Thank You to Our 2021 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Sponsors! Barbara Beagle 2021-05-05 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians of the Month for January, February, and March 2021

Posted by Jennifer Strong and Erin Shannon on Apr 22, 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.
 
Rotarians of the Month for January, February, and March 2021 Jennifer Strong and Erin Shannon 2021-04-22 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Christmas Tree - Unsung Heroes Saving the Iconic Tree!

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Apr 19, 2021
Since 1954, the 128 foot Douglas fir known as the Silverdale Christmas Tree has been lit up every year, but old age, wooly adelgid insect infestation, and drought have all conspired to weaken the massive 140-150 year old tree such that 4 years ago there was only an estimated 50/50 chance that it would survive.  Now, thanks to the community efforts of Silverdale Rotarians, Silverdale Dandy Lions, and other volunteer individuals and businesses, things are now more optimistic.  After years of annual blackberry chopping and bark mulching, plus arborist treatments, and four years of watering in the summer, the tree is now producing new growth! 
 
Most recently in April 2021, the Silverdale Rotary Club funded the evaluation and treatment by arborist Dan Maple of ABC Consulting Arborists (photo on left).  He treated the tree with growth hormone and insect treatment injected into the ground around the tree. He also sprayed an insect treatment onto the trunk to combat the wooly adelgid infestation.
 
His evaluation of the tree was that the top of the tree looked really good with new growth, that we have definitely turned the corner with the tree, and it is getting better.  Due to the size (approximately 128 ft tall) and age of the tree, it will take a long time to see the total results.  The upper middle third is still looking pretty bare, but he thinks that it just needs more time to recover.  The top and bottom are looking good.
 
During the summer dry period the tree will be watered, and later this year the area around the tree will be “weed wacked” and mulched with yards and yards of bark.  Maintenance of the light strings and replacements of bulbs will happen this fall, getting ready for the annual Thanksgiving weekend tree lighting. 
 
This all takes a “village” of volunteers, but the results can be seen from just about anywhere in Silverdale when the tree is lit!
 
 
 
 
Silverdale Christmas Tree - Unsung Heroes Saving the Iconic Tree! Barbara Beagle 2021-04-19 07:00:00Z 0

RIP Silverdale Rotarian Roger Aydt, 1934-2021

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Apr 12, 2021
It is with great sadness that we report that Honorary Rotarian Roger Aydt passed away peacefully at his home on April 11, three days after his 87th birthday. 
 
An active Rotarian from 1994-2018 and 1999-2000 Club President, Roger will be remembered as a quiet but tireless supporter of The Rotary Foundation (multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Club Foundation Chair) and proponent of the Silverdale Rotary Foundation for student scholarships.
 
A retired Navy Commander holding a PhD, Roger was most recently a faculty member at Olympic College before retiring completely. Every year he was part of the Silverdale Rotary cadre who rang the bell for the Salvation Army.
 
Throughout his active years, Roger was a tireless Duck Central worker before and during Race Weekend, handing out duck tickets and patiently checking in ticket stubs and reconciling cash with harried Rotarians (see photos below).
       
 
Roger maintained a special ongoing relationship with his Duck Race sponsors and was responsible for landing thousands of dollars in cash sponsorships and prizes, as well as getting permission to set up a duck selling booth at Wendy’s (see photo on right).
 
Roger spent hours every year in Kitsap Mall successfully selling Duck Race Tickets in his signature low key way.  One of his “secret” selling strategies was to approach ladies of a certain age and ask them with a smile, “are you over 18?” (which is the legal age for purchasing raffle tickets).  With a twinkle in his eye, he said that he sold a lot of tickets that way!
 
 
Cards may be sent to his wife Barbara (pictured on left with Roger) and family at 4892 NW Bryce Ct, Silverdale, WA 98383.
 
We will miss you, Roger.
 
RIP Silverdale Rotarian Roger Aydt, 1934-2021 Barbara Beagle 2021-04-12 07:00:00Z 0
Partner of the Week - Seabeck Conference Center Ashley Oaksmith 2021-04-07 07:00:00Z 0

Feeding Hungry Families - Silverdale Rotarians and Kids of Action Bag and Donate 300+ Bags of Food 

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Apr 05, 2021
Silverdale Rotarians, community volunteers, and Rotary Kids of Action masked up on March 25, 2021 at the Seabeck Conference Grounds to bag over 300 bags of food to deliver to CK School District for families in need over Spring Break.
 
We then delivered the bags to CKSD Central Services. The Schools had been organized to distribute to elementary, middle and high schools throughout the district. Thank you to everyone who turned out for this great project to feed hungry families! (Note that we had also provided 300+ bags earlier in the school year for Winter Break.)
 
 
Helpers included: Steven Boe, Christie Scheffer and Kids of Action Reyce Scheffer Losey, Rick Soper, Amanda Smith, and Kids of Action Sophia, Aiden, Vivian, and Jacob; Jennifer Strong and Kids of Action Sophia and Tye, Corie Hamilton, Bob Cassis, Rich Arper, Michael Collins, Nancy and Nicholas Whitaker, Erin Shannon, Chuck Kraining, David Emmons, Cathy Bisaillon, Mary Hoover and Kids of Action Taylor Sagester, Jim Dudley
 
Pictured: Rotarian Rich Arper and Rotary Kids of Action - we know how to have fun and feed families!
 
Thank you to our wonderful partners!
 
Grocery Outlet - James Gochmansky helped find and order nutritious food;
 
Seabeck Conference Center and Chuck Kraining  donated storage and space to bag food (above), Rancho Storage - Lori Boe donated the use of the truck; and Silverdale Safeway - donated bags 
 
Feeding Hungry Families - Silverdale Rotarians and Kids of Action Bag and Donate 300+ Bags of Food  Christie Scheffer 2021-04-05 07:00:00Z 0

Operation Duck Drop #7 – $3,000 Awarded to Central Kitsap Food Bank  

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Apr 01, 2021
In the 7th Duck Drop of 2021 (see Duck Drop #6 article below for background), Central Kitsap Food Bank was the surprised and grateful recipient of a $3,000 unrestricted grant, because three Duck Race cash sponsors named CK Food Bank as the local non-profit that they were most passionate about supporting. 
 
Those sponsors, Rotarian Steve Slaton (on right), former Silverdale Rotarian Jim Adkins, and Rotarian Ron Templeton (and his law firm Templeton Horton Weibel & Broughton, PLLC) shared that they are longtime personal supporters of the CK Food Bank.
 
 
Steve Slaton (pictured on left) and Jim Adkins (pictured on right) were on hand at the Zoom meeting on April 1, 2021 and spoke about why they are passionate about supporting the CK Food Bank: Jim Adkins stated that “there shouldn’t be anybody who doesn’t have food,” and Steve Slaton stated that food is the most essential of human needs, and “charity should start at home.”  To hear their remarks firsthand, watch the Zoom video at  https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/Xl-jRZT3L-mqm4jxRZReXjYnHh3_5akfy5Go6fi1zU3wf162Fjrk1wjl1ozipcl0.uwGjgqQkKJH1jJsU Passcode: pJQQ*L29 .
 
On hand to accept the $3,000 via Zoom was CK Food Bank Executive Director Chris Benson who gave us a detailed update on how the Food Bank has stayed open to serve clients during the pandemic in spite of a 50% reduction in available volunteers, less donations, and challenges with PPE and social distancing.  Chris, a retired U.S. Navy logistics specialist using his military skills to help hungry families, described how the CK Food Bank is the only one of eight in Kitsap County that has provided clients a “grocery store shopping experience” during the pandemic instead of handing out prepacked boxes of food. 
 
Continue watching the Zoom video to hear more astonishing details from Chris.  He added that the $3,000 will be used to cover the continued pandemic extra expenses. For more information about the CK Food Bank, go to Central Kitsap Food Bank | Nourishing neighbors since 1989 (ckfoodbank.org).
 
Operation Duck Drop #7 – $3,000 Awarded to Central Kitsap Food Bank   Barbara Beagle 2021-04-01 07:00:00Z 0

No Rotary Zoom Meeting on March 25

Posted by Steven Boe on Mar 21, 2021
There will be NO ROTARY ZOOM MEETING on Thursday, March 25.  Rotarians and volunteers will be at Seabeck Conference Center in the A-Frame behind the main building filling food bags for CKSD.  Setup is at 11:00 am, and bagging will start at noon.  After all bagging and cleanup is done, the bags will be delivered by volunteers to CKSD Central Services on Dickey Rd.  See you there!
 
No Rotary Zoom Meeting on March 25 Steven Boe 2021-03-21 07:00:00Z 0

Operation Duck Drop #6 - Easterseals Washington

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Mar 18, 2021
In 2021 Silverdale Rotary is hosting Operation Duck Drop, where Duck Race Sponsors are invited to choose a nonprofit to be a recipient of Duck Race proceeds “out of the blue.”  No applications were necessary, and there are no restrictions on the grants. 
 
Silverdale Rotarians are very appreciative of our generous 2020 Duck Race Sponsors, who in spite of the Duck Race being canceled in 2020, allowed us to keep their cash donations to continue our work in the community during COVID-19, and to award Duck Drop grants that change lives!
 
On March 18, we heard from Rotarian Mary Hoover, a Duck Race sponsor who has donated to the Duck Race on behalf of, and in memory of, Rotarian Natalie Bryson, a legendary community leader and organizer.  Natalie worked relentlessly on causes related to children, education, and helping families in need.  Mary shared that Natalie had very high regard for Easterseals Washington and the work they do locally, and therefore chose Easterseals Washington  https://www.easterseals.com/washington as the recipient of a $1,000 unrestricted grant.
On hand to accept the grant was a grateful Angela Cox, Senior Program Director in Kitsap and nearby, who told us about some of the work that Easterseals Washington has continued during COVID-19 supporting children, adults, veterans, and families:
  • Olympic Peninsula Autism Center in Silverdale – providing behavior reduction
  • Workforce Development Program – designed to help those with disabilities, many of whom lost their during COVID-19, stay employed
  • Preparations for the 2021 season of Camp Stand By Me – which gives families much needed respite.  Over 400 clients with disabilities are expected to attend the weekly camps in Vaughn which offer an inclusive, barrier-free environment for children and adults with disabilities to experience all the joys of camp without limitations.
Cathy Bisaillon, CEO of Easterseals Washington stated that “Keeping our current programs safe, and gearing up to reopen our camp and daily adult services, means un-budgeted expenses for PPE, hand sanitizing stations and extra nursing supplies. This unanticipated $1,000 saves the day!”
 
Operation Duck Drop #6 - Easterseals Washington Barbara Beagle 2021-03-18 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Virtual Reality Universe - Come Join Us!

Posted by Steven Boe on Mar 15, 2021
“For over a year now, the Silverdale Rotary Club has been hosting the Rotary VR Universe, a weekly meetup in virtual reality. Originally designed as a place for Rotarians to gather, the event has since grown into more of a place for people to discover Rotary, discuss their ideas, and connect with people who share their passion for service; sometimes awaking a passion they never knew they had.”   On March 18 at 7:00 pm PDT, join us for our special guest speaker, John Bucher.  See video below for more details.
 
 
 
Rotary Virtual Reality Universe - Come Join Us! Steven Boe 2021-03-15 07:00:00Z 0

No Rotary Meeting on Thursday, March 11

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Mar 07, 2021
There will be no Rotary Zoom meeting on Thursday, March 11.  We will return to our normal schedule on March 18.
No Rotary Meeting on Thursday, March 11 Barbara Beagle 2021-03-07 08:00:00Z 0

Operation Duck Drop #5Foster Parents Alliance of Washington State (FPAWS)

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Mar 04, 2021
In the 5th in a series of Duck Race proceeds grants in 2021, Rotarian Heather Campana (Branch Manager of Duck Race Sponsor Columbia Bank) presented a $1,000 unrestricted grant to Tracy Freckleton, Coordinator and Program Developer of Foster Parent Alliance of Washington State (FPAWS) http://www.fpaws.org/
 
The Duck Drop presentation starts at minute 27 of this link in the recorded Zoom meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/OcYWc8TasFnSEnIKHOxdjwkdmN_g_0I3y5bza9f2V7R5OGuiLwbh69J-OhxxJ-Iu.pFe34VywMtmKaYuW Passcode: %d!5PqBl . Heather shared a heartfelt description of Tracy and her life’s work as a foster and adoptive parent, and work supporting foster families. Watch Tracy’s information-packed presentation at minutes 31-37.
 
Foster parents come at this work with hope and desire to make the life of a child better.  FPAWS wants to meet caregivers and families where they are and help in any way we can.”  Tracy talked about the many services FPAWS provides to foster families, and highlighted that Silverdale Rotary’s $1,000 grant will fund 400 hours of online education for foster families, a much needed support service.
 
Operation Duck Drop #5, Foster Parents Alliance of Washington State (FPAWS) Barbara Beagle 2021-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

Jennifer Jones - March 8 at Noon PST - Celebrating Achievements in Diversity

Posted by Steven Boe on Mar 04, 2021
There will be NO regular Silverdale Rotary Club Thursday meeting on March 11.  Instead we will meet on Monday, March 8 with the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club on Zoom with SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER Rotary International President-Nominee Jennifer Jones.  You must register for this event - see below.
 
 
In celebration of International Women’s Day, International President-Nominee Jennifer Jones will share thoughts on diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club Zoom meeting on March 8. There will also be a speaker from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Here is the link to register for her event:  http://d5020.com/JJ2021  The Zoom room opens at 11:30 a.m. and she will begin the program at noon.  Please do not wait until the last minute to enter.
 
Jennifer Jones - March 8 at Noon PST - Celebrating Achievements in Diversity Steven Boe 2021-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

Food for Hungry Families - CKSD Spring Break

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Mar 01, 2021
On Friday, February 26, 2021, Silverdale Rotarians picked up food ordered through Grocery Outlet and brought it to the Seabeck Conference Center for storage, in anticipation of our Food Bagging on March 25th. Many Rotarians and friends came to help unload the food. We appreciate everyone's help!
 
At Grocery Outlet - that's a TALL stack of food!
Food for Hungry Families - CKSD Spring Break Christie Scheffer 2021-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

International Service Committee Announces Grants for This Rotary Year

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Feb 25, 2021
International Service Committee Chair Nancy Whitaker announced on February 25 that the following grants will be awarded this year:
  • $1,000 to Shelterbox (see https://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/Stories/shelterbox-rotary-international-s-disaster-relief-partner)
  • $1,000 to the Rotary Club of Orion in the Philippines for the impoverished Capunitan Elementary School that we (along with Bainbridge Island Rotary Club) have supported for 3 years.  Recently they experienced a fire, typhoon, and then COVID-19.  The funds will pay for printer paper and ink to print lesson modules for students who don’t have internet connections for online learning.
  • $2,500 to Lisa Stirrett for her work in Africa.  Project details forthcoming.
  • $1,250 to Children of the Nations for work in the Dominican Republic where Silverdale Rotarians have traveled and supported projects.  Project details forthcoming.
  • $250 for a humanitarian award to fund a microloan via http://www.kiva.org.  Kiva is a clearing house for microloan projects where the person/organization donating can chose the specific project that will receive the microloan.
     
International Service Committee Announces Grants for This Rotary Year Barbara Beagle 2021-02-25 08:00:00Z 0

Why Do Ducks Race?

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Feb 18, 2021
Watch this video to see why the Silverdale Rotary Club holds an annual Duck Race, and some of the multitude of recipients of over $1.6M in proceeds over 27 years!  The 2021 Race will be held on July 25, the final event of the 3-day Whaling Days Festival.
 
 
Why Do Ducks Race? Christie Scheffer 2021-02-18 08:00:00Z 0

Operation Duck Drop #4 – Stand Up For Kids is Awarded $1,000

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Feb 18, 2021
"Stand Up For Kids (SUFK) Kitsap opened our eyes to the plight of homeless and at-risk youth in Kitsap County,” stated Rotarian Barbara Beagle on February 18 when she and her Rotarian husband PDG Brian (both long time Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Sponsors) awarded $1,000 in an unrestricted grant to Margaret Rodriguez, Executive Director of SUFK Kitsap.  “Silverdale Rotary and Stand Up For Kids have been true partners in community service,” added Brian.  “We support them, and they support us.”  
 
Margaret went on to describe what SUFK Kitsap accomplished in 2020 under COVID-19:
  • 500 weekend food bags per week for homeless and at-risk students in the Bremerton School District, plus snacks for the schools to hand out
  • 480 extra large holiday food bags
  • 390 hygiene bags
  • Supported 11 new teen parents
  • And more, all with volunteers and all without the benefit of their normal in person fund raiser.
  • https://www.standupforkids.org/kitsapcounty
Margaret remarked that under normal non-COVID circumstances, SUFK would be supporting 18 schools and thanked Silverdale Rotarians via Zoom for multiple donations of food and grant funds over the years.  SUFK operates solely with donations and volunteer help from the community.
 
Below is a photo of Margaret Rodriguez loading up hundreds of food bags that Silverdale Rotarians purchased and packed:
Pictured: Margaret Rodriguez  and Rotarian Ed Hamilton after a Silverdale Rotary food bagging work party.
 
Below is a whole table of SUFK volunteers “giving back” to Rotary by supporting our annual Duck Race fund raiser and helping tag 18,000 ducks.
 
and below Margaret Rodriguez is sorting clothing donations at the Kitsap fairgrounds, site of the annual Rotary Area Garage Sale (RAGS)
 
Barbara and Brian thanked the SUFK volunteers for working so hard to support Rotary, all the while tirelessly supporting homeless and at-risk youth.  “It’s truly a win-win partnership,” stated Brian.
 
Operation Duck Drop #4 – Stand Up For Kids is Awarded $1,000 Barbara Beagle 2021-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Partner of the Week - Reliable Storage Ashley Oaksmith 2021-02-17 08:00:00Z 0

Find JOY in your Rotary JOurneY – RI President Nominee Jennifer Jones

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Feb 13, 2021
 
If you want to be inspired in large and small ways and feel good about Rotary leadership at the highest levels, be sure to watch the recorded Zoom meeting on February 13 with Rotary International (RI) President Nominee Jennifer Jones – the first woman to be selected as President, for the year 2022-23. Click on the link below.
 
 
Down to earth and articulate, Jennifer gives us hope for the future of Rotary as the organization adapts to change in the area of technology, communication, tackling the Environment as an additional Area of Focus on July 1, 2021, the inclusion of Rotaract (young people forming clubs) as a form of Rotary membership instead of a separate organization, and infusing joy into our lives in the face of COVID-19,
 
Note: the four Rotary International Strategic Goals and Priorities that Jennifer refers to frequently are: increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt.
 
The intro to Jennifer starts at minute 8:10.  Q&A starts at 33:00 (don’t miss it!), and her “Loose Change” program in her club (anonymous Random Acts of Kindness and the impacts on individual Rotarians) at minute 54:00.  Some sound bites:
  • Find JOY in your Rotary JOurneY
  • Random Acts of Rotary
     
Find JOY in your Rotary JOurneY – RI President Nominee Jennifer Jones Barbara Beagle 2021-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Partner of the Week - Quality Heating, Electrical, and Air Conditioning Ashley Oaksmith 2021-02-10 08:00:00Z 0

Operation Duck Drop #3 – Coffee Oasis Receives $2,000

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Feb 08, 2021
Silverdale Rotary Club has invited cash sponsors of the 2020 Duck Race (which was subsequently canceled due to COVID-19) to select their favorite nonprofits as direct recipients of unrestricted grants, and to award those grants at Zoom meetings where we all could virtually meet our Sponsors and their chosen community service nonprofits. 
 
Our Duck Drop #3 involved two Duck Race Sponsors: Pacific Northwest Title (represented by Andy Buskirk pictured on right) and Chinook Contractors (who couldn’t attend), who both chose Coffee Oasis as the recipient, hence $2,000!
 
Andy shared that Pacific Northwest Title is heavily into community service, and they recognized Coffee Oasis for their work helping homeless and at risk youth. 
 
 
Coffee Oasis (see Restoring Community - The Coffee Oasis) was represented by Executive Director Daniel Frederickson and Community Development rep Daniel Kluth (pictured left to right), who reported that in 2020 the heavily used Crisis Text Line which operates 24/7, fielded over 9,000 texts!  That’s just one of the many services, plus job training and jobs at the Cafes.  Both Daniels expressed gratitude and amazement for the grant which "dropped out of the sky," and they promised to come back later to report how they were able to put the $2,000 grant to work. 
 
What can you do?  Buy coffee at one of the cafes – see locations at Cafes - The Coffee Oasis.
 
You can watch the award presentation at this link  https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/RkllSt6hfzRKKn24iW1Os_fOrXv9C1w1qbc9hiT77WmuLGc7MQ9gsZ_8fcOjzUAl.YZdbKnUeNio0QorV , passcode .H0wz82e (note there's a "period" at the beginning of the passcode). Click on the |< to get to the second recording.  The presentation starts with Cathy Bisaillon at minute 3:20 of the second recording. If the link gives you an error, copy and paste the link.
 
Operation Duck Drop #3 – Coffee Oasis Receives $2,000 Barbara Beagle 2021-02-08 08:00:00Z 0
Partner of the Week - Kitsap Tennis and Athletic Center Ashley Oaksmith 2021-02-07 08:00:00Z 0

February 4 Meeting:  St. Michael Medical Ctr Foundation; plus Operation Duck Drop #3 - Coffee Oasis

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jan 31, 2021
Our Speaker on February 4 will be Sarah Chamberlin, Executive Director of the St. Michael Medical Center Foundation.  She has been with the medical center since November of 2010 in various leadership roles during that time. Committed to her work at the Foundation, Sarah enjoys partnering with community organizations, philanthropists, and grateful patients and their families, connecting them with causes that are important to their hearts.  Silverdale Rotary has supported the Foundation in the past with Duck Bucks.
 
Operation Duck Drop #3 - We will also be awarding $2,000 to Coffee Oasis, as two Duck Race Sponsors, Pacific Northwest Title and Chinook Contractors have chosen Coffee Oasis as their recipient.
 
See you on Thursday, February 4!
 
February 4 Meeting:  St. Michael Medical Ctr Foundation; plus Operation Duck Drop #3 - Coffee Oasis Barbara Beagle 2021-01-31 08:00:00Z 0

Partner of the Week - Kitsap Credit Union

Posted by Ashley Oaksmith on Jan 28, 2021
Join us in making every week of the year a week of gratitude. This week we would like to recognize the Kitsap Credit Union for their support of the Rotary Club of Silverdale and our shared community.
 
Partner of the Week - Kitsap Credit Union Ashley Oaksmith 2021-01-28 08:00:00Z 0

Operation Duck Drop #1 - Bremerton Backpack Brigade

Posted by Jennifer Strong on Jan 21, 2021
Operation Duck Drop - On January 21, Rotarians Erin Shannon and I, on behalf of our Duck Race Sponsor employer 1st Security Bank, had the privilege of honoring the first grantee, Myra Battin from the Bremerton Backpack Brigade with the a $1,000 Duck Drop grant.  https://www.backpackbrigade.org/. I’ve had the privilege to volunteer regularly with this great group of volunteers and the Brigade Team.
 
It gives me such great pride to pack these weekend backpacks for the kids in need in the Bremerton School District. Even during COVID, Myra (pictured) has managed to keep the weekly food bags coming to these kids while keeping a safe environment for the volunteers. Last week176 families were served with nutritious food for the weekend, that equates to one ton every week costing $2,200!  The Backpack Brigade is always looking for volunteers and donations to feed hungry kids.
 
Operation Duck Drop is new this year because we had to cancel the 2020 Duck Race due to COVID-19.  Some of our generous cash sponsors allowed us to keep their donations after the race was canceled, so we asked those sponsors to choose the recipients of $1,000 grants – no Duck Buck applications necessary for the recipients! 
 
Operation Duck Drop #1 - Bremerton Backpack Brigade Jennifer Strong 2021-01-21 08:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Christmas Tree - Viking Fence to the Rescue

Posted by Rich Arper on Jan 15, 2021
We discovered that someone had cut a hole in the fence around the iconic Silverdale Christmas tree, and we were concerned about them stealing the wiring. 
So we contacted Viking Fence, and they came out and donated the repairs.  Thank you, Viking Fence!  This is another example of how the beloved tree has been a community effort since 1955, spearheaded by Silverdale Rotarians and Silverdale Dandy Lions.
 
Silverdale Christmas Tree - Viking Fence to the Rescue Rich Arper 2021-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

Partner of the Week - Costco Silverdale

Posted by Ashley Oaksmith on Jan 13, 2021
A Costco sized thanks to our Partner of the Week, Costco in Silverdale, for their support of us and the Kitsap community!
 
Partner of the Week - Costco Silverdale Ashley Oaksmith 2021-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Thank You to Sponsors of the 2020 Virtual Turkey Trot!  Rick Soper 2021-01-10 08:00:00Z 0
Stop Domestic Violence - New Video Steven Boe 2021-01-04 08:00:00Z 0
New Rotary Video - Stop Domestic Violence Steven Boe 2021-01-04 08:00:00Z 0

Election of 2021-22 Board of Directors

Posted by Don Lachata on Dec 31, 2020
  • At the December 10 Zoom meeting, the Chair of the 2021-22 Nominating Committee Christie Scheffer  announced the Committee’s recommendations for the 2021-22 Board slate of officers.  She also called for nominations from the floor (there were none).
     
  • Nominations “from the floor” closed on December 30 .
  • The Annual Meeting and election will be held at the January 14 Zoom meeting.
     
  • Because of special circumstances due to our meeting situation, we are using a modified voting process.  Members that are not able to attend the Zoom Annual Meeting can submit their ballot by email to the Club Secretary Don Lachata no later than January 13. He will compile and add to the online Zoom voting on January 14. The email should state that you agree, don’t agree, or agree with exceptions to the announced slate of officers.
Rotary Board Slate of Officers – July 2021-June 2022
Co-Presidents – Erin Shannon and Jennifer Strong
President Elect – Cathy Bisaillon
Secretary – Don Lachata
Secretary Elect – Peggy Templeton
Treasurer – Elayne Burton
Immediate Past President – Steve Boe
Duck Race Chair – Steve Boe
Foundation Chair – Ron Templeton
Club Service Chair – Ashley Oaksmith
Club Service Assistant Chair – Matthew Barrett
Community Service Chair – Cathy Bisaillon
Community Service Assistant Chair – Steve Slaton
International Service Chair – Nancy Whitaker
International Service Assistant Chair – Jim Barker
Membership Chair – Christie Scheffer
Public Image – Rick Soper
Vocational Service Chair – Scott Shoemaker
Vocational Service Assistant Chair – Amanda Smith
Youth Service Chair – David Jordan
Youth Service Assistant Chair – Chuck Kraining
 
Not Board Members
Webmaster – Ed Hamilton
Youth Exchange Officer – Kim Peterson
Youth Protection Officer – Chuck Kraining
 
Election of 2021-22 Board of Directors Don Lachata 2020-12-31 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Cares - Rich Arper Steven Boe 2020-12-20 08:00:00Z 0

Ringing the Bell for the Salvation Army - Helping Those in Need

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Dec 12, 2020
Silverdale Rotary Club volunteers rang the Salvation Army bell at Silverdale Safeway on December 12 to raise money for those in need. Special thanks to new Rotarian Matthew Barrett for corralling all the bell ringers.
 
@salvationarmyus #RotaryCares @rotary5020 
Safeway
 
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They shared the area in front of Safeway with the local Kiwanians who were conducting a food drive, and it turned out to be a good thing!  Here are some stories from that amazing day:
 
From Rich Arper: some of the Kiwanians that were there for the food drive were people that had helped with the Silverdale Christmas tree lighting ceremony in the past.  So although we didn’t get to have that event this year, we were able to work together fundraising at the same time at the same location!
 
From Steve Boe: Son and daughter Cavanaugh and Amélie were very excited to ring the bell. Although, it took awhile before Cavanaugh realized he didn’t get to keep the money. They met a young girl from Kiwanis who brought over a blanket to wrap around our dog Capt. Jack.  But the best part was the next morning when the kids asked when can they go ring the bell again. “We need to help people.” Looks like Rotary is rubbing off on them!
 
From Cathy Bisaillon: A lady put a generous donation in the pot, and then she told me that she had rung the bell for many years as a Rotarian in another state. She is new to Washington, and she is committed to continue to make a difference through Rotary. We will likely see her at our next club meeting!
 
From Peggy Templeton: Shoppers were very generous this time. I had to shake down the kettle often to settle the bills. Lots of big bills!
 
Ringing the Bell for the Salvation Army - Helping Those in Need Barbara Beagle 2020-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

Community Effort - Food Bags for 300 Hungry Families

Posted by Steven Boe on Dec 09, 2020
In a huge community effort, Silverdale Rotary purchased a truckload of food which was  loaded and unloaded, transported, and staged for Rotary and community volunteers and their families to prepare 300 bags of food for those in need during the holidays.  Thanks to Rotarian Christie Scheffer who masterminded and coordinated the cadre of businesses and organizations for this effort. 
Silverdale Rotary: People of Action!
Pictured: Silverdale Rotarians, family members, and volunteers filled 300 food bags at Seabeck Conference Center
Special thanks go to:
  • Grocery Outlet - Manager James Gochmansky - who worked hard to find good deals on healthy food, and Lisa and Lynn who helped load the truck
  • Rancho Storage Center - Silverdale - Ms. Boe who loaned us the truck to transport food
  • Paratransit Services who donated $981 towards food to supplement Silverdale Rotary Club funds
  • Seabeck Conference Center who provided the space to safely (masked and socially distanced) stage and load food bags
  • Silverdale Safeway who donated 300 reusable bags
  • Also, a big thanks to the Central Kitsap School District for identifying the families and helping to distribute the food
Pictured above and below: James, Jenny, and Lisa ringing up and then loading pallets of food into the truck

Pictured: Rotarian Rich Arper, volunteer Corey Hamilton, Rotarian Matthew Barrett, and two Seabeck Conference Center staff unloading the truck 
Pictured: Rotarians Rick Soper and Chuck Kraining recycling at Seabeck Conference Center

Pictured: Rotary family member Corey Hamilton
 
Pictured: 300 food bags for CKSD families
#RotaryCares @rotary5020 
 
Community Effort - Food Bags for 300 Hungry Families Steven Boe 2020-12-09 08:00:00Z 0
Partner of the Week - Kitsap Bank Ashley Oaksmith 2020-12-09 08:00:00Z 0

Long Live the Kings (Salmon) – Program on December 3

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Dec 03, 2020
Our speaker on December 3 was Jacques White, Executive Director of Long Live the Kings (LLTK https://lltk.org/), founded in 1986 by a group of enthusiasts concerned about the declining populations of Pacific salmon and steelhead. 
 
