RIP Jack Jensen

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Jan 18, 2020
It is with sadness that I share with you the news of our beloved friend, mentor and brother Jack Jensen...
 
At 4:30am on January 18, Jack was resting quietly and passed away.
 
Cards and condolences can be sent to:
9867 Tracyton Blvd NW
Bremerton, WA 98311
 
Jack Jensen's funeral will be held on Friday, January 31, 2020,  at Holy Trinity Church. 4215 Pine Rd NE, Bremerton WA, 98310.
 
Time: 11:00 am
 
The family will provide information regarding a reception time and location soon.
 
I want to thank all who worked so faithfully to support our friend in his final years and especially Scott Slocum and Jim Dudley...who always made sure Jack could continue to come to our weekly meetings after he stopped driving. Jack expressed often that our Rotary family was a lifeline and blessing to him. I know we were the ones blessed!
 
Jack believed he would one day he would be reunited with his beloved wife Kay. We rejoice that he is now!
 
 
RIP Jack Jensen Christie Scheffer 2020-01-18 08:00:00Z 0

January 16 Meetings Canceled

In an abundance of caution, this week's Rotary Cub and Board meeting are cancelled on January 16, 2020.
 
Stay safe, everyone!
 
January 16 Meetings Canceled Christie Scheffer 2020-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Change - December 26

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Dec 23, 2019
There will be NO noon meeting on December 26, 2019.  Happy Holidays!
 
Meeting Change - December 26 Barbara Beagle 2019-12-23 08:00:00Z 0

David Jordan and Rich Arper - Rotarians of the Month!

Posted by Steven Boe and Christie Scheffer on Dec 19, 2019
At the Holiday Party on December 19, 65 Rotarians and guests helped congratulate David Jordan (on left) and Rich Arper (on right) as President Elect Steven Boe and President Christie Scheffer, respectively, named them November and December Rotarians of the Month.
 
 
David Jordan
David joined Silverdale Rotary in July 2017, and he has been such a great asset to the club. He’s always willing to help and jumps in with a positive fun attitude!
 
He told us he would grow the Turkey Trot - and he has!  And next year is adding a10k race. I think we will double money raised!
 
From the first food bagging he always took on hardest job of ferrying bags.  He comes early to meetings to help set things up and checks people in, and he also writes for the Breeze.
 
David embodies what it means to be a Rotarian.  From all the work he does for our club, to his work with orphans in Uganda, we are proud to honor David Jordan as our November Rotarian of the Month.
 
Rich Arper
Rich joined the Silverdale Rotary Club in 2004 and went on to become President in 2010-11. But his experience with Rotary began as a young lad, getting up early, helping his legendary father Bob Arper with the Duck Race barge, year after year. He learned the importance of supporting the community in his youth and his commitment to service continues to shine to this day!
 
And speaking of shining, year after year, Rich has recognized the importance of ‘community celebrations’ and has faithfully maintained and cared for the Silverdale Holiday Tree. He has planned work parties, changed light bulbs, consulted with arborists, and babied and brought back to life our beautiful tree. Rich cares about community and helps to make sure that each year our neighbors can come together in joy and celebration of the season.
 
Rich does many things for our Club throughout the year, but today we are thanking and honoring him for his wonderful work each year at the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.
 
Thank you Rich for bringing so much to our Club! You are well deserving of Rotarian of the Month for December!
 
David Jordan and Rich Arper - Rotarians of the Month! Steven Boe and Christie Scheffer 2019-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

Induction of New Member Amanda Smith, and Rotary Kids of Action!

Posted by Christie Scheffer and Steve Boe on Dec 19, 2019
On December 19 Rotarians and family members and guests gathered at Kitsap Golf and Country Club to celebrate the season.  It was great fun with a purpose:  to induct Amanda Smith as the newest member of the Silverdale Rotary Club.  Her classification is Real Estate.  Welcome to the Silverdale Rotary Family, Amanda!
 
Pictured left to right: President Christie Scheffer, Membership Chair Jason Wright, Amanda Smith, Sponsor Rick Soper
 
It was a family affair!  A large group of our Kids of Action attended, and Steve and Whitney Boe presented them all with a Kids of Action certificate and pin.  Kids present included: Amelie and Cavanaugh Boe, Jacob Lyons, Reece Shannon, Reyce Scheffer, Sophia and Tye Strong. Marshall and Ellie Shoemaker; Aiden, Sophia, and Vivian Smith.
 
 
 
 
The Certificate reads: "In recognition of making positive choices that benefit others, of exemplifying the spirit of service above self, and being a Kids of Action role model to your Community, this certificate of excellence is awarded by the Silverdale Rotary Club."
 
Note from President Christie: "We had a White Elephant Exchange for adults and kids! I ran the kids one and am happy to report no tears - LOL!"
 
Thank you Club Service Chairs Erin Shannon and Jennifer Strong for organizing this grand affair!
 
Induction of New Member Amanda Smith, and Rotary Kids of Action! Christie Scheffer and Steve Boe 2019-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army at Silverdale Safeway

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Dec 14, 2019
Silverdale Rotarians and their family members and friends manned the buckets at both doors and rang the bells all day Saturday at Safeway, collecting much needed funds for the Salvation Army.  This is a decades long tradition for our Club, and the generous public responded! 
 
Thanks to all the Silverdale Safeway shoppers who filled the buckets!
 
  
Pictured:  Rotarian Scott Slocum with grandson Kaleb, with help from their four footed furry friend who greeted everyone with a warm wag!
 
 
Pictured: our Rotary Exchange Student from Hungary, Aron Skultety, who learned about another Christmas tradition in the United States.
 
Pictured:  Rotarian Jennifer Strong and her daughters Ty and Sophia
 
Silverdale Rotary Club President Christie Scheffer had help from 3-year-old grandson Ronan!
 
Rotarians Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army at Silverdale Safeway Barbara Beagle 2019-12-14 08:00:00Z 0
Video - Rotarians at Work - Feeding Kids During the Holiday Break Steven Boe 2019-12-13 08:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks Will Feed 250 Families for a Weekend 

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Dec 12, 2019
 
On December 12, Rotarian Mary Hoover (above left) presented Marilyn Hawks of CK Food Backpacks for Kids with a check for $1,995.  These funds are enough to stuff backpacks with food for 250 at-risk families to eat for a weekend.  Ms. Hawks related that while the families remain anonymous, one time a teenager connected with one of their volunteers and shared his story of gratitude for the backpacks of food that went back to when he was in grade school!  For more information about CK Food Backpacks for Kids, go to https://www.ckfoodbackpacks4kids.com/
 
Our Club is able to make this Duck Bucks grant thanks to the generosity of Sponsors of the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race and the community who purchases duck tickets.  Rotarians - People of Action!
Duck Bucks Will Feed 250 Families for a Weekend  Barbara Beagle 2019-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month

Posted by Scott Shoemaker on Dec 12, 2019
Front row:  Kasandra Velasquez, Rain Griswold (CKHS)
Back row: Grace Briner (Crosspoint),  Mason Haws and Katie Ragsdale (Klahowya), Jessejames Aguigui (CKHS), Braden Robinson (Crosspoint), Cody Hall (CKHS)
 
Rotarian Ron Templeton presented Rotary’s Students of the Month awards for three CK schools.  Today’s honorees are all outstanding students with excellent grades who are involved in their school and community.  The Silverdale Rotary is proud to recognize them!
 
Central Kitsap High School
  • Jessejames Aguigui - is a not only a member of the many social clubs at the CKHS, he represents them as a member of the Associated Student Body Board.  He also hopes to work in the gaming industry.
  • Rain Griswold is Editor-in-Chief of the Cougar Chronicle.  After high school, she plans to attend OC and WWU with the goal of becoming a children and family services manager. 
  • Cody Hall and is the current Senior Class Associated Student Body President and is on the track team.
  • Kasandra Velasquez hopes to attend the University of Washington next year. 
Crosspoint Academy
  • Braden Robinson is a member of the track and field team and choir among many other activities and hopes to attend the University of Washington. 
  • Grace Briner is the team captain of the Crosspoint Academy’s basketball team and plans to study at the University of Washington next year. 
Klahowya Secondary School
  • Katie Ragsdale plans to attend trade school to be an electrician.
     
  • Mason Haws is a member of track and field team and choir among many other activities.  Mason hopes to attend university in Utah next near.
Congratulations and Well Done to all our Students of the Month!
 
Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month Scott Shoemaker 2019-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

Food Bags for Holiday Break - Rotarians and Volunteers at Work!

Posted by Scott Shoemaker and Christie Scheffer on Dec 12, 2019
On December 12 Rotarians filled over 240 bags of food to help ensure at-risk students in 17 Central Kitsap School District schools won’t go hungry over the winter break.  The food was purchased using Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot proceeds. 
 
 
The bagging was organized in an assembly line to fill and load the food bags, with others to haul the bags to delivery vehicles, and plenty of folks to deliver the bags to the respective schools.  Many hands made for light work, but with a big impact on our local community!
 
Our Rotary Club places a high priority on helping to feed these hungry kids! And it’s truly a community effort. Some shout outs go to:
 
- CKFR Chief John Oliver (pictured below 5th from left) coordinated a host of CKFR volunteers to assist with the food pick-up the day before and preparations for putting out on bagging day!
 
 
 
 
- Kitsap Mall Manager Erin Leedham (pictured above center) and Angie Pomeroy provided meeting, storage and packing space as well as assistance from the professional and kind Security Team at the Mall in support of this great project!
 
- Kitsap Regional Library Branch Manager Ashley Oaksmith provided a copy of the KRL Inspire Magazine to go in every bag - connecting kids to literacy, classes and culture!
                                                                                                
- Safeway for donating the bags!
  
- All our Rotarians and wonderful volunteers that have stepped up to prep, pack and deliver the food to the schools! 
 
 
Thank you to all -  this is a great example of Service Above Self!
 
Food Bags for Holiday Break - Rotarians and Volunteers at Work! Scott Shoemaker and Christie Scheffer 2019-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting and Food Bagging at Kitsap Mall on December 12, 2019

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Dec 08, 2019
We will be meeting and eating lunch on December 12 in the Live 360 Community room just north of the inside Mall entrance to Dick's Sporting Goods. See map below.
 
After the formal meeting we will move over to the Food Bagging area.  Rotarians once again will come together to bag 250 bags of food (a total of 171 cases!) to deliver to 17 different elementary, middle and high schools. These will be sent home with children over the Holiday break. Over and over, families have expressed gratitude for the food, and some mothers have wept with school staff over concern for keeping their children fed.
 
 
Our Club is proud to place feeding kids as a priority alongside of the other agencies that attempt to meet a need that continues to grow.  Rotarians - People of Action!

 
Meeting and Food Bagging at Kitsap Mall on December 12, 2019 Barbara Beagle 2019-12-08 08:00:00Z 0

2019 Turkey Trot Results

Posted by EAH on Dec 05, 2019
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019 Turkey Trot!  It was a fun event for a great cause, and we netted $10,000 this year! All funds raised will go to support food programs in our community. 
 
There are already plans to add a 10K race to the 2020 Turkey Trot, in addition to the 5K, 1 Mile, and Kid's Dash.
 
 
Thanks also to all our Sponsors and community volunteers - this was a record breaking year!   Click on the links to the left, in the Download Documents section, for the 5K and 1 Mile results.
 
2019 Turkey Trot Results EAH 2019-12-05 08:00:00Z 0
2019 Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot - A Record Breaking Success! Steven Boe and Barbara Beagle 2019-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Thanksgiving Turkey Trot - Preregistration Still Available! Steven Boe 2019-11-25 08:00:00Z 0

Turkey Trot - Schedule for Thursday

Posted by David Jordan on Nov 25, 2019

Thursday November 28, 2019, from the Turkey Trot website  http://silverdaleturkeytrot.com:

Volunteer arrival: 07:00 am (Location, Kitsap Mall entrance next to Pot Belly and Buffalo Wild WIngs) (Address: 10315 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale, WA 98383)
 

Registration, packet pick-up, and near 5K/1 mile/Kids Dash start: 07:30 am at the same location as volunteers (Please see above)

1 mile start: 08:30 am 

Pumpkin/Kids Dash start: 08:50 am

5k start: 09:00 am

1 mile Drawing and Awards*: 09:00 am

*Individual division awards will be given upon crossing the finish line

5k Finish-line closes: 10:15 am

5k Drawing and Awards*: 10:20 am

*Individual division awards will be given upon crossing the finish line

Run conclusion and tear down: 10:50 am

 

Turkey Trot - Schedule for Thursday David Jordan 2019-11-25 08:00:00Z 0

Schedule for Turkey Trot Week

Posted by David Jordan on Nov 21, 2019
 
Online registration at http://silverdaleturkeytrot.com and early entry prices closed Sunday night the 24th at midnight.  People can sign-up at Monday-Wednesday at Kitsap Bank in Silverdale, Dick's Sporting Goods on Wednesday, November 27th, 4-7 pm; and on Race Day at Kitsap Mall 7:30-9:00 am.
 
