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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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Major-General Ed Browne and the Apache Helicopter ProgramThe long title of General Brown's presentation was "Successfully Managing the Apache Program through Corporate Intrigue and a Watchful Congress". Major General Ed Browne, retired, served as the program manager for five aircraft, including the Apache Program Manager from 1976 to 1982.  At the time, the Army’s “Big Five” were all competing for limited funds: Apache, Blackhawk, Patriot, Bradley, and Abrams. The Apache (AH-64) an Advanced Attack Helicopter (AAH), received its name in keeping with the Army’s traditional use of American Indian tribal names for its helicopters. General Browne shared that he loved Indian lore, and  he told the story of how Jeronimo had said, “I should have fought until I was the last man alive.” With the Apaches judged to be the “meanest” and most fearsome fighters, the name seemed appropriate for this particular helicopter. Browne had to submit three names, so he submitted: Apache, Apache, Apache. After he gained approval from the Apache chief, the AH-64 became the Apache in 1981. Browne engaged in remarkable negotiations between Hughes Helicopter and Congress, to get the helicopter built the way it needed to be built, and it  got approved for full-scale production in 1982.  One of the revolutionary features of the Apache that Browne discussed, besides its tail design, was its helmet mounted display, which, among other things, allowed either the pilot or gunner to “slave” the guns to their helmets, making the gun track their head movements and point where they looked! Great presentation. 
Mike Cloutier HonoredMembers from several clubs honored Mike (pictured with silver plate) with “Grateful Appreciation” for developing the database used by 16 districts for their Youth Services (WESSEX — Western States Student Exchange) Thank you, Mike, for all your hard work! 
Community Services Check Presentation to Alex AshleForce Tolar presented a check for $332 from the Poulsbo-NK Rotary Foundation to Scout Alex Ashley of Troup 1571 for his Eagle Scout project. He will be building garden boxes in the green space between the Martha and Mary Retirement Apartments and the Child Care Center. He was inspired to create a beautiful space to be enjoyed by two different populations: the old and the young. He aspires to “make where we live better.” Well done, Alex! 
New member Mary FitzMary Fitz, sponsored by Ardis Morrow, was enthusiastically inducted into the club. Welcome, Mary!
Bonnie BlockBonnie Block, local nature photographer extraordinaire, survived a recent hippo attack and was ready with her presentation after just barely returning from Botswana. She is a self-taught photographer whose love for taking photos began with a camera her parents bought for her when she was a girl. After retiring from working in the meat department for Town and Country Markets, she shared that she has always had a very strong animal background, “even cutting them up.” Bonnie thrilled us with her slides of animals and talks about the elements that make a photographic shot special such as textures and light, creating a dramatic effect and most importantly to make an emotional connection with the viewer. In the photo Bonnie stands before her photograph, which is the National Audubon Society’s 2016 Grand Prize Winner and is showcased at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.
Rebecca HeryfordEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Rebecca Heryford is literally a gold digger…. Born to physician parents in Texas, Rebecca found a different path at Virginia Tech, her alma mater. While there she explored her options and learned that the mining engineering graduates have a 100% placement record. With her degree in hand she worked for a number of companies, including one that allowed her to travel to 5 different continents. But love found her at a Kiwanis Club meeting in California where she met her husband, who shares her commitment to volunteer service. His job took him to Kitsap, and she has been working at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for the last 2 years.
Sidney EngelbertinkOur beloved inbound exchange student, Sidney Engelbertink delivered her weekly update.  One of the strongest and richest components of the Poulsbo Rotary Club is its commitment and investment into the Youth Exchange Program that nurtures these bright ambassadors of peace every year. 
As this exchange year draws to a close, we are not eager to let Sidney go. 
Paul Stillwell—Meridian Energy GroupPaul Stillwell. Senior Representative of Shareholder Relations of the Meridian Energy Group, described the company’s new refinery project in North Dakota—the Davis Refinery. This will be only the third refinery in North Dakota, in spite of the oil boom. He related that his company went to great lengths to make sure the permitting process was “open,” to allow public scrutiny and that they have gone to great lengths to mitigate any environmental impact on the community, including engaging a local college to design the topography of the refinery to blend into the area and have no impact on wildlife.  The new refinery is being “engineered to be the cleanest refinery ever built.”  
Tony SmallbeckEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Tony Smallbeck delivered his Classification Talk. He described the migration of his Swedish and German ancestors in the early days of the U.S., ending up in the Poulsbo area. He noted he was a competitive rower, and still likes to row. His career was in accounting, but he’s now focused on volunteering. He “wants to know everybody".
The Bainbridge Island Rotary Club generously offered to allow our Club to select furniture and household items from their Rummage Sale stock before the sale. An intrepid group from the Club, using President Michele’s plan, selected and transported the items for later use in the Nelson House.
Merideth Green with Paul & Debra Vaughan and Terry WardEach 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. Paul & Debra Vaughan and Terry Ward received their blue badges from Membership Chair Meredith Green.
Emily CarthumOutbound Exchange Student, Emily Carthum shared that she is still looking for odd jobs to raise money for her exchange and now has a GoFundMe page.
Leo FriedDave ShieldsPK MacLeanThese 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. Individuals who achieve this goal multiple times receive a special pin recognizing their additional contributions. Geoff Schmidt presents recognition to multiple award winners Leo Fried (Plus 1), P.K. MacLean (Plus 5), and Dave Shields (Plus 6).
New Club President Michele