Jacques’ dynamite presentation can be viewed at https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/kygvPh_6Ic3oH8z4FuHPVx-JutMNRm0vg73vlAYYhIJraXnwASvJTJi_Jo1c08Iq.nCGd2HKVz_kPooAm You need a  Passcode: fp0fbK#u.  It starts at 25 minutes.
 
Compared to the abundance of salmon before the 1980s, the picture has seemed bleak for wild Pacific salmon in Hood Canal, Puget Sound, and the Salish sea extending into Canada. But Jacques told us about some pretty spectacular successes, including  the return of the almost extinct summer chum salmon in Hood Canal.  LLTK’s goal, in laymen’s terms, are that there be enough salmon again for killer whales, tribes, commercial and sports fishing industries, and other animals in the food chain to survive and thrive. https://lltk.org/.
 
Long Live the Kings (Salmon) – Program on December 3 Barbara Beagle 2020-12-03 08:00:00Z 0

Historic Silverdale Christmas Tree Is All Lit Up!

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 28, 2020
The iconic Silverdale Christmas tree is lit up in all its glory once again, towering over our community and visible for miles.  Did you know that the star is 8 feet across?  Silverdale Rotarians have worked with Silverdale Dandy Lions and dedicated community volunteers every year to maintain the 128 foot tree, which has been lit every holiday season since 1955.  
 
 
Historic Silverdale Christmas Tree Is All Lit Up! Barbara Beagle 2020-11-28 08:00:00Z 0

Partner of the Week - Templeton, Horton, Weibel, and Broughton

Posted by Ashley Oaksmith on Nov 25, 2020
Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and we are so very thankful for our Partner of the Week, Templeton Horton Weibel & Broughton PLLC, and their support of the Silverdale Rotary. Thanks for all you do for the Kitsap community! https://www.kitsaplawgroup.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Templeton-Horton-Weibel-Broughton-PLLC-114416383686052#rotaryclubsofkitsap
#silverdalerotary #rotarypartneroftheweek #PartneroftheWeek #thankfulnovember #thankful #rotarycares #rotarysupporters
 
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Partner of the Week - Templeton, Horton, Weibel, and Broughton Ashley Oaksmith 2020-11-25 08:00:00Z 0

Thank You Silverdale Rotary - Changing Lives in Burkina Faso!

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 22, 2020
Silverdale Rotarians have partnered with Silverdale humanitarian Lisa Stirrett since 2017 to bring hope to desperately poor villages in Burkina Faso, West Africa.  Many individual Rotarians funded microloans that allowed women to earn an income, support their families, and pay the loan back (e.g., a wheat grinder, sewing and pattern drafting lessons).  We have sent French books for the schools and elementary school supplies in schools where it is a luxury to not have to share pencils.  The latest projects that our Club funded with Duck Race proceeds are described below.
 
Thank You Silverdale Rotary - Changing Lives in Burkina Faso! Barbara Beagle 2020-11-22 08:00:00Z 0

No Rotary Meeting on Thanksgiving

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 22, 2020
Silverdale Rotary will not be meeting on Thursday, November 26. 
 
We wish everyone a safe, and grateful, Thanksgiving.
No Rotary Meeting on Thanksgiving Barbara Beagle 2020-11-22 08:00:00Z 0
Partner of the Week - Pacific Northwest Title Ashley Oaksmith 2020-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Partner of the Week - Good Property Management Ashley Oaksmith 2020-11-11 08:00:00Z 0
VIRTUAL Turkey Trot 2020 - November 19-26 Barbara Beagle 2020-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
Partner of the Week - Columbia Bank Ashley Oaksmith 2020-11-08 08:00:00Z 0
Partner of the Week - Easterseals Washington Ashley Oaksmith 2020-10-28 07:00:00Z 0


Program: Mock Interview Project

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Oct 26, 2020
 
Rotarians understand the key role that employment plays in the lives of individuals and in the connectivity of communities. Hearing that the COVID situation has pushed the unemployment rate for people who have disabilities up to 80%, we knew that it was time to re-engage with the job seekers in Kitsap County through the Partners for Work program https://www.gowise.org/what-we-do/partners-for-work/.
 
On October 22, the Silverdale Rotary Club broke the mold by conducting four simultaneous mock interview sessions entirely through the Zoom online platform. With just a couple of lessons learned, the project was a resounding success. “Today would have been my fourth anniversary at a job that I loved, but the pandemic caused me to be laid off,” shared job seeker, Eldon. “I like to work as a team – I just need another chance.”
 
This third mock interview project got our Silverdale Rotarians smiling ear-to-ear. “Engaging with eager job seekers, and possibly providing their foot in the door with area employers, is the highlight of my year,” shared several attendees. New this time, Rotarians from area clubs dropped into the meeting as session participants, as they are excited to launch their own clubs’ initiatives to help people with disabilities get jobs.
 
The Silverdale Rotary Club is honored to partner with Easterseals Washington and other social service agencies to promote inclusion in our community, and to motivate clubs around the world to do the same. For more information, or better yet, to provide leads for job seekers, contact Cathy Bisaillon at cathyb@wa.easterseals.com.
 
Program: Mock Interview Project Cathy Bisaillon 2020-10-26 07:00:00Z 0
Advantage Nissan - Partner of the Week Steven Boe 2020-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Rotarians Support Georgia's House Shelter

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Sep 14, 2020
Silverdale Rotary donated food, diapers, toiletries and kitchen and office supplies on September 13, 2020 to Georgia’s House, a shelter for women and children. Pictured below is Rotary Service Member Brianna Angelo assisting with loading up the supplies). 
 
Despite our contribution, there continue to be many unmet needs. Click on https://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/Documents/en-us/5715c99e-e214-4e2b-ab63-0f514633d5bb/1/ for a list of their most needed items. If you would like to drop off a donation you can either drop it with Christie at Paratransit Services 4810 Auto Center Way, Bremerton or at Georgia's House - 4846 Auto Center Way, Bremerton. (360) 479-9020. Just give them a call you are coming and meet them at the back door with the ramp. All donations are appreciated!
 
For more information about the important services that Georgia's House provides to desparate families, go to http://www.gmweaverfoundation.org/
 
Silverdale Rotarians Support Georgia's House Shelter Christie Scheffer 2020-09-14 07:00:00Z 0
Is Your Home Prepared for a Wildfire? CKFR Chief John Oliver 2020-09-10 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Chamber of Commerce - Helping Businesses Survive COVID-19

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Sep 10, 2020
On September 10 we heard from our own Rotarians Kathleen Gordon and Rick Soper about the work that the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce is doing behind the scenes to help Kitsap businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic.  Kathleen, the Chamber Executive Director spoke enthusiastically about the comprehensive online resources at https://silverdalechamber.com/
 
 
Working with other county chambers and public agencies, they have developed a Back to Work Toolkit, at https://chambermaster.blob.core.windows.net/userfiles/UserFiles/chambers/716/CMS/2020/covid/B2B-toolkit-May-28-r4.pdf.
 
Other efforts include encouraging the public to support local businesses in Kitsap County with Staycations. 
 
The image above is not interactive.  Click on this link  for current Silverdale Chamber President Rick Soper’s latest video: https://youtu.be/eDuxpwCSxG0. Also go to https://www.visitkitsap.com/ for Staycation suggestions.   
 
And, real time updates can be found on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/rediscoverkitsap.  More is going on than you might imagine, locally!
 
 
Silverdale Chamber of Commerce - Helping Businesses Survive COVID-19 Barbara Beagle 2020-09-10 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Rotary Kids of Action – at the 2020 Virtual Rotary Convention!

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Aug 09, 2020
Our own President Steven Boe was part of a virtual breakout panel session regarding parents and families and Rotary in the June 2020 virtual Rotary International Convention. His 7-minute talk about Kids of Action starts at 25 minutes at the following link https://www.facebook.com/RotaryMembershipVoice/videos/296278014798629.  See more details below.
 
Bring the Baby: Recruiting and Retaining Parents in Rotary
This is first release of the 2020 breakout presentation made for clubs that want to engage with more parents of young children and want family-friendliness to be an important element in their club culture.  Discover ideas for events, meeting formats, and rebranding projects to be more youth inclusive and parent-friendly.
 
Panelists on the presentation are Christie Champlin Adams (Somerset-Pulaski Morning Rotary Club) Stephen Boe (Silverdale Rotary Club) Kate McKenzie (E-WA Rotary) and Kate Matos (Kent Rotary Club).
 
Silverdale Rotary Kids of Action – at the 2020 Virtual Rotary Convention! Barbara Beagle 2020-08-09 07:00:00Z 0

Jennifer Jones Tapped to be First Woman President of Rotary International

Posted on Aug 09, 2020
Image may contain: 1 person, closeupJennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.
 
A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a member since 1997 and has served Rotary as vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor. Read more on the nomination: https://on.rotary.org/2DDj58H
 
 
Jennifer Jones Tapped to be First Woman President of Rotary International 2020-08-09 07:00:00Z 0

Kitsap Maritime Heritage Foundation (Fiddler’s Dream) Thanks Rotary

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Aug 09, 2020
Margorie Rowland of the Kitsap Maritime Heritage Foundation thanked Silverdale Rotarians on July 30, 2020 for our help in refurbishing and restoring the schooner Fiddler’s Dream at its Brownsville Marina home, in preparation for its life as a sailing educational classroom.  In 2018 our club granted $3,000 in Duck Bucks to fund a new steering system, which has now been installed.  See photo below.
 
 
Margorie then gave us an update on the restoration and the funds needed ($52,000) to finish the job.  One can purchase a “plank” for a reduced donation of $75 (was $100) http://kitsapmaritime.org/Getplank/.  More informaation can also be found at http://kitsapmaritime.org/.
 
Eventually the schooner will be renamed the Kitsap at the celebration of completion.  Rotarian Rich Arper mentioned that he attended the “Whiskey Plank” celebration when they set the final deck plank some time ago.  The setting of the last deck plank (called the Whiskey Plank) is a major milestone for any boat, and time for celebration, and Whiskey!
 
Kitsap Maritime Heritage Foundation (Fiddler’s Dream) Thanks Rotary Barbara Beagle 2020-08-09 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Rotary Guest Speaker Ken Riley - How Business Leaders Can Talk About Racism
 

Posted by Steven Boe on Aug 06, 2020
On August 6, our guest speaker Pastor Ken Riley from Newlife Church gave an informative and inspiring talk about How Business Leaders Can Talk About Racism. See video below  about how to get the conversation started about race.  Here are some points he made:
 
How do we “build the capacity to have the conversation that could lead to reconciliation?”  Here are a couple prerequisites:
  • We have to agree that “racism is wrong.”
  • We each must understand own personal narratives, and then try to understand others’ histories and narrative regarding racism.
And then:
  1. Acknowledge your track record (or lack of it) regarding race.   
  2. Engage younger voices to see racism in a different light.
  3. Build a team that creates a culture of inclusion.
  4. Create a safe space and a safe place to share honest and open feedback.|
Pastor Riley ended by saying that even in the middle of a global pandemic and civil unrest, he believes the best days are ahead of us.  
 
 
 We also want to thank all of the people from our fellow Rotary Clubs from the US and Canada for joining us, including District 5020 Governor Greg Horn.
If you'd like to see the full meeting video including introductions you can view it using the online Password: k^^vK0Z2 at:  https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/2_woBb_t9XxObqfU5VvgXKINT6fgaaa803AX_6IIykhnT5c9K9Vj-tuplL5OB-Ws .  Rotary District 5020 Members #Rotary.
 
Silverdale Rotary Guest Speaker Ken Riley - How Business Leaders Can Talk About Racism  Steven Boe 2020-08-06 07:00:00Z 0

The Saga of LED Bulbs for the Silverdale Christmas Tree

Posted by Richard (Rich) Arper on Aug 03, 2020
Editor's Note:  It's not as simple as it looks!  To read the history of the Silverdale Christmas tree and our Club's involvement starting even before we were chartered in 1955, go to https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000730/en-us/files/homepage/history-of-the-silverdale-christmas-tree/Silv-Xmas-Tree-History-20-Oct-18.pdf.  Later this year when Rotarian Rich Arper puts out the call for a work party to change out bulbs, you will know "the rest of the story."
 
The Silverdale Rotary Club and the Silverdale Dandy Lions have been interested in using LED bulbs on the Christmas Tree for several years, hoping that they will last longer and require less maintenance.  We tried some LED bulbs several years ago, and they lasted a long time, but were not very bright.  Two years ago we purchased red LED bulbs, and they seem to be holding up well, but their light appears to be directional; i.e., they look good from some angles and not good from others. 
 
To do some research, I bought some Phillips colored LED bulbs at Lowe’s to test at home on my dark basement workbench.  The bulbs seemed plenty bright, and the light was not directional.  So I took the information from the bulb box and contacted Phillips customer service in New Jersey.  We exchanged several emails back and forth, and then when the COVID-19 hit, everything seemed to stop.  Finally in April I received an email with a link to their charitable donor person with a form to fill out plus a request for a financial statement.  Which with Club Treasurer Elayne's help I did.
 
When I contacted them again to check our status, they asked again for our specific request, (which I had sent before). I asked for as many bulbs as they were willing to send us to try as a test on the tree, giving them the quantity and color of bulbs on each light string.  Each light string uses 34 bulbs: 20 red and 14 of other colors. With 12 strings on the tree, that's 408 bulbs! Each string has a specific bulb order.  See photo below.
 
Pictured left to right: Community Volunteer Bill Carter, Silverdale Dandy Lions Carla Larson and Roland Arper, and Silverdale Rotarian Rich Arper
 
Phillips sent 162 bulbs!!  We have enough new LED red bulbs to do 2 strings (they sent 42),  and enough other colored bulbs to do several other strings. So hopefully we can schedule a work party to get the new bulbs on the tree sometime this fall. 
 
 
The Saga of LED Bulbs for the Silverdale Christmas Tree Richard (Rich) Arper 2020-08-03 07:00:00Z 0

Summer Blood Drive August 1-15

Posted by Steven Boe on Jul 30, 2020
 
Northwest Bloodworks is short of blood and plasma!  Our President Steven Boe has spearheaded this area blood drive, coordinating with other county Rotary Clubs and other organizations.  If you give blood, please post a photo on the Silverdale Rotary Facebook page - you may win a prize donated by local businesses! Pictured below: our co-President Elect Erin Shannon donated blood - thanks, Erin!
 
 
For the latest video, go to https://youtu.be/8sQbHpRtI7g
 
 
Summer Blood Drive August 1-15 Steven Boe 2020-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Save a Life!  Summer Blood Drive August 1-15 Steven Boe 2020-07-30 07:00:00Z 0

International Service – Changing People's Lives Overseas

Posted by Rich Arper on Jul 16, 2020
Last year’s International Service Chair Rich Arper gave the club an update on where the Committee’s budgeted 2019-20 funds were spent.   Lives will be changed as a result:
  • We gave $2,000 to Community Service Committee - which became part of a $5,500 donation to the CK Food Bank to address COVID-19 hunger.
     
  • We gave $1,500 to Shelter Box to fund 1.5 shelter boxes for International relief.   https://www.shelterboxusa.org/  Here is an example of the Mustafa family in Malaysia who received a Shelterbox after monsoon flooding swept their neighborhood away.



    During monsoon flooding, a neighboring house was  swept away from its foundations and had landed right on top of the Mustafa family home. See below.

  • We gave $1,000 to Lisa Stirrett and Walk in the Light International (WITLI) https://www.witli.com/ for materials for “Pads for Girls” in Burkina Faso, where the local sewing women will make the pads.  In the village of Rialo, WITLI started a 3-year tailor sewing program with 30 women enrolled.  These women have never been to school, most are orphaned, and none had a trade.  Burkina is a migratory country so most will not stay in one place for long.  This program provides a trade for women who otherwise would not have one, and it is a government accredited program so they can work for the government or in any country in Africa as a tailor.  The program is free, but they must give back to their community in some way.

    The current culture of Burkina surrounding women’s monthly cycles is similar to that of the dark ages. It is considered shameful for a girl to be in public during this time.  This is an area where our sewers can give back.  They are in their second year so  using the material they will sew period pads and underwear for our women in the village. We will sell finished items for a small fee to help us pay for the material needs at the sewing school.
     
  • We gave $2,500 to Children of the Nations to fund 25 “Right Start” programs for Malawi nursery school children. https://cotni.org/

     
  • We gave $3,000 to Lisa Stirrett and Walk in the Light International (WITLI) to fund three chicken farms in Burkina Faso, where food is currently in dire need right now.   A teaching farm chicken farm was established in the village of Rialo for the school children. They are now able to either sell or use the chickens for protein.  More farms are needed, and to create an atmosphere that chickens will lay eggs in Burkina requires a specific type of housing which is expensive to build, at $1,000 for each chicken farm.  
     
International Service – Changing People's Lives Overseas Rich Arper 2020-07-16 07:00:00Z 0

Program on July 9: CK Food Bank Update

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 09, 2020
At our Rotary Zoom meeting on July 9, Chris Benson, Executive Director of Central Kitsap Food Bank in Silverdale since 2014, gave us a virtual update.  “We never shut down during COVID-19,” stated Benson, a retired Navy Chief.  Following very strict protocols, food bank recipients can still shop in person.  Owing to the fact that Costco, Trader Joe’s, Safeway, and Sprouts all donate fresh produce, the Food Bank needs a steady stream of volunteers to repackage the items in a timely manner so they don’t go to waste.  There are also provisions for high risk clients who can’t come in to shop to receive food.
 
Questions were posed to Benson, “What do you need, and what can Silverdale Rotarians do to help?”
  • “We are shoring up non-perishables for fall…and the holiday season,” he responded, because they are predicting that when the extra COVID-19 benefits run out (e.g., stimulus checks, double food stamps, and unemployment benefits), there will be increased demand.  So $$$ contributions can always be used.   The Food Bank can also leverage gift cards (like Safeway where they will give discounts).
     
  • “We need volunteers!” stated Benson.  Available volunteers are significantly reduced because many previous volunteers are high risk for the virus and have stayed away.  Hours are 9am-1:30pm M-F for volunteers.  It’s relatively easy to social distance when working in the warehouse.  Go to https://ckfoodbank.org/ to learn how to volunteer.
Other questions:
  • What about food with past due expiration dates?  Go ahead and donate, because the Food Bank has specific guidelines, especially for canned food.
  • Do you need pet food?  In a word, yes!
  • Do you need hygiene items?  Yes, including diapers and hotel-sized items for the homeless.  The Food Bank also makes their dumpsters available for the homeless to drop off trash.
  • Does anything go to waste?  They are a "zero waste facility," and the Food Bank partners with local pig and sheep farmers for that purpose.
  • What else? They use empty clean water bottles for repackaging bulk Costco-sized items.

    Chris Benson ended by thanking Silverdale Rotarians for our continued support over the years, most recently a $5,500 grant in April to address COVID-19 hunger.  This donation consisted of the last of the proceeds from the 2019 Turkey Trot and 2019 Duck Race.
     
Program on July 9: CK Food Bank Update Barbara Beagle 2020-07-09 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary International 2020-21 Theme - Rotary Opens Opportunities  Barbara Beagle 2020-07-06 07:00:00Z 0

Meet Our New Board for 2020-21

Posted by Steven Boe on Jun 29, 2020
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!
 
 
Meet Our New Board for 2020-21 Steven Boe 2020-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

No Noon Meeting on July 3, 2020

Posted by Steven Boe on Jun 29, 2020
There will be no weekly noon meeting on July 2.  We will resume meetings via Zoom on July 9. Happy 4th of July!
No Noon Meeting on July 3, 2020 Steven Boe 2020-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Year - Chuck Kraining

Posted by Steven Boe on Jun 27, 2020
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!
 
Rotarian of the Year - Chuck Kraining Steven Boe 2020-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Silverdale Rotary Year in Review - and What a Year It Was! Steven Boe 2020-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Cares - Rotarians in Social Media  Steven Boe 2020-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

Full Zoom Social -- Come ZOOM with us!

Posted by Ed Hamilton on Jun 15, 2020
Following a fun Full Zoom social on June 4th, we're looking to do it again.  Come join your fellow Rotarians and guests this Thursday, June 18th, from 5:00 - 6:00 pm for a virtual social.  These events will be bi-weekly until we can meet in person.  Please use the Club meeting login below to access the meeting:
 

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Full Zoom Social -- Come ZOOM with us! Ed Hamilton 2020-06-15 07:00:00Z 0
Zoom Meeting Christie Scheffer 2020-06-14 07:00:00Z 0

$13,000 in Scholarships – Investing in Our Future

It’s so gratifying for Silverdale Rotary Club to be able to award scholarships to graduating high school seniors, and this year was no exception, although we had to meet via Zoom to do it.  That didn’t dampen the spirits of our very deserving awardees on June 11, when we awarded a total of $13,000 to ten very talented and hard working young men and women from Central Kitsap High School (CKHS) and Klahowya Secondary School (KSS).  The awardees are:
  • Cleveland, Aliyah Nicole, CKHS
  • Collins, Caitlin Anne, KSS
  • Giesbrecht, Lilianna, CKHS
  • Homewood, Delaney, CKHS
  • Huang, Alexander, CKHS
  • La Belle, Skylar Ayumi, CKHS
  • Lander, Benjamin, CKHS
  • Martin, Hope Marie, KSS
  • Roy, Megan Alice, CKHS
  • Scott, Emilie, KSS
There were several sources of the $13,000:
$2,000 – donation from Chung’s Teriyaki
$1,000 – donation from Hometown Band – investing in student musicians
$1,000 – donation from Rich and Carol Arper in memory of legendary Rotarian Bob Arper – focusing on STEM
$350 – donations in memory of longtime Rotarian and former CKHS Principal Jack Jensen
$3,500 – matching grant from Rotary District 5020
$5,150 – from Silverdale Rotary Club funds
 
Thank you to all our generous donors, and congratulations and best wishes to our awardees as they head to college.
 
$13,000 in Scholarships – Investing in Our Future Barbara Beagle 2020-06-11 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Cares - Rotarians in Social Media Steven Boe 2020-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

Thursday, June 11 Virtual Reality - Monthly Speaker Series 

Posted by Steven Boe on Jun 07, 2020
 
Rotary Virtual Reality (VR) Universe: Besides our weekly VR meetups on Thursday Nights at 7 pm (Pacific) We also have our monthly Speaker Series. Join us June 11th for guest speaker: Research Scientist David Boe and Eric Rombokas from RomboLabs in Seattle - "All Reality is Virtual." Your jaw will literally drop to the ground when you hear what he has to say. We're not kidding, you'll need duct tape to put your jaw back on. It's going to be that awesomely cool. The Rombolabs team is doing some amazing work to help people with traumatic injuries.
https://account.altvr.com/events/1469615805430759718 
 
Thursday, June 11 Virtual Reality - Monthly Speaker Series  Steven Boe 2020-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

Veterans Memorial - Remembering the Fallen on Memorial Day

Posted by Barbara Beagle on May 28, 2020
Veteran's Memorial Park in Silverdale - a place to honor our military, past and present.
 
Using funds raised from the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, Silverdale Rotary has maintained and replaced the flags (when worn out) at the Veterans Memorial at the Silverdale Waterfront Park since it was dedicated in 2004.  In addition to the U.S. and MIA flags, there are emblems and flags from all the services: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine.
 
  While COVID-19 required us to cancel our 2020 annual observance at the Memorial, a special wreath adorned the flag area to remember those who have fallen.  Special thanks to the Silverdale Safeway floral shop for providing the beautiful wreath at a substantial discount. 
 
We are grateful to Silverdale Rotarian Bob Cassis, who since the beginning has ensured that the Memorial is well maintained and befits those who have served or are serving in our country's military branches.
Veterans Memorial - Remembering the Fallen on Memorial Day Barbara Beagle 2020-05-28 07:00:00Z 0

Walk in the Light International – Update on Work in Burkina Faso

Posted by Barbara Beagle on May 28, 2020
 
Katy Cornell (pictured), cofounder with her husband Tom of Walk in the Light International (WITLI) in Burkina Faso West Africa, returned to our Club via Zoom and spoke with passion about the accomplishments in the country since she last spoke to us.  Founded in 2009 and partnering with village elders, they built and opened a school that this year is celebrating a huge milestone: their first group of graduating 10th graders who started their education with WITLI. 
 
They also built a health clinic which Silverdale Rotary helped outfit that has “created a new standard” in the country for other clinics to emulate.  WITLI has dug 16 water wells, providing clean water to 32,000 people.
 
Katy thanked Silverdale Rotarians for our club and individual support for the microloan program. 
 
For example, Bernadette Diasso (pictured on left) used a microloan to purchase a sewing machine and take design and sewing lessons.  She now runs a thriving tailoring business. 
 
WITLI, looking to the future, is working on foster care and orphanages to fill the need created by surrounding civil wars and a large influx of refugees.  For more information, go to https://www.witli.com/.
 
Walk in the Light International – Update on Work in Burkina Faso Barbara Beagle 2020-05-28 07:00:00Z 0

Students of the Month – Virtually!

Posted by Barbara Beagle on May 21, 2020
On May 21, Silverdale Rotarians held our first ever Students of the Month recognition via Zoom.  Students and faculty from CK High School, Klahowya Secondary School, and Crosspoint Academy joined us in a Zoom meeting to congratulate the six students listed below who were chosen by faculty as May Students of the Month.  And what an impressive group they were!   Examples of their activities and accomplishments include: ASB student government, National Honor Society, music and band, soccer, mentor program, college scholarships, and a variety of volunteer programs.
 
Rotarian Ron Templeton presented each of the students with a Rotary Four Way Test plaque,
 
a letter from Rep. Derek Kilmer, a letter from Silverdale Rotary, and a gift card.  Congratulations to our future leaders!
 
Central Kitsap High School
Benjamin Lander (who thanked our Club for his 3rd Grade Dictionary)
Darcy Ribada (who gave a shout out to her Mom’s Pepa's Lumpia Filipino Cuisine)

Crosspoint Academy
Kaylee Couder (soccer scholarship and volunteer at Silverdale Rotary’s Turkey Trot!)
Tommy (Ziyan) Zhou (not present)

Klahowya Secondary School
Ezra Kealoha (mentors middle schoolers)
Caitlin Collins (music scholarship)
 
Students of the Month – Virtually! Barbara Beagle 2020-05-21 07:00:00Z 0
Birthday Surprise in Seabeck for a Special Family Steven Boe and Christie Scheffer 2020-05-11 07:00:00Z 0
Silverdale Rotary Cares - Donate Today! Steven Boe 2020-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Canceled - 2020 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Steven Boe 2020-04-26 07:00:00Z 0

Easterseals Washington Update

Posted on Apr 16, 2020
Easterseals Washington - Celebrating her 25th year with Easterseals Washington, Cathy Bisaillon, the agency’s President & CEO, shared the impact of its mission. “We’re adapting, and we’re still here for the one-in-four people affected by disability - children with autism, job seekers with developmental disabilities, adults trying to age in place, and caregivers who are running out of steam,” Cathy opened.
Offering nine services statewide and concentrating efforts in Kitsap County, Cathy implored local residents to support Easterseals Washington through the Kitsap Great Give campaign https://kitsapgreatgive.org/, and now that it is over, at 
https://www.easterseals.com/washington/ . She shared that it is not widely understood that nonprofit organizations rely on fees-for-service for 80% of their revenue. With the COVID-19 situation, program participation fell off rapidly, and without an upswing in donations, Cathy’s struggle to meet payroll and keep the lights on will become dire.

Having been a Silverdale Rotarian for over ten years, Cathy emotionally thanked her colleagues for their support. She is grateful for the hundred-year Easterseals/Rotary partnership nationwide and the local investment in services for people in need. She wrapped up her brief presentation with, “Easterseals Washington will not rest until all families faced with the challenges of disability feel 100% included and 100% empowered to reach their full potential. With your help, we will persevere through this difficult time to thrive once again.”  
 
Easterseals Washington Update 2020-04-16 07:00:00Z 0

Congressman Derek Kilmer Addresses Club

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Apr 16, 2020
We had a great Zoom meeting on April 16, featuring Congressman Derek Kilmer (pictured lower right) as our guest speaker!
Rep. Kilmer summarized what he and congressional colleagues have been teleconferencing about regarding COVID-19: extension of the CARES Act, (Pay Protection Act, expanded SBA), test kits and supplies, hospitals, nonprofits, PPE, Defense Production Act, and more.
 
Rep. Kilmer sincerely thanked our Rotary Club: "I am grateful for your Club and what Rotarians do.  The Rotary Four Way Test is hanging in my office in D.C., and it is now more important than ever."
 
We ran out of time for questions, so staff person Katy Crabtree provided the Congressman's contact information for follow-up questions and coronavirus resources:  "Folks can find resources and helpful information at Rep. Kilmer’s website which is https://kilmer.house.gov/coronavirus. Also feel free to pass along my email address of katy.crabtree@mail.house.gov to your members if they have any questions or concerns.
All the best, Katy C"
 
Congressman Derek Kilmer Addresses Club Christie Scheffer 2020-04-16 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Contributes $5,500 to CK Food Bank

Posted by Steven Boe on Apr 16, 2020
Central Kitsap Food Bank is committed to our community, and that's truer now more than ever. That's why Silverdale Rotary Club is proud to award them $5,500.
 
 
This grant is made possible by our partnership with Safeway, as well as the sponsors and contributors of fundraising events like the Duck Race and Turkey Trot, and the Rotarians and volunteers who help put those events on.  We are all in this together!
 
