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!