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The Ducks Are Coming!
THE DUCKS ARE COMING!
 
Ticket Sales Kickoff June 24-25 at Silverdale United Methodist Church
Ticket Sales Kickoff is on June 24-25 will be held at United Methodist Church on Friday afternoon from 3-7 pm and Saturday 10 am - 3 pm.  A lineup of Big Ducks like last year (pictured above) will announce that... 
 
THE DUCKS ARE COMING!
Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, July 31, 2022 at Whaling Days
 
 
Kitsap Public Health Board Seeks non-elected Community Positions
 
The Kitsap Public Health Board is seeking applicants for three nonelected community positions.
 
The Health Board is the governing body for the Kitsap Public Health District and addresses issues affecting the health of all people in Kitsap County. This is a unique opportunity for Kitsap residents to represent their community and help guide health priorities for our county.
 
We need your help to get the word out and encourage qualified community members to apply. Per state law, the nonelected positions must be filled by Kitsap County residents representing these three categories:
  • Healthcare and public health professionals
  • Consumers of public health services (residents who have experienced inequities and have lived experience with public health services)
  • Other community stakeholders (includes representatives of organizations serving populations experiencing health inequities, current or former armed forces members, the business community, environmental health-regulated groups).
 
The first review of applications will happen on June 13, 2022. The application period will be extended as needed to fill all positions.
 
The following resources provide additional details:
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Memorial Day Ceremony at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Silverdale
On Memorial Day 2022, the Silverdale Rotary Club hosted a ceremony at the Veteran's Memorial Park in Silverdale. For years, our club has been maintaining/replacing the Park flags in Silverdale using Duck Race proceeds.  Thanks to Duck Race Sponsors and the public who purchase Duck Race tickets every year, the Silverdale community has a lovely place to honor and remember our nation’s service members.
 
“We are so glad that we pulled this event together," said Cathy Bisaillon. "It was a somber occasion, but with light moments at the same time.” One attendee told us, “I come out here every Memorial Day in remembrance of my father, and today I am not alone.”
 
The day before the event, the Veteran’s Memorial area and gazebo at Silverdale Waterfront Park were a mess, so Silverdale Rotarian Rich Arper took a blower to the area. He and Cathy Bisaillon met at the gazebo at 5:00 a.m. on Memorial Day to lower the flags to half mast, clean and reserve the gazebo, and buy and place the wreath and flowers. Erin Shannon arrived around 10:15 am with the refreshments (seltzers, coffee, cereal bars, apples), and she and Nancy Whitaker arranged them.
 
The event focused on the purpose of Memorial Day with opening remarks pictured below by Co-President Erin Shannon  and a moving speech by Bob Cassis.
   

Below the flags were raised to full mast by Trail Life Scouts and the two men in kilts who happened by and asked to participate,
     
followed by playing of Taps by Tim Littlejohn. The Trail Life Scouts (“Trail Boys”) are not Boy Scouts, but the program is similar. Two (Alec and Noah) were there with their parents to participate , and one Dad, Scout Leader Mark Arvidson, was also there in uniform.  
   
 
  
 
 
Afterwards, carnations were laid at the base of the appropriate service poles to remember those lost. There was quiet fellowship among all.
 
   
 
Below, Rich and Carol Arper laid flowers at the base of the Merchant Marine flag in honor of Carol’s Merchant Marine father, Jack Wright.
     
Today was the first day the new Space Force flag was raised at the park, picture in center on the same pole as the blue Air Force flag.
    

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bob Cassis brought a box of retired flags. Below the Trail Life Scouts folded the retired U.S. Flags and will burn them in a ceremony.
Retired military service flags were draped over the gazebo rails for decoration and for people to take, if they wished.
An estimated 30 people attended, including people who saw it on Facebook, park visitors, neighbors, and Rotarians. Also, the people hauling the boats ashore stopped and paid attention when they heard Taps.
 
Huge thanks go to Bob Cassis for years of service maintaining and replacing the flags year round and ordering the wreath and flowers, Rich Arper for doing cleanup and heavy lifting, Cathy Bisaillon and Co-President Erin Shannon for organizing the event and picking up flowers and refreshments, trumpet player Tim Littlejohn, and the Trail Life Scouts and volunteers who raised and folded flags.
 
