue the amazing work of Walk in the Light International.
Changing People's Lives in Burkina Faso West Africa Cathy Bisaillon 2018-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles (Chuck) Kraining on Mar 15, 2018
When we deliver dictionaries to the third graders, I always make a joke about them working when the power goes out, and the Internet is down. Apparently Kaylee was listening to me.  Good question Kaylee!

Thank You for 3rd Grade Dictionaries Charles (Chuck) Kraining 2018-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Mar 15, 2018
President Nominee (and Emergency Preparedness Trainer) Christie Scheffer was back by popular demand to give a follow on presentation to her original 2017 eye opening, thought provoking presentation. 
 
The focus was that there are many things we can/should do to be prepared for an emergency.  Red Cross/PSE/Safe in the Sound Disaster Preparedness Calendar fliers were distributed.  The 3-month check list which can be located at https://pse.com/safety/GetPrepared/Documents/DisasterPreparednessCalendar.pdf is designed to build a fourteen day supply kit for one person. Adjust quantities based on the number of people in your household.
 
Thanks, Christie for increasing our awareness!
 
 
Disaster Preparedness - BUILD A KIT • MAKE A PLAN • BE INFORMED  Barbara Beagle 2018-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Mar 02, 2018
This is the 10th year of distributing 3rd Grade Dictionaries!
 
On March 2, Silverdale Rotarians finished delivering 450 3rd Grade Dictionaries to the last two of our assigned six elementary schools in the CKSD: Cougar Valley and Silver Ridge.  Pictured below on left is our Rotary Youth Exchange Student Ata Celik from Turkey  and Rotarian Ed Ahrens in the background distributing the books at Cougar Valley Elementary.
 
Each book has a label on the inside cover where they write their names (because it's their very own book!), and it states that the dictionaries are from East Bremerton and Silverdale Rotary Clubs.
 
Pictured below center is Rotarian Chuck Kraining explaining about Rotary (with Rotarian Frank Guthrie looking on), and how we raise the funds for Dictionaries - the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race.
 
 
Students are also introduced to the Rotary Four Way Test on the label - see below.   "Does anyone know what 'Beneficial' means?  Let's look it up!"
 
 
Thanks to East Bremerton Rotary for coordinating the overall project to deliver dictionaries to all 12 elementary schools in Central Kitsap School District. That's a total of around 900 hard cover books!  Thanks to United Moving and Storage in East Bremerton for providing the staging area for all the books. And thanks to our own Rotarian Chuck Kraining who coordinated with all the schools and organized the Rotarians doing the deliveries.  This is one of our most fun projects!
3rd Grade Dictionary Project - Wrapped Up! Barbara Beagle 2018-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Mar 01, 2018
Community Service Chair, Steve Burton (on right), was proud to introduce us to Jonathon Thomas (on left), better known as "Capt. JT," at our March 1 meeting. As Board Chair of the Kitsap Maritime Heritage Foundation, the captain is passionate about the organization’s mission – to help people of all ages and abilities have a hands-on nautical experience.
 
“Fiddlers Dream is an education boat, a floating classroom,” he shared. Rebuilding the steering mechanism of the schooner is one of the most expensive components of the current renovation project. The Silverdale Rotary Club awarded $3,000 to the foundation which will be matched with other donor funds to get Fiddlers Dream’s steering system back on track.
 
Learn more, and even sign up to raise a sail, at www.kitsapmaritime.com.
Duck Bucks Help Renovate a Historic Tall Ship Cathy Bisaillon 2018-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Feb 24, 2018
On February 23, Silverdale Rotarians delivered hard cover American Heritage Dictionaries to Green Mountain Elementary School 3rd graders, the fourth of our six Elementary Schools in Central Kitsap School District (CKSD).  We are working in partnership with East Bremerton Rotary who is delivering to the other six elementary schools in CKSD.
 
This is one of the most fun uses of the proceeds from the 2017 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race.  The enthusiasm and gratitude of the students, teachers, and staff are so infectious!  We have two schools left:  Cougar Valley and Silver Ridge Elementary Schools on March 2.
 
Pictured above and below are one 3rd Grade classroom at Green Mountain.  The photographer asked them to smile on DUCK DUCK and make a face on GOOSE!
 
Duck Duck GOOSE!  Rotarians love to have fun while "Doing Good in the World!"
 
3rd Grade Dictionaries Delivered to Green Mountain Elementary School Barbara Beagle 2018-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Campana on Feb 22, 2018
Our program today was Debora Lascelles (pictured on right) and husband Jake Ortega (pictured below), independent filmmakers doing a film highlighting Kitsap’s very own Coffee Oasis. The film is titled Coffee for Hope. They started video development in January of 2017, and are currently in the middle of production. The film will focus on the homeless youth and all that The Coffee Oasis offers them in our communities.
 
They plan to have the film completed by January 2019, and to market and distribute it in June 2019! Their distribution plan includes, but is not limited to: worldwide film festivals, online streaming like Hulu, Netflix, etc, televised (PBS, local stations), and digital downloads. This is a great way to bring to light the issue of homelessness within our youth, as well as highlight the Coffee Oasis!
 
Debora and Jake are currently fundraising as they film, with a budget of $150,000. Their fundraising includes grants, business sponsorship, and grassroots fundraising to name a few. If you’d like to learn more about the film, or how you can help in their fundraising efforts, visit their website at www.coffeeforhopefilm.com.
 
Editor's note: Silverdale Rotary has supported The Coffee Oasis with several grants, all made possible by generous support of sponsors and the community who have purchased tickets for the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race.  
Speakers on February 22 - Coffee for Hope Heather Campana 2018-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Campana on Feb 22, 2018
The Rotary Moment was brought to us by Christie Scheffer; she spoke on The Rotary Foundation (TRF), focusing on ‘Promoting Peace.’ Christie shared that over $142 Million has been raised by Rotary to support peace! Wow!  Below is the flyer available at the meeting.
Rotary Moment - TRF Quest for World Understanding and Peace Heather Campana 2018-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kim Peterson on Feb 19, 2018
We received a Thank You note from Duck Bucks recipient Kitsap Project Connect.  We granted them $1,000 in Duck Bucks to help provide resource fairs on Jan 23-25 at three different locations.  These events brought together community agencies to provide information and services for those who are at risk of homelessness or are homeless. It also provided an opportunity to start the mandated Point In Time Count of homeless.
 
Kitsap Project Connect is part of the Kitsap Continuum of Care Coalition, a coalition of non-profit organizations, which serve homeless/vulnerable persons.  
 
Duck Bucks Thank You from Kitsap Project Connect Kim Peterson 2018-02-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles (Chuck) Kraining on Feb 15, 2018
 3rd Grade Dictionary update.  We have three schools left:   Green Mountain on February 23; and two schools on March 2 - Cougar Valley and Silver Ridge. 
 
Emerald Heights distribution on February 13: Thanks to the eight Rotarians who responded in a half hour to my plea for help last week!
 
Below Rotarian Dale Robinson is walking the students through the highlights of using a dictionary!
 
Below Rotarians David Jordan and Rick Soper catch the 3rd Graders' enthusiasm and gratitude at Emerald Heights Elementary.
Dictionary Distribution to Emerald Heights Elementary Charles (Chuck) Kraining 2018-02-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Jordan on Feb 08, 2018
Rotarians welcomed Students of the Month from Central Kitsap High School and Crosspoint Academy at our regular luncheon meeting to recognize them for their academic achievements, as well as their leadership capabilities and community service.
 
Pictured below are left to right - CKHS: Brandon Ellis, Lauren, and Rachel Portis (not pictured Brandon Rodriguez); and Crosspoint Academy: Tes Baldwin and McKenzie Brada.  
 
The students received a plaque and letter from our Club.  Congratulations to our future leaders!
Silverdale Rotary Honors Students of the Month David Jordan 2018-02-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Feb 04, 2018
On February 3, a contingent of Silverdale Rotarians attended a very successful Poulsbo Rotary Club Fund Raiser at My Girl in Kingston.  The beneficiaries are three non-profits serving South Africa: Side by Side, Days for Girls South Africa, and Game-Changer for Girls.   (See related article below this one. )
 
Our contingent carried donations from our Club and individual Rotarians.  We are delighted to report that the total funds raised exceeded $50,000!
 
This is not the first time that Silverdale Rotary has supported Days for Girls, as we have awarded several sizable Duck Buck Grants to the Poulsbo Chapter of Days for Girls, who has been partnering with Side by Side South Africa to distribute hygiene kits and provide hygiene training in South Africa.   
 
Rotarians know how to have fun while doing serious fund raising business!   The event was a lot of fun, with a 50's theme.  Pictured here are Silverdale Rotarians Elayne and Steve Burton in their best 50s costumes!
Silverdale Rotary Supports Poulsbo Rotary Fund Raiser Barbara Beagle 2018-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Feb 01, 2018
We were fortunate to have Poulsbo Rotary Club’s Past President and International Service Chair, Brenda Wall, on hand on February 1 to enlighten us about the meaningful work that is being done by Side by Side South Africa. As a current Board Member of the organization, Brenda is passionate about the nonprofit’s mission, which is to come alongside South African community champions in partnership to provide critical services such as food, early childhood education and humanitarian aid for people in need. While outcomes include meal distribution, clean water provision, establishment of vegetable gardens and job training programs, Brenda focused on the work that is being done in partnership with Days for Girls.  https://www.daysforgirls.org/  
 
“Imagine the impact of missing sixty days of education and social interaction each year,” Brenda opened. This is the reality for many young women in South Africa, as they lack the health education and supplies needed to manage their menstrual cycles outside the home. The result is a cycle of poverty, ill-health and vulnerability that keep the local communities from thriving.
Game-Changer for Girls, the project that unites Side by Side volunteers and resources with Days for Girls efforts, empowered 1,677 young ladies in South Africa in 2017, and will reach more than 3,500 in 2018. By teaching the girls about human development and how to protect themselves, and then providing them with reusable feminine hygiene kits, they go from the shadows to the classroom and beyond. “I have seen these young ladies beam with pride and a sense of new hope,” Brenda shared. The project is now taking the next steps to empowering the South African residents by developing two micro enterprises that teach the ladies to sew the kits themselves and sell them to support their own growing businesses.  
 
