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Board of Directors Zoom Meeting - May 20
Thursday, May 21 at 11:50 am. Rotary meeting via Zoom.  Students of the Month. The password will be required.
Important Note: update your Zoom software to 5.0 at
Meeting ID: 950 6623 1647
Password: 942780
Matej Is Heading to University!  Congratulations to Matej Kunák who is headed to Texas Christian University (note the shirt in the photo)! 
He graduates from Olympic College in a virtual ceremony on June 19.  Proud Host Dad Chuck Kraining posted this image on Facebook.

Jason Wright’s Transfer – Past President Rick Soper announced that Jason's work has relocated to an office in Sequim, so he can no longer be in our Club.  That leaves a vacancy in the 2021-22 President Elect position.  Jason joined in January 2018 and jumped into club activities with both feet, such that with only 1.5 years in the Club, he was named Rotarian of the Year!  We will miss him!  Best wishes to Jason and his wife Cheryl.
Steve Boe announced that Rick Soper is taking Jason's position as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce.  Congratulations, and thank you, Rick!
Community Announcements
Farewell, Áron Skultéty!
As promised, Host Dad Chuck Kraining hosted a farewell outdoor celebration at Seabeck Conference Center for Áron Skultéty, whose flight back to Hungary is scheduled for May 18. 
The Grub Hut food truck provided Áron's favorite burgers, as Rotarians and guests social distanced while celebrating Áron's year, albeit shortened and crazy at the end of his stay.
Rotarian Peggy Templeton, sewing/embroidery machine and digitizer extraordinaire, taught Áron to sew, to use embroidery software to digitize a photo of him and Chuck, to search/use a Hungarian font, and to digitize the words that translate to: To the best host dad - thanks for a great year- Áron Skultéty 2019-2020. Áron presented the Hungarian flag with special embroidery on it at the farewell event.
Best wishes, Áron!
Birthday Parade for a Very Special Boy
Watch the video of the parade on May 9 at  Continue reading for the back story.
A very special military family, the Coopers came to our attention through Facebook! The Cooper family relocated here from Hawaii, when Dad Toney Cooper was transferred to this area with the Navy. Sons Rhydian and Gabriel were soon to celebrate their 5th and 11th birthdays, and Mom Samantha hoped friends would come by for a drive-by birthday parade past their bus stop on May 9th.
The Rotary Club of Silverdale contacted the Mom and asked if they could participate and perhaps send Lucky, our Duck Race mascot, and our turkey.
Well, once we announced this opportunity to help make a special memory for an awesome family to the Rotary Club, the event took on a life of its own!
So many folks wanted to participate that we relocated the parade to the Seabeck Conference Grounds in order to have space to line up and travel safely while respecting social distancing. Chuck Kraining, Executive Director of the Conference grounds said, “Our goal was to provide a safe space for people to celebrate these little boys’ birthdays, while respecting COVID-19 guidelines.”  It all came together perfectly on a bright sunny Saturday morning.  Members of the Silverdale Rotary Club helped organize folks as they began to arrive at 9:15 am to line up for the parade to begin at 10:30 am.
Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue sent three engines (as Rhydian loved fire engines and was dressed as a fire fighter himself that morning)!
The Kitsap Mustang Club and Olympic Vintage Auto Club brought a large number of celebrators,
and members from the Silverdale and East Bremerton Rotary Club joined in along with community members and friends of the family. There was even a small group of inflated dinosaurs and unicorns!
Thank you to Chuck Kraining for hosting and providing a safe space, members of Rotary Club of Silverdale: Matej Kunak and Áron Skultéty for wearing the mascot outfits, Nancy Whitaker (who forwarded the idea!) and watched over the family, Bob Cassis for directing traffic, Peggy Templeton, Jennifer Strong, Erin Shannon, Elayne Burton, CKFR Chief John Oliver for recruiting the CKFR support, Rich Arper and East Bremerton Rotary member Ron Muhleman for organizing the car clubs, Rick Soper and Steven Boe for their media expertise, Kids of Action Reyce Scheffer-Losey for decorating, and President Christie Scheffer for organizing. And, all the wonderful friends and community members who came out in support!
We received a heart felt thank you from the family and even the grandparents in the UK sent along a thank you! Grandpa Steve Street said. “Just a real big Thank you from the boys’ grandparents here in the UK. We miss the Cooper family so much, to see them having such a great birthday made us smile. Such an amazing thing to have arranged, you are wonderful. ❤”
Silverdale Rotary President Christie Scheffer said “We set out to make a wonderful memory and celebration for a special family and ended up with everyone being blessed with the joy of giving instead! We all went home with a smile and full hearts!” Happy Birthday Rhydian and Gabriel!
Program on May 14 - That Gratitude Guy
David Brooke, That Gratitude Guy, has spent his career trying to help people to live their lives as “the glass is half full” instead of “the glass is half empty.”  “Gratitude turns what you have into enough.”
He recommended keeping a Gratitude Journal, a good way to start the day on a positive note.
Program on May 7 – CKFR Community Update
On May 7, Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue (CKFR) Chief and Rotarian John Oliver provided an overview of CKFR operations.  Pride in his organization was very evident when Chief described the basics,  discussed challenges with aging fire stations, reminded us of upcoming fire season, and introduced a new program called Community Connect.  Here are a few highlights:
  • CKFR covers 115 square miles and 72,000 people with 10 fire stations
  • $25.4M annual budget
  • 8,600 9-1-1 calls in 2019, resulting in  3,200 transports (increasing every year)
  • Fire season is upon us: see the Firewise preparation page at

  •  CKFR has a new program called Community Connect, which will provide 911 responders info about you and  your home before they arrive.  It’s easy! .