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
  • 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) 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.
  • Erin Leedham added The Soup Ladies to her list of passions after their compelling presentation to our club. They are currently in need of a new truck to deliver warm meals to first responders (e.g., wildfires, Search and Rescue), and the Maple Valley Rotary Club has set up a GoFundMe campaign
  • Rick Soper is passionate for developing connections, and he has done this through his heightened involvement with the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce, and of course, with Rotary.
  • Steven Boe fostered animals (7 dogs at one point) and children. He has amped up his commitment to Rotary, and he pointed out that 3 out of 9 of the nominees for best community volunteer in Kitsap County are Silverdale Rotarians (Jason Wright, Kim Peterson, and Rick Soper).
  • Steve Burton has grown the Kitsap County Amateur Radio Club to 96 members. He and Bob Cassis (and recently Nancy Whitaker) enjoy meeting other ham radio enthusiasts while supporting the vital emergency communication function of two-way radio.
  • Cathy Bisaillon’s motivation to help people with disabilities through Easterseals Washington started at a young age. She has now woven her love of instrumental music into the cause, as the Hometown Band performs at Easterseals’ Camp Stand By Me annually. The Silverdale Rotary Club has made grants to both Easterseals Washington and the Hometown Band; and, both organizations have provided programming for Rotary events. Cathy’s recent donation of a kidney as part of the Paired Exchange Program has motivated her to advocate for more people to consider living organ donation.
  • Cathy handed off to Elayne Burton, as Elayne worked for Easterseals in Texas, and she is now a member of the Board of Directors for Easterseals Washington. Elayne spoke of her passion for empowering people with disabilities to have a stake in our community. Rotary has been a very fulfilling part of Elayne’s life, and her commitment is obvious and appreciated each week. She rounds out her volunteer efforts by singing with The Independents, a local community chorus that includes Silverdale Rotarian, Scott Park.
  • Nicole Stephens is passionate about parenting, which led her to a career with Boy Scouts of America where she watches our area’s youth develop into brave, prepared young adults who prioritize serving others. Nicole added that her volunteer work with PTA in another district made her appreciate the excellence of the Central Kitsap School District. She regrets that she will be leaving the area, and our club, as her job transfers to Pierce County.
  • Bob Cassis and others wrapped up the passion-sharing program with a nod to all of the Rotarians in our club who show their commitment to Service above Self in all that they do. “I am humbled, happy and proud,” Bob conveyed emotionally.