Posted by Barbara Beagle on May 16, 2022
On May 14 at the District 5020 Conference in Victoria, the Silverdale Rotary Club was awarded 2nd Place in the annual Olson Foundation International Club of the Year competition!  The following are excerpts from our application, which may be downloaded in it's entirety here.  Our Club was awarded 1,000 Paul Harris points for future awards.  Thanks to International Service Chair Nancy Whitaker and her hard working committee, countless people's lives have been changed all over the world!
Pictured above - a Maternal and Child Health Clinic in the Philippines
 
In 2021-2022, the Rotary Club of Silverdale significantly expanded its international service to make lasting impact through all 7 Rotary Areas of Focus. Our accomplishments were diverse, far-reaching, and sustainable, and…it all started when we turned Wine to Water!  
 
Having a history of developing water projects in the Dominican Republic, the Silverdale Rotary Club has always looked for creative ways to grow our International Services budget in order to broaden our reach. In the fall of 2021, we “Turned Wine to Water” by hosting a wine tasting event that included our club members and fellow Rotarians from District 5020 Area 9 clubs, raising $2,000, and we had compelled 30 people to renew their partnerships and commitments to service beyond North America.
 
Our advocacy led to another donation of $1,000 by the estate of a deceased friend of Rotary. Combining all revenue sources, our club raised $20,500 to invest in international efforts in 2021-2022.
 
Ukraine Relief Effort – Slovakian District 2240.  When Russia invaded Ukraine, we made contact with District 2240 in Slovakia via our former Rotary Exchange Student, Matej Kunák.  We launched a professionally developed Facebook fundraising campaign fueled by donor-matching pledges through our club and our amazing individual Rotarians.  The funds were sent in increments, and the very first $2,500 was used for antibiotics in March. Our club’s total financial support for District 2240’s Refugee Relief Effort was $12,500.
Pictured above - Slovakian Rotarians shipping relief supplies for Ukrainian refugees.
 
Philippines.  Our sister club, the Orion Rotary Club in the Philippines, identified four new needs:
a hand washing station at an elementary school; a Maternal and Child Health Program; a mangrove tree planting program; and school supplies for 50 students at the School of Fisheries. Through these projects, our $1,000 investment is hard at work, and we already have proof of impact!   
Pictured above - hand washing station
 
Burkina Faso, West Africa.  Our club has a long standing relationship with Lisa Stirrett https://lisastirrett.com/womens-empowerment/ , supporting her work with Walk In The Light, International Walk In the Light International (witli.com), Burkina Faso, West Africa.  This year, our committee continued funding the Period Pad Project with a $1,500 grant to provide women and girls reproductive and health education and materials for the sewing school to make hundreds of washable pads. Thanks to these system-changing efforts, women and girls in the surrounding villages will experience heightened confidence and independence to overcome years of oppression and shame.
 
Dominican Republic – Children of the Nations (COTN).  Children of the Nations (cotni.org) .  This year, $1,200 is sponsoring Irianny (pictured), a young woman in the Dominican Republic, to attend university in an engineering program.  Our club has also invested $1,529 in continued support of the COTN Enhanced STEM Program in COTN schools.  
 
Silverdale Rotarians - People of Action!