Rotary Contributes $5,500 to CK Food Bank Steven Boe 2020-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarians On and Supporting the Front Lines Steven Boe 2020-04-13 07:00:00Z 0

Opportunities to Help with COVID-19

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Apr 13, 2020
Materials for CKSD Grab and Go Meals for Students
 
The Central Kitsap School District is in need of the following materials for their grab and go meals offered to students Monday through Friday.  
- Paper grocery sacks with handles
- Portion cups & lids
- To-go/takeout containers (boxes, clamshells)
- 4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz containers with lids for hot foods
 
If anyone has a contact that you think would be willing to help, please ask.  Contact Rotarian Mary Hoover at https://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/SingleEmail/Send?MemberId=vwAIpP1WNSM4ineTMMxlEAiAUDB8rnnMJDlPnOEXKRc=.  Volunteers are available for pickup and delivery.
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 Kitsap Emergency Operations Center is looking for volunteers at their Quarantine Centers
 
The Centers are located at Pilgrim Firs Conference Center in South Kitsap, and at the Seabeck Conference Center.  These are available for first responders and medical personnel who may have been exposed as a location to self isolate or quarantine if they are unable to safely do so at home.  There will also potentially be community members referred by the hospitals, again if they are unable to safely isolate at home.  Persons located there are there voluntarily and must be able to take care of themselves (i.e., they aren’t critical or on ventilators).  There will be medical personnel and safety personnel onsite 24/7 as well.  
 
 There is an orientation every Monday – includes PPE training (full face mask from forehead to under chin, gloves, robe, etc.), and procedure for meal drop off (no entering the cabin, stopping at the door, etc.).  Both sites have cabins and office space set aside for volunteers, with wi-fi.  Volunteers will have a lot of down time and are free to work, relax, utilize the recreational opportunities (Pilgrim Firs has boats and fishing equipment for the stocked lake!), etc.
 
Description
The County is working hard to stand up non-medical, voluntary quarantine and isolation centers across Kitsap.  These sites are used for those individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, have mild to no symptoms or have had close contact with someone who tested positive and needs to quarantine themselves and can’t do so in their own home.
 
As a direct result of the COVID-19 Pandemic Outbreak event, and acting on the direction and guidance of local/state/federal health authorities, the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) hopes to have the assistance from volunteersthrough its EOC-UC extended operations, to address the immediate threat to public health and safety by serving as site managers at the County’s Isolation and Quarantine Centers.
 
We are looking for Site Volunteers. If you are not at elevated risk for COVID-19 (refer to the CDC guidelines here) and feel comfortable performing the work described below, please complete the attached volunteer application.
 
The DEM Isolation and Quarantine (I&Q) Site Manager (SM) is a critical piece of the operation as being the primary point of contact for each site. The roles and responsibilities of the volunteers consists of: 
 
• Answer general questions from guests
• Delivery of meals and wellness checks for all guests on the site
  • Perform temperature checks; report onset of cough and other medical needs
• Submit daily reports accounting for site occupancy, safety concerns and supply levels
• Coordinate with on-site medical staff so they can provide their service as needed
• Express security concerns to on site security officers
• Other ancillary duties as needed
 
Guests referred to this site must have the ability to care for themselves. There is no need for physical or labor-intensive tasks during your time.
 
There is a Security Officer present 24/7 and a site Safety Officer on-site or available for call. The site will also have medical providers to work with patients that may need more than the wellness checks. Medical staff will be reachable via tel-a-med on the weekends. 
 
Staff Shifts: 
Morning Shift: 07:30-3:45 Day Shift: 3:20-11:45 Night Shift: 11:30-07:45
 
The Department of Emergency Management is asking to fill these shifts for the next month with the possibility of extending further as may been needed.
Thanks for considering volunteering for this very important function.
 
CONTACT:
Keri Sieckowski, Human Resources Supervisor, Kitsap County, (360) 307-4345
Opportunities to Help with COVID-19 Barbara Beagle 2020-04-13 07:00:00Z 0

New Member Induction – Dr. Erin Prince

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Apr 09, 2020
In Silverdale Rotary’s first ever virtual new member induction, Membership Chair Jason Wright inducted Dr. Erin Prince as our newest member.  Dr. Prince is Superintendent of Central Kitsap School District, continuing a longtime tradition of CKSD Superintendents being members of our Club.  Erin’s Sponsor is President Christie.  All together we virtually clapped and declared, “Welcome to our Rotary Family, Erin!”
 
New Member Induction – Dr. Erin Prince Barbara Beagle 2020-04-09 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Scholarship Applications - May 8 Deadline

Posted by EAH on Apr 02, 2020
Rotary Scholarship deadline extended to Friday, May 8th.
 
In light of the school closures those students from Klahowya, Central Kitsap High School, and Crosspoint Academy who wish to submit an application for our Education Assistance Grant or Scholarships may send the submission to the following address.  Additionally, requirements for transcripts and letters of recommendations will be waived with an explanation enclosed in your submission.
 
Ed Hamilton
Attn:  Silverdale Rotary Scholarship
PO Box 2649
Bremerton, WA 98310
 
You may also contact Ed at edhamilton23@gmail.com 
 
Rotary Scholarship Applications - May 8 Deadline EAH 2020-04-02 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks Support Easterseals Washington

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Mar 31, 2020
The Silverdale Rotary Club made an investment in the impact that Easterseals Washington is making right here in Kitsap County by funding the replacement of worn out furniture used in its Workforce Development office https://www.easterseals.com/washington/our-programs/employment-training/.
 
 “This program has helped thousands of people with disabilities become employed over its 27 year history, and supporting our amazing staff with new office furniture is a huge shot in the arm,” commented Cathy Bisaillon, Easterseals Washington’s President & CEO. The grant of $2,740 will purchase desks and ergonomic chairs used by employment consultants and the Kitsap County Parent Coalition coordinator."
 
"As you know from past experience, Workforce Development plays an essential role in our community by preparing jobseekers with disabilities with the tools they need to become valued members of the workforce in Kitsap County. In the past, Silverdale Rotary has participated in mock interview and networking events, and we are so pleased to strengthen that bond with this grant. Housed in the same office with our employment consultants, is our Kitsap County Parent Coalition Coordinator who keeps families who are dealing with disability issues informed and connected. 
 
A repeat sponsor of the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, Easterseals stakeholders are excited to acknowledge the club’s incredible support of vital community services."
 
Duck Bucks Support Easterseals Washington Cathy Bisaillon 2020-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

First Zoom Rotary Meeting on April 2, 2020

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Mar 30, 2020
 
Thursday, April 2, 12:00 pm. Rotary meeting via Zoom.  
 
We are meeting again - not in person, but online utilizing the Zoom software!  CLICK BELOW TO Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 959 366 177
 
We will use this meeting to see how everyone is doing, provide Community and Rotary announcements, update the Club on Duck Buck awards, discuss our plans for the Duck race and more! We will not have a guest speaker but instead use this opportunity for us to get familiar with the software and with meeting in this manner.
 
Note: Our Board made the decision to follow CK Schools lead on whether or not we will continue to meet as a Club on a weekly basis.   All in person Rotary meetings through at least April 24, 2020 have been canceled.
 
First Zoom Rotary Meeting on April 2, 2020 Christie Scheffer 2020-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks for Bridging the Gap - Summer Reading Program

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Mar 22, 2020
Youth Services is a huge part of Silverdale Rotary’s outreach, including literacy and education.  For the second year in a row, we are proud to partner again with Silverdale Lutheran Church’s Bridging the Gap summer reading program to provide 120 backpacks, each with ten new books, to low income students in CK School District.  A Duck Bucks grant of $1,500 was awarded in March 2020.
 
Silverdale Lutheran Church is now a “Scholastic Literacy Partner” with Scholastic Books www.scholastic.com .  As a Literacy Partner, they are able to purchase books at often deeply discounted prices.  SLC’s partnership with Scholastic Books enables them to use the grant money wisely and influence the educational path of more children.  “The partnership grant with the Rotary Club of Silverdale enables us to reach out further into the Central Kitsap School District and impact a greater number of elementary students.”
 
 
Duck Bucks for Bridging the Gap - Summer Reading Program Barbara Beagle 2020-03-22 07:00:00Z 0

Food for the Hungry in Kitsap 2020

Posted by Steven Boe on Mar 20, 2020
Over 350 bags of food, designed to help stretch breakfasts, lunches and dinners a little further for at-risk kids during school closure, were filled by a dedicated group of Rotarians and volunteers on March 18-19.  Rotarians and family members of all ages (including a Kid of Action) met to pick up the food and deliver it to the Kitsap Mall space set aside for our activities, where we put together the bags of food.  See video below!
 
 
Thanks to the following Rotarians and volunteers: Pick-up: Corey Hamilton, Steven Boe, Bob Cassis; Ben, Tessa, Christie and Reyce Scheffer. Packers: Ed, Sarah, and Corey Hamilton; Jennifer Strong, Victoria Nickerson, Ashley Oaksmith, Scott and Jill Slocum, Bob Cassis, Steven Boe, Jim Barker, Mary Hoover, Erin Leedham.
 
We utilized the funds raised from the 2019 Duck Race and Turkey Trot and the generous donation from Safeway to pack bags of food for at-risk kids in Elementary through High School in the CK School District. We had packed bags of food last year for Thanksgiving and Christmas break and had planned to do so prior to Spring break, but with the closure of schools, we needed to find a different way to get the food to those in need.
 
CKSD has started a meal distribution program for students, providing breakfast and lunch on a drive-through basis. We are in discussion with the Director of Food Services and also Student Services to best determine how we can provide the bags of food to those in greatest need. Stay tuned!
 
Food for the Hungry in Kitsap 2020 Steven Boe 2020-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks Fund “Stop the Bleed” Program to Save Lives in Kitsap
 

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Mar 18, 2020
 
Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue will expand their “Stop the Bleed” program thanks to a $3,500 Duck Bucks grant to the CK Medic One Foundation.  Viewed as an extension of a first aid kit, the “Stop the Bleed” kits are like other lifesaving tools, such as the Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), that have been placed throughout public spaces in Kitsap County. 
 
Eleven Bleeding Control Stations will be installed throughout the district in high traffic areas, including a polycarbonate clear wall case and individual bleeding control kits.  The “Stop the Bleed” kits are useful for any trauma.  For example, in 2018 a grade-school girl in Georgia who severed an artery in a playground accident, was saved by the school nurse who had just trained and was provided the kit just 24 hours prior to the accident.
 
In addition, the grant will fund two fully stocked “Stop the Bleed” training kits in order to train our citizens.  One kit will allow CKF&R EMTs and Paramedics to teach up to 20 people at a time. A “Stop the Bleed” program station will be set up at CKF&R Mass CPR training Events. 
 
Thanks to the generous sponsors of the 2019 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, and the community who purchased Duck Tickets, more life-saving equipment and training will be available in Central Kitsap.
 
Duck Bucks Fund “Stop the Bleed” Program to Save Lives in Kitsap  Barbara Beagle 2020-03-18 07:00:00Z 0

Virtual Reality and Community Outreach

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Mar 09, 2020

Rotarian Steven Boe is breaking new ground in Rotary District 5020 – using Virtual Reality (VR) to communicate with people online from all over the world.  Starting in January, he has held monthly sessions, and the next one is March 26.  Pictured below are the Avatars from the February 27 VR session.  Recognize Steve?
Steve and Rick took the VR setup to Silverdale Greendrinks on March 4 (see below).
 
 
Virtual Reality and Community Outreach Barbara Beagle 2020-03-09 07:00:00Z 0

January Rotarians of the Month - Scott Slocum and Jim Dudley

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Mar 05, 2020
“A faithful friend is a strong defense and he who has found such a one has found a treasure.” We all hope as we pass through this life that we will be a faithful friend and have faithful friends to walk beside us on this journey. 
 
Rotary’s highest ideal is Service Above Self. We as a Club have been honored to have among us two men that have demonstrated these values in caring and faithful ways that have impacted all of our lives.  Scott Slocum and Jim Dudley proved themselves to be faithful friends to Jack Jensen in the latter years of his life.   Jack, a Silverdale Rotarian for 51 years, passed away on January 18, 2020 at the age of 90.
 
Pictured: Jim Dudley and Jack Jensen tagging ducks in July 2019
 
Pictured: President Elect Steven Boe and Scott Slocum
 
Their commitment to Jack and to bringing him to our Club meetings and gatherings helped ensure that Jack could stay connected to his Rotary family and friends. Jack expressed many times how much he valued the fellowship and life that Rotary gave him.  We know Jack blessed us with his humor, friendship, feistiness and fun! We miss him!
 
Thank you Scott and Jim for making sure that our great friend could stay connected to us each week! Your actions made a difference to Jack and to all of us!  We honor you for your faithfulness and kindness!  Thank you!
 
January Rotarians of the Month - Scott Slocum and Jim Dudley Christie Scheffer 2020-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

February Rotarian of the Month - Rick Soper

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Mar 05, 2020
On March 5, President Elect Steven Boe presented Rick Soper with a very well deserved February Rotarian of the Month award. 
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It would be hard to list all of Rick's accomplishments and contributions: Immediate Past President, 2020 Duck Race Chair, videographer and voice of the Duck Race, exchange student Host Dad, new member recruiter and sponsor, Monday Night Football host and chef, and all around cheerleader for Rotary in the community. 
 
For example: at the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation Day event at the Kitsap Pavilion on March 7, Rick and Steve gave away Duck Race coloring books and played Virtual Reality Angry Birds with active and retired veterans and their families.
 
 
Congratulations, and thank you Rick!
 
February Rotarian of the Month - Rick Soper Barbara Beagle 2020-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

3rd Grade Dictionaries Distributed to Six Elementary Schools!

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Mar 04, 2020
Since 2010, Silverdale Rotary has partnered with the East Bremerton Rotary Club to put a hard cover dictionary in the hands of every 3rd grader in the Central Kitsap School District (approximately 850 students).  Each club delivered to six elementary schools.  Thank you to East Bremerton Rotary for ordering the books and spearheading the project.  Chuck Kraining coordinated with our six schools to set up the 2020 schedule. 
 
Handing out dictionaries is an incredible experience!  Thanks to our generous sponsors and people who purchased 2019 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race tickets, 420 students have a dictionary all their own this year!
 
Green Mountain Elementary (Feb 21).   Rotarians Chuck Kraining, Scott Slocum, Rich Arper, and Bob Cassis handed out the books and were greeted with this sign from Zoie!
 
 
Clear Creek Elementary (Mar 4).  Pictured below, Rotarian Rich Arper goes over the Four Way Test that is printed on the Rotary label inside each dictionary
     
 
Cougar Valley Elementary (Feb 25) - Rotarians Chuck Kraining, Scott Slocum, Jim Barker; and  Rotary Exchange Student Áron Skultéty delivered the books to eager 3rd graders.  Pictured below, one class was in the middle of a lesson on Europe, so they listened in rapt attention while Hungarian Exchange Student Áron taught them about his homeland.
 
 
Emerald Heights (Feb 26).  Rotarians Mary Hoover, Rich Arper, Scott Slocum, Victoria Nickerson, and David Jordan  put dictionaries in the hands of eager students.  Mary Hoover remembers that she handed her 3rd grade grandson his dictionary at this school in 2011!
 
Silverdale Elementary (Feb 11) - Rotarians Scott Slocum, Rich Arper, Christie Scheffer, daughter Tess Scheffer, and Kids of Action Reyce Scheffer delivered dictionaries to four 3rd grade classes.  The word of the day was "Wow!" Kids were delighted to learn as they wrote their names in their dictionary that these were theirs to keep! Every class had the same reaction! “Wow!” “This is mine?”   “Look at this picture....I’ve been there before!!”
 
Pictured in back row: Rotarians Scott Slocum, Rich Arper, Christie Scheffer, Kids of Action Reyce Scheffer (ball cap) and teacher Mrs. Lee.
 
As we handed out the dictionaries we talked about the Four Way Test and the work that Rotary does locally and in the world. In one class,  after hearing about the needs Rotary was working to meet, a little boy earnestly raised his hand and asked if he gathered up his toys in a big bag and gave them to us would we give them to the homeless kids?  It was really a sweet moment! We were then able to talk about how kids can make a difference and be leaders in service!
 
Silver Ridge Elementary.  Rotarians Chuck Kraining, Mary Hoover, and Victoria Nickerson handed out books to enthusiastic students.
 
3rd Grade Dictionaries Distributed to Six Elementary Schools! Barbara Beagle 2020-03-04 08:00:00Z 0
2020 Duck Race Sponsors - Supporting Our Community Rick Soper 2020-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

New Member Inductions - Stacy Saunders and Victoria Nickerson

Posted by Ashley Oaksmith and David Jordan on Feb 27, 2020

Silverdale Rotarians welcomed two new members when President Christie inducted Stacy Saunders  (February 27) and Victoria Nickerson (February 20)!

Pictured: Stacy Saunders with her sponsor Scott Shoemaker.  Stacey was previously a member of the East Bremerton Rotary Club and is an attorney with Ryan, Montgomery & Armstrong Inc., P.S.

Pictured: Erin Leedham and Victoria Nickerson.  Victoria is the manager at Ben Bridge in the Kitsap Mall.  Her Sponsor is Erin Leedham. 

Welcome to Silverdale Rotary Club, Stacy and Victoria!

 

New Member Inductions - Stacy Saunders and Victoria Nickerson Ashley Oaksmith and David Jordan 2020-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
2020 Duck Race - Be a Sponsor! Rick Soper 2020-02-22 08:00:00Z 0

Dictionaries Delivered to Amazed and Grateful 3rd Graders

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Feb 21, 2020
Once again Silverdale Rotary is partnering with the East Bremerton Rotary Club to put a hard cover dictionary in the hands of every 3rd grader in the Central Kitsap School District.  Each club delivers to six elementary schools.  Thank you to East Bremerton Rotary for ordering the books and spearheading the project.  Chuck Kraining coordinated with our six schools to set up the schedule. 
 
Green Mountain Elementary (Feb 21).   Rotarians Chuck Kraining, Scott Slocum, Rich Arper, and Bob Cassis handed out the books and were greeted with this sign from Zoie!
 
 
Silver Ridge Elementary (Feb 11) - Rotarians Scott Slocum, Rich Arper, Christie Scheffer, daughter Tess Scheffer, and Kids of Action Reyce Scheffer delivered dictionaries to four 3rd grade classes.  The word of the day was "Wow!" Kids were delighted to learn as they wrote their names in their dictionary that these were theirs to keep! Every class had the same reaction! “Wow!” “This is mine?”   “Look at this picture....I’ve been there before!!”
 
Pictured in back row: Rotarians Scott Slocum, Rich Arper, Christie Scheffer, Kids of Action Reyce Scheffer (ball cap) and teacher Mrs. Lee.
 
As we handed out the dictionaries we talked about the Four Way Test and the work that Rotary does locally and in the world. In one class,  after hearing about the needs Rotary was working to meet, a little boy earnestly raised his hand and asked if he gathered up his toys in a big bag and gave them to us would we give them to the homeless kids?  It was really a sweet moment! We were then able to talk about how kids can make a difference and be leaders in service!
 
Silver Ridge Elementary.  Chuck Kraining, Mary Hoover, and prospective member Victoria Nickerson handed out books to enthusiastic students.
 
Handing out dictionaries is an incredible experience!  Thanks to our generous sponsors and people who purchased 2019 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race tickets, hundreds of students have a dictionary all their own!
 
Dictionaries Delivered to Amazed and Grateful 3rd Graders Christie Scheffer 2020-02-21 08:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Rotarians Honor Students of the Month

Posted by David Jordan on Feb 20, 2020
On February 20, Silverdale Rotarians had the honor of recognizing Students of the Month for the 2019-20 school year from Klahowya Secondary School, Crosspoint Academy, and Central Kitsap High School. Rotarian Ron Templeton set the stage by educating students and guests on the history of Rotary, as well as the history of the Silverdale Rotary Club. We heard accolades from teachers and faculty about these remarkable students, and we were encouraged that our hope in future generations will be one of prosperity.  
 
   
Pictured: Shinglong (Bruce) Ai (Crosspoint Academy); Onjalina Robinson  and Emilie Scott (Klahowya)
 
Pictured left to right:  Madeline Shetler, Aliyah Cleveland, Hayden Wallis, Brett Johnson (CKHS)
 
Students who receive this award are also heavily involved in their communities, schools, and enriching the lives of those around them. Thank you to the parents, faculty, and community for encouraging these students to reach their utmost potential.  The students were each presented with a plaque, gift card, a letter to their parents, and a letter from Washington’s 6th District Congressman Derek Kilmer.  Congratulations to our future leaders!
 
Silverdale Rotarians Honor Students of the Month David Jordan 2020-02-20 08:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks Awarded to a Night To Shine

Posted by Jason Wright on Feb 06, 2020
Silverdale Rotary awarded $1,000 in Duck Bucks to the local Silverdale newlife event “Night to Shine” on February 7, 2020.  There were more than 500 attendees and 700 volunteers. This was the 5th year for the special needs prom. Photo below is from 2019.
 
Night to Shine is a prom for people ages 14 and older who have special needs, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and hosted by newlife.  Every guest of Night to Shine enters their prom on a red carpet complete with welcoming friendly paparazzi.  Once inside, guests receive VIP treatment, including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining stations, corsages and boutonnieres, a karaoke room and dancing! The highlight of the night comes when every Night to Shine guest is crowned as a king or queen of the prom. 
 
Inset photo: Melissa from newlife (on left) with Rotary President Christie Scheffer.
 
Duck Bucks Awarded to a Night To Shine Jason Wright 2020-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Live on February 6, 2020 Steven Boe 2020-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

Jensen Family Joins Rotarians Remembering Jack Jensen

Posted by Ashley Oaksmith on Feb 02, 2020
Celebration for Jack Jensen at February 2 Rotary Club Meeting
 
Members of Jack Jensen's family were in attendance, and David Jensen (Jack's youngest son) gave a nice talk about his father.  Quote from David: "The love you [Rotary] showed him by being available and bringing him to meetings...he always remembered how much Rotary meant to him."
 
David Jensen - youngest son
Katie McCalden - granddaughter
Adam McCalden - grandson
Dawn McCalden - Adam's wife
 
President Christie honored Jack's family with two Rotary pins, Youth Services and Rotary Connects the World. 
 
 
Jensen Family Joins Rotarians Remembering Jack Jensen Ashley Oaksmith 2020-02-02 08:00:00Z 0

Club Vote Approves 2020-21 Board Roster

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Jan 30, 2020
On January 30, members of the Silverdale Rotary Club approved the following roster for the 2020-21 Rotary year starting on July 1, 2020:
 
 2020-2021
PresidentSteven Boe 
Past PresidentChristie Scheffer
President-electJason Wright
SecretaryDon Lachata
TreasurerElayne Burton
MembershipRick Soper
FoundationPeggy  and Ron Templeton
Public InformationRick Soper
Club AdminErin Shannon
Club AdminJennifer Strong
Community ServicesElayne Burton
Community ServicesMechelle Hoerer
International Services Nancy Whitaker
International Services Ashley Oaksmith
Vocational ServicesScott Shoemaker
Vocational ServicesJohn Oliver
Youth ServicesDavid Jordan
Youth Services Chuck Kraining 
Youth Protection Officer Elayne Burton
Duck Race Chair Christie Scheffer
Investment Board Chair Ed Hamilton
 
 
Club Vote Approves 2020-21 Board Roster Christie Scheffer 2020-01-30 08:00:00Z 0

2020-21 Presidential Theme – “Rotary Opens Opportunities”

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jan 27, 2020

On January 20, Rotary International President-Elect (RIPE) Holger Knaack from Germany announced the 2020-21 Presidential Theme to the all incoming District Governors who will take the helm worldwide on July 1, 2020.  RIPE Knaack sees opportunities for Rotary to change and thrive, and he is encouraging Rotarians to seize the many opportunities Rotary offers to enrich their lives and the communities they serve.
 
“We will capture this moment to grow Rotary, making it stronger, more adaptable, and even more aligned with our core values.”
 
For more details and to watch the video of his announcement, go to https://www.rotary.org/en/holger-knaack-sees-opportunities-rotary-change-thrive
 
2020-21 Presidential Theme – “Rotary Opens Opportunities” Barbara Beagle 2020-01-27 08:00:00Z 0

Tribute to Rotarian Jack Jensen

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jan 23, 2020
Funeral Service: Friday, January 31, 2020 – 11:00 am
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 4215 Pine Rd NE, Bremerton WA 98310
Grave-side ceremony:  2:00 pm – Lewis Funeral Chapel
Reception:  4:00 pm - Suquamish Clearwater Casino
 
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Rotary Club of Silverdale, Central Kitsap High School Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 151, Silverdale, WA 98383 in the name of Jack and Katherine Jensen." 
 
Cards and condolences may be mailed to the Jensen family at:
9867 Tracyton Blvd NW
Bremerton WA 98311
 
rom the opening announcements from President Christie Scheffer, to the end-of-meeting ticket drawing, the Silverdale Rotarians present at the Rotary meeting shared their fond memories of Jack Jensen. Jack was a Silverdale Rotarian for over 51 years and a Paul Harris Fellow.  Steven Boe produced a wonderful video that captured Jack’s sense of humor, warm personality and giving spirit.  
 
 
David Jordan donated a bottle of Gentleman Jack for the drawing (won by Steve Slaton), as our Jack was always a gentleman who will be sorely missed.   
 
 
Tribute to Rotarian Jack Jensen Cathy Bisaillon 2020-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks: Pinecrest Elementary School

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jan 23, 2020
Community Service Chair Mary Hoover, awarded $779.01 in Duck Bucks to support a literacy project at Pinecrest Elementary in East Bremerton. Our Duck Bucks will buy every child in the school a book to read over spring break, and will add 20 Wonder Books to the reading groups’ library for 4th and 5th graders. Amy Horan (pictured), Pinecrest’s Reading Specialist, shared that kids still love to read, even in this tech age, and she thanked our club members for keeping literacy in the forefront for our local students.
 
Thanks to our generous sponsors of the 2019 Duck Race, and the whole community who purchased Duck Tickets, 430 students will be reading at home over spring break!
 
Duck Bucks: Pinecrest Elementary School Cathy Bisaillon 2020-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Live: Rotary Meeting on January 23, 2020 Steven Boe 2020-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

Program: Military Service Members of the Quarter

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jan 23, 2020
President Christie and Scott Shoemaker warmly welcomed our military guests, thanking them for their service and sharing that it is our club’s honor to celebrate their accomplishments. Each honoree received a plaque and gift cards to Silver City and Applebee’s.
 
Pictured left to right: GySgt Gullickson, Chief Navarro, MAC Shannon Schwartz, Cpl Griffin Grieder, Sgt Michael Soto, MA2 Justin Mahanic, GM3 Nate Gonzalez, CS3 Alexis Cornelison, Master Chief Chris Fly, CSS Eileen Davis
 
Presenters & Honorees:
 
Marine Security Force Battalion Bangor
  • Master at Arms Chief (MAC) Shannon Schwartz introduced his sailors.
    • Sailor of the Quarter was awarded to Master-at-Arms (MA2) Justin Mahanic who was described by Schwartz as a model sailor. Mahanic shared that he enlisted in Indiana and served a tour in Afghanistan.
    • Blue Jacket of the Quarter went to MASN Emma Vancleef who is currently on leave. Schwartz informed us that Vancleef completed her qualifications for the security force in half the standard time.
       
  • Gunnery Sergeant Gullickson introduced his Marines.
    • Marine of the Quarter is Corporal Griffin Grieder, a nuclear security team leader with commendations for service in the community. Grieder was born in Michigan, and he shared that he serves proudly and loves all of his fellow Marines.
    • Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter was awarded to Sergeant Michael Soto, who runs the defense travel and credit card systems. Soto is working on a degree in business from the American Military University.
Naval Base Kitsap
  • Chief Navarro introduced his sailors.
    • 4th Quarter 2019 Sailor of the Quarter was awarded to Culinary Specialist Submarine (CSS) Eileen Davis. Davis is the Galley Watch Captain responsible for teaching food service financial management to others. She is a blood donor, and she volunteers in the community at every opportunity.
    • Senior Sailor of the Quarter is Culinary Specialist (CS1) Michael Macomber who runs funeral services for fallen veterans and has logged 7,500 hours of service to the community. Macomber has been married for 18 years and has two sons.
    • Sailor of the Quarter was awarded to Master-at-Arms (MA2) Jesse Anders who was unable to attend.
    • Junior Sailor of the Quarter went to Culinary Specialist (CS3) Alexis Cornelison. Cornelison boarded her first ship in Norfolk, VA, and she loves working in the galley feeding her teammates.
    • Bluejacket of the Quarter was awarded to MASN Angela Vale who was unable to attend.
USCG Maritime Force Protection Unit, Bangor
  • Master Chief Chris Fly introduced his Coastguardsman 
    • Coastguardsman of the Quarter went to Gunner’s Mate GM3 Nate Gonzalez who services weapons and stocks ammunition. Gonzalez started his military career in the Navy, took a break to attend school and work as an EMT, and joined the Coast Guard in 2015. He is married and has an 8 year old son.
       
Program: Military Service Members of the Quarter Cathy Bisaillon 2020-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

RIP Jack Jensen

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Jan 18, 2020
It is with sadness that I share with you the news of our beloved friend, mentor and brother Jack Jensen...
 
At 4:30am on January 18, Jack was resting quietly and passed away.
 
Cards and condolences can be sent to:
9867 Tracyton Blvd NW
Bremerton, WA 98311
 
Jack Jensen's funeral will be held on Friday, January 31, 2020,  at Holy Trinity Church. 4215 Pine Rd NE, Bremerton WA, 98310.
 
Time: 11:00 am
 
The family will provide information regarding a reception time and location soon.
 
I want to thank all who worked so faithfully to support our friend in his final years and especially Scott Slocum and Jim Dudley...who always made sure Jack could continue to come to our weekly meetings after he stopped driving. Jack expressed often that our Rotary family was a lifeline and blessing to him. I know we were the ones blessed!
 
Jack believed he would one day he would be reunited with his beloved wife Kay. We rejoice that he is now!
 
 
RIP Jack Jensen Christie Scheffer 2020-01-18 08:00:00Z 0

January 16 Meetings Canceled

In an abundance of caution, this week's Rotary Cub and Board meeting are cancelled on January 16, 2020.
 
Stay safe, everyone!
 
January 16 Meetings Canceled Christie Scheffer 2020-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Change - December 26

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Dec 23, 2019
There will be NO noon meeting on December 26, 2019.  Happy Holidays!
 
Meeting Change - December 26 Barbara Beagle 2019-12-23 08:00:00Z 0

David Jordan and Rich Arper - Rotarians of the Month!

Posted by Steven Boe and Christie Scheffer on Dec 19, 2019
At the Holiday Party on December 19, 65 Rotarians and guests helped congratulate David Jordan (on left) and Rich Arper (on right) as President Elect Steven Boe and President Christie Scheffer, respectively, named them November and December Rotarians of the Month.
 
