West Seattle Blog... » Rotary Club of West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 29 May 2015 16:34:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Congratulations! Jim Edwards honored by West Seattle Rotary http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/congratulations-jim-edwards-honored-by-west-seattle-rotary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/congratulations-jim-edwards-honored-by-west-seattle-rotary/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 23:38:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309270

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The Rotary Club of West Seattle was up extra-early today for a special occasion – a breakfast event at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor). At right above is Jim Edwards, honored by the Rotary with the Paul Harris Fellow award, named after Rotary’s founder. Jim’s long history of community service includes coordinating the West Seattle Grand Parade, which is now presented by the Rotary. He accepted the award with his daughter Michelle Edwards, who works with him on the parade, as does Dave Vague, at left, honored by the Rotary last year. (One of the other things for which you might know Jim right now is the West Seattle Big Band, which donates its earnings to student programs.) This year’s parade, by the way, is coming up fast – Saturday, July 18th, from The Admiral District to The Junction as always.

Rotarians also heard from King County Executive Dow Constantine this morning:

The centerpiece of his talk was his new initiative, Best Starts for Kids, announced in his recent State of the County address as a plan to “provide the resources needed to prevent negative outcomes in the community and put every child on a path toward lifelong success.” Its components include mental-health and developmental screenings and a host of other services aimed at the notion that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Voters will be asked to approve a levy to fund it. Early childhood is a subject not only important to Constantine as a leader but also as a parent, and he noted that daughter Sabrina is about to turn 1.

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Have breakfast with West Seattle Rotary & King County Executive Dow Constantine on May 5th http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/have-breakfast-with-west-seattle-rotary-king-county-executive-dow-constantine-on-may-5th/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/have-breakfast-with-west-seattle-rotary-king-county-executive-dow-constantine-on-may-5th/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:16:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307094 Less than three weeks till your chance to break your breakfast routine and support nonprofits by having breakfast with the Rotary Club of West Seattle and special guest:

King County Executive (and West Seattle Rotarian) Dow Constantine will speak at the West Seattle Rotary Club’s annual Fundraising Breakfast at Salty’s on May 5, 2015, 7-9 am. Go to the club website for more information and to register.

The Rotary Club of West Seattle supports local projects including Pencil Me In For Kids, the Children’s Shopping Spree, Students of the Month, the Kiddie Parade, and the Grand Parade.

(WSB photo of Executive Constantine from March 28th dedication of M/V Sally Fox on Vashon Island)

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Future college student in the house? Application time for scholarships offered by Rotary Club of West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/future-college-student-in-the-house-application-time-for-scholarships-offered-by-rotary-club-of-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/future-college-student-in-the-house-application-time-for-scholarships-offered-by-rotary-club-of-west-seattle/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:28:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302002 This is the time of year when most college applications are in and students await acceptance letters. Then there’s the matter of how to pay for college. The Rotary Club of West Seattle is inviting applications right now for its annual Gambriell Scholarships, awarded to two or three local graduating seniors:

Here are the requirements:
· Available to any graduating high school senior student.
· Based on financial need and academic merit.
· Student would not otherwise be able to attend college without these funds.
· Preference given to West Seattle residents.

This year each recipient will receive $3,000 to $5,000, depending on number of recipients.
· Funds must be used on tuition and fees to accredited post-secondary educational programs.

The deadline for applications is fast approaching: April 15th, 2015. Recipients will be chosen by April 30th, 2015. Please e-mail Dotty Hughes, dotty.hughes@wafd.com, for an application. Applications may be returned by email, given to any West Seattle Rotarian, or mailed to the address on the application form.

The Rotary Club of West Seattle utilizes five avenues of service: Club, Vocational, International, New Generations and Community. The club’s foundation board (West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation) allocates funding annually to each avenue of service for projects. The Gambriell Scholarship is one of the Community Service projects of the club.

