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Please Thank Our Duck Race Sponsors!
Here is the link to the list of our 2021 Duck Race Sponsors Thank-You-to-Our-2021-Sponsors.pdf (  When you are out and about in 2021, please be sure to thank them!
Final Numbers - Duck Race Sponsorship Campaign
The numbers are in for our very successful Sponsorship Campaign!
Cash Sponsorships: $31,400 - enough to cover expenses so that we can tell everyone that EVERY DOLLAR of ticket sales will go towards worthy projects!
Prizes: 63 prizes valued at $62,020 
In Kind: $15,806
Total: $108,226!
I want to send a huge THANK YOU out to everyone who has visited former sponsors, worked to generate new sponsorships, and personally (and as a business) donated to support the race! Your personal touch and relationship building has made a difference, and our sponsors really appreciate your approach. 
And a huge shoutout to Chuck and Aaron Capps at Advantage Nissan for donating a beautiful 2021 Nissan Truck to the race!
We are now in our ticket preparation/proofing phase. And planning for our Duck Race ticket launch in mid-June!
So many helping hands got us to this point: I want to thank Elayne Burton for collecting/logging  all sponsor forms and sending them out to the sponsor team; Barbara Beagle for keeping our master sponsor spreadsheet, preparing the sponsor/prize info for tickets, and working on website thank you’s! And Debi Brooks-Givens for collecting prizes and her careful work thanking sponsors!  
Steve Slaton submitted our Port of Silverdale application which was approved! Rich Arper is procuring a barge! Rick Soper and Steven Boe have been working with the media and our great commercial sponsor Mattress Ranch! Brianna Angelo went door to door recruiting new sponsors, and Christie contacted many former sponsors - successfully! So many helping hands!! So much gratitude! 
Rotary Calendar and Announcements
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Tuesday, May 4 at 4:00 pm - Poulsbo Rotary Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. #1 of 6-part series. See separate article.
Thursday, May 6  - Hybrid meeting at Masas in the Mall: Speaker: Karissa Thompson - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Rotary Announcements
Annual High School Scholarship Application Review.  Ed Hamilton is looking for volunteers to help review scholarship applications starting SOON.  Contact Ed by text or call 360-649-3004 or via email at if interested.
Happy Bucks and Ace of Spades - How to Donate: 
  • Text HAPPYBUCKS (not case sensitive) to 44321. You can batch process this rather than donating once per week.  That helps our Treasurer!
  • Text ACEOFSPADES (not case sensitive) to 44321.  You can sign up to donate automatically (e.g., once a month),  Steve will break it up into weekly increments for "tickets."
Poulsbo Rotary-Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Series - May 4-June 8
Poulsbo Rotary is hosting a 6-part series (May 4-June 8) advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Rotary, with Episode #1 / Setting the Stage airing Tuesday, May 4 at 4:00 pm Pacific.  Episodes will be viewable after initial airing.  This can also be shared with non-Rotarians!
The series will feature Rotarians in conversation with experts to create actionable steps for you to take as individuals and clubs.  Please visit to learn more and to subscribe to the mailing list to stay updated on the series. P.S. While the focus is on Rotary, the series will be of interest to anyone who wants to educate themselves and learn more about advancing DEI in their own world.
Rotary Club Committees – Youth Service
On April 29 President Steve announced  the first in a series of informational presentations about our Service Committees.  Chuck Kraining, Youth Service Committee Second Chair gave us a thumbnail sketch. With the biggest budget in our Club, current activities include: Student of the Month, Scholarships, RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy), Rotary Youth Exchange (no inbound/outbound until summer 2022), and 3rd Grade Dictionaries.
Chuck is looking to get Interact off the ground in CKHS and/or Klahowya and needs a champion for that.  Steve asked Chuck, “what is an ideal committee member?”  Chuck replied, “someone who has a passion for kids!”
Hybrid Meeting - MASAS Pizza in Kitsap Mall and via Zoom 
As of April 15, we are holding hybrid meetings - in person at MASAS Pizza in Kitsap Mall and via Zoom (see Zoom links below), located between Macys and Kohls, facing Red Robin.  It is right next to the north entry in the mall so Moctezuma's is right next to it.  MASAS doesn't open until 12 pm, but if you tell them you are with Rotary they will let you in early.  MASAS Pizza is graciously providing a free space for us to meet for the foreseeable future. SO, be sure to show your gratitude by ordering food and drinks from the restaurant. Menu:
Here is the Zoom invite with a password, for our Rotary Club of Silverdale Thursday meetings. It will be the same each week. Time: 11:55  am Pacific Time (US and Canada).
