Rotarians are people of action. Our Club focuses on education, particularly in our local communities, because we feel that our support can make a positive and lasting difference. Read on to find out how our club is involved at every level in our schools here at home and to see how we support education outside the United States.  

Rotarians around the world focus on six causes, one of which is education.

 

Our broad goal, as Rotarians, within our focus on education is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults. Rotarians are involved in activities to further these objectives all over the world.

 

Here in our local communities, our Club is deeply involved in this Rotary cause.

 

    > We offer thousands of dollars in scholarships to Chimacum High School (CHS) graduates for further education in college and trade schools. Our fundraising efforts support these scholarships, which have ranged between 20 and 30 thousand dollars over past years.

   

    > We are actively involved with the Chimacum High School Interact Club. Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of service above self. Interact Club students focus on involvement in their communities; their next activity will be the Santa Booth at the Chimacum Arts and Crafts Fair December 8-9 at the high school. The funds raised by the Interact club are used to support charitable causes here at home and in Thailand.  

 

    > We actively support the Rotary Youth Exchange program. We sponsor one inbound student from a foreign country to Chimacum High School each year, and an outbound student from Chimacum High School or a neighboring high school to a foreign country each year. This year, we are hosting a high school student from the Netherlands, and sponsored a CHS student in Chile.       

 

    > We sponsor the CHS Students of the month program designed to acknowledge the contributions of CHS students to their communities. Teachers at the high school nominate two students each month for the award, which is presented to each students in front of their families at a meeting of the Rotary Club.

 

    > We sponsor several CHS students each year to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program at Pacific Lutheran University.   RYLA is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts for Interact students, alumnus and Rotary Youth Exchange students to facilitate their leadership skills development. Students need not be Interact club members to be sponsored to RYLA by the Club.

 

    > We are involved with and support the Jefferson Teen Center. We have just received a matching grant to enable us to provide significant support to the Teen Center for the remainder of the the 2018-2019 school year. We will contribute time, energy and $7,000 to improving its facilities and capabilities under the leadership of Teen Center director Shayann Hoffer-Pauley.    

 

    > In partnership with Chimacum Schools and the Jefferson County Library, we contributed the funds necessary for the installation of two Story Walks at the Chimacum primary and elementary schools designed to help children improve their reading skills. Story Walks are large, laminated pages from a children's book, posted outside where children can see them at eye level. They’re a literacy program, designed to encourage elementary school children to read. The stories can be read during a class trip outside, by the kids themselves at recess, or after school and on weekends with their families. Rotarians, Jefferson County librarians, the Chimacum Schools librarian, and the members of the CHS Interact Club helped to install the Story Walks.

 

    > Club members participate in CHS senior project evaluation at the end of each school year, contributing to student integration into their communities.  

 

    > Over past years, our Club partnered in the construction of the Chimacum Elementary School playground, led construction of the Jefferson County Library bookmobile bus barn next to the Port Hadlock library, participated in summer reading programs for students,  contributed a series of local grants to support students at Chimacum schools through the Students for Safe Schools and the Backpacks for Kids programs, and other activities. 

 

    Looking beyond the Chimacum School system, we sponsored a recent grant to support veteran services in East Jefferson County, focused at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, a unique accredited educational institution that trains wooden and modern composite boatbuilders on their campus in lower Port Hadlock.      

 

    At the global level, The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County some years ago secured a significant grant to support the Nang Ma Saew School in Thailand with the purchase of computers, lunches and uniforms, a program supported now each year by the CHS Interact Club. Our global activity in recent years has tended to support the provision of fresh water and sanitation to rural villages in impoverished areas of the world to reduce the incidence of childhood disease and mortality. The CHS Interact Club carries on support of the Thai school each year in part with funds raised through their Santa Booth at the Chimacum Arts and Crafts Fair, this year December 8-9, 2018 at Chimacum High School.  

 

    We engage in this wide variety of activity within the educational area of focus because we believe that doing so will support the continued development of educated, responsible children who in turn will contribute to the improvement of their communities here on the Olympic Peninsula and elsewhere as they grow into adulthood.  We focus our educational activity here  because we know that our communities will benefit from the sustained support we offer.

 

    The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County meets on Thursdays at noon at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, Chimacum WA, on Washington’s beautiful Olympic Peninsula. As you can see, Club members are well-known for our community engagement and our long tradition of welcoming guests and those interested in Rotary.

 

You’ll find plenty of parking at the Center. A cafeteria-style meal is served from 11:30 am - noon (lunch $10, salad $7). The meeting starts promptly at noon. Following a brief business meeting and announcements, a speaker, often drawn from the communities around us, addresses the club and takes questions. The meeting wraps up at 1pm sharp. We encourage guests!

 

We maintain our website and a Facebook page oriented towards people interested in finding out more about the activities of Rotary International and our club.  

 

Rotarians come from all walks of life.  We are friendly, intensely community-minded, engaged, and pointedly non-political. Here are a few bios/stories of our club members. If you're at all interested in Rotary and what we do, please feel free to walk in and check us out!   

 

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