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Preamble - Editor's Note
Hello fellow Rotarians!  This Breeze has a record number of stories and is quite long!  Most of it is from the Installation Zoom meeting on Saturday, June 27 - but there were so many wonderful things to report on from that jam packed meeting that I couldn't pare it down.  Read on...!
Rotary Calendar and Announcements
Thursday, July 2 - No Noon Meeting
 
Saturday, July 11, 9am-4pm - Matej's Yard Sale.  This is a fund raiser to help with Matej's expenses at Texas Christian University.  Seabeck Conference Center is currently providing storage.  Contact Matej to come get your stuff by calling or emailing him. We can arrange a truck or van for heavier items.  Email: kunak.tvgym@gmail.com  cell: 360-229-2028.

You can also drop things at SCC.  Contact Chuck Kraining at 360-471-5385 and make sure he is there. 

Chuck and Matej could also use some help on the day of the sale or in the week before. Neither Chuck nor Matej have much experience with these types of sales and could use some advice with pricing and display.

 

2019-20 Recap - What a Year It Was!
Click on the following link to watch the video recap of 2019-20 and be amazed - our Club accomplished so much in just one year!  https://youtu.be/8Drvir0A9BI .
 
 
 
Outgoing President Christie Thanks Her Board and Our Club
 Outgoing President Christie Scheffer addressed her Board and club members at our Zoom installation meeting on June 27.  To read her remarks in their entirety, click on https://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/Documents/en-us/5be050e2-abaa-45e0-9ba1-b05fce8e506d/1/.  Following are excerpts from her remarks:

"I want to thank you for a wonderful year and for allowing me to be your leader. I have been richly blessed through our interactions and work together and it leaves me only more committed to continue our work together.

Working together we have been able to accomplish so much, despite the circumstances of COVID-19. Without much pause we switched to meeting by Zoom and continued to work together as a Club to make a difference, turning our focus to ways we could support local efforts in meeting needs in new circumstances. We did not lose our focus but continued to carry out our mission. And that is due to the efforts of you all.  We have been blessed in this Club with an extraordinary caliber of people: people of conviction, people of vision and a commitment to get the job done!

We had an exceptional Board – people of integrity, clear vision, people of action with big hearts, willing to think of and try new things and finding real joy in working together. As a special thank you to my Board, I have donated funds to completely stock a medical clinic. In low-income countries, funds often aren’t available to maintain facilities or replenish medicines that run out. People turn to drug peddlers in desperation, purchasing what they think is a ‘life saving drug’ that instead is an overdose or poison that brings death. This gift made in your name helps save children’s lives by building or renovating a local health clinic and equipping a dedicated healthcare worker with supplies to bring healing.  Click on this video link for details:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo-b7Wroz5s.  This gift to the world is made in your name; thank you for serving!

The world needs Rotary now more than ever - our compassion, our wisdom, our leadership, our service.  We continue to have important work to do together!"

 

Rotarian of the Year - Chuck Kraining
Incoming President Steven Boe presented Chuck Kraining with the Rotarian of the Year award on June 27 with the following citation (excerpts):  Chuck joined the Silverdale Rotary Club in 2011,was Club President 2015-16  and was the 2017 Duck Race chair, leading a very successful Duck Race!
 
Chuck found his home is in Youth Service. He has taken on a role at the Club and District level: Chair of the Youth Services Committee, Club Youth Protection Officer, District level Country Officer, Youth Exchange coordinator, starting Interact Clubs, involvement in Rotary Youth Leadership programs, being a ‘Rotary Exchange Student Host and Father’ and more!
 
We are honoring Chuck with Rotarian of the Year for his outstanding service this year to our Youth Exchange program and to both this year’s Exchange Student Aron Skultety and former Exchange Student Matej Kunak.
 
This was a year of the unexpected. Aron had a need to return home for important dental work, and if it hadn’t been handled properly would have meant he would be unable to return to the U.S. Chuck coordinated the arrangements and navigated much international red-tape to make sure Aron received the care he needed but was also able to return back to the U.S. to continue his stay. Then COVID-19 occurred, requiring much additional planning and coordination regarding Aron’s schooling, length of stay and return home.  Chuck coordinated altered travel plans and made sure Aron made it home safe and sound!
 
Chuck is generous and caring and a joy to have in the Club! He is always supportive of new ideas and ways of moving Rotary’s mission forward! Thank you, Chuck for your fun spirit, warm heart and generosity! You are well deserving of the honor of Rotarian of the Year!
 
President's Citations - Steven Boe and Barbara Beagle
Outgoing President Christie Scheffer surprised two Rotarians, Steven Boe and Barbara Beagle, with President's Citations at the Installation on June 27.  Following are excerpts from her remarks:
 
Steven Boe.  Steven joined our Club in 2016 and  is an amazingly gifted individual who has generously and tirelessly shared those gifts with our Club, the District and internationally!  He has elevated our Club presence in our community in incredibly positive and heartwarming ways with videos, commercials, sound bites and stories in support of our fund raisers and our sponsors!
 
