Rotarians Support Education


Rotarians are people of action. We share an urgency to become  involved in our communities, both locally and globally, to make a positive and lasting difference. We enjoy working together, and focus our activity on six main causes, one of which is education. 


Our broad goal within the area of 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 not only in our own communities, but all over the world as well. 


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

     > We have secured grant funding both from the Club and from our Rotary District to support the Connected Students Initiative in Quilcene and Brinnon, which will enable more children to connect to the internet so that they can continue their schooling during the lockdown.  


     > 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 members focus on involvement in their communities. Activities range from involvement with residents of the San Juan Villa Alzheimer's wing, teaching elementary school kids safety at Halloween, and staffing their Santa Booth at the Chimacum Craft Fair in early December among many other activities. 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 hosted a high school student from South Korea, and sponsored a Kitsap Peninsula student in Croatia.       


     > 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. In May, 2019, we wrapped up a matching grant that enabled us to provide significant support to the Teen Center during the  2018-2019 school year. We contributed time, energy and nearly $7,000 to improving its facilities and capabilities under the leadership of Teen Center director Shayann Hoffer-Pauley.    


    > We completed construction of an outdoor pavilion at Chimacum High School designed to support the vocational Horticulture program. This project was funded by Club members and a matching grant from our Rotary District to improve educational opportunities for high school students.  


     > 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 a literacy program, designed to encourage elementary school children to read. The stories were able to 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 have participated in CHS senior project evaluation at the end of each school year, contributing to student integration into their communities.  


     > We offer thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to Chimacum High School (CHS) graduates for further education in college and trade schools - in fact, over the past five years, over one hundred thousand dollars in such scholarships! 


     > 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 grant several years ago 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. The Club’s global activity in recent years has tended to support the provision of fresh water and sanitation for rural villages in impoverished areas of the world to reduce the incidence of childhood disease and mortality. The Chimacum High School Interact club, with the support of the Rotary Club, carries on support of the Thai school each year in part with funds raised through their Santa Booth at the December Chimacum Arts and Crafts Fair at Chimacum High School.  


     We engage in this wide range of activities 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. 


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.  


The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County is meeting Thursdays at noon via Ring video. Interested in joining one of our meetings or presentations? Email > < for details, and check out the Speakers schedule on our website. We welcome guests!