Sep 16, 2021
Zoom Only - Annual Visit
Sep 18, 2021 10:00 AM
Newberry Hill Heritage Park
Sep 23, 2021 12:00 PM
Hands on Project - Newberry Hill Heritage Park
Sep 30, 2021 6:00 PM
Wine to Water-and International Committee Fund Raiser
Oct 07, 2021 12:00 PM
Oct 14, 2021 12:00 PM
Oct 21, 2021 12:00 PM
Oct 28, 2021 12:00 PM
Nov 04, 2021
Nov 11, 2021
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Newberry Hill Heritage Park Map
Why Rotary? What Our New Members Receive
New Member Proposal Process
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2021 Duck Race Prize Winners
Thank You to Our 2021 Duck Race Sponsors!
Silverdale Rotary Duck Race
Silverdale Rotary Club
Rotary International
Our Local District 5020
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Race Weekend, July 25-28, 2019
Silverdale Rotary Pancake Breakfast, July 27, 2019
Silverdale Christmas Tree
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Youth Exchange Officer
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Join Us via ZOOM on September 16 - DG Lorna Curtis
We welcome the District Governor to the Rotary Club of Silverdale!  ZOOM ONLY on September 16 at 12:00 pm.
District Governor Lorna Curtis has been a Rotarian since 1997.  She has been a club president, secretary, membership chair and the event chair for many fundraisers. She has been district secretary, youth policy coordinator, and a Rotary Foundation Fundraiser.
She brought ten Rotary Clubs together in Victoria to raise a half a million dollars to support the Food Rescue Project. This consisted of getting perishable food items from grocery stores, then distributed to vulnerable populations in the community.
Ms. Curtis’ education background is in Public Administration. She spent thirty-seven years working in municipal government, thirty-one of these years was in Parks and Recreation finishing her career as the Director of Oak Bay Parks and Recreation Department in Victoria, British Columbia.
Ms. Curtis was a single mom, solely raising her sons from the age of seven and ten. She is most proud of the men her sons have become, one is a Professor at Stanford University and the other is an Electrician. Lorna loves to spend time with her two granddaughters, six and nine years of age, who live in San Francisco.  Since retirement she has travelled extensively around the world embracing many adventures throughout her travels. She enjoys old movies, loves to cook, garden and entertain.
Rotary Calendar and Announcements
Rotary Calendar
Thursday, September 16 - Zoom Only - District Governor Lorna Curtis virtual visit.  DG Lorna is from Oak Bay, BC and can't travel to the U.S.
Saturday, September 18 - Hands On Project - Newberry Hill Heritage Park. See separate article.
Thursday, September 23 - No lunch meeting.
Thursday, September 30 - Wine to Water Fund Raiser - Seabeck Conference Center - see separate article.
Month of September - Restock the CKSD Comfort Closet - see separate article.
Rotary Announcements
Hands On Projects – We Need Ideas and Champions!
Got an idea for a project that could be accomplished in a one-day work party?  On September 2, Community Service Chair and President Elect Cathy Bisaillon announced that the Community Service Committee (CSC) would like the Club to do a hands on project every month, but they need ideas and Champions.  What is a Champion?  Someone(s) who have an idea or vision for a project who can “own it” and organize the details.  Please contact Cathy at with your ideas.
Turkey Trot  
Ed Hamilton is taking over the reins from (new Dad) David Jordan to organize the 2021 Turkey Trot, which will be held at the Kitsap Mall on Thanksgiving morning.  Ed needs volunteers to be on the Committee.  If you can help, please contact Ed at or 360-649-3004.
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Community Announcements
Children of the Nations (COTN) Fund Raiser Dinner and Auction - October 9 in Seattle, Just Imagine - the Time Is Now.
Hands On Project This Saturday, September 18 – Newberry Hill Heritage Park
Pictured: Mary Hoover's President's Project - installing trail signs
Come join us!
Date: Saturday, September 18
Time: 10 am – Noon
Place: Blue Gate on south side of Newberry Hill Road between Klahowya School Road and gas station (see top of map here)
Bring: Work gloves, loppers
Wear: Sturdy shoes, Rotarian at Work yellow neon vest or t-shirt or Rotary gear
Silverdale Rotary has supported five projects plus installing trail signs with $7,300 and countless volunteer hours in the Newberry Hill Heritage Park in past years.  See map of the park here with projects annotated.  Come join other community volunteers to help do trail maintenance.
Viewing platform funded by Silverdale Rotary Club
Other projects included a low foot bridge (boardwalk) through wetlands, an artificial wetland classroom under construction, and a larger bridge for salmon migration.
New Member Induction - Alex Bonesteel
On September 9 we welcomed our newest member – Alex Bonesteel – to our Club.  Alex even did his classification talk on the same day!
Pictured left to right: Co-President Erin Shannon, Alex and Anna Bonesteel
Alex first joined Rotary in 2013 and has been active during his 8 years of membership, most recently the Rotary Club of Whidbey Westside. He is a Paul Harris Fellow, a grant writer, has chaired local and international grants, and served as Director of Club Fundraising, Club Administration, Club Services, and Public Image. He is passionate about projects that improve access to education, clean water, and economic development.
Alex recently moved to Silverdale, WA with his wife Anna and three children, Delling, Freya, and Svea; and is a Digital Marketing Executive.  He described himself as an artist, musician, and builder.
Welcome to the Silverdale Rotary Club, Alex!
