Monday Meeting, September 14, 2020
6:00 PM Breakout | 6:30 PM Meeting

Meeting the Challenges of Teaching Youngsters to Read Amid a Pandemic

Presentation by Winifred Perkins
Chair, Rotary Literacy Committee

It’s a tug at the heartstrings. It’s a sense of accomplishment like no other. It’s one of the best things we do as a club.

This evening you’ll hear how our Rotary Literacy Committee is changing the lives of young children on Bainbridge.

In 2018, Mary Callan and a handful of dedicated Rotarians, established the Literacy Committee aimed at helping youngsters in the Bainbridge Island School District learn to read.

The foundation of that program was based on the dedication of the approximately 40 Rotary Readers who went into the classrooms and worked one-on-one with students. These students were identified by teachers and reading specialists as needing "extra help" to master the skills of reading. 

In March 2020 this abruptly changed with outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since that time, we have been working on new ways to assist the young children.
Winifred and her team will share what our Literacy Committee has done in the past and what we plan to do in the future. 

Please join us to learn about why early intervention and literacy is so important and to honor those who are committed to preparing youngsters for a future full of reading!

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For the full slate of committee meetings, board meetings, club meetings and other events, visit the Club Calendar.
2020 Online Auction & Rummage Sale
You probably know by now..... our first
Online Auction & Rummage Sale
was a great success, raising $112,331! 

As a club we can congratulate ourselves. We just didn’t sit back and wait for next year. We are the epitome of what Rotary International calls “People of Action.” 

Here’s what people are saying......
"Like you and thousands.......I was sad and frustrated to see this year's live Auction cancelled out of necessity. Then like the Phoenix from the ashes, you somehow quickly created this amazing online site for 2020 and made it happen in spite of the odds and facing this pandemic adversity."
“I purchased a couple of items, including a painting that tugged at my heartstrings. It was so great to be able to meet the donor! I learned how she acquired it and that she was thrilled the painting, and others she had donated, were going to good homes. This type of interaction was not possible with the old Rotary Auction model. It is a DIFFERENT sense of community.”
For a first year, considering the learning curve, it was amazingly successful. Kudos to all!”
Two of the donations I made were purchased by people I knew. It was fun getting reacquainted and hearing how they planned to use the items.”
I went to pick up my auction item and not only did we get into a discussion about the collectible ceramic bowl I purchased, but she gave me another one to go with it. What a great experience.”


A Socially Distanced Backyard Get-Together

It was so much fun we’re doing it again.

You’re Invited to a
Fellowship Social Hour 
Friday, September 18th
5-6 PM 

We are looking for those who would like to have another social-distancing get-together, and those willing to host.

As a host, you would need an outdoor space and chairs for no more than 5 guests. Each person would bring their own food, drink and mask.

Please let us know if you want to attend (spouses welcome) or if you can host. 
Contact Heather Church at or
Text 206-909-1677
The Fellowship Committee will let you know where you end up going!

BI Rotary In the News

Take a look at this month’s District 5020 Magazine. Our Rotary Club was showcased in three separate articles. 

Megan Premoe talked about our World Community Service efforts, Sarah Bryant presented our Youth Exchange Program and our winning grant from Rotary International for Helpline House was featured. Pretty amazing since there are 91 clubs in the District.

Based on your interests, experience, and time availability, you can help our club and community by working with one of our 30 committees and subcommittees. Just click on the button above to find one that best fits and contact the chairperson.

Help the Small Business of Your Choice

You can buy a Bainbridge t-shirt or hoodie, an anti-microbial face mask, a sunset ferry sticker, even some Pegasus Coffee.....and a donation of up to $10 will go where you want it! 

Small businesses that provide for our community are owned and operated by family, friends, and neighbors. They currently face an unprecedented challenge.

Bainbridge Strong, managed by Chemistry Productions and Stefan Goldby in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Association, established an e-commerce site to support local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

For each item sold, a donation of up to $10 goes directly to the business, organization, or non-profit of your choice - no additional work on their part, just a little help to show our love. 

To find out more, go to:

Links We Should All Know About

Whether it's finding the latest news on COVID or things to do with kids on the Island, these resources can help all of us.

Just click on any one to view the information.

Again this year Rotarian Aaron Strom and his company Modern Collision was one of our Auction sponsors. Thanks Aaron!
Rosie Hollinger is happy giving her Classification talk at our last e-meeting.
John Stephens takes a break after loading Auction pick-ups.
Don't worry, there is an antidote to the pill that Jo Hansen took to make her small.
Mr. Clean, Bruce Bachen, packs bags of detergent at Helpline House.

Patti Shannon

Patti has been a successful realtor on Bainbridge for more than 18 years. She has earned the Seattle Magazine Five Star Award for Client Satisfaction 8 times! Prior to earning her Managing Broker License, Patti had a successful career in the radio business. She holds a BS in Speech Communication from the University of Missouri, graduating summa cum laude. Her passion is Kayaking!