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COUNTDOWN: Four nights away from tropical fun at ParrotHeads Rainbow Bingo

November 13, 2023 8:55 pm
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It’s at the very least an excuse to wear an aloha shirt here in the heart of almost-winter. Friday night, get tropical with the Rotary Club of West Seattle at their fall fundraiser, playing ParrotHeads Rainbow Bingo with legendary bingo leader Sylvia O’Stayformore, plus music paying tribute to the late Jimmy Buffett. All are welcome, not just club members. Yes, there will be margaritas (among other cocktails). It’s happening at the West Seattle Golf Course (4470 35th SW), 5:30 pm, and you can buy ticket(s) here. Proceeds support the West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation‘s many community projects, including scholarships.

HELPING: Pencil Me In For Kids distributes school supplies to West Seattle students

Before local Seattle Public Schools start the new school year one week from today, volunteers and donors pitched in for another year of Pencil Me In For Kids, which procures and distributes school supplies for students in need.

Pencil Me In For Kids is a project of the Rotary Club of West Seattle, with help including donations from Fauntleroy Church. Volunteers gathered at the American Legion Post 160 hall on Tuesday afternoon to sort supplies, and distribution was planned today. You can support PMIFK with donations to the Rotary’s foundation.

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Changes inside and out

Inside the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Log House Museum, there’s more room to roam – recent renovations removed an interior wall. The change was unveiled just as the museum opened its new exhibit about Longfellow Creek, featuring not only beautiful photos and other displays, but also learning opportunities for all ages:

Also new at the Log House Museum: The sixth Peace Pole installed in the area by the Rotary Club of West Seattle. We mentioned it briefly after its installation two weeks ago and visited for its dedication ceremony Friday afternoon. It’s in the garden space in front of the historic log house, facing SW Stevens just west of 61st SW:

Below are the ceremony speakers – L to R, Kerry Korsgaard from the museum’s board, programs and community-outreach director Elizabeth Rudrud, and Rotarians Christine Peak and Keith Hughes:

Keith explained the history of the Peace Pole Project, which has placed more than a quarter-million poles worldwide, and the reason the museum was chosen as a location for one:

This pole is inscribed in Lushootseed, Cantonese, Spanish, and English; the message is, “May peace prevail on Earth.” You can see it outside the museum any time; to go inside the museum, visit during regular public hours, noon-4 pm Fridays and Saturdays.

Two more Peace Poles in West Seattle

That’s one of two new Peace Poles installed around the peninsula by the Rotary Club of West Seattle

  • . It’s the fifth one, now in place in front of the Log House Museum (61st/Stevens). Keith Hughes sent the photo with word that Peace Pole #4 is also in place, at Our Lady of Guadalupe (35th/Myrtle). A dedication ceremony is planned there at 12:15 pm tomorrow (Sunday, June 25th), and all are welcome. Helen Oesterle from OLG explains that the Peace Pole there is also in collaboration with Eagle Scout Nick Krum, and intended “to acknowledge that the highest point in the city of Seattle is on the traditional land of the Duwamish People, past and present.” Rotarians have placed more than a quarter-million Peace Poles around the world, as invitations for people to contemplate what they can do to foster peace. (Others in West Seattle are at Fauntleroy Church, dedicated last September; at C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor), also dedicated last September; and near Fauntleroy Creek, dedicated last November.)
  • CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle Rotary celebrates scholarship winners

    Congratulations to the four local students announced as the Rotary Club of West Seattle‘s latest scholarship winners:

    On May 9th, West Seattle Rotary awarded the 2022-23 West Seattle public high school Student of the Year (SoY) and Gambriell scholarships.

    Will Fralia of West Seattle High won the $6,000 1st place SoY scholarship. He will be attending Washington State University. Drew Atkinson of Summit Atlas High won a $1,000 co-2nd place SoY scholarship. He will be attending the University of Washington. Evelyn Alfaro of Chief Sealth Int’l High won a $1,000 co-2nd place SoY scholarship (she could not attend due to an International Baccalaureate exam conflict). She will be attending the University of Washington. Each awardee was chosen by their high school to be their school’s SoY nominee from among their Student of the Month awardees. A SoY Evaluation Team of West Seattle Rotarians then made the final determination, a job made very difficult by the nominees’ extraordinary qualifications.

