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Pouring of the Eli Sculpture and its History

Eli Creekmore was the inspiration for Ardis Morrow and Poulsbo Rotary's efforts to alleviate the impacts of domestic violence in our community.
 
Report from Ann Pyles: 
 
Eli Creekmore statueJanuary 12, 2019 was magical. On a most glorious day, John Pyles, Ardis J. Morrow, D Rand Hillier & I (Ann Pyles) headed to Two Ravens Studio - a full service art foundry in Tacoma. There we met up with artist, Jeff Oens, Sue Oens, his partner, David, Gale Kirsopp and her partner, John, Brian & Susan Patton. We all came to witness the bronze pouring of the Eli Sculpture. 
 
Eli Creekmore was the 3 year old great grand nephew of Ardis Morrow, who was killed by his father in 1985. The Eli Sculpture is dedicated to the memory of his life. All of the funds needed to create the sculpture were donated by private individuals to the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation. We are so very grateful to these people who helped bring Eli to life.
 
Ardis Morrow and Jeff Oens with the statue
Jeff gave us a tour of the foundry while Co-Proprietors, Ed Kroupa & Katrina Taft and staff prepared to show us how a bronze sculpture comes to life. First came the clay Sculpture, then the wax replica. After the wax sculpture was perfect, it was cut into three pieces so that molds could be made & it could be poured successfully. 
 
The foundry had poured the head and torso piece before we arrived, and it has been sandblasted once. We watched the pour of the bottom half of his body, minus one foot, which is still being prepared for the pour. It was exciting to see how well the three individuals doing the pour worked together to make it happen. When all pieces have been poured and sand blasted several times, they will be welded together & the different patinas applied.
 
Foundry staff and the base piece donated by Shine Quarry
It has been quite a journey to get to this point, which began in early 2015 with a search for the best sculptor around to give us the perfect life-sized likeness of little 3 year old Eli. Lisa Stirrett told me about Jeff Oens and the care and skill he had in catching facial nuances in his bronzes. We have been blessed to find and work with him. His patience and sensitivity have been remarkable. And his ability to create such a wonderful likeness of Eli from only a few photos and Ardis's memories has been amazing. Thank You, Jeff, from the bottoms of our hearts. He even solicited and received the donation of a beautiful bolder from Shine Quarry on which Eli will sit. The Eli statue is destined for placement in the to-be-built Rotary Morrow Park on the corner of Noll & Noll in Poulsbo, right next to Morrow Manor (the 8 units of housing for survivors of domestic violence & their children that Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary is building).
 
Two Ravens Studio
 
SAVE THE DATE: From 3-5 pm on February 24, 2019 we will be unveiling the final bronze Eli Sculpture at the Friedman-Oens Gallery at 8897 Three Tree Lane, NE, Bainbridge Island  (across from The Barn). Come join us.
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Meeting Highlights, January 25, 2019

Debra Vaughn
Club President Tim Nichols expressed appreciation to Debra Vaughan for her work (with husband Paul) on getting the ball rolling to develop an ADA “all access” park in Poulsbo. She is the Inspiration! 
 
Devyn Newcombe presented Amy Schmidt the Viking Spirit Award for all she does!
Devyn Newcombe presented Amy Schmidt the Viking Spirit Award for all she does!
 
Lydia Rush was inducted back into the club
Lydia Rush was inducted back into the club! She is sponsored and will be mentored by Rand Hillier. Welcome back Lydia!
 

Important Announcements 

• Rebecca’s baby shower is Sunday at 2pm at Amy and Geoff’s 
• District Conference is May 9-11. Let Rand know if you’d like to join him for dinner at Vista 18 that Friday night. 
• Recruiting sophomores and juniors for RYLA in March (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). Contact Michele Doyle
 

Youth Exchange Student Mc describes his life in Thailand

Yodsapon Boonrat (aka Mc)Yodsapon Boonrat (aka Mc), our inbound exchange student from Thailand, started with his weekly update: He went to a cabin near Stevens Pass and had a good time taking pictures and snow shoeing. He said he tried sledding, but had “no luck.” It sounds like he got a face full of snow. 
 
Mc said his home country of Thailand can be characterized by three Cs: 
 
1. Culture, with its long Buddhist history and beautiful temples that bring tourists, their varied forms of SMILING to communicate, and their social gesture, “wai,”for greeting. 
2. Colorful: He said that Thailand is a “beautiful star on the land,” that looks delightful from above, complete with floating markets that offer food and accessories.  
3. Cheap! Although he recognized that to some “cheap” can be a negative term, it is much less expensive in Thailand, where you can buy a meal for 50 cents, and get a haircut for $2.00. He has found it expensive to be a “Real American Boy” here in the USA. 
 
Thailand used to be bigger (Siam) than it is today. Mc expressed that King Rama IX was the best king ever. He went to less wealthy areas and developed improvement plans. King Rama IX died last year, and it’s very sad; the new king, Rama X, is not as great. 
 
The capital of Thailand is Bangkok, but it’s real name is so long there is a whole song devoted to it (“Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.”)!! Wow!
  
There is no official religion, although most people are Buddhist. There is also Islam and Christianity — a mix. The money is Baht. 1 US dollar = 31.6874 Baht. The national animal is the elephant (which he assured us he does NOT ride to school!), with the White Elephant being deeply connected to the King of Thailand. Although Thailand is beautiful, he said that trash is a problem. 
 
Mc said that Pad Thai is the national food, but that he really misses River Prawn Spicy Soup or Tom Yum Goong is another favorite, along with Pork and Holy Basil Stir-fry. Mc has a recipe if you would like it. 
 
He ended his presentation with some hilarious videos from YouTube: Bangkok 1st Time and BKK 1st time.
 
Thank you Mc!  
Great presentation! 
 
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Olympic National Park: Trails, Then and Now
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