Rotary International: Service Above Self


Welcome to the Rotary Club of Poulsbo-North Kitsap!

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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Poulsbo Rotary Club's next community service project is our joint food drive with Lion's Club for Fishline. The food drive will be on Friday, 9/15 and Saturday, 9/16 between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The participating markets are Walmart, Red Apple, and Central Market.  
Please bring your food donations to any of those markets. Poulsbo Rotary and Fishline will be most appreciative of any donations!
Club News
Jack Archer and Mark NicholsonSometimes great ideas start quite innocently. In an attempt to create shareable space, with shareable tools, for local artisans, the creators of the BARN on Bainbridge Island realized the great unmet need in the community. It was time to build something bigger, so they began to fundraise, started to build and what developed was far greater than their imaginations. Artists and specialists in a broad array of creative arts, including woodworking, boat building, jewelry and fine metals, book production with a writer’s studio, and kitchen arts are just the beginning of the expertise available to visitors and members! Members of the BARN can learn and develop their skills with the help of volunteer artisans, and the response has been overwhelming. As Mark Nicholson, Executive Director, described it, they have already reached capacity of inner space and parking. A good idea indeed! PNK Rotary’s very own Jack Archer has played an instrumental role both as teacher and organizer. We see now why he is so excited.
Dennis Carlson, accompanied by Buelah DowningFor his over 60 years of dedication to food sufficiency throughout the world, Dennis Carlson, accompanied by Buelah Downing, was awarded a Paul Harris Award. These awards, given in the name of Rotary Founder Paul Harris, are for Rotarians who donate a total of $1000 to the Rotary Foundation, the charitable non-profit of Rotary International. Clubs and individuals may "donate" on behalf of other deserving individuals to recognize their contributions to the ideals of Rotary. 

In her stirring introduction, Gayle Heller chronicled Dennis’ six decades of dedication to the people of North Ethiopia who have for many years lacked proper nutrition or regular access to fruits and vegetables. In Dennis’ decades of service, he estimates they have helped feed 600,000 people. What an awesome example of “Service Above Self”!
Jim Nall’s Classification Talk Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. When Jim joined Lockheed in California in the mid 1960’s, they saw his potential from the start. They would take him under their wings, offer to pay for his college, and he would begin a journey that would help him develop the skills needed to launch his company many years later. Jim and his family transferred to Bangor in 1992 and 2 years later founded Paladin Data Systems. Their first customer, a little company named Starbucks, would help get Paladin on the map and develop a customer base that includes many F500 and military jurisdictions. Lest he get carried away with all his success, his wife of 35 years keeps him humble. An example? After a heady shareholder meeting, where Jim shined and received many accolades, his wife leaned over later and whispered, “You talk too much”. Welcome back to Poulsbo Rotary Jim!
Katy Cornell, Co-founder and President of Walk in the Light InternationalKaty Cornell, Co-founder and President of Walk in the Light International, grew up in Port Orchard and felt she had to do something with her life but didn’t know what. A fellow college student invited her to visit Burkina Faso, a small, poverty-stricken, desert country in West Africa. On a whim she went and found a country with 77% unemployment and 40% of the population living below the poverty line. People walked 5 miles to a muddy river for their weekly water. But the people in the town of Rialo welcomed them and made them a part of their family. Katy formed Walk in the Light in 2009 to help them. Within 2 years they built a school for 150 kids through 8th grade, but the government lacked the systems and infrastructure to run it, so they kept it. The pass rate went from 15% per year to 98%! The graduating students had nowhere to go, so they started a secondary school in a one room building. It grew to 60 kids, all but 2 of whom passed the course of instruction. Walk in the Light has now built 3 primary schools and a secondary school with 800 students attending. Fifteen wells have been built to provide water to 30,000 people. They provided 37 microloans to women in the community. They began to improve healthcare, and now Rialo has the best health care in Burkina Faso. At 27 years of age and 10 years after founding Walk in the Light, Katy knows what she wants to do with her life. 
1. August 11: Paint party at Nelson House.
2. Tequila Tasting tonight at Cloutier’s 
3. Fireside at Jerry Deeter’s Sept 7. 
4. New exchange student arriving 8/24 
Presentation of Club BannersDon Russell presented banners from Rotary clubs in Istanbul, Rome, Anchorage, and Lithgow, Scotland. Emily presented a banner from Aberdeen, WA.
Don Russell’s Classification TalkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Don met his wife Pat in NYC. After getting married they moved to Seattle where he took a job as a civil engineer. He worked on public agency building projects, the carrier base in Everett, and a fish hatchery project. Don’s hobbies are photography, mountaineering (climbing Mt. Rainier 13 times), and skiing. They travel extensively throughout the world. On a cruise from Istanbul to Rome they met the Joneses from Australia and became great friends, taking other trips with them. Now married 30 years, they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. He joined Rotary to financially support Rotary’s work and be involved in local activities.
KUDOS to Poulsbo Rotarian Terry Burns and the Windermere group for their under-the-radar work party at Eli’s House. They put up the residents (survivors of domestic violence) in a motel while the teams did significant maintenance, repairs, and planted new plants. WOW! We want to see photos! 
Exchange Student Emily Carthum needs your Poulsbo-themed pinsEmily, our outward-bound exchange student to Croatia, is asking for donations of Poulsbo-themed pins for her to exchange with other students overseas.  Please bring your pins to  the next meetings for her until she departs! 
Committee Chairs share their why Michele invited all the committee chairs to share their “why” and their goals for the coming year. She has slides with the data that will be uploaded to the website soon.  
• The triple-threat of work parties happened last Saturday at Nelson House, at the Fish Park to Nelson Park foot bridge, with furniture restoration at the a storage unit! Next work party is Saturday, Aug. 12, 9am-12. 
• Tequila tasting Aug. 11 at Cloutier’s home at 5:30pm. Please bring food! 
• Contact Jon Pavey for a Sons of Norway Apron with your name on it.  
• All sponsor spots for Annual Review are TAKEN!  
• New exchange student arriving 8/24 
Michele Doyle
Michele Doyle began by playing the Simon Sinek (short edited) Ted Talk called, “Start with Why.”  The talk stressed the importance of working from the inside (why we do some- thing) to the how and the what rather than from the outside in. Michele pointed out that it FEELS GOOD to DO GOOD, and that’s okay. It is, indeed, part of our “why.”
She also reminded members:
1.) To get invitations out for the Fall Fundraiser: Poulsbowood;
2.) and that attending a committee meeting within two weeks of missing a Friday meeting can serve as a make-up! Just email Kirsti Sutton to get it on the books. 
Fall Gala and Fundraiser - Todd Tidball and Alexis FosterTodd began by stressing the importance of the “why” behind our auction/major fundraiser: Morrow Manor, scholarships, Coffee Oasis, international projects, Fish Park, Nelson House, and many more. He encouraged members to invite people to attend and let them know it’s a fundraiser for these very worthy causes. The theme will be Hollywood, costumes are welcomed, and there will be contests, awards, live auction, raffle baskets, golden tickets, and a magic show. There may be a small silent auction, but minimum values will be in the $500 dollar range. A 2002 Avalon, 2 wine fridges, and a week in a Hawaii condo have already been donated, but we need much more. 

