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5th Annual All County Picnic

Last year (2016), several members of the three Rotary clubs (website) (East Jefferson County, Port Townsend (Noon) and Port Townsend Sunrise Club) joined together with ShelterBox to support the 4th Annual All County Picnic (link) in “CELEBRATING EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND COMMUNITY RESILIENCE”.


Visit the NPREP Team’s "Organized Neighborhoods - Best Practices" booth. Click to see what we will offer.

The theme is "Resilience".


"Emergency Management is committed to support self-sufficient neighborhoods that are prepared for the challenges of a major emergency, to continue active partnership in the development of a culture of community resilience, and aid in creation of local emergency plans and procedures that will help neighborhoods cope."



Come join us again on August 20, 2017.  


Interact Board and Sponsors for 2017-18

2017-18 Interact Board and Sponsors 1833x164.jpgInteract Board and Sponsors for 2017-18:  L-R: Mariann Eastwood (Secretary), Emma Craighead (ASB Rep/Membership),  Ann Abraham (CHS Advisor), Tim Jablonksi (Rotary Sponsor), Pete Hubbard (Rotary Sponsor), Terry Umbreit (Rotary Sponsor), Dani Turissini (Rotary Sponsor), T.J. Plastow (Rotary Sponsor), Marley Music (President), and Christina Bell (Vice President)  

Not shown: Kristopher Andrews (Treasurer), Diane Johnson (Rotary Sponsor)

Are you a mentor?

According to this 10p RI PDF about Vocational Service  "The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the Second Object, which calls on Rotarians to “encourage and foster”:

  • High ethical standards in business and professions
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
  • The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society

As a Rotarian, how can you put these ideals into action? Consider these suggestions:

  1. Talk about your vocation in your club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ vocations.
  2. Use your professional skills to serve a community.
  3. Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your own words and actions.
  4. Help a young person achieve his or her career aspirations.
  5. Guide and encourage others in their professional development.
PDN article about Jack Randall's Heart of Service award. 

Click here to read the PDN article about our “Zeremy “Jack” Randall of Port Ludlow, for his work in founding the Olympic Peninsula chapter of the Boeing Bluebills and Citizens for Safe Students.”

Congratulations Jack!
Update from Citizens for Safe Students
Update from Citizens for Safe Students
As the school year is winding down, we are picking up steam. 
Last summer, we agreed to “sell by donation three-day emergency kits. Each kit sold would fund one for a Chimacum School. Our sales started late last summer. This spring we were able to deliver enough kits for the entire Chimacum Primary School, where our youngest students are. They have already used the flashlights to navigate within the school during a recent power outage.
The Port Townsend Leader wrote a wonderful article on it which appeared recently and celebrated this with our community. From that, we were invited to make the kits available at emergency preparedness training held at the South Bay Club. There was a rush on the kits before the training started.
Following that came an invitation from South Bay to make the kits available AGAIN for those who may have missed the training and were interested. Combined with the SBCA notice to all,  NEXT Door announced their availability. We are still receiving requests as this update is written. We are closing in on having enough kits for the entire Chimacum Elementary School. Our plan is to deliver those kits at the start of the new school year. 
The kits are perfect for cars. Some folks are stocking one or more cars with a kit or two. Afterall, our cars are not far from us when we live in Port Ludlow. We are an active community. Several people are buying them for parents or children. We have folks who have made donations so that two kits can go straight to the schools. Each kit has a five year shelf-life. They are well packaged. 
If you have an interest in preparing your family, or helping us stock the schools, please contact Z Jack Randall…. We believe we can sell enough kits to stock both the Quilcene and Chimacum schools. It feels good to provide a measure of protection for our students and schools if a prolonged disruption occurs while our students are in school. 
Sent from Gmail Z Jack Randall Founder/Co-Chair Citizens for Safe Students Peace Lutheran Fellowship 360-301-0123
Bob and Pen Rosen receive $500 for the Baan Nong E-Kwang School in Thailand
Bob and Pen Rosen receive a $500.00 donation from the Interact Club of East Jefferson County at Chimacum High School so they can purchase a computer and printer for the Baan Nong E-Kwang School in Thailand. The equipment will be used to teach the teachers and students how to connect to the world-wide web and add to their knowledge of the world.  (TJ Plastow, Rotary Sponsor to the CHS Interact Club and John Erickson, President of the Rotary Club of East Jefferson County.)Bob Pen Rosen.jpg
Two Presidential Citation Awards 2015-16