Event #1: Race Packet Filling
            What: Put race related items in large envelopes for each race participant
            When: Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26
                        5:00 pm – 8:00 pm each night
            Where: David Jordan’s offices, Thrivent Financial, Silverdale
 
Event #2: Pre-Race Setup and Administration
            What: Race Registration
            When: Wednesday, November 27
                        4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
            Where: Kitsap Mall near Dick’s Sporting Goods
 
Event #3: Race Day Set Up & Tear Down + General Support
            What: Set up and put away chairs/tables/equipment + on call support
            When: Race Day, Thursday, November 28
                        7:30 am – 10:30 am
            Where: Race Central inside Kitsap Mall near Buffalo Wild Wings
           
Event #4: Runners Check-In/Cashier/Tee-Shirts
            What: Check in runners, issue runner packages
            When: Race Day, Thursday, November 28
                        7:30 am – 10:30 am
            Where: Race Central inside Kitsap Mall near Buffalo Wild Wings
 
Schedule for Turkey Trot Week David Jordan 2019-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

Turkey Trot Funds Feed Children at Thanksgiving

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 21, 2019
Last year's Silverdale Rotary Thanksgiving Turkey Trot proceeds are feeding vulnerable families this Thanksgiving!  On November 21 Rotarians and community volunteers packed 246 bags and delivered them to Central Kitsap schools, who specifically screen for the most needy families.
 
 
 
 
 
Rotarians and volunteers came together like a well oiled machine!  Thanks to the entire Scheffer family who transported 117 cases of food to the Mall (led by President Christie who organized the event, contacted schools, and ordered the food).  Thanks to Kitsap Mall and manager Erin Leedham for providing the terrific venue,  to Scott Shoemaker (pictured above), Matej Kunak, and Kevin Moran who pushed very heavy carts outside for loading; to Erin Shannon who directed how many bags went to which school and in whose car.  There are many, many others who were so important to the success of this event.
 
Pictured: Loading bags into Rotarians' cars for delivery to schools, with Mary Hoover and Kim Peterson ensuring correct quantities
 
When Brian and Barbara Beagle delivered 20 bags to the Barker Creek Community School (pictured above), the staff POC described chatting with tearful and grateful mothers who constantly worry about feeding their children.  Kudos to the Barker Creek staff who also took up a collection and bought 20 turkeys to go with the bags!
 
Pictured: Rotarians Brian Beagle, Scott Slocum, and the indefatigable Jack Jensen!
 
The annual Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot is an event with a purpose - to feed the hungry in Kitsap.  Last year the participants ran, and today we delivered! 
 
Silverdale Rotarians - People of Action!
 
 
Turkey Trot Funds Feed Children at Thanksgiving Barbara Beagle 2019-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

Turkey Trot Funds Help Feed Children 

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 21, 2019
Last year's Silverdale Rotary Thanksgiving Turkey Trot proceeds are feeding vulnerable families this Thanksgiving!  On November 21 Rotarians and community volunteers packed 246 bags and delivered them to Central Kitsap schools, who specifically screen for the most needy families.
 
 
 
 
Pictured: Loading bags into Rotarians' cars for delivery to schools
 
When Rotarians delivered 20 bags to the Barker Creek Community School (pictured above), the staff POC described chatting with tearful and grateful mothers who constantly worry about feeding their children.  Kudos to the Barker Creek staff who also took up a collection and bought 20 turkeys to go with the bags!
 
 
The annual Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot is an event with a purpose - to feed the hungry in Kitsap.  Last year the participants ran, and today we delivered! 
 
Silverdale Rotary - People of Action!
 
 
Turkey Trot Funds Help Feed Children  Barbara Beagle 2019-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

Food Bagging - Turkey Trot Proceeds Feeding the Hungry

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 21, 2019
Last year's Silverdale Rotary Thanksgiving Turkey Trot proceeds are feeding vulnerable families this Thanksgiving!  On November 21 Rotarians and community volunteers packed 246 bags and delivered them to Central Kitsap schools, who specifically screen for the most needy families.
 
 
 
 
Rotarians and volunteers came together like a well oiled machine!  Thanks to the entire Scheffer family who transported 117 cases to the Mall (led by President Christie who organized the event, contacted schools, and ordered the food).  Thanks to Kitsap Mall and manager Erin Leedham for providing the terrific venue,  to Scott Shoemaker (pictured above), Matej Kunak, and Kevin Moran who pushed very heavy carts outside for loading, to Erin Shannon who directed how many bags went to which school and in whose car.  There are many others who were so important to the success of this event.
 
Pictured: Loading bags into Rotarians' cars for delivery to schools, with Mary Hoover and Kim Peterson ensuring correct quantities
 
When the Beagles delivered 20 bags to the Barker Creek Community School (pictured above), the staff POC described chatting with tearful and grateful mothers who constantly worry about feeding their children.  Kudos to the Barker Creek staff who also took up a collection and bought 20 turkeys to go with the bags!
 
Pictured: Rotarians Brian Beagle, Scott Slocum, and the indefatigable Jack Jensen!
 
The annual Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot is an event with a purpose - to feed the hungry in Kitsap.  Last year the participants ran, and today we delivered! 
Food Bagging - Turkey Trot Proceeds Feeding the Hungry Barbara Beagle 2019-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

Underwater Ducks and the Navy - a Celebration of Service!

Posted by Ed Hamilton on Nov 18, 2019
Did you know our Rotary Club receives dozens of emails through our website every year?  As the "gate-keeper" of incoming emails, I received one that asked "Can I borrow one of your inflatable ducks?" So, I asked "Why?"  Here’s the back story:
 
The email was from Jessica Martin, the wife of Master Chief Petty Officer Rex Martin  on the Gold Crew of the USS Nebraska (a Trident missile nuclear submarine).  She inquired if we would be willing to let her use an inflatable duck to celebrate her husband’s homecoming from his last submarine deployment in the Navy.  Our answer was a resounding “yes!”
 
Master Chief Rex Martin has 18 year’s service in the Navy. He was just relieved as Strategic Weapons Systems Master Chief. Of his 18 years of service, he served over 5 years underwater on submarine deployments. This last deployment is his last for his career, and he will be retiring after his shore duty.
 
So, why a Duck?  Jessica explained: “A sailor made fun of Rex on the boat on field day. Rex was walking through the boat telling everyone, “wrap it up, wrap it up.” The sailor went a little later after him saying, "rubber duck, rubber duck," thinking Rex didn't hear. The next field day Rex called on everyone to complete their work by saying, "rubber duck, rubber duck," shocking the guys with his eagle ears.
 
So on the Nebraska, the term "rubber ducking" came to mean: finishing up something.  For his last deployment I sent all his chiefs, and stuffed in 29 single sailor boxes, about 50 rubber ducks. They made them appear for Rex throughout the deployment. Once even on his chest while he was sleeping! Haha! Just to remind him that this was his last deployment and he needed to “rubber duck it” and come home for the final time." 
 
Master Chief Rex Martin and Jessica are pictured to the left of Waddles and Lucky
 
So on Thursday, November 7th, four Rotarians (Matej Kunak disguised as Lucky Duck, President Christie Scheffer, Steven Boe as media, and I) inflated Waddles outside Buffalo Wild Wings in Kitsap Mall for a short, but fun, recognition of Rex’s service to our Country.  Our small group was met by about 40 sailors from the USS Nebraska Gold along with their families to recognize the service of Master Chief Petty Officer Rex Martin.  Congratulations to Rex from the Silverdale Rotary Club, and thank you  for your dedicated service!
 
Underwater Ducks and the Navy - a Celebration of Service! Ed Hamilton 2019-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting and Food Bagging at Kitsap Mall on November 21

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 18, 2019
We will be meeting and eating lunch in the Live 360 Community room just north of the inside Mall entrance to Dick's Sporting Goods. See map below.
 
After the formal meeting we will move over to the Food Bagging area. We will be bagging 117 cases of food into 240 bags for kids to take home over the long Thanksgiving weekend.  AND we are using Turkey Trot proceeds to purchase the food – how appropriate!
Meeting and Food Bagging at Kitsap Mall on November 21 Barbara Beagle 2019-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot - Message from the Kids

Posted by Steven Boe on Nov 15, 2019
The Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot is almost here! Fun for the entire family, no matter your running/walking/rolling level.
 
Cash prizes - costumes and pets encouraged - pets in costumes encouraged!
 
Online registration at http://silverdaleturkeytrot.com and early entry prices closes Sunday night the 24th at midnight. Thereafter people can sign-up at Kitsap Bank in Silverdale, Dick's Sporting Goods on Wednesday, November 27th, 4-7 pm; and on Race Day at Kitsap Mall 7:30-9:00 am.
 
Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot - Message from the Kids Steven Boe 2019-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Donates 110 Books to Woodlands Elementary!

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Nov 14, 2019
Silverdale Rotary Club - People, and Kids, of Action!
 
Rotary Club of Silverdale delivered 110 books donated by Rotarians as part of its Literacy Drive, to Woodlands Elementary School. The books were delivered by Rotary Kids of Action!
 
 
Ms. Roberts, the school librarian, was excited to receive so many popular, quality books!  She exclaimed: "I know you said you were bringing in books, but I never expected this! Thank you so much!"
 
Shown in the picture is Lucky Duck (worn by Kids of Action Reyce Scheffer), Kids of Action Lydia Barros, Librarian Liz Roberts and a group of very excited Woodland Wildcats eager to immediately start checking out books! The requests started flying! 

Liz Roberts and Woodland staff send a warm thank you to the Rotary Club of Silverdale!
 
Rotary Donates 110 Books to Woodlands Elementary! Christie Scheffer 2019-11-14 08:00:00Z 0

Reflections on Veterans Day

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 14, 2019
November 14 was a very special day at Rotary where we celebrated Veterans Day and the Veterans in our Rotary Club!  Our speaker was Commander (Ret) Jack James, a former SEAL and Explosive Ordnance expert.  He reminded us that Veterans Day is a celebration of triumph over adversity, of men and women who at one time “signed a blank check, up to and including the ultimate sacrifice” when they entered service to their country.
 
 
Pictured left to right: Steve Slaton, Bob Cassis, Brian Beagle, David Jordan, Scott Slocum, Jim Dudley; seated: Jack Jensen
 
There are 14 Veterans in the Silverdale Rotary Club who proudly represent over 180 years of service!
Army: Jack Jensen, Dale Robinson
Coast Guard: Bob Cassis
Navy: Roger Aydt, Brian Beagle, Jim Dudley, Frank Guthrie, David Jordan, Don Lachata, Scott Park, Steve Slaton, Scott Slocum, Don Taylor, Jason Wright
Thank you all for your service!
 
Did you know that there are 108 Veterans Memorials in Kitsap County?  You can find the list at https://bremolympicnlus.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/kitsap-memorials.pdf.
 
Reflections on Veterans Day Barbara Beagle 2019-11-14 08:00:00Z 0

District Governor Speaks about Joy in Rotary

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 07, 2019
Watch DG Mo’s dynamite presentation at https://www.facebook.com/SilverdaleRotaryClub/videos/543633886181084  starting at 8:02.
Silverdale Rotarians were honored to host District 5020 Governor (DG) Mo Fritz-Roberts and her husband Dale Roberts on November 7.  DG Mo’s dynamic presentation was an inspiration, and a call to action, for all of us.  Her topic was “Joy:”  the joy of a single mother and other women in Ethiopia who can now support their children, the joy of collaboration to make things happen, the joy of celebrating with Rotarians from the world over at Conferences and International Conventions, and the joy of enabling The Rotary Foundation to do good in the world.
 
“It makes me happy to talk about Rotary!” exclaimed Mo in her introduction, “because everywhere you go in the world with Rotary, you can get things done!”  She went on to describe several collaborations she has experienced through Rotary in Ethiopia and Uganda, highlighting the meaning of this year’s Rotary International theme, Rotary Connects the World:
  • Giving life saving polio vaccine drops on three National Immunization Days to help rid the world of polio
  • Seeing the results of Rotary water well projects that free up children so they can go to school and their mothers so they can earn a living.
  • Her Comox Rotary Club raising $90,000 to start a microcredit bank in collaboration with World Vision that changed countless lives.
  • Rescuing 14-16 year old former sex slave mothers with a Rotary Foundation grant that provided training and a sewing machine – total cost: $120 per girl!  

Mo emphasized how easy it is to donate to The Rotary Foundation and become a sustaining member (only $10 per month buys one sewing machine (see above)!
 