Transforming young ladies into strong, independent women who can affect change in their countries is an infectious mission. Volunteers and funds are needed, and it is easy to get involved since both the Silverdale and Poulsbo Rotary clubs have embraced the mission. More information can be found at http://www.sidebysidesouthafrica.org/.  
Speaker - South Africa - Side by Side, Days for Girls and Game-Changer for Girls Cathy Bisaillon 2018-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Feb 01, 2018
Thanks go out to Debi Brooks-Givens for sharing a Rotary Moment on her birthday and on her first meeting following a long vacation. Debi first met Rotarians in 2003, but it took several years before she understood the comaraderie, shared purpose and meaningful service that is associated with the Club. Her recent cruise to the Grand Cayman Islands brought an opportunity for her to educate others on the great work that Rotary does locally and around the world.
 
She became known as the “Lady with the Duck Hat,” and she frequently shared about polio eradication and clean water projects. While on a bus tour in one of the ports, Debi’s teachings were validated as the vehicle rounded a corner and the group saw community garbage cans with large Rotary wheel logos. “See,” she told her bus mates, “Rotary is Everywhere!”
Rotary Moment - Debi Brooks-Givens Cathy Bisaillon 2018-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jan 25, 2018
Philosopher George Santayana is famous for stating, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” 
 
While this is only an opinion, this thought was forefront in my mind as Pete Metzelaar, a Holocaust survivor (pictured below), brought his harrowing memories to life.
 
Growing up in Amsterdam, Holland, during World War 2, Pete was only six years old when Nazi soldiers invaded his community and began harassing Jewish citizens. The efforts intensified, and in 1942 his father and other family members were seized, never to be seen again. Elli, Pete’s mother, protected him, and through the Dutch Underground, they were connected with a couple who sheltered them in a farmhouse which had no inside plumbing or electricity. “Klaas and Roelfina Post risked their lives to save us, nurturing us and taking extraordinary measures to keep us hidden,” Pete shared emotionally. He described the floorboards that Klaas cut through to devise a hiding place in the crawl space, and later the primitive 3x3x6 cellar that Klaas and Pete dug in the woods.
 
Taking on a hostile demeanor and speaking German, Pete loudly quoted the Nazi soldiers that barged through the Post’s home with their bayonets as Elli and Pete huddled in the dark, dank enclosures. “I was a little boy,” Pete kept reminding us. “I knew that 24/7 someone wanted to kill me, and my mind played tricks to try to make sense of the senseless.”
 
Although stuck inside at all times except to use the outhouse, Pete and his mother felt that they were on the battlefield. Allies ran B17 Bombers from England numbering up to 800 at a time. The planes buzzed over the farmhouse, shaking the structure with deafening reverberations.
 
In 1945, The Metzalaar’s knew that they could not continue to put Klaas and Roelfina at risk, and they were connected to two women in The Hague who housed them in an apartment. While it was shelter, it was vastly different from living with the Post family. The women ignored Pete and forced Elli to do all of the labor-intensive chores. Food was not readily shared, and hunger became a daily reality.
 
After hearing that the women were preparing to expose her and her son, Elli fashioned a nurse’s uniform and took Pete through the snow to the edge of the highway. “I kept saying, ‘Mom, we will be killed, this is crazy!’ and she kept saying, ‘Don’t talk, Peter'.” Elli miraculously convinced Nazi soldiers that she was returning the boy to an orphanage, and the soldiers trucked them to Amsterdam. Free at last!
 
Pete went on to talk about finding shrapnel and live munitions; his eventual visit to the farmhouse six years after Klaas and Roelfina’s death; and the viral propaganda that perpetuated the inhumane acts. He was drained after reliving his tale, and we were all shell-shocked from hearing it. As he turned off the projector and tried to smile, he left us with, “We do not have to love our neighbors, just tolerate them. Value independent thought, and know that change begins with you.”
 
Pete’s story and information regarding the Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle can be found at https://www.holocaustcenterseattle.org/survivor-voices/peter-metzelaar.
Holocaust Survivor Pete Metzelaar Speaks at Rotary on January 25 Cathy Bisaillon 2018-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christie Scheffer on Jan 25, 2018
Christie Scheffer shared that RI President-Elect (RIPE) Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on January 15, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.
Rassin unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration. Rassin stressed the power of Rotary’s new vision statement, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” This describes the Rotary that leaders must help build, he said.
 
To achieve this vision, the president-elect said, Rotarians must take care of the organization: “We are a membership organization first. And if we want to be able to serve, if we want to succeed in our goals — we have to take care of our members first.
 
He emphasized that we are all leaders, and therefore, have the responsibility and privilege of inspiring those around us to make positive changes in our communities. Leadership is displayed in many ways, and quick reminders include: focusing on relationships and building those relationships into networks of support; leaving our ego behind for the sake of achieving group goals; speaking up when we feel that a point needs to be made yet always looking for where we stand together; and always taking something away from each situation that makes us a better person.
Rotary Moment - RIPE Barry Rassin Shares Vision for 2018-2019 Christie Scheffer 2018-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jan 18, 2018
Silverdale Rotarian/Fire Chief Scott Weninger emceed as Rotarians proudly hosted three outstanding Sailors of the Quarter and one Marine of the Quarter at the January 18 Rotary luncheon meeting.  The honored four were accompanied by their immediate superiors, who described their many amazing accomplishments, as well as other Senior enlisted personnel.  All are assigned to Marine Corps Security Force Battalion or Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.   The Honorees were each presented a plaque and a gift card.
 
Pictured above left to right: SSgt Aaron Cornish (Platoon Sergeant), Rotarian Scott Weninger, MCSFBN Marine of the Quarter Cpl Daniel Molina, Silverdale Rotary President Kim Peterson
 
Pictured above left to right: Scott Weninger, Marine Corp Junior Sailor of the Quarter MA2 Neno Coelho, President Kim Peterson, Senior Chief Scott
 
Pictured above left to right: Chief Sullivan, Scott Weninger,  SWFPAC Sailor of the Quarter MT1(SS) Anthony D. Hibbard, President Kim Peterson
 
Pictured above left to right: Chief Sullivan, Scott Weninger, SWFPAC Junior Sailor of the Quarter
MT2(SS) Michael R. Burke, President Kim Peterson
 
Group Shot below: also attending were SWFPAC Command Master Chief Jared Hofer and Senior Chief Sean Hassett
 
Thank you all for your service! 
Sailors and Marine Recognized for Outstanding Performance Barbara Beagle 2018-01-18 08:00:00Z 0
Thank You Note for Food Bags from Klahowya Secondary School Kimberly Peterson 2018-01-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kimberly Peterson on Jan 18, 2018
A MOMENT IN TIME…….
 
Have you ever watched your child struggle?
Learning math?
Learning to play a musical instrument?
Getting a school project done?
Learning to get along and accept all people that cross their path?
Trying out for a sports team?
 
What I found is you never stop watching them struggle, but as they become adults and they learn the skill of communication, you understand better why they struggle.
 
My oldest son (already 29 years old) has been struggling. From the sidelines my family is always watching (Paul, Serah and Silas). He set a goal...not a family goal, not a financial goal, not a professional goal (he’s a dean of students at a “tough” middle school in the Kent School district). The goal he set was to be one of the strongest men in the world. Seriously, look at me! Do these genetics reflect strong anything? (This is where you should be nice to me!).
 
He has worked (and I mean worked) very hard to attain this goal. 3 to 4 hours in the gym 5 to 6 Days a week. Food is monitored and calculated based on the workout program. Always, always reaching for the goal. If you have not attended a strong man competition it is definitely something you should put on your bucket list. It is not just about physical strength but endurance, mental, grit and determination. This kid has it and wants that goal.
 
A few months ago while working out at “Dungeon Fitness” in Bremerton, Saul experienced an injury.  While lifting some ridiculous amount of weight he described the incident as: "I saw a person in my peripheral vision, and I thought they kicked my knee out while I had the weights extended above my head.  My knee gave out and there was a serious pain." The diagnosis:  lots of damage to his knee.  Brace it, don’t walk on it, don’t go to the gym, rest it, schedule surgery. 
 
Surgery happened and instructions were similar.  Taking the gym out of his life was not an option.  Saul continued to go to the gym to work on his upper body while allowing the knee to heal.  This is tough for someone that has a goal to be the strongest man. 
 
In comes Mom….because I see him struggling.  Just step away from the gym and give your knee time to heal.  Solid Mom advice, right?  The response I received was from a grown man, not my child.  “I have a hole right here (pointing to his heart).  To fill that hole I work out.  It’s what I do.”  This really made me step back and think about the hole. 
 
I think we all have that hole.  I think we all try to fill it.  Some of us do it by:
          Success in your work
          Success in your bank account
          Success in your children
          Success in your relationships
          Success in home ownership
 
This made me look at my hole.  Do I have a hole?  How do I fill my hole?   What did I discover?  I fill my hole by volunteering.  It’s like a drug and it is what makes me feel WHOLE.   If someone asked me to stop volunteering how would I fill my hole?  
 
Editor's Note: Pictured below is Kim at an all day work party on a Saturday, putting together hygiene kits for Days for Girls and Side by Side South Africa.
 