    George Barron, a West Seattle High graduate and graduating South Seattle College student, won the $6,000 Gambriell scholarship. He will be attending Western Washington University. Ashton Sawade, a West Seattle High student, won the $1,500 2nd Place Gambriell Scholarship. He will be attending Washington State University. A Gambriell Evaluation Team of West Seattle Rotarians made the determination from among 10 applicants, once again a job made very difficult by the nominees’ extraordinary qualifications.

    The SoY awards are made possible by donations to the West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit operated by West Seattle Rotary volunteers. Donations can be made online (go to westseattlerotary.org) or by attending its fundraisers, such as the recent Rainbow Bingo and the May 20th Breakfast Fundraiser.

    The Gambriell awards are made possible by an endowment made to the West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation in memory of Vern Gambriell, which is also operated by West Seattle Rotary volunteers.

    Your next chance to support the Rotary Club’s community work is by joining them for the aforementioned fundraising breakfast at 8 am tomorrow (Saturday, May 20th) – details are in our calendar listing.

    CONGRATULATIONS! Young mom chosen Rotary Club of West Seattle’s Student of the Semester

    (Photos courtesy Rotary Club of West Seattle)

    The Rotary Club of West Seattle continues honoring local students for their achievements, and with this announcement, points out that honors go to students in alternative programs as well as conventional high-school paths:

    Twice during this school year 2022-23, Fall and Spring, the West Seattle Rotary has presented a Student of the Semester (SoS) Award to a student chosen by the Southwest Youth and Family Services (SWYFS) GED Prep Program. These are outstanding students who are expected to earn their GED by the end of the school year and go on to an accredited post-secondary program.

    They receive an award certificate, $100, and a chance to be chosen as the SWYFS GED Prep Student of the Year (SoY). The SoY winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship from West Seattle Rotary during a ceremony on June 13th. On April 11th, West Seattle Rotarian Alan Mitchell presented the Spring SoS award to Jessica Delker during the Club’s lunchtime meeting at the West Seattle Golf Course. She was introduced by Case Manager Amanda Alvarado and presented a brief, highly evocative bio.

    Jessica was also accompanied by her 11-month-old son Joel (above), her mother, and her partner.

    Jessica exemplifies the high potential of teenagers and young adults who are enabled by SWYFS to follow an unconventional pathway to a high-school degree, college, and career, despite daunting life circumstances. West Seattle Rotary worked with Amanda and other leaders in the SWYFS GED Prep Program to tailor the SoS and SoY awards for its students’ special needs.

    You can read more about the SWYFS – based in North Delridge – education programs here.

    BINGO! Rotary Club of West Seattle has a groovy invitation for you

    An extra Rainbow Bingo event in West Seattle this month – this one’s a fundraiser for the West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation, whose work we’ve featured lately, from cleanups to scholarships. It’s happening three weeks from tonight – here’s the invite:

    Do good while playing Rainbow Bingo!

    West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation invites you to its 1960s-themed Rainbow Bingo and Silent Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, April 22! Emceed by Sylvia O’Stayformore, it is guaranteed to be a fun and groovy night at the West Seattle Golf Course.

    Each year, the West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation provides new clothing and school supplies to elementary students throughout West Seattle, awards thousands in scholarships to local high schoolers, runs park, street, and yard cleanups throughout the community, and assists with global humanitarian and development efforts.

    But it can’t do all of that work without you! Funds raised from this event will go directly to the all-volunteer Foundation’s 2023-24 service projects.

    Silent auction starts at 5:30 and includes a three-night Leavenworth Getaway package, a catered dinner for 6 with wine pairing, gift certificates to breweries and local eateries, and much more! Bingo starts at 7:00 pm.

    Register soon because space is limited. 21+ only. Individual tickets $40. Tables $300. Tickets at bit.ly/3F7ujiD.

    A special thank you to our Gold Event Sponsors for hosting this event! NUCOR Seattle, Waid Law Office, PLLC, and West Seattle Dental Center.

    P.S. This is separate from the Senior Center of West Seattle’s Rainbow Bingo event on Friday, April 21, which is another great event … go support them too!