Important dates:
  • District Training and Conference on May 15-16, 2020 in Victoria. (It’s also the Queen’s Birthday Weekend!)  Time will fly with keynote speakers and special presentations interspersed throughout the weekend.  Get ready to be inspired!
  • Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, June 6-10, 2020 https://rotaryhonolulu2020.org/.  Combine a totally awesome convention experience with a tropical vacation - several Silverdale Rotarians are already planning to attend.
Lastly, Mo reminded us that “the more that we put into Rotary, the more we get back,” and she concluded with this challenge:  “Think about that one thing you would like to do in Rotary this year, and make it happen!”
 
 
District Governor Speaks about Joy in Rotary Barbara Beagle 2019-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

Honoring Our Veterans 

Posted by Bob Cassis and Ashley Oaksmith on Nov 07, 2019
Pictured: Silverdale Veterans Memorial Park.  Silverdale Rotary Club maintains the flags in this park, ensuring that our veterans are properly honored.
 
We have a great Rotary meeting planned for November 14th; you will want be there as we observe Veterans Day.  Our speaker will be Commander Jack James who is a retired Navy Seal and an Underwater Explosive expert.  He has been and continues to be extremely active in Veterans Affairs in Kitsap County and the State of Washington.
 
We have 14 veterans in our club!  Please plan to attend to honor these veterans and fellow Rotarians. 
 
 
Honoring Our Veterans  Bob Cassis and Ashley Oaksmith 2019-11-07 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Live on November 7, 2019 Barbara Beagle 2019-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

August, September, and October Rotarians of the Month Recognized

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Nov 07, 2019
Pictured left to right: Ashley Oaksmith, DG Mo Fritz-Roberts, Scott Shoemaker, Peggy Templeton
 
In a special presentation by District 5020 Governor Mo Fritz-Roberts, three very deserving Rotarians were named Rotarians of the Month on November 7: Peggy Templeton (August), Ashley Oaksmith (September), and Scott Shoemaker (October).  All three are relatively new Rotarians, and their contributions to our Club and beyond are extensive.
 
August, September, and October Rotarians of the Month Recognized Christie Scheffer 2019-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Rotarians - People of Action Who Also Know How to Have Fun!

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 31, 2019
Thanks to our Warrior Queen Christie Scheffer and a lot of enthusiastic Rotarians who came in costume, our Rotary meeting on October 31 was full of energy with lots of laughing.  There was a costume contest – and by applause Harold Shea took 1st place and a $50 gift card as marshmallow boy!
 

 
Peggy Templeton and Barbara Beagle shared 2nd place as a witch and gypsy, respectively.
 
    
 
Why does the gypsy have wings and a wand?  Because the Warrior Queen annointed and flummoxed the gypsy (Barbara) as the “Breeze Fairy” for her work as editor of the Breeze (while thanking everyone else who contributes)!
 
Trick or Treaters at the annual Halloween at Seabeck had the surprise of the year when they were greeted at the Rotary (wait for it!)....Christmas House!!!
 
Kim Peterson, Rick Soper, Aron Skultety, Peggy Templeton, and Tammy (Kim's sister) "had a blast handing out candy and wishing everyone a Merry Halloween! We figured if the stores were decked out for Christmas, we should, too!" 
 
Silverdale Rotarians - People of Action Who Also Know How to Have Fun! Barbara Beagle 2019-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Rotarians Honor Students of the Month

 

Posted by David Jordan on Oct 31, 2019
Pictured: Annelisa Ayars and Jeven Keel (CKHS), Audrey Slane and Hope Martin (Klahowya)
 
On October 31, Silverdale Rotarians had the honor of recognizing the first Students of the Month for the 2019-20 school year from Klahowya Secondary School and CK High School. Rotarian Ron Templeton set the stage by educating students and guests on the history of Rotary, as well as the history of the Silverdale Rotary Club. We heard accolades from teachers and faculty about these remarkable students, and we were encouraged that our hope in future generations will be one of prosperity. These students’ goals in life covered the spectrum from PE teacher, youth minister, physics, and mechanical engineering.
 
Students who receive this award are also heavily involved in their communities, schools, and enriching the lives of those around them. Thank you to the parents, faculty, and community for encouraging these students to reach their utmost potential.  The students were each presented with a plaque, gift card, a letter to their parents, and a letter from Washington’s 6th District Congressman Derek Kilmer.  Congratulations to our future leaders!
 
Silverdale Rotarians Honor Students of the Month   David Jordan 2019-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Raise Funds to End Polio Worldwide

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 24, 2019
 
October 24 is World Polio Day, and Rotary clubs worldwide have been raising funds for the final stretch to End Polio worldwide.  On October 24 President Christie led a very exciting Raise the Paddle for Polio Eradication, and in 10 short minutes Rotarians pledged $645!  (Note: a different figure stated at the meeting was in error).   Add $70 from the week before brings the total to $715!
 
Erin Shannon won the BBQ-themed gift basket,
and Ron Templeton (with the help of Kids of Action Amélie Boe, pictured above with Peggy Templeton) won a nifty tabletop grill, perfect for tailgating!
 
There are three countries where polio is still endemic: Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. For more about the polio campaign, go to https://www.endpolio.org/.  You can go online and donate at https://www.endpolio.org/donateThe Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is matching all donations two to one!
 
Rotarians Raise Funds to End Polio Worldwide Barbara Beagle 2019-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Peggy Templeton - Teaching the Teachers in Jamaica

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 24, 2019
Note: to see Peggy Templeton’s entire dynamite presentation, go to https://www.facebook.com/SilverdaleRotaryClub/videos/1002235690122746, and start at 10:58.
 
  Jamaica: one pictures idyllic tropical beaches and relaxation.  But for Rotarian Peggy  Templeton, Jamaica meant a week in August 2019 spent working in a tiny unairconditioned classroom with a leaky roof in 93% humidity.  Why?  To set up a computer lab (pictured) and Teach the Teachers computer skills on one of the most impoverished islands in the Caribbean whose schools have yet to recover from a devastating hurricane in 1988. 
 
Working with a nonprofit called Great Shape!, Inc. (“Humanitarians in Action since 1988,” https://greatshapeinc.org/), Peggy gathered school supplies and paid for transportation and shipping plus $800.  Once there, she set up 30 donated computers and commenced teaching 38 teachers, some who ranged in ages well into their 80s! 
 
Many had never worked on a computer before. 
 
Thanks to the Sandals Foundation and Sandals Resorts International, rooms, meals, and on-island transportation were provided to the volunteers at no charge.
 
Peggy also sampled local Jamaican street and restaurant food proudly cooked by the locals.  How was it?  “HOT! Because of the ubiquitous Scotch Bonnet chilis, one of the hottest culinary chilis around!”
 
Peggy thanked Silverdale Rotary and individual Rotarians who contributed supplies and funds for supplies for the school.  And she thanked Kim Peterson and Kitsap Bank for contributing the American footballs and wildly popular flashy yo-yos !
 
When asked the question, “what was your most memorable part of the trip?,” Peggy responded “the gratitude of the teachers (pictured above), who by the end of the week were using terms of endearment like “Auntie” and “St. Peggy”!  Well done, Peggy – another great example of “Rotarians – People of Action!” 
 
Pictured - all the Great Shape! Inc. volunteers that week.
 
Peggy Templeton - Teaching the Teachers in Jamaica Barbara Beagle 2019-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians at Work – Filling Bags for Homeless Teens at Coffee Oasis

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 24, 2019
What do homeless teens need?  The answer can be very complex, but sometimes very simple: a shower, a snack, some portable food.
 
 
To that end, Silverdale Rotarians, guests, and Rotary Kids of Action filled 100 bags full of toiletries and snacks to give to Coffee Oasis representative Cody Clark who spoke to our Club on October 24. Using Silverdale Rotary Duck Race proceeds, we purchased the supplies and filled boxes and boxes of bulging baggies with items specified by Coffee Oasis.
 
Pictured left to right: Silverdale Rotary Kids of Action Amelie and Cavanaugh Boe, Reese Scheffer, and Lydia 
 
Earlier Cody Clark (pictured) had described what Coffee Oasis is in a nutshell: “We provide Hope.”  Their stated mission at https://thecoffeeoasis.com/ is “Changing the world for homeless youth in one community after another through a strategic continuum of services supported by sustainable coffee businesses.”  But what does that really mean? 
 
It means gathering places that offer friendship, belonging, and resources; an overnight shelter - the only one in Kitsap County for ages 16-20; jobs in the five Coffee Shops in Bremerton, Poulsbo, Port Orchard, and the new location in Kingston; help finding permanent housing; a 6-week program that teaches skills on how to land a job; a 24/7 Text Crisis Line; working with businesses who offer 100-hour internships; resource workers in schools and on the street to ID candidates for Coffee Oasis services…the list goes on and on. 
 
Cody thanked Silverdale Rotarians for filling up two tables at the Coffee Oasis fund raising gala on October 26.  He exclaimed that the net proceeds amounted to an astonishing $95,000!  That’s well on the way to covering the $120,000 needed to fund their homeless shelter for an entire year. In closing he stated, “you are helping to change the world for homeless youth!”
 
Rotarians at Work – Filling Bags for Homeless Teens at Coffee Oasis Barbara Beagle 2019-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks Mean Christmas Toys and Smiles for Hospitalized Children

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 24, 2019
It’s bad enough to be a child in a hospital, but a lot worse to be a child in a hospital at Christmas.  Enter then 7-year-old (in 2016) Zachary Darner, whose baby brother spent Christmas in the hospital. He said, “I really want to give kids something that will make them feel good at the hospital.”  What is that?  Toys, of course! 
 
 
Since 2016, thanks to Zachary’s tireless recruiting and fund raising efforts, thousands of toys have been delivered to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Harrison Hospital.  What better to name his nonprofit than Kidzz Helping Kidzz!  To see Zachary’s story, click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej2w08UmibQ&feature=player_embedded.
 
Silverdale Rotary has been helping Zachary bring smiles to hospitalized children at Christmas since 2017, and on October 24, Rotarian Kim Peterson (pictured above with Zachary) presented $500 in Duck Bucks and a bag of toys to Zachary for the 2019 Christmas campaign. Thanks to the generous sponsors of our annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, and the people far and wide who purchase Duck Tickets, we are able to support Kidzz Helping Kidzz year after year! 
 
To see Zachary’s entire presentation at Rotary, click on https://www.facebook.com/SilverdaleRotaryClub/videos/1002235690122746, and start the video at 3:09.
 
To see a video of the 2018 Christmas deliveries to the hospitals, click on https://www.kidzzhelpingkidzz.org/news and scroll down to Changemaker 2018.
 
Duck Bucks Mean Christmas Toys and Smiles for Hospitalized Children Barbara Beagle 2019-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks Mean Christmas Toys and Smiles for Hospitalized Children

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 24, 2019
 
It’s bad enough to be a child in a hospital, but to be a child in a hospital at Christmas?  Enter then 7-year-old (in 2016) Zachary Darner, whose baby brother spent Christmas in the hospital. He said, “I really want to give kids something that will make them feel good at the hospital.”  What is that?  Toys, of course! 
 
Since 2016, thanks to Zachary’s tireless recruiting and fund raising efforts, thousands of toys have been delivered to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Harrison Hospital.  What better to name his nonprofit than Kidzz Helping Kidzz!  https://www.kidzzhelpingkidzz.org/.  To see Zachary’s story, click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej2w08UmibQ&feature=player_embedded.
 
Silverdale Rotary has been helping Zachary bring smiles to hospitalized children at Christmas since 2017, and on October 24, Rotarian Kim Peterson (pictured with Zachary) presented $500 in Duck Bucks and a bag of toys to Zachary for the 2019 Christmas campaign. Thanks to the generous sponsors of our annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, and the people far and wide who purchase Duck Tickets, we are able to support Kidzz Helping Kidzz year after year!  To see a video of the 2018 Christmas deliveries to the hospitals, click on https://www.kidzzhelpingkidzz.org/news and scroll down to Changemaker 2018.
Duck Bucks Mean Christmas Toys and Smiles for Hospitalized Children Barbara Beagle 2019-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Classification Talk – CKFR Chief John Oliver

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 17, 2019
“Pride – Duty – Integrity – Honor.”  Those are the core covenants you will see emblazoned everywhere in Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue (CKFR).  But, to Rotarian and CKFR Fire Chief John Oliver, these core values were instilled in him since childhood by his father (WWII veteran and career longshoreman) and his mother and her logger family.  During his 35 years of fire service, they have served him well. 