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West Seattle Rotary Children’s Shopping Spree 2014: New location, same giving http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/photos-west-seattle-rotary-childrens-shopping-spree-new-location-same-giving/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/photos-west-seattle-rotary-childrens-shopping-spree-new-location-same-giving/#comments Sun, 07 Dec 2014 00:20:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=294386

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He sees you when you’re sleeping … he sees when you’re awake …” The all-seeing Santa can even see you when you’re smiling right behind him. So went the holiday joy this morning during the Rotary Club of West Seattle‘s annual Children’s Holiday Shopping Spree – which had one big change this year:

It happened bright and early this morning at Sears in Southcenter – after many years at Sears in SODO, which closed earlier this year, requiring the Rotarians to find someplace new to bring the dozens of students who would spend the morning shopping with volunteers.

It’s a huge effort to organize – so the Rotarians are joined by many other volunteers, including other service organizations, like the Omega Psi Phi fraternity:

Participating kids also get to dine during the spree, and Southcenter’s Rainforest Café stepped up to help with that:

That’s Rotarian Dave Nichols with one of the café mascots. As always, kids went home with new wintertime wear, to be sure they’ll stay warm:

And they’ll remember warm smiles, like that of Rotarian Tara Luckie:

The club has fundraisers throughout the year to pay for the annual Shopping Spree – here’s how to donate.

And if you’re interested in checking out Rotary membership, stop by one of their weekly lunch meetings, usually noon Tuesdays at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor).

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West Seattle Rotary’s new site for Children’s Shopping Spree http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-rotary-finds-new-site-for-childrens-holiday-shopping-spree/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-rotary-finds-new-site-for-childrens-holiday-shopping-spree/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 23:24:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292253 Three weeks from today, right about this time in the afternoon, dozens and dozens of local kids will be returning home with many reasons to smile after the annual Rotary Club of West Seattle Children’s Holiday Shopping Spree. In addition to raising money and organizing volunteers for this year’s spree – the 43rd! – the West Seattle Rotary had one more big task: Find a new location – since SODO Sears was closing, as announced in February. They’ve found one, and this year, when the shopping spree – which also involves food, music, and Santa – starts bright and early Saturday, December 6th, it’ll be happening at Sears (and Rainforest Café) in Southcenter. You can contribute to help cover the costs – there’s a link on this page of the Rotary website.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Getting ready for Oktoberfest http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weekend-scene-getting-ready-for-oktoberfest/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weekend-scene-getting-ready-for-oktoberfest/#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20:03:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288440

While covering the “walkshed” tour in The Junction/Triangle this morning (story to come), we stopped by the Masonic Center to peek at preps for the Rotary Club of West Seattle‘s first-ever Oktoberfest, one of the events in our preview for today/tonight. Above, Rotarians Len Burton-Hardin of Howden-Kennedy and Dotty Hughes of Washington Federal were working inside; the crew decorating outside included Gary Potter of Potter Construction (WSB sponsor):

The German food and beer, oompah music, etc. are all set to start around 6 tonight. Proceeds benefit the Rotary’s community work including the annual – not too far off! Children’s Holiday Shopping Spree and the school-supplies-collecting Pencil Me In For Kids. Ticket info for tonight’s event is here.

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Tickets now on sale for West Seattle Rotary’s first Oktoberfest http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/tickets-now-on-sale-for-west-seattle-rotarys-first-oktoberfest/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/tickets-now-on-sale-for-west-seattle-rotarys-first-oktoberfest/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:38:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283993 The Rotary Club of West Seattle is now selling tickets for its first-ever Oktoberfest. Everyone (21 and up) is invited to the celebration, 6 pm Saturday, October 11th, at Alki Masonic Center in The Junction – from the announcement: “Come enjoy a Bavarian evening complete with German and local microbrew beer, authentic German food, Oompah band, and a raffle. Bavarian dress encouraged. … Oktoberfest is a fundraiser to support the West Seattle Rotary Club’s community projects: Annual Children’s Shopping Spree; Rotary First Harvest; Pencil Me In For Kids.” Go here to get your ticket(s)!