 
David Jordan
David joined Silverdale Rotary in July 2017, and he has been such a great asset to the club. He’s always willing to help and jumps in with a positive fun attitude!
 
He told us he would grow the Turkey Trot - and he has!  And next year is adding a10k race. I think we will double money raised!
 
From the first food bagging he always took on hardest job of ferrying bags.  He comes early to meetings to help set things up and checks people in, and he also writes for the Breeze.
 
David embodies what it means to be a Rotarian.  From all the work he does for our club, to his work with orphans in Uganda, we are proud to honor David Jordan as our November Rotarian of the Month.
 
Rich Arper
Rich joined the Silverdale Rotary Club in 2004 and went on to become President in 2010-11. But his experience with Rotary began as a young lad, getting up early, helping his legendary father Bob Arper with the Duck Race barge, year after year. He learned the importance of supporting the community in his youth and his commitment to service continues to shine to this day!
 
And speaking of shining, year after year, Rich has recognized the importance of ‘community celebrations’ and has faithfully maintained and cared for the Silverdale Holiday Tree. He has planned work parties, changed light bulbs, consulted with arborists, and babied and brought back to life our beautiful tree. Rich cares about community and helps to make sure that each year our neighbors can come together in joy and celebration of the season.
 
Rich does many things for our Club throughout the year, but today we are thanking and honoring him for his wonderful work each year at the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.
 
Thank you Rich for bringing so much to our Club! You are well deserving of Rotarian of the Month for December!
 
David Jordan and Rich Arper - Rotarians of the Month! Steven Boe and Christie Scheffer 2019-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

Induction of New Member Amanda Smith, and Rotary Kids of Action!

Posted by Christie Scheffer and Steve Boe on Dec 19, 2019
On December 19 Rotarians and family members and guests gathered at Kitsap Golf and Country Club to celebrate the season.  It was great fun with a purpose:  to induct Amanda Smith as the newest member of the Silverdale Rotary Club.  Her classification is Real Estate.  Welcome to the Silverdale Rotary Family, Amanda!
 
Pictured left to right: President Christie Scheffer, Membership Chair Jason Wright, Amanda Smith, Sponsor Rick Soper
 
It was a family affair!  A large group of our Kids of Action attended, and Steve and Whitney Boe presented them all with a Kids of Action certificate and pin.  Kids present included: Amelie and Cavanaugh Boe, Jacob Lyons, Reece Shannon, Reyce Scheffer, Sophia and Tye Strong. Marshall and Ellie Shoemaker; Aiden, Sophia, and Vivian Smith.
 
 
 
 
The Certificate reads: "In recognition of making positive choices that benefit others, of exemplifying the spirit of service above self, and being a Kids of Action role model to your Community, this certificate of excellence is awarded by the Silverdale Rotary Club."
 
Note from President Christie: "We had a White Elephant Exchange for adults and kids! I ran the kids one and am happy to report no tears - LOL!"
 
Thank you Club Service Chairs Erin Shannon and Jennifer Strong for organizing this grand affair!
 
Induction of New Member Amanda Smith, and Rotary Kids of Action! Christie Scheffer and Steve Boe 2019-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army at Silverdale Safeway

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Dec 14, 2019
Silverdale Rotarians and their family members and friends manned the buckets at both doors and rang the bells all day Saturday at Safeway, collecting much needed funds for the Salvation Army.  This is a decades long tradition for our Club, and the generous public responded! 
 
Thanks to all the Silverdale Safeway shoppers who filled the buckets!
 
  
Pictured:  Rotarian Scott Slocum with grandson Kaleb, with help from their four footed furry friend who greeted everyone with a warm wag!
 
 
Pictured: our Rotary Exchange Student from Hungary, Aron Skultety, who learned about another Christmas tradition in the United States.
 
Pictured:  Rotarian Jennifer Strong and her daughters Ty and Sophia
 
Silverdale Rotary Club President Christie Scheffer had help from 3-year-old grandson Ronan!
 
Rotarians Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army at Silverdale Safeway Barbara Beagle 2019-12-14 08:00:00Z 0
Video - Rotarians at Work - Feeding Kids During the Holiday Break Steven Boe 2019-12-13 08:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks Will Feed 250 Families for a Weekend 

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Dec 12, 2019
 
On December 12, Rotarian Mary Hoover (above left) presented Marilyn Hawks of CK Food Backpacks for Kids with a check for $1,995.  These funds are enough to stuff backpacks with food for 250 at-risk families to eat for a weekend.  Ms. Hawks related that while the families remain anonymous, one time a teenager connected with one of their volunteers and shared his story of gratitude for the backpacks of food that went back to when he was in grade school!  For more information about CK Food Backpacks for Kids, go to https://www.ckfoodbackpacks4kids.com/
 
Our Club is able to make this Duck Bucks grant thanks to the generosity of Sponsors of the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race and the community who purchases duck tickets.  Rotarians - People of Action!
Duck Bucks Will Feed 250 Families for a Weekend  Barbara Beagle 2019-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month

Posted by Scott Shoemaker on Dec 12, 2019
Front row:  Kasandra Velasquez, Rain Griswold (CKHS)
Back row: Grace Briner (Crosspoint),  Mason Haws and Katie Ragsdale (Klahowya), Jessejames Aguigui (CKHS), Braden Robinson (Crosspoint), Cody Hall (CKHS)
 
Rotarian Ron Templeton presented Rotary’s Students of the Month awards for three CK schools.  Today’s honorees are all outstanding students with excellent grades who are involved in their school and community.  The Silverdale Rotary is proud to recognize them!
 
Central Kitsap High School
  • Jessejames Aguigui - is a not only a member of the many social clubs at the CKHS, he represents them as a member of the Associated Student Body Board.  He also hopes to work in the gaming industry.
  • Rain Griswold is Editor-in-Chief of the Cougar Chronicle.  After high school, she plans to attend OC and WWU with the goal of becoming a children and family services manager. 
  • Cody Hall and is the current Senior Class Associated Student Body President and is on the track team.
  • Kasandra Velasquez hopes to attend the University of Washington next year. 
Crosspoint Academy
  • Braden Robinson is a member of the track and field team and choir among many other activities and hopes to attend the University of Washington. 
  • Grace Briner is the team captain of the Crosspoint Academy’s basketball team and plans to study at the University of Washington next year. 
Klahowya Secondary School
  • Katie Ragsdale plans to attend trade school to be an electrician.
     
  • Mason Haws is a member of track and field team and choir among many other activities.  Mason hopes to attend university in Utah next near.
Congratulations and Well Done to all our Students of the Month!
 
Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month Scott Shoemaker 2019-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

Food Bags for Holiday Break - Rotarians and Volunteers at Work!

Posted by Scott Shoemaker and Christie Scheffer on Dec 12, 2019
On December 12 Rotarians filled over 240 bags of food to help ensure at-risk students in 17 Central Kitsap School District schools won’t go hungry over the winter break.  The food was purchased using Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot proceeds. 
 
 
The bagging was organized in an assembly line to fill and load the food bags, with others to haul the bags to delivery vehicles, and plenty of folks to deliver the bags to the respective schools.  Many hands made for light work, but with a big impact on our local community!
 
Our Rotary Club places a high priority on helping to feed these hungry kids! And it’s truly a community effort. Some shout outs go to:
 
- CKFR Chief John Oliver (pictured below 5th from left) coordinated a host of CKFR volunteers to assist with the food pick-up the day before and preparations for putting out on bagging day!
 
 
 
 
- Kitsap Mall Manager Erin Leedham (pictured above center) and Angie Pomeroy provided meeting, storage and packing space as well as assistance from the professional and kind Security Team at the Mall in support of this great project!
 
- Kitsap Regional Library Branch Manager Ashley Oaksmith provided a copy of the KRL Inspire Magazine to go in every bag - connecting kids to literacy, classes and culture!
                                                                                                
- Safeway for donating the bags!
  
- All our Rotarians and wonderful volunteers that have stepped up to prep, pack and deliver the food to the schools! 
 
 
Thank you to all -  this is a great example of Service Above Self!
 
Food Bags for Holiday Break - Rotarians and Volunteers at Work! Scott Shoemaker and Christie Scheffer 2019-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting and Food Bagging at Kitsap Mall on December 12, 2019

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Dec 08, 2019
We will be meeting and eating lunch on December 12 in the Live 360 Community room just north of the inside Mall entrance to Dick's Sporting Goods. See map below.
 
After the formal meeting we will move over to the Food Bagging area.  Rotarians once again will come together to bag 250 bags of food (a total of 171 cases!) to deliver to 17 different elementary, middle and high schools. These will be sent home with children over the Holiday break. Over and over, families have expressed gratitude for the food, and some mothers have wept with school staff over concern for keeping their children fed.
 
 
Our Club is proud to place feeding kids as a priority alongside of the other agencies that attempt to meet a need that continues to grow.  Rotarians - People of Action!

 
Meeting and Food Bagging at Kitsap Mall on December 12, 2019 Barbara Beagle 2019-12-08 08:00:00Z 0

2019 Turkey Trot Results

Posted by EAH on Dec 05, 2019
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019 Turkey Trot!  It was a fun event for a great cause, and we netted $10,000 this year! All funds raised will go to support food programs in our community. 
 
There are already plans to add a 10K race to the 2020 Turkey Trot, in addition to the 5K, 1 Mile, and Kid's Dash.
 
 
Thanks also to all our Sponsors and community volunteers - this was a record breaking year!   Click on the links to the left, in the Download Documents section, for the 5K and 1 Mile results.
 
2019 Turkey Trot Results EAH 2019-12-05 08:00:00Z 0
2019 Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot - A Record Breaking Success! Steven Boe and Barbara Beagle 2019-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Thanksgiving Turkey Trot - Preregistration Still Available! Steven Boe 2019-11-25 08:00:00Z 0

Turkey Trot - Schedule for Thursday

Posted by David Jordan on Nov 25, 2019

Thursday November 28, 2019, from the Turkey Trot website  http://silverdaleturkeytrot.com:

Volunteer arrival: 07:00 am (Location, Kitsap Mall entrance next to Pot Belly and Buffalo Wild WIngs) (Address: 10315 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale, WA 98383)
 

Registration, packet pick-up, and near 5K/1 mile/Kids Dash start: 07:30 am at the same location as volunteers (Please see above)

1 mile start: 08:30 am 

Pumpkin/Kids Dash start: 08:50 am

5k start: 09:00 am

1 mile Drawing and Awards*: 09:00 am

*Individual division awards will be given upon crossing the finish line

5k Finish-line closes: 10:15 am

5k Drawing and Awards*: 10:20 am

*Individual division awards will be given upon crossing the finish line

Run conclusion and tear down: 10:50 am

 

Turkey Trot - Schedule for Thursday David Jordan 2019-11-25 08:00:00Z 0

Schedule for Turkey Trot Week

Posted by David Jordan on Nov 21, 2019
 
Online registration at http://silverdaleturkeytrot.com and early entry prices closed Sunday night the 24th at midnight.  People can sign-up at Monday-Wednesday at Kitsap Bank in Silverdale, Dick's Sporting Goods on Wednesday, November 27th, 4-7 pm; and on Race Day at Kitsap Mall 7:30-9:00 am.
 
Event #1: Race Packet Filling
            What: Put race related items in large envelopes for each race participant
            When: Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26
                        5:00 pm – 8:00 pm each night
            Where: David Jordan’s offices, Thrivent Financial, Silverdale
 
Event #2: Pre-Race Setup and Administration
            What: Race Registration
            When: Wednesday, November 27
                        4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
            Where: Kitsap Mall near Dick’s Sporting Goods
 
Event #3: Race Day Set Up & Tear Down + General Support
            What: Set up and put away chairs/tables/equipment + on call support
            When: Race Day, Thursday, November 28
                        7:30 am – 10:30 am
            Where: Race Central inside Kitsap Mall near Buffalo Wild Wings
           
Event #4: Runners Check-In/Cashier/Tee-Shirts
            What: Check in runners, issue runner packages
            When: Race Day, Thursday, November 28
                        7:30 am – 10:30 am
            Where: Race Central inside Kitsap Mall near Buffalo Wild Wings
 
Schedule for Turkey Trot Week David Jordan 2019-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

Turkey Trot Funds Feed Children at Thanksgiving

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 21, 2019
Last year's Silverdale Rotary Thanksgiving Turkey Trot proceeds are feeding vulnerable families this Thanksgiving!  On November 21 Rotarians and community volunteers packed 246 bags and delivered them to Central Kitsap schools, who specifically screen for the most needy families.
 
 
 
 
 
Rotarians and volunteers came together like a well oiled machine!  Thanks to the entire Scheffer family who transported 117 cases of food to the Mall (led by President Christie who organized the event, contacted schools, and ordered the food).  Thanks to Kitsap Mall and manager Erin Leedham for providing the terrific venue,  to Scott Shoemaker (pictured above), Matej Kunak, and Kevin Moran who pushed very heavy carts outside for loading; to Erin Shannon who directed how many bags went to which school and in whose car.  There are many, many others who were so important to the success of this event.
 
Pictured: Loading bags into Rotarians' cars for delivery to schools, with Mary Hoover and Kim Peterson ensuring correct quantities
 
When Brian and Barbara Beagle delivered 20 bags to the Barker Creek Community School (pictured above), the staff POC described chatting with tearful and grateful mothers who constantly worry about feeding their children.  Kudos to the Barker Creek staff who also took up a collection and bought 20 turkeys to go with the bags!
 
Pictured: Rotarians Brian Beagle, Scott Slocum, and the indefatigable Jack Jensen!
 
The annual Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot is an event with a purpose - to feed the hungry in Kitsap.  Last year the participants ran, and today we delivered! 
 
Silverdale Rotarians - People of Action!
 
 
Turkey Trot Funds Feed Children at Thanksgiving Barbara Beagle 2019-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

Turkey Trot Funds Help Feed Children 

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 21, 2019
Last year's Silverdale Rotary Thanksgiving Turkey Trot proceeds are feeding vulnerable families this Thanksgiving!  On November 21 Rotarians and community volunteers packed 246 bags and delivered them to Central Kitsap schools, who specifically screen for the most needy families.
 
 
 
 
Pictured: Loading bags into Rotarians' cars for delivery to schools
 
When Rotarians delivered 20 bags to the Barker Creek Community School (pictured above), the staff POC described chatting with tearful and grateful mothers who constantly worry about feeding their children.  Kudos to the Barker Creek staff who also took up a collection and bought 20 turkeys to go with the bags!
 
 
The annual Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot is an event with a purpose - to feed the hungry in Kitsap.  Last year the participants ran, and today we delivered! 
 
Silverdale Rotary - People of Action!
 
 
Turkey Trot Funds Help Feed Children  Barbara Beagle 2019-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

Food Bagging - Turkey Trot Proceeds Feeding the Hungry

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 21, 2019
Last year's Silverdale Rotary Thanksgiving Turkey Trot proceeds are feeding vulnerable families this Thanksgiving!  On November 21 Rotarians and community volunteers packed 246 bags and delivered them to Central Kitsap schools, who specifically screen for the most needy families.
 
 
 
 
Rotarians and volunteers came together like a well oiled machine!  Thanks to the entire Scheffer family who transported 117 cases to the Mall (led by President Christie who organized the event, contacted schools, and ordered the food).  Thanks to Kitsap Mall and manager Erin Leedham for providing the terrific venue,  to Scott Shoemaker (pictured above), Matej Kunak, and Kevin Moran who pushed very heavy carts outside for loading, to Erin Shannon who directed how many bags went to which school and in whose car.  There are many others who were so important to the success of this event.
 
Pictured: Loading bags into Rotarians' cars for delivery to schools, with Mary Hoover and Kim Peterson ensuring correct quantities
 
When the Beagles delivered 20 bags to the Barker Creek Community School (pictured above), the staff POC described chatting with tearful and grateful mothers who constantly worry about feeding their children.  Kudos to the Barker Creek staff who also took up a collection and bought 20 turkeys to go with the bags!
 
Pictured: Rotarians Brian Beagle, Scott Slocum, and the indefatigable Jack Jensen!
 
The annual Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot is an event with a purpose - to feed the hungry in Kitsap.  Last year the participants ran, and today we delivered! 
Food Bagging - Turkey Trot Proceeds Feeding the Hungry Barbara Beagle 2019-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

Underwater Ducks and the Navy - a Celebration of Service!

Posted by Ed Hamilton on Nov 18, 2019
Did you know our Rotary Club receives dozens of emails through our website every year?  As the "gate-keeper" of incoming emails, I received one that asked "Can I borrow one of your inflatable ducks?" So, I asked "Why?"  Here’s the back story:
 
The email was from Jessica Martin, the wife of Master Chief Petty Officer Rex Martin  on the Gold Crew of the USS Nebraska (a Trident missile nuclear submarine).  She inquired if we would be willing to let her use an inflatable duck to celebrate her husband’s homecoming from his last submarine deployment in the Navy.  Our answer was a resounding “yes!”
 
Master Chief Rex Martin has 18 year’s service in the Navy. He was just relieved as Strategic Weapons Systems Master Chief. Of his 18 years of service, he served over 5 years underwater on submarine deployments. This last deployment is his last for his career, and he will be retiring after his shore duty.
 
So, why a Duck?  Jessica explained: “A sailor made fun of Rex on the boat on field day. Rex was walking through the boat telling everyone, “wrap it up, wrap it up.” The sailor went a little later after him saying, "rubber duck, rubber duck," thinking Rex didn't hear. The next field day Rex called on everyone to complete their work by saying, "rubber duck, rubber duck," shocking the guys with his eagle ears.
 
So on the Nebraska, the term "rubber ducking" came to mean: finishing up something.  For his last deployment I sent all his chiefs, and stuffed in 29 single sailor boxes, about 50 rubber ducks. They made them appear for Rex throughout the deployment. Once even on his chest while he was sleeping! Haha! Just to remind him that this was his last deployment and he needed to “rubber duck it” and come home for the final time." 
 
Master Chief Rex Martin and Jessica are pictured to the left of Waddles and Lucky
 
So on Thursday, November 7th, four Rotarians (Matej Kunak disguised as Lucky Duck, President Christie Scheffer, Steven Boe as media, and I) inflated Waddles outside Buffalo Wild Wings in Kitsap Mall for a short, but fun, recognition of Rex’s service to our Country.  Our small group was met by about 40 sailors from the USS Nebraska Gold along with their families to recognize the service of Master Chief Petty Officer Rex Martin.  Congratulations to Rex from the Silverdale Rotary Club, and thank you  for your dedicated service!
 
Underwater Ducks and the Navy - a Celebration of Service! Ed Hamilton 2019-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting and Food Bagging at Kitsap Mall on November 21

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 18, 2019
We will be meeting and eating lunch in the Live 360 Community room just north of the inside Mall entrance to Dick's Sporting Goods. See map below.
 
After the formal meeting we will move over to the Food Bagging area. We will be bagging 117 cases of food into 240 bags for kids to take home over the long Thanksgiving weekend.  AND we are using Turkey Trot proceeds to purchase the food – how appropriate!
Meeting and Food Bagging at Kitsap Mall on November 21 Barbara Beagle 2019-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot - Message from the Kids

Posted by Steven Boe on Nov 15, 2019
The Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot is almost here! Fun for the entire family, no matter your running/walking/rolling level.
 
Cash prizes - costumes and pets encouraged - pets in costumes encouraged!
 
Online registration at http://silverdaleturkeytrot.com and early entry prices closes Sunday night the 24th at midnight. Thereafter people can sign-up at Kitsap Bank in Silverdale, Dick's Sporting Goods on Wednesday, November 27th, 4-7 pm; and on Race Day at Kitsap Mall 7:30-9:00 am.
 
Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot - Message from the Kids Steven Boe 2019-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Donates 110 Books to Woodlands Elementary!

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Nov 14, 2019
Silverdale Rotary Club - People, and Kids, of Action!
 
Rotary Club of Silverdale delivered 110 books donated by Rotarians as part of its Literacy Drive, to Woodlands Elementary School. The books were delivered by Rotary Kids of Action!
 
 
Ms. Roberts, the school librarian, was excited to receive so many popular, quality books!  She exclaimed: "I know you said you were bringing in books, but I never expected this! Thank you so much!"
 
Shown in the picture is Lucky Duck (worn by Kids of Action Reyce Scheffer), Kids of Action Lydia Barros, Librarian Liz Roberts and a group of very excited Woodland Wildcats eager to immediately start checking out books! The requests started flying! 

Liz Roberts and Woodland staff send a warm thank you to the Rotary Club of Silverdale!
 
Rotary Donates 110 Books to Woodlands Elementary! Christie Scheffer 2019-11-14 08:00:00Z 0

Reflections on Veterans Day

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 14, 2019
November 14 was a very special day at Rotary where we celebrated Veterans Day and the Veterans in our Rotary Club!  Our speaker was Commander (Ret) Jack James, a former SEAL and Explosive Ordnance expert.  He reminded us that Veterans Day is a celebration of triumph over adversity, of men and women who at one time “signed a blank check, up to and including the ultimate sacrifice” when they entered service to their country.
 
 
Pictured left to right: Steve Slaton, Bob Cassis, Brian Beagle, David Jordan, Scott Slocum, Jim Dudley; seated: Jack Jensen
 
There are 14 Veterans in the Silverdale Rotary Club who proudly represent over 180 years of service!
Army: Jack Jensen, Dale Robinson
Coast Guard: Bob Cassis
Navy: Roger Aydt, Brian Beagle, Jim Dudley, Frank Guthrie, David Jordan, Don Lachata, Scott Park, Steve Slaton, Scott Slocum, Don Taylor, Jason Wright
Thank you all for your service!
 
Did you know that there are 108 Veterans Memorials in Kitsap County?  You can find the list at https://bremolympicnlus.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/kitsap-memorials.pdf.
 
Reflections on Veterans Day Barbara Beagle 2019-11-14 08:00:00Z 0

District Governor Speaks about Joy in Rotary

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 07, 2019
Watch DG Mo’s dynamite presentation at https://www.facebook.com/SilverdaleRotaryClub/videos/543633886181084  starting at 8:02.
Silverdale Rotarians were honored to host District 5020 Governor (DG) Mo Fritz-Roberts and her husband Dale Roberts on November 7.  DG Mo’s dynamic presentation was an inspiration, and a call to action, for all of us.  Her topic was “Joy:”  the joy of a single mother and other women in Ethiopia who can now support their children, the joy of collaboration to make things happen, the joy of celebrating with Rotarians from the world over at Conferences and International Conventions, and the joy of enabling The Rotary Foundation to do good in the world.
 
“It makes me happy to talk about Rotary!” exclaimed Mo in her introduction, “because everywhere you go in the world with Rotary, you can get things done!”  She went on to describe several collaborations she has experienced through Rotary in Ethiopia and Uganda, highlighting the meaning of this year’s Rotary International theme, Rotary Connects the World:
  • Giving life saving polio vaccine drops on three National Immunization Days to help rid the world of polio
  • Seeing the results of Rotary water well projects that free up children so they can go to school and their mothers so they can earn a living.
  • Her Comox Rotary Club raising $90,000 to start a microcredit bank in collaboration with World Vision that changed countless lives.
  • Rescuing 14-16 year old former sex slave mothers with a Rotary Foundation grant that provided training and a sewing machine – total cost: $120 per girl!  

Mo emphasized how easy it is to donate to The Rotary Foundation and become a sustaining member (only $10 per month buys one sewing machine (see above)!
 
Important dates:
  • District Training and Conference on May 15-16, 2020 in Victoria. (It’s also the Queen’s Birthday Weekend!)  Time will fly with keynote speakers and special presentations interspersed throughout the weekend.  Get ready to be inspired!
  • Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, June 6-10, 2020 https://rotaryhonolulu2020.org/.  Combine a totally awesome convention experience with a tropical vacation - several Silverdale Rotarians are already planning to attend.
Lastly, Mo reminded us that “the more that we put into Rotary, the more we get back,” and she concluded with this challenge:  “Think about that one thing you would like to do in Rotary this year, and make it happen!”
 
 
District Governor Speaks about Joy in Rotary Barbara Beagle 2019-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

Honoring Our Veterans 

Posted by Bob Cassis and Ashley Oaksmith on Nov 07, 2019
Pictured: Silverdale Veterans Memorial Park.  Silverdale Rotary Club maintains the flags in this park, ensuring that our veterans are properly honored.
 
We have a great Rotary meeting planned for November 14th; you will want be there as we observe Veterans Day.  Our speaker will be Commander Jack James who is a retired Navy Seal and an Underwater Explosive expert.  He has been and continues to be extremely active in Veterans Affairs in Kitsap County and the State of Washington.
 
We have 14 veterans in our club!  Please plan to attend to honor these veterans and fellow Rotarians. 
 
 
Honoring Our Veterans  Bob Cassis and Ashley Oaksmith 2019-11-07 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Live on November 7, 2019 Barbara Beagle 2019-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

August, September, and October Rotarians of the Month Recognized

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Nov 07, 2019
Pictured left to right: Ashley Oaksmith, DG Mo Fritz-Roberts, Scott Shoemaker, Peggy Templeton
 
In a special presentation by District 5020 Governor Mo Fritz-Roberts, three very deserving Rotarians were named Rotarians of the Month on November 7: Peggy Templeton (August), Ashley Oaksmith (September), and Scott Shoemaker (October).  All three are relatively new Rotarians, and their contributions to our Club and beyond are extensive.
 
August, September, and October Rotarians of the Month Recognized Christie Scheffer 2019-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Rotarians - People of Action Who Also Know How to Have Fun!

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 31, 2019
Thanks to our Warrior Queen Christie Scheffer and a lot of enthusiastic Rotarians who came in costume, our Rotary meeting on October 31 was full of energy with lots of laughing.  There was a costume contest – and by applause Harold Shea took 1st place and a $50 gift card as marshmallow boy!
 

 
Peggy Templeton and Barbara Beagle shared 2nd place as a witch and gypsy, respectively.
 
    
 
Why does the gypsy have wings and a wand?  Because the Warrior Queen annointed and flummoxed the gypsy (Barbara) as the “Breeze Fairy” for her work as editor of the Breeze (while thanking everyone else who contributes)!
 
Trick or Treaters at the annual Halloween at Seabeck had the surprise of the year when they were greeted at the Rotary (wait for it!)....Christmas House!!!
 
Kim Peterson, Rick Soper, Aron Skultety, Peggy Templeton, and Tammy (Kim's sister) "had a blast handing out candy and wishing everyone a Merry Halloween! We figured if the stores were decked out for Christmas, we should, too!" 
 
Silverdale Rotarians - People of Action Who Also Know How to Have Fun! Barbara Beagle 2019-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Rotarians Honor Students of the Month

 

Posted by David Jordan on Oct 31, 2019
Pictured: Annelisa Ayars and Jeven Keel (CKHS), Audrey Slane and Hope Martin (Klahowya)
 
On October 31, Silverdale Rotarians had the honor of recognizing the first Students of the Month for the 2019-20 school year from Klahowya Secondary School and CK High School. Rotarian Ron Templeton set the stage by educating students and guests on the history of Rotary, as well as the history of the Silverdale Rotary Club. We heard accolades from teachers and faculty about these remarkable students, and we were encouraged that our hope in future generations will be one of prosperity. These students’ goals in life covered the spectrum from PE teacher, youth minister, physics, and mechanical engineering.
 
Students who receive this award are also heavily involved in their communities, schools, and enriching the lives of those around them. Thank you to the parents, faculty, and community for encouraging these students to reach their utmost potential.  The students were each presented with a plaque, gift card, a letter to their parents, and a letter from Washington’s 6th District Congressman Derek Kilmer.  Congratulations to our future leaders!
 
Silverdale Rotarians Honor Students of the Month   David Jordan 2019-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Raise Funds to End Polio Worldwide

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 24, 2019
 
October 24 is World Polio Day, and Rotary clubs worldwide have been raising funds for the final stretch to End Polio worldwide.  On October 24 President Christie led a very exciting Raise the Paddle for Polio Eradication, and in 10 short minutes Rotarians pledged $645!  (Note: a different figure stated at the meeting was in error).   Add $70 from the week before brings the total to $715!
 
Erin Shannon won the BBQ-themed gift basket,
and Ron Templeton (with the help of Kids of Action Amélie Boe, pictured above with Peggy Templeton) won a nifty tabletop grill, perfect for tailgating!
 
There are three countries where polio is still endemic: Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. For more about the polio campaign, go to https://www.endpolio.org/.  You can go online and donate at https://www.endpolio.org/donateThe Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is matching all donations two to one!
 
Rotarians Raise Funds to End Polio Worldwide Barbara Beagle 2019-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Peggy Templeton - Teaching the Teachers in Jamaica

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 24, 2019
Note: to see Peggy Templeton’s entire dynamite presentation, go to https://www.facebook.com/SilverdaleRotaryClub/videos/1002235690122746, and start at 10:58.
 
  Jamaica: one pictures idyllic tropical beaches and relaxation.  But for Rotarian Peggy  Templeton, Jamaica meant a week in August 2019 spent working in a tiny unairconditioned classroom with a leaky roof in 93% humidity.  Why?  To set up a computer lab (pictured) and Teach the Teachers computer skills on one of the most impoverished islands in the Caribbean whose schools have yet to recover from a devastating hurricane in 1988. 
 
Working with a nonprofit called Great Shape!, Inc. (“Humanitarians in Action since 1988,” https://greatshapeinc.org/), Peggy gathered school supplies and paid for transportation and shipping plus $800.  Once there, she set up 30 donated computers and commenced teaching 38 teachers, some who ranged in ages well into their 80s! 
 
Many had never worked on a computer before. 
 
Thanks to the Sandals Foundation and Sandals Resorts International, rooms, meals, and on-island transportation were provided to the volunteers at no charge.
 
Peggy also sampled local Jamaican street and restaurant food proudly cooked by the locals.  How was it?  “HOT! Because of the ubiquitous Scotch Bonnet chilis, one of the hottest culinary chilis around!”
 
Peggy thanked Silverdale Rotary and individual Rotarians who contributed supplies and funds for supplies for the school.  And she thanked Kim Peterson and Kitsap Bank for contributing the American footballs and wildly popular flashy yo-yos !
 
When asked the question, “what was your most memorable part of the trip?,” Peggy responded “the gratitude of the teachers (pictured above), who by the end of the week were using terms of endearment like “Auntie” and “St. Peggy”!  Well done, Peggy – another great example of “Rotarians – People of Action!” 
 
Pictured - all the Great Shape! Inc. volunteers that week.
 