Here are some facts from Chief Oliver’s Classification Talk on October 17:
  • He was a student athlete recruited by the Seattle Mariners.  He played for the Yakima Bears farm team until an injury ended his baseball career.
  • He followed his mentor, now retired CKFR Chief Scott Weninger, here from the Portland area.
CKFR has 10 stations and 130 full time employees who respond to 6,600 calls/year.

Chief Oliver spoke passionately about the challenges of leading a very large (geographically) fire district with a growing population, all the while keeping the tenets of trust  and integrity while determining “what is of benefit for all.”  He declared that the dedication, commitment, and performance that he sees every day in CKFR are second to none.
 
Rotary Classification Talk – CKFR Chief John Oliver Barbara Beagle 2019-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks Will Help Rescue the Lost and Injured

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Oct 17, 2019
Silverdale Rotarians were happy to welcome back one of the members of the Washington Explorer Search and Rescue (WESAR) - Kitsap Unit to accept a check for $3,318 for the purchase of technical rescue equipment to aid in moving injured rescuees up and down steep slopes.  Pictured is Sean Carhart accepting the check from Rotarian Mary Hoover.  Sean reminded us that WESAR is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that depends entirely on donations.
 
Read on for a synopsis of a dynamite presentation to our Club by two other WESAR Kitsap Unit members in September.
 
 
Every once in a while, presenters come into our club and offer information that makes us check our assumptions. We walk out with our mouths wide open muttering to each other, “…did you realize that…?”
 
On September 19, we learned that the courageous people that automatically spring into action to find our lost hikers, disoriented seniors and other vulnerable community members are all volunteers. Kate Cummings and Justin Laurie are leaders with the Kitsap Unit of Washington Explorer Search & Rescue (WESAR), and they are true local heroes. “This work has shaped me since I was a teenager,” shared Cummings. “The challenges that I face during the searches build my confidence, and my partners have become like family.”

After six months of intense training that covers everything from reading a map to helicopter safety, crews of volunteers ages 14 and up are dispatched to urban or wilderness locations throughout Washington at any time of day or night. Sometimes the assignment is to uncover evidence, such as a hidden weapon or human remains, but often it is to beat the clock to reach children and adults in life or death situations.
 
If it wasn’t for WESAR, Dorothy Jean Kroum who is 83 and has Alzheimer’s, would have perished in Mason County in August 2019. Jane Gear and her dog “Yoda” would not have made it home after scattering her husband’s ashes on Hurricane Ridge; and, the family of lost hiker Jeremiah from the USS Nimitz would still be longing for closure. “I grew up exploring the wilderness with my grandpa,” offered Justin. “I am committed to this mission because if it was me or my family out there, I would want someone to help.”
 
The WESAR website is loaded with information, photos, happy outcome stories, and ways to get involved. Take a moment to learn more at https://kitsapesar.com/
 
Duck Bucks Will Help Rescue the Lost and Injured Cathy Bisaillon 2019-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

Program on October 3: Mock Interview Project – Round 2

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Oct 03, 2019
Back by popular demand, our club welcomed six local job seekers to our meeting on October 3. Partners for Work is a program that unites Rotary clubs with social service agencies to increase employment outcomes for adults with developmental disabilities. The program supplied the materials for the Mock Interview session, social service agencies brought the job seekers, and our business-savvy Rotarians did the rest.
 
Pictured:  job seeker on right in black answering interview questions
 
“The job seekers picked up some important interview techniques,” commented Heidi Johnson, Employment Specialist with Easterseals Washington. “And more than that, they left with boosted confidence and some job leads,” Johnson concluded.
With most businesses struggling with recruiting and retaining employees, preparing people who want to work, but have some challenges, makes great sense. The Silverdale Rotary Club is honored to promote inclusion in our community, and to motivate clubs around the world to do the same.
 
Program on October 3: Mock Interview Project – Round 2 Cathy Bisaillon 2019-10-03 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Rotarians Recognize Navy and Coast Guard Service Members

Posted by David Jordan and Barbara Beagle on Sep 26, 2019

Every quarter Silverdale Rotarians take the opportunity to host and recognize and thank outstanding military service members from various installations and commands in Kitsap County.  It is truly an eye opening experience to hear first hand about how they perform critical missions "right next door." These individuals are accompanied by their Command representatives who introduce them and provide insight into the amazing jobs they do every day, as well as the volunteer community service they perform.  

Pictured left to right: RPC Juan Bejarano, MAC Andrew Feliciano, MAC Mark Bailey, MA2 Amber Bull Bear, MA2(SW/AW) Christina Kaderly, MK3 William Dirren, MCPOC Chris Fly, Rotarian Bob Cassis
 
President Christie addressed the military group and spouses about to be introduced and said, “we see you, we appreciate you, and we respect the service that you give every single day.” Then Rotarian Bob Cassis (retired Captain, U.S. Coast Guard) who coordinates this quarterly recognition, remarked that military service members are “as professional and self sacrificing a group of men and women as I’ve ever seen.”  Honorees are each presented with a plaque, gift cards, and movie tickets.  The military representatives thanked the Silverdale Rotary Club for making them a part of the community.  The following individuals were recognized for 3rd quarter FY 2019:
 
From the Naval Base Kitsap Security Department (responsible for Security for Naval Bases Bremerton, Keyport, Bangor, Jackson Park, and Manchester):
 
- Sailor of the Quarter: MA2(SW/AW) Christina P. Kaderly, introduced by MAC Mark Bailey
- Junior Sailor of the Quarter: MA2 Amber Bull Bear, introduced by MASC Andrew Feliciano   
- Not present: Blue Jacket of the Quarter MASN Haley Weaver, introduced by RPC Juan Bajarano
 
From the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor (responsible for protecting Trident submarines transiting to/from the Pacific Ocean):
 
- MK3 William Dirren attached to CGC Sea Devil, introduced by MCPOC Christopher Fly
 
Silverdale Rotarians Recognize Navy and Coast Guard Service Members David Jordan and Barbara Beagle 2019-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
Silverdale Rotary Live on September 26, 2019 Barbara Beagle 2019-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks: Bremerton Westsound Symphony & Tracyton Community Library

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Sep 19, 2019
 
“The Community Service Committee is proud to provide a $500 grant to support live symphonic music in Kitsap County,” Cathy Bisaillon announced as she invited Alan Futterman (pictured), Music Director of the Bremerton Westsound Symphony, to the microphone. Alan enlightened our members to the many opportunities that the symphony provides for young musicians, and he thanked us for funding venue rental that will feature a youth performance in early 2020.
 
Tracyton Community Library.  Volunteer Librarian Bonnie Chrey was presented with $500 to purchase new books and DVDs for the Tracyton Community Library which is completely independent of the Kitsap Regional Library.
 
“We have had a rich volunteer-powered tradition since 1945, and we are staying relevant and needed in our community today,” informed Bonnie. Past President, Kim Peterson, was honored to award the check to Bonnie and to encourage our members to visit the library and support its many community events. Learn the latest library news at https://www.facebook.com/pg/Tracyton-Community-Library-130993673596924/about/?ref=page_internal
Duck Bucks: Bremerton Westsound Symphony & Tracyton Community Library Cathy Bisaillon 2019-09-19 07:00:00Z 0

Kitsap Crossroads Rotary Club - There's a New Club in Town!

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Sep 19, 2019
There’s a New Club in Town:  President Amy Schmidt and Tanya Thomas brought their banner to our club meeting on September 19 and announced the newly-chartered Kitsap Crossroads Rotary Club in Poulsbo. Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at Western Red Brewing, 19168 Jensen Way N.E., the club is designed to accommodate working parents’ busy schedules. “We have the support of the Rotary Club of Poulsbo and 30 members so far!” exclaimed Amy.
 
Pictured left to right: Silverdale Rotary Club President Christie Scheffer, Kitsap Crossroads President Amy Schmidt, and Tanya Thomas
 
Visit Crossroads Rotary Club on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CrossroadsRotaryClub/, or better yet, bring your own dinner, and drop into a family-friendly meeting in the back room of Western Red Brewing to learn more about the people behind this innovative new club.
 
Kitsap Crossroads Rotary Club - There's a New Club in Town! Cathy Bisaillon 2019-09-19 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Rotary Club Live on September 19, 2019
 

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Sep 19, 2019
Click on the link below to see a jam-packed Silverdale Rotary Club meeting that has a little of everything that we are all about: giving away Duck Bucks, giving a voice to other community non-profits who are doing great things, welcoming the new Kitsap Crossroads Rotary Club, and learning about a tremendous volunteer SAR group (Washington Explorer Search and Rescue).  
 
 
Silverdale Rotary Club Live on September 19, 2019  Barbara Beagle 2019-09-19 07:00:00Z 0

Derek Kilmer (D-WA), U.S. Representative  6th District, Speaks at Rotary

Posted by Ashley, David, Barbara on Sep 05, 2019
Note: Click on the following link to watch Rep. Kilmer’s speech in its entirety. The Rotary meeting starts at 5 minutes, Chuck Kraining’s introduction of and story about Rep. Derek Kilmer starts at 19 minutes, and Rep. Kilmer’s speech starts after 26 minutes.
 
Derek Kilmer (D-WA), our U.S. Representative from the 6th District, gave a fantastic speech and Q&A session at Rotary on September 3.  Some highlights:
 
From Rep. Kilmer's Facebook page on Sep 5: “Enjoyed spending lunch today with the fantastic folks of the Silverdale Rotary Club! Thank you for the tremendous work you do to better the lives of all in Kitsap County.”
 
Rep. Kilmer is a Rotarian from the Gig Harbor Club, and the Rotary Four Way Test hangs in his Washington, D.C. office and shapes how he approaches his job.   He started out with a discussion of three things that keep him up at night:
- Economic disruption. "We need to empower people to navigate economic change rather than be victimized by it."
- Investing in the future, including education, to prevent young people from ending up in jail later in life.  He noted that Rotary helps by providing educational resources in the community.
-  Broken politics.  He chairs the bipartisan Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.  How can we work together again to really get things done?
- Regarding doing an onsite geographical exchange with a representative from Arkansas from the other side of the aisle, "It is important that to understand where people are coming from, we need to know about where they are coming from."
 
 
Rep. Kilmer wants to hear from the people of the 6th District. “Contact my office,” was his repeated message, if you have an issue with a Federal agency.  "We can't solve problems we don't know about." See the graphic below for some interesting statistics.
 
Go to https://kilmer.house.gov/contact for direct links to the images below.
 
Derek Kilmer (D-WA), U.S. Representative  6th District, Speaks at Rotary Ashley, David, Barbara 2019-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

Media News - in Slovakia!

Posted by Charles (Chuck) Kraining on Aug 30, 2019
"Rotary Youth Exchange changed my life!"  That's the headline in the article about Silverdale Rotarian (and 2017-18 Exchange Student) Matej Kunak in a Slovakian Rotary magazine.
 
 
Translation of the first paragraph in bold: "My name is Matej Kunak, I am 20 years old and I'm an international student. I went on exchange in 2016/17 and it literally changed my life."
 
Media News - in Slovakia! Charles (Chuck) Kraining 2019-08-30 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Rotary Goes International in the Media
 

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Aug 24, 2019
Thanks to Public Image Chair Steve Boe, in August 2019 two articles about Silverdale Rotary were published in Rotary International publications that are distributed world wide!  Thanks to Steve for all your hard work!
Steve submitted a couple story ideas to the Rotarian Magazine, and they liked Kids of Action!  They interviewed Steve, and published an article about Family Friendly Projects in the September 2019 Rotarian Magazine.   Good job, Steve!  Click on the following link to read the article:
https://www.rotary.org/en/4-questions-about-family-friendly-service-projects-steven-boe. Our new 2019-20 Rotary International President  Mark Maloney is pushing a family agenda. Perfect!
 
Mock Interview with job seeker on left
 
On August 8, Rotary International’s online blog “Rotary Voices” published the Mock Interview article written by Cathy Bisaillon.  To read the article, go to https://blog.rotary.org/2019/08/08/mock-interview-project-benefits-more-than-just-job-seekers/  “Since the blog post,” Cathy says, “several Rotarians from around the country have contacted me to obtain info so that they can host mock interview events in their own clubs. We are scheduled to have another event on October 3.“
 
 
Silverdale Rotary Goes International in the Media  Barbara Beagle 2019-08-24 07:00:00Z 0

Safeway Donates $5,000 to Help Feed Hungry Children!

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Aug 23, 2019
 
On August 23 at Silverdale Safeway, Silverdale Rotary was presented with a $5,000 check to alleviate hunger in children! This was part of their Grand Opening ceremony.  Simone Appleton, the Store Director, has been very impressed with our food bagging projects for homeless youth in CK Schools. She knows of our work through Rotarian David Jordan. It is due to his efforts this has come about!
 
