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Poulsbo-North Kitsap

We meet Fridays at 7:00 AM
Poulsbo Sons of Norway
18891 Front St NE
Poulsbo, WA  98370
United States
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Matt Albee talks about the making of Eleven Winery
Sometimes, life takes us to our heart's desire in very indirect ways. That is certainly the case for Matt Albee, founder and leader of 11 Winery in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
In Matt's case, bicycle racing was his first love. For years, he honed this craft and gained prominence as a world-class bicycle racer. But one day, he literally woke up and thought, "I want to make wine".
They started small, in Matt's garage on Bainbridge Island, and eventually grew his business to now, when they ship over 3,000 cases of wine made from grapes from Eastern Washington. The grapes are carefully chosen because, according to Matt, it is "all about the grapes".
Eleven Winery has gained prestige and awards in a fast-growing industry. There are currently 900 wineries in Washington State, 600 of which grew up in the last 10 years. In this competitive environment, Eleven Winery has managed to stand out to gain local and national recognition for their good work. Their tasting room and wine selections have been voted "Best of Bainbridge".
A couple of interesting tidbits to pass along....
• Today's wine is meant to be consumed right away—contrary to popular belief, not all wines age well.
• Did you ever wonder where the name Eleven comes from? Matt explained that it denotes the cog used in a bicycle gear when "you go all out". A perfect way to connect Matt's two loves.
You can learn more about Eleven Winery by visiting their website at
Russ Shiplet Re-joins Poulsbo RotaryRuss Shiplet, former Rotarian returning to Poulsbo Rotary, is inducted with the hearty support of Dan Weedin and Steve Garfein. Welcome back, Russ!
Paul Harris Award to Geoff SchmidtSteve and Cindy Garfein present a Paul Harris Fellowship to Geoff Schmidt. These awards, given in the name of Rotary Founder Paul Harris, are for Rotarians who donate a total of $1000 (or subsequently multiples thereof) to the Rotary Foundation, the charitable non-profit of Rotary International. That makes 100% PFIF participation in the Schmidt family—congratulations!!
Ardis Morrow on Domestic Violence Prevention and Morrow ManorArdis recounts the circumstances of great grand—nephew Eli's death at the hands of his father—and how things have changed since those days. She remembers how Morrow Manor came about and the milestones ahead, including the status of state funding, the site preparations underway and an update on the construction schedule.
Bob Doane Presentation on Eastern MedicineClub Member Bob Doane started the Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Poulsbo nearly twenty years ago. The clinic is now the largest privately owned Chinese medicine clinic in the USA, and it attracts people from many countries. His method of acupuncture has been franchised, and is being taught and used all over the world. They’ll be opening 10 clinics a month for the next four years, expanding to Canada next, and then China. Bob talked about health and how to stay healthy as we age, and the importance of the unrestricted flow of blood through the cardiovascular system to deliver highly oxygenated blood and nutrients. Chinese medicine is cardiovascular medicine, using acupuncture to alleviate pain and herbs to maintain health. He said it is extremely good at treating chronic problems, where Western medicine often falls short. He explained some of the physiology behind acupuncture and its role in offsetting the opiate crisis facing our nation. (70% of the whole world’s opiates are produced in the US.) He cautioned that 60% of Americans have “pre clinical heart problems” causing fatigue, anxiety, and insomnia, which many can relate to. He offered free pulse diagnoses after the meeting, and opportunities to follow up at the clinic, with the proceeds of the initial evaluation coming back to the club. Thank you, Bob! 
• December 8 Christmas Party
• Dec 9 Days for Girls at NK Baptist Church 
• Dec 19 Fireside at Jerry Deeter’s 
• Dec 28 Tour of Boeing (See Steve Garfein) 
• Bob Hill earned his Blue Badge. 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. 
• Our exchange student Jack Battú from Italy reported he’d be going on a trip to California with other exchange students from our area, along with Mike and Lori Cloutier
• The new board member proposals were presented. Voting will be Dec. 8. There is an opening for Sergeant at Arms — Don Lawrence can answer questions. Let Rand Hillier know if you’re interested.
Amy Sanford-Schmidt urged members to to learn about becoming a Paul Harris Fellow or joining the Paul Harris Society to contribute to the Rotary Foundation, the foundation that supports Rotary International projects worldwide. During November and December, the Board will MATCH up to 250 POINTS toward a PHF (remember non-Rotarians can be gifted a PHF, too!).