The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County was honored to receive the Rotary International Presidential Citation (Gold Award) for 2015-2016 (one of six out of 90 Clubs in our District) as well as the Rotary International Presidential Citation 2015-2016 awarded to the Chimacum High School Interact Club, which is sponsored by the EJC Rotary Club. The awards recognize club excellence. All Rotarians and Interact Club Members should be very proud of their role in earning these prestigious awards!


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Once again, you have exceeded our expectations

On 5/11/2016, I sent the following email to all of the Rotarians in our Club.

Each year in April, the CHS Interact students have a car wash to raise $1000 to purchase a ShelterBox. So far this year they have raised $867 towards their sixth ShelterBox. We will pass a donation box one more time at our next Rotary luncheon and ask your help in raising the remaining $133.   


When I asked the ShelterBox company for some information about the CHS Interact Club ShelterBox  purchases, they sent me the following email.

      The Interact Club at Chimacum High School rocks!  They have actually sponsored FIVE ShelterBoxes since 2010 (their very first donation was actually for two boxes.)

  1. Box 14341 Deployed to Haiti in December, 2010
  2. Box 15342 Deployed to Columbia in January, 2011
  3. Box 19517 Deployed to the Philippines in January, 2012
  4. Box 22103 Deployed to the Sudan in September, 2013
  5. Box 24390 Not Yet Deployed

Awesome work!  Congratulations to all.

The Rotarians who were present at our 5/19 luncheon exceeded our expectations and donated over $200 including an anonymous donation of $75. THANK YOU very much.


The Interact students just bought their 6th ShelterBox and now have money towards their 7th for next year.

Congratulations, CHS Interact students!
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING to the Chimacum Arts & Crafts Fair


SANTA CLAUS IS COMING to the Chimacum Arts & Crafts Fair DECEMBER 12TH & 13TH, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

by Linda Kostenbader

Have your photo (family, friends & pets, too) taken with Santa for only $7.00 by the Chimacum High School's Interact Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of East Jefferson County.  Your high quality photo will be available in minutes and comes with a complimentary card frame and envelope.   All your contributions will be sent to international projects: a rural school in Thailand for computers and to provide assistance in maintaining a water-purification system; the Heifer Project, which helps families in poor countries to improve their nutrition and generate income; and the Shelter Box Project, which provides shelter and supplies to sustain families in disaster areas around the world.

Thank you for your support.

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Interact Pumpkin Painting - October 13, 2015
Chimacum high school Interact club pumpkin painting on October 13, 2015, we have participated in a fun pumpkin painting with the students (L-R) Kristopher Andrews, Sean Noble, Chanakan Meesanam, Deidra Morris, Jordyn Johnson, Emily Amos, Cora Wills, and David Kraut. All of the students enjoyed talking with the residents while painting with them as well. The Interact club loves to socialize in the community and have fun at the same time.

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2015 Pot o’ Gold Raffle


Each year one of the prime fund raising events for the club is the Pot o’ Gold Raffle. Typically the top prize is $10,000 with several other prizes sometimes available. This year, 2015, there are a total of 13 prizes. Each of our club members has an obligation to sell, or sometimes buy, at least 5 of the tickets priced at $100 each. The drawing will be held at the regular weekly lunch meeting of the club on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at about 12:45 PM. This year’s prizes are:

Joachim Vandborg Lundø and Ned Luce
Danish foreign exchange student Joachim Lundo and Club President Ned Luce enjoyed the District 5020 Conference in Nanaimo BC this past weekend. — with Joachim Vandborg Lundø and Ned Luce.  The Rotary Club Of East Jefferson County WA Facebook page
Rian Plastow - Student of the Month
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Ned Luce and Whitney Meissner presenting Rian Plastow with a Student of the Month Award for May 2015
Joachim Vandborg Lundø
(Joachim has been our 2014-2015 Exchange Student from Horsens, Denmark.)  
My name is Joachim Vandborg Lundø and I am 15 years old. I live in Horsens close to the inlet. Here I live with my parents. My mothers name is Pia, she is 49 years old and she work in a bank. My fathers name is Arne, and he is 50 years old and he’s work is, that he buy, sale and rent out apartments in Horsens and Vejle. I have also an older sister, named Camilla, and she is 19 years old. She work in a clothing store for children between 8 and 16.
The Interact Board for 2014-15 and 2015-16.
The Interact Board: two for 2014-15 and six for 2015-16.