Peggy Templeton - Teaching the Teachers in Jamaica Barbara Beagle 2019-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians at Work – Filling Bags for Homeless Teens at Coffee Oasis

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 24, 2019
What do homeless teens need?  The answer can be very complex, but sometimes very simple: a shower, a snack, some portable food.
 
 
To that end, Silverdale Rotarians, guests, and Rotary Kids of Action filled 100 bags full of toiletries and snacks to give to Coffee Oasis representative Cody Clark who spoke to our Club on October 24. Using Silverdale Rotary Duck Race proceeds, we purchased the supplies and filled boxes and boxes of bulging baggies with items specified by Coffee Oasis.
 
Pictured left to right: Silverdale Rotary Kids of Action Amelie and Cavanaugh Boe, Reese Scheffer, and Lydia 
 
Earlier Cody Clark (pictured) had described what Coffee Oasis is in a nutshell: “We provide Hope.”  Their stated mission at https://thecoffeeoasis.com/ is “Changing the world for homeless youth in one community after another through a strategic continuum of services supported by sustainable coffee businesses.”  But what does that really mean? 
 
It means gathering places that offer friendship, belonging, and resources; an overnight shelter - the only one in Kitsap County for ages 16-20; jobs in the five Coffee Shops in Bremerton, Poulsbo, Port Orchard, and the new location in Kingston; help finding permanent housing; a 6-week program that teaches skills on how to land a job; a 24/7 Text Crisis Line; working with businesses who offer 100-hour internships; resource workers in schools and on the street to ID candidates for Coffee Oasis services…the list goes on and on. 
 
Cody thanked Silverdale Rotarians for filling up two tables at the Coffee Oasis fund raising gala on October 26.  He exclaimed that the net proceeds amounted to an astonishing $95,000!  That’s well on the way to covering the $120,000 needed to fund their homeless shelter for an entire year. In closing he stated, “you are helping to change the world for homeless youth!”
 
Rotarians at Work – Filling Bags for Homeless Teens at Coffee Oasis Barbara Beagle 2019-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks Mean Christmas Toys and Smiles for Hospitalized Children

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 24, 2019
It’s bad enough to be a child in a hospital, but a lot worse to be a child in a hospital at Christmas.  Enter then 7-year-old (in 2016) Zachary Darner, whose baby brother spent Christmas in the hospital. He said, “I really want to give kids something that will make them feel good at the hospital.”  What is that?  Toys, of course! 
 
 
Since 2016, thanks to Zachary’s tireless recruiting and fund raising efforts, thousands of toys have been delivered to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Harrison Hospital.  What better to name his nonprofit than Kidzz Helping Kidzz!  To see Zachary’s story, click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej2w08UmibQ&feature=player_embedded.
 
Silverdale Rotary has been helping Zachary bring smiles to hospitalized children at Christmas since 2017, and on October 24, Rotarian Kim Peterson (pictured above with Zachary) presented $500 in Duck Bucks and a bag of toys to Zachary for the 2019 Christmas campaign. Thanks to the generous sponsors of our annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, and the people far and wide who purchase Duck Tickets, we are able to support Kidzz Helping Kidzz year after year! 
 
To see Zachary’s entire presentation at Rotary, click on https://www.facebook.com/SilverdaleRotaryClub/videos/1002235690122746, and start the video at 3:09.
 
To see a video of the 2018 Christmas deliveries to the hospitals, click on https://www.kidzzhelpingkidzz.org/news and scroll down to Changemaker 2018.
 
Duck Bucks Mean Christmas Toys and Smiles for Hospitalized Children Barbara Beagle 2019-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks Mean Christmas Toys and Smiles for Hospitalized Children

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 24, 2019
 
It’s bad enough to be a child in a hospital, but to be a child in a hospital at Christmas?  Enter then 7-year-old (in 2016) Zachary Darner, whose baby brother spent Christmas in the hospital. He said, “I really want to give kids something that will make them feel good at the hospital.”  What is that?  Toys, of course! 
 
Since 2016, thanks to Zachary’s tireless recruiting and fund raising efforts, thousands of toys have been delivered to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Harrison Hospital.  What better to name his nonprofit than Kidzz Helping Kidzz!  https://www.kidzzhelpingkidzz.org/.  To see Zachary’s story, click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej2w08UmibQ&feature=player_embedded.
 
Silverdale Rotary has been helping Zachary bring smiles to hospitalized children at Christmas since 2017, and on October 24, Rotarian Kim Peterson (pictured with Zachary) presented $500 in Duck Bucks and a bag of toys to Zachary for the 2019 Christmas campaign. Thanks to the generous sponsors of our annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, and the people far and wide who purchase Duck Tickets, we are able to support Kidzz Helping Kidzz year after year!  To see a video of the 2018 Christmas deliveries to the hospitals, click on https://www.kidzzhelpingkidzz.org/news and scroll down to Changemaker 2018.
Duck Bucks Mean Christmas Toys and Smiles for Hospitalized Children Barbara Beagle 2019-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Classification Talk – CKFR Chief John Oliver

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 17, 2019
“Pride – Duty – Integrity – Honor.”  Those are the core covenants you will see emblazoned everywhere in Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue (CKFR).  But, to Rotarian and CKFR Fire Chief John Oliver, these core values were instilled in him since childhood by his father (WWII veteran and career longshoreman) and his mother and her logger family.  During his 35 years of fire service, they have served him well. 

Here are some facts from Chief Oliver’s Classification Talk on October 17:
  • He was a student athlete recruited by the Seattle Mariners.  He played for the Yakima Bears farm team until an injury ended his baseball career.
  • He followed his mentor, now retired CKFR Chief Scott Weninger, here from the Portland area.
CKFR has 10 stations and 130 full time employees who respond to 6,600 calls/year.

Chief Oliver spoke passionately about the challenges of leading a very large (geographically) fire district with a growing population, all the while keeping the tenets of trust  and integrity while determining “what is of benefit for all.”  He declared that the dedication, commitment, and performance that he sees every day in CKFR are second to none.
 
Rotary Classification Talk – CKFR Chief John Oliver Barbara Beagle 2019-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks Will Help Rescue the Lost and Injured

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Oct 17, 2019
Silverdale Rotarians were happy to welcome back one of the members of the Washington Explorer Search and Rescue (WESAR) - Kitsap Unit to accept a check for $3,318 for the purchase of technical rescue equipment to aid in moving injured rescuees up and down steep slopes.  Pictured is Sean Carhart accepting the check from Rotarian Mary Hoover.  Sean reminded us that WESAR is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that depends entirely on donations.
 
Read on for a synopsis of a dynamite presentation to our Club by two other WESAR Kitsap Unit members in September.
 
 
Every once in a while, presenters come into our club and offer information that makes us check our assumptions. We walk out with our mouths wide open muttering to each other, “…did you realize that…?”
 
On September 19, we learned that the courageous people that automatically spring into action to find our lost hikers, disoriented seniors and other vulnerable community members are all volunteers. Kate Cummings and Justin Laurie are leaders with the Kitsap Unit of Washington Explorer Search & Rescue (WESAR), and they are true local heroes. “This work has shaped me since I was a teenager,” shared Cummings. “The challenges that I face during the searches build my confidence, and my partners have become like family.”

After six months of intense training that covers everything from reading a map to helicopter safety, crews of volunteers ages 14 and up are dispatched to urban or wilderness locations throughout Washington at any time of day or night. Sometimes the assignment is to uncover evidence, such as a hidden weapon or human remains, but often it is to beat the clock to reach children and adults in life or death situations.
 
If it wasn’t for WESAR, Dorothy Jean Kroum who is 83 and has Alzheimer’s, would have perished in Mason County in August 2019. Jane Gear and her dog “Yoda” would not have made it home after scattering her husband’s ashes on Hurricane Ridge; and, the family of lost hiker Jeremiah from the USS Nimitz would still be longing for closure. “I grew up exploring the wilderness with my grandpa,” offered Justin. “I am committed to this mission because if it was me or my family out there, I would want someone to help.”
 
The WESAR website is loaded with information, photos, happy outcome stories, and ways to get involved. Take a moment to learn more at https://kitsapesar.com/
 
Duck Bucks Will Help Rescue the Lost and Injured Cathy Bisaillon 2019-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

Program on October 3: Mock Interview Project – Round 2

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Oct 03, 2019
Back by popular demand, our club welcomed six local job seekers to our meeting on October 3. Partners for Work is a program that unites Rotary clubs with social service agencies to increase employment outcomes for adults with developmental disabilities. The program supplied the materials for the Mock Interview session, social service agencies brought the job seekers, and our business-savvy Rotarians did the rest.
 
Pictured:  job seeker on right in black answering interview questions
 
“The job seekers picked up some important interview techniques,” commented Heidi Johnson, Employment Specialist with Easterseals Washington. “And more than that, they left with boosted confidence and some job leads,” Johnson concluded.
With most businesses struggling with recruiting and retaining employees, preparing people who want to work, but have some challenges, makes great sense. The Silverdale Rotary Club is honored to promote inclusion in our community, and to motivate clubs around the world to do the same.
 
Program on October 3: Mock Interview Project – Round 2 Cathy Bisaillon 2019-10-03 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Rotarians Recognize Navy and Coast Guard Service Members

Posted by David Jordan and Barbara Beagle on Sep 26, 2019

Every quarter Silverdale Rotarians take the opportunity to host and recognize and thank outstanding military service members from various installations and commands in Kitsap County.  It is truly an eye opening experience to hear first hand about how they perform critical missions "right next door." These individuals are accompanied by their Command representatives who introduce them and provide insight into the amazing jobs they do every day, as well as the volunteer community service they perform.  

Pictured left to right: RPC Juan Bejarano, MAC Andrew Feliciano, MAC Mark Bailey, MA2 Amber Bull Bear, MA2(SW/AW) Christina Kaderly, MK3 William Dirren, MCPOC Chris Fly, Rotarian Bob Cassis
 
President Christie addressed the military group and spouses about to be introduced and said, “we see you, we appreciate you, and we respect the service that you give every single day.” Then Rotarian Bob Cassis (retired Captain, U.S. Coast Guard) who coordinates this quarterly recognition, remarked that military service members are “as professional and self sacrificing a group of men and women as I’ve ever seen.”  Honorees are each presented with a plaque, gift cards, and movie tickets.  The military representatives thanked the Silverdale Rotary Club for making them a part of the community.  The following individuals were recognized for 3rd quarter FY 2019:
 
From the Naval Base Kitsap Security Department (responsible for Security for Naval Bases Bremerton, Keyport, Bangor, Jackson Park, and Manchester):
 
- Sailor of the Quarter: MA2(SW/AW) Christina P. Kaderly, introduced by MAC Mark Bailey
- Junior Sailor of the Quarter: MA2 Amber Bull Bear, introduced by MASC Andrew Feliciano   
- Not present: Blue Jacket of the Quarter MASN Haley Weaver, introduced by RPC Juan Bajarano
 
From the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor (responsible for protecting Trident submarines transiting to/from the Pacific Ocean):
 
- MK3 William Dirren attached to CGC Sea Devil, introduced by MCPOC Christopher Fly
 
Silverdale Rotarians Recognize Navy and Coast Guard Service Members David Jordan and Barbara Beagle 2019-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
Silverdale Rotary Live on September 26, 2019 Barbara Beagle 2019-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks: Bremerton Westsound Symphony & Tracyton Community Library

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Sep 19, 2019
 
“The Community Service Committee is proud to provide a $500 grant to support live symphonic music in Kitsap County,” Cathy Bisaillon announced as she invited Alan Futterman (pictured), Music Director of the Bremerton Westsound Symphony, to the microphone. Alan enlightened our members to the many opportunities that the symphony provides for young musicians, and he thanked us for funding venue rental that will feature a youth performance in early 2020.
 
Tracyton Community Library.  Volunteer Librarian Bonnie Chrey was presented with $500 to purchase new books and DVDs for the Tracyton Community Library which is completely independent of the Kitsap Regional Library.
 
“We have had a rich volunteer-powered tradition since 1945, and we are staying relevant and needed in our community today,” informed Bonnie. Past President, Kim Peterson, was honored to award the check to Bonnie and to encourage our members to visit the library and support its many community events. Learn the latest library news at https://www.facebook.com/pg/Tracyton-Community-Library-130993673596924/about/?ref=page_internal
Duck Bucks: Bremerton Westsound Symphony & Tracyton Community Library Cathy Bisaillon 2019-09-19 07:00:00Z 0

Kitsap Crossroads Rotary Club - There's a New Club in Town!

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Sep 19, 2019
There’s a New Club in Town:  President Amy Schmidt and Tanya Thomas brought their banner to our club meeting on September 19 and announced the newly-chartered Kitsap Crossroads Rotary Club in Poulsbo. Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at Western Red Brewing, 19168 Jensen Way N.E., the club is designed to accommodate working parents’ busy schedules. “We have the support of the Rotary Club of Poulsbo and 30 members so far!” exclaimed Amy.
 
Pictured left to right: Silverdale Rotary Club President Christie Scheffer, Kitsap Crossroads President Amy Schmidt, and Tanya Thomas
 
Visit Crossroads Rotary Club on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CrossroadsRotaryClub/, or better yet, bring your own dinner, and drop into a family-friendly meeting in the back room of Western Red Brewing to learn more about the people behind this innovative new club.
 
Kitsap Crossroads Rotary Club - There's a New Club in Town! Cathy Bisaillon 2019-09-19 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Rotary Club Live on September 19, 2019
 

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Sep 19, 2019
Click on the link below to see a jam-packed Silverdale Rotary Club meeting that has a little of everything that we are all about: giving away Duck Bucks, giving a voice to other community non-profits who are doing great things, welcoming the new Kitsap Crossroads Rotary Club, and learning about a tremendous volunteer SAR group (Washington Explorer Search and Rescue).  
 
 
Silverdale Rotary Club Live on September 19, 2019  Barbara Beagle 2019-09-19 07:00:00Z 0

Derek Kilmer (D-WA), U.S. Representative  6th District, Speaks at Rotary

Posted by Ashley, David, Barbara on Sep 05, 2019
Note: Click on the following link to watch Rep. Kilmer’s speech in its entirety. The Rotary meeting starts at 5 minutes, Chuck Kraining’s introduction of and story about Rep. Derek Kilmer starts at 19 minutes, and Rep. Kilmer’s speech starts after 26 minutes.
 
Derek Kilmer (D-WA), our U.S. Representative from the 6th District, gave a fantastic speech and Q&A session at Rotary on September 3.  Some highlights:
 
From Rep. Kilmer's Facebook page on Sep 5: “Enjoyed spending lunch today with the fantastic folks of the Silverdale Rotary Club! Thank you for the tremendous work you do to better the lives of all in Kitsap County.”
 
Rep. Kilmer is a Rotarian from the Gig Harbor Club, and the Rotary Four Way Test hangs in his Washington, D.C. office and shapes how he approaches his job.   He started out with a discussion of three things that keep him up at night:
- Economic disruption. "We need to empower people to navigate economic change rather than be victimized by it."
- Investing in the future, including education, to prevent young people from ending up in jail later in life.  He noted that Rotary helps by providing educational resources in the community.
-  Broken politics.  He chairs the bipartisan Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.  How can we work together again to really get things done?
- Regarding doing an onsite geographical exchange with a representative from Arkansas from the other side of the aisle, "It is important that to understand where people are coming from, we need to know about where they are coming from."
 
 
Rep. Kilmer wants to hear from the people of the 6th District. “Contact my office,” was his repeated message, if you have an issue with a Federal agency.  "We can't solve problems we don't know about." See the graphic below for some interesting statistics.
 
Go to https://kilmer.house.gov/contact for direct links to the images below.
 
Derek Kilmer (D-WA), U.S. Representative  6th District, Speaks at Rotary Ashley, David, Barbara 2019-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

Media News - in Slovakia!

Posted by Charles (Chuck) Kraining on Aug 30, 2019
"Rotary Youth Exchange changed my life!"  That's the headline in the article about Silverdale Rotarian (and 2017-18 Exchange Student) Matej Kunak in a Slovakian Rotary magazine.
 
 
Translation of the first paragraph in bold: "My name is Matej Kunak, I am 20 years old and I'm an international student. I went on exchange in 2016/17 and it literally changed my life."
 
Media News - in Slovakia! Charles (Chuck) Kraining 2019-08-30 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Rotary Goes International in the Media
 

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Aug 24, 2019
Thanks to Public Image Chair Steve Boe, in August 2019 two articles about Silverdale Rotary were published in Rotary International publications that are distributed world wide!  Thanks to Steve for all your hard work!
Steve submitted a couple story ideas to the Rotarian Magazine, and they liked Kids of Action!  They interviewed Steve, and published an article about Family Friendly Projects in the September 2019 Rotarian Magazine.   Good job, Steve!  Click on the following link to read the article:
https://www.rotary.org/en/4-questions-about-family-friendly-service-projects-steven-boe. Our new 2019-20 Rotary International President  Mark Maloney is pushing a family agenda. Perfect!
 
Mock Interview with job seeker on left
 
On August 8, Rotary International’s online blog “Rotary Voices” published the Mock Interview article written by Cathy Bisaillon.  To read the article, go to https://blog.rotary.org/2019/08/08/mock-interview-project-benefits-more-than-just-job-seekers/  “Since the blog post,” Cathy says, “several Rotarians from around the country have contacted me to obtain info so that they can host mock interview events in their own clubs. We are scheduled to have another event on October 3.“
 
 
Silverdale Rotary Goes International in the Media  Barbara Beagle 2019-08-24 07:00:00Z 0

Safeway Donates $5,000 to Help Feed Hungry Children!

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Aug 23, 2019
 
On August 23 at Silverdale Safeway, Silverdale Rotary was presented with a $5,000 check to alleviate hunger in children! This was part of their Grand Opening ceremony.  Simone Appleton, the Store Director, has been very impressed with our food bagging projects for homeless youth in CK Schools. She knows of our work through Rotarian David Jordan. It is due to his efforts this has come about!
 
Safeway Donates $5,000 to Help Feed Hungry Children! Christie Scheffer 2019-08-23 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Partner with COTN in Uganda

Posted by Heather Campana on Aug 08, 2019
Rotarian David Jordan (pictured) shared briefly about his and his wife’s upcoming trip to Uganda in partnership with Children of the Nations (COTN https://cotni.org/). Thank you to the Rotarians who donated soccer and rugby balls for them to take over with them as they will work with an orphanage with 700+ kids.
 
Additionally, our Rotary Kids of Action came in before the meeting and stuffed 120 pencil bags with school supplies such as pencils, pencil sharpeners, pens, compasses and protractors for David and Rachel to take as well.
 
 
Click on https://youtu.be/a9bzkVUwB44  to see a video of the Rotary Kids of Action project.
 
Pictured - Rotary Kids of Action
Front row: Cavanaugh and Amelie Boe
Back row: Eli Jones, Reyce Scheffer, Hunter Hoerer,  Reece and Jacob Shannon
Thank you Kids of Action!
 
Rotarian Jim Barker with Children of the Nations (COTN) introduced James Okalo (pictured), the COTN Country Director for Uganda, who spoke about the impact that Rotary has had there. James has served with COTN for 13 years. He shared that they are so grateful for the lifeline that our own Silverdale Rotary Club threw to Northern Uganda several years ago. This has provided them hope. They are able to offer the people in their area access to their campus programs. This intervention promotes change, creates jobs rather than job seekers, and ultimately democracy.
 
It’s a blessing to see how Rotary has touched so many!
 
Rotarians Partner with COTN in Uganda Heather Campana 2019-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Partner with Children of the Nations in Uganda

Posted by Heather Campana on Aug 08, 2019
Rotarian David Jordan (pictured) shared briefly about his and his wife’s upcoming trip to Uganda in partnership with Children of the Nations (COTN https://cotni.org/). Thank you to the Rotarians who donated soccer and rugby balls for them to take over with them as they will work with an orphanage with 700+ kids.
 
Additionally, our Rotary Kids of Action came in before the meeting and stuffed 120 pencil bags with school supplies such as pencils, pencil sharpeners, pens, compasses and protractors for David and Rachel to take as well.
Pictured - Rotary Kids of Action
Front row: Cavanaugh and Amelie Boe
Back row: Eli Jones, Reyce Scheffer, Hunter Hoerer,  Reece and Jacob Shannon
Thank you Kids of Action!
 
Rotarian Jim Barker with Children of the Nations (COTN) introduced James Okalo (pictured), the COTN Country Director for Uganda, who spoke about the impact that Rotary has had there. James has served with COTN for 13 years. He shared that they are so grateful for the lifeline that our own Silverdale Rotary Club threw to Northern Uganda several years ago. This has provided them hope. They are able to offer the people in their area access to their campus programs. This intervention promotes change, creates jobs rather than job seekers, and ultimately democracy.
 
It’s a blessing to see how Rotary has touched so many.

 
Rotarians Partner with Children of the Nations in Uganda Heather Campana 2019-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

2019 Duck Race - Top Prizes Awarded at Rotary

Posted by Heather Campana on Aug 08, 2019
Pictured left to right: Tacy Boswell - Grand Prize Winner, Chuck Capps - Advantage Nissan Grand Prize Sponsor; Sponsors Jennifer Stone and Erin Shannon of 1st Security Bank; Tina Sherman .
of Haselwood Family YMCA and prize winner Beverly Voss; Lori Ann Hartnett, winner of VCA Olympic Animal Hospital prize; Katrina Fulkerson and guest, winner of Holland America cruise,  President Christie Scheffer
 
Chuck Capps from Advantage Nissan handed over a check to our grand prize winner, Tacy Boswell. Winners of the Holland America Cruise for Two, Katrina Fulkerson, and VCA Care Club Winner, Lori Ann Hartnett received their prize certificates. Tina (standing in for Harold Shea with the YMCA) handed winner Beverly Voss her certificate for an Annual Family Membership. Jennifer Strong and Erin Shannon from First Security Bank were in attendance, but winner Autumn Mullen of their $1,000 prize was unable to attend.
 
2019 Duck Race - Top Prizes Awarded at Rotary Heather Campana 2019-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Program - Report on Humanitarian Work in Kenya

Posted by Heather Campana on Aug 08, 2019
Port Orchard Rotarian Bob Cairns introduced Naomi Miundi, from Kenya who is with Hifadhi Africa (https://hifadhiafrica.org/).  The Hifadhi Africa is a Kenyan based non-profit organization established as a development, advocacy and youth empowerment organization working to transform lives -providing innovative education support and mentorship and equip communities with the knowledge and skills required to address multiple complex challenges they face.
 
Naomi is visiting the United States because she was named a Mandela Washington Fellow for 2019. The prestigious Fellowship involves academic and leadership training for young men and women who possess leadership potentials in their field and within their community. Naomi’s field is civic leadership, and what a perfect fit for this bright young woman. The three components of the Mandela Washington Fellowship are University placement, summit, and life-long membership of YALI (Young African Leaders Initiative) Naomi’s University placement was Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.
 
Naomi spoke primarily of a region called East Pokot, which has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world, at 96%; where more than 60% of children never attend school in their lifetime. Without access to education, they cannot build their futures and transform their communities.  They are forced to adopt negative coping mechanisms and practices like cattle rustling, theft, drug abuse, prostitution, and forced recruitment into inter-community conflicts. Factors that hinder East Pokot children from going to school include: poverty and drought, non-existent parental education background, migration and pastoral lifestyle, and a lack of family income. She spoke about each of these challenges in depth, and how HAO has developed solutions. Their programs include:
 
  • Education - Scholarships, e-learning systems, institutional capacity building, construction of a library, and distribution of sanitary napkins for young ladies.
  • Water & Sanitation - Construction of sand dams, rainwater harvesting systems, storage water tanks and water purification system.
  • Livelihood - introducing integrated irrigation farming project, adopt-an-animal project, distribution of relief food
Port Orchard Rotary has funded projects for each of these programs - including a one-time donation to East Pokot of $5,000! Rotary is making a difference near and far!
 
Program - Report on Humanitarian Work in Kenya Heather Campana 2019-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

School Supplies for Orphanage in  Uganda

Posted by Steven Boe on Aug 05, 2019
Rotary KIDS of ACTION! Join us this Thursday, Aug. 8th at 11:30am when we spring into action to pack 120 bags with school supplies for an orphanage in Uganda.
 
Kids helping kids is what it's all about.
Kids, you can bring your adults as well!
New Life Training & Event Center, Silverdale, next to the YMCA.
http://www.KidsofAction.com
 
School Supplies for Orphanage in  Uganda Steven Boe 2019-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

2019 Duck Race Prize Winners!

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 29, 2019
Our Duck Race was held on July 28, 2019 at Whaling Days!
  • Tacy Boswell of Poulsbo, WA won her choice of a 2019 Nissan Frontier Pickup from Advantage Nissan or $16,000 cash!  
  • To see the list of ALL the lucky winners CLICK HERE.
  • THANK YOU to everyone who purchased Duck Tickets!  Even if you didn't win a prize, we are all winners - helping the Community!
  • Prizes may be picked up at Kitsap Bank in Silverdale during regular bank hours: Mon-Thu 9-5, Fri 9-6.  BRING ID. 
  • CUT OFF DATE to claim your prize or forfeit the prize - SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
2019 Duck Race Prize Winners! Barbara Beagle 2019-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

2019 Duck Race Prize Winners

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 29, 2019
Our Duck Race was held on July 28, 2019 at Whaling Days!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRAND PRIZE WINNER TACY BOSWELL OF POULSBO, WA
who won her choice of a 2019 Nissan Frontier Pickup from Advantage Nissan or $16,000 cash!  
To see the list of ALL the lucky winners CLICK HERE.
THANK YOU to everyone who purchased Duck Tickets!
Even if you didn't win a prize, we are all winners - helping the Community!
Prizes  may be picked up at Kitsap Bank in Silverdale during regular bank hours:
Monday through Thursday 9-5, Friday 9-6.  BRING ID.
CUT OFF DATE to claim your prize or forfeit the prize -  SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
2019 Duck Race Prize Winners Barbara Beagle 2019-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Pancakes at Whaling Days!

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 29, 2019
Pictured: front - Cavanaugh and Amelie Boe, back - Rotarian Scott Shoemaker, Rotary President Christie Scheffer, and volunteer Kim Rauch
 
The Silverdale Rotary Pancake Breakfast is a longtime tradition on Whaling Days weekend, feeding the hungry hoards before the Silverdale Dandy Lions/Kiwanis/1st Federal Grand Parade.  Crowds of hungry parade goers and runners feast on pancakes, sausages, fruit, coffee/tea/milk.
 
 
 
 
Rotary Pancakes at Whaling Days! Barbara Beagle 2019-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Race - It Takes a Village!

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 29, 2019
 
Activities leading up the the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race on July 28 at Whaling Days continued at a fever pitch all weekend, starting Thursday, July 25. Duck Tagging, Duck selling, Dandy Lions/Kiwanis/First Federal Grand Parade. Rotarians were busy non-stop, working with the help of community volunteers.
 
Pictured: Advantage Nissan Duck Truck - Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Grand Prize - with Rotarian Chuck Kraining, Lucky the Duck, and Bucky the Turkey in the truck bed.
 
To see a Photo Album of pre-Race activities, click on  https://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/PhotoAlbums/race-weekend-july-25-28-2019.
 
Duck Race - It Takes a Village! Barbara Beagle 2019-07-29 07:00:00Z 0
No Rotary Meeting on August 1st Barbara Beagle 2019-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

2019 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Prize Winners!

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 28, 2019
 
 
 
Our Duck Race was held on July 28, 2019 at Whaling Days!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRAND PRIZE WINNER TACY BOSWELL OF POULSBO, WA
who won her choice of a 2019 Nissan Frontier Pickup from Advantage Nissan or $16,000 cash!  
To see the list of ALL the lucky winners CLICK HERE.
THANK YOU to everyone who purchased Duck Tickets!
Even if you didn't win a prize, we are all winners - helping the Community!
 
Prizes  may be picked up at Kitsap Bank in Silverdale during regular bank hours:
Monday through Thursday 9-5, Friday 9-6.  BRING ID.

CUT OFF DATE to claim your prize or forfeit the prize -  SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
 
2019 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Prize Winners! Barbara Beagle 2019-07-28 07:00:00Z 0
Alternate winners  Barbara Beagle 2019-07-28 07:00:00Z 0
What Would Waddles Do?  Buy Your Duck Tickets Now! Steven Boe 2019-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

Where to Get Duck Tickets?  Hurry - the Race is Sunday, July 28 at 2 pm!

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 23, 2019

WHERE TO GET DUCK TICKETS?

TICKET BOOTHS

Location                                               Dates                                Times  
Fred Meyer East Bremerton
Wed, July 24
9-11 am
 
Thu, July 25
9-11 am
  
1-3 pm
 
Fri, July 26
9-11 am
 
 
1-7 pm
 
Sat, Jul 27
9 am – 5 pm
 
 
 
Hallmark Silverdale by Safeway
Mon-Sat, July 22-27
10 am - 6 pm
 
Sun, July 28
10 am - 12 noon
 
 
 
1st Security Bank Silverdale OUTSIDE
Mon-Fri, July 22-26 
11 am - 5 pm
   
Silverdale Rotary Pancake Breakfast 
Sat, July 27
7-10 am
   
Whaling Days
Fri, July 26
4-10 pm
 
Sat, July 27
12 noon - 10 pm
 
Sun, July 28
10 am - 12 noon
 
  
BUSINESSES IN SILVERDALE - Normal Business Hours  
  • Chase Bank – 10745 Silverdale Way

  • Columbia Bank – 10100 Silverdale Way NW

  • Edward Jones – 3505 NW Anderson Hill Rd Ste 100, 

  • Guitar Cafe – 3381 NW Bucklin Hill Rd

  • Haselwood Family YMCA – 3909 NW Randall Way

  • Kitsap Bank – 10488 Silverdale Way NW

  • Kitsap Mall Management Office

  • Quality Heating, Electrical, and Air - 9960 Silverdale Way, Suite 14

BREMERTON - Normal Business Hours

  • Advantage Nissan – Auto Center

  • Bremerton Health and Rehab – 2701 Clare Ave.