Tribute to Shorty GaroutteShorty Garoutte, long-time Poulsbo resident and volunteer at the Sons of Norway, passed away recently. Glenn Robbins pays tribute to this amazing man. “He cared about others and was always there to help.” While many may know that Shorty had a long and successful Navy career before becoming a solid citizen of the Poulsbo community, you may not know that he was once the senior enlisted service member in the Pacific Fleet, a position of high responsibility and visibility. Peace be with you, Shorty. You will be missed.
Fine session - Dr. Laurynn EvansDr. Laurynn Evans, Red Badge Rotarian, slays her first fine session with a running list of “you know the kid at school who….?” and then connects these typical kid traits with adult Rotarians. What a fun way to make money for Rotary!
Marijuana in our community - Annette AtkinsonAnnette Atkinson from the Bremerton Rotary spoke with our group about cannabis in our community. She spoke about growing up with no particular interest in weed, but saw the “green rush” business opportunity and dove in. As owner and aficionado in this growing industry, Annette took our group on a tour to understand how marijuana works as a relaxation and health benefit, how laws and regulations continue to create some confusion in areas like the handling of cash, and what differentiates popular strains from hemp. The miraculous impact marijuana has on those with Parkinson's or Epilepsy, especially children, was an intriguing perspective in this controversial issue. 
Celebration of Jack's birthdayThis year’s exchange student Jack (Giacomo Battú from Italy) was surprised on Friday when Amy and Geoff Schmidt made one of his favorites, brownies with peanut butter, in celebration of his upcoming Tuesday birthday. If this doesn’t make Jack fat, we’re not sure what will! 
Richard Koven Jeweler's for ChildrenRichard Koven kicks off the Jeweler’s for Children grant contest on behalf of Fishline. Voting daily for the next two weeks will help Fishline receive help for their weekend meal program for low-income children. Here’s the link:
Bridget Young raises funds for Morrow ManorA successful one-woman show featuring Bridget Young’s monologue about her rising above a difficult childhood raised $3,000 for Morrow Manor. The check was presented to Ardis by Bridget and Joni Kimmel.
Mike Brown, Principal President of FPH Construction and Sound West GroupMike gave us a great summary of the accomplishments of the Sound West Group, the development and holding group that did the Roxy Theater rebuild, Quincy Square reinvention, Bainbridge Landing, and the new Fishline store. But the true highlight was a presentation on downtown Poulsbo. Marion Sluy sold Sound West Group his aggregate properties, and Sound West plans to retain their unique character and the current tenant mix so that Poulsbo doesn’t lose its village feel and quaint character. The initial focus is on safety of life improvements and deferred maintenance on the buildings along the east side of Front Street. Their plan is to fix up Poulsbo, but they don’t believe it is broken. They want to add parking to downtown while maintaining authenticity in the building architectures. There is a possibility to add up to 122 parking spaces and 40 residential units on the upper floors and behind the Front Street buildings on 3rd Street. They also plan improvements and a unifying theme to lighting, signage, access and pedestrian corridors. Best of luck to Mike Brown and Sound West Group.
Important UPCOMING Club Events 
• Craft Beer Tasting at Amy & Geoff’s Nov 3 
• Salmon viewing station at Fish Park Nov 4—need helpers 
• McMinnville Boeing Tour Dec 28 
The Interact Club presented some upcoming events:The Interact Club presented some upcoming events: (Note: Poulsbo Rotary sponsors a club at North Kitsap High School called the Interact Club. Club members participate to raise funds and to carry out projects to help our community.) 
• Days for Girls Dec 9 
• A “Fill the Bus” for Fishline 
• Friendship Bags for New Horizons 
Todd TidballTodd Tidball gave an unofficial Auction report: we raised $88,000 “give or take” for the Poulsbo-NK Rotary Foundation. Officially, everyone had a great time. Special thanks to Todd and his tireless committee for an outstanding evening!
Make a charitable contribution to the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation.
Jace Reeves
Dec 15, 2017
Returning Rotary Exchange Student
Cindy Rasmussen and Trillium
Dec 22, 2017
Employing the autistic worker
Club confab
Dec 29, 2017
Phil Cook and Meredith Green
Jan 05, 2018
Jacob Maxwell, Brenda Wall, Dan Weedin
Jan 12, 2018
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