    SCHOLARSHIP $ AVAILABLE: Deadline extended one more week

    March 31, 2023 9:09 am
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    If someone in your household could use scholarship money and hasn’t yet applied for the Gambriell or Past Presidents scholarships offered by the Rotary Club of West Seattle, we have word the deadline’s been extended – you have one more week to apply, until April 7th. Each is a $6,000 scholarship, and the application information is in the announcement we published last month.

    CONGRATULATIONS! This year’s final Students of the Month announced by West Seattle Rotary Club

    Three more students have been honored by the Rotary Club of West Seattle as Students of the Month – here’s who won, and what’s next:

    The West Seattle Rotary conducted its fourth and final 2022-23 SoM Awards event.

    Above is Chief Sealth International High School‘s SoM Kyler Blanton, with counselor Chelsey Thomas and Rotarian Alan Mitchell (who’s in all three photos). Below from Summit Atlas are counselor Keenan Grayson, SoM Ethan Anderson and his parents:

    And below are West Seattle High School SoM Indie Oleson and her mom:

    Now, each of the three West Seattle high schools will pick their nominee for the 2022-23 West Seattle Rotary Student of the Year (SoY) Scholarship from their 2022-23 SoM Awardees. The Youth Services Committee of West Seattle Rotary will select the winner from those three nominees. On May 9th, the West Seattle Rotary will conduct its 2022-23 West Seattle Rotary SoY Scholarship Award event. The winner will receive a scholarship worth up to $6,000 and each of the two runners-up will receive a scholarship worth $1,000.

    CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle Rotarians celebrate Students of the Month

    February 22, 2023 5:51 pm
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    The Rotary Club of West Seattle has honored its February “Students of the Month,” who are now eligible for scholarships presented annually. Here’s the announcement sent by the club’s Alan Mitchell:

    At four of West Seattle Rotary’s weekly meetings during 2022-23 (in November, December, February and March), SoM Awards are being presented for each of the three high schools in West Seattle: Chief Sealth International High, Summit Atlas High, and West Seattle High. For each school, a counselor introduces the awardee, the awardee presents a personalized bio-sketch, and Rotarians have a brief Q&A opportunity.

    Each Awardee receives $100, a SoM Award Certificate, and the opportunity to be their school’s SoY awardee, chosen in early April by their school from among their SoMs. By early May, from among the three school’s SoYs, the Youth Services Committee of West Seattle Rotary will choose one overall West Seattle Rotary SoY. That overall SoY winner will receive a $6,000 scholarship. Each of the two runners-up will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

    The 3rd SoM presentation event was held on February 14th at the West Seattle Golf Club during West Seattle Rotary’s luncheon meeting. Rotarians, parents, and guests were impressed and inspired by these wonderful awardees and their counselors.

    Chief Sealth International High

    Counselor – Krista Rillo
    Student – Franklin Jimenez-Ortega
    Dad – Marco

    Summit Atlas High

    Counselor – Keenan Grayson
    Student – Jonathan Maldonado Amaya

    West Seattle High

    Counselor – Kinsey Hedeen
    Student – William Fralia
    Mom – Tomoko

    SCHOLARSHIPS: Application time for two offered by Rotary Club of West Seattle

    February 3, 2023 10:20 am
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    Need college money? The Rotary Club of West Seattle might be able to help. Here’s the reminder we just received:

    WEST SEATTLE ROTARY SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE –
    APPLY NOW
    (deadline April 1st 2023)

    As in past years, West Seattle Rotary is pleased to announce that two higher education scholarship programs are available to applicants who meet the criteria:

    Gambriell. The Gambriell Scholarship awards $6,000 in total to one or more residents of West Seattle who meet the following criteria:

    ü Seeking admission to or enrolled in an accredited post-secondary educational program.
    ü Strong financial need (documentation must be provided) — would not otherwise be able to attend college without this scholarship.

    Past Presidents. The Past Presidents Scholarship awards $6,000 to a student who meets any one of the following four conditions:

    I. Graduating senior from a high school in the West Seattle area and wishes to earn a 4-year degree.
    II. Lives in the West Seattle area, graduating from a high school outside of the West Seattle area, and wishes to earn a 4-year degree.
    III. Lives in the West Seattle area and transferring from a 2-year program to a 4-year college/university bachelor’s degree program.
    IV. Lives in the West Seattle area, recently earned a bachelor’s degree, and wishes to work toward a higher degree.