I would just ask that you take a moment to think about your “Hole” and how you are filling it.  As a parent you watch your kid struggle but sometimes you have to accept the struggle so they can fill the hole.
President Kim's Reflection - A Rotary Moment Kimberly Peterson 2018-01-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jan 08, 2018
Editor’s Note: Thanks to many sources, including several Silverdale Rotarians and several Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue (CKFR) personnel, we can tell this amazing story of Preparedness, Serendipity, Professionalism, and Holiday Miracles!
 
On Monday, January 8th, CKFR presented two Turkey Trot participants with Citizen Life-Saving Awards to thank them for initiating life saving CPR, seconds after a cardiac event.
 
Background - On the morning of November 23, 2017, Tom Wilkinson and his family took part in Silverdale Rotary’s Annual Turkey Trot at The Kitsap Mall.  As the participants started the run, Tom ran by Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue  (CKFR) crews who were cheering on participants in the parking lot near Macy’s.  Tom called out to the crews with a smile, “If I go down, will you do CPR on me?”  Battalion Chief Platz responded, “We’ve got you covered!” 
 
Little did crews know that just 5 minutes later they would be alerted by Turkey Trot ham radio volunteers that someone needed help over by Dick’s Sporting Goods.  As firefighters started toward their rig, they were dispatched for CPR in progress. Arriving on scene moments later they found citizens Gretchen Ta and Nathan Sharp performing CPR on Tom; the crews quickly loaded Tom into Medic 51 and continued resuscitation efforts.  Within 8 minutes, Tom had a pulse and was off to Harrison Hospital.
 
After several weeks in the hospital, Tom was released.  On December 27, the CKFR crew was invited to an open house at the family’s home to celebrate Tom’s miraculous recovery.  See photos below. 
Pictured left to right: Michael Smith, Firefighter-EMT; Billy George, Apparatus Operator-Firefighter-EMT; Tom Wilkinson; Jeffrey Wallis, Paramedic; Greg Platz, Battalion Chief
 
Pictured left to right:  Tom and Lil's daughter and family, Tom and Lil Wilkinson
 
Later the Wilkinson family hosted a 2nd reception for Gretchen Ta and Nathan Sharp.  Now Tom and his wife Lil, are back in their Arizona home.
 
CKFR presented the Citizen’s Life Saving Award to Gretchen Ta and Nathan Sharp at the Board of Commissioner’s meeting on January 8, with five of Tom Wilkinson’s family members attending, as Tom and Lil had already left for Arizona.  See photo below.
Pictured left to right: Paramedic Jeff Wallis, BC Greg Platz, Gretchen Ta, Lieutenant Kevin Bernt, Paramedic Lead; 3 Wilkinson family members, Nathan Sharp, 2 Wilkinson family members
 
  
Pictured: Lt Kevin Bernt and Fire Chief Scott Weninger presenting Citizen Life-Saving awards to Gretchen Ta and Nathan Sharp
 
Battalion Chief Platz was emphatic that this was one of those situations where every second matters during a cardiac event, and Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue greatly appreciates the immediate actions of the fellow race participants who began CPR.  
 
Silverdale Rotary is also very grateful for the CKFR professionals and volunteers that all came together in seconds to create this Holiday Miracle!
Miracle Life Saving at Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot! Barbara Beagle 2018-01-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kimberly Peterson on Jan 04, 2018
We love to hear from our Duck Bucks recipients, telling us about the impact of our Duck Buck grants.  Thanks to the generosity of our 2017  Silverdale Rotary Duck Race sponsors and the public who adopt Ducks, the  grants and Thank You notes below were all made possible!
 
 
 
Kiddz Helping Kiddz - Zack Darner
 
THIS IS WHY WE SELL DUCKS!
Duck Buck Recipients say "THANK YOU!" Kimberly Peterson 2018-01-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Dec 28, 2017
"Beneficial to All Concerned - Stories of Gratefulness and Blessing Others" - that was the topic at Silverdale Rotary Club's last meeting of 2017 on December 28.  Past President Ed Hamilton (on left below of the partial group) led the group who shared heartfelt stories.
 
But not everything was that serious, then Ed passed out a document for everyone to fill out and share - see below.
 
Silverdale Rotary Meeting in December 28, 2017
 
HELLO!  My name is: 
 
Part 1:  Five Predictions for 2018:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
 
Part 2 - Over / Under:
  • Known cases of Polio OVER or UNDER 96 (YTD of 2017 is 106)
  • Seahawk Wins OVER or UNDER 8.5 (this year: 9 with one game before pre-season)
  • Marines wins OVER or UNDER 88 (2017 record:  78-84)
  • Number of days over 90 degrees in Seattle OVER or UNDER 3.5 (this year 2)
  • Number of Rotary community activities you will do next year:  OVER or UNDER 2.9 (you have selected OVER;  now, think about how you’ll do that!)
********
Thanks, Ed for a great meeting!
  
Last Meeting of 2017 - Gratefulness and 2018 Predictions Barbara Beagle 2017-12-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Dec 17, 2017
Having granted $1,000 in 2017 Duck Bucks to the Kitsap Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund (see http://www.kffbf.org/) earlier this year, Silverdale Rotarians helped deliver 120 American-made winter jackets to students at Woodlands Elementary School on December 5.
 
And what a day it was, as the firefighters opened boxes and boxes of coats (pictured above) and organized them by size. The coats were purchased via Operation Warm, a national nonprofit organization – see https://www.operationwarm.org/ .
 
Then came the distribution as each child tried on a coat for size (pictured below)
 
Four Silverdale Rotarians brought along bins of little ducks to hand out, emphasizing the connection between our 2017 Duck Race fund raiser and giveaway of much needed coats.  Silverdale Rotary President Kim Peterson remarked,  “the kids loved them…almost more than the coats!”
 
Pictured below: Rotarians President Kim and Steve Slaton getting ready for the kids to come by and choose a duck.
 
Pictured below: Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue Fire Chief Scott Weninger (also a Silverdale Rotarian) helps a boy in his new coat choose his duck.
 
This is one of our favorite Duck Buck grant partnerships – seeing the faces of children in new coats!  Thanks to the Kitsap Firefighters Benevolent Fund, generous Sponsors of our Duck Race, and the community that adopts Ducks, a lot of kids will be warm this winter!
Coats for Kids - Rotary Assists Kitsap Firefighters Benevolent Fund Barbara Beagle 2017-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kimberly Peterson on Dec 14, 2017
Rotarians Planting Trees A request by RI President Ian Riseley for 2017-18 is to have each Rotarian plant one tree. Rotarian Mary Hoover ordered a tree for each Silverdale Rotarian to plant from the Audubon Society, and they were distributed at the December 14 meeting.  All trees were distributed to members in attendance (some received more than one tree), but they will all be planted!  
 
Pictured - a newly planted NW hardy native White Dogwood tree on Rick Soper's property.  No leaves at this time of year - it's about 3 ft tall.
 
Rotary International President's Tree Challenge - Rotarians Respond Kimberly Peterson 2017-12-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pete Dawson on Dec 14, 2017
 
Rotary Club of Silverdale recognized Students of the Month (SOM) at the 14 December 2017 award luncheon.  Standing left to right in the photo above are Benjamin Streck, December SOM from Klahowya Secondary School (KSS); Celina Delong, November SOM from KSS; Marissa Hanson, November/December SOM from Crosspoint Academy; Connor Lowe, October SOM from Central Kitsap School High School (CKHS); Christian Hernandez, November SOM from CKHS; Addie Albro, October SOM from CKHS; and Serenity Steward, November SOM from CKHS.  Congratulations to all these impressive young men and women!
Students of the Month - Our Future Leaders Recognized Pete Dawson 2017-12-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pete Dawson on Dec 14, 2017
Eight year old, Zachary Darner (pictured below) gives the acceptance speech for Kidzz Helping Kidzz after the Rotary Club of Silverdale presented him and his mother, Beth Friedman-Darner, a Duck Bucks donation of $800 for a storage unit for two months. 
 
Duck Bucks Support Kidzz Helping Kidzz  Pete Dawson 2017-12-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Dec 10, 2017
NOTE from Chair Christie Scheffer: Only one day  left for Bell Ringing left: this Saturday on December 16.  Click on Sign Up to see available slots
 
Bell ringing was fun and successful on December 9. The weather was extremely cold with pea soup fog for shift one; but, we had blue skies, sunshine and mild temps for shifts two and three. The Safeway shoppers were extremely generous, and we had to keep shaking the buckets to make room for all of the money!
 
Pictured below: Steve Slation
 
The four princesses saved the day. They were kind, engaging and conscientious. They brought their own bells and props, and they stayed late when asked. They actually thanked me for the opportunity, and they want to do it again next year!
 
Pictured below:  Pictured below:  Kitsap Princess candidates Kaytlynn Aida and Kristi Kerby
 
Pictured below: Miss Poulsbo 2017, Caroline Atkins; and Miss Silverdale 2017, Colby Conde
 
The shoppers reminded me of what a great community we have in Silverdale. They dug deep, including coming back to the kettle a second time after getting change from their cars. I heard a dad say to his little girl, “This is the best part of Christmas time.” A lady struck up a conversation with me, stating that she had attended one of our Club meetings in the past, and she promised to attend again soon and pursue membership!
 
Another great quote was from a man looking at our sign and opening his wallet, “Rotary and Salvation Army - can’t go wrong with that partnership."
 
Pictured below: Bob Cassis
 
In addition to their donations to the kettle, the public asked about mine and the other bell ringers’ warmth. They came out of the store with gifts of hot chocolate and hand warmers. They were truly grateful for our volunteer efforts!
Ringing the Bell at Safeway - Rotarians and Princesses at Work! Cathy Bisaillon 2017-12-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Dec 10, 2017
NOTE from Chair Christy Scheffer - We will not be ringing on Dec 23rd.
 
From Coordinator on December 9, Cathy Bisaillon:  Bell ringing was fun and successful on December 9. The weather was extremely cold with pea soup fog for shift one; but, we had blue skies, sunshine and mild temps for shifts two and three. The Safeway shoppers were extremely generous, and we had to keep shaking the buckets to make room for all of the money!
 