POULSBO - Normal Business Hours

  • better-2-gether – 18971 Front Street NE

PORT ORCHARD - Normal Business Hours
  • Columbia Bank – 228 Bravo Terrace
     

Where to Get Duck Tickets?  Hurry - the Race is Sunday, July 28 at 2 pm! Barbara Beagle 2019-07-23 07:00:00Z 0

Alternate Meeting Location on July 25

Posted by Ashley Oaksmith on Jul 21, 2019
Come to the Jenne-Wright Building, 9210 Silverdale Way NW, on Thursday, July 25th to tag 18,000 ducks for the Race on Sunday! Lunch will begin at 11:30 am, and and duck tagging at 12:00 pm. Please bring a knife or another slim-edged instrument  to remove the old stickers from before re-tagging the ducks.  Guests are welcome!
 
 
Alternate Meeting Location on July 25 Ashley Oaksmith 2019-07-21 07:00:00Z 0

Waddles is Back to Work!

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Jul 17, 2019
Waddles has been returned and is back to work!  One hole was discovered and the exterior of the duck was a little dirty, but otherwise Waddles is in good condition and was delivered to his new (temporary) home at the Casino.
 
We want everything on this matter to be positive, and emphasize raising funds to make a difference in this world!
 
A 17-year old young man self-reported the theft and has apologized. We are not pressing charges.  We have stated in our press releases that if the duck is voluntarily returned we will not press charges, and we Rotarians  will keep our word.
 
The community has been very positively engaged in this story. Its really been an amazing response! We will now get follow-up questions when they hear of Waddles return. Let’s use the positive conclusion of this episode to convey a super positive message to the community: 
 
"Yes! Waddles is returned! We are very grateful to have him back. No we are not pressing charges. (if you are asked) It was a youthful prank. We are focused on the upcoming Duck Race and what it means for the community and appreciate everyone's support!"
 
Thank you, Steven Boe for your good work in elevating this in the community and helping raise awareness of our work as Rotary. And Erin Leedham, thank you for all your efforts with coordinating the return of Waddles to the Mall for inspection, cleaning and repair.
 
We have a great team! Lets go sell tickets!!
 
Waddles is Back to Work! Christie Scheffer 2019-07-17 07:00:00Z 0

Waddles Is Back!

Posted by Steven Boe on Jul 17, 2019
Wednesday morning, July 17, 2019
 
The ballad of Waddles the Duck comes to an end as Bremerton Police apprehend a suspect resulting in the return of the beloved mascot. Working on a tip, officers from the Bremerton Police Department followed the lead to a remote location in Allyn, WA.  Officers Brandon Greenhill and Derek Eide from the Directed Enforcement Team (DET) deflated the situation quickly and identified two suspects who confessed to the theft.
 

Silverdale Rotary Club president Christie Scheffer stated, “We are so grateful to have Waddles back home and unharmed. He is a huge part of raising funds that go directly to many service organizations in our community. We can’t thank the Bremerton Police Department enough for everything they’ve done. Also, a big thank you to the media and everyone in the community who helped spread the word.”

One of the suspects is a minor whom authorities believe stole the duck in a misguided attempt to impress his girlfriend. No word on whether or not his girlfriend was impressed by the fowl romantic gesture.

Rotarian Erin Leedham from the Kitsap Mall added “The Silverdale Rotary Club has decided not to press charges. We’re just grateful Waddles is safe. After a little TLC, Waddles will be back to work later today.”

Check out the Bremerton Police Department Facebook page for more info and photos.

http://www.SilverdaleRotaryDuckRace.com
#DuckRace

 

Waddles Is Back! Steven Boe 2019-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
Where's Waddles?  PSA Steven Boe 2019-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Duck Bucks Change Lives! Rick Soper 2019-07-14 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Rotary Pancake Breakfast - Whaling Days Weekend

Posted by Erin Shannon on Jul 08, 2019
Spread the word to family and friends to come have breakfast before the First Federal Lions/Kiwanis Grand Parade which starts at 10 am.  The location is right on the parade route!
 
 
Breakfast includes pancakes (regular and blueberry), sausages, fruit, orange juice, coffee/tea, and milk!
 
Buy your Duck Tickets at the Pancake Breakfast!
 
A big thank you Grocery Outlet and First Security Bank. Because of their contributions, we likely will not need to use any Rotary funds to purchase supplies for the Pancake Breakfast. 
 
 
 
Silverdale Rotary Pancake Breakfast - Whaling Days Weekend Erin Shannon 2019-07-08 07:00:00Z 0

Stolen: Iconic Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Symbol

Posted by Steven Boe on Jul 07, 2019
 
PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE  RELEASE 
CONTACT INFORMATION: SILVERDALE ROTARY CLUB, Steven Boe 
RELEASE DATE:  07/07/19 
 
WHERE’S WADDLES? 
 
StolenIconic Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Symbol  
 
Silverdale, WA July 3, 2019Waddles, one of the large 15-foot inflatable ducks used to publicize the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, was stolen from the parking lot of Advantage Nissan in Bremerton. A police report #T19000215 was filed with the Bremerton PD. 
 
The replacement cost of the duck is valued at $2000.  More significant is the loss of marketing that it provides, which will greatly affect ticket sales. The annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race has raised over 1.6 million dollars for our community. Lost ticket sales will directly impact service organizations throughout Kitsap County that help feed homeless teens, provide shelter for victims of domestic violence, promote literacy, education, and many other services. 
 
Silverdale Rotary Club president Christie Scheffer says, “While we understand the humor behind a missing 15-foot duck named Waddles, it doesn’t diminish the monetary affect its theft has on the community.” Rotarians Brian & Barbara Beagle will donate five Duck Quack Packs (25 tickets) to anyone providing information leading to the return of Waddles the Duck. 
 
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the duck, is asked to please contact the Bremerton Police department or email the Silverdale Rotary Club at SilverdaleRotaryClub@gmail.com 
###
 
Following is a link to the Kitsap Daily News article on July 8.
 
 
Stolen: Iconic Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Symbol Steven Boe 2019-07-07 07:00:00Z 0

Buy Your Duck Tickets Now!

Posted by Steven Boe on Jul 05, 2019
 
The Silverdale Rotary Duck Race will be held on July 28 at 2 pm at the Silverdale Waterfront Park at Whaling Days.
 
 
Buy Your Duck Tickets Now! Steven Boe 2019-07-05 07:00:00Z 0

Where Can the Public Get Duck Tickets?

Posted by Steven Boe on Jul 02, 2019
 
  • Silverdale Rotary Pancake Breakfast from 7-10 am on July 27 at the Silverdale United Methodist Church on Silverdale Way
  • Whaling Days at Silverdale Waterfront Park, July 26-28
     
 
 
Where Can the Public Get Duck Tickets? Steven Boe 2019-07-02 07:00:00Z 0

Installation Dinner Vignettes

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jul 01, 2019
June 28, 2019 - Outgoing President Rick Soper handed over the reigns to incoming President Christie Scheffer as Silverdale Rotarians acknowledged the successful 2018-19 Rotary year.
 
Amelie Boe was the official greeter.  Future Rotarian?
   
 
Our very special guest 2019-20 District 5020 Governor Maureen (Mo) Fritz-Roberts addressed incoming President Christie Scheffer with all Past Presidents in attendance looking on.
Pictured left to right: Christie Scheffer 2019-20, DG Mo Fritz-Roberts 2019-20, Rick Soper 2018-19, Kim Peterson 2017-18, Cindy Holmes 2016-17, Chuck Kraining 2015-16, Jason Mayer 2013, Ed Hamilton 2013-15, Rich Arper 2010-11, Elayne Burton 2011-12, Mary Hoover 2012-13, Steve Slaton 2007-08, Ron Templeton 1990-91, Jack Jensen 1974-75
 
Congratulations to Jason Wright who was named Rotarian of the Year for 2018-19.  Well Done!
   
 
Congratulations to President Elect Steve Boe, as Rick awarded him a President's Citation!  Thank you, Steve, for all that you do.

 
 
 
 
Rick was presented with a President's clock
 
And Rick was presented with a set of custom Rotary coats embroidered by Peggy Templeton for his four dogs Jack, Mack, Zack, and Zoe.
     
 
Steve Boe then showed a video collage commemorating Rick's year. 
Click on this link and be sure to watch all the way to the surprise ending!
 
 
 
Installation Dinner Vignettes Barbara Beagle 2019-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

No Rotary Meeting On July 4

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jun 30, 2019
There will be no regular Rotary Meeting on Thursday, July 4. 
Happy 4th of July!
 
No Rotary Meeting On July 4 Barbara Beagle 2019-06-30 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Rotarians Celebrate a Successful Year 

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Jun 28, 2019
June 28, 2019 - Outgoing President Rick Soper handed over the reigns to incoming President Christie Scheffer as Silverdale Rotarians acknowledged the successful 2018-19 Rotary year.
 
Amelie Boe was the official greeter.  Future Rotarian?
   
 
Our very special guest 2019-20 District 5020 Governor Maureen (Mo) Fritz-Roberts addressed incoming President Christie Scheffer with all Past Presidents in attendance looking on.
Pictured left to right: Christie Scheffer 2019-20, DG Mo Fritz-Roberts 2019-20, Rick Soper 2018-19, Kim Peterson 2017-18, Cindy Holmes 2016-17, Chuck Kraining 2015-16, Jason Mayer 2013, Ed Hamilton 2013-15, Rich Arper 2010-11, Elayne Burton 2011-12, Mary Hoover 2012-13, Steve Slaton 2007-08, Ron Templeton 1990-91, Jack Jensen 1974-75
 
Congratulations to Jason Wright who was named Rotarian of the Year for 2018-19.  Well Done!
   
 
Congratulations to President Elect Steve Boe, as Rick awarded him a President's Citation!  Thank you, Steve, for all that you do.

 
 
 
 
Rick was presented with a President's clock
 
And Rick was presented with a set of custom Rotary coats embroidered by Peggy Templeton for his four dogs Jack, Mack, Zack, and Zoe.
     
 
Steve Boe then showed a video collage commemorating Rick's year. Be sure to watch for the surprise ending!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Silverdale Rotarians Celebrate a Successful Year  Barbara Beagle 2019-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
The Ducks Are Coming...The Ducks Are Here! Steven Boe 2019-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

"What’s Your Passion?"  Rotarians Respond

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jun 20, 2019
 
President Rick Soper’s last club meeting of the year was capped off with words of inspiration from most everyone in the room. The prompt was to briefly share the passions that we have developed for service to our community, and the responses were rich and emotional.
 
Here are a few:
  • Nancy Whitaker has been trained as a member of the Kitsap County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). She is now equipped with hard hat, vest, ID badge and first aid kit to help people in distress. Her commitment includes regular volunteer work providing first aid and traffic control at community events. More classes are coming up, and Nancy encourages others to get involved by learning more at http://www.kitsapdem.org/kitsapcert.aspx.
     
  • New Silverdale Rotarian, Jim Barker, enjoys manning the left field gate at T-Mobile park when he is not devoting his time to improving the lives of families throughout the world through Children of the Nations (COTN) https://cotni.org/. Jim reminded us that by partnering our Rotary club with COTN, we have provided a van and water systems in the Dominican Republic, both of which are still serving the communities.
"What’s Your Passion?"  Rotarians Respond Cathy Bisaillon 2019-06-20 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Month: Erin Leedham

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jun 20, 2019
President Rick recognized Erin Leedham as the April Rotarian of the Month for pouring herself into almost every cause we support.
  • Erin’s recent championing of the Comfort Closet restock project for the Central Kitsap School District (collecting much needed necessities like toiletries, underwear and socks) adds to her already impressive list of accomplishments.
  • Thanks to Erin, the Kitsap Mall has been available for our Turkey Trot, food bagging events and special meetings.
  • She created Buy the Book with Kitsap Regional Library and Barnes  & Noble to make more literature available in our CKSD elementary schools. 
     
  • And, she makes sure that the Duck Race is top of mind for her shoppers each year. Thank you, and congratulations on a job well done, Erin!
     
Rotarian of the Month: Erin Leedham Cathy Bisaillon 2019-06-20 07:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange: What a wonderful year with Ruby!

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jun 20, 2019
With just four days left in the United States, Ruby Peng from Taiwan enlightened us with all that she did this past year. “The Northwest is really, really cold for me, all the time,” she began. Her presentation started with a shot of the airplane that brought her to us, and it ended with cap & gown photos of last Thursday’s graduation from Klahowya Secondary School.
 
She recalled memories of the welcome party at Peggy & Ron’s, (see below)
 
making friends at school, carving a pumpkin for Halloween (“It was hard to do!”), eating a ton of food at Thanksgiving, and building a snowman. Her trips included Southern California where she toured Hollywood, beach combed and experienced Disneyland in all of its Christmas splendor.
 
Chinese New Year, February 5, 2019
 
Ruby expressed her gratitude to all of our club members that took her places, bought her gifts, and simply treated her with kindness. Chuck and Rick warmly acknowledged how much Ruby has blossomed into an outgoing, fun-loving young lady. They presented her with a bouquet of flowers and a gold necklace with a ruby encased in a heart-shaped pendant to reflect that Ruby has captured our hearts. Ashley Oaksmith was given roses for providing an exceptional host family experience for Ruby. Ashley shared her warm reflections of the year, and she reminded us that there will be a gathering at Mod Pizza on Monday at 5:00 p.m. to share one more meal with Ruby before she boards her plane for Taiwan.
 
Pictured left to right: President Rick Soper, Youth Exchange Officer Chuck Kraining, Ruby, Host Mom Ashley Oaksmith, Youth Protection Officer Elayne Burton
 
 
Youth Exchange: What a wonderful year with Ruby! Cathy Bisaillon 2019-06-20 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Pancake Breakfast on July 27 in Silverdale Steven Boe 2019-06-17 07:00:00Z 0

Full Moon Social with Jack Jensen

Posted by Ed Hamilton on Jun 14, 2019
Fellowship and Stories - Rotarians and guests shared both with legendary Past President Jack Jensen on June 14 at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino and Resort.  Jack celebrated 50 years in Silverdale Rotary in October 2018!
 
Pictured left to right:  Past President Scott Slocum, Jack Jensen, Jill Slocum, David Jordan, Sarah Hamilton, Past President Ed Hamilton, President Elect Christie Scheffer, and former Rotarian Jason Mayer
 
Jack told a few stories, and reminded all of us that life is precious, and it’s our family and friends that make it so.
 
 
Full Moon Social with Jack Jensen Ed Hamilton 2019-06-14 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks Fund Life Saving Training

Posted by David Jordan on Jun 13, 2019
Carrie Murphy, Communications Director, Central Kitsap Medic One Foundation, received a $1,750 Duck Buck grant to purchase 25 mannequins for CPR training purposes. These mannequins will help Medic One give CPR classes in the community.
 
Pictured left to right: Carrie Murphy and Rotarian Kim Peterson
 
The purpose of the Medic One Foundation, founded in 1996, is to provide supplemental funding for emergency medical services that are performed by Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue (CKFR). https://www.ckfr.org/medic-one/.
 
Duck Bucks Fund Life Saving Training David Jordan 2019-06-13 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale Scholarship Recipient receives Central Kitsap High School President’s Award
 

Posted by Ed Hamilton on Jun 09, 2019
Vicky Yu, honored on May 30 as a scholarship recipient by our Club, received the Central Kitsap High School l (CKHS) Principal’s Award on June 6.  This award is given to a student who overcomes significant obstacles while maintaining academic achievement.  (See the scholarship award story at https://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/Stories/2019-silverdale-rotary-scholarship-winners.)
 
Vicky, a recipient of an Education Assistance Grant by the Silverdale Rotary, was born in China and came to the United States with her parents as a baby.  Her parent struggled financially and Vicky noted the gratitude she felt when receiving food and school supplies from the community during her early school years.  Vicky began living on her own as early as 7 years old while her parents opened a restaurant.  By age 10 she was working nightly in the restaurant and doing homework into the early hours of the morning. 
 
Vicky completed CK High School with a 3.9 GPA and took several AP courses, excelling in math and science.  She plans to attend the University of Washington this Fall and pursue a medical-related degree.
 
Silverdale Scholarship Recipient receives Central Kitsap High School President’s Award   Ed Hamilton 2019-06-09 07:00:00Z 0

The Ducks Are Coming!

Posted by Rick Soper on Jun 07, 2019
Tickets go on sale near the end of June!
 
 
The Ducks Are Coming! Rick Soper 2019-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Month – May – Steven Boe

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Jun 06, 2019
Steven Boe, who joined Rotary in 2016, is one of those individuals who jumped into Rotary with both feet and submerged! And we don’t think he’s come up for air since! He is a gifted individual that has shared his gifts generously with our Club, District 5020, and internationally!
 
 
 
He has elevated the profile of this Club and its important work in the community, telling the story of what Service Above Self can look like locally and beyond.  Whether it is commercials for Duck Race, Turkey Trot or Wreaths, or video vignettes telling individual Rotarian’s stories, or maximizing the reach capable with social media platforms like Facebook, or creating videos that tell Rotary’s story in a heart-felt and compelling manner….the quality and excellence shine through.
Rotarian of the Month – May – Steven Boe Christie Scheffer 2019-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

What is Service Above Self?

Posted by Steven Boe on Jun 02, 2019
What is Service Above Self? The Silverdale Rotary Club thinks they have found the answer.
 
 
What is Service Above Self? Steven Boe 2019-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Month - Elayne Burton

Posted by Christie Scheffer on May 30, 2019
On May 30, Past President Elayne Burton was recognized by President Elect Christie Scheffer as Rotarian of the Month for the month of February, 2019.
 
Pictured: Christie Scheffer and Elayne Burton
 
Elayne Burton joined Rotary in 2003. Throughout the years Elayne has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to service: She was Club President in 2011/12; Duck Race Chair in 2012/13; Area 9 Assistant Governor from 2012 – 2015, District 5020 Trainer from 2015-2018, and is currently serving on the District Youth Protection Committee and as our Youth Protection Officer And she has simultaneously served as our Club Treasurer for most of those years.
 
One is only able to accomplish all of this with a huge investment in time and effort and a dedication to Service Above Self!
 
Rotarian of the Month - Elayne Burton Christie Scheffer 2019-05-30 07:00:00Z 0

2019 Silverdale Rotary Scholarship Winners

Posted by Heather Campana on May 30, 2019
Pictured left to right: Aina Zabinski, Bella Capuano, Vicki Yu, Elijah Allen, Kiah Warren, Kaija Curry
 
 
This year, Silverdale Rotary is giving away $12,500 in scholarships to local students; $9,000 of those funds is coming from our Silverdale Rotary Scholarship Foundation (Investment) Funds, with nearly all of that amount from just the interest and dividends! The remaining $3,500 comes from donors: Rotarian Rich Arper ($1,000), the Hometown Band (a non-profit community band donating $500 for a student wishing to pursue instrumental music), and the Chung family donating $2,000. What a blessing these donors are to our community and these young people!
 
In a complete coincidence, all of our Silverdale Rotary Scholarship recipients were from Central Kitsap High School this year.  Congratulations to this impressive group of young people, deserving of these scholarships, with incredibly bright futures ahead of them.   Read on:
 
2019 Silverdale Rotary Scholarship Winners Heather Campana 2019-05-30 07:00:00Z 0
Duck Race 2019 - Shout Out to Advantage Nissan Steven Boe 2019-05-29 07:00:00Z 0
Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day Barbara Beagle 2019-05-27 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks Help Eliminate Homelessness

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on May 23, 2019
On April 18, Joel Adamson, Director of Kitsap Homes of Compassion, spoke to our Club and opened our eyes to the way that his organization is "eliminating homelessness, one shared home at a time.”
 
Accepting a Duck Bucks grant for $3,000, Joel explained that these funds will pay the initial costs to lease a home that will then be self-sustained through the rental of five rooms to local men who have been homeless for quite some time.  Learn more about the great work being done by this new organization at https://kitsaphoc.org/.
 
Imagine the impact this will make on these homeless people's lives!   Thanks to generous Duck Race Sponsors and the community who purchased Duck Tickets for our 2018 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, they will have affordable long term supportive housing for the first time in a long time.
 
Duck Bucks Help Eliminate Homelessness Cathy Bisaillon 2019-05-23 07:00:00Z 0

Special Grant – In Memoriam for Natalie Bryson

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on May 23, 2019
Past President Mary Hoover presented a check for $700 to Cathy Bisaillon, President & CEO of Easterseals Washington. “Our club was entrusted with donations made in memoriam for Natalie Bryson” (inset) Mary began. “We know that she would be very happy to see Easterseals Camp Stand By Me use these funds in its service to children who have disabilities.”  
 
Cathy was very grateful for the surprise donation, which she stated is perfectly timed with preparations for summer camp sessions. Camp Stand Be Me info can be found at https://www.easterseals.com/washington/our-programs/camping-recreation/.
 
Editor's Note: Natalie Bryson, a civic leader widely recognized for her impact in the community, passed away in June 2018.  She joined Silverdale Rotary in 1987 as the first female Rotarian in Kitsap County.
 
Special Grant – In Memoriam for Natalie Bryson Cathy Bisaillon 2019-05-23 07:00:00Z 0

Program – Catalyst Public Schools Project

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on May 23, 2019
“Education options are coming to Bremerton in 2020,” opened Amanda Gardner. As the Co-Founder of Catalyst Public Schools, Amanda (inset) has been working on making her dream a reality since Charter Schools were written into Washington State law in 2016. Amanda and Co-Founder, Tatiana Epanchin, are passionate to open the school that will serve a diverse student population including at-risk children and kids with disabilities. The school will initially offer curriculum for Kindergarten, first, fifth and sixth grades; then, it will expand to eventually provide K-8 education.
 
“We have community support and a waiting list for students,” Amanda explained. “Now, the challenge is to find a facility with at least 32,000 square feet.” The organization is also looking for finance and legal professionals to round out its Board of Directors. Discover more about Catalyst Public Schools, or join its mailing list at https://www.catalystpublicschools.org/
 
Program – Catalyst Public Schools Project Cathy Bisaillon 2019-05-23 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks Send Scouts to Camp

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on May 23, 2019
Our own Nicole Stephens, District Executive at Chief Seattle Council of Boy Scouts of America, accepted $850 to fund participation for ten scouts at Orca Day Camp in July 2019 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.
 
Nicole thanked the club and stated, “Our scouts look forward to this event, and the Silverdale Rotary’s support will allow children to attend Day Camp this summer regardless of their ability to pay.” Catch up on all things Scouts at https://www.scouting.org/ and Chief Seattle Council at https://www.seattlebsa.org/
Duck Bucks Send Scouts to Camp Cathy Bisaillon 2019-05-23 07:00:00Z 0

You Make a Difference Award – Erin Shannon and Jennifer Strong

Posted by Christie Scheffer on May 23, 2019
Erin Shannon and Jennifer Strong joined Rotary in September of 2018. They immediately involved themselves and their families in all Rotary does: the Turkey Trot, inviting colleagues to Bell Ring for the Salvation Army, the Blood Drive, Food Bagging and Coffee Oasis projects, Chinese New Years and more!
 
Pictured left to right: Erin and Jennifer
 
They both stepped up to assist Peggy with the Greeter program, believing a warm welcome was important to people coming to Rotary the first time or as long standing members!
 
Erin and Jennifer have agreed to assume a leadership role as Board Members for the Club Services Committee for 2019/2020; Jennifer as Chair and Erin as 2nd Chair. Both registered for the DTA conference and have actively participated in an Incoming Board Retreats!
 
They both are contributors to the Rotary Foundation, supporting the mission of Rotary around the world to bring peace, clean water, health care for mothers and children, literacy, economic growth and disease prevention to communities desperately in need of these lifelines of hope and action!
 
They bring joy and enthusiasm to all they do in Rotary! And time spent in their company leaves one refreshed and ready to do more!  We are blessed to have Erin and Jennifer in our Club. When you see them, please thank them for making a difference in our community and the world!
 
You Make a Difference Award – Erin Shannon and Jennifer Strong Christie Scheffer 2019-05-23 07:00:00Z 0

"People of Action" Video Gains International Attention

Posted by David Jordan and Barbara Beagle on May 16, 2019
President Rick announced that our Public Image Chair Steven Boe and Silverdale Rotary Club have received international attention with Steven's "What is Your Story - People of Action" video.  To watch the video click on https://youtu.be/PE5xjHKfzh8?list=PLwTgFWA94VnQDzavE0IxF17SThHwIiohK
 
 
Steven made the video downloadable and customizable by other Rotary Clubs and Districts. Some are playing his video at their local District Conferences. Steven has been invited to speak at one of the online clubs from the UK, and was interviewed by Rotary Magazine, with the article coming out in the fall.  Well Done to our very own Steven Boe!
 
"People of Action" Video Gains International Attention David Jordan and Barbara Beagle 2019-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Meeting Streamed Live - May 16 Steven Boe 2019-05-16 07:00:00Z 0

Silverdale at District Training and Conference 2019

Posted by Ed Hamilton on May 13, 2019
Let's start our re-cap of the Silverdale Rotary presence at the District 5020 District Training and Conference 2019 on May 9-11 where it belongs: our incoming President Christie Scheffer.  This year's conference offered early starts every day and a late ending the last night.  Which meant arriving the day before the events and leaving the morning after;  three evenings of "hospitality" in the President-Elect's suite.  Well, with at least a little help from daughter and Rotarian Brianna, Christie knocked it out of the park. 
 
I've looked back on this conference and feel it's the best one I've been a part of in my ten years of Rotary.  Fellowship is always a big part of that.  With 14 Silverdale Rotarians attending we had an outstanding presence.  In addition, the training appealed to me, and the day of guest speakers were amazing.   Our photo below -- we're missing a couple of us -- was a nod to one of the impressive speakers, Paul Chappell, who spoke about growing up in a violent household, going to to West Point, and serving our country in the Gulf War; and all efforts to address a growing rage inside of him.  In his post-military life he established a foundation teaching "peace literacy." The story of the forks we're holding will have to wait.
 
Front row:  Past Presidents Chuck Kraining, Ron Templeton, Rich Arper
Back row: Matej Kunak, Past Pres Ed Hamilton, Brianna Miller, Peggy Templeton, Pres Elect Christie Scheffer, Jennifer Strong, Past Pres Elayne Burton, Steven Boe, PDG Don Lachata, Bob Cassis, Kathy Cassis
 
It's already been decided that the 5020 District Training and Conference in 2020 will be in Victoria.  Let's all go! 
 
Silverdale at District Training and Conference 2019 Ed Hamilton 2019-05-13 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month

Posted by Heather Campana on May 09, 2019

Pictured left to right:  Kate Schweitzer (Klahowya); Matyas Kisiday, Gabrielle Lazo, and Madison Wallis (CKHS); Meghan Schmidt (Crosspoint)

Not Pictured: Woon Na (CKHS), Shaela Haga (Klahowya)

 
Silverdale Rotarians were pleased to host our last group of Rotary Students of the Month for the 2018-19 school year.  All three high schools that we support were represented at our meeting this month: Central Kitsap High School (CKHS), Crosspoint Academy, and Klahowya Secondary School. These students are picked by faculty, and demonstrate not only academic excellence, but also leadership, integrity and ethics.
 
Once again, this month’s students gave us so much hope for our future – these are amazing young people! Here is a little information about where they will pursue their college education this fall:
 
CKHS:
Madison Wallis - Rutgers to pursue NeuroScience
Gabrielle Lazo - UW to pursue Engineering/Bio-engineering
Matyas Kisiday - Stanford
Woon Na – not present
 
Crosspoint Academy: Meghan Schmidt - UW to pursue Engineering
 
Klahowya Secondary School:
Kate Schweitzer - USC
Shaela Haga (not present) - UW on an Army ROTC scholarship
 
Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month Heather Campana 2019-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
Become a Person of Action! Steven Boe 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Nicole Stephens - March Rotarian of the Month
 

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Apr 29, 2019
For decades the Silverdale Rotary Club has maintained strong ties with the Central Kitsap School District (CKSD), and during the past 11 years the Silverdale Rotary Club has teamed with the East Bremerton Rotary Club to deliver American Heritage hard cover dictionaries to every 3rd grader in all 12 elementary schools in the CKSD. 
 
We have given over 9,000 dictionaries over the years. Thanks to our generous sponsors and the community who purchased Duck Tickets for the 2018 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, our Club purchased and delivered over 400 dictionaries this year to eager 3rd graders and grateful staff.
 
 
Nicole Stephens , pictured above on left with a Clear Creek Elementary 3rd grade class, their teacher, and Rotarian Kim Peterson, joined Rotary just one year ago.  She took on the role of coordinating this effort and did a fantastic job: communicating with schools, coordinating the labeling and distribution schedule, arranging volunteers and keeping us all focused on this great work! Dictionary Deliveries were a great success this year, due to Nicole’s leadership.  
 
She earned her Bachelor’s degree at University of Washington in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She was actively involved in seminars on topics surrounding international poverty and aid impacts. She went on to focus her Master’s thesis on the recent rise in homelessness and poverty here in Washington State.
 
She is the Orca District Executive for the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America. She invests her time in youth development programs and believes they are essential to improving our community from the ground up.  On a personal note, Nicole has two young, spunky children, Emma and Ty!  Despite this busy life, she is committed to volunteerism and to Service Above Self.
 
Nicole is a rare individual and one we are glad to share our mission with. It is a real privilege to have Nicole in our Club and to recognize and honor Nicole as Rotarian of the Month for March.  Editor's note: on April 25 Nicole received a certificate and handwritten notes from local third graders.
 
 
Nicole Stephens - March Rotarian of the Month   Christie Scheffer 2019-04-29 07:00:00Z 0
April 25 – Rotary Meeting Streamed Live on Facebook Steven Boe 2019-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks Keep Students Reading during Summer Break

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Apr 25, 2019
Cathy Bohman, the Community Connector at Silverdale Lutheran Church (SLC), is “Bridging the Gap” by providing ten books to every second grader at Silver Ridge and Esquire Hills elementary schools. The program is designed to help students maintain their literacy levels during summer break, so that they return to school as third graders ready to move forward.
 
Rotarian Erin Leedham (pictured on right) presented Cathy (on left) with a Duck Buck check for $1,500 that will fund much of the project. SLC has developed a partnership with Scholastic Books that keeps the books affordable and ensures delivery to the children by early June. President Rick reminded our club members that “Our work on the Duck Race is responsible for great outcomes like this!” 
 