He has highlighted the good work of our members in the community. He has been instrumental is telling Rotary's story again and again through video on social media platforms and in the press, in heartwarming, inspirational ways. His videos are viewed all around the world!
 
Steven is also a great Dad who is teaching his children to serve others! He launched the Kids of Action program for our Club several years ago as a means of creating a ‘welcoming space’ for families and kids in Rotary and is passing the torch of service to the next generation!
 
Thank you Steven for your talents, warm heart and generosity!
 
 
Barbara Beagle.  Barbara is being honored for her outstanding continued work on developing and posting the Breeze each week.  The Breeze is a consistent source of information and encouragement for our Club, keeping us informed; encouraging us with heart-warming stories of our activities and hands on projects; of Duck Buck presentations and the difference those funds make in our community, and highlighting the ways our Club and community partners are making a difference in this world.
 
Often when we are working on a project, Barbara comes behind and offers solutions, know-how, historical perspective and help. She has been instrumental in the success of the Duck Race and has provided a safety net for us on so many projects and occasions. 
 
We are very lucky in this Club to have long-term members like Barbara, with in-depth knowledge, who are just as committed as the day they joined. Thank you Barbara for all you do; you display the true heart of a Rotarian!
 
 
 
Matej Kunak - Paul Harris Fellow
At our Zoom Installation celebration on June 27, President Christie started the special award with the following: "Today we have the honor and pleasure of recognizing Matej Kunak as he becomes a Paul Harris Fellow.  Matej was designated to receive this recognition as a special expression of appreciation from Chuck Kraining, who has been his Rotary Father, mentor and friend."
 
Past President Chuck Kraining then honored our former RYE Exchange Student and now Rotarian Matej Kunak with a Paul Harris Fellow.  Matej was our Exchange Student from Slovakia in 2017-18 and just graduated from Olympic College.  He will be attending Texas Christian University starting August 2020.
 
In his presentation, Chuck remarked: "Matej embodies everything that Rotary and Paul Harris stand for.  He deserves a visual recognition of his service above self attitude as he leaves us and moves on to interacting with other Rotary clubs in Slovakia and Texas. He has brought so much to our club and repaid our kindness by helping in every way possible and getting straight A's at Olympic College. We wouldn't be surprised if there isn't a Rotary award named after him someday!"
 
Meet Our New Board for 2020-21
Please welcome our 2020-2021 board!  They all take office on July 1, 2020:
Steven Boe, Christie Scheffer, David Jordan, Chuck Kraining, Don Lachata, Ashley Oaksmith, John Oliver, Elayne Burton, Scott Shoemaker, Erin Shannon, Amanda Smith, Rick Soper, Jennifer Strong, Ron Templeton, Cathy Bisaillon, Peggy Templeton, Ed Hamilton, Nancy Whitaker. They are all truly people of action!
 
 
Incoming President Steven Boe's Installation Remarks
At the Zoom Installation on June 27, incoming President Steven Boe addressed the club.  Below are some excerpts.  To read his remarks in their entirety, click on  https://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/Documents/en-us/a3a0908c-22a4-4a70-a91a-cd2786132ba8/1/.
 
"I’d like to start off by thanking President Christie for her leadership and calm voice over the past year. Especially over the last few months. We couldn’t have asked for a better leader as we headed into these difficult times. Her compassion and hard work, each and every day help make this club strong.
 
She championed food bags for kids so they wouldn’t go hungry. She helped organize smile bags for orphans and helped to make sure a 5-year old boy with autism had a very special birthday surprise.  She also was a great advocate for our Kids of Action program, which has a special place in my heart, and I know it resides in hers as well.
 
I’d like to share with everyone this photo (of delivering food bags to CKSD to feed hungry children after schools closed in March from COVID-19).
This is one of my favorite photos this year, because for me it raises so many emotions. The first one being sadness. We are all wearing masks and standing so far apart. It’s a reminder of what we are all going through right now. BUT, it’s also a reminder that we are also in this together. It’s a reminder that Rotarians adapt to the situation and step up. It makes me smile, because I know under those masks, we are all smiling and raising our hands to show how proud we are to be Rotarians. And past-president Christie, you were responsible for this. So thank you again.
 
I was on the Gates Foundation website and they had a phrase that just resonated with me the moment I saw it.  “We are Impatient Optimists!”  What a wonderful thing to be, an impatient optimist. It’s what all of us here in Rotary are. We saw an issue in the world and said somebody should really do something. But rather than wait for somebody to do something, time and time again we step forward and say I will do it. I will make an impact. I will make this world a better place.
 