    Go to westseattlerotary.org/scholarships and click on the “Download Gambriell application” and/or “Download Past Presidents’ application” link.

    These two programs are in addition to West Seattle Rotary’s Student of the Year and Cruzen scholarship programs and are open to Student of the Year candidates.

    CONGRATULATIONS! SSC Automotive Technology students chosen for scholarship awards

    More scholarship news from the Rotary Club of West Seattle – its members have chosen four recipietns for the 2022/23 Earl Cruzen Endowed Scholarship for Automotive Technology. Here’s the announcement:

    Awards were presented Tuesday to four South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Automotive Technology students.

    The annual award is funded by a generous endowment created by Adah Cruzen in memory of Earl and Virginia Cruzen. Mr. Cruzen was the longtime owner of Cruzen Distributing Inc., an auto parts distribution store. West Seattle is the beneficiary of Mr Cruzen’s words: “It’s not what you are getting out of life, but what you are giving to the life in your community”. He remains alive in our 11 Murals of West Seattle and “Walking on Logs” sculpture.

    The awards are comprised of a complete entry-level tool set, including a 298-piece SAE/Metric Mechanics Tool Set, Screwdriver Set, Torx and Hex Bit Socket Sets, Adjustable Wrench Set, Vise Grip Set, Channellock Set, and Mobile Tool Cabinet. Thanks also to White Center OReilly’s Auto Parts for their contribution of tools.

    During their academic program, recipients have exclusive access to their tool set. After graduation with their Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Arts Degree, the tools are theirs.

    In the photo above, Rotarians John Enger and Tom Nychay flank the recipients, from left to right: Dylan Moinette, JoAnna Edwards, Lizbeth Meda Jimenez, and Cassandra Gillilan. Instructors Todd Jones and Doug Clapper stand behind.

    All four of the award winners share a common goal of making their community a better place. Earl Cruzen can be proud.

    If you or someone you know is in the SSC Automotive Technology program, look for next year’s program this fall.

    CONGRATULATIONS! Rotary Club of West Seattle honors students, explains scholarship programs

    (Photos courtesy Rotary Club of West Seattle)

    The Rotary Club of West Seattle has announced its most recent round of honors for local students. Above is Angel Ramirez, who is studying at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) and is the Rotary’s SSC Career Link Student of the Year, receiving a $2,000 scholarship that the club says “will enable him to complete his second year in South Seattle College’s Welding Program and receive his Associate’s Certificate, launching him on a very rewarding career.” Meantime, the club also announced its Students of the Month for three local high schools – below, Daryll Aguila at Chief Sealth International HS:

    Ethan Nguyen at West Seattle High School:

    And Drew Atkinson at Summit Atlas:

    The Rotary Club’s Students of the Month receive $100 cash prizes. The club explains its award/scholarship program for local schools as follows:

    At four of West Seattle Rotary’s weekly meetings during 2022-23 (in November, December, February and March), Student of the Month (SoM) Awards will be presented for Chief Sealth Int’l High, Summit Atlas High, and West Seattle High. For each school, a counselor introduces the Awardee, the Awardee presents a personalized bio-sketch, and Rotarians have a brief Q&A opportunity.

    Each Awardee receives $100, an Award Certificate, and the opportunity to be their school’s Student of the Year (SoY) Awardee, chosen in early April by their school from among the four SoMs. In late April, from among these three school SoYs, the Youth Services Committee of West Seattle Rotary will choose one overall West Seattle Rotary SoY.That overall SoY winner will receive a $6,000 scholarship. Each of the two runners-up will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

    Students in West Seattle’s two alternative high school programs, South Seattle College – Career Link and Southwest Youth & Family Services – GED Prep, do not progress in a traditional four-year pathway of Freshman -> Sophomore -> Junior -> Senior -> High School Graduation -> College Admission. Working with administrators in each of these two alternative high schools, West Seattle Rotary designed customized programs that work for them.

    For South Seattle College – Career Link, there are no SoM and one SoY is chosen in the Fall from students who obtained their high school diploma and matriculated to South Seattle College during the prior Summer.