Pictured below: Steve Slation
 
The four Kitsap Princesses saved the day. They were kind, engaging and conscientious. They brought their own bells and props, and they stayed late when asked. They actually thanked me for the opportunity, and they want to do it again next year! See two photos below.
 
Pictured below:  Kitsap Princess candidates Kaytlynn Aida and Kristi Kerby
 
Pictured below: Miss Poulsbo 2017, Caroline Atkins; and Miss Silverdale 2017 Colby Conde
 
The shoppers reminded me of what a great community we have in Silverdale. They dug deep, including coming back to the kettle a second time after getting change from their cars. I heard a dad say to his little girl, “This is the best part of Christmas time.” A lady struck up a conversation with me, stating that she had attended one of our Club meetings in the past, and she promised to attend again soon and pursue membership!
 
Another great quote was from a man looking at our sign and opening his wallet, “Rotary and Salvation Army - can’t go wrong with that partnership."
 
Pictured below: Bob Cassis
 
In addition to their donations to the kettle, the public asked about my and the other bell ringers’ warmth. They came out of the store with gifts of hot chocolate and hand warmers. They were truly grateful for our volunteer efforts!
Rotarians and Kitsap Princesses at Work on December 9 Cathy Bisaillon 2017-12-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Dec 10, 2017
NOTE from Chair Christy Scheffer:
We have just one Saturday left for bell ringing at Safeway with five slots open. Don't miss out on this wonderful way to engage family and friends in making a difference in our community!!
 
Just go to the Silverdale Rotary website and log into the membership area. Select events and scroll down.
 
We will not be ringing on Dec 23rd.
 
Thank you for all you do to make a difference in the community we are dedicated to serve!
 
From Coordinator on December 9 Cathy Bisaillon.  Bell ringing was fun and successful on December 9. The weather was extremely cold with pea soup fog for shift one; but, we had blue skies, sunshine and mild temps for shifts two and three. The Safeway shoppers were extremely generous, and we had to keep shaking the buckets to make room for all of the money!
 
Pictured below: Steve Slation
 
The four princesses saved the day. They were kind, engaging and conscientious. They brought their own bells and props, and they stayed late when asked. They actually thanked me for the opportunity, and they want to do it again next year!
 
Pictured below:  Kitsap Princesses
 
Pictured below: More Kitsap Princesses.
 
The shoppers reminded me of what a great community we have in Silverdale. They dug deep, including coming back to the kettle a second time after getting change from their cars. I heard a dad say to his little girl, “This is the best part of Christmas time.” A lady struck up a conversation with me, stating that she had attended one of our Club meetings in the past, and she promised to attend again soon and pursue membership!
 
Another great quote was from a man looking at our sign and opening his wallet, “Rotary and Salvation Army - can’t go wrong with that partnership."
 
Pictured below: Bob Cassis
 
In addition to their donations to the kettle, the public asked about my and the other bell ringers’ warmth. They came out of the store with gifts of hot chocolate and hand warmers. They were truly grateful for our volunteer efforts!
Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army on December 9 Cathy Bisaillon 2017-12-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steven Boe on Dec 10, 2017
Ordering Deadline is December 17 to raise money for Kitsap Kids.
 
 
Please share this link: www.RotaryWreaths.com.      
 
Winter is coming! Now's the time to order your holiday wreaths, tabletop trees, and decorations. Your purchase will help provide services for homeless and disadvantaged kids in Kitsap County. Just click below, order some beautiful decorations for your home, and sit back and enjoy the fact that you helped a child in your community have a better holiday.
 
 
 
Ordering Deadline - December 17 for Rotary Wreaths for Kitsap Kids  Steven Boe 2017-12-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pete Dawson on Dec 07, 2017
Silverdale Rotarians & Guests enjoyed a festive annual Holiday Party on 7 December at Kitsap Golf and Country Club.  Thanks to our beautiful and gracious organizers and co-hosts Mary Hoover and Peggy Templeton (pictured above). 
 
Social hour started at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30.  After feasting on Prime Rib or Chicken Cordon Bleu, the entire group joined in singing happy birthday to Ata Celik (on right), our Rotary Exchange Student from Turkey, before he devoured his delicious birthday cupcake.
 
Next, we all learned a little about new member David Jordan (above with President Kim Peterson) as he impressed us all with his classification talk and new mustache, and earned his Rotary "blue badge". 
 
The evening ended with a hilarious wrapped "white elephant" gift exchange.   Ata emceed  the exchange at his first Christmas Party ever!  On right above is Erin Leedham opening her mystery gift.
Above Erin proudly displays her gift.....a wine glass big enough to hold an entire bottle of wine.  How thoughtful!  Below Natalie Bryson carefully surveys available prospects before selecting her "white elephant" gift.
 
Below Rick Soper looks excited about his white elephant gift...a white cow.  He will never have to sleep alone again!
 
Below, Nancy Whitaker, Ed Hamilton, Sarah Dawson (Pete's Daughter), Elayne Burton, and Heather Campana enjoy the gift trading and stealing.  Nice Pink Purse!
 
The Holiday Party was a great success!  For more photos, go to our Photo Album at https://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/PhotoAlbums/silverdale-rotary-christmas-party-2017.
Holiday Party on December 7 - What Fun! Pete Dawson 2017-12-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christie Scheffer on Dec 04, 2017
Although most children rejoice at the idea of holiday time and being out of school, to many children this represents a time of hunger. During school, kids have access to free or reduced breakfast and lunch.
When school is out, kids go hungry,
 
The Rotary Club of Silverdale decided to do something about this.
 
 
On Nov. 30th, members met to pack 200 bags containing food: breakfast, lunch and dinner. These bags were transported to nine different schools: 3 High Schools, 3 Middle Schools, 1 Community School and 2 Elementary Schools.
 
A LOT of behind the scenes work went on to prepare for the Big Packing Day.
Pictured above: Serah and Paul Peterson in the front; family friend Ted, President Kim and Silas Peterson in the back. They purchased many supplies and inventoried them before the event.  Kim's Mom was involved, too - definitely a Family Affair!
 
My daughter Tess and I purchased many supplies and inventoried them.  Elayne Burton also bought many supplies, and Rotarians donated food or money.  Nancy Whitaker put together an extra bag at the last minute when we realized we were one short.
 
Drivers who delivered food bags: Scott and Dina Weninger, Peggy Templeton, Steve Slaton, Cathy Bisaillon, Mary Hoover, Pete Dawson, Jim Adkins, Rick Soper, Nancy Whitaker, Frank Guthrie and son, and Mechelle Hoerer,. 
 
Pete Dawson made many flat cart runs to load cars before he loaded his own. David Jordan and Erin Leedham pitched in on many a flat cart run!
 
The schools welcomed them with warmth and appreciation! Counselors and teachers emailed their appreciation the day of delivery and in the days following, sharing how much it would mean for the children they serve. They are involved in these children’s lives and care about what happens to them when they are not in school. They shared that this food would make a difference.
 
And that is what Rotary stands for! To stand in the gap for the vulnerable in our community and in the community abroad.  We will continue the food bags project as the year progresses!
 
Thank you for all who donated and participated in the packing and delivering of the bags of food. Our purchasers of food, inventory specialists, packers and delivery folks!
Rotarians have FUN when we are helping others!
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A very special thank you to Erin Leedham (Pictured below with her Director of Security Robert Webb at Kitsap Mall)
She made space available in the Mall to store, inventory, and pack the food. Her team of security guards were so friendly and helpful in so many ways! On the day of packing Erin provided carts and graciously offered to clean up! 
Erin's Kitsap Mall Santa (above) even made an appearance to entertain the hard working crowd.
 
Thank you to all! Rotary shined a light into our community! Let’s keep it shining!
 
Food for Kids - 200 Bags for At Risk Families Christie Scheffer 2017-12-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christie Scheffer on Dec 03, 2017
While it might have been chilly with rain and cold, hearts were warm as Rotarians rang the bell for the Salvation Army on Dec, 2nd in front of Safeway in Silverdale! Rotarians rang from 10 am through 4 pm.
 
Folks coming in and out were generous, little children were lifted up to put money in the kettles, candy canes were handed out and hearts were warm with the knowledge that every dollar given means people were fed, clothed and housed.
 
Rotarians family members joined in the fun.  Pictured on right is Reyce Scheffer, my granddaughter, who rang the whole 2 hour shift!
 
Rotarians will be ringing the Bell at Safeway on Saturdays from 10 am - 4 pm on December 9, 16, and 23.  Come see us!
Rotarians Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army Christie Scheffer 2017-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Lunch Location Changes December Kimberly Peterson 2017-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Turkey Trot November 23 - What a Grand Community Day! Richard (Rick) Soper 2017-11-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pete Dawson on Nov 16, 2017
Our Guest Speaker at the Silverdale Rotary Luncheon on 16 Nov 2017 was Amy Steinhilber (photo above), the Deputy Director of the Washington Youth Academy. The vision of the Washington Youth Academy is to provide at-risk youth a quality education, positive values, and life and job skills training that will change their lives and give them hope and opportunity for a new future. Working with high school counselors across the state to identify and recruit youth who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out, the Washington Youth Academy provides a 17 ½ month residential and post-residential intervention program to give youth a second chance to become responsible and productive citizens. 
 
It starts with a half year quasi-military resident program of skill building, physical fitness, leadership, citizenship, and academics in Bremerton, WA and then follows up with a yearlong post-residential phase where the youth receives intense mentoring and placement follow-up. Program graduates can recover up to 8.0 credits (approximately 1.3 years of high school credits). Credits are approved by OSPI and taught by certificated teachers. The goal is to return graduates to their home high school to graduate on time with their peers.  Attendance is free of charge but youth must agree to a regimen of discipline and structure free of distractions like cell phones.
 