We’re in a different world right now. How we interact, communicate, and go about our day to day lives has changed. Many things are out of our control. Fundraising will be difficult, and we may not have the financial resources of previous years. But the health of our club is strong, and I want to repeat that. The health of our club is strong.  It’s strong -  because of each and every one of YOU.  
 
So, we need to be proud to be Rotarians.
YOU need to be proud to be a Rotarian.
YOU need to shout it out from the roof top and let people know that service is joy!"
 
 
Meet Our New Assistant Governor - Breane Martinez
At the Zoom Installation meeting, Outgoing President Christie introduced Breane Martinez. She has been a Rotarian for 10 years, is the Past President of Rotary Club of Kingston-North Kitsap and incoming District 5020 Assistant Governor of Area 9.

Breane grew up in a family that was service oriented.  At the age of two weeks, her parents took her on a missionary trip to Mexico.  Not that she remembers the trip.  Her parents gave her the foundation, the modeling, for a life of service.  She tells the story of an experience when she was “eleven or twelve, my parents told me this year we are having no Christmas.  No presents.  No tree.  Instead, we’re going to Guatemala to help in an orphanage.  That was a turning-point trip.  Seeing those kids.  It made such an impact on me.”

Breane feels Rotary has helped her grow a lot. “She has found joy leadership and service. She enjoys being part of something bigger than herself - the community,  the friendship, and the fellowship.  It motivates her to be better.  She is inspired by Rotary.”
 
When AG Breane installed the new 2020-21 Board and Steven Boe as President, she remarked that our club has a rich history and is a dynamite group.  The Rotary International theme for 20-21 is "Rotary Opens Opportunties," and she challenged Rotarians to assist our leaders in opening those doors!
 
 
Classification Talks - Victoria Nickerson and Amanda Smith
Victoria Nickerson.  Victoria joined the club in February 2020 and is the branch manager for Ben Bridge Jeweler (still closed) in the Kitsap Mall.  Victoria comes to us with a penchant for helping others, and she said that Ben Bridge, with its reputation for and emphasis on giving back, was a good fit.  She remarked how the jewelry business in many ways can help clients heal. In the same vein, Victoria said joining Rotary was a “no brainer,” and that she had helped with the 2019 Turkey Trot before she joined the club.
 
Growing up, she moved 20 times all over the U.S., as her father was in construction and moved from job site to job site.  Victoria loves drawing and painting, including doing custom pieces.  She also enjoys crocheting, gardening, and spending time outdoors and on hikes with her fiancé Nathan.
 
Welcome to our Club, Victoria – we look forward to “seeing” more of you in the future!
 
Amanda Smith.  Amanda joined the Silverdale Rotary Club in December 2019 and describes herself as having a “heart of a servant."  She is married to Colin Smith, a Senior Chief in the Navy, and they have five children, ages 21, 18, 16, 10, and 7.  She is also a realtor for John L. Scott.
 
Growing up, Amanda found that she has always “wanted to help,” and in addition to raising her large family and working, she feeds her passion for giving back by working with non-profits.  She works to instill a heart for service with her children, as well, and they have worked at the Central Kitsap Food Bank during the COVID-19 crisis. Some of her children have also joined Silverdale Rotary Club's Kids of Action activities.  Her motto: “a little kindness can change someone’s day, and it often snowballs.”
 
What better than to join Rotary – welcome, Amanda!
 
Rotarians of the Month - Thank You!
On June 18 at our Zoom meeting four very hard working Rotarians were recognized as Rotarians of the Month: Nancy Whitaker, Chuck Kraining, Ed Hamilton, and Steve Boe.  Congratulations, and thank you!  Read on for the presentations.
 
Rotarian of the Month - March - Chuck Kraining - Chuck joined the Silverdale Rotary Club in 2011 and has been a positive, generous, happy addition ever since! He was the President of our Club in 2015/2016 where we saw a very fun, and creative leadership style also known as ‘breaking the rules’!  And then he was Duck Race chair in 2016/2017…leading a very successful Duck Race!
 
From the get-go Chuck involved himself in many areas of service, serving on various committees. But where he found his home is in Youth Service! He took on a role at the Club and District level: Chair of the Youth Service Committee, Club Youth Protection Officer, District level Country Officer, Youth Exchange coordinator, starting Interact Clubs, involvement in Rotary Youth Leadership programs, being a ‘Rotary Exchange Student Host and Father’ and more!
 
We are honoring Chuck with Rotarian of the Month for his past service but also for his outstanding service this year to our Youth Exchange program and to both this year’s Exchange Student Aron Skultety and former Exchange Student Matej Kunak.
 