    For Southwest Youth & Family Services – GED Prep, there are two Students of the Semester (SoS), one each in the Winter and Spring. From those two, the Youth Services Committee will select the overall SoY, who will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

    You can find out more about the Rotary Club and its programs here.

    West Seattle’s newest Peace Pole

    As part of a project with the Rotary Club of West Seattle, three Peace Poles have been installed so far this fall – and this is the newest, dedicated last weekend just southeast of the Fauntleroy ferry dock parking lot.

    The other two are at C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor) and at Fauntleroy Church/Hazelwood Preschool, with more to come. Read about the worldwide Peace Pole project here.

    Peace Pole to be dedicated by Fauntleroy Creek on Saturday

    We’ve shown you the dedications of two Peace Poles placed by the Rotary Club of West Seattle, onw at Fauntleroy Church/Hazelwood Prechool and another at C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor), and now you’re invited to the next one – this Saturday near Fauntleroy Creek. Here’s the announcement:

    Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony “Fauntleroy Creek Crossing Peace Pole”
    Saturday, Nov 5, 2:00 pm-2:30 pm
    Fauntleroy Creek Ravine Overlook, 9102 Fauntleroy Way SW

    The Peacebuilding Service Committee of the Rotary Club of West Seattle has chosen to present to Fauntleroy Creek Crossing a “Peace Pole” because this sacred land is a cross-road for youth going to and from school and for those who use the ferry system to travel to Vashon and points of interest near and far across the Olympic Peninsula. It is a place to simply cross paths and visit with a neighbor; a crossing for all the native habitats, including our coho salmon who swim through these waters to spawn at the Fauntleroy Creek; and a place where children can see the end of the salmon’s fragile lifecycle at this hatchery.

    We now dedicate the “Fauntleroy Creek Crossing Peace Pole” as a symbol of peaceful crossing and to honor this sacred spiritual connection with the land and water. We hope you will pause here from time to time to reflect on the role that you can play to foster peace in our community, our country and our world.

    Event Program:

    • Welcome and Introductions
    • International Peace Pole Project
    • Rotary Club of West Seattle
    • Fauntleroy Creek Ravine Overlook:”Story of Salmon as a Peaceful Focal Point”
    • Procession to the Fauntleroy Creek Crossing
    • Peace Pole Declaration: “May Peace Prevail on Earth”
    • Instrumental Music
    • Closing

    Our community, friends, families, organizations, businesses, and clubs are all welcome to join together and celebrate.

    HELPING: Rotary Viewpoint Park gets TLC from its namesakes

    Rotary Viewpoint Park is cleaner this afternoon thanks to local Rotarians. Martha Sidlo sent the photos and report:

    This morning, the Rotary Club of West Seattle spruced up Rotary Viewpoint Park at 35th and Alaska.

    The project was coordinated by Gina Topp, the club’s Community Service Chairwoman. Rotarians planted new plants provided by the City of Seattle, weeded, and picked up debris and trash.

    The park now looks spiffier than it has in a long time.

    You can learn about the park’s history on the West Seattle Rotary’s website.

    HELPING: Pencil Me In For Kids delivers again

    Local students got an assist again this year from the volunteers and donors of the Pencil Me In For Kids program. Here’s the recap from the Rotary Club of West Seattle:

    The beginning of school year 2022-23 may have been delayed, but the West Seattle Rotary Pencil Me in for Kids (PMIFK) program was able to deliver almost all of the requested supplies before September 7th. This is the 27th year for the PMIFK program.

    Rotarian Sue Lindblom of the now retired Illusions Hair Design and her team there began the program in her business. After a few years, it was taken-in by West Seattle Rotary as an annual project. The goal has always been to provide local area public elementary schools with the specific school supplies they know their students will need in the Fall. Each school is different and so no two “Wish Lists” are the same. Twelve schools were contacted and nine chose to participate.

    There was considerable support these past few years from the Fauntleroy United Church of Christ members, and also this year from businesses in their area. With the on-going support of Staples at Westwood Village, thanks to Assistant Manager Robert, Rotary received 1,000 school kits along with very deep discounts on all the other items purchased. West Seattle Rotarians were all smiles when delivery days finally arrived and they knew those supplies were going to help local kids through this upcoming school year.