The Washington Youth Academy opened in 2009 as a division of the Washington State National Guard established under authority of both federal and state law.   A state-run institution, the Washington Youth Academy runs two cycles a year of about 150 youth, each divided into two male and one female platoon.  They are currently accepting applications for the Jan. 13, 2018 Cycle 18-1, as space allows.  For more information go to https://mil.wa.gov/youth-academy .
 
Editor’s Note: Young people from Washington Youth Academy have helped for many years to clear blackberries and brush from under the Silverdale Christmas Tree in the fall to make way for light maintenance that our Club helps with.  They have also helped clean up after RAGS for years and years.
Speaker on November 16 - Washington Youth Academy Pete Dawson 2017-11-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pete Dawson on Nov 16, 2017
Thanks to the overwhelming generous support from Sponsors and the Community adopting Duck Tickets for the 2017 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, we can give special needs teens a real Prom, and we can feed young people and their families who would not otherwise not have a Holiday Dinner this year.  This is why we sell Ducks! 
 
Duck Bucks for Night to Shine.
Elayne Burton, Silverdale Rotary Club Treasurer (at left), presents a Duck Buck check of $1,500 to recipient Kali Jensen of Night to Shine.  Night to Shine is a prom for people ages 16 and older that have special needs, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and hosted by newlife.  This year’s prom will be February 9, 2018 at the Kitsap Sun Pavilion.  For more about the Tim Tebow Night to Shine program, go to https://www.timtebowfoundation.org/ministries/night-to-shine.
 
Duck Bucks for All Teens Matter.  Silverdale Rotary Club Member Erin Leedham (at right  above) presents a $1,500 Duck Buck check to recipient Lanette Duchesneau of All Teens Matter.  The purpose of All Teens Matter is to help provide a Christmas to low income, homeless high school students in Kitsap County ages 14 to 18.  They receive a stocking, tree, 4 to 6 gifts, and even a complete dinner for their whole family.  For more info, go to http://www.allteensmatter.com/charity.html
Duck Bucks Help Teenagers in Need - Two Awards Pete Dawson 2017-11-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 09, 2017
Our hearts swelled with pride and patriotism as the Independents, directed by Pam Wenter (inset on right), performed a moving program of  inspiring patriotic songs.  Their performance for our Club around Veterans day has  become a tradition that we all look forward to.  
 
In their "American Heroes" segment, they sang the anthems of all the armed services, while our veterans of those services stood up in tribute to their Branch.
U.S. Navy Veterans in the Silverdale Rotary Club, standing to the anthem
 
U.S. Coast Guard veteran  standing
 
The Independents were sporting their new logo shirts, funded by a 2017 Duck Bucks grant.  See below.
 
Thank You, Independents!
Independents Perform Veterans Day Tribute Barbara Beagle 2017-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 09, 2017
Ata had a jam packed, snowy weekend November 3-5, heading with Chuck Kraining to Washington State University.
 
But the trip home from Spokane in Chuck's motor home turned into a winter nightmare.  Knowing that Snoqualmie Pass was closed (see below)
 
they came home via the TriCities, along the Gorge to Portland and home, a 12 hour trip into the wee hours.  Whew!
 
This week Ata heads to California, a longtime dream, with 30 other District 5020 Exhange Students!  Rick Soper, his Host Dad, asks you to contact him at rssop84@yahoo.com to schedule an outing.  "Ata is an amazing young man, with an enthusiastic ambition to experience everything from music to physics to TED Talks."
 
 
News from Ata Barbara Beagle 2017-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 02, 2017
Rotarian Chuck Kraining (pictured on right) and President Kim Peterson presented a Duck Bucks Check for $2,000 to Monika Scotti (center) representing CK Food Backpacks for Kids to help put turkeys for 243 families in their special holiday food bags. 
Central Kitsap Food Backpacks 4 Kids (CKFB4K) provides supplemental meals each weekend during the school year to students and families of the CK School District who are at risk of weekend hunger. Last year, CKFB4K was able to send home, via its unique backpack delivery system, over 6,000 supplemental meals to these families.  This impressive accomplishment was accomplished through food drives, donations, and the diligent work of only 28 hardworking volunteers.  For more information, go to https://www.ckfoodbackpacks4kids.com/
 
Thanks to the overwhelming support of 2017 Duck Race Sponsors and the community purchasing Duck Tickets that we could help ensure that 243 at risk families will have a special holiday meal, with turkey and all the trimmings!
Duck Bucks Help Provide Special Holiday Turkeys for At Risk Families Barbara Beagle 2017-11-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 29, 2017
Be afraid – be very afraid! 
Whoa - why are there three hearses in the parking lot where Rotary met on October 26!  
 
Who says Rotarians don’t have fun! 
  
Masked Rotarians greeted visitors. The ghoulishly costumed Anubis Hearse Club members created an atmosphere of dark intrigue!
 
Why are Anubis Hearse Club members obsessed with hearses?  There’s Miss Raven, a 1980 Cadillac Hearse.  And a 1994 Lincoln Hearse, 21 feet long!  They do Zombie walks for non-profit fund raisers, Over the Hill birthday parties, even weddings (!).  Go to https://www.facebook.com/AnubisHearseClub/ if you dare! 
These very long vehicles also help out with occasional house moves, carry 16’ pieces of lumber, and transport multiple bales of hay. With 15 members and 10 Hearses, these unusual collectors are very busy! 
 
Thanks to Rotarian Peggy Templeton who organized this spooky meeting, along with elaborate decorations and  candy!
The Hearses Have Arrived! Barbara Beagle 2017-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 19, 2017
Rotary World Polio Day is Tuesday, October 24, and at 2:30 pm PDT, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will host the World Polio Day broadcast online at https://www.endpolio.org/world-polio-day .
 
PDG Brian Beagle was our Club’s first champion of Polio Plus in the late 1980’s when Don Taylor was President, and Brian has been an advocate ever since.  In 1988 there were 350,000 cases of polio per year worldwide when Rotary commenced the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) with WHO, UNICEF, and CDC.  It’s been a gargantuan effort, but “We Are This Close!” 
 
On October 18 Brian gave the Club an update on the current status of the Polio Initiative:
  • Total cases in 2017 to date: 12 in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  None in Nigeria, the third country still not declared polio free.
  • Cost of GPEI 2013-2020: $7 Billion, $6.7B already confirmed or pledged
  • Shortfall:  $300 Million.  That’s why Rotary is still raising funds for Polio Plus
  • Donations to Polio will go towards your Paul Harris account
  • Matching Funds for Rotary donations from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: 2:1
World Polio Day - October 24 - End Polio Now! Barbara Beagle 2017-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 19, 2017
On October 19, Silverdale Rotary awarded a record breaking Duck Buck grant of $3,000 to Holly Ridge Center to support infants and toddlers who are diagnosed with a disability or who have a developmental concern at birth or in very early childhood. The Duck Bucks will purchase equipment to support early intervention.  For more information on the Holly Ridge Infant Toddler Program go to http://www.hollyridge.org/Infant-Toddler-Program/about.htm
 
Below, Roxanne Bryson (on left) and Erica Delma (on right) accept the check from Rotarian Steve Burton.  Roxanne went on to describe some heartwarming stories of how Holly Ridge supports parents and families of children with challenging differing abilities.
 
Thanks to the huge support of our 2017 Duck Race sponsors and the community who purchased Duck Tickets, children and families are receiving life changing help from Holly Ridge Center.
A Place of Hope - Duck Bucks for Holly Ridge Center Barbara Beagle 2017-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Oct 15, 2017
Pictured left to right: Joshua Geiser and Susannah Terry (CKHS); Hallie Turk and T.S. Wolff (Klahowya Secondary School)
 
With the 2017-2018 school year in full swing, it is time to start recognizing our local high schools’ Students of the Month. Ron Templeton, the program’s coordinator, set the stage for our first group of awardees on October 12 by recapping the history of Rotary and its impact on society. We are always impressed with the students that are selected by their schools, and this group was no exception. While humble in demeanor, our students wowed us with their current leadership roles and incredible aspirations.
 
“It is wonderful to bring an hour of joy to people,” commented Hallie Turk, Klahowya Secondary School’s September honoree, as she spoke of performing flute recitals at area retirement homes. Her peer, T.S. Wolff, was awarded as the school’s October Student of the Month, and he is applying to Yale University to pursue degrees in teaching and politics.
 
Joshua Geiser was introduced as Central Kitsap High School’s “strong, silent leader” as he accepted his award for September and relayed his goal of obtaining a degree in bio-medical engineering to “improve the lives of patients everywhere.”  Susannah Terry, CKHS’s October winner, earned recent media attention for spearheading a movement to make Homecoming events more inclusive. Her career goals are out of this world, as Susannah will one day be an astrophysicist or aeronautic engineer!
 
Congratulations to these very deserving Students!
Students of the Month Honored Cathy Bisaillon 2017-10-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 15, 2017
Silverdale Rotary has been supporting Stand Up For Kids in Kitsap County for years with weekend food bags and Duck Buck grants. This video was produced by two Rotarians, Rick Soper and Steven Boe, who donated their time and talent to spread the word about homeless teenagers in Kitsap County, and the amazing work that Stand Up For Kids does to keep them in school and give them hope.
 
 
Stand Up For Kids - Homelessness in Kitsap County Barbara Beagle 2017-10-15 07:00:00Z 0
Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot  Richard (Rick) Soper 2017-10-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 12, 2017
Silverdale Rotary once again is helping the Kitsap Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund (KFFBF) provide warm coats for kids.  Every year KFFBF raises funds and teams up with Operation Warm https://www.operationwarm.org/ and conducts a Coats for Kids event that outfits entire classes of local grade school children with brand new, made in USA winter coats.  
KFFBF President Chris Bigelow (center) and Dan Baker (on left) accepted $1,000 in Duck Bucks from President Elect Rick Soper.  Chris invited our Club members to participate in the giveaway, which will be held sometime in November.  Below is a photo of the 2015 event, where Silverdale Rotarians helped give away coats.  It was an amazing experience!
 