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West Seattle scene: Rotarians sort school-supplies donations for Pencil Me In For Kids http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-scene-rotarians-sort-school-supplies-donations-for-pencil-me-in-for-kids/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-scene-rotarians-sort-school-supplies-donations-for-pencil-me-in-for-kids/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:56:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283756

Thanks to Josh Sutton from the Rotary Club of West Seattle for the photo from an annual late-summer tradition – the sorting party for school-supplies donations collected and obtained by Pencil Me In For Kids. In the heart of the activity at Monday night’s event, that’s Sue Lindblom waving, and Cathy Rouyer talking with her. Josh adds that overall, “More than a dozen West Seattle Rotarians sorted over $9,000 in school supplies destined for students in need from every West Seattle public school. Thanks to Staples and to QFC for their discounts and support of Rotary Pencil Me In For Kids.” P.S. PMIFK has been getting school supplies to kids who need them for almost 20 years! Here’s how to help.

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Wondering where the berry sales went? West Seattle Rotary explains http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/wondering-where-the-berry-sales-went-west-seattle-rotary-explains/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/wondering-where-the-berry-sales-went-west-seattle-rotary-explains/#comments Sun, 06 Jul 2014 20:44:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278530 GF asked about this in a comment today, so in case anyone else wondered too: The Rotary Club of West Seattle is no longer selling berries as a summertime fundraiser. Past president Len Burton-Hardin explains:

Our club made the painful decision to discontinue this fundrasiser after 30 years. Lack of a venue with refrigeration facilities, rising costs to us and the unpredictability of Mother Nature and the growing season made it very hard for us. We are very grateful to our supporters and are saddened that we couldn’t not continue, The positive is that our numerous local Farmers’ Markets provide high-quality berries for West Seattle residents.

(We can attest to that, having seen fresh-picked berries at the WS Farmers’ Market today, and also at local grocery stores.) The Rotary has added two new endeavors – as you’ve probably heard by now, it’s presenting the West Seattle Grand Parade starting this year (July 19th!), and it’s also sponsoring a first-ever Oktoberfest celebration, October 11th at the Masonic Center (watch for details).

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Congratulations! West Seattle Rotary awards for John Fretz, Aya Hoffman, Jack Miller, Dave Vague http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/congratulations-west-seattle-rotary-awards-for-john-fretz-aya-hoffman-jack-miller-dave-vague/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/congratulations-west-seattle-rotary-awards-for-john-fretz-aya-hoffman-jack-miller-dave-vague/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:17:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278173

(Husky Deli proprietor Jack Miller with, at right, Teri Templin of the Rotary Foundation)
Congratulations to four people recently honored by the Rotary Club of West Seattle. Club spokesperson George Brinkmann shares the info and photos:

Jack Miller, the proprietor of the Husky Deli, was recognized with a Paul Harris Fellow award as an outstanding local businessman. He has long supported local Rotary project fundraisers. The Husky Deli opened for business in 1932. Jack is the third generation to operate the family-owned business, which features ice cream, catering, lunch, and groceries.

(L to R, Dave Vague and John Fretz)
Dave Vague and John Fretz also received Paul Harris Fellow recognition. For many years, Vague has volunteered as a coordinator of the West Seattle Grand Parade, to be held on July 19th this year. Fretz is an employee of Salty’s on Alki who has ably served Rotary luncheon meetings for more than 5 years.

The Paul Harris Fellow award, named after the founder of Rotary, was established in 1957 to recognize individuals for whom contributions have been made to the Rotary Foundation in support of its charitable projects around the world, including the eradication of Polio. The Rotary Club of West Seattle made contributions to honor these three individuals.