Safeway Donates $5,000 to Help Feed Hungry Children! Christie Scheffer 2019-08-23 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Partner with COTN in Uganda

Posted by Heather Campana on Aug 08, 2019
Rotarian David Jordan (pictured) shared briefly about his and his wife’s upcoming trip to Uganda in partnership with Children of the Nations (COTN https://cotni.org/). Thank you to the Rotarians who donated soccer and rugby balls for them to take over with them as they will work with an orphanage with 700+ kids.
 
Additionally, our Rotary Kids of Action came in before the meeting and stuffed 120 pencil bags with school supplies such as pencils, pencil sharpeners, pens, compasses and protractors for David and Rachel to take as well.
 
 
Click on https://youtu.be/a9bzkVUwB44  to see a video of the Rotary Kids of Action project.
 
Pictured - Rotary Kids of Action
Front row: Cavanaugh and Amelie Boe
Back row: Eli Jones, Reyce Scheffer, Hunter Hoerer,  Reece and Jacob Shannon
Thank you Kids of Action!
 
Rotarian Jim Barker with Children of the Nations (COTN) introduced James Okalo (pictured), the COTN Country Director for Uganda, who spoke about the impact that Rotary has had there. James has served with COTN for 13 years. He shared that they are so grateful for the lifeline that our own Silverdale Rotary Club threw to Northern Uganda several years ago. This has provided them hope. They are able to offer the people in their area access to their campus programs. This intervention promotes change, creates jobs rather than job seekers, and ultimately democracy.
 
It’s a blessing to see how Rotary has touched so many!
 
Rotarians Partner with COTN in Uganda Heather Campana 2019-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Partner with Children of the Nations in Uganda

Posted by Heather Campana on Aug 08, 2019
Rotarian David Jordan (pictured) shared briefly about his and his wife’s upcoming trip to Uganda in partnership with Children of the Nations (COTN https://cotni.org/). Thank you to the Rotarians who donated soccer and rugby balls for them to take over with them as they will work with an orphanage with 700+ kids.
 
Additionally, our Rotary Kids of Action came in before the meeting and stuffed 120 pencil bags with school supplies such as pencils, pencil sharpeners, pens, compasses and protractors for David and Rachel to take as well.
Pictured - Rotary Kids of Action
Front row: Cavanaugh and Amelie Boe
Back row: Eli Jones, Reyce Scheffer, Hunter Hoerer,  Reece and Jacob Shannon
Thank you Kids of Action!
 
Rotarian Jim Barker with Children of the Nations (COTN) introduced James Okalo (pictured), the COTN Country Director for Uganda, who spoke about the impact that Rotary has had there. James has served with COTN for 13 years. He shared that they are so grateful for the lifeline that our own Silverdale Rotary Club threw to Northern Uganda several years ago. This has provided them hope. They are able to offer the people in their area access to their campus programs. This intervention promotes change, creates jobs rather than job seekers, and ultimately democracy.
 
It’s a blessing to see how Rotary has touched so many.

 
Rotarians Partner with Children of the Nations in Uganda Heather Campana 2019-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

2019 Duck Race - Top Prizes Awarded at Rotary

Posted by Heather Campana on Aug 08, 2019
Pictured left to right: Tacy Boswell - Grand Prize Winner, Chuck Capps - Advantage Nissan Grand Prize Sponsor; Sponsors Jennifer Stone and Erin Shannon of 1st Security Bank; Tina Sherman .
of Haselwood Family YMCA and prize winner Beverly Voss; Lori Ann Hartnett, winner of VCA Olympic Animal Hospital prize; Katrina Fulkerson and guest, winner of Holland America cruise,  President Christie Scheffer
 
Chuck Capps from Advantage Nissan handed over a check to our grand prize winner, Tacy Boswell. Winners of the Holland America Cruise for Two, Katrina Fulkerson, and VCA Care Club Winner, Lori Ann Hartnett received their prize certificates. Tina (standing in for Harold Shea with the YMCA) handed winner Beverly Voss her certificate for an Annual Family Membership. Jennifer Strong and Erin Shannon from First Security Bank were in attendance, but winner Autumn Mullen of their $1,000 prize was unable to attend.
 
2019 Duck Race - Top Prizes Awarded at Rotary Heather Campana 2019-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Program - Report on Humanitarian Work in Kenya

Posted by Heather Campana on Aug 08, 2019
Port Orchard Rotarian Bob Cairns introduced Naomi Miundi, from Kenya who is with Hifadhi Africa (https://hifadhiafrica.org/).  The Hifadhi Africa is a Kenyan based non-profit organization established as a development, advocacy and youth empowerment organization working to transform lives -providing innovative education support and mentorship and equip communities with the knowledge and skills required to address multiple complex challenges they face.
 
Naomi is visiting the United States because she was named a Mandela Washington Fellow for 2019. The prestigious Fellowship involves academic and leadership training for young men and women who possess leadership potentials in their field and within their community. Naomi’s field is civic leadership, and what a perfect fit for this bright young woman. The three components of the Mandela Washington Fellowship are University placement, summit, and life-long membership of YALI (Young African Leaders Initiative) Naomi’s University placement was Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.
 
Naomi spoke primarily of a region called East Pokot, which has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world, at 96%; where more than 60% of children never attend school in their lifetime. Without access to education, they cannot build their futures and transform their communities.  They are forced to adopt negative coping mechanisms and practices like cattle rustling, theft, drug abuse, prostitution, and forced recruitment into inter-community conflicts. Factors that hinder East Pokot children from going to school include: poverty and drought, non-existent parental education background, migration and pastoral lifestyle, and a lack of family income. She spoke about each of these challenges in depth, and how HAO has developed solutions. Their programs include:
 
  • Education - Scholarships, e-learning systems, institutional capacity building, construction of a library, and distribution of sanitary napkins for young ladies.
  • Water & Sanitation - Construction of sand dams, rainwater harvesting systems, storage water tanks and water purification system.
  • Livelihood - introducing integrated irrigation farming project, adopt-an-animal project, distribution of relief food
Port Orchard Rotary has funded projects for each of these programs - including a one-time donation to East Pokot of $5,000! Rotary is making a difference near and far!
 
Program - Report on Humanitarian Work in Kenya Heather Campana 2019-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

School Supplies for Orphanage in  Uganda

Posted by Steven Boe on Aug 05, 2019
Rotary KIDS of ACTION! Join us this Thursday, Aug. 8th at 11:30am when we spring into action to pack 120 bags with school supplies for an orphanage in Uganda.
 
Kids helping kids is what it's all about.
Kids, you can bring your adults as well!
New Life Training & Event Center, Silverdale, next to the YMCA.
http://www.KidsofAction.com
 
School Supplies for Orphanage in  Uganda Steven Boe 2019-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

2019 Duck Race Prize Winners!

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 29, 2019
Our Duck Race was held on July 28, 2019 at Whaling Days!
  • Tacy Boswell of Poulsbo, WA won her choice of a 2019 Nissan Frontier Pickup from Advantage Nissan or $16,000 cash!  
  • To see the list of ALL the lucky winners CLICK HERE.
  • THANK YOU to everyone who purchased Duck Tickets!  Even if you didn't win a prize, we are all winners - helping the Community!
  • Prizes may be picked up at Kitsap Bank in Silverdale during regular bank hours: Mon-Thu 9-5, Fri 9-6.  BRING ID. 
  • CUT OFF DATE to claim your prize or forfeit the prize - SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
2019 Duck Race Prize Winners! Barbara Beagle 2019-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

2019 Duck Race Prize Winners

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 29, 2019
Our Duck Race was held on July 28, 2019 at Whaling Days!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRAND PRIZE WINNER TACY BOSWELL OF POULSBO, WA
who won her choice of a 2019 Nissan Frontier Pickup from Advantage Nissan or $16,000 cash!  
To see the list of ALL the lucky winners CLICK HERE.
THANK YOU to everyone who purchased Duck Tickets!
Even if you didn't win a prize, we are all winners - helping the Community!
Prizes  may be picked up at Kitsap Bank in Silverdale during regular bank hours:
Monday through Thursday 9-5, Friday 9-6.  BRING ID.
CUT OFF DATE to claim your prize or forfeit the prize -  SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
2019 Duck Race Prize Winners Barbara Beagle 2019-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Pancakes at Whaling Days!

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 29, 2019
Pictured: front - Cavanaugh and Amelie Boe, back - Rotarian Scott Shoemaker, Rotary President Christie Scheffer, and volunteer Kim Rauch
 
The Silverdale Rotary Pancake Breakfast is a longtime tradition on Whaling Days weekend, feeding the hungry hoards before the Silverdale Dandy Lions/Kiwanis/1st Federal Grand Parade.  Crowds of hungry parade goers and runners feast on pancakes, sausages, fruit, coffee/tea/milk.
 
 
 
 
Rotary Pancakes at Whaling Days! Barbara Beagle 2019-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Race - It Takes a Village!

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 29, 2019
 
Activities leading up the the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race on July 28 at Whaling Days continued at a fever pitch all weekend, starting Thursday, July 25. Duck Tagging, Duck selling, Dandy Lions/Kiwanis/First Federal Grand Parade. Rotarians were busy non-stop, working with the help of community volunteers.
 
Pictured: Advantage Nissan Duck Truck - Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Grand Prize - with Rotarian Chuck Kraining, Lucky the Duck, and Bucky the Turkey in the truck bed.
 
To see a Photo Album of pre-Race activities, click on  https://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/PhotoAlbums/race-weekend-july-25-28-2019.
 
Duck Race - It Takes a Village! Barbara Beagle 2019-07-29 07:00:00Z 0
No Rotary Meeting on August 1st Barbara Beagle 2019-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

2019 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Prize Winners!

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 28, 2019
 
 
 
Our Duck Race was held on July 28, 2019 at Whaling Days!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRAND PRIZE WINNER TACY BOSWELL OF POULSBO, WA
who won her choice of a 2019 Nissan Frontier Pickup from Advantage Nissan or $16,000 cash!  
To see the list of ALL the lucky winners CLICK HERE.
THANK YOU to everyone who purchased Duck Tickets!
Even if you didn't win a prize, we are all winners - helping the Community!
 
Prizes  may be picked up at Kitsap Bank in Silverdale during regular bank hours:
Monday through Thursday 9-5, Friday 9-6.  BRING ID.

CUT OFF DATE to claim your prize or forfeit the prize -  SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
 
2019 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Prize Winners! Barbara Beagle 2019-07-28 07:00:00Z 0
Alternate winners  Barbara Beagle 2019-07-28 07:00:00Z 0
What Would Waddles Do?  Buy Your Duck Tickets Now! Steven Boe 2019-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

Where to Get Duck Tickets?  Hurry - the Race is Sunday, July 28 at 2 pm!

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 23, 2019

WHERE TO GET DUCK TICKETS?

TICKET BOOTHS

Location                                               Dates                                Times  
Fred Meyer East Bremerton
Wed, July 24
9-11 am
 
Thu, July 25
9-11 am
  
1-3 pm
 
Fri, July 26
9-11 am
 
 
1-7 pm
 
Sat, Jul 27
9 am – 5 pm
 
 
 
Hallmark Silverdale by Safeway
Mon-Sat, July 22-27
10 am - 6 pm
 
Sun, July 28
10 am - 12 noon
 
 
 
1st Security Bank Silverdale OUTSIDE
Mon-Fri, July 22-26 
11 am - 5 pm
   
Silverdale Rotary Pancake Breakfast 
Sat, July 27
7-10 am
   
Whaling Days
Fri, July 26
4-10 pm
 
Sat, July 27
12 noon - 10 pm
 
Sun, July 28
10 am - 12 noon
 
  
BUSINESSES IN SILVERDALE - Normal Business Hours  
  • Chase Bank – 10745 Silverdale Way

  • Columbia Bank – 10100 Silverdale Way NW

  • Edward Jones – 3505 NW Anderson Hill Rd Ste 100, 

  • Guitar Cafe – 3381 NW Bucklin Hill Rd

  • Haselwood Family YMCA – 3909 NW Randall Way

  • Kitsap Bank – 10488 Silverdale Way NW

  • Kitsap Mall Management Office

  • Quality Heating, Electrical, and Air - 9960 Silverdale Way, Suite 14

BREMERTON - Normal Business Hours

  • Advantage Nissan – Auto Center

  • Bremerton Health and Rehab – 2701 Clare Ave.

POULSBO - Normal Business Hours

  • better-2-gether – 18971 Front Street NE

PORT ORCHARD - Normal Business Hours
  • Columbia Bank – 228 Bravo Terrace
     

Where to Get Duck Tickets?  Hurry - the Race is Sunday, July 28 at 2 pm! Barbara Beagle 2019-07-23 07:00:00Z 0

Alternate Meeting Location on July 25

Posted by Ashley Oaksmith on Jul 21, 2019
Come to the Jenne-Wright Building, 9210 Silverdale Way NW, on Thursday, July 25th to tag 18,000 ducks for the Race on Sunday! Lunch will begin at 11:30 am, and and duck tagging at 12:00 pm. Please bring a knife or another slim-edged instrument  to remove the old stickers from before re-tagging the ducks.  Guests are welcome!
 