    Over two days, the PMIFK Team picked-up most of the supplies at the Westwood Village Staples, delivered them to American Legion Post 160 in West Seattle for sorting into nine school groups, and then delivered eight grouped supplies to Louisa Boren STEM K-8 as a pick-up point for that school and seven other schools (the exception being one delivery directly to Roxhill). Pictured at Boren are (l-r) Andrew Coghill and Rotarians Keith Hughes, John Enger, Martha Sidlo, and Tom Nychay.

    For more information on Pencil Me In For Kids or the Rotary Club of West Seattle, go to westseattlerotary.org or send email to pencilkids53@gmail.com.

    International Peace Day celebrated in West Seattle with Peace Pole dedication at C & P Coffee

    (WSB photos)

    The newest Peace Pole planted by the Rotary Club of West Seattle now stands in front of C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) after a dedication ceremony this morning.

    (The sunflowers symbolize hope for peace in Ukraine)

    Keith Hughes (above left) from the Rotary explained that this dedication is special because it was arranged to happen on the United Nations International Day of Peace. He read a message from the Rotary International’s peace project chair, observing that “…a single act (can) start a chain of peace. It begins with us.” In this case, it began with C & P proprietors Pete and Cameron Moores (second/third from left) – requesting a Peace Pole for their establishment’s front terrace. Martha Sidlo (second from right) from the Rotary expressed hope that the Peace Pole will spark conversation among both coffee-shop customers and passersby, inspiring them to talk about peace. Promoting peace is one of the Rotary’s seven areas of focus. A special guest for this dedication was Nao Valente (above right), who works with the international Peace Pole Project (and has one outside her home near Lowman Beach). These are among more than 300,000 Peace Poles around the world.

    Each pole is decorated and inscribed differently; this one carries its message of peace in Hawaiian, Japanese, Lushootseed, and English – and a solar-powered light on top. The Rotary has at least five more to install around West Seattle; the next scheduled dedication will be in November along Fauntleroy Creek. Earlier this month, we covered the ceremony marking the installation of one in a new Children’s Peace Garden outside Fauntleroy Church/YMCA.

    VIDEO: Peace Pole planted at new Children’s Peace Garden outside Fauntleroy Church

    On this somber anniversary of deadly attacks followed by years of war, a garden gathering in West Seattle today sowed seeds of hope for peace.

    The new Children’s Peace Garden outside Fauntleroy UCC Church is centered on a Peace Pole installed by the Rotary Club of West Seattle, one of a quarter-million placed by Rotarians around the world. This morning’s gathering was a celebration of the garden’s completion. Many people worked to bring it to reality:

    Third from right in the photo above is Jenny Mandt, who designed the garden. At right is Keith Hughes from the West Seattle Rotary, who explained that the Peace Pole and Children’s Peace Garden embody two of the organization’s seven pillars of service – promoting peace and supportihg education. Also from the Rotary, third from left, was Christine Peak, who leads its Peacebuilding Services Committee, and noted that the Peace Pole project dates back to 1976. They are meant to be a welcoming gesture, she explained. Second from left above is Greg Dirks, Fauntleroy Church’s vice moderator, who observed that “we all have a role to play in fostering peace.” This, it’s hoped, will be a place to reflect. Also – as the church is co-housed with Hazelwood Preschool and the West Seattle/Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) – it’ll be a place for children to ponder peace as they see the garden and pole each day.

    The dedication event also celebrated peace through music, with a song led by Bronwyn Edwards:

    A plaque is yet to come for the garden. It will read, in English and Lushootseed:

    This garden is dedicated to the children of the Fauntleroy community. As they gather in this space, part of the traditional homeland of the Duwamish People, may they understand the power of peaceful coexistence amongst all peoples that we symbolize here. As these plants grow, may the children grow to know that whoever they are, they are welcome in this place of beauty and hopeful peace. May peace prevail on Earth.

    The next Peace Pole to be planted in West Seattle by the Rotary is planned for C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), with a ceremony planned on the United Nations’ International Day of Peace. September 21st.