Wine to Water - an International Service Committee Fundraiser
SAVE THE DATE! Wine to Water - an International Service Committee Fundraiser
When: Thursday, September 30th 
Time: 6:00 PM
Where: Seabeck Conference Center - Outdoor Gazebo
Ticket Cost: $75.00 (at the door only)
Wine tasting event hosted by our very own Phil Bisaillon (pictured on right)! Taste a variety of wines chosen by Phil B, Wine Associate at Total Wine and More.  The wine will be paired with hors d'oeuvres, fellowship and will go to benefit our International Service Committee projects.
Please share with your friends and family! This invite is limited to area clubs and their friends and family and not open to the public due to COVID concerns. 
Program - Catalyst Public Schools
Our speaker on September 9 was Amanda Gardner, co-founder of Catalyst Public Schools in Bremerton Home | Catalyst Public Schools, also on Facebook – Catalyst Public Schools.  They are the only tuition free charter school in Kitsap County, non-profit, and open to all.  The 21-22 school year will have Kindergarten-2rd grades, and 5th-7th grades.  They are not a part of a local school district; they are publicly funded, plus they do their own fund raising to supplement state funding. 
Here is a link to a video that describes the school
Restocking the CKSD Comfort Closet for Homeless Students
Do you have a stash of hotel soaps, shampoo, body washes?  The Community Service Committee (CSC) is looking for donations in the month of September to restock the CKSD Comfort Closet to provide personal hygiene and other items for homeless students  Services for Homeless Students - Central Kitsap Schools (, which are defined as:
  • Youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
  • Youth living in motels, hotels or campgrounds
  • Youth living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Youth abandoned in hospitals
  • Youth whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a sleeping place (e.g. park benches, etc.)
  • Youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, buses or train stations
  • Migratory youth living in any of the above situations
If you can imagine being a student in the situations listed above, then the importance of the Comfort Closet is apparent.  Can you help the CSC collect the items listed below?   A trip to the Dollar Store could work wonders in a homeless student's life.  You may drop items, or CASH, off at Rotary at the KG&CC on September 9 and 30th (note we are not meeting in person at KG&CC on Sep 16th and 23rd), or at Columbia Bank during business hours through the month of September.
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Bar Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Feminine Napkins
  • Tampons
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair Comb
  • Hair Ties
  • Bobby pins
  • Band-Aids
  • Deodorant
  • Basic Calculator
  • Toilet Paper
Grow Rotary – Each One, Bring One
Grow Rotary – Each One, Bring One.  This is one of four of Rotary International President Shekar Mehta’s four Presidential Initiatives Presidential Initiatives | My Rotary.  When we grow Rotary by welcoming new members, we can achieve so much more!
Each of us was given an extraordinary gift when we were proposed for membership in Rotary. We have an opportunity to extend that gift to others who can benefit from Rotary and help us increase our impact. If each of us sponsors just one new member between now and 30 June 2022, just think of the possibilities!
Membership Chair Christie Scheffer has developed new Membership Proposal resources that are listed on the left of this Breeze and on our website under Download Files.  Here are the links:
Each One, Bring One!
Rotarians of the Month - People of Action!
Co-President Jennifer Strong announced the Rotarians of the Month for April and May:
April - Ashley Oaksmith.  Ashley is a quiet example of an amazing Rotarian. She was nominated as a 20 under 40 recipient in recognition of her hard work in the community and her success as our Silverdale Librarian. Ashley always shares her great ideas and willingly took on the role of Club Admin Chair for the Rotary year 2021-22.  Thank you for all you do Ashley!
May - Bob Cassis.  Bob Cassis’s organization of the Veteran’s Memorial Park clean up in May is so appreciated!
Bob has been heading up the maintenance efforts and flag replacements as well as the ceremonies for many years. The Park is a shining example (pun intended) of one of the many ways we give back to the community. Thank you for all you do Bob!
President Elect Cathy Bisaillon announced Rotarians of the Month for July and August:
 July - Frank Guthrie.  Frank is Rotarian of the Month for July for being The DuckFather. From the moment the giant inflatable ducks left the nest, until their safe return, Frank knew where they were and what they needed to stay clean and in good repair.
The ducks help us recruit and steward sponsors and sell Duck Race tickets. Thank you, Frank, for tending to the flock!
August - Rich Arper.  Rich Arper came through in multiple ways in August. He brought his beautiful vintage automobile to the Duck Race Gala on August 6th to add to the themed fun, and he spent the last Saturday of the month clearing trails at the Port Gamble multi-club work party. Rich is definitely Rotarian of the Month for August!
Frank received a gift card to Sierra Trading Post, as he loves to hike. Rich received a gift card to Westbay Auto Parts, for obvious reasons. Both received a Rotarian of the Month lapel pin.
Matthew Barrett – Classification Interview
On September 2, Co-President Jennifer Strong conducted a Classification Interview with new member Matthew Barrett, who was inducted into the Club via Zoom in October 2020.  Highlights:
  • Why Rotary?  Matthew received a Rotary academic award while attending Port Angeles High School, and he decided he wanted to be a part of it.
  • What are you most excited about being a Rotarian?  Understanding what our Club does, and diving in to help make a difference.
  • What do you do for fun?  Outdoor activities – gardening, camping, hiking.
  • Who is your hero?  He is always looking for and finding new heroes.
  • What inspires you?  Children, and technology.  He dreams of every child having a laptop.
  • Personal details?  Residential solar sales rep for Smart Energy Today Smart Energy Today (SET) - Smart Energy Today | Energy Conservation Experts with the objective to save money and the planet by getting people off the grid.  He is also president of the Westside Improvement Club.