Zoom logoToday was our THIRD Zoom meeting, and we had 68 participants!!! 
 
Thank you, Cindy Garfein, for taking the notes for these Highlights.
 
Thanks to the Professional Services Committee for helping Rotarians get set up for Zoom Meetings. 
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Poulsbo Historical Society Codfish Dinner & Auction is scheduled for June 27 


EXCHANGE STUDENT REPORT 

  • Neither Leo nor Duda were available.  Mary Gorman reported that Duda has been painting all the rocks in the yard, watched many movies, baked cookies and pies, and tried to keep a set schedule every day.   
 

UPDATE FROM ARDIS: 

Car neededArdis reported on the plea she made for a car for a young woman living in the shelter who had gotten a job but needed transportation. Rotarians donated $2000, but Ardis could not find a car less than $7000.  A friend who owned a machine shop had a used car and the YWCA bought it for $2000.  Les Schwab donated two new tires.  The car is a stick shift, so the young woman is learning to drive it.
  
Morrow ManorArdis also reported that she heard from our State Legislators that Morrow 
Manor has been awarded an additional $250,000 from the State of Washington.  
Crews are currently still working on Morrow Manor – they have split the crews 
to follow social distancing guidelines.  The project now has the money to finish 
in a few months. 


 
Paul Harris PinARDELLE REPORT - Paul Harris Fellows:

 
Rotarians who contribute a total of $1000 to The Rotary Foundation, foundation of Rotary International, receive a commemorative pin called the Paul Harris Award, named after the founder of Rotary. Pins awarded for reaching this contribution level subsequent times have small jewels to distinguish the award level.
Brenda Wall was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow +2.  She was Rotary President in 2010- 2011 and has been a Rotarian for 17 years.  Brenda has been an active member of the International Committee and went to Ethiopia in 2011 to administer the polio vaccine. 
 
 
 

John Ackenhusen: PLAY FOR ALL PARK REPORT:
  

Play for AllThe park project will participate in the fundraising during the Kitsap Great Give on April 21. 
Progress to date: 
• Playground plan drafted  - it is located in Raab Park 
• Kitsap Community Foundation is handling all the fundraising tracking. 
• Equipment has been researched and some cost estimates secured. 
• The park equipment will accommodate several children/adults at the same time. 
• Cost estimate is $800,000. – Thus far $31,855 has been raised. 
• The committee is discussing naming opportunities at the park for donors 
 
John reviewed a similar park called Rotary Centennial Park that he was involved with at Ann Arbor MI. This park was funded primarily by Rotarians over several years. 
 
Play For All is considering the following fundraising paths: 
• Grant proposals to foundations 
• Major donors in our area who have funded similar projects 
• Local businesses 
• People we know – connectors 
 
John urged all of us to take the Play for All Pledge and receive a special button to wear.  The Pledge is: 
Play for All Plege
 

DAVID HEDDERLY-SMITH: Mining and Mineral Exploration in Alaska 

 
Mining and exploration in Alaska
David has been involved in geology and exploration in Alaska since the 1970s. 
 
Alaska mining employees 9400 people whose jobs earn over $100,000/year – Alaska’s population is 750,000.  $242,000 of mining revenue is paid to Native Corporations and supports Native peoples in Alaska.
 
David explained his involvement in several different mining operations in Alaska:  zinc, copper, gold, coal and other minerals.  Mining camps have a short airstrip for bringing in materials, supplies and equipment to the camp; sleeping tents; a kitchen tent; hot and cold running water shower rooms and offices with computer set ups.  Mines are often in remote locations, sometimes in the bush and sometimes near Native villages. 
 
One of the locations is Kassan, a Native village that has authentic totem poles that are spectacular. 
 
To explore a mining property, cores are drilled at various places.  Cores come out of the ground in long, thin tubes of material.  Mineral samples are extracted from the core and sent for analysis.  Based on the analytics, computer modeling and graphics are put together to show the distribution of ore of various kinds, soil content, etc. 
 
David has had a variety of financial interests in the mines he has worked.  Some he still owns.
 
Questions: 
How do you get permission to explore an area?  The permission is granted by the owner of the land – may be Federal Government, State Government, a private party, or Native organization.
 
Is there an opportunity to mine rare earth minerals in Alaska?  Most of the rare earth minerals come from China.  Alaska does have such minerals but separating rare earth minerals is very labor intensive and China has cheap labor.  The US uses these materials for windmills, jet fighters and many other items.  There are no rare earth mineral sites in Alaska now that are in high production now. 
Mining camp setup