One doesn’t know what will arise in an Exchange Student's year. And this was a year of the unexpected for sure! Aron had a need to return home for important dental work, and if it hadn’t been handled properly would have meant he would be unable to return to the U.S. Chuck coordinated the arrangements and navigated much international red-tape to make sure Aron received the care he needed but was also able to return back to the U.S. to continue his stay. Then COVID-19 occurred, requiring much additional planning and coordination regarding Aron’s schooling, length of stay and return home.Chuck coordinated altered travel plans and made sure Aron made it home safe and sound!
Chuck is generous and caring and a joy to have in the Club! He is always supportive of new ideas and ways of moving Rotary’s mission forward! Thank you Chuck for your fun spirit, warm heart and generosity! You are well deserving of the honor of Rotarian of the Month!
 
Rotarian of the Month – April - Nancy Whitaker
joined our Club in 2002 and from the first jumped into service above self with enthusiasm!
Whether its serving on various committees, hosting folks for kayaking or hiking, sponsoring Meet-Ups, engaging in International Service, helping manage our scholarship fund, recruiting sponsors for Duck Race, or providing storage for Duck Race paraphernalia…Nancy brings her own brand of enthusiastic service to our Club!
 
All of this service is worth honoring; however, we are honoring Nancy for her broader service to our community during a time of great need! Nancy is a certified member of the Kitsap Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). This team educates Kitsap County citizens about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact our area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, utility safety, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, Kitsap CERT members assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Kitsap CERT members support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.  
 
Nancy did just this in response to COVID-19. She worked for 6 weeks in the warehouse where they store and disperse the Personal Protective Equipment for the County, delivered masks, worked at Bremerton Foodline and then cleaned out another storage building. She worked tirelessly to make sure others had the resources they needed to keep themselves and their families protected.
 
Nancy, the example you set is inspiring to us all! You are well deserving of Rotarian of the Month for April!!
 
Rotarian of the Month – May  - Steven Boe
Steven joined our Club in 2016 and I don’t think he has slept since! Steven has rewritten the book on outreach and telling the Rotary story to the world!  He is an incredibly gifted individual and has generously and tirelessly shared those gifts with our Club, the District and internationally!
 
He has elevated our Club presence in our community in incredibly positive and heartwarming ways! Videos, commercials, sound bites and stories in support of our fund raisers and our sponsors! He has highlighted the good work of our members in the community. He has been instrumental is telling Rotary's story again and again through video on social media platforms and in the press, in heartwarming, inspirational ways. His videos are viewed all around the world!
 
He taught on Public Image (PI) and Social Media at the virtual District Training Assembly in May 2020 and will present as well at the Rotary International Virtual Convention at the end of this month. Many of the sessions at DTA focused on excellent examples of the work that Steven has done for our Club in the areas of PI and outreach to new members. He leads a Virtual Reality Meeting monthly for Rotarians and non-Rotarians who are learning of the powerful work of Rotary in the world.
 
Steven is also a great Dad who is teaching his children to serve others! He launched the Kids of Action program for our Club several years ago as a means of creating a ‘space’ for kids in Rotary and passing the torch of service to the next generation!  Thank you Steven for your talents, warm heart and generosity! You are well deserving of the honor of Rotarian of the Month!
 
Rotarian of the Month – June - Ed Hamilton
Ed joined our Club in 2008 and was President of our Club for half of the 2013/2014 term and then the full term of 2014/2015! He then went on to manage a very successful Duck Race in 2015/2016!
 
Ed brings great gifts and intelligence to his service. He stepped up to lead the Scholarship Foundation and has overseen the annual Scholarship program for many years! He and his family have served in many capacities over the years and he is an excellent example of leading his kids into service above self! And Ed has been our gregarious host for many a Full Moon Social!
 
This year Ed used his talents to bring in an additional $4,500 in funding to our Club through his efforts in grant writing for District Grants! $3,500 for scholarships and $1,000 for COVID-19 projects! As with most grant programs, the District grant submittal process is multi-layered with many moving parts, and if a step is missed the whole process stops. It required many long, late nights for Ed of taking Rotary grant training, writing, submitting, corralling signatures, getting MOU’s signed, follow-up and more follow-up to get this accomplished! His efforts made a difference and will change lives!
 
Ed is well deserving of the honor of Rotarian of the Month.
Rotary Cares - Rotarians in Social Media 
 
The Rotary Foundation and District 5020 Grants
Thanks to donations to The Rotary Foundation by Rotarians like you, our Rotary Club received two District 5020 matching grants this month:
  • $3,500 for scholarships to graduating seniors (awarded on June 11, see separate article), and
     
  • $1,000 towards our efforts to provide Food Bags to at-risk youth during the COVID-19 shutdown of schools.  The Club committed $3,000 of our funds to support food bagging programs.
Huge kudos to Ed Hamilton who jumped through the District administrative hoops to make these grants happen in record time.
 
Your annual donations to The Rotary Foundation makes these types of grants possible!