    SUNDAY: Peace Garden dedication at Fauntleroy Church

    Thanks to Keith Hughes for the photo! Members of the Rotary Club of West Seattle are installing eight Peace Poles over the next year and the first one will be the center of a Children’s Peace Garden at Fauntleroy UCC. Work was under way earlier this week to get the garden ready. It’s to be dedicated at 11 am tomorrow (Sunday, September 11th) outside the church at 9140 California SW.

    HELPING: Pencil Me In For Kids school-supply drive success – and it’s not over yet

    August 4, 2022 8:23 pm
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    Four weeks ago, we noted the Pencil Me In For Kids school-supply drive was collecting donations. The item collection is over, but there’s still a way you can help. Here’s an update from Pencil Me In For Kids volunteers:

    Fourth-grade teacher Angela de Ita knows that her students at Sanislo Elementary will be happy to have their share of the supplies collected during West Seattle Rotary‘s annual Pencil Me In For Kids drive. The project endeavors to equip every student in area elementary schools with the supplies needed for success – an especially challenging goal this year as families cope with record inflation.

    (Photo by Phil Sweetland: Fauntleroy Church member Judy Pickens led the effort to collect this truckload of school supplies in her neighborhood, all destined for West Seattle American Legion Post 160’s Pershing Hall for sorting out to schools)

    Fauntleroy Church spearheaded the drive in its neighborhood, with the West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA, Canine Casa, Treo Organic Salon, Wildwood Market, and Keller Williams Seattle also hosting donation boxes. The drive continues to welcome cash donations (here) to purchase high-demand items in bulk.

    CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle Rotarians of the Year announced

    July 14, 2022 9:31 am
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    Another comeback this summer – the Rotary Club of West Seattle‘s Rotarian of the Year award – given to two people this year to make up for the skipped year. Here’s the announcement from club president Alan Mitchell:

    During normal years, West Seattle Rotary ends its year in late June with an evening Installation Banquet during which we recognize both outgoing and incoming officers of the Club and the Service Foundation, members who passed away, and our most outstanding member – our Rotarian of the Year. However, due to COVID, these past two years have not been normal. As we ended 2020-21, we had no Installation event. As we recently ended 2021-22 on June 28th, we had a Zoom-only noontime Installation Celebration.

    Because we had no Rotarian of the Year awarded in 2020-21 and we had two worthy of the award in 2021-22, we awarded two Rotarians of the Year on June 28th: Kjersti Stroup and Christine Peak. However, being a Zoom-only event, presentations of their award plaques were virtual. Shortly afterward, 2021-22 President Alan presented them with their actual award plaques: outdoors on July 1st to Christine over wine at Pine Lake Cellars and outdoors on July 7th to Kjersti over lunch at Endolyne Joe’s.

    Among Christine’s award-worthy accomplishments in 2021-22 were organizing outstanding speakers for every Tuesday Club meeting (despite COVID and hybrid functionality) and co-founding our newest Service Committee, the Peacebuilders Service Committee.

    Among Kjersti’s award-worthy accomplishments in 2021-22 were leading the creation and execution of our new Spring for Kids project for underserved local area elementary school children and overall leadership of our Service Foundation (despite COVID and a new baby).

    Of course, there were many more noteworthy members and service projects in 2021-22, including those which granted over $19,000 in scholarships to local area graduating high school students. Please go to our website to learn more about West Seattle Rotary, www.westseattlerotary.org.

    YOU CAN HELP: Pencil Me In For Kids school-supply drive donation time

    The new school year is two months away but it’s time for donations to the long-running Pencil Me In For Kids school-supply drive. Several businesses are dropoff spots, according to this update from Judy Pickens:

    Canine Casa Pet Salon owner Cherie Rahm and client Moose received materials this week from volunteer Doug Gunwaldsen as the Fauntleroy community kicks off its support of West Seattle Rotary‘s annual Pencil Me In For Kids school-supply drive. Salon customers are invited to drop off supplies through July 31 to equip students in need when they return to area schools.

    Other donation bins are at Fauntleroy Church, West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA, Treo Organic Salon, and Wildwood Market in Fauntleroy, plus Keller Williams Seattle (5446 California Ave. SW). Cash donations are also welcome here so that drive coordinators may buy supplies in bulk.