 
Alternate Meeting Location on July 25 Ashley Oaksmith 2019-07-21 07:00:00Z 0

Waddles is Back to Work!

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Jul 17, 2019
Waddles has been returned and is back to work!  One hole was discovered and the exterior of the duck was a little dirty, but otherwise Waddles is in good condition and was delivered to his new (temporary) home at the Casino.
 
We want everything on this matter to be positive, and emphasize raising funds to make a difference in this world!
 
A 17-year old young man self-reported the theft and has apologized. We are not pressing charges.  We have stated in our press releases that if the duck is voluntarily returned we will not press charges, and we Rotarians  will keep our word.
 
The community has been very positively engaged in this story. Its really been an amazing response! We will now get follow-up questions when they hear of Waddles return. Let’s use the positive conclusion of this episode to convey a super positive message to the community: 
 
"Yes! Waddles is returned! We are very grateful to have him back. No we are not pressing charges. (if you are asked) It was a youthful prank. We are focused on the upcoming Duck Race and what it means for the community and appreciate everyone's support!"
 
Thank you, Steven Boe for your good work in elevating this in the community and helping raise awareness of our work as Rotary. And Erin Leedham, thank you for all your efforts with coordinating the return of Waddles to the Mall for inspection, cleaning and repair.
 
We have a great team! Lets go sell tickets!!
 
Waddles is Back to Work! Christie Scheffer 2019-07-17 07:00:00Z 0

Waddles Is Back!

Posted by Steven Boe on Jul 17, 2019
Wednesday morning, July 17, 2019
 
The ballad of Waddles the Duck comes to an end as Bremerton Police apprehend a suspect resulting in the return of the beloved mascot. Working on a tip, officers from the Bremerton Police Department followed the lead to a remote location in Allyn, WA.  Officers Brandon Greenhill and Derek Eide from the Directed Enforcement Team (DET) deflated the situation quickly and identified two suspects who confessed to the theft.
 

Silverdale Rotary Club president Christie Scheffer stated, “We are so grateful to have Waddles back home and unharmed. He is a huge part of raising funds that go directly to many service organizations in our community. We can’t thank the Bremerton Police Department enough for everything they’ve done. Also, a big thank you to the media and everyone in the community who helped spread the word.”

One of the suspects is a minor whom authorities believe stole the duck in a misguided attempt to impress his girlfriend. No word on whether or not his girlfriend was impressed by the fowl romantic gesture.

Rotarian Erin Leedham from the Kitsap Mall added “The Silverdale Rotary Club has decided not to press charges. We’re just grateful Waddles is safe. After a little TLC, Waddles will be back to work later today.”

Check out the Bremerton Police Department Facebook page for more info and photos.

http://www.SilverdaleRotaryDuckRace.com
#DuckRace

 

Waddles Is Back! Steven Boe 2019-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
Where's Waddles?  PSA Steven Boe 2019-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Duck Bucks Change Lives! Rick Soper 2019-07-14 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Rotary Pancake Breakfast - Whaling Days Weekend

Posted by Erin Shannon on Jul 08, 2019
Spread the word to family and friends to come have breakfast before the First Federal Lions/Kiwanis Grand Parade which starts at 10 am.  The location is right on the parade route!
 
 
Breakfast includes pancakes (regular and blueberry), sausages, fruit, orange juice, coffee/tea, and milk!
 
Buy your Duck Tickets at the Pancake Breakfast!
 
A big thank you Grocery Outlet and First Security Bank. Because of their contributions, we likely will not need to use any Rotary funds to purchase supplies for the Pancake Breakfast. 
 
 
 
Silverdale Rotary Pancake Breakfast - Whaling Days Weekend Erin Shannon 2019-07-08 07:00:00Z 0

Stolen: Iconic Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Symbol

Posted by Steven Boe on Jul 07, 2019
 
PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE  RELEASE 
CONTACT INFORMATION: SILVERDALE ROTARY CLUB, Steven Boe 
RELEASE DATE:  07/07/19 
 
WHERE’S WADDLES? 
 
StolenIconic Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Symbol  
 
Silverdale, WA July 3, 2019Waddles, one of the large 15-foot inflatable ducks used to publicize the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, was stolen from the parking lot of Advantage Nissan in Bremerton. A police report #T19000215 was filed with the Bremerton PD. 
 
The replacement cost of the duck is valued at $2000.  More significant is the loss of marketing that it provides, which will greatly affect ticket sales. The annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race has raised over 1.6 million dollars for our community. Lost ticket sales will directly impact service organizations throughout Kitsap County that help feed homeless teens, provide shelter for victims of domestic violence, promote literacy, education, and many other services. 
 
Silverdale Rotary Club president Christie Scheffer says, “While we understand the humor behind a missing 15-foot duck named Waddles, it doesn’t diminish the monetary affect its theft has on the community.” Rotarians Brian & Barbara Beagle will donate five Duck Quack Packs (25 tickets) to anyone providing information leading to the return of Waddles the Duck. 
 
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the duck, is asked to please contact the Bremerton Police department or email the Silverdale Rotary Club at SilverdaleRotaryClub@gmail.com 
###
 
Following is a link to the Kitsap Daily News article on July 8.
 
 
Stolen: Iconic Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Symbol Steven Boe 2019-07-07 07:00:00Z 0

Buy Your Duck Tickets Now!

Posted by Steven Boe on Jul 05, 2019
 
The Silverdale Rotary Duck Race will be held on July 28 at 2 pm at the Silverdale Waterfront Park at Whaling Days.
 
 
Buy Your Duck Tickets Now! Steven Boe 2019-07-05 07:00:00Z 0

Where Can the Public Get Duck Tickets?

Posted by Steven Boe on Jul 02, 2019
 
  • Silverdale Rotary Pancake Breakfast from 7-10 am on July 27 at the Silverdale United Methodist Church on Silverdale Way
  • Whaling Days at Silverdale Waterfront Park, July 26-28
     
 
 
Where Can the Public Get Duck Tickets? Steven Boe 2019-07-02 07:00:00Z 0

Installation Dinner Vignettes

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 01, 2019
June 28, 2019 - Outgoing President Rick Soper handed over the reigns to incoming President Christie Scheffer as Silverdale Rotarians acknowledged the successful 2018-19 Rotary year.
 
Amelie Boe was the official greeter.  Future Rotarian?
   
 
Our very special guest 2019-20 District 5020 Governor Maureen (Mo) Fritz-Roberts addressed incoming President Christie Scheffer with all Past Presidents in attendance looking on.
Pictured left to right: Christie Scheffer 2019-20, DG Mo Fritz-Roberts 2019-20, Rick Soper 2018-19, Kim Peterson 2017-18, Cindy Holmes 2016-17, Chuck Kraining 2015-16, Jason Mayer 2013, Ed Hamilton 2013-15, Rich Arper 2010-11, Elayne Burton 2011-12, Mary Hoover 2012-13, Steve Slaton 2007-08, Ron Templeton 1990-91, Jack Jensen 1974-75
 
Congratulations to Jason Wright who was named Rotarian of the Year for 2018-19.  Well Done!
   
 
Congratulations to President Elect Steve Boe, as Rick awarded him a President's Citation!  Thank you, Steve, for all that you do.

 
 
 
 
Rick was presented with a President's clock
 
And Rick was presented with a set of custom Rotary coats embroidered by Peggy Templeton for his four dogs Jack, Mack, Zack, and Zoe.
     
 
Steve Boe then showed a video collage commemorating Rick's year. 
Click on this link and be sure to watch all the way to the surprise ending!
 
 
 
Installation Dinner Vignettes Barbara Beagle 2019-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

No Rotary Meeting On July 4

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jun 30, 2019
There will be no regular Rotary Meeting on Thursday, July 4. 
Happy 4th of July!
 
No Rotary Meeting On July 4 Barbara Beagle 2019-06-30 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Rotarians Celebrate a Successful Year 

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jun 28, 2019
June 28, 2019 - Outgoing President Rick Soper handed over the reigns to incoming President Christie Scheffer as Silverdale Rotarians acknowledged the successful 2018-19 Rotary year.
 
Amelie Boe was the official greeter.  Future Rotarian?
   
 
Our very special guest 2019-20 District 5020 Governor Maureen (Mo) Fritz-Roberts addressed incoming President Christie Scheffer with all Past Presidents in attendance looking on.
Pictured left to right: Christie Scheffer 2019-20, DG Mo Fritz-Roberts 2019-20, Rick Soper 2018-19, Kim Peterson 2017-18, Cindy Holmes 2016-17, Chuck Kraining 2015-16, Jason Mayer 2013, Ed Hamilton 2013-15, Rich Arper 2010-11, Elayne Burton 2011-12, Mary Hoover 2012-13, Steve Slaton 2007-08, Ron Templeton 1990-91, Jack Jensen 1974-75
 
Congratulations to Jason Wright who was named Rotarian of the Year for 2018-19.  Well Done!
   
 
Congratulations to President Elect Steve Boe, as Rick awarded him a President's Citation!  Thank you, Steve, for all that you do.

 
 
 
 
Rick was presented with a President's clock
 
And Rick was presented with a set of custom Rotary coats embroidered by Peggy Templeton for his four dogs Jack, Mack, Zack, and Zoe.
     
 
Steve Boe then showed a video collage commemorating Rick's year. Be sure to watch for the surprise ending!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Silverdale Rotarians Celebrate a Successful Year  Barbara Beagle 2019-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
The Ducks Are Coming...The Ducks Are Here! Steven Boe 2019-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

"What’s Your Passion?"  Rotarians Respond

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jun 20, 2019
 
President Rick Soper’s last club meeting of the year was capped off with words of inspiration from most everyone in the room. The prompt was to briefly share the passions that we have developed for service to our community, and the responses were rich and emotional.
 
Here are a few:
  • Nancy Whitaker has been trained as a member of the Kitsap County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). She is now equipped with hard hat, vest, ID badge and first aid kit to help people in distress. Her commitment includes regular volunteer work providing first aid and traffic control at community events. More classes are coming up, and Nancy encourages others to get involved by learning more at http://www.kitsapdem.org/kitsapcert.aspx.
     
  • New Silverdale Rotarian, Jim Barker, enjoys manning the left field gate at T-Mobile park when he is not devoting his time to improving the lives of families throughout the world through Children of the Nations (COTN) https://cotni.org/. Jim reminded us that by partnering our Rotary club with COTN, we have provided a van and water systems in the Dominican Republic, both of which are still serving the communities.
"What’s Your Passion?"  Rotarians Respond Cathy Bisaillon 2019-06-20 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Month: Erin Leedham

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jun 20, 2019
President Rick recognized Erin Leedham as the April Rotarian of the Month for pouring herself into almost every cause we support.
  • Erin’s recent championing of the Comfort Closet restock project for the Central Kitsap School District (collecting much needed necessities like toiletries, underwear and socks) adds to her already impressive list of accomplishments.
  • Thanks to Erin, the Kitsap Mall has been available for our Turkey Trot, food bagging events and special meetings.
  • She created Buy the Book with Kitsap Regional Library and Barnes  & Noble to make more literature available in our CKSD elementary schools. 
     
  • And, she makes sure that the Duck Race is top of mind for her shoppers each year. Thank you, and congratulations on a job well done, Erin!
     
Rotarian of the Month: Erin Leedham Cathy Bisaillon 2019-06-20 07:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange: What a wonderful year with Ruby!

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jun 20, 2019
With just four days left in the United States, Ruby Peng from Taiwan enlightened us with all that she did this past year. “The Northwest is really, really cold for me, all the time,” she began. Her presentation started with a shot of the airplane that brought her to us, and it ended with cap & gown photos of last Thursday’s graduation from Klahowya Secondary School.
 
She recalled memories of the welcome party at Peggy & Ron’s, (see below)
 
making friends at school, carving a pumpkin for Halloween (“It was hard to do!”), eating a ton of food at Thanksgiving, and building a snowman. Her trips included Southern California where she toured Hollywood, beach combed and experienced Disneyland in all of its Christmas splendor.
 
Chinese New Year, February 5, 2019
 
Ruby expressed her gratitude to all of our club members that took her places, bought her gifts, and simply treated her with kindness. Chuck and Rick warmly acknowledged how much Ruby has blossomed into an outgoing, fun-loving young lady. They presented her with a bouquet of flowers and a gold necklace with a ruby encased in a heart-shaped pendant to reflect that Ruby has captured our hearts. Ashley Oaksmith was given roses for providing an exceptional host family experience for Ruby. Ashley shared her warm reflections of the year, and she reminded us that there will be a gathering at Mod Pizza on Monday at 5:00 p.m. to share one more meal with Ruby before she boards her plane for Taiwan.
 