Duck Bucks Will Keep Kids Warm Barbara Beagle 2017-10-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Sep 28, 2017
Sponsors and awardees, pictured left to right: Staff Sergeant Jacob McConnell and LCpl Thomas Floyd III (MCSFBN Bangor); Chief Hospitalman Jeffery Muckle and HM3 Najii Thomas (NOSC Kitsap); MASN Carson Roache (MCSFBN Bangor); Rotary President Kim Peterson; Major Frank Walker (MCSFBN Bangor), MK3 John Barber and Command Master Chief Brent Zado (MFPU Bangor); front row: PS3 Barbara Wierzbicki (NOSC Kitsap)
 
Our collective hearts swelled with pride, amazement, and patriotism as Silverdale Rotarians and guests met, heard about, and recognized members of the Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy at our quarterly Military Appreciation luncheon.  These men and women are the local “boots on the ground and boats in the water” to maintain security of our strategic submarines homeported at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor. 
 
The program started with a briefing by CDR Thomas Evans (pictured), Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit (MFPU) Bangor.  He described the Unit's four missions: Search and Rescue, Port Waterways Security, Law Enforcement, and Defense Readiness for the eight strategic submarines (SSBN’s) at Bangor, which involves complex security escorts of Coast Guard vessels, each manned with highly trained men and women.
 
Then we moved on to the awards to our capable and dedicated men and women in uniform:
  • LCpl Thomas E. Floyd III, Marine Corps Security Force Battalion (MCSFBN) Bangor Marine of the Quarter
  • MASN Karson Roache, MCSFBN Blue Jacket Sailor of the Quarter
  • MK3 John Barber, MFPU Kitsap Enlisted Person of the Quarter
  • PS3 Barbara Wierzbicki, Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Kitsap Blue Jacket Sailor of the Quarter
  • HM3 Najii Thomas, NOSC Kitsap Blue Jacket Sailor of the Quarter
Their sponsors (supervisors) described each one’s skills, dedication, and hard work that earned them these prestigious awards.  These young men and women represent the best of our armed forces, and we were honored to meet and recognize them.  Each one received a plaque and a $100 gift card.
 
Also in attendance (not pictured) were CAPT Douglas Munz (Commanding Officer, NOSC Kitsap); Battalion Sergeant Major Joe Caputo (MCSFBN); Command Master Chief Charles Morrow (NOSC); Senior Chief Ryan Martin, BM1 Orlando Rivera (Sea Scout, MFPU), and family members.
 
Congratulations and a heartfelt THANK YOU to these members of our Armed Forces and their families who support them!
Quarterly Military Appreciation Day Barbara Beagle 2017-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
 
On September 8, a fire heavily damaged a 16’x16’ observation deck and destroyed a picnic table on the Silverdale Clear Creek Trail (CCT) behind All Star Lanes. Mary Earle (pictured on right), Director of Operations of the Clear Creek Task Force, thanked our Club for our Duck Bucks grant of $1,594 to purchase lumber for the repairs.  If you would like to help with the repair (date TBD), contact Nancy Whitaker.
 
This is a great example of Silverdale Rotary Duck Race proceeds at work in the Community, thanks to our generous sponsors and everyone who bought Duck Tickets for the 2017 Duck Race!
Duck Bucks Will Help Repair Clear Creek Trail Fire Damage Barbara Beagle 2017-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Sep 28, 2017
On September 28, Silverdale Rotary awarded a $1,000  Duck Bucks grant to EBC West Sound to purchase supplies for vulnerable newborns in at risk families.  Below is an image representative of the kinds of items provided by Eastside Baby Corner and its chapters: diapers, formula,  cribs, car seats, and more.
Bob Maynard, co-founder of the West Sound Chapter of Eastside Baby Corner, and Ashley Hutchison were on hand to describe their operation. 
Pictured left to right: President Kim Peterson, Bob Maynard, Ashley Hutchison
 
Taking orders from local social service agencies who identify the babies in need, EBC West Sound fills those orders from their warehouse in East Bremerton.  Items like cribs and car seats are often donated, but are certified to meet strict current safety standards before redistribution.  For more information, go to http://babycorner.org/ebc-west-sound/ .
 
This is the second year that Silverdale Rotary has supported EBC West Sound.  This year’s Duck Bucks grant is from the proceeds of our 2017 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, made possible by our generous sponsors and the Community members who purchased Duck Tickets. 
Duck Bucks Help Babies in Need Barbara Beagle 2017-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Burton on Sep 21, 2017
On September 21, Rotarian Steve Burton (pictured on left) introduced our Speaker Tim Johnsrude (on right), the Information Systems Security Manager for Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Puget Sound.  His job concerns the Navy’s cyber policy implementation and incident handling and response.  Tim spoke based on his own training and experience, although he was not representing the Navy.  His only desire is to help people understand the cyber threat so they can help themselves stay safe.  Thank you, Tim!
 
Here is a link to a short video summary of three top priority cyber security  actions: https://www.facebook.com/SilverdaleRotaryClub/videos/1663536047010866/
 
Here is a PDF of Tim's presentation, formatted for printing.
 
Here is a link to the FaceBook Smart Card - How to control access to your Facebook profile.  
 
This is the link to the Facebook video “How Private is Your Personal Information" (The Espresso Shop

Here is the contact information to freeze credit files.

Equifax
Online: https://www.freeze.equifax.com
Phone: 1-800-685-1111
Mail: Equifax Security Freeze, P.O. Box 105788, Atlanta, Georgia 30348

Experian
Online: https://www.experian.com/freeze/center.html
Phone: 1-888-397-3742
Mail: Experian Security Freeze, P.O. Box 9554, Allen, Texas 75013

TransUnion
Online: http://www.transunion.com/securityfreezePhone: 888-909-8872
Mail: TransUnion LLC, P.O. Box 2000, Chester, PA 19022

Innovis (smaller, new bureau)
Online: https://www.innovis.com/personal/securityFreeze
Phone: 1-800-540-2505
Mail: Fill out this form https://www.innovis.com/pdf/InnovisSecurityFreezeRequest.pdf
In person: 875 Greentree Road, 8 Parkway Center Pittsburgh, PA 15220

If you have other questions for Tim, please send them to me at steveburton@wavecable.com and I'll forward to him.
 
Cyber Security - BEWARE and Pay Attention! Steve Burton 2017-09-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Sep 16, 2017
 Fun, fellowship, and great food were in abundance on September 16 when Rotarians and guests welcomed our Rotary Exchange Student Ata Celik, newly arrived fromTurkey) at the beautiful waterfront home of Ron and Peggy Templeton. Chef Ron cooked his legendary BBQ salmon over a wood fire, and chef Peggy provided her much anticipated Seabeck Salad, rice pilaf, and homemade rolls.  Delicious potluck appetizers, salads, and desserts rounded out the menu.  Thank you, Ron and Peggy!
This image is NOT interactive.  Here is the link to the video of Ata and Ron "flippin' the salmon":  https://www.facebook.com/SilverdaleRotaryClub/videos/1663134260384378/
 
 
 
For more photos, go to the photo album at this link: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/PhotoAlbums/welcome-ata-celik-september-16-2017
Rotarians Welcome Ata at the Templeton Salmon Bake Barbara Beagle 2017-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Sep 07, 2017
A little nervous, but still in full command of the microphone, Ata encouraged his new Rotary colleagues to pronounce his last name. “It is Ch-ay-leech, and merhaba means hello in Turkish,” he beamed.
 
With the help of Alux.com, Ata educated us on 15 fun facts about his home country, Turkey. Who knew that 50% of Turkish residents are under age 30; or, that soup is served before most meals, including breakfast? Adding his own touches to our quick introduction to Turkey, Ata displayed a picture of Mustafa Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey and the leader who brought women’s rights and public education reform to the republic’s provinces.
 
When asked about modern day Turkey, Ata was adamant, “We don’t ride camels!” Instead, he said that his culture is known for deliciously prepared foods and fancy mustaches. While his school day is over nine hours long plus half days on Saturdays, Ata confessed that his English language skills do not come from school, but instead from playing many hours of video games, because he is “secretly a nerd.”  When his family’s photo appeared on the screen, Ata became emotional and boasted about his body-builder brother who is the funniest person he knows. His mother and father have created a wonderful life for him, and Ata’s wish is to make them proud of his accomplishments while he is on youth exchange.

He is off to a great start, having already experienced a Seahawks game, a Mariners game, a gaming convention, sushi, Costco samples and Bumbershoot. His favorite things so far? Garlic fries and free lemonade refills. Ata’s goals for the year include participating in sports and building his core strength; learning everything he can about our culture; making the best of each opportunity; and showing his thanks to Rotary and our Silverdale Club.
 
While he will be busy with AP classes, sports and school friends, Ata welcomes and appreciates outings with Rotarians and their families. Everyone is encouraged to not miss the opportunity to share an adventure with this bright, engaging young man.To schedule an outing, contact Host Mom Ellen Newberg. 
Getting to Know Ata Celik, Our Rotary Exchange Student from Turkey Cathy Bisaillon 2017-09-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Aug 31, 2017
On August 31 our speaker was Greg Sandstrom, Kitsap County (KC) Coroner, and we learned some hard cold facts about deaths in KC.  But, while Coroner’s Office provides professional investigations into the deaths of all individuals that die within the County, they also provide compassionate assistance to the families and loved ones in dealing with death.
 
