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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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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!
Joe Hulsey and Rebecca Heryford earn Blue BadgesEach new club 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. Congratulations to new Blue Badge Rotarians Joe Hulsey and Rebecca Heryford!
Jackie Wood - SparkWood Events with Ardis MorrowJackie Wood presented a $1000 check for Morrow Manor, from her company, SparkWood Events, which held a weekend fundraiser, "Inspired You", which several of our members attended. Fantastic!
Kurt and Amy Waeschle and familyA longer title of her presentation would be Amy Waeschle's,“The Curious Life of a Writer And how it often gets me in trouble". Club Member Kurt Waeschle introduced his wife, Amy, who described how her journey toward a life of 14-15 years of travel begun by letting inspiration into her life. She asked herself, “What if I did something different?” She tried surfing and fell in love with it enough to quit her job. She wanted to share these feelings so she started writing stories of her adventures and misadventures. She and Kurt traveled a lot: Morocco, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Mexico. She wrote copy for a sportswear catalog, and they moved to Sicily. They then had their two children, and she wondered if she could write about that. She wrote Chasing Waves, a memoir, and then Going Over the Falls, a novel that came out in May of this year. She writes destination pieces, family stories, how to stories, and journalism pieces, along with building a community for surfers, writers, and parents. She brought some of her books to the meeting, agreeing to sell them if the proceeds went to the club. Thank you Amy for the inspiration! 
Jack, our Rotary Exchange student from Italy• Our exchange student Jack is enjoying the Halloween decorations around town and candy!
• Poulsbowood is to night!! Come at 5pm! 
• Monday 4:30pm Dress the Viking for Polio Day! Oct. 24!
• Kidzz Helping Kidzz Toy drive continues
Mark Shorn: Port Gamble Forest UpdateMark described the fundraising efforts to buy the forest (owned by Pope Resources) as a community-driven success story. They are well on their way to creating a “string of pearls, connected by trails.” They welcome help at their work parties held on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 9am by the airfield entrance. 
Mark Olson from the Sebastopol Sunrise Rotary ClubMark Olson from the Sebastopol Sunrise Rotary Club, who visits our club frequently with California wine to help in our fundraising, brought a bottle of wine to auction at the meeting and five more for tonight's Poulsbowood fundraiser! He talked about people in his area who had 1 minute to leave their homes due to wild fires. We raised $1450 immediately by auctioning the wine in the meeting, and will give the money back to Mark’s Club to help those in need. He was also presented a beautiful metal art salmon made by Bob Kimball.
WISER - Karen Klein and Carrie Arndt
Friday the 13th was a truly “lucky” day for us at the Rotary, as we had the privilege of hearing from guest speakers Karen Klein and Carrie Arndt. Their subject – the Woman’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research, or WISER, in Muhura Bay, Kenya. This wonderful organization, partnering with Duke University, is addressing the educational and healthcare needs of young woman in the area. This program “..takes a holistic approach to the boarding school environment. Unlike other schools in the area, WISER provides everything a girl needs to be successful including — clothes, books, safe housing, female role models, leadership training, healthy food, mosquito nets, HIV education, and essential medicine”. 
How successful are they? 
• 85% of all WISER girls attend a college or university. 
• 95% of all WISER girls in the 2016 graduating class qualified for university. 
• In 2016, WISER girls won three science, math, and engineering prizes at the state level and came in fifth in the seven state regional competition. 
Rotarian monetary donations can go a long way: 
$3000  equals a full scholarship to the WISER School for a year. 
$1000  equals a safe place for 25 girls to live. 
$500 equals all school supplies for 25 girls for one year. 
$100  equals health care for 10 girls for a year 
$50  equals clothing for 2 girls for one year 
$25  equals all textbooks for one girl for one year 
To learn more go to 
POULSBOWOOD update - Todd TidballErina Weible reported that we’ve sold around 200 tickets. Let her know who you want at your table. Todd Tidball reminded that costumes are welcome and invited members to register their credit cards at the meeting in advance. Come early! Come at 5pm! He said the raffle baskets are OUTSTANDING. Raffle tickets will be $5 each or 5 for $20. GOLDEN TICKETS are $50 and earn you a chance at winning any live auction item (except the money tree).  Feel free to donate CA$H if you can’t attend! OCT 20!!!!