Pictured left to right: President Rick Soper, Youth Exchange Officer Chuck Kraining, Ruby, Host Mom Ashley Oaksmith, Youth Protection Officer Elayne Burton
 
 
Youth Exchange: What a wonderful year with Ruby! Cathy Bisaillon 2019-06-20 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Pancake Breakfast on July 27 in Silverdale Steven Boe 2019-06-17 07:00:00Z 0

Full Moon Social with Jack Jensen

Posted by Ed Hamilton on Jun 14, 2019
Fellowship and Stories - Rotarians and guests shared both with legendary Past President Jack Jensen on June 14 at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino and Resort.  Jack celebrated 50 years in Silverdale Rotary in October 2018!
 
Pictured left to right:  Past President Scott Slocum, Jack Jensen, Jill Slocum, David Jordan, Sarah Hamilton, Past President Ed Hamilton, President Elect Christie Scheffer, and former Rotarian Jason Mayer
 
Jack told a few stories, and reminded all of us that life is precious, and it’s our family and friends that make it so.
 
 
Full Moon Social with Jack Jensen Ed Hamilton 2019-06-14 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks Fund Life Saving Training

Posted by David Jordan on Jun 13, 2019
Carrie Murphy, Communications Director, Central Kitsap Medic One Foundation, received a $1,750 Duck Buck grant to purchase 25 mannequins for CPR training purposes. These mannequins will help Medic One give CPR classes in the community.
 
Pictured left to right: Carrie Murphy and Rotarian Kim Peterson
 
The purpose of the Medic One Foundation, founded in 1996, is to provide supplemental funding for emergency medical services that are performed by Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue (CKFR). https://www.ckfr.org/medic-one/.
 
Duck Bucks Fund Life Saving Training David Jordan 2019-06-13 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Scholarship Recipient receives Central Kitsap High School President’s Award
 

Posted by Ed Hamilton on Jun 09, 2019
Vicky Yu, honored on May 30 as a scholarship recipient by our Club, received the Central Kitsap High School l (CKHS) Principal’s Award on June 6.  This award is given to a student who overcomes significant obstacles while maintaining academic achievement.  (See the scholarship award story at https://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/Stories/2019-silverdale-rotary-scholarship-winners.)
 
Vicky, a recipient of an Education Assistance Grant by the Silverdale Rotary, was born in China and came to the United States with her parents as a baby.  Her parent struggled financially and Vicky noted the gratitude she felt when receiving food and school supplies from the community during her early school years.  Vicky began living on her own as early as 7 years old while her parents opened a restaurant.  By age 10 she was working nightly in the restaurant and doing homework into the early hours of the morning. 
 
Vicky completed CK High School with a 3.9 GPA and took several AP courses, excelling in math and science.  She plans to attend the University of Washington this Fall and pursue a medical-related degree.
 
Silverdale Scholarship Recipient receives Central Kitsap High School President’s Award   Ed Hamilton 2019-06-09 07:00:00Z 0

The Ducks Are Coming!

Posted by Rick Soper on Jun 07, 2019
Tickets go on sale near the end of June!
 
 
The Ducks Are Coming! Rick Soper 2019-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Month – May – Steven Boe

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Jun 06, 2019
Steven Boe, who joined Rotary in 2016, is one of those individuals who jumped into Rotary with both feet and submerged! And we don’t think he’s come up for air since! He is a gifted individual that has shared his gifts generously with our Club, District 5020, and internationally!
 
 
 
He has elevated the profile of this Club and its important work in the community, telling the story of what Service Above Self can look like locally and beyond.  Whether it is commercials for Duck Race, Turkey Trot or Wreaths, or video vignettes telling individual Rotarian’s stories, or maximizing the reach capable with social media platforms like Facebook, or creating videos that tell Rotary’s story in a heart-felt and compelling manner….the quality and excellence shine through.
Rotarian of the Month – May – Steven Boe Christie Scheffer 2019-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

What is Service Above Self?

Posted by Steven Boe on Jun 02, 2019
What is Service Above Self? The Silverdale Rotary Club thinks they have found the answer.
 
 
What is Service Above Self? Steven Boe 2019-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Month - Elayne Burton

Posted by Christie Scheffer on May 30, 2019
On May 30, Past President Elayne Burton was recognized by President Elect Christie Scheffer as Rotarian of the Month for the month of February, 2019.
 
Pictured: Christie Scheffer and Elayne Burton
 
Elayne Burton joined Rotary in 2003. Throughout the years Elayne has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to service: She was Club President in 2011/12; Duck Race Chair in 2012/13; Area 9 Assistant Governor from 2012 – 2015, District 5020 Trainer from 2015-2018, and is currently serving on the District Youth Protection Committee and as our Youth Protection Officer And she has simultaneously served as our Club Treasurer for most of those years.
 
One is only able to accomplish all of this with a huge investment in time and effort and a dedication to Service Above Self!
 
Rotarian of the Month - Elayne Burton Christie Scheffer 2019-05-30 07:00:00Z 0

2019 Silverdale Rotary Scholarship Winners

Posted by Heather Campana on May 30, 2019
Pictured left to right: Aina Zabinski, Bella Capuano, Vicki Yu, Elijah Allen, Kiah Warren, Kaija Curry
 
 
This year, Silverdale Rotary is giving away $12,500 in scholarships to local students; $9,000 of those funds is coming from our Silverdale Rotary Scholarship Foundation (Investment) Funds, with nearly all of that amount from just the interest and dividends! The remaining $3,500 comes from donors: Rotarian Rich Arper ($1,000), the Hometown Band (a non-profit community band donating $500 for a student wishing to pursue instrumental music), and the Chung family donating $2,000. What a blessing these donors are to our community and these young people!
 
In a complete coincidence, all of our Silverdale Rotary Scholarship recipients were from Central Kitsap High School this year.  Congratulations to this impressive group of young people, deserving of these scholarships, with incredibly bright futures ahead of them.   Read on:
 
2019 Silverdale Rotary Scholarship Winners Heather Campana 2019-05-30 07:00:00Z 0
Duck Race 2019 - Shout Out to Advantage Nissan Steven Boe 2019-05-29 07:00:00Z 0
Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day Barbara Beagle 2019-05-27 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks Help Eliminate Homelessness

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on May 23, 2019
On April 18, Joel Adamson, Director of Kitsap Homes of Compassion, spoke to our Club and opened our eyes to the way that his organization is "eliminating homelessness, one shared home at a time.”
 
Accepting a Duck Bucks grant for $3,000, Joel explained that these funds will pay the initial costs to lease a home that will then be self-sustained through the rental of five rooms to local men who have been homeless for quite some time.  Learn more about the great work being done by this new organization at https://kitsaphoc.org/.
 
Imagine the impact this will make on these homeless people's lives!   Thanks to generous Duck Race Sponsors and the community who purchased Duck Tickets for our 2018 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, they will have affordable long term supportive housing for the first time in a long time.
 
Duck Bucks Help Eliminate Homelessness Cathy Bisaillon 2019-05-23 07:00:00Z 0

Special Grant – In Memoriam for Natalie Bryson

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on May 23, 2019
Past President Mary Hoover presented a check for $700 to Cathy Bisaillon, President & CEO of Easterseals Washington. “Our club was entrusted with donations made in memoriam for Natalie Bryson” (inset) Mary began. “We know that she would be very happy to see Easterseals Camp Stand By Me use these funds in its service to children who have disabilities.”  
 
Cathy was very grateful for the surprise donation, which she stated is perfectly timed with preparations for summer camp sessions. Camp Stand Be Me info can be found at https://www.easterseals.com/washington/our-programs/camping-recreation/.
 
Editor's Note: Natalie Bryson, a civic leader widely recognized for her impact in the community, passed away in June 2018.  She joined Silverdale Rotary in 1987 as the first female Rotarian in Kitsap County.
 
Special Grant – In Memoriam for Natalie Bryson Cathy Bisaillon 2019-05-23 07:00:00Z 0

Program – Catalyst Public Schools Project

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on May 23, 2019
“Education options are coming to Bremerton in 2020,” opened Amanda Gardner. As the Co-Founder of Catalyst Public Schools, Amanda (inset) has been working on making her dream a reality since Charter Schools were written into Washington State law in 2016. Amanda and Co-Founder, Tatiana Epanchin, are passionate to open the school that will serve a diverse student population including at-risk children and kids with disabilities. The school will initially offer curriculum for Kindergarten, first, fifth and sixth grades; then, it will expand to eventually provide K-8 education.
 
“We have community support and a waiting list for students,” Amanda explained. “Now, the challenge is to find a facility with at least 32,000 square feet.” The organization is also looking for finance and legal professionals to round out its Board of Directors. Discover more about Catalyst Public Schools, or join its mailing list at https://www.catalystpublicschools.org/
 
Program – Catalyst Public Schools Project Cathy Bisaillon 2019-05-23 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks Send Scouts to Camp

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on May 23, 2019
Our own Nicole Stephens, District Executive at Chief Seattle Council of Boy Scouts of America, accepted $850 to fund participation for ten scouts at Orca Day Camp in July 2019 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.
 
Nicole thanked the club and stated, “Our scouts look forward to this event, and the Silverdale Rotary’s support will allow children to attend Day Camp this summer regardless of their ability to pay.” Catch up on all things Scouts at https://www.scouting.org/ and Chief Seattle Council at https://www.seattlebsa.org/
Duck Bucks Send Scouts to Camp Cathy Bisaillon 2019-05-23 07:00:00Z 0

You Make a Difference Award – Erin Shannon and Jennifer Strong

Posted by Christie Scheffer on May 23, 2019
Erin Shannon and Jennifer Strong joined Rotary in September of 2018. They immediately involved themselves and their families in all Rotary does: the Turkey Trot, inviting colleagues to Bell Ring for the Salvation Army, the Blood Drive, Food Bagging and Coffee Oasis projects, Chinese New Years and more!
 
Pictured left to right: Erin and Jennifer
 
They both stepped up to assist Peggy with the Greeter program, believing a warm welcome was important to people coming to Rotary the first time or as long standing members!
 
Erin and Jennifer have agreed to assume a leadership role as Board Members for the Club Services Committee for 2019/2020; Jennifer as Chair and Erin as 2nd Chair. Both registered for the DTA conference and have actively participated in an Incoming Board Retreats!
 
They both are contributors to the Rotary Foundation, supporting the mission of Rotary around the world to bring peace, clean water, health care for mothers and children, literacy, economic growth and disease prevention to communities desperately in need of these lifelines of hope and action!
 
They bring joy and enthusiasm to all they do in Rotary! And time spent in their company leaves one refreshed and ready to do more!  We are blessed to have Erin and Jennifer in our Club. When you see them, please thank them for making a difference in our community and the world!
 
You Make a Difference Award – Erin Shannon and Jennifer Strong Christie Scheffer 2019-05-23 07:00:00Z 0

"People of Action" Video Gains International Attention

Posted by David Jordan and Barbara Beagle on May 16, 2019
President Rick announced that our Public Image Chair Steven Boe and Silverdale Rotary Club have received international attention with Steven's "What is Your Story - People of Action" video.  To watch the video click on https://youtu.be/PE5xjHKfzh8?list=PLwTgFWA94VnQDzavE0IxF17SThHwIiohK
 
 
Steven made the video downloadable and customizable by other Rotary Clubs and Districts. Some are playing his video at their local District Conferences. Steven has been invited to speak at one of the online clubs from the UK, and was interviewed by Rotary Magazine, with the article coming out in the fall.  Well Done to our very own Steven Boe!
 
"People of Action" Video Gains International Attention David Jordan and Barbara Beagle 2019-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Meeting Streamed Live - May 16 Steven Boe 2019-05-16 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale at District Training and Conference 2019

Posted by Ed Hamilton on May 13, 2019
Let's start our re-cap of the Silverdale Rotary presence at the District 5020 District Training and Conference 2019 on May 9-11 where it belongs: our incoming President Christie Scheffer.  This year's conference offered early starts every day and a late ending the last night.  Which meant arriving the day before the events and leaving the morning after;  three evenings of "hospitality" in the President-Elect's suite.  Well, with at least a little help from daughter and Rotarian Brianna, Christie knocked it out of the park. 
 
