The Scholarship committee is pleased to announce awardees for 2021.  We celebrate the awardees of Skookum and Shelton Rotary club Scholarships!
Congratulations to our High School recipients!
From Shelton High School:  Michael Gilman, Miranda Cagle, Angeline Elguero Mateo, Hannah Shrum, Sally Ann Perreault, Veronica Gudino Sandavol, Emma Miller, Magdalena Bachmeier, Serena Ceballos, Jenna Vernon, Katelynn O'Keefe, Izzabella Hiatt Jackson.
From Mary M. Knight High School:  Kelsey Skinner, Isaiah Ortega Compton.
From North Mason High School:  Emmett Bryz-Gornia. 
Congratulations to our College recipients!
Pacific Lutheran University:   Kyrsten Campbell, Spencer Pruitt, Austin Karr.
Washington State University:  Grace Renecker.
University of Washington:  Beau Harvey, Kiara Ventura.
South Puget Sound Community College:  Emily Adams.
Lower Columbia University:  Jessica D. LaPraim. 
Check out the video to find out which scholarships these amazing students will be receiving posted on our Facebook page (PS you don't need a Facebook account to view our page).  Or, follow the link below.
A huge thank you to all of the members of the Scholarship committee for their tireless effort to select these well deserving students.  
The City of Shelton in partnership with area businesses and the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce are hosting a downtown clean-up.  This is a great chance to put some shine on downtown Shelton.  During the weekend of May 15-16, businesses and commercial building owners in Shelton are invited to participate in a community clean-up.  No right-of-way permits (normally required for work in/use of public right-of-ways like public streets, sidewalks, planting strips, etc.) are needed during this weekend. Our hope is to make “spring cleaning” more accessible to those who would prefer not to come into the Civic Center. Any business/building owner located in Shelton is welcome to participate!
Please note that City crews will not be available to pick up trash during this event. City crews will be working on clean-up work on city-owned buildings like the museum and Civic Center.  Some tips from our Public Works Department for a successful clean-up:
• Schedule clean-up work doing low pedestrian/vehicle use hours near your business.
• Noisy work should be completed during the day.
• A minimum of 4 feet of sidewalk must be kept open at all times.
• Work areas and activities may need to be modified to allow safe pedestrian travel. A spotter may need to be assigned to a work area.
• Items covering the sidewalk (hoses, power cords, etc.) need to be secured to the sidewalk and covered with mats to prevent tripping hazards.
• Parked vehicles adjacent to work areas should be moved.
• Any work area should not extend or block the street.
• Overspray from painting or power washing shall be limited to the work area and not damage adjacent properties, vehicles, trees, etc.
If you have questions about this event, please contact our Public Works Department at (360) 426-4491.
Bill Busacca has been working hard behind the scenes on a plan for the clean up of downtown Shelton.  At our meeting on Wednesday Bill announced  a change in plans and is investigating working to help on the Theresa Johnson Memorial Trail.  Please contact Bill to learn more and to volunteer.  Bill thank you for taking leadership on this project.
The scholarship committee is working hard behind the scenes to select the award recipients for this year.  The first phase of review is blind judging of each application.  Once rated, the students are then interviewed.  The logistics of this endeavor is complicated even without the pandemic and is aptly orchestrated by Denis Leverich.  This year Matthew Melendez converted the scholarship application to a Google document to help ease information transmission.  Committee members dedicated a number of days for the various processes.  A huge thank you to all that have contributed to this committee.  We can't wait to help celebrate the awardees when they are announced.  
On Friday, April 16 the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce held their Gala event at the Little Creek Convention Center.  Two hundred and fifty community members attended to recognize outstanding business and community members with Chamber Awards.  Skookum Rotarian and Chamber CEO Heidi McCutcheon was the host of the event and was recognized for her 10 years at the helm of the Chamber.  
Business of the Year - AAA Septic
Boss of the Year - Holly Cahoon - 2nd Street Design
Rookie of the Year - ISH PNW
Nonprofit of the Year - Crossroads Housing
and, drum roll please, 
Citizen of the Year - Don Welander, Skookum Rotarian and Shelton School District Career Connected Learning Director.  
For those that might not know, the Career Connected Learning Program provides for students in middle and high school to explore careers in high demand fields such as health care and green technologies.  The students prepare a plan to explore their field of interest via skill based classes and apprenticeships throughout high school providing them real world learning experiences. 
Don serves Skookum Rotary on a number of committees and is on the Skookum Rotary Club Foundation Board.  Congratulations Don!  
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