(Aya Hoffman with RC of WS past president Len Burton-Hardin)
Aya Hoffman, President of the West Seattle-Burien Rotaract Club, received the Service Above Self Award, given annually to that person believed to best exemplify Rotary’s motto: ‘Service Above Self.’ Aya has volunteered her time and talent to serve as President of the West Seattle-Burien Rotaract Club for young adults ages 18 to 32 since its inception in 2012. She is the Communications and Events Manager at the Alexander Hamilton Friends Association in Seattle.

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Congratulations! Rotary Club of West Seattle awards scholarships to six local students http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/congratulations-rotary-club-of-west-seattle-awards-scholarships-to-six-local-students/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/congratulations-rotary-club-of-west-seattle-awards-scholarships-to-six-local-students/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:04:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276173

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
Congratulations to the scholarship winners honored by the Rotary Club of West Seattle at this week’s meeting! Above, the Students of the Year – all graduating seniors chosen from the “Students of the Month” announced throughout the year – from left, Elliott Snodgrass from Chief Sealth International High School, Mariel Smith from West Seattle High School, and Robert Leslie from Seattle Lutheran High School. Next, the three recipients of the Gambriell Scholarship:

From left, they are: Martha Girma from WSHS, Joseph Werlech from Kennedy High School, and Tomas Woldemichael from WSHS. Each spring, the Rotary invites applications for the Gambriell Scholarships; meantime, the selection of Students of the Month is explained here.

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Headed for college? Rotary Club of West Seattle offering scholarship money http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/headed-for-college-rotary-club-of-west-seattle-offering-scholarship-money/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/headed-for-college-rotary-club-of-west-seattle-offering-scholarship-money/#comments Sun, 27 Apr 2014 17:07:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=271537 College can be costly. Here’s potential help: The Rotary Club of West Seattle is offering scholarship money again this year. Here’s the announcement:

Continuing Education of our young people is such an important resource that every year the Rotary of West Seattle awards Scholarships to two or three graduating West Seattle Seniors towards their college education.

The deadline for applications is fast approaching, so if you know a deserving West Seattle Senior please visit our website to fill out the application. It is open to any senior student in the West Seattle area.

Please e-mail dotty.hughes@wafed.com for an application.

Ahead, the requirements and details:

In summary, the name of the scholarship is the Gambriell Scholarship and requirements follow:

· Available to any graduating high school senior student.

· Based on financial need and academic merit.

· Student would not otherwise be able to attend college without these funds.

· Preference given to West Seattle residents.

· This year each recipient will receive $3,000 to $5,000, depending on number of recipients.

· Funds must be used on tuition and fees to accredited post-secondary educational programs.

· Date due for applications is May 15th, 2014.

· Recipients chosen by May 31, 2013.

· Applications may be given to me directly or sent to the address on the application form.

The Rotary of West Seattle utilizes five avenues of service; Club, Vocational,International, New Generations and Community. Our Foundation Board allocates funding to each avenue of service for them to focus on projects that interest their committee members We are pleased to give back to the community any way we can, if readers are interested in Rotary, and or would like to contribute to our Foundation, they can visit our website to learn more at www.westseattlerotary.org

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Congratulations! Reis Pearson honored with President’s Volunteer Service Award http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/congratulations-reis-pearson-honored-with-presidents-volunteer-service-award/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/congratulations-reis-pearson-honored-with-presidents-volunteer-service-award/#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 18:23:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=269753 “Make a Difference … Volunteer!” So exhorts the home page for the President’s Volunteer Service Award program. Someone who did – Reis Pearson (photo left) from the Rotary Club of West Seattle – has been honored with the award, according to an announcement from ShelterBox USA. Pearson is one of three WS Rotarians who work with ShelterBox, which we’ve featured here before – as described in the announcement, “an international disaster-relief organization that delivers emergency tented shelter and other lifesaving supplies to survivors of disasters and other humanitarian crises.” Last year alone, Pearson’s fund- and awareness-raising work for ShelterBox helped it “respond to more than 25 disasters in 19 countries last year, providing families with disaster relief tents, cook stoves, water filters, blankets, mosquito nets, children’s packs and other essential equipment.” Pearson is a local entrepreneur as well, proprietor of Inside Out Building Inspection.

