Rotary International: Service Above Self


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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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Classification talk by Erin SorensenErin Sorensen moved from Port Orchard to Poulsbo 4 years ago. She’s been in banking since age 17, starting as a teller, then educating Navy recruits, then business banking. She now works at Kitsap Bank. She married a sailor she met at “50 cent beer night”, and they have 2 boys, one at KMS and the other at KHS. Coffee Oasis has a special place in her heart for helping her son during a tough time. He is now doing great! 
Classification talk by Jacob MaxwellJacob Maxwell’s early life very rough, but he landed in Bremerton at age 11. He shared his path from fixing infected computers to eventually growing his own company. He has studied success and understands the value of a positive outlook and the people you associate with. He finds Rotary and its members to be very inspiring. We find him inspiring too; he earned his blue badge by completing his classification talk.
Classification talk by Joe HulseyJoe Hulsey had lost both parents by age 21. He married and has 2 grown kids and 2 grandkids. He was drafted into Viet Nam as enlisted, but went to college and became a Navy Flier. He left the Navy after 21 years and became a  subject matter expert in electronic warfare. He retired fully in 2015 but still does a little consult- ing. He has lived in all 50 states, was 32 countries, and 28 houses!
Classification talk by Aalesa BarkerEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Aalesa Barker was born in Ohio, the 3rd of 5 kids, then lived in Alaska until age 5, when her family returned to a small community in Ohio. She met her husband James there, where they lived 4 years before heading to Maine. They now live in Washington with 3 kids, aged 18, 16, and 14. She works for Columbia Bank.
Rick Darrow updates the club on Morrow Manor.Rick Darrow shared that Ardis told a story at the Kiro 7 Kids Classic Golf Tournament event that had the whole room laughing. Then she talked about domestic violence and described Morrow Manor to a now silent room. The OneEightyFoundation then gave her a check of $5000 for Morrow Manor. 
Changing the Game for Girls All Over the World
With 1.5 billion women of reproductive age around the world, 300 million of whom live on less than $1.25 a day, we can better understand how so many young girls miss school on the days of their period due to lack of feminine hygiene items. Getting hygiene products into the hands of the poorest girls, this simple idea has propelled Molly Mansker and her “Days for Girls” charity to center stage, and many are coming together to continue this powerful way to empower girls. Serving over 800,000 girls via 1,000 chapters and teams worldwide, Gamechanger for Girls offers sustainable hygiene solutions, health education and advocacy while building micro enterprises in the villages with the greatest need. Because 78% of new HIV infections in South Africa are happening in girls between the ages of 15-19, Molly and her team are also helping educate on HIV prevention.
“Bring your girl to My Girl”, a fundraiser for Molly’s charity, will be held at the My Girl Diner in Kingston on February 3. 
“Our goal is to offer more freedom, more control and less fear. We can actually enact change!” 
Poulsbowood Update Rapper RandTodd Tidball and Erina Weible delivered an enthusiastic pep talk for our Club as we enter into the final weeks of Poulsbowood 2017 preparations. Rapper Rand did not disappoint, coming equipped with a very transparent, very large receptacle for Mystery Purse Donations! Tickets are now on sale via Brown Paper Tickets (hint: search for “Poulsbowood 2017”), and our Rotarians are strongly encouraged to sell as many as possible—our goal is 400 attendees! Please remember to bring 2 bottles of wine on October 6 to help stock one of the most popular auction items we auction. 
Home Depot Grant Awarded to Nelson Park ProjectThanks to the quick and articulate efforts of Kathy Foresee, Mayor Becky and Poulsbo Rotary President Michele Doyle, a grant of $8,000 was awarded to the Nelson Park project by Home Depot! This amazing funding will help with the remodel and furnishing efforts now underway, allowing 5 homeless girls to have a safe home and a fresh start. Congratulations to all involved!! 
Chad Solvie updates the club on the Morrow Manor projectChad Solvie updated our Poulsbo Rotary on Friday, sharing the latest news about Morrow Manor funding and strategy. He told our club that several large capital grants are pending, including one with the State of Washington and another with a foundation grantor. Good news about these grants will nearly take us to the finish line! Chad also updated us on a change in leadership at the YWCA, with Denise Frey moving on and a search for a new executive director underway.