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Password: 215927
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Morrow Manor – Program on April 29
Silverdale Rotarians welcomed three Poulsbo Rotarians on April 29 to speak about Morrow Manor: Ardis Morrow, Rand Hillier, Joe Hulsey; plus Jackie Brown from the YWCA.
 Silverdale Rotary donated $10,000 some years ago during the capital campaign for Poulsbo Rotary’s huge $3.3M project to build four duplexes (eight units) to house victims of domestic violence.  Ardis and Rand talked about the Morrow Manor project itself, from Ardis’ inspiration to completion and recent turnover to the YWCA debt free, where two units are now already housing big families.  Jackie then described YWCA’s work housing and providing services to domestic violence victims, with the purpose being getting them safely back on their feet and self sufficient.  YWCA Kitsap County – 24/7 Hotline: 1-800-500-5513
Their presentations can be viewed starting at minute 8:00 at Passcode: cc$rCyx8 . 
Silverdale Rotary Helps Upgrade Ham Radio Communications in Kitsap County and Beyond
Using funds donated by the Rotary Club of Silverdale, the Kitsap County Amateur Radio Club (KCARC) just completed the installation of a new antenna, repeater, and camera on the City of Bremerton’s 180 ft commercial radio tower on Cheryl St in East Bremerton.  Why? To take advantage of modern communications technologies, specifically Digital Mobile Radio (DMR). 
The Rotary Club of Silverdale was happy to grant funds for this project: first was a $3,500 grant last year from 2019 Duck Race proceeds, plus an additional $1,000 in 2021 in our Operation Duck Drop where Duck Race Sponsors Steve and Elayne Burton from EHB Supply directed the funds to KCARC, the local nonprofit of their choice.
Pictured: on left is the SUNBA PTZ 25X optical Zoom Camera, on the mast in the middle is the new Amphenol Procom Dual band VHF/UHF antenna, and on the right is one of two Mikrotik 5.1 GHz dishes, connected to the network.
Jamie Hughes WA7JS, KSARC Repeater Project Manager, wrote to say, “A HUGE thanks goes to the Rotary Club of Silverdale, as without the $4,500 donation, the project would not have been completed.”
A bonus addition to the project is a new camera which is streamed to YouTube at  See photo below.
Why should we care about ham radio?  KCARC envisions post-COVID community outreach to include:
  • Training - KCARC offers free licensing classes several times a year, conducted via Zoom since the pandemic, for anyone wanting to become a ham radio operator. Their students have a 90% + pass rate.
  • Education – KCARC has a relationship with Bremerton School District and will pursue (post-COVID) demonstration of radio and worldwide communications, as their repeater is connected to the BrandMeister worldwide radio network.
  • Community Engagement – They plan to grow their relationships with the Scouts and similar organizations, and they will hold their Field Day event where their new repeater’s global connectivity will be on full display for the community.
  • Safety for Hikers - Hikers can use hand-held ham radios for safety and emergency communications while hiking, one of the things that this new repeater installation on the very tall tower will improve.
  • Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot – KCARC will continue to provide communication services for the annual 10K running event.
  • Emergency Communications – the repeater can be used for emergency communications and become a means for the community to reach out to loved ones elsewhere for welfare updates, while at the same time supporting those working to mitigate the situation.  Some KCARC members are members of the Kitsap Auxiliary Radio Service, Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management.
Thanks to the generous sponsors of the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race and everyone who purchases Duck Tickets, community support like this is possible!
Rotarians of the Month for January, February, and March 2021
Co-Presidents Elect Jennifer Strong and Erin Shannon presented Rotarians of the Month recognition for the months of January, February, and March of 2021.  Congratulations to these well deserving Rotarians!
January - the Beagles – Barbara and Brian are fantastic examples of dedicated Rotarians. Although they have relocated and are no longer in the area, they attend every Zoom meeting, go above and beyond with the weekly Breeze, sewed masks for duck sales, and are always actively participating in meetings and sharing their incredible Rotary knowledge.
February - Cathy Bisaillonhas done an amazing job with coordinating Operation Duck Drop – a total of eight Duck Drops ($11,000) in all - to engage our Duck Race cash sponsors and get the funds back out to our community. She is always willing to step up and take on tasks to assist our Club. We are thankful for her!   
March – Elayne Burton – has been hard at work behind the scenes with the upcoming Duck Race sponsorships and keeping the Club on track as Treasurer. The service she performs is invaluable! We couldn’t do it without you, Elayne.
Why Do Ducks Race? Video Link
Go to to see why Silverdale Rotary Club holds an annual Duck Race - and some examples of the many recipients of over $1.6M in proceeds raised in 27 years!