• ClubRunner training is available through Mike Cloutier 
• Work party Saturday at the north end of Fish Park: carpentry and weeding 
• Volunteers needed to finish furniture for Nelson house: let Michele know 
• National Polio Day 10/24 and a “Dress the Viking” event with fire department 
• Toy drive continues for Kidzz helping Kidzz: new toys for ages 2-18 
• Rappin’ Rand is still collecting for Poulsobwood’s Mystery Purse 
• Jack (our exchange student Giacomo Battú from Italy) enjoyed his first NK HOMECOMING, and will be joining INTERACT!
Dr. Laurynn Evans, Superintendent of North Kitsap School DistrictDr. Laurynn Evans started the morning with her induction to the club (sponsored by Glen Robbins), then she stepped up to the podium as our featured speaker. Laurynn shared her high level of passion for kids that brought her to the position she is in now. After many years of teaching in the classroom, and as Dean of Students and as a principal, she applied for the superintendent position because she saw hope. Now, after her first 100 days, she is focusing on her Big 3 Messages: Extraordinary care, Focus on the Fundamentals, and Stay the Course. Her goal is to build trust, be visible, and dial in teaching and learning. She is clearly “in it to win it” for our kids and community. Welcome! 
Frances MaloneOur Club’s first column was printed in today’s North Kitsap Daily News! Our own Frances Malone captured the legacy of our club beautifully! Please write to editor Richard Walker to thank him for making the public aware of what we do! Stay tuned for more articles!
Katri Ollila from Finland* Coffee Oasis Coffee brought to you this week by Wendall and Kelly Verduin 
* Kidzz Helping Kidzz Toy drive continues 
* Turn in your volunteer hours to “Thingy” 
* Check out your Little Black Book! There’s lots of good info in it 
* Our 2015-16 Rotary Exchange Student, Katri Ollila from Finland, is back for a 2-month visit! YAY!
Todd Tidball promotes Poulsbowood on October 20thTodd Tidball assured the club that this auction boasts the best inventory ever! From dinner and a walking tour in France to a beautifully crafted fish by Bob Kimball and everything in between. Erina Weible said we’re just shy of 180 people and that ticket sales are extended until the 9th. We need an accurate count so the casino can have enough seats and staff, so buy those final tickets! And get those costumes ready! 
Brenda Wall urges Jim Shields to paint his pinkie purpleIt’s back! Please donate $1 to the End Polio Now cans each week and paint your pinkie purple to raise awareness of Rotary's continuing efforts to eradicate polio.
SEA Discovery Museum - Lauren Kemper
On Sept 29th, Lauren Kemper, Volunteer and Program Coordinator of the SEA Discovery Museum, shared with us the changes, improvements and future plans of our local marine science center (it was formerly called the Poulsbo Marine Science Center). The “SEA” in the title stands for Science Education Aquarium. Lauren, a UW graduate, has been with the SEA Discovery Museum since 2004. Thanks to a revamp by Western Washington University, the museum is now open 6 days per week, being seen by about 10,000 visitors per year –offering field trips and volunteer opportunities. One of the many projects the SEA is working on is compiling data on the food dynamic of Liberty Bay.
Depending on the age group, programs can include classroom work, time on the floating lab, Kid’s/GEMS night out, summer camps, and Grandparents University. The museum also offers internships for college students and soon hopes to offer internships to high school age scholars. 
How can Rotarian’s help? SEA is always looking for volunteers – no experience necessary. SEA also operates primarily on donations, so please consider giving to this local treasure. 
Make a charitable contribution to the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation.
Rosie Ludlow
Dec 01, 2017
Scarlet Road
Chris Madison
Dec 08, 2017
Discovering the magic of fly fishing
Jace Reeves
Dec 15, 2017
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