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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 4, 2019

Nick Johnson
This meeting was run by future president Nick Johnson, who offered opportunities to provide feedback at President@seriously-leave-me-alone.com (Ha ha!)
 
Lori Cloutier receives Viking Spirit Award
The Viking Spirit Award was bestowed upon Lori Cloutier for her battle against Styrofoam!*
 
John Waller earned his Blue Badge
John Waller earned his Blue Badge! He was sponsored by Jon Pavey. Each new member receives a red name badge. After completing a series of new member tasks designed to help them fully participate in the activities of the club, they receive a blue name badge. 
 

Important Announcements 

• Beer Tasting January 11 at Garfein’s — Geoff to M.C. 
• Jan 15: Pizza and Pints to End Polio fundraiser at Western Red 
• VIKING TOUR season is coming! Again headed by Nick Johnson and Paul Vaughan 
• Dave Shields won the FRAFFLE 
• *Styrofoam roundup = 380 carloads and ONE TON collected! 
 

Emily Carthum's Rotary Exchange Experience in Croatia

Emily Carthum's Exchange Experience in CroatiaEmily shared thoughtful commentary and stunning pictures from her time in Croatia last school year. She had two host families, which she loved and misses. She spoke fondly of vineyards in the middle of the city and beautiful cemeteries and churches. She described going to the market voted “The Best Christmas market in Europe”, which had many colors and lights, plus food and trinkets.
 
She pushed herself to take a dance class, where she says she progressed from “really awful” to “less bad,” and said that school was very difficult. She had 17 classes which included English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Ethics and religion, sociology, phycology, and more! PLUS they held random 1:1 graded oral exams! School ran in shifts, either 8am to 2pm or 2pm to 8pm. She made LOTS OF FRIENDS and loved the food (pasta, pastries, sausage).
 
Emily was able to travel a lot, both with Rotary and school. She visited many national parks and cities and met exchange students from around the world. She described her Eurotour at the end of May as the best two weeks of her life, where she got to peek over a wall at the Grand Prix (on the shoulders of a tall friend), and also visit Venice, Vatican City, Monte Carlo, and the Coliseum in Rome.
 
She went to the Slavonija area, saw bullet holes in walls in Romania, and went on a Rotary trip to Austria (Salzburg weekend), and Rijeka for “Carnival,” where people dressed up and held parades. She told of the most visited region in Croatia — Dalmacija, which had water coming up on a dock that creates music (she climbed to the top of the tower at Dioclétien's Palace in Split).
 
 
 
Emily CarthumDuring the Q & A portion, she elaborated on the Christmas Markets, which are part of Advent, with shops, trinkets, food, and lights throughout December and the start of January. 
 
She described the economy a little more — recognizing that it was formerly socialist. She said that tram drivers make more than teachers, food is cheaper, but imported clothing is very expensive. She was aware that there was a lot of corruption, and that the country relies heavily on tourism.
 
Emily’s enthusiasm for the Youth Exchange Program showed throughout her entire presentation. She now appreciates things around her, such as school resources, and after her experiences and meeting people who fought in the war, she has a more worldly perspective. She is applying to colleges now. The three things to do in Croatia — if you go: 1. Try burek (a pastry), 2. In Zagreb, go to The Museum of Broken Relationships, and 3. Get to the coast and experience the rocky beaches.
 
 
 
Emily CarthumPresident Tim Nichols gave Emily a well-earned Be the Inspiration pin. Thank you, Emily! 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Poulsbo Fire Station
Feb 28, 2019 5:30 PM
 
Membership Committee Meeting
Coffee Oasiss
Mar 02, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Community Service Committee
Tim Ryan Construction
Mar 11, 2019 5:30 PM
 
Youth Services Committee Meeting
Vibe Coworks
Mar 12, 2019 5:30 PM
 
Professional Services Committee Meeting
Vibe Coworks
Mar 13, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
 
Domestic Violence Committee
Sons of Norway Conference Room
Mar 15, 2019
8:45 AM – 9:45 AM
 
International Committee Meeting
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Mar 18, 2019
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Board Meeting
Poulsbo Fire Station
Mar 28, 2019 5:30 PM
 
Membership Committee Meeting
Coffee Oasiss
Apr 06, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Community Service Committee
Tim Ryan Construction
Apr 08, 2019 5:30 PM
 
Upcoming Speakers
Feb 22, 2019
Jaguars of Brazil
Mar 01, 2019
Nepal stove project
Mar 08, 2019
YWCA and domestic violence
Mar 15, 2019
Kitsap Foster Care Association
Mar 22, 2019
Distinguished Students of Service awards
Mar 29, 2019
Renaissance XII - alcohol and drug treatment for women
Apr 05, 2019
Olympic National Park: Trails, Then and Now
Apr 12, 2019
Kids in Concert
Apr 19, 2019
Kitsap Economic Development
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