Posted by Barbara Beagle on Apr 12, 2021
It is with great sadness that we report that Honorary Rotarian Roger Aydt passed away peacefully at his home on April 11, three days after his 87th birthday. 
 
An active Rotarian from 1994-2018 and 1999-2000 Club President, Roger will be remembered as a quiet but tireless supporter of The Rotary Foundation (multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Club Foundation Chair) and proponent of the Silverdale Rotary Foundation for student scholarships.
 
A retired Navy Commander holding a PhD, Roger was most recently a faculty member at Olympic College before retiring completely. Every year he was part of the Silverdale Rotary cadre who rang the bell for the Salvation Army.
 
Throughout his active years, Roger was a tireless Duck Central worker before and during Race Weekend, handing out duck tickets and patiently checking in ticket stubs and reconciling cash with harried Rotarians (see photos below).
       
 
Roger maintained a special ongoing relationship with his Duck Race sponsors and was responsible for landing thousands of dollars in cash sponsorships and prizes, as well as getting permission to set up a duck selling booth at Wendy’s (see photo on right).
 
Roger spent hours every year in Kitsap Mall successfully selling Duck Race Tickets in his signature low key way.  One of his “secret” selling strategies was to approach ladies of a certain age and ask them with a smile, “are you over 18?” (which is the legal age for purchasing raffle tickets).  With a twinkle in his eye, he said that he sold a lot of tickets that way!
 
 
Cards may be sent to his wife Barbara (pictured on left with Roger) and family at 4892 NW Bryce Ct, Silverdale, WA 98383.
 
We will miss you, Roger.