Duck Bucks Keep Students Reading during Summer Break Cathy Bisaillon 2019-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Welcomes Two New Members: Matej Kunak and Jim Barker

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Apr 18, 2019
President Rick Soper and Membership Chair Jason Wright inducted two new Rotarians into our Club on April 18:
 
Pictured left to right: Jason Wright, Rick Soper, Matej Kunak, Jim Barker
 
  • Matej Kunak was our 2016-17 Exchange Student from Slovakia (Classification: Student),and is currently attending Olympic Community College.  His Sponsor is Chuck Kraining.
  • Jim Barker (Classification: Non Profit Management International) is with Children of the Nations.  His Sponsor is Bob Cassis.
Welcome aboard, fellow Rotarians Matej and Jim!
 
Rotary Welcomes Two New Members: Matej Kunak and Jim Barker Barbara Beagle 2019-04-18 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks – Helping Haselwood Family YMCA Serve the Community

Posted by Heather Campana on Apr 11, 2019
 
On April 11, Executive Director Harold Shea (pictured next to the banner that will displayed in the Y) accepted a $3,000 Duck Buck grant on behalf of the Haselwood Family YMCA. He described some of the wonderful things the Y is able to do because of grants like these such as:
 
We are fortunate to have such a fantastic organization here in our community. https://www.ymcapkc.org/haselwood/
 
Thanks to the generous support of sponsors of the annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race and the community who adopts ducks, Silverdale Rotary has been a supporter of the Haselwood Family YMCA for years.  In 2016 we wrapped up a $200,000 long term project for the Teen Center - that's a LOT of Duck Tickets!
 
 
Duck Bucks – Helping Haselwood Family YMCA Serve the Community Heather Campana 2019-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month

Posted by Heather Campana on Apr 11, 2019

Pictured left to right: Front Row: Kathryn (Alexa) Watson (CKHS), Rylee Fenske-Radford (KSS), Xitong (Laura) Tan (Crosspoint), Dominic Levenseller-Watland (KSS).  Back Row: Haley Morkert, Greyson McCormick, Louis Gannon (CKHS); Nathan Taylor (Crosspoint)

 
Rotarians welcomed students and guests on April 11 for our bi-monthly recognition of Students of the Month.  All three schools were represented this month: Central Kitsap High School (CKHS), Crosspoint Academy, and Klahowya Secondary School (KSS). These students are picked by faculty, and demonstrate not only academic excellence, but also leadership, integrity and ethics. This month’s students brought a variety of different interests, cultures, and college choices! Some students are going as far away as Brown and Butler, a couple athletes are looking to Community colleges like Tacoma and Centralia to pursue soccer and baseball respectively, and of course there are a couple WSU Cougs and UW Huskies.  Congratulations to these talented and motivated future leaders!
 
Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month Heather Campana 2019-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary & The Coffee Oasis - Working for a Better Community!

Posted by Christie Scheffer and Steven Boe on Apr 04, 2019
 
Silverdale Rotarians and The Coffee Oasis are working hard to help homeless and neglected kids in Kitsap County. Rotarians Ed Hamilton, Ashley Oaksmith (pictured above) and the rest of our club and guests filled 100 bags of supplies and food for homeless kids on April 4. Thank you to The Coffee Oasis for distributing the supplies to kids in need, and for all of the great work their organization does in our community.  For more about Coffee Oasis' amazing programs, go to https://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/Stories/coffee-oasis-program-on-april-4.
 
What a great turnout we had on April 4!! We had 12 guests attend our meeting (including Meredith Green, Rotary District 5020 Area 9 Assistant Governor, pictured below left) in addition to 30 Silverdale Rotarians!
 
It was a real pleasure to have four children and three young adults pitch in to help! Part of our mission in Rotary is to pass on the values of ‘service above self’ to the next generations! The kids helped set out all the items and had table assignments and the young adults helped cart and pack all items in the Coffee Oasis truck!
 
Rotary spanning the generations!
 
Rotarians and guests pitched in to pack the bags with enthusiasm. Items included: 2 combs, pack of wipes, toothpaste, tooth brush, 2 small shampoos, hand warmers, tuna snack pack, 2 bags of peanuts, 3 granola bars, juice bag, 3 cheese cracker packs, apple sauce, candy and a Chef Boyardee snack pack. The gallon sized bag was packed to the brim! In addition to the 100 bags, there were multi meal food bags from our work party on March 28 for Coffee Oasis to distribute to kids in transitional living situations, plus 200 pairs of warm socks, 100 additional juice bags, and a case of chili.
 
Rotarian Erin Leedham (inset), Manager of the Kitsap Mall, worked tirelessly throughout the entire event, setting up the Community room, helping to set out food and hygiene products and breaking down and rebuilding boxes as the need arose. She then assisted with the kids' help to clean up the room. We cannot thank Erin enough for welcoming our Club to the Mall for our various projects! Your team of Security guards and support staff helped in many ways to make this project possible!
 
A special thanks to our partner Clear Creek Dentistry for donating 100 tooth brushes!
 
Thank you everyone for helping meet needs of homeless youth in Kitsap County! You are making a difference! 
 
Rotary & The Coffee Oasis - Working for a Better Community! Christie Scheffer and Steven Boe 2019-04-04 07:00:00Z 0

Coffee Oasis - Program on April 4

Posted by Christie Scheffer and Steven Boe on Apr 04, 2019
On April 4, the Rotary Club of Silverdale invited Daniel Frederick from Coffee Oasis to share about the extraordinary program that is reaching and serving homeless teens on the Kitsap County community. He explained their mission is to Change the world for Homeless Youth by reaching out to youth experiencing  Drug abuse, Homelessness, Violence and Poverty. These are real problems affecting real kids in our community.
 
Their hope is to transform the lives of homeless and street-involved youth through:
 
 
 Their goal is to be “out there.” Wherever they are.  In the midst of whatever they’re going through. To compassionately guide troubled and at-risk youth into lives of dignity, integrity and responsibility. To see not just youth lives changed, but the world around them change and become a place that cares for hurting youth.
 
 
Coffee Oasis - Program on April 4 Christie Scheffer and Steven Boe 2019-04-04 07:00:00Z 0
The Quality of Your Life Steven Boe 2019-04-01 07:00:00Z 0

Feeding the Hungry - Turkey Trot Proceeds at Work!

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Apr 01, 2019
Silverdale Rotarians - PEOPLE of ACTION!
 
Pictured: Erin Shannon
 
April 1-5 is Spring Break in the Central Kitsap School District, and kids are always excited for school breaks! But to some it means going hungry, as they do not have access to free or reduced breakfast and lunch.
 
Knowing this, the Rotary Club of Silverdale met at the Kitsap Mall on March 28, and using funds raised by the Silverdale Rotary Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving 2018, filled 200 large bags of food and delivered them to 14 CKSD schools (Elementary, Middle and High School)! These schools were identified by the CKSD Homeless Liaison as not having a food backpack program already.
 
Rotarian Erin Leedham, Manager of the Kitsap Mall, worked with her Security and Maintenance teams to set up our food packing area inside the Mall. Rotarians Bob Cassis, Scott Shoemaker, Erin Leedham, and Christie and Ben Scheffer helped unpack and stage the food on tables so the assembly line would move smoothly and quickly.
 
 
 
Rotarians pitched in to pack the bags, and Rotarians with strong backs ferried them to the loading dock. Thank you, Scott Shoemaker, David Jordan and Rick Soper for ferrying the bags, making countless trips to the dock!
 
Pictured left to right: Ryan Gilhuly, Nicole Stephens, Kevin Moran
 
Rotarian Debi Brooks-Givens was in charge of the loading dock, counting the bags and directing them to the appropriate cars. She was assisted by Columbia Bank co-workers who pitched in to help.
 
Rotarians then delivered the bags of food to 14 different schools. Thank you to our driver volunteers: Jim Dudley, Steve Slaton, Mechelle Hoerer, Scott Shoemaker, David Jordan, Erin Shannon, Jennifer Strong, Mariam James, Chuck Kraining, Matej Kunak, Ruby Peng, Rich Arper, and Frank Guthrie and his son.  Reports are rolling in from these drivers that schools were ecstatic to receive the bags!
 
We have additional food bags made up which we will donate to Coffee Oasis on April 4!
 
A special thanks goes to our partner Safeway for donating reusable grocery bags! And again, we cannot thank the Kitsap Mall team enough for their gracious and enthusiastic help. They were amazing to work with.

 
Thank you everyone for helping ease hunger in Kitsap County! We are making a difference! 
 
 
Feeding the Hungry - Turkey Trot Proceeds at Work! Christie Scheffer 2019-04-01 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting at the Mall on April 4

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Apr 01, 2019
The Silverdale Rotary Club will be meeting at Kitsap Mall on April 4 in the Community Room across from H&M at the regular time.  We will be packing 100 gallon sized bags with a combination of small food items and hygiene products to provide to Coffee Oasis to hand out to teens that visit the coffee house or case management center.  Everyone is welcome!
Meeting at the Mall on April 4 Barbara Beagle 2019-04-01 07:00:00Z 0

3rd Grade Dictionaries  - Rotary's Gift to Students in CKSD

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Mar 24, 2019
For decades the Silverdale Rotary Club has maintained strong ties with the Central Kitsap School District (CKSD), and during the past 11 years the Silverdale Rotary Club has teamed with the East Bremerton Rotary Club to deliver American Heritage hard cover dictionaries to every 3rd grader in all 12 elementary schools in the CKSD.  That's over 9,000 dictionaries!  Each Club covers six schools.  
 
Pictured: Cougar Valley Elementary School on March 20
 
Thanks to our generous sponsors and the community who purchased Duck Tickets for the 2018 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, our Club purchased and delivered over 400 dictionaries this year to eager 3rd graders and grateful staff.
 
Rotarians immensely enjoy passing out the books and interacting with the students, explaining about Rotary, and briefly exploring the dictionaries. 
Pictured: Rotarians Kim Peterson, Steven Boe, and Rich Arper at Cougar Valley Elementary
 
In the video below, Rotarian Kim Peterson and the students read and understand the Rotary Four Way Test on the label on the inside covers.
 
Some highlights from 2019:
 
  • We love the comment we received on our Facebook page: “My son has been looking forward to receiving his dictionary for a couple of years! Thank you for this!”
  • Rotarian Erin Shannon, whose son is in 3rd grade at Silver Ridge Elementary, was in his classroom doing the presentation and gave him his very own dictionary! 
     
  • Quote from a 4th grader at Silverdale Elementary when asked if he used his dictionary: “Yes, I take it with me, and I look stuff up!” 

    Our point exactly - that says it all!
Pictured at Clear Creek Elementary School on March 1: Rotarian Nicole Stephens, unidentified Teacher, Rotarian Kim Peterson
 
Pictured at Silver Ridge Elementary School: Rotarian Mary Hoover, unidentified Teacher, Rotarians Ed Ahrens and Scott Slocum 
 
 
3rd Grade Dictionaries  - Rotary's Gift to Students in CKSD Barbara Beagle 2019-03-24 07:00:00Z 0

Comfort Closet - Helping At-Risk CKSD Students Stay in School

Posted by Christie Scheffer and Cathy Bisaillon on Mar 21, 2019
Cause of the Quarter.  For the next two months, Silverdale Rotary seeks to restock the CKSD Comfort Closet by donating items that students (who qualify under the McKinney-Vento Act**) need to be prepared for the school day.
 
Per Gaynel Holt, Homeless Coordinator of CKSD
“… We have something called a "Comfort Closet" that we try to keep stocked with basic hygiene items, new clothing items, and school supplies.   We give a form to all McKinney-Vento families.  If they choose to fill one out, we then put the items in a discreet bag and send it to the family through the school.  There is such a need for these items. If a child is lacking any of these, it can be a giant barrier to attending school.  This is particularly true of our teens who are not living with their parents. It would benefit our families so much if your organization would help. Thank you for considering this!
 
Items that have been given out from the Comfort Closet this year include:
Shampoo and Conditioner
Bar Soap and Body Wash
Deodorant                                                 
Toothbrushes and Dental Floss                                            
Feminine Hygiene Products
Toilet Paper
Laundry Soap and Dryer Sheets
Hairbrushes and Combs, Hair Ties and Bobby Pins
Boxes of Band Aids                                
Pens and Basic Calculators        
Children’s and Adult Socks
Undershirts and Junior and Adult-sized Bras        
Children's and Adult Underwear            
Coats and Jackets
 
As you can see these are basic items that a child or teen needs in order to even think of attending school!
 
Rotarians can bring items to our weekly luncheon or can deliver them to the Kitsap Mall Management Office (across from Baskin Robbins and down the hall – open Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00).  Outside of those hours, just ask a security officer to hold the items for Erin Leedham in the management office.
 
The Rotary Club of Silverdale will respond! Let’s step up for these kids and help restock the Closet.
 
**“To be eligible for services, the student must meet the Act's definition of homeless. The McKinney-Vento Act defines “homeless children and youths” as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” Lacking any one of these three conditions would make a child eligible.”
 
 
Comfort Closet - Helping At-Risk CKSD Students Stay in School Christie Scheffer and Cathy Bisaillon 2019-03-21 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary in Kenya

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Mar 21, 2019
Our guest speaker on March 21st  made us extra proud to be Rotarians, and also made us feel like there is a lot more that we can do to put Service Above Self. We were honored to have Bob Cairns, the World Community Service Chair from the Port Orchard Rotary Club, share his story.  Click on the video below for a short introduction.
 
 
 “Let me tell you about Kenya,” Bob began. “Over 67% of the residents live in absolute poverty, deaths from starvation are common, and 60% of the children never go to school.” Bob and his wife Christie learned these harsh facts through their 13 service trips to Africa. They saw people dressed in rags, children drinking brown water from holes in the ground, and animals dying from drought conditions.
 
Striving just to make a difference, Bob earned multiple Rotary Global Grants to lengthen and improve the lives of the people he met. It took time and some creativity, but many problems are being solved thanks to projects such as the Adopt-A-Goat program; building a sand dam to harvest water;
 
 
stocking schools and libraries with books (pictured above); funding housing for orphans, and so much more.  For a glimpse of the work that is ongoing in Kenya in partnership with Hifadhi Africa, go to http://hifadhiafrica.org/ .
 
Bob’s words reminded us that Rotary is most effective when it is personal. His connection to Africa started after meeting just one man who used a scholarship to transform his life. Bob and his wife are headed back to Kenya in June, and he encourages all of us to ignite our passion and make a difference through Rotary.
 
Rotary in Kenya Cathy Bisaillon 2019-03-21 07:00:00Z 0

A Night to Shine - Duck Bucks at Work for Those with Special Needs 

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Mar 18, 2019
newlife thanked Silverdale Rotary Club on Facebook for our $2,000 Duck Buck sponsorship of their Night to Shine event on March 8, an unforgettable prom night experience for teens and adults with disabilities and special needs.
 
 Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and hosted by newlife, the event provided music, refreshments, limo rides, photo booths and other entertainment for a huge crowd of guests and volunteers. Caregivers benefited from respite time and massage services. To see videos of the event go to https://www.facebook.com/nighttoshinekitsap/
 
A Night to Shine - Duck Bucks at Work for Those with Special Needs  Barbara Beagle 2019-03-18 07:00:00Z 0
When Being Good Is Not Good Enough! Steven Boe 2019-03-18 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month

Posted by Heather Campana on Mar 14, 2019
Rotarians were once again “blown away” by the talent and drive exhibited by our Students of the Month, who in addition to being introduced by school staff were given the opportunity to tell us about themselves, their accomplishments, and their plans for the future. 
 
Pictured left to right: Alyssa Edwards, Hannah Alexander, Raegin Fain (Klahowya Secondary School); Aina Zabinski, Zach Green, Jasmine Lee, Elijah Allen (Central Kitsap High School)
 
Represented at our meeting on March 14 were CKHS and Klahowya Secondary School students. These students are picked by faculty, and demonstrate not only academic excellence, but also leadership, integrity and ethics.
 
Congratulations to our future leaders!
 
Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month Heather Campana 2019-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
Are You a Leader of Action? Steven Boe 2019-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
Wisdom from Dr. Seuss Steven Boe 2019-03-11 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Race Sponsorships - Will You Help Us Help Our Community? 

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Mar 01, 2019

 
For the past 25 years the Silverdale Rotary Club has hosted the Duck Race fund raiser at the Silverdale waterfront during Whaling Days, and we have raised over 1.6 million dollars!  Why?  Because it is Silverdale Rotary’s goal to make a difference in the lives of those living here.   
 
Pictured: 200 weekend food bags to Stand Up For Kids for homeless young people
 
We are so grateful to our many sponsors who provide prizes, cash donations, and in-kind sponsorships for the Duck Race year after year to offset the cost of the event. This has allowed us to donate EVERY DOLLAR raised at the Duck Race back to our community and beyond.  Click Here for a list of examples.
 
Pictured: Coats for Kids - new American made coats
 
The 2018 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race was a huge success, raising $69,500 in net proceeds.  But we need your help in 2019!
 
Will you be a sponsor for the 26th annual Silverdale Rotary Duck Race set for July 28, 2019?  Please Click Here for the information packet and pledge form.  The deadline for Sponsor Pledge Sheets is March 31.  
 
Questions?  Contact Silverdale Rotary Duck Race Chair Kim Peterson Here.
 
Your sponsorship combined with those from many other proud community members will continue to Help Change Lives in Silverdale, Kitsap County and beyond.  Thank you for your generosity!

 
Duck Race Sponsorships - Will You Help Us Help Our Community?  Barbara Beagle 2019-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

New Duck Race Sponsor Refurbishes Duck Trailer

Posted by Richard (Rich) Arper on Mar 01, 2019
Thanks to Lee Fabricators, our Duck Trailer is repaired and painted, and it looks great!
 
The duck trailer tailgate was suffering from years of being dumped into the saltwater, despite re-painting it year after year.  See below.
 
We took the trailer out to Lee Fabricators, and they re-built the tailgate, and then re-painted the whole cage, free of charge!  That's a $2,000 in kind sponsorship!  
 
 
Thank you Lee Fabricators for your Sponsorship - the trailer is now ready for the Duck Race on July 28, 2019.
 
New Duck Race Sponsor Refurbishes Duck Trailer Richard (Rich) Arper 2019-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Month - Recognizing Barbara Beagle

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Feb 28, 2019
Today we recognize Barbara Beagle as Rotarian of the Month for January 2019.
 
Barbara is being honored for her outstanding continued work on developing and posting the Breeze each week, which keeps us all informed of our Club’s activities.
 
Barbara is one of the first people I met at Rotary and immediately took me under her wing, introducing me to other Rotarians, becoming my mentor and helping me navigate my way to understanding Rotary more deeply as well as the nuts and bolts of working in a Club. She is very committed to the development of new Rotarians and applies this same commitment to everything she does.
 
I cannot tell you how many times we are working on a project and Barbara comes behind and offers solutions, know-how, historical perspective and help. She is 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, along with our new, energetic, awesome members! Together we make a great team and Club!
 
Thank you Barbara for all you do! You display the true heart of a Rotarian!
 
Editor’s note: Barbara accepted this recognition in Tucson, AZ via Skype, with PDG Brian Beagle sharing the moment.
Rotarian of the Month - Recognizing Barbara Beagle Christie Scheffer 2019-02-28 08:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation - How to Check Your Donor History and Donate

Posted by David Jordan on Feb 28, 2019
Past President and Foundation Chair Steve Slaton gave a riveting and inspiring discussion about not only The Rotary Foundation (TRF), but how to donate to TRF. Here is information on how to check your giving report and the way to donate. Go to the RI home page: https://www.rotary.org/en
  1. At the top of the page click on My Rotary
  2. If you have previously set up a My Rotary account, click on SIGN IN TO MY ROTARY
    1. If you do not have a My Rotary account, click on REGISTER FOR AN ACCOUNT
  3. After signing in to your My Rotary account, move your cursor to The Rotary Foundation at the top of the page.
    • On the drop-down menu, click on Foundation Reports
  4. The very first report will be the Donor History Report. Click on View Report
  5. On the next page, under Individual Reports, click on Donor History Report
  6. The first page of the Donor History Report is the Overview which provides a one-page summary of all your donations to the Rotary Foundation. Following pages provide Transaction Detail which lists information regarding each donation you have ever made to the Rotary Foundation.
    • At the bottom of the page you can toggle between these sections by clicking on Overview  or Transaction Detail.
  7. IMPORTANT NOTE: At the top right on many of these pages there is a button labeled DONATE. You are encouraged to click on this button frequently!
The Rotary Foundation - How to Check Your Donor History and Donate David Jordan 2019-02-28 08:00:00Z 0

3rd Grade Dictionaries - A Gift to CKSD Students

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Feb 24, 2019
 
Hard cover American Heritage dictionaries were delivered by Silverdale Rotarians to almost 200 enthusiastic 3rd graders at Silverdale, Green Mountain, and Silver Ridge Elementary Schools on February 21-22. Here are some highlights:
 
  • Rotarian Erin Shannon, whose son is in 3rd grade at Silver Ridge Elementary, was in his classroom doing the presentation and gave him his very own dictionary! 
     
  • Quote from a 4th grader at Silverdale Elementary when asked if he used his dictionary: “Yes, I take it with me, and I look stuff up!” 
     
Adults pictured at Silver Ridge Elementary School: Rotarian Mary Hoover, unidentified Teacher, Rotarians Ed Ahrens and Scott Slocum 
 
Thanks to our generous sponsors and the community who purchased Duck Tickets for the 2018 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race, our Club will be delivering over 400 dictionaries to a total of six CK elementary school 3rd graders. 
 
Note that the East Bremerton Rotary Club does the same for the other six elementary schools in CKSD.  Rotarians – People of Action!
 
Pictured: Rotarian Jason Wright at Green Mountain Elementary
 
 
3rd Grade Dictionaries - A Gift to CKSD Students Barbara Beagle 2019-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
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Rotary: People of Action in Silverdale! Making a difference one smile at a time!

Posted by Steven Boe on Feb 06, 2019
Silverdale Rotarians joined forces with some great organizations to put on a mock-interview training session for local adults with disabilities. In the end, the applicants made connections and gained some great interviews skills, but it was the Rotarians who left with smiles.
 
What a wonderful experience for everyone involved. If you have a job that might fit one of these applicants, please send us a message. They are ready to work!   See more details in the article below.
 
Rotarians - People of action in their community!
 
 
Rotary: People of Action in Silverdale! Making a difference one smile at a time! Steven Boe 2019-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

You Make a Difference Award – Meg Hall

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Jan 31, 2019
Meg Hall has been a Rotarian just over a year, and one of her first volunteer jobs was to take on the mighty task of Trail Boss for Big Duck Wrangling for the 2018 Duck Race!
 
 
This meant that Meg coordinated with our generous sponsors, the locating of one of our inflatable Lucky Ducks at their place of business, coordination of the Duck Wranglers, and if a Duck Wrangler wasn’t available she would move the Duck herself.  It’s a big job and Meg handled it with grace and incredible stamina!! 
 
Meg then went on to host the Rotary Blood Platelet Drive for Silverdale, and the first Silverdale Rotary Platelet Drive was a huge success!
  
Pictured: Meg Hall on left and platelet donor Steve Boe
 
On Friday, October 5, Rotarians turned out to donate much needed platelets at the Silverdale Bloodworks NW. There are 11 donor centers across Western Washington, and more platelets were collected at the Silverdale Center on Friday than any other center, and more than on any other Friday historically! Some of the platelets from the October 5 Rotary platelet drive were sent to Florida in the wake of Hurricane Michael where there was an urgent need. 
 
Meg, we want to honor and thank you for making a difference in our community and beyond!
 
 
You Make a Difference Award – Meg Hall Christie Scheffer 2019-01-31 08:00:00Z 0

Program - Partners for Work

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jan 31, 2019
What do Rotarians do when faced with two challenges?  We combine them to achieve outcomes, of course! Nationally and locally, we face a labor shortage in practically every field. At the same time, unemployment for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities is at an all-time high.
 
On January 31, District 5030’s Partners for Work program was introduced to the Silverdale Rotary Club in the style of a hands-on project. Seven job seekers from Kitsap County who have disabilities joined our meeting for the opportunity to meet Rotarian business people and benefit from a half-hour mock interview.
 
Pictured: mock interview
 
“The buzz in the room was exhilarating,” stated Cathy Bisaillon, Silverdale Rotarian and CEO of Easterseals Washington. “I am not sure who enjoyed this experience more, the job seekers or my fellow Rotarians.”
 
At the conclusion of the mock interview, each table’s spokesperson introduced a job seeker to everyone in the room with the goal of matching the candidates with potential employers. These job seekers are not short on talent, experience or personality – they just need a chance.
 
Pictured: on right Rotarian John Oliver introduces the job seeker from his table
 
“I have a strong resume, but I haven’t worked in a year and a half,” implored Jennifer when she was offered the microphone. “I want to work, I really do.” Rotarians and guests agreed that the session opened their eyes to the challenges that people with developmental disabilities face. They commented that these are their neighbors, their fellow community members. They need to reap the benefits and challenges of having paid employment just like we all do.
 
Pictured: mock interview
 
The program was a resounding success thanks to the many disability employment agencies in the room and Issaquah Rotarian, Debbie Moore, who works for WISE https://www.gowise.org/, an agency that provides assistance to businesses and organizations to promote supported employment.   
 
Program - Partners for Work Cathy Bisaillon 2019-01-31 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Recognizes Sailors of the Month

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jan 24, 2019
Pictured left to right: 
CS3 Cheyenne C. Frank, Guest, LSSN Julia Rice, YN2(SW) Angel C. Escobedo, ABE1(AW) Mark G. Dalmacio
 
Vocational Service Chair Scott Park, opened the program by introducing Command Master Chief Beau Willis from Naval Base Kitsap. Honored to join us in recognizing his sailors, the Master Chief began with Culinary Specialist 3, Cheyenne Frank, as the Junior Sailor of the Quarter. CS3 Frank has served in the Navy for five years including a tour on the USS Stennis, and she is raising two sons while assigned to shore duty.
 
Blue Jacket of the Quarter went to Learning Support and Special Needs Specialist Julia Rice. LSSN Rice is originally from Bulgaria, and she will soon serve a second tour in Japan. She is married and has a seven month old son.
 
Aviation Boatwain’s Mate Mark Dalmacio, proudly received the award for Senior Sailor of the Quarter. Originally from Lake Tahoe, ABE Dalmacio is in his seventh year of service and has led the command’s Leadership Certificate Program.
 
Chief Cody Thornton was brought to the microphone to honor Yeoman Angel Escobedo. YN2 Escobedo’s work toward the command’s achievement of a year of zero DUIs for sailors made him an obvious choice for Sailor of the Quarter. Escobedo served in Japan for two years, and he hails from Riverside, California.
 
Congratulations to all these hard working sailors!  Silverdale Rotarians and guests were so proud to meet and hear from our dedicated and highly skilled service men and women!
 
 
Rotary Recognizes Sailors of the Month Cathy Bisaillon 2019-01-24 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Streamed Live on January 24 Steven Boe 2019-01-24 08:00:00Z 0

"You Make a Difference!" - Thanking Vicki Finney

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Jan 17, 2019
One of the great things about being a Rotarian is the opportunity to serve the community in hands-on-projects throughout the year. For a number of years, the Silverdale Rotary Club has coordinated with the Salvation Army to ‘Ring the Bell’ at Christmas!
 
Pictured left to right: President Elect Christie Scheffer and Vicki Finney.  Editor's note:  Christie also presented  Vicki with a Hallmark keepsake ornament of Snoopy ringing the bell!
 
This past December, Vicki Finney (shown above on right with President Elect Christie Scheffer), who joined Rotary one year ago, stepped forward to coordinate the Bell Ringing for our Club at Safeway. This meant organizing volunteers, keeping track to make sure slots stayed filled and making sure all was well coordinated with the Salvation Army.
 
Pictured on left: Past President Steve Slaton manning one of the 12 shifts during the 2-day period.
 
Vicki did a fantastic job, arriving early to set things up, checking in throughout the days to make sure Ringers were ‘good’, buying coffees and hot cocoa and simply investing the event with her gracious, bright spirit! What a wonderful way to raise money for the Salvation Army that meets needs in the community!  Thank you, Vicki for making a difference!


 
"You Make a Difference!" - Thanking Vicki Finney Christie Scheffer 2019-01-17 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Streamed Live on January 17 Steven Boe 2019-01-17 08:00:00Z 0
Two Rotarians Receive Paul Harris +2 Awards! Barbara Beagle 2019-01-11 08:00:00Z 0

"You Make a Difference!" - Recognizing Ron and Peggy Templeton

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Jan 10, 2019
President Elect Christie Scheffer presented a special "You Make A Difference!" award to two very deserving Rotarians!
 
 
Ron and Peggy Templeton - Past President (1990-91) Ron and Peggy Templeton wear many hats for the Club. Ron Templeton joined our Club in 1980, and has most recently coordinated the Student of the Month program for many years. Ron and Peggy hosted three Rotary Youth Exchange Students between 1982 (the Club's first) and 2012. Peggy joined our Club in 2016 and has been a positive addition. This year she assumed the role of Chair of the Administrative Committee and has done a terrific job.
 
But what we want to specifically honor and thank them for is their generous hospitality over the years! They have opened them home for many years to host a Salmon Bake for the incoming Exchange Student at their beautiful home on Dyes Inlet. They spend many hours in preparation, setting up tables and chairs and food and drink tables, preparing delicious food, banking a salmon over a hot fire and hosting with grace and a warm welcome the members, friends and families that attend. Thank you Ron and Peggy for your warm hearts and generosity!
 
"You Make a Difference!" - Recognizing Ron and Peggy Templeton Christie Scheffer 2019-01-10 08:00:00Z 0

Rotarians of the Month – People of Action!

Posted by Christie Scheffer on Jan 10, 2019
President Elect Christie Scheffer recognized three Rotarians of the Month for their hard work and contributions to the Club.  
 
October - Mary Hoover – Past President Mary (pictured on left with Christie on right) has been a member since 2004. She was awarded the Rotarian of the month for October for her ongoing, positive, friendly service and willingness to pitch in on any project. Whenever there is a task to do, Mary shows up and is willing to take on any aspect. She is calm, supportive and offers good advice and perspective from her years of involvement.  She is steadfast, persevering and fun! Mary, for a number of years, has arrived early to set up the meeting and then served as the Registration Table/Greeter. She offers a warm, welcoming  greeting to members and visitors alike. Thank you Mary for all you do!!
 
November - David Jordan - David Jordan volunteered to coordinate the 2018 Turkey Trot and worked very hard to increase enrollment and participation. The Turkey Trot was a successful event, offering us an opportunity to engage with our community together in making a difference. We were able to raise additional funds to feed children in Kitsap County! We have already been told folks are excited about coming again next year and will bring their families and friends! Thank you David for all you do!
 