And most surprising to this writer, the Coroner’s Office is actively involved with prevention of deaths by collaborating with groups such as Survivors of Suicide, Mothers against Drunk Drivers, Kitsap County Traffic Safety Task Force, Reduce Under Age Drinking, and Cribs for Kids, a non-profit dedicated to preventing infant deaths due to unsafe sleeping.
 
The Coroner’s Office, through promoting fund raisers for Cribs for Kids, has raised over $19,000 and worked with local community resource agencies to provide over 400 cribs to parents unable to afford them, to ensure that every newborn in KC has a safe crib to sleep in.  Mr. Sandstrom reported a decrease in infant deaths due to unsafe sleeping from 8-12/year to 2/year since the program has been active in KC. For more information on Cribs for Kids, see http://www.cribsforkids.org and www.facebook.com/cribsforkidsheadquarters
Kitsap County Coroner's Office Works to Prevent Deaths Barbara Beagle 2017-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Aug 28, 2017
It was a powerful combination of inspiration, fellowship, and contributing to a great cause as Rotarians from the four Clubs in Area 9 gathered at the Kingston Village Green Rotary Pavilion on September 27.  As emcee,  Assistant Governor (and Poulsbo Rotarian) Meredith Green first introduced the four Club Presidents, pictured below.
From left to right: Doug Hallock – Kingston-North Kitsap; AG Meredith Green, Kim Peterson – Silverdale; John Stephens – Bainbridge Island; Michele Doyle – Poulsbo-North Kitsap
 
Then Meredith introduced our Exchange Student Ata Celik, pictured on left with District 5020 Governor Tom Carroll (center) and an Exchange Student from Italy. Ata just arrived from Turkey on August 24!
 
An unexpected WOW factor happened when 7-year-old Zak Darner took to the mic and articulately described his non-profit Kidzz Helping Kidzz, which is collecting toys for sick young people at Mary Bridge and Seattle Children’s Hospital at Christmas.  See http://www.caringclownsinternational.org/zacharys-presentation-at-east-bremerton-rotary-club/. As you can see in the photo below with DG Tom, Zac, the four Presidents, and AG Meredith, this event added a considerable addition to the collection.  Thanks to everyone who contributed!
 
DG Tom then addressed the group.  The 2017-18 Rotary Theme is Making a Difference, ‘’which reflects why many join and stay in Rotary: we want to make a difference in our community, and in our world. We make lasting friendships with those who want to give something back, and this friendship strengthens our service because together we can accomplish so much more.”  DG Carroll talked about the reasons why Rotary International is unique worldwide as a humanitarian organization and the compelling reasons to support The Rotary Foundation. 
 
Then his wife Laurie described her District literacy project, which is to encourage every Rotarian (some 5,000) in District 5020 to donate two books to the literacy cause of their choice.  Imagine the good that 10,000 books can do!
 
DG Tom also related that the combined 5020 District Training and Conference in May 2017 was such a success (it sold out twice!), that the combined format is being repeated in 2018 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma on May 4-5, 2018.
 
Then the group feasted on a taco bar catered by Coffee Oasis; plus, there was a scrumptious dessert competition – and in order to vote your favorite, you just HAD to sample several!
 
Thank you, DG Tom and Laurie for your visit, and thank you to the organizers of the Area 9 event.  It was a fun and meaningful event.
Area Rotary Clubs Meet District 5020 Governor, Have Fun, and Collect Toys for Sick Children Barbara Beagle 2017-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Aug 13, 2017
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 
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. 
 
CONGRATULATIONS to 2017 Duck Race Winners, and THANK YOU for Everyone's Support! Barbara Beagle 2017-08-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles (Chuck) Kraining on Aug 10, 2017
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.
 
2017 Duck Race Top Prizes Awarded Charles (Chuck) Kraining 2017-08-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Aug 03, 2017
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.  
Duck Bucks - Helping Keep Girls in School Barbara Beagle 2017-08-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Aug 02, 2017
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.
2017 Rotary Pancake Breakfast and the Parade at Whaling Days Barbara Beagle 2017-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 30, 2017
 
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.
2017 Duck Race Grand Prize Winner! Barbara Beagle 2017-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 28, 2017
Pancakes! Come get your pancakes (regular and blueberry), sausages, OJ, milk, and coffee at the Silverdale Rotary Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, July 29 at 7-11 am at the Silverdale United Methodist Church on the corner of Silverdale Way and Ridgetop Blvd. 
 
It's right on the parade route for the Whaling Days First Federal Kiwanis/Lions Grand Parade which starts at 10 am.
 
 
Eat breakfast before the parade, and stake your place on the route.
 
Get your Duck Tickets, too!
 
Watch the parade, and see the Advantage Nissan Duck Truck, Grand Prize in the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race held at 1:30 pm, Sunday  July 30! Thanks to the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort for sponsoring the Chance to Win $1M Dollars
 
Silverdale Rotary Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, July 29 7-11 am  Barbara Beagle 2017-07-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 14, 2017
The Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Grand Prize Duck Truck is in the Kitsap Mall! Thank you Advantage Nissan!
Look for it in the central corridor of the Mall between the entrances by Sears and the indoor entrance to Dick's Sporting Goods. You could win this truck! Get your tickets in the Mall at Ben Bridge Jeweler and the Mall Office. Every dollar of ticket sales goes to support our community and beyond.
 
Thanks to the Kitsap Mall for sponsoring the Mall Cart Duck Display.
The 2017 Grand Prize Duck Truck Is in the Kitsap Mall! Barbara Beagle 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 13, 2017
 
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/
 
 
Duck Bucks Support Morrow Manor Project Barbara Beagle 2017-07-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steven Boe on Jul 09, 2017
Learn about our Silverdale Rotary Duck Race - click on the image below.  Get your tickets now!
Duck Race Video - July 9, 2017 Steven Boe 2017-07-09 07:00:00Z 0
Grad Night Thank You Note from Klahowya Secondary School Kimberly Peterson 2017-07-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steven Boe on Jul 02, 2017
 
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.
 
Silverdale Rotary 2016-17 - Oh What A Year! Steven Boe 2017-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jun 29, 2017
 
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.”
 
Silverdale Rotarians Celebrate Another Great Year 2016-17 and Install 2017-18 Officers Cathy Bisaillon 2017-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jun 29, 2017
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!   
Bob Cassis - Silverdale 2016-17 Rotarian of the Year Cathy Bisaillon 2017-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kimberly Peterson on Jun 29, 2017
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.
Gavel Is Passed from 2016-17 President Cindy Holmes to 2017-18 President Kim Peterson Kimberly Peterson 2017-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jun 12, 2017
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
End Polio Now – Let’s Drop to Zero! Barbara Beagle 2017-06-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jun 08, 2017
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!
 
2017 Duck Race Sponsor Appreciation Lunch on June 8 Cathy Bisaillon 2017-06-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jun 08, 2017
 
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.
   
Exchange Student Matej Kunak Graduates from CKHS Cathy Bisaillon 2017-06-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jun 01, 2017
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.
$12,000 in Scholarships to Deserving Students! Cathy Bisaillon 2017-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jun 01, 2017
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.”
CKSD Teacher of the Year – Debbie Straub Cathy Bisaillon 2017-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on May 18, 2017
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!
Silverdale Rotarians Honor Students of the Month Barbara Beagle 2017-05-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on May 11, 2017
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
 
Rotary Recognizes Sailors and Marine of the Quarter Cathy Bisaillon 2017-05-11 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting Location Change on May 25 Cathy Bisaillon 2017-05-11 07:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker: Coffee Oasis' Dave Frederick Seraine Berube 2017-05-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kimberly Peterson on Apr 20, 2017
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 .
 
Days for Girls - Changing Lives World Wide Kimberly Peterson 2017-04-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Apr 13, 2017
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."
 
Honduran Rotarian Thanks Our Club Barbara Beagle 2017-04-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Apr 13, 2017
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!
Students of the Month Recognized by Silverdale Rotary Barbara Beagle 2017-04-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Apr 03, 2017
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
 
Socks for the Homeless - February Cause of the Month Barbara Beagle 2017-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elayne Burton on Mar 24, 2017
 The March 22 TRF 100th Anniversary event was a huge success! We had 216 people there with all nine Kitsap County clubs participating. We made it very much a birthday party atmosphere and a very soft sell. Preliminary figures are that we raised between $12K and $13K for the Rotary Foundation - thanks to all!
 
 
TRF100 Year Celebration - a Sellout! Elayne Burton 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Mar 02, 2017
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!
Duck Bucks Help Victims of Sex Trade Barbara Beagle 2017-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Holmes on Feb 23, 2017
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 
Changing Lives in Burkina Faso Cindy Holmes 2017-02-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Feb 23, 2017
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
 
 
Duck Bucks Help Keep the Community Safe Barbara Beagle 2017-02-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rick) Soper on Feb 23, 2017
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!
Third Graders Thank Rotary for Dictionaries Richard (Rick) Soper 2017-02-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hancock on Feb 19, 2017
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!
Silverdale Rotary Helps Impoverished Honduras Community Mike Hancock 2017-02-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Hamilton on Feb 13, 2017
It's that time of year again!  Over the next few months we will select students for our scholarship recipients.  Assistance is needed for the scholarship application review process.  This effort takes between  10 and 15 hours and can be spread out over two to three weeks.  If you are interested in helping with this process please let Ed Hamilton  know at (edhamilton23@gmail.com). 
Scholarship Committee Seeking Volunteers Ed Hamilton 2017-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elayne Burton on Feb 09, 2017
Rotary District 5020 Training Assembly (DTA)/District Conference - Hands Across the Borders
 
Rotary is a worldwide network of friends and family aimed at global peace and goodwill. Through our Rotary District 5020 membership, we meet people from Port Hardy to Woodland WA, Club to Club, family to family, person to person, business to business, across borders.
 
Our District 5020 is one of the largest Rotary Districts in the world and offers us abundant opportunities to connect, partner and make a difference.
 