 
Rotary Announcements
June 4 - Work Party on Clear Creek Trail with Clear Creek Task Force to replace the boards on the observation deck.  If you are able to help that day, please let Michael Collins know at mdcollins71@icloud.com.  9 am - 1 pm, with lunch provided by Clear Creek Task Force. There will be something to do for everyone even if you don't wield a hammer and saw!  We need 6-8 people.  Tools needed: hammers, power saw.  We can park in front of the Interpretation Center and other spots along the trail.  There are some parking spots closer to the spot down the road.
 
NEW - June 12 - Area 9 Bowling Event.  Please join  us for an Area 9 bowling event at All Star Lanes in Silverdale! Kids/Families welcome. You must RSVP to this event by June 1st to Erin Shannon erin.shannon@fsbwa.com.
 
June 18 - Port Gamble Work Party with Kitsap Crossroads Rotary. This is another installment of our ongoing collaboration with the Kitsap Parks Department and the Crossroads Rotary Club.  Time approximately 9 am - Noon. Lunch to follow!
 
NEW - June 19 - Beauty and the Beast at the Kitsap Forest Theater.  Let's take Danny Guthrie to see Beauty and the Beast.  We realize this is Father's Day, but, love for those who are able to attend to join us!  RSVP to Erin Shannon erin.shannon@fsbwa.com.  Purchase tickets here: https://www.foresttheater.com/tickets
 
 
DACdb Logging In and Getting Started
DACdb (District and Club Database)  - This pertains to Active and Honorary members of Silverdale Rotary Club.  As we work to transition from Clubrunner to DACdb by June 30,  the first thing to learn is how to log in.  
 
Logging In – for most DACdb functions you will need to log in. Here is a short video https://vimeo.com/629294359.  
 
Start at https://www.dacdb.com/. Your login name MAY be your Clubrunner login if you have been a Silverdale Rotarian a long time.  But for the majority, your login is likely the email address your provided for your record.  You MAY have to reset your password.  If you don't know your login, contact Barbara Beagle at 360-710-5173 - text or call is the fastest way to contact her.  Or email twobees2@earthlink.net.
 
QuickStart Guide – once logged in, click on the Support/Training tab at the top of the window, then on the left the DACdb UI QuickStart Guide which you can download/save. 
 
DACdb University Tuesday Training. Also, once in the Support/Training tab, click on DACdb Training.  Then click on DACdb University Tuesday Training, and the whole world of DACdb is available in great how-to videos. 
 
DACdb Help – Also on the left side is link to FAQs and a comprehensive list of Help topics.
 
What's in it for me, you ask?  Try the DACdb Mobile App!  There is now a DACdb mobile smartphone app that has really cool features – like searching for, calling, e-mailing individual members, looking up calendar events to RSVP or Register, and lots more.  All Active and Honorary Rotarians in Silverdale Rotary Club have access, behind their password, to Silverdale Rotary Club information, plus the entire District 5020 membership database!  Search via your mobile app store for iPhone and Android and install it on your phone.  Login with password to access all the member and Club information.
 
Issues with DACdb?  Contact Barbara Beagle at 360-710-5173 - text or call is the fastest way to contact her.  Or email twobees2@earthlink.net.  More DACdb information will be coming to your inbox later starting with DACdb #1.  
 
 
Steven Boe – April Rotarian of the Month
Congratulations to Steven Boe, dubbed “Mr. Stealth” by President Elect Cathy Bisaillon on May 26 who named him Rotarian of the Month for April.  Steven was instrumental is setting up our club’s online matching fundraiser on Facebook which ultimately resulted in $12,500 being sent to Slovakian District 2240 to aid Ukrainian refugees. 
 
He an his wife Whitney have also stepped up to be the first hosts for our incoming Rotary Youth Exchange student in August, AND…Steven is the 2022 Duck Race Chair!  Congratulations, Steven, and thank you for all your hard work!
Community Announcements
July 15 - Fishline Event and Auction.  For details click on Summer Escape Live Auction 2022 (auctria.com)
 
Improved Bingo at Westside Improvement Club (WIC). Matthew Barrett announced on May 26 that WIC has improved their processes to make it easier for beginners to participate.  https://www.westsideimprovementclub.org/bingo.
 