Shannon Singleton, from NK Schools Foundation Strong Schools = Strong Communities Shannon explained that the NK Schools Foundation helps fully fund education through enrichment, with Rotary as one of their biggest sponsors. The Foundation helped purchase educational materials, art supplies, technology, supplemental programs, field trips, PE, STEM, professional development, and $68,000 in educational opportunity grants, to name a few projects. She thanked Poulsbo Rotary for their $4800 in funding last year.
Our club wanted to honor Shannon for her great efforts as an advocate for kids, education, and our community, and did so by awarding her a Paul Harris Fellowship, an award named after the Founder of Rotary. Thank you Shannon! 
Jessie Nino gives Poulsbowood UpdateJessie Nino reviewed some of the items that have been donated, including two big wine fridges that Club Members will help fill, time at a farmhouse in France, a front row slip during Viking Fest, Seahawks tickets, and an aerobatic airplane ride. NEEDED ITEMS include donation of dinner in Seattle, hotel stays, and airline miles. Tickets are now available at Remember it’s a costume function. Help sell tickets by saying, “Make your donations do more!” Tickets are also available from Erina Weible. BUY YOUR TICKETS!!!! And please bring wine on October 6 to fill those fridges!
Dan Weedin on Youth Exchange - Jack our inbound exchange studentDan focused on the Outbound Exchange program and invited all Club Members to check out Emily Carthum’s blog. Right now the club is seeking students who will be 16-18 years of age next school year who are interested in being an ambassador abroad. Dan will send out details. We’re also seeking future host families. THANK YOU to this year’s host families who are hosting Jack from Italy: Amy/Geoff Sanford-Schmidt, Naveen Chaudhary, Lori/Mike Cloutier, and Alexis/Jason Foster.
Jack said he had enjoyed the Labor Day BBQ at Lori and Mike Cloutier’s, and had started school, then, as brothers will do, he told a funny story, poking fun at his host-sister. She was not as amused as Jack.
Dan Schoonmaker, City of Poulsbo Chief of Police, on Community ResilienceDan spent 27 years as an officer in Westminster, CA, mostly on SWAT. Along the way he earned his BS in Emergency Management and Masters in Criminal Justice. He moved to the Northwest in 1990 and was elected to his current post in Dec. 2016. His career took an abrupt turn on April 20, 1999: the day of the shootings at Columbine HS. It changed his mind about the way police handle community police actions. On that day, police officers arrived on scene and waited for SWAT to arrive to handle the situation. That was SOP then. Bystanders also don’t react as quickly as they should. They don’t call 911, they don’t apply first aid or help the victims, they video the action. Police and Fire Departments began to think about how to close the gap between the inception of an incident until units arrive on scene. The First-Care Provider concept was born: a pilot gave teachers training and skills to respond, not as ER personnel, but as first responders. This gave them the skills and confidence they could do the right thing. In tests, response times dropped dramatically. DHS now has a “Stop the Bleed” program. Previously, tourniquets were a bad thing, but they can really save lives. YOU can make a difference! Call 911. Stop the bleeding! Provide comfort until emergency responders arrive. Check Poulsbo Facebook page for information. Get involved! 
Congratulations and Thank You to Glen Robbins!Rotarians who contribute a total of $1000 to The Rotary Foundation, foundation of Rotary International, receive a commemorative pin called the Paul Harris Award, named after the founder of Rotary. Lori Cloutier introduced Glen Robbins, our newest Paul Harris Fellow. Glen is a new Rotary club member and has already achieved this terrific honor! Way to go, Glen! 
Bob Hill Classification TalkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Bob is the service manager at Liberty Bay Auto, which is a long way from his early life in Oceanside, Barstow and Beaumont, California. He moved to Silverdale in the 9th grade and graduated from CK. He helped his mother run a restaurant and then took a job at the Jeep dealer in Seattle. Soon after he got a computer networking degree from ITT, but he returned to the auto business. His wife spent most of her life in the Northwest, while his daughter graduated from college in Denver. His dad taught him persistence and a good work ethic, which has come in handy while troubleshooting wiring problems in today’s ultra-complicated automobiles! 
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!
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Amy Waeschle
Oct 20, 2017
When Curiosity Becomes an Obsession: The Life of a Writer
Mike Brown
Oct 27, 2017
Development in Downtown Poulsbo
Annettte Atkinson
Nov 03, 2017
Cannabis - Historical, Cultural and Medical Insights
Bob Doane
Nov 10, 2017
Chinese medicine
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