 
December - Steven Boe – Steven Boe has been a member for 2.5 years. During that time he has worked to develop a positive, outward facing profile for the Rotary Club of Silverdale. He has developed videos, manages our Facebook Profile, set up our Club meetings to be viewed live on Facebook and many other forms of Public Information. He is currently our Public Information Chair and whether its online meetings, videos advertising upcoming events or fund raisers or advertisement spots he has created it with a touch of magic excellence, professionalism and positivity. For the past two years he has coordinated the Christmas Wreath fund raiser in an effort to raise additional funds to feed kids in Kitsap County. Thank you Steve for all you do!
Rotarians of the Month – People of Action! Christie Scheffer 2019-01-10 08:00:00Z 0

Thank you from the Rotary Club of Orion in the Philippines

Posted by Heather Campana on Jan 10, 2019
In 2018, Silverdale Rotary sent $2,000, and Bainbridge Island Rotary chipped in $500, for a total of $2,500 that funded school supplies for four classrooms serving 900 students in the Capunitan Elementary School in the Philippines!   Our Club recently received a  letter and certificates from the Rotary Club of Orion in the Philippines as well as some kudos to the Rotarians on the International Service Committee and 2017-18 President Cindy Holmes.  See below.
 
It’s great to be a part of something bigger, making a difference at home and around the world - Silverdale Rotary Duck Race proceeds at work!
 

 
Thank you from the Rotary Club of Orion in the Philippines Heather Campana 2019-01-10 08:00:00Z 0

Project Beauty Beast - January 3 Program

Posted by David Jordan on Jan 03, 2019
 
Clink on this link for a short video of Elaine Turso telling about her project: https://www.facebook.com/SilverdaleRotaryClub/videos/vb.189208651110287/278065176192746/?type=2&theater
 
The Rotary presentation on January 3 was one of pain, empowerment, and thriving through adversity. Our presenter was Elaine Turso of Elaine Turso Photography. Ms. Turso leads Project Beauty Beast here in Kitsap County. Her work focuses on shedding light on the bullying, body shaming, self harm, and suicide attempts that plague our community.
 
She works with teens in our community to show through photography the issues that ravage their lives, and how to triumph from the pain they suffer through. Her work, information on Project Beauty Beast, and helpful links can be found online at www.projectbeautybeast.com.   
 
Project Beauty Beast - January 3 Program David Jordan 2019-01-03 08:00:00Z 0

Program - Central Kitsap Community Council

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Dec 24, 2018
On December 20, we were visited by Stacey Saunders and Brandon Myers (pictured below), Chair and Vice Chair of the Central Kitsap Community Council (CKCC). Stacey and Brandon reminded us that the 20-year-old Council exists to facilitate and improve communication among the Central Kitsap community and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).
 
Projects put forth by CKCC include a recently completed survey regarding the vision for Old Town Silverdale and a potential “Adopt an Orca” art project that allows community groups and businesses to decorate large fiberglass orcas that would be placed in prominent Silverdale locations.
 
Want to feel more connected to our local government? The CKCC welcomes ad hoc committee members and invites the public to its meetings which occur on the first Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m. at the Silverdale Beach Hotel. More information can be found at https://www.kitsapgov.com/BOC_p/Pages/CKCC.aspx.
 
Program - Central Kitsap Community Council Cathy Bisaillon 2018-12-24 08:00:00Z 0

A Special Night for People with Special Needs

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Dec 20, 2018
On February 8, 2019, Kitsap County will join 537 locations around the world to provide Night to Shine, an unforgettable prom night experience for teens and adults with disabilities and special needs.
 
Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and hosted by newlife, the event provides music, refreshments, limo rides, photo booths and other entertainment for more than 500 guests and 1,000 volunteers. Caregivers benefit from respite time and massage services.   Prospective volunteers can get involved by visiting https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSey6n8Y-W7juISQVK2GhtZMVOMT2XvYcUVKvIsLaZGLJPtpfQ/viewform.
 
Our club presented Josh Hinman (pictured on left with Rotarian Steve Slaton), Executive Director of newlife in Silverdale (and former Silverdale Rotarian) with a Duck Bucks check for $2,000 to support hospitality for the event. Find out more about Night to Shine Kitsap at https://nighttoshinekitsap.com/.
 
This Duck Bucks proceeds grant is made possible by our generous sponsors of the 2018 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race and the community who purchased Duck Tickets.
 
 
A Special Night for People with Special Needs Cathy Bisaillon 2018-12-20 08:00:00Z 0

Exchange Student Update

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Dec 20, 2018
Chuck Kraining informed as that Ruby Peng has recently transitioned to her second host family, Rotarian Ashley & husband Ben Oaksmith, and she is headed to some fun in the San Diego sun for a week. Life with the Oaksmith clan includes hanging out with two rescue dogs and three rescue cats – Ruby will not be bored!
 
Pictured left to right: Ruby Peng, Ashley and Ben Oaksmith, Ben's sister Jenne and her husband Matt and family in the San Diego area
 
Chuck reminded us that Ruby is up for outings of all kinds, and that Ashley is handling her schedule. Have something fun coming up? Email Ashley at aoaksmith@krl.org. Also, Ruby will need a third host family in a couple of months, so please consider hosting this outgoing, fun-loving young lady!
 
Exchange Student Update Cathy Bisaillon 2018-12-20 08:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks  Granted for Make Music Day

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Dec 20, 2018
What could be better than spending June 21, the longest day of the year, experiencing live music everywhere in Kitsap County for free? The West Sound Art and Music Association (WSAMA) is making this happen by adding our area to the list of more than 800 cities worldwide hosting Make Music Day on June 21.
 
Jill Hudson-Giddings (President, WSAMA) and Jim Goettler (Director, Make Music Day – Kitsap) informed us that there will be concerts on streets, sidewalks, parks – pretty much anywhere musicians of all types can set up and play. Corporate partners will give away harmonicas and songbooks, all in the spirit of spreading the love of making music.
Pictured: Jim Goettler, Jill Hudson-Giddings, Rotarian Steve Slaton
 
The Rotary Club of Silverdale is proud to help WSAMA make the first annual Kitsap event a success by granting $500 to help with publicity and outreach. People with info on possible venues to host the casual concerts can learn more at   http://www.makemusicday.org/kitsap/.
Duck Bucks  Granted for Make Music Day Cathy Bisaillon 2018-12-20 08:00:00Z 0

No Rotary Meeting on December 27

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Dec 16, 2018
There will be no regular meeting on Thursday, December 27.
 
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE SILVERDALE ROTARY CLUB!
 
 
No Rotary Meeting on December 27 Barbara Beagle 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Ring the Bell for Salvation Army at Safeway

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Dec 10, 2018
Shoppers at Silverdale Safeway on December 6-7 were greeted with warm smiles as Rotarians manned the Salvation Army kettles.  Many were our new members who had never rung the bell before as Silverdale Rotarians.  
   
Pictured left to right: new Rotarians Brianna Miller, Brittany Logan, Meg Hall
 
A total of 16 shifts were covered over the two days.  Rotarians - People of Action!
 
      
Pictured left to right: Jason Wright and Scott Shoemaker. While ringing, Scott posted on Facebook, "Come see me! Bring change! More (cow)bell. Hook’em Horns!"
 
 
Rotarians Ring the Bell for Salvation Army at Safeway Barbara Beagle 2018-12-10 08:00:00Z 0

Students of the Month Honored by Rotarians

Posted by Jason Wright on Dec 06, 2018
Rotarians were very pleased to honor Students of the Month from Central Kitsap High School and Crosspoint Academy on December 6.
Pictured left to right: Fritz Humm, Ryan Nguyen, Maggie Gibson, Christina Calma, Megan Hendrick, Avery Schuette (CKHS); Greta Reydell (Crosspoint Academy)
 
School staff members introduced their students, and then came the best part: hearing from the students themselves – young people with many accomplishments under their belts and already leaders with an enormous drive to make the world a better place. 
 
Central Kitsap High School:
  • Maggie Gibson has been skiing since she was 3 and swimming since she was 7. She like AP Science and has a humble soul.  She grew up in Montana. 
  • Fritz Humm plays the viola in the Kitsap Philharmonic. He is on the basketball team, cross country team, and was the ASB President.
  • Christina Coma enjoys dancing. She is the president of the cooking and community club.  She does a weekly broadcast on the school TV. She lived in San Diego, Italy, and lives in Port Orchard. She enjoys photography, sculpting, and wants a career in film and photography.
  • Ryan Nguyen plays the violin and the piano. He has two black belts. He is ABS President, is courteous, and has excellent people skills.
  • Megan Hendrick has been playing soccer since she was 5 years old. Megan plays on the school soccer team and city league play.  She works part time while still finding the time to complete the homework for her AP Classes.  She either wants a degree in psycology or neurosciences. 
  • Avery Schuette plays football and lacrosse and is in the Honor Society.  He is looking forward to having many great memories.
Crosspoint Academy:
  • Greta Reydell: She is on the National Honor Society, plays basketball, and volleyball.  She wanted to figure out a way to give back and decided that it would be through teaching music.  She currently has her own business teaching piano and has 8 students.
Congratulations to all our well deserving Students of the Month!
 
 
 
Students of the Month Honored by Rotarians Jason Wright 2018-12-06 08:00:00Z 0

Order Rotary Wreaths to Help Feed Kitsap Kids!

Posted by Steven Boe and Rick Soper on Dec 06, 2018
Click the following link for the latest Rotary Wreaths video from Steve and Whitney Boe.  https://www.facebook.com/SilverdaleRotaryClub/videos/2205393256397591/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qib6muojFmY
 
 
Spread the word about Lynch Creek Farms - buy a wreath or centerpiece, and 20%  will go towards feeding Kitsap Kids!  http://www.rotarywreaths.com ,  Here are a couple more of this year's creations.
 
         
 
 
 
Order Rotary Wreaths to Help Feed Kitsap Kids! Steven Boe and Rick Soper 2018-12-06 08:00:00Z 0

East Side Baby Corner awarded Duck Bucks for "Protect the Kids" Program 

Posted by Jason Wright on Dec 06, 2018
  
 
On December 6, Rotarian Cathy Bisaillon (pictured on right) presented a Duck Buck check for $750 to Dawn McCalden (on left) of Eastside Baby Corner (EBC) -West Sound to purchase critical essentials for local children (birth to age 5) living in poverty or crisis in Kitsap and west Pierce Counties. https://babycorner.org/ebc-west-sound/.  Duck Buck grants are possible because of our generous sponsors of the 2018 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race and the community adopting ducks!
 
EBC was founded in 1990 in King County because Karen Ridlon, a local pediatric nurse practitioner, became concerned about the large numbers of babies in her practice that began life without adequate food, clothing, beds or safety equipment. Her commitment to giving these children a stronger start grew from a idea and a few items gathered in her dining room, into an agency that in 2016 filled its 500,000th order of absolute essentials.
 
For 50 weeks each year, volunteers and staff at Eastside Baby Corner collect community donations and purchase and distribute children’s and maternity items to families in collaboration with organizations helping families in our area. Case managers from partner agencies assess the needs of the family, request the items from EBC, pick up and deliver them to the family.  EBC serves as a diaper bank, a clothing bank, and a food source.
 
EBC leverages the impact of direct service providers by providing essential goods to the families they are helping.  We practice good stewardship of resources through smart purchasing in bulk, reliance on volunteers and in-kind donations, including donated warehouse space. EBC is the major source of baby food, formula, diapers, cribs and car seats for local food banks in King, Kitsap, and west Pierce counties.  They are currently looking for volunteers and donations.
 
East Side Baby Corner awarded Duck Bucks for "Protect the Kids" Program  Jason Wright 2018-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Meeting on December 6 Live Streamed on Facebook Steven Boe 2018-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
2018 Turkey Trot Results Barbara Beagle 2018-11-26 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Wreaths - Beauty with a Purpose! Steven Boe and Rick Soper 2018-11-23 08:00:00Z 0
2018 Turkey Trot - Results and Thank You! Rick Soper and Steve Boe 2018-11-23 08:00:00Z 0

Speaker - 2018 – 2019 Rotary Exchange Student, Ling-Chieh “Ruby” Peng

Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Nov 15, 2018
“What do you know about Taiwan?” Ruby asked us shyly.
She added to our basic answer that it is an island in East Asia, by displaying brightly colored photos of its landmarks, people, foods and festivals. Ruby and her mom, dad and younger brother live in the port city Kaohsiung where they enjoy biking, camping and celebrating holidays including Chinese New Year. In February 2018, they brought in the Year of the Dog by playing cards all night and leaving lettuce out for the dragon.
 
Since coming to the United States, Ruby has shared her love of baking (especially cookies and pies) and she sharpened her shopping ability during a recent trip to Disneyland. Theme park prices? “Way too expensive!” Ruby spoke proudly of her Rotary Club in District 3510. Her language skills are strong, as English is taught along with Mandarin when children are very young with “tests, practice, tests, and more tests,” she sighed.
 
Ruby smiled broadly when she relayed the great memories that she has already made in our country, and she is excited to further explore our area. Reach out to Chuck Kraining to book outings with Ruby, and please keep in mind that we are still looking for host families to round out her stay.
 
Speaker - 2018 – 2019 Rotary Exchange Student, Ling-Chieh “Ruby” Peng Cathy Bisaillon 2018-11-15 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Live Streamed on Facebook on November 15 Steven Boe 2018-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Classification Talks - Erin Shannon and Brittainy Logan

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Nov 12, 2018
Two of our Club's newest Rotarians shared a bit about themselves and why they joined Rotary.  Welcome Erin and Brittainy!
 
Erin Shannon is a VP and the SBA Manager (small business lending) at First Security Bank in Silverdale.  Erin grew up in Hawaii, is married to Tom, has two boys, Jacob-13 and Reece-8, and also has a Texas rescue dog Kona and a KHS rescue cat Bugsy.  One of the draws of working at First Security, besides working close to home, was the opportunity to volunteer, as “First Security feels very strongly about it.”  Erin joined Rotary because she wants to model giving back for her boys, “because none of us got here by ourselves.”
 
Dr. Brittainy Logan is a Podiatrist who just moved here from Cleveland, OH (which she described as a “quirky” city). She graduated from Podiatrist School and finished her residency at a Cleveland VA hospital, specializing in diabetic limb salvage.  In July she joined Kitsap Podiatry with Dr. Paul Aufderheide.  Brittainy grew up in a culture of community service and thanked Silverdale Rotarians for the opportunity to continue that tradition. 
 
 
Classification Talks - Erin Shannon and Brittainy Logan Barbara Beagle 2018-11-12 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Live Streamed on Facebook on November 8, 2018 Steven Boe 2018-11-08 08:00:00Z 0
Register Now for the Turkey Trot and Help Feed the Community! Steven Boe 2018-11-05 08:00:00Z 0

District Governor Captures the Essence of Rotary

Posted by Jason Wright on Nov 05, 2018
Today was a special day for our Club – the annual District 5020 Governor’s Visit.  Since our District Governor Craig Gillis is from Campbell River, BC, our Club Service Chair Peggy Templeton had beautiful centerpieces on each table that sported both the American and Canadian flags.  We sang both the Canadian and U.S. National Anthems.
 
District 5020 Area 9 Assistant Governor Meredith Green introduced District 5020 Governor Craig Gillis.  Watch the video  below for his entire inspirational speech, encapsulating the Essence of Rotary.
 
 
 
District Governor Captures the Essence of Rotary Jason Wright 2018-11-05 08:00:00Z 0

Kitsap Humane Society Training - the Path to Working with Dogs

Posted by Rick Soper on Nov 04, 2018
On November 4 my President’s Project with the Kitsap Humane Society took a big step forward.  I was joined by seven others at the Orientation and Introduction to Dogs classes that we need to take, before we move on to the dog walking course most of us will be taking this week.  
 
And when we are certified to work with the animals at the shelter, I'm going to start setting up days of the week where we'll meet as a group to go out and walk the dogs together.  My goal is the give us a constant hands on opportunity that we can do as a group, that's making a deep impact on the Humane Society as they move through a construction process that can be very upsetting to the animals there.   
 
I want to thank everyone who has participated so far, especially those who were able to come today:  pictured above left to right: Kiley (Meg Hall’s daughter), Meg Hall, Shannon Stowers (Asst Manager 1st Security), Jennifer Strong, Mariam James, Ashley Oaksmith, and Erin Shannon.
 
As we move forward, and I find out more and start to schedule things, I'll keep everyone informed. I look forward to what we will accomplish going forward together.  Rotarians – People of Action!
 
Kitsap Humane Society Training - the Path to Working with Dogs Rick Soper 2018-11-04 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Live Streamed on Facebook on November 1 Steven Boe 2018-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

Update on CKSD Programs and Construction Projects

Posted by Heather Campana on Oct 25, 2018
            
 
What’s going on with the CKSD Schools?  Superintendent David McVicker (on left above) and Doug Newell, (Executive Director of Business Operations on right) spoke on the progress made with the CK Schools.
 
Note: You can watch this presentation at  https://www.facebook.com/SilverdaleRotaryClub/videos/335922403837878/ It starts at about 29 minutes into the video.
 
"Bonds are for Buildings"
  • At Klahowya Secondary School, the new addition has been completed, adding a music room, 21 new classrooms, and a new auxiliary gymnasium!
     
  • Olympic High School boasts a brand new front entrance (90% complete), a new commons area (also a community gathering spot), brand new top-of-the-line Career and Technology Education (CTE) classroom with a 2200 sq ft lab, 4000 sq ft machine lab, and a robotics lab.
     
  • CK Middle and High Schools are to be completed March/April of 2019.  With 60 acres of land and tearing down 23 buildings, this is a big undertaking. The new CK High School will have a 2-story commons with a view of the Olympics and Dyes Inlet, a new CTE facility (like Olympic), a 900-seat Performing Arts space, as well as the new track and football field slated to host CK’s FIRST home football game (since the 1980’s) versus the Olympic High School Trojans, September of 2019!
     
  • Boeing, Alaska, and Horizon Air have all partnered with CKSD  on the CTE programs the District will be able to offer now. What a blessing for our young people!
     
  • Student and Staff Safety is also a big concern in today’s world. The CK School District is working to include in this: Social/Emotional Safety, Operational Safety, and Facility Safety. Six of the 19 buildings already have secure entrances and advanced camera systems, and they’re working to complete all the buildings.  Now there are Resource Officers at all 3 high schools. . They’ve hired 6 new counselors in the elementary schools to address additional social and emotional safety concerns.
     
"Levies are for Learning" – Levies are geared to bridge the gap from state funding to even more quality education.  The McCleary Decision increased funding for schools. This was beneficial to Kitsap teachers’ salaries as the increase was with the King County cohort. What a wonderful thing for our amazing teachers in our area!
 
Update on CKSD Programs and Construction Projects Heather Campana 2018-10-25 07:00:00Z 0

Malawi - From Starvation to College Degree - Children of the Nations and Rotary
 

Posted by Heather Campana on Oct 25, 2018
We hosted Jim Barker from Children of the Nations (COTN  at our Club meeting, and he introduced Henry from Malawi to speak about how Rotarians and Rotary Clubs and TRF, partnering with COTN, have made a difference in his life.
 
Henry’s dad died when he was a baby, and his mom died when he was only 5 years old. He moved in with his aunt. His six older brothers tried to provide for him, but they were still young, too. Henry met COTN at age 6, by 9 years old he was in school in their programs which provided food and education. He has now graduated from college with a degree in education. Henry noted that the impact The Rotary Foundation made on him and others like him lasts a lifetime and beyond…from generation to generation.
 
Silverdale Rotary has supported many projects and programs by partnering with COTN in the Dominican Republic, including water filtration projects, sponsoring children, and breakfasts for students who would otherwise get nothing nutritious to eat.
 
Malawi - From Starvation to College Degree - Children of the Nations and Rotary  Heather Campana 2018-10-25 07:00:00Z 0

Saving the Silverdale Christmas Tree – It’s a Community Effort!

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 20, 2018
On October 20, members of the Silverdale Rotary Club, Silverdale Dandy Lions, and other community volunteers spread 5 loads of bark mulch (donated by Asbury's topsoil and Kitsap County Public Works) around the 128’ landmark tree, trying their best to bolster the health of the ailing tree, weakened by drought and insect infestation.
 
While people on the ground were tirelessly shoveling, wheeling, dumping, and spreading bark mulch, arborists Dan Field and Mitch Ruscin from Field’s Tree Service made the arduous climb up the tree carrying hundreds of feet of rope and heavy loads of climbing gear. They also winched up a long metal pole that is used to extend the light strings out past the branches to be winched down to the ground.
 
Pictured left to right: Dan Field, Mitch Ruscin.  They were assisted on the ground by longtime volunteer arborist Ken Little of Bloedel Reserve, who had climbed the tree for years.
 
 
  Where's Daddy? Answer: he (Dan Field) is at the top of the tree!
 
  Pictured: Paxton Field
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Once a light string is winched down and carefully laid on the ground,
wires and sockets are inspected and repaired as necessary, and burnt out bulbs are replaced according to a specific color order. 
Each of the 12 strings has its own prescribed colored light sequence.  Pictured left to right: Bill Carter (of former Olympic Wiring who donated labor and materials to re-wire the tree in 1997 when it was vandalized), Dandy Lion Carla Larson, Rotarian organizer Rich Arper, Dandy Lion organizer Roland Arper (in front).
 
To see a light string going back up, click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY_vnKn7dLE
 
Meanwhile, legendary Silverdale resident and Dandy Lion Bill Selo, 87, came by to see the effort and greet old friends.  Bill was very much involved in providing wiring services and organizing work parties for years and years.  He showed us archived records and clippings going back decades!
 
 
 
The Silverdale Christmas Tree lighting event will be held on November 24, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, near the antique store on Silverdale Way.  Details are forthcoming.
Saving the Silverdale Christmas Tree – It’s a Community Effort! Barbara Beagle 2018-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Live Streamed on Facebook on October 25 Steven Boe 2018-10-18 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 18, 2018
On October 18 Silverdale Rotarians welcomed the first Students of the Month and family members for the 2018-19 school year.  Rotarian Ron Templeton gave a brief overview of Rotary International to the audience and welcomed school staff members to introduce their students. 
 
Pictured left to right: Isabel Iral, Tanner Weaver, Kate Streck
 
The best part was hearing from the students themselves – young people with many accomplishments under their belts and already leaders with an enormous drive to make the world a better place.  All three students this month have aspirations to pursue careers in biomedical fields.
 
Klahowya Secondary School
  • Kate Streck is taking the most rigorous schedule of Advanced Placement (AP) courses available, helps manage the High School Academy Tutor Program which matches students with student tutors, plays soccer competing at the state level, is on the golf team.
  • Tanner Weaver is captain of the football team, is involved in designing sports medicine training programs, plays lacrosse, and tutors middle school students. He aspires to a career in sports medicine
Crosspoint Academy
  • Isabel Iral is the lead editor for the High School year book, co-captain of the swim team competing at state level, member of the National Honor Society, has joined spring break missions to Appalachia to build homes for teachers.  She aspires to be a trauma surgeon while also addressing the aftermath of healing both physically and spiritually.
 
Congratulations to these very deserving Students of the Month! They were each presented with a letter, plaque, a letter to their parents, and a gift card.
 
Rotary Recognizes Students of the Month Barbara Beagle 2018-10-18 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Bucks and Buy the Book Campaign - the Rest of the Story

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 18, 2018
On October 18, Rotarian Erin Leedham (pictured on right) presented $1,500 to Scott McDaniel (on left) of the Paul Linder Educational Foundation to close out the Buy the Book Drive for CKSD elementary schools.
 
The “Buy the Book” Drive for CKSD Elementary Schools was held by Silverdale Rotary  in August-September, partnering with Barnes and Noble at the Kitsap Mall. The goal was to deliver a total of 2018 books to 11 elementary schools in the Central Kitsap School District.
 
The Foundation will take the Duck Buck funds to Barnes and Noble who will provide a 20% discount to fill in the final "holes" left by the book drive.
 
 
This Duck Buck grant was made possible by the huge support of Sponsors and the community of our 2018 Duck Race fund raiser.
 
For more information about the Paul Linder Educational Foundation, go to http://www.ckschools.org/about/community_partnerships/linder_foundation.
 
Duck Bucks and Buy the Book Campaign - the Rest of the Story Barbara Beagle 2018-10-18 07:00:00Z 0
Turkey Trot - Registrations and Sponsorships Now Open Steven Boe 2018-10-15 07:00:00Z 0

House of T!

Posted by Steven Boe on Oct 15, 2018
 
 
House of T! Steven Boe 2018-10-15 07:00:00Z 0

Help Save the Silverdale Christmas Tree!

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 15, 2018
Come help save the Silverdale Christmas Tree on Saturday, October 20 at 9 am.  Wear sturdy outdoor shoes (uneven ground), bring gloves, and one or more of the following: shovel, wheelbarrow, rake for spreading wood mulch, hand clippers for touching up.  If you don't have any of those tools, come anyway!  There will be donuts!
 
It's a Community Effort!  Join Silverdale Dandy Lions, Silverdale Rotarians, and people who love our Christmas tree at the tree site on Anderson Hill just up from the intersection with Silverdale Way.  The purpose is to mulch around the tree to help the drought stricken, insect infested 140-150 year old 128 ft tree; and maintain the 12 strings of lights.
  
Pictured above: Christmas Tree and mulching the tree.
 
Pictured below: replacement light bulbs for the 12 strings of lights.
  
For background information on what the volunteer arborist says about our beloved tree (70/30%  chance of survival, up from 50/50%); and what he did to treat the tree for insects, click on https://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/Page/Show?ClassCode=StoryDetails&Slug=saving-the-silverdale-christmas-tree-on-october-20-you-can-help.
 
Pictured below: holding the light string waiting for the arborists at the top of the 128 ft tree to raise the lights on a pulley to the top.
 
Help Save the Silverdale Christmas Tree! Barbara Beagle 2018-10-15 07:00:00Z 0

House of T!

Posted by Steven Boe on Oct 15, 2018
 
 
House of T! Steven Boe 2018-10-15 07:00:00Z 0

Save the Silverdale Christmas Tree - This Saturday, October 20

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 15, 2018
Come help save the Silverdale Christmas Tree on Saturday, October 20 at 9 am.  Wear sturdy outdoor shoes (uneven ground), bring gloves, and one or more of the following: shovel, wheelbarrow, rake for spreading wood mulch, hand clippers for touching up.  If you don't have any of those tools, come anyway!  There will be donuts!
 
It's a Community Effort!  Join Silverdale Dandy Lions, Silverdale Rotarians, and people who love our Christmas tree are meeting on Saturday, October 20 at 9 a.m. at the tree site on Anderson Hill just up from the intersection with Silverdale Way.  The purpose is to mulch around the tree to help the drought stricken, insect infested 140-150 year old 128 ft tree; and maintain the 12 strings of lights.
  
Pictured above: Christmas Tree and mulching the tree.
 
Pictured below: replacement light bulbs for the 12 strings of lights.
  
For background information on what the volunteer arborist says about our beloved tree (70/30%  chance of survival, up from 50/50%); and what he did to treat the tree for insects, click on https://portal.clubrunner.ca/730/Page/Show?ClassCode=StoryDetails&Slug=saving-the-silverdale-christmas-tree-on-october-20-you-can-help.
 
Pictured below: holding the light string waiting for the arborists at the top of the 128 ft tree to raise the lights on a pulley to the top.
 
 
 
 
Save the Silverdale Christmas Tree - This Saturday, October 20 Barbara Beagle 2018-10-15 07:00:00Z 0
Turkey Trot - Registrations and Sponsorhips Open Steven Boe 2018-10-11 07:00:00Z 0

“Why Did I Join Rotary?” New Rotarians Answer the Question

Posted by Barbara Beagle on Oct 11, 2018
Four Rotarians gave their "Classification Talks" on October 11, telling us about themselves and why they joined Silverdale Rotary.
 
Scott Shoemaker, Attorney at Law, Ryan Montgomery & Armstrong, joined Silverdale Rotary in April 2018.  He is married to Aleena, and they have a daughter Ellie (10) and a son Marshall (7).
 
Scott shared that the Rotary Four Way Test mirrors what he describes as his lifelong “search for the truth,” and that he “likes the way it feels to help people in their own lives.”
 
Rotary Four Way Test - of the things we  think, say or do:
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all Concerned?
  3. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
  4. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
But some years ago in Texas he was so consumed with work that his family life took a back seat.  “If work consumes you, you are OK at a lot of things, but you ‘just exist’.”  His physician said it would lead to an early death.  To change that he relocated with his family to a new job in Silverdale and has worked ever since to balance his life between work, family, and serving the community. “I have a lot to learn from Rotary about Community Service,” Scott remarked, but from our view, he has already jumped into service projects with energy and enthusiasm.  Welcome to Silverdale Rotary, Scott!
 
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Ryan Gilhuly, Financial Advisor - Edward Jones, joined Rotary in March 2018.  He is married to Kasey, and they have sons Patrick (12) and Sean (8}.
 
Earlier in his working career, Ryan was in the hospitality industry in a huge hotel in Hawaii.  It was an all-consuming, 24/7 job.  He moved back to the Mainland and changed careers where he makes time for family and other non-work activities.  Ryan already has a lot of Community Service experience, being Cubmaster and Boy Scout Troop leader, and coaching basketball, baseball, and soccer.  Ryan immediately engaged in Rotary activities.  Welcome to Silverdale Rotary, Ryan!
 
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Ashley Oaksmith, Branch Manager of the Silverdale Branch, Kitsap Regional Library, joined Rotary in May 2017.  She is married to Ben Oaksmith.
 
Ashley has worked in libraries for 15 years, is “proud to be a librarian,” and it’s obvious that she considers her work as service to communities.  She believes that libraries are more than shelves of books and resources: libraries should be a safe place for kids, a place where military families don’t need to “know someone” to connect with people in library activities, that libraries are a place for seniors to have good conversations.  Ashley has worked in five states, and in Texas she discovered that there are many isolated small communities living in “book deserts” because they can’t afford a library.  Ashley created electronic libraries with e-readers; a concept not immediately fully embraced by some, until later.
 
Ashley speaks with enthusiasm and gratitude that there is now a path forward for a new Silverdale Branch Library, partnering with the Central Kitsap School District.  She remarked that the love and support of the local com