 
Kitsap Humane Society – Program on May 26
Lee Harper, Executive Director of Kitsap Humane Society (KHS) Kitsap Humane Society (kitsap-humane.org), spoke to our club on March 26 and described the huge job that they do on several fronts.
 
They also do:
  • Animal Control, covering the area between Bainbridge Island and Gig Harbor
  • Behavior Support for owners of dogs and cats
  • Trap/Neuter/Release in community cat colonies – a proven way to reduce cat over population
  • Foster Program – over 30% of animals in their care since 2020 have spent time in a foster home (can you help?)
  • Pet licensing and microchipping – greatly increasing the odds of being returned to owners of lost pets
  • Low cost spay-neuter services for low income pet owners, plus euthanasia and cremation services
  • Lost/Found services on their website
  • Pet Food/Supplies Pantry for low income pet owners in Kitsap and Mason counties
  • Pet Protection Program – up to 90 days of foster care for pet owners experiencing life changes
  • Rescue Me pet transfer program from overcrowded shelters.  Chuck Kraining’s Buster pictured below came from Guam in that program!
 
200 Homeless Care Bags for Rotarians to Hand Out
Ever wish you could help a person on a street corner without giving them money?  Now Silverdale Rotarians can!  On May 19, at our special hands-on Rotary meeting at the Seabeck Conference Center, attendees filled 200 1-gallon Ziplock care bags with food and personal items (plus pet food) for Rotarians to take in their cars to hand out to people in need.  The $1,476 project was funded by both Duck Race and Turkey Trot proceeds.
Thanks to attendees pictured left to right: Chuck Kraining, Nancy Whitaker, Frank Guthrie, Ed and Corey Hamilton, Steve Slaton, Danny Guthrie, Erin Shannon, Matthew Barrett.  And Buster!  Not pictured: Cathy Bisaillon and Rick Soper.
We produced two hundred bags, each with the following items pictured above: 2 cans of canned pasta with meat-pop top, 1 Tuna Salad with crackers kit, 2 fruit cups (1 applesauce and 1 mixed fruit), 2 packages of peanut butter crackers, 1 package fruit snack, 1 pair of socks, 1 toothbrush, 1 utensil pack with napkin, 1 bag of pet food.  First aid kit in snack size Ziplock: 4 wet naps, 7 band aids, 2 antibiotic ointments, 2 non-aspirin 2 packs, 1 tube of toothpaste, 3 dental flossers.   And a Rotary card with the 211 info on the back.
 
The night before we set up the room and made the first aid kits. Thanks to Elayne Burton, Cathy Bisaillon, Steve and Debbie Slaton, Michael Collins, Kim Peterson, and three volunteers from Kitsap Bank who were there.  Chuck made dinner for the volunteers!  Michael had "help" from Buster, Chuck's Guamanian rescue dog (pictured on left).
 
On the 19th the assembly line went fast, and we were done well before 1:00 p.m.   
Pictured: Erin, Ed, Steve, Corey, Frank, Danny, Nancy
 
Members took as many bags as they wanted. Someone told Chuck they gave two out in Lynnwood over the weekend, and they were well received.
 
Some bags went to the Westside Improvement Club's Little Blue Pantry (on right) and some to Coffee Oasis. Chuck will bring them to every club meeting until the supply is gone.  There are over 100 left to give out - come to Rotary and get yours!
 
Huge thanks to Chuck for purchasing the items and hosting the venue on May 18 (including dinner!) and May 19.
 
Silverdale Rotarians - People of Action!
 
 
District Conference - Inspiration, Fellowship, and Surprise Awards!
On May 13-14 a contingent of Silverdale Rotarians traveled to Victoria BC for the first District 5020 in-person conference since 2019.  The event was one to be remembered!  Great speakers, nonstop fellowship, and collaboration with other clubs.  While Victoria, BC and the Old West aren’t usually mentioned in the same breath, the Victoria Conference Center was transformed into a frontier town.  This included a hoe-down BBQ dinner on Saturday night.  Our own Co-Presidents were WANTED Rotarians!
 
WANTED Fer Donatin’ Time ‘n Talent: Judge ‘N Jury Jennifer
WANTED Fer Volunteering Fer Local Causes: Easy Ridin’ Erin
 
As occurred at the 2019 DLTA in Victoria, added highlights of the weekend were guest speakers, e.g., The Push for Change - The Skid Row CEO | Joe Roberts | Inspirational Speaker). "Their stories reminded me of why I am a Rotarian," said Co-President Erin Shannon. "We heard how we can effect change through the things we do in our communities and abroad. My cup was filled with the fellowship and moving testimonials."
 