From left to right (1-8):

  1. Nicola Pieper (Historian, 2015-16)

  2. Feam Meesanam (Membership/ASB Rep, 2015-16)

  3. Amy Plastow (Treasurer, 2015-16)

  4. Melanie Pieper (Secretary, 2015-16)  

  5. Anda Yoshina (Vice-President, 2015-16)

  6. Rian Plastow (President, 2014-15)

  7. Taylor VanNess (Secretary, 2014-15)

  8. Olivia Ejde (President, 2015-16)

Rian and Taylor are graduating Seniors. Congratulations! We wish you the best.
2015 Scholarship Awards
Chuck Boggs, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee announced the following scholarship recipients today at our luncheon. Sage Brennan $3000 including $1000 for the Cloudy Beyer Endowment; Audrey Mason $1000; Triston Williams $1000; Ceare Williams $1000; John William Carthum &1500; Alyssa Hamilton $1000; Chris Belmont $2000; Levi Clum $1500; Rian Plastow $1500; Makenzie Richey $1000; Colton Shaw $2750; Orion Weller $2750; Taylor Van Ness $1000.
All except Ceare Williams, Audrey Mason and Triston Williams are from the Chimacum Hgh School, Taylor Van Ness is home schooled thru Chimacum.
Congratulations to you all!
JC Robotics team qualifies for national competition in St. Louis​
The Jefferson County Robotics team has qualified for a national competition in St. Louis. Click here to read the PT Leader article.
Interact students assembly a ShelterBox at CHS

The Interact Club of Chimacum High School invites you to a school-wide 


assembly on the Shelter Box Project, April 22nd.

UPDATE: Flickr album:  2015-4-22 Interact & ShelterBox at CHS

NOTE: the program starts at 9:30...ALL VISITORS MUST SIGN IN AT THE OFFICE before they go to the auditorium.

Scott Robinson & Tom Schaafsma from Sequim Sunrise Rotary will be showing a video about the Shelter Box Project and talking about their experiences with the Shelter Box Project in disaster areas. The Interactors will be setting up a Shelter Box tent on stage and displaying the items included in the Box. This "kicks off" the Interact Club's fund raising campaign.
Interact will be having a "Shelter Box" Car Wash on Sunday, April 26th at the Olympic Equipment Rental, 972 Ness Corner Rd in Port Hadlock, from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect additional donations to purchase a Shelter Box. There will be a Shelter Box 'kit" on display.  They will be looking for you and your car.​

Chimacum High School Seniors Honored by East Jefferson Rotary

The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County honored Chimacum High School (CHS) students Sarah Allen and Orion Weller as Students of the Month: at the Club’s weekly meeting Thursday, 

Chimacum Schools Superintendent and Rotary member, Rich Stewart introduced the students to the Rotarians. 

Chimacum High School Band / Pearl Harbor - YouTube
Here is a video of the Chimacum High School Band in Pearl Harbor.  Click this link to view a Google search.  Click here to view todays article from the PDN. 
Come to a free band concert Tuesday, December 16, 7:00 PM, Chimacum Schools Auditorium.​  (CHS Calendar)
Interact Club is bringing Santa Claus to the Chimacum Arts & Craft Fair
The Interact Club is bringing Santa Claus to the Chimacum Arts & Craft on December 13th & 14th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Have your photo (family & pets too) taken with Santa for only $5.00 by the Chimacum High School's Interact Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of East Jefferson County. The high quality photos will be available in minutes and come with a complimentary card frame and envelope. All your contributions will be sent to international projects: a rural school in Thailand for computers and to provide assistance in maintaining a water purification system; the Heifer Project, which helps families in poor countries to improve their nutrition and generate income; and the Shelter Box Project, which provides shelter and supplies to sustain families in disaster areas around the world.

Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.