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.