This week's North Olympic Peninsula business meetings . . . and other business briefs
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Sound Community Bank and city of Sequim staffers collected 512 jars of peanut butter for the Sequim Food Bank from donors during the Irrigation Festival Parade on May 11. Back row from left are Stephen Rosales, Kyla Rigg, Hailey Kapetan, Michele Sorrentino, Tony Bush, Madison Bush, Kirsten Pavlak, Jordan Pavlak and Li Li; and front row from left are Deon Kapetan, Shawnna Rigg, Maria Bush, Paul Haines, Shelby Wells, Sydney Owens, Heather Wells and Noelle Fazio.

By Peninsula Daily News staff

THIS WEEK'S BUSINESSmeetings on the North Olympic Peninsula (all the meetings are open to the public):

■ Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce — Weekly ­luncheon meetings are held Mondays at noon in the second-floor meeting room of the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St.

However, there's no meeting this week because of Memorial Day.

The next meeting will be June 3 with a program tentatively on business development through the Port of Port Angeles.

■ Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce — Weekly ­luncheon meetings are held Mondays at noon at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St.

Because of Memorial Day, there's no meeting this week.

The next meeting, June 3, will feature a program on Future Business Leaders of America.

■ Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce — Luncheon meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at noon at SunLand Golf & Country Club, 109 Hilltop Drive, Sequim.

This Tuesday's featured speaker will be Allyson Brooks of the state Department of Archaeology and Historical Preservation.

The meeting sponsor will be the North Peninsula Building Association.

Luncheon reservations closed Friday, but seats are available for those who are not having lunch. Coffee or tea is $3. Phone 360-683-6197 or email for information, including the chamber's new punch-card program for advance purchases.

■ Forks Chamber of Commerce — ­Luncheon meetings are Wednesdays at noon at JT's Sweet Stuffs, 80 N. Forks Ave.

This Wednesday's speaker will be Pat Soderlind, a property manager for Peninsula Housing Authority, on affordable housing in the Forks area.

Lunch costs $8; a bowl of soup, $4.75; and a cup of soup, $4. The entree will be lasagna.

■ Port Angeles Business Association — Breakfast meetings are Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. at Joshua's Restaurant, 113 ­DelGuzzi Drive, Port Angeles.

This Tuesday's program, led by Mayor Cherie Kidd, will be on the effects of increased Elwha River sediment on the city water system.

There is a $2.16 minimum charge by Joshua's for those who do not order breakfast.

15th anniversary
PORT ANGELES — Waters West, a fly-fishing outfitter and fishing guide service, is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its retail store at 140 W. Front St., in Port Angeles.

The store offers fishing rods, reels, leaders, apparel, vests, packs and more, plus a host of fly-tying accessories.

In-store fly-tying is also available as well as fishing classes and guided fishing trips.

Waters West is having a storewide sale, with items in the shop discounted from 15 percent to 40 percent through this month in celebration of the business' 15th birthday.

For more information, phone Waters West at 360-417-0937 or visit

Boiler Room to host recycling day
PORT TOWNSEND — A communitywide electronics-recycling day will be hosted by The Boiler Room, 711 Water St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this coming Saturday, June 1.

“Do a little spring cleaning, and then bring your empty printer cartridges, used cellphones, digital cameras, laptops, GPS devices, MP3 players, CDs, DVDs/Blu-rays and video games to 711 Water St. and help support our nonprofit,” said Boiler Room staffer Amy Smith.

Recycling will be provided free.

No personal recordings such as movies, music or computer software will be accepted.
Items need not be in working condition.

The Boiler Room will continue to accept these items for recycling for those unable to attend Saturday.

For more information, visit

Teacher to retire
PORT ANGELES — A celebration of Zorba Stricker’s 10-year career as teacher at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Pre-School will be held in the church’s Fellowship Hall, downstairs at 301 E. Lopez Ave., from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. this coming Saturday, June 1.

The church noted that over 10 years, “Mrs. Zorba” impacted the lives of many 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds in the community “through her gentle and caring teaching style.”

The party will be a potluck supper, and all are invited to bring a main dish and a salad or dessert to share.

The public is welcome to join the celebration of Zorba’s time as teacher and is encouraged to bring pictures and stories.

Children are welcome to attend.

For more information, phone the church office at 360-452-2323.

Retirement party
QUILCENE — A retirement party for Quilcene teacher Larry McKeehan will be held in the Quilcene School multipurpose room, 294715 U.S. Highway 101, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 31.

The event is an appetizer potluck, so attendees should bring a dish to share.

Cake and coffee will be provided.

McKeehan has taught nearly every subject in his 46 years in education, the past 40 of them in Quilcene.

He also has served as class adviser for middle and high school students and as adviser for the Honor Society, Knowledge Bowl, Pep Club, cheerleading, Spanish, French, computer and chess clubs.

‘Getting Unstuck’
SEQUIM — Lindy McLaine, life purpose coach and owner of We Can Soar LLC, will give a free talk,

“Getting Unstuck Using the Map in Your Hands,” from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May

Her presentation is based on Scientific Hand Analysis for personal growth.

It will be in the meeting room of the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

For more information, phone McLaine at 360-477-4638 or visit

Financial firm training 2 in life insurance
PORT ANGELES — Edward Jones employees Laura Robb and Marc Meyer recently attended an advanced, two-day life insurance training program at the firm's Tempe, Ariz., campus.