Alexis offered advice on who to invite: people who want to attend an EVENT and have an EXPERIENCE. Tickets will be in the $75 dollar range, and guests will walk the red carpet. She led a discussion on the value of 2-min. video presentations, combined with some good personal presentations to promote our projects/causes. Alexis will be in charge of ticket sales for the event, which will be on a FRIDAY evening this year. She and Todd asked club members to list 3+ prospective attendees/guests and to complete personal invitations to send out. We need to sell a minimum of 400 tickets, but we would love to sell 600 to make it sensational. Save the date: October 20th!
Dr. Laurynn Evans, new superintendent of NK School DistrictDr.Evans expressed her thanks and gratitude on behalf of the NK students who have been helped by our donations to the NK Schools Foundation and through scholarships from our club. She has been in education for over 20 years and purchased her "forever home" in our area. Welcome Dr. Evans!
Bronson Charette’s Classification Talk Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Bronson was born and raised in Oregon. After high school, he repaired computers and taught people how to use them. He worked for Lancair in Bend on a data acquisitions team. After earning a double major in mathematics and education (with a minor in music), he went to work in management at Walmart. He told the story of how he met his wife, from how she ran away from her family to be with him, to their eventual move to Poulsbo.
Erin Jones Speaks about her PassionErin Jones, fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Dutch, has been a champion for kids and education for 25 years, in many diverse communities. She was adopted by a Norwegian family in a very white and blond area of the US, then moved to The Netherlands, where although she was the only black person, nobody cared about hair or race. She attended a very expensive school where her father taught, and she met international dignitaries, including the wife of Anwar Sadat. After Erin told The Princess of Egypt that she was teaching herself Hebrew and Arabic to solve the Middle East Crisis, the princess said, “You are a world changer, Erin.” She was right, and Erin took her words to heart. She also had a teacher who pushed her, saying, “Being average is easy. I dare you to be great.” Erin rose to the challenge. Erin returned to see America at age 15, where, in Washington DC, she saw people who “all looked like me,” for the first time. She roomed with two black girls from South Carolina who helped her see, for the first time, that she could be pretty. She moved back to the US for college at 18. Erin has been applying her unique experiences and talents to help educators better serve diverse populations, inspiring others to become their best selves. In 2016, she was the first black woman to run for a WA state office (Superintendent of Public Ed), and lost by an agonizing 1%. She has since opened her own LLC on Culturally Responsive Practices, and will start her Ph.D soon. 
Sidney MomentSidney said her good byes, but promised to come back! She read a lovely letter to the Club and received a beautiful wood box handmade by Rand, complete with a secret compartment for her to locate. Dan also presented a tribute video for Sidney and her host families to enjoy. Help send her off at tomorrow’s Summer Picnic at Bonnie’s home. We’ll see you later, Sidney! 
  1. Work party at Nelson House Saturday,  July 29. More details here.
  2. Bring names of 3-5 guests for the Fall Fundraiser to next week’s meeting for Save the Date cards.
  3. Sign up for a $100 sponsor spot (online or clipboard) for the Annual Review in the Kitsap Herald.
Erina Weibel’s Classification TalkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Erina grew up in Western Washington, graduated from NKHS and married her high school sweetheart. They now have four kids, ages 7-19. Although Erina got a degree in Interior Design and worked for The Gap for 16 years, she moved to full time paid ministry for many years. She is now involved with health and wellness through Arbonne, and remains active in the community, schools, and ministry work. Thank you for your talk, Erina!
Make a charitable contribution to the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation.
Aalesa, Jacob Maxwell, Joe Hulsey, Erin Sorensen
Sep 22, 2017
Classification talks
Lauren Kemper
Sep 29, 2017
SEA Discovery Center
Laurynn Evans
Oct 06, 2017
North Kitsap School District superintendent
Karen Klein and Carrie Arndt
Oct 13, 2017
WISER high school, Kenya
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