You may be asking yourself, combined District Training Assembly/District Conference on May 4,5,6, 2017, why should I register? We believe that the number one reason is friendships.
 
Rotary folks from the top of Vancouver Island down to Woodland WA will be attending and participating. Our District 5020 community members will be sitting next to you as you attend inspiring keynote addresses, valuable educational sessions, and delicious dinners at DTA/Conference 2017.
 
Reach out, connect; this is your opportunity to deepen your Pacific Northwest ties with people who want to work with you to make a difference in community, on this continent, and across oceans.
 
Working together in Rotary, we are a powerful force for good.
 
We encourage you to register NOW for DTA/Conference 2017. Rooms at the luxurious waterfront Suquamish Clearwater Resort & Casino are booking more quickly than usual. We've packed the schedule for you, with fun and learning. DTA/Conference 2017 is for you. It's your special time to connect in The Spirit of Rotary. Register now:
 
 
Elayne Burton & Sue Shipley
District 5020 DTA/Conference 2017 Chairs
 
May 4-6: Plan to Attend District 5020 Training Assembly & District Conference Elayne Burton 2017-02-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Feb 09, 2017
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!
Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month Cathy Bisaillon 2017-02-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hancock on Feb 08, 2017
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.
A Smile for Life - Changing Children's Lives in Colombia Mike Hancock 2017-02-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elayne Burton on Feb 06, 2017
The 2017 DTA Conference is coming to Suquamish, WA (May 4-6, 2017) and we are offering Home Hospitality options for attendees.
 
Home Hospitality is a warm Rotary tradition that offers you a way to get to know fellow Rotarians in our district. We are looking for District 5020 Rotarians, located near Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo, Kingston and Silverdale to open your homes to host dinner on Friday evening, and in some cases, even provide overnight accommodations for Thursday and Friday.
 
Two Options for Home Hospitality:
 
Friday Night Dinner
Available to Rotarians (and guests) attending the conference. Dinners will follow the District Training Sessions and social.  Carpooling arrangements will be made for each host location to get you to and from dinner.  Assignments will be sent to all who register prior to the conference.
 
Overnight Conference Accommodations and Friday Night Dinner
In addition to the above dinner, the Host will provide in-home accommodations for one or more conference attendees for Thursday and Friday nights. The conference attendees will be responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the host’s home, unless prior arrangements are made. There will be a limited number of Home Hospitality accommodations available and they will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Assignments and information will be sent prior to the conference.
 
If you would like to volunteer to host Home Hospitality (for either option described above), please contact:
 
Home Hospitality Chair Cindy Lucarelli at:   sgfloral@aol.com

The deadline to volunteer to provide Host Hospitality is March 31, 2017.
 
Thank you!
Elayne Burton, Co-Chair
2017 District 5020 DTA/Conference
May 4-6, 2017 DTA/Conference Home Hospitality Seeks Volunteer Homes Elayne Burton 2017-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rick) Soper on Feb 02, 2017
 
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.
Duck Bucks to Help Feed Families in Need Richard (Rick) Soper 2017-02-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles (Chuck) Kraining on Jan 30, 2017
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.
Rest in Peace Penny Loveless  - June 28, 1939 to Jan. 27, 2017  Charles (Chuck) Kraining 2017-01-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rick) Soper on Jan 30, 2017
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
 
 
 
 
Duck Bucks Will Help Keep Students Safe on Grad Night Richard (Rick) Soper 2017-01-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jan 30, 2017
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
Donations to The Rotary Foundation Help to Do Good in the World! Barbara Beagle 2017-01-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jan 16, 2017
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
Third Grade Dictionaries - Distribution is Under Way! Barbara Beagle 2017-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leslie Walters on Jan 09, 2017
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!
Third Grade Dictionary Labeling Leslie Walters 2017-01-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christie Scheffer on Jan 08, 2017
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
 
 
Wrap Up Report on Bell Ringing at Safeway 2016 Christie Scheffer 2017-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Dec 25, 2016
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
 
Congratulations to Seraine and Tyler Berube! Barbara Beagle 2016-12-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 25, 2016
There will be
NO ROTARY MEETING ON DECEMBER 29.
 
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR
SEE YOU IN 2017!
 
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2016-12-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 25, 2016
There will be
NO ROTARY MEETING ON DECEMBER 29.
 
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR
See You in 2017!
 
 
Happy New Year! 2016-12-26 00:00:00Z 0
There will be NO ROTARY MEETING ON DECEMBER 29.
 
 
 
 
 
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 2016-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Seraine Berube on Dec 10, 2016
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.   ​​
Rotary recognizes local students for achievements Seraine Berube 2016-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christie Scheffer on Dec 03, 2016
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
 
 
Silverdale Rotarians Ring the Bell in a New Location Christie Scheffer 2016-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Silverdale Rotary recognizes local sailors and guard members Seraine Berube 2016-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 30, 2016
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!
Three New Members Inducted on December 1, 2016 Barbara Beagle 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Seraine Berube on Nov 26, 2016
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. 
 
More than 300 locals attend Turkey Trot! Seraine Berube 2016-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Teens to have Christmas thanks to Duck Bucks & All Teens Matter Seraine Berube 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
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. 
Halloween Party photos (Seabeck Conference Center) Seraine Berube 2016-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 29, 2016
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 .
Silverdale Christmas Tree - a 62 Year Old Tradition Barbara Beagle 2016-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 26, 2016
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!
Silverdale Rotary Completes $200,000 Commitment to Haselwood Family YMCA Teen Center  Barbara Beagle 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 26, 2016
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 .
 
Duck Bucks for Peninsula Dance Theatre Barbara Beagle 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
1st Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Richard (Rick) Soper 2016-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rich) Arper on Oct 15, 2016
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 
 
Silverdale Christmas Tree Maintenance and Tree Lighting Richard (Rich) Arper 2016-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 12, 2016
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)
 
Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month Barbara Beagle 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Sep 28, 2016
 
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/.
 
Rotary Donates to Operation Warm – Coats for Kids Barbara Beagle 2016-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Seraine Berube on Sep 28, 2016
 
SPREAD THE WORD!
THANKSGIVING DAY TURKEY TROT!
We are preparing for our first-ever "Turkey Trot" race and walk on Thanksgiving Day this year! 
Please help us get the word out about the race — there will be a kids' dash, a one-mile walk and a 5K for the overachievers out there. All ages are welcome to enter this family-friendly race to burn off that turkey dinner before indulging! Prizes will be available as well, and all proceeds go back to the community for scholarships, food bank needs,  3rd grade dictionaries, etc. 
 
Who: All ages
Where: Kitsap Mall 
When: November 24, 2016 (Thankgiving Day!) 
Time: First race starts at 8:30 a.m. 
Online Registration cost  and other details - COMING SOON!
 
Flyers are available at Kitsap Bank - spread the word! Tell your friends, co-workers, book club members, gym buddies and everyone you meet - it promises to be great fun!
 
 
Gobble, Gobble — Turkey Trot Plans Underway Now! Seraine Berube 2016-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Seraine Berube on Sep 11, 2016
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 .
Guest speaker: Dolores Gilmore, Kitsap Co. Auditor  Seraine Berube 2016-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles (Chuck) Kraining on Aug 26, 2016
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!
 
Matej Kunák Hits the Ground Running! Charles (Chuck) Kraining 2016-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Aug 10, 2016
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!
 
 
 
2016 Duck Race Top Prize Winners Presentation Lunch on August 11 Barbara Beagle 2016-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Aug 07, 2016
 
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:
 
2016 Duck Race Winners and Weekend Photo Albums Barbara Beagle 2016-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 30, 2016
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.
 
 
2016 Duck Race Winners Barbara Beagle 2016-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Adopt Your Ducks - Support Your Community Richard (Rick) Soper 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Adopt Your Ducks at These Locations Richard (Rick) Soper 2016-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Duck Bucks Recipients Tell Their Stories - 3 Richard (Rick) Soper 2016-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 04, 2016
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
 
 
 
It's a New Rotary Year - New Board of Directors Take Office Barbara Beagle 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Adopting Ducks Changes Lives! Richard (Rick) Soper 2016-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jun 27, 2016
Thank you Advantage Nissan for donating the Duck Truck, and thank you Mattress Ranch for producing and airing this commercial on Comcast and Wave!
 
2016 Mattress Ranch Duck Race Commercial Barbara Beagle 2016-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara on Jun 23, 2016
The Silverdale Rotary Duck Race GRAND PRIZE 2016 Advantage Nissan Frontier Duck Truck is now on display in the Kitsap Mall by Sears between Buffalo Wild Wings and Zales.  Thank you Advantage Nissan!
Next to it is a display cart with information about the Race and what we do with the proceeds. 
Duck tickets can be purchased by the truck if Rotarians are there, or farther up the Mall at Ben Bridge or the Kitsap Mall offices.
 
The Duck Truck Is in the Kitsap Mall! Barbara 2016-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jun 22, 2016
 
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/.
 
Duck Bucks for Fiddler’s Dream: Maritime Education for Students Barbara Beagle 2016-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jun 22, 2016
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.
 
 
 
 
Outbound Exchange Student – Ulysses Galvez Barbara Beagle 2016-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard (Rick) Soper on Jun 12, 2016
Recipients of Duck Bucks tell how they have Changed Lives!
 
 
 
Adopting Ducks Changes Lives! Richard (Rick) Soper 2016-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jun 12, 2016
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.
 
 
Silverdale Rotary Thanks 2016 Duck Race Sponsors Barbara Beagle 2016-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jun 08, 2016
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
 
 
Rotary Honors Local Active Duty Military Barbara Beagle 2016-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jun 08, 2016
 
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!
 
 
Farewell to Dani Forero from Colombia Barbara Beagle 2016-06-09 00:00:00Z 0