I've looked back on this conference and feel it's the best one I've been a part of in my ten years of Rotary.  Fellowship is always a big part of that.  With 14 Silverdale Rotarians attending we had an outstanding presence.  In addition, the training appealed to me, and the day of guest speakers were amazing.   Our photo below -- we're missing a couple of us -- was a nod to one of the impressive speakers, Paul Chappell, who spoke about growing up in a violent household, going to to West Point, and serving our country in the Gulf War; and all efforts to address a growing rage inside of him.  In his post-military life he established a foundation teaching "peace literacy." The story of the forks we're holding will have to wait.
 
Front row:  Past Presidents Chuck Kraining, Ron Templeton, Rich Arper
Back row: Matej Kunak, Past Pres Ed Hamilton, Brianna Miller, Peggy Templeton, Pres Elect Christie Scheffer, Jennifer Strong, Past Pres Elayne Burton, Steven Boe, PDG Don Lachata, Bob Cassis, Kathy Cassis
 
It's already been decided that the 5020 District Training and Conference in 2020 will be in Victoria.  Let's all go! 
 
Silverdale at District Training and Conference 2019 Ed Hamilton 2019-05-13 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month

Posted by Heather Campana on May 09, 2019

Pictured left to right:  Kate Schweitzer (Klahowya); Matyas Kisiday, Gabrielle Lazo, and Madison Wallis (CKHS); Meghan Schmidt (Crosspoint)

Not Pictured: Woon Na (CKHS), Shaela Haga (Klahowya)

 
Silverdale Rotarians were pleased to host our last group of Rotary Students of the Month for the 2018-19 school year.  All three high schools that we support were represented at our meeting this month: Central Kitsap High School (CKHS), Crosspoint Academy, and Klahowya Secondary School. These students are picked by faculty, and demonstrate not only academic excellence, but also leadership, integrity and ethics.
 
Once again, this month’s students gave us so much hope for our future – these are amazing young people! Here is a little information about where they will pursue their college education this fall:
 
CKHS:
Madison Wallis - Rutgers to pursue NeuroScience
Gabrielle Lazo - UW to pursue Engineering/Bio-engineering
Matyas Kisiday - Stanford
Woon Na – not present
 
Crosspoint Academy: Meghan Schmidt - UW to pursue Engineering
 
Klahowya Secondary School:
Kate Schweitzer - USC
Shaela Haga (not present) - UW on an Army ROTC scholarship
 
Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month Heather Campana 2019-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
Become a Person of Action! Steven Boe 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Nicole Stephens - March Rotarian of the Month
 

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Apr 29, 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. 
 
We have given over 9,000 dictionaries over the years. 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.
 
 
Nicole Stephens , pictured above on left with a Clear Creek Elementary 3rd grade class, their teacher, and Rotarian Kim Peterson, joined Rotary just one year ago.  She took on the role of coordinating this effort and did a fantastic job: communicating with schools, coordinating the labeling and distribution schedule, arranging volunteers and keeping us all focused on this great work! Dictionary Deliveries were a great success this year, due to Nicole’s leadership.  
 
She earned her Bachelor’s degree at University of Washington in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She was actively involved in seminars on topics surrounding international poverty and aid impacts. She went on to focus her Master’s thesis on the recent rise in homelessness and poverty here in Washington State.
 
She is the Orca District Executive for the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America. She invests her time in youth development programs and believes they are essential to improving our community from the ground up.  On a personal note, Nicole has two young, spunky children, Emma and Ty!  Despite this busy life, she is committed to volunteerism and to Service Above Self.
 
Nicole is a rare individual and one we are glad to share our mission with. It is a real privilege to have Nicole in our Club and to recognize and honor Nicole as Rotarian of the Month for March.  Editor's note: on April 25 Nicole received a certificate and handwritten notes from local third graders.
 
 
Nicole Stephens - March Rotarian of the Month   Christie Scheffer 2019-04-29 07:00:00Z 0
April 25 – Rotary Meeting Streamed Live on Facebook Steven Boe 2019-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks Keep Students Reading during Summer Break

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Apr 25, 2019
Cathy Bohman, the Community Connector at Silverdale Lutheran Church (SLC), is “Bridging the Gap” by providing ten books to every second grader at Silver Ridge and Esquire Hills elementary schools. The program is designed to help students maintain their literacy levels during summer break, so that they return to school as third graders ready to move forward.
 
Rotarian Erin Leedham (pictured on right) presented Cathy (on left) with a Duck Buck check for $1,500 that will fund much of the project. SLC has developed a partnership with Scholastic Books that keeps the books affordable and ensures delivery to the children by early June. President Rick reminded our club members that “Our work on the Duck Race is responsible for great outcomes like this!” 
 
Duck Bucks Keep Students Reading during Summer Break Cathy Bisaillon 2019-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Welcomes Two New Members: Matej Kunak and Jim Barker

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

Duck Bucks – Helping Haselwood Family YMCA Serve the Community

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

Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month

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

Rotary & The Coffee Oasis - Working for a Better Community!

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

Coffee Oasis - Program on April 4

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

Feeding the Hungry - Turkey Trot Proceeds at Work!

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

Meeting at the Mall on April 4

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

3rd Grade Dictionaries  - Rotary's Gift to Students in CKSD

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

Comfort Closet - Helping At-Risk CKSD Students Stay in School

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

Rotary in Kenya

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

A Night to Shine - Duck Bucks at Work for Those with Special Needs 

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

Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month

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

Duck Race Sponsorships - Will You Help Us Help Our Community? 

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

New Duck Race Sponsor Refurbishes Duck Trailer

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

Rotarian of the Month - Recognizing Barbara Beagle

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

The Rotary Foundation - How to Check Your Donor History and Donate

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

3rd Grade Dictionaries - A Gift to CKSD Students

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

Rotary: People of Action in Silverdale! Making a difference one smile at a time!

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

You Make a Difference Award – Meg Hall

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

Program - Partners for Work

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

Rotary Recognizes Sailors of the Month

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

"You Make a Difference!" - Thanking Vicki Finney

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

"You Make a Difference!" - Recognizing Ron and Peggy Templeton

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

Rotarians of the Month – People of Action!

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

Thank you from the Rotary Club of Orion in the Philippines

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

Project Beauty Beast - January 3 Program

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

Program - Central Kitsap Community Council

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

A Special Night for People with Special Needs

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

Exchange Student Update

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

Duck Bucks  Granted for Make Music Day

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

No Rotary Meeting on December 27

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

Rotarians Ring the Bell for Salvation Army at Safeway

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

Students of the Month Honored by Rotarians

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

Order Rotary Wreaths to Help Feed Kitsap Kids!

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

East Side Baby Corner awarded Duck Bucks for "Protect the Kids" Program 

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

Speaker - 2018 – 2019 Rotary Exchange Student, Ling-Chieh “Ruby” Peng

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

Classification Talks - Erin Shannon and Brittainy Logan

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

District Governor Captures the Essence of Rotary

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

Kitsap Humane Society Training - the Path to Working with Dogs

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

Update on CKSD Programs and Construction Projects

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

Malawi - From Starvation to College Degree - Children of the Nations and Rotary
 

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

Saving the Silverdale Christmas Tree – It’s a Community Effort!

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

Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month

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

Duck Bucks and Buy the Book Campaign - the Rest of the Story

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

House of T!

Posted by Steven Boe on Oct 15, 2018
 
 
House of T! Steven Boe 2018-10-15 07:00:00Z 0

Help Save the Silverdale Christmas Tree!

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

House of T!

Posted by Steven Boe on Oct 15, 2018
 
 
House of T! Steven Boe 2018-10-15 07:00:00Z 0

Save the Silverdale Christmas Tree - This Saturday, October 20

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

“Why Did I Join Rotary?” New Rotarians Answer the Question

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

Jack Jensen – 50 Years in the Silverdale Rotary Club!

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

Duck Bucks Awarded to Kidzz Helping Kidzz

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

Update to "Rotary Platelet Drive Breaks Records!"

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

Kitsap Kids Wreaths Fundraiser - join our team at Lynch Creek Farm

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

Registrations and Sponsorships Open for Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot

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

On October 20 You Can Help Save the Silverdale Christmas Tree

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

Rotary Bloodworks NW Platelet Drive on October 5 - FIVE SLOTS LEFT

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

Silverdale Rotary Provides Critically Needed Food for Neglected Dogs

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.
The above photo is not interactive.
 
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

Rotaract is Organizing in Kitsap County!

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

Rotary Provides Critically Needed Dog Food for Neglected Dogs

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

K-9’s Rule!  Kitsap Co. Sheriff’s K-9 Unit – Program on September 20

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

Four New Members Inducted into the Rotary Club of Silverdale

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

CKFR Chief Provides Update on Levy Lid Lift

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

Visit Kitsap Peninsula - Program on September 6, 2018

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

Top Duck Race Prize Winners Receive Prizes from Sponsors

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

The Duck Trailer Is Back!

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

C.A.S.T – Catch a Special Thrill - Program on August 9

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

2018 Duck Race Photos

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

Remembering Long Time Rotarian Lawrence (Larry Rodgers)

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

The Duck Race is Sunday, July 29 at 3 pm.  Where Can You Get Your Duck Tickets?

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

Meeting Location Change on August 2

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

The Duck Race Is Sunday, July 29 at Whaling Days - Where Can I Buy Duck Tickets?

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

Natalie Bryson – Farewell to an Icon

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

Natalie Bryson's Celebration of Life

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

Ata's Last Weeks in the U.S.

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

Ata Graduates and Hits the Road

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

Flag Day Celebration at Rotary with the Independents

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

The First Big Duck of the Season!

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

Silverdale Rotary Awards $19,000 in Scholarships

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

Rotary Recognizes CKSD Employees of the Year

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

Rotarians Honor Students of the Month

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

Update - President's Project Work Party for Days for Girls

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

Program – Bloodworks Northwest, Meg Hall

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

"Thank You" for Duck Bucks from The Coffee Oasis

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

Duck Bucks Help Fight Sexual Exploitation

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

Program - Kitsap Humane Society

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

Duck Bucks Provide YMCA Memberships for Foster Kids

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

The Duck Race Is Coming!

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

President's Project - Days for Girls

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

Rotarians Recognize Sailors and Marine of the Quarter/Year

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

Rotary Honors Students of the Month

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

Program - Reinventing Kitsap Mall

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

Rotarians at Work - Food Bags to Fight Hunger

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

Changing People's Lives in Burkina Faso West Africa

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

Thank You for 3rd Grade Dictionaries

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

Disaster Preparedness - BUILD A KIT • MAKE A PLAN • BE INFORMED
 

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

3rd Grade Dictionary Project - Wrapped Up!

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

Duck Bucks Help Renovate a Historic Tall Ship

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

3rd Grade Dictionaries Delivered to Green Mountain Elementary School

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

Speakers on February 22 - Coffee for Hope

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

Rotary Moment - TRF Quest for World Understanding and Peace

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

Duck Bucks Thank You from Kitsap Project Connect

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

Dictionary Distribution to Emerald Heights Elementary

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

Silverdale Rotary Honors Students of the Month

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

Silverdale Rotary Supports Poulsbo Rotary Fund Raiser

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

Speaker - South Africa - Side by Side, Days for Girls and Game-Changer for Girls

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

Rotary Moment - Debi Brooks-Givens

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

Holocaust Survivor Pete Metzelaar Speaks at Rotary on January 25

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

Rotary Moment - RIPE Barry Rassin Shares Vision for 2018-2019

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

Sailors and Marine Recognized for Outstanding Performance

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

President Kim's Reflection - A Rotary Moment

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

Miracle Life Saving at Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot!

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

Duck Buck Recipients say "THANK YOU!"

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

Last Meeting of 2017 - Gratefulness and 2018 Predictions

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

Coats for Kids - Rotary Assists Kitsap Firefighters Benevolent Fund

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

Rotary International President's Tree Challenge - Rotarians Respond

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

Students of the Month - Our Future Leaders Recognized

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

Duck Bucks Support Kidzz Helping Kidzz 

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

Ringing the Bell at Safeway - Rotarians and Princesses at Work!

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

Rotarians and Kitsap Princesses at Work on December 9

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

Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army on December 9

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

Ordering Deadline - December 17 for Rotary Wreaths for Kitsap Kids 

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

Holiday Party on December 7 - What Fun!

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

Food for Kids - 200 Bags for At Risk Families

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

Rotarians Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army

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

Speaker on November 16 - Washington Youth Academy

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

Duck Bucks Help Teenagers in Need - Two Awards

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

Independents Perform Veterans Day Tribute

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

News from Ata

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

Duck Bucks Help Provide Special Holiday Turkeys for At Risk Families

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

The Hearses Have Arrived!

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

World Polio Day - October 24 - End Polio Now!

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

A Place of Hope - Duck Bucks for Holly Ridge Center

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

Students of the Month Honored

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

Stand Up For Kids - Homelessness in Kitsap County

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

Duck Bucks Will Keep Kids Warm

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!