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Rotary Club of West Seattle taking over WS Grand Parade http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/rotary-club-of-west-seattle-taking-over-ws-grand-parade/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/rotary-club-of-west-seattle-taking-over-ws-grand-parade/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 23:56:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=269321

(WSB file photo)
Big announcement at today’s Rotary Club of West Seattle breakfast event – the summertime Grand Parade will be presented by the Rotary starting with this year’s July 19th parade, picking up the baton from American Legion Post 160.

Josh Sutton – at right in our photo above, with incoming president Shane Carew – introduced Legion reps as well as longtime parade coordinators Jim Edwards and Dave Vague, who will continue in their roles. Sutton said he was pleased to announce that the Rotary was stepping up as the Legion was stepping back; he said the parade is a vital part of the community, and that the Rotary has big shoes to fill. At left in our photo is Josh Menashe of Menashe and Sons Jewelers (WSB sponsor), which is donating $1,000 to help with parade costs. He said the parade has always been part of his life, and he’s been going to it since childhood, so his family is pleased to be able to help with an event that is so central to the community. Sutton said the Rotary Kiddie Parade that traditionally precedes the main parade will continue too …

(WSB photo from 2012 Rotary Kiddie Parade)
… as will the Float Dodger 5K, the new Rotary-co-sponsored event that is going into its third year this parade season. More later on the Rotary breakfast itself, which featured a Medal of Honor winner as special guest; meantime, ahead, the official Rotary news release we received while finishing up this story:

The Rotary Club of West Seattle is proud to announce it has taken over stewardship of the West Seattle Parade. The West Seattle American Legion Post 160 has produced the West Seattle Parade for 80 years. Last year they approached West Seattle Rotary asking them if they would consider taking over the event. As many of you know the Legion Post has undergone many changes over the past few months. The Post has stepped into a mission of providing more support to our returning and existing veterans.

After months of discussion between the Legion, Rotary, and the parade coordinators (who are not legion members) a memorandum of understanding was drafted amongst all parties and presented to West Seattle Rotary for final approval.

On March 19th the plan was approved. The West Seattle Rotary Club’s West Seattle Parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 19 at 11:00 AM.

Parade planning has been underway for a couple months. Jim Edwards and Dave Vague will continue in their capacities as parade coordinators. In addition to the Grand Parade, the Rotary Club will continue in its sponsorship of the Kids’ parade that precedes the main event. Also on the parade route that morning will be the 3rd annual Float Dodger 5k.

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SODO Sears closure means changes for West Seattle Rotary Club’s annual Children’s Shopping Spree http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/sodo-sears-closure-means-changes-for-west-seattle-rotary-clubs-annual-childrens-shopping-spree/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/sodo-sears-closure-means-changes-for-west-seattle-rotary-clubs-annual-childrens-shopping-spree/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 05:27:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=266007

(WSB photo from December 2012 Rotary Children’s Shopping Spree)
The impending closure of the historic Sears store in SODO (reported by The Seattle Times [WSB partner] Friday) has a West Seattle effect: The Rotary Club of West Seattle suddenly finds itself trying to figure out the future of its Children’s Holiday Shopping Spree, the club’s signature project for more than 40 years. Every year on the first Saturday in December, Rotarians and a volunteer force of hundreds have brought ~100 local kids to the store for a practical-yet-fun shopping event that also includes breakfast and lunch in the same building, as well as Santa photos and holiday songs. So when we heard about the closure news over the weekend, we sought out Rotary reaction; today, club spokesperson Dave Nichols tells WSB, “Our leadership was informed by the folks at Sears. We are gathering facts and options; our goal is to figure out a way to continue to serve our community as we always have.” According to the Times story, 79 people will lose their jobs when the store and the nearby Sears Auto Center close in June. There’s no word yet of another tenant for the space in the building, which is owned by Nitze-Stagen & Co.

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