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We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
St Edward Catholic Church
601 West C Street
Shelton, WA  98584
United States
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Member Birthdays:
  • Peter Jones
    March 3
  • Max Folsom
    March 5
  • Kathy Brooks
    March 9
  • Blase Gorny
    March 10
  • Stacey Wickett
    March 15
  • David Baker
    March 24
  • Bill Busacca
    March 28
  • Jim Morrell
    April 1
  • Denis Leverich
    April 11
  • Stacey Anderson
    April 14
  • Terri Drexler
    April 16
  • Troy Jasmin
    April 29
  • Ryan Wheaton
    April 30
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Blase Gorny
    March 10
  • Brad McCutcheon
    March 10
  • Sandy Miller
    March 22
  • Erika Cooling
    March 26
  • Barbara Gelsleichter
    April 8
Join Date:
  • Candace Cahill
    March 1, 2006
    12 years
  • Rich Adamson
    March 1, 1978
    40 years
  • Brad Miller
    March 4, 2015
    3 years
  • Rhonda Mayner
    March 4, 2009
    9 years
  • David Baker
    March 7, 2012
    6 years
  • Nathan Welch
    March 16, 2016
    2 years
  • Dan Cooling
    March 30, 2016
    2 years
  • Jill Himlie
    April 1, 2006
    12 years
  • Kathy Haigh
    April 1, 1997
    21 years
  • Marv Faughender
    April 1, 1978
    40 years
  • Marv Rowley
    April 1, 1991
    27 years
Today the Skookum Rotary Club was proud to present a $1,500 check to the Panhandle Lake 4H camp.  This camp serves not only 4H children, but also children from many other non-profit programs that otherwise would not have access to a summer camp experience. 
The grant provided by Skookum Rotary is specifically going towards installing a lifeguard tower.  Currently, the lifeguard sits on a swivel chair mounted to a platform, as seen to the left (picture from Panhandle Lake 4H Camp website).  This chair provides limited visibility to the swimming area and has no sun shielding for the on-duty lifeguard.
Installation of a brand-new lifeguard tower at this camp will provide for a safer swimming experience for the children and a better work environment for the lifeguards.  
All funds for Skookum Rotary Community Grants are raised through Oysterfest; this is another example of your Oysterfest dollars at work.  Skookum Rotary is, once again, making a difference.
Skookum Rotary is proud to announce a grant in the amount of $1,000 to the Friends of the Shelton Library.  This grant will be go towards a series of programs at the Shelton Library revolving around the concept of wellness and healing, including self-defense, musical therapy, and other coping strategies used as alternative means of stress relief.  Shelton Skookum Rotary is proud to partner with the Friends of Shelton Library to put on this series of classes for the good of the public.
Once again, all funding for this grant was provided by this community's attendance at Oysterfest, and is another example of your Oysterfest dollars at work.
Today Crossroads Housing finished out the tour of Mason County's housing programs and homelessness issues.
Crossroads Housing is the coordinated entry referral center for the homeless in Mason County.  They maintain a family shelter, provide low-income housing throughout Mason County, provide rental assistance, and provide case management services even to those people on their waitlist.  
Crossroads is, as we have seen this month, but a piece of the wide-ranging puzzle, but they are a central piece in the effort to deal with the overwhelming homelessness problem facing Mason County. 
This Wednesday we were visited by the Great Bend Center for Music, a nonprofit project that seeks to expand social connections through music.
On Saturday, the Skookum Rotarians braved the cold and the occasional smashed thumb to help Habitat for Humanity build their latest project in Shelton, Washington
Today we were visited by Shelter Box, an organization partnered with Rotary to provide immediate disaster-relief shelter in disaster-torn areas.  Shelter Box accepted an additional donation from the Skookum Rotary Club, and because of Skookum's consistent support for the Shelter Box program, awarded Shelter Box the Hero Banner.
This week, our Rotary District Governor stopped by to give us a reminder of the bigger picture.
Tom Carroll, the Governor of District 5020, came to speak to the club about what it is District 5020 and Rotary as a whole does.  Especially being as close to Oysterfest as we are, it can be very easy to see Skookum Rotary as an independent organization.  And it's true that we do a great deal of work here in Shelton.  We run Oysterfest, giving our local non-profits a fundraising platform.  That funds community grants and scholarships through our own foundation.  We put on Music in the Park, we host the Science Fair, and we put on the Academic Excellence awards for our local students.  We work in this community.
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Marcelle Ciampi M.Ed. is the mother of three boys, one adult son who is on the autism spectrum. She is the lead job recruiter for ULTRA Testing, an autism educator, the author of the blog and book Everyday Aspergers, Selection Committee Chair at the ANCA World Autism Festival and is active in autism groups locally and globally. Samantha serves as a guest speaker, workshop presenter, curriculum developer, neurodiversity recruitment specialist, and more. She is working on her second book Autism in a Briefcase, written to provide insight to employers and agencies about the neurodiverse talent pool. A former schoolteacher and advocate for children with special needs, she appreciates the skills and talents of autistics. Diagnosed with Aspergers in 2012, she enjoys the arts, writing, movies, travel, and connecting with others. (More people know Sam by Sam because it’s her community pen name.) 

On November 6th, 2012, the residents of Washington’s new 10th Congressional District elected Denny Heck to be the district’s first member of the United States House of Representatives. Since taking office, Congressman Heck's top priorities have been creating jobs, growing our economy and keeping the American Dream alive for the middle class and those working to get into it. He has been a vocal advocate for military families and veterans as well as for the health and natural beauty of the Puget Sound’s environment.
What a privilege to visit the Rotarians in our District, and to see first-hand the outstanding things they are doing for their communities.  In July, Laurie and I visited Area 2 (Campbell River, Campbell River Daybreak, Courtenay, Cumberland Centennial, Comox, Strathcona Sunrise), Area 5 (Chemainus, Duncan Daybreak, Ladysmith, Saltspring Island, South Cowichan) and Area 8 (East Jefferson County, Port Angeles, Port Angeles Nor’ wester, Port Townsend, Port Townsend Sunrise, Sequim and Sequim Sunrise). A special thank you to Assistant Governors Stu Tunheim, Cher Lukefeld and Ned Luce for arranging all of the logistics.
Music In The Park - Thursday Nights 7pm at Kneeland Park
Free Admission!
The weeks band was 10 Cent Judy!  Click the read more button to find out about the band and pictures from the night!
07-13-2017 - Hurts Like Hell!
The HOST program offers support to goal-driven homeless students ages 16-21 by encouraging community-based housing and education advocacy. Students live with volunteer HOST families or in supportive transitional housing.  Participants are mentored by our Program Coordinator, located at CHOICE High School. Participants receive financial assistance, life skills development, and educational support to see them into independent adulthood.  Students can receive transition services for 6 to 12 months after graduating high school or GED
Skookum Rotary welcomes two new members!
Don Welander from CHOICE High School
Marty Crow from Mason County Habit for Humanity 

The Peninsular Railway and Lumbermen’s Museum is a museum devoted to preserving and interpreting the rich railroad and logging history of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. The institution is dedicated to preserving and operating the former Simpson Timber Company railroad and roundhouse properties located in Shelton, WA.

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