Our own International Service Chair Nancy Whitaker was invited by the District to be on a special panel presentation about how clubs reacted to the Ukrainian refugee crisis!  Word had made it back to the District about our matching fundraiser that yielded a total of $12,500 being sent to Slovakian District 2240 for support to Ukrainians in crisis.  Her presentation led to several inquiries from other clubs.
 
Silverdale Rotarian attendees were Co-Presidents Jennifer and Erin, Ed and son Corey Hamilton, Dale Robinson, Bob Cassis, and Nancy Whitaker. Sadly, President Elect Cathy Bisaillon had to cancel at the last minute.  Club Rotarians hosted a Friday night party in a hotel suite and were joined by our Assistant Governor Breane Martinez and several other Area 9 Club members.  A strong portion of the socializing focused on joint projects which could be put together this Rotary year and next. But, fear not, the festivities were lively enough to warrant a call from hotel security as quiet hours began!
 
More fellowship and collaboration on the ferry return home.  Corey and Ed, Jennifer and Erin, ?? and David Emmons from East Bremerton Rotary Club.
 
More collaboration with Area 9 clubs: Jennifer, Bainbridge Island President Tom McCloskey,  Erin, Kitsap Crossroads President Geoff Schmidt
 
The biggest surprises came at Saturday breakfast when it was announced that our Club won 2nd place in the District’s Olson Foundation International Club of the Year competition!  See separate article at https://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/Stories/new-story-may-17-2022
 
AND…drum roll please…Jennifer won the People of Action photo contest (see below) that came with a $1,250 award for our Club use, for either international or local projects.  Congratulations!

Jennifer took this photo at our Club's joint project with Kitsap Crossroads Rotary Club at the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park.  Pictured are President Geoff Schmidt (center) and two other Kitsap Crossroads Rotarians.
 
 
Duck Race Update
Sponsor List Posted to Website!  Click here to see our list of 60+ sponsors. Final tally: 58 prizes! Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to recruit sponsors! 
 
Duck Tickets - are going to the printer this week.  Thanks to Duck Race Chair Steven Boe and Barbara Beagle who worked on the contents for the Kitsap Credit Union graphic artist Bryan who produces the artwork for the printer.
 
Ticket Sales Kickoff on June 24-25.  Christie Scheffer announced that the big kickoff of ticket sales will be held at United Methodist Church on Friday afternoon 3-7 pm and Saturday 10 am - 3 pm.  A lineup of Big Ducks like last year (pictured below) will announce to the community that The Ducks Are Coming!
 
 
Every Rotarian Every Year – The Rotary Foundation Challenge Is On!
Nancy Whitaker, who has taken over the reins as Club Foundation Chair, is now managing the Every Rotarian Every Year Challenge drawing. Everyone who donates at least $25 to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) by June 30 will be entered into a drawing for four amazing prizes listed below.  For every $25 donated between April and June, a ticket goes into the drawing.  Everyone who had already donated before the Challenge was announced is automatically given one ticket. Want more tickets? Donate multiples of $25.
  • 1st Prize – a Paul Harris Fellowship
  • 2nd Prize – a week at Nancy Whitaker’s Airbnb house in Arizona!  See  https://abnb.me/Ldi5PyMBQpb 
  • 3rd Prize (NEW) – Four Mariners tickets in the Terrace Room
  • 4th Prize - a $100 certificate to the Yacht Club Broiler                                   
  • 5th Prize – a wine basket (wines chosen by wine associate Phil Bisaillon)
You can donate by going to My Rotary | My Rotary , signing in, and clicking on The Rotary Foundation tab (preferred method); or giving a check to Nancy or at the Greeter Table at a Rotary meeting.  If you donate online, let Nancy know.  Winners will be drawn at the Installation Dinner on July 1.  For more details or help donating online, contact TRF Chair Nancy at kayaknw@yahoo.com or 360-731-0799.
 
Please keep in mind that, just like the Duck Race, supporting TRF is about more than a drawing for prizes.  The recipients of TRF funds via grants for clubs' projects are the real winners, at home and abroad!