Robb is a financial adviser. Meyer is a branch office administrator with the financial services firm.

“At the Insurance Partnership Program, we developed a better understanding of available insurance solutions to meet the individual needs of our clients,” Robb said.

For information, call Robb at 360-452-3577.

Ford dealer's service techs recognized
PORT ANGELES — Price Ford Lincoln's Robert Bunch and Steve Tamburro have achieved senior master technician status and were recognized with a plaque and pewter trophy.

Ford Motor Co.'s Masters Program, established in 1993, recognizes the accomplishments of U.S. dealership technicians.

Technicians can earn master technician, senior master technician, 10-year master technician and 10-year senior master technician designations by completing Ford training courses.

Master technicians receive a letter of acknowledgment. Senior master technicians receive a pewter trophy and a plaque.

“As vehicle technology progresses, it requires increased levels of knowledge and skill,” said David Price of Price Ford Lincoln.

“Earning this designation is no small feat.”

Price Ford Lincoln, 3311 E. U.S. Highway 101, is marking its first anniversary in its new facility. Visit for more information.

Nash's store starting tours with dietitian
SEQUIM — Registered dietitian and whole-food caterer Monica Dixon will lead three upcoming Super Shopper Tours at Nash's Farm Store, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way.

Dixon will lead attendees through each store department, discussing how to select, prepare and integrate organic foods into their lifestyles.

She will provide ideas and simple recipes.

The first tour is from 
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

A tour geared for working parents will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1. The final tour is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, June 24.

The tours are free, but RSVPs are required.

For more information and to RSVP, phone 360-681-6274.

Branch manager
PORT ANGELES — Samantha Oak has been named branch manager of the Port Angeles branch of Kitsap Bank.

Oak is a lifelong resident of Clallam County and graduated from Port Angeles High School.

She has more than four years of banking experience, most recently with Columbia Bank.

Oak holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Central Washington University.

“We are very pleased to welcome Samantha to the Kitsap Bank team,” stated Tammy Allaire, vice president/regional operations manager.

“She is experienced, enthusiastic, and committed to providing our customers with the highest level of service.”

Oak's community involvement includes volunteering for the Peninsula Friends of Animals and the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society.

She is also a member of the Port Angeles Healthy Youth Coalition and secretary for the Sequim City Band board.

Oak is also involved in Relay For Life and is currently the team leader for the Bankers on the Move team.

The Port Angeles Kitsap Bank branch is located at 716 E. Front St. For more information, phone 360-457-8189.

Credit union leader takes part in course
MADISON, Wis.— Peninsula Credit Union CEO Jim Morrell was one of 40 credit union professionals to become Credit Union Development Educators recently.

Morrell was guided by eight program facilitators and mentors through the intensive Development Education Training from the National Credit Union Foundation at the Lowell Center on the University of Wisconsin campus.

DE Training provides lessons in cooperative principles and credit union philosophy while incorporating challenges credit unions face today.

During the program, participants were involved in group exercises, field trips, issue discussions with speakers from around the credit union system, team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in any given area.

Participants also worked through and presented solutions to payday lending, a small credit union merger dilemma, the low-income designation, building an Islamic banking center, developing a credit union awareness campaign and league consolidation.

Peninsula Credit Union has a branch at 1250 W. Sims Way in Port Townsend.

New summer hours
PORT ANGELES — Olympic Bagel, 802 E. First St., has switched to its summer hours.
Hours are now 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 
7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information, phone 360-452-9100.

Grant funding set
PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County Community Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls has released its 2013 request for proposals.

During the annual educational soiree in April, participants selected “Economic Opportunities for Women of All Ages” as the focus of this year's $3,000 grant. The mission of the JCCF Fund for Women and Girls is to empower women and girls through local investment in their future.

The fund seeks proposals from local nonprofit organizations to provide a program or project that will increase access to training, career development, continuing education, parenting skills and/or child care for low-income women.

Thanks to funds raised at the soiree, the Port Townsend Wearable Art Show and other events such as Yoga from the Heart and Judith Bird's Trunk Show, the fund's endowment currently has more than $120,000 in assets.

The request for proposals is available at

Proposals with attachments are due by 5 p.m. Friday, July 19.

They can be sent via email to or by mail to JCCF, P.O. Box 1955, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

The fund's grant committee will review the proposals and announce a recipient by Sept. 15.

For more information about the fund and/or a copy of the request for proposals, email Caldwell at or phone 360-385-1729 or 360-301-5636.

Cleanup forum set
PORT ANGELES — Environmental Stewardship Concepts LLC's Peter deFur will talk about the Rayonier and Port Angeles Harbor cleanup efforts during a presentation Tuesday.

The free event will be held in the second-floor meeting room of The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave.

The Department of Ecology's Toxics Cleanup Program is working to investigate and clean up contamination around Port Angeles.

Cleanup sites and investigations include the Rayonier mill, the harbor sediments investigation, the Rayonier Mill Off-Property Soil Dioxin Study (dioxins in Port Angeles area soils), the North Olympic Peninsula regional background study, western Port Angeles Harbor (Nippon and areas of Ediz Hook), PenPly and the marine trades area (central portion of the harbor).

DeFur will present a summary of the status of these efforts and give his opinions.

He is serving as the Olympic Environmental Council's technical adviser on the Port Angeles projects.

For more information, email Darlene Schanfald at

Last modified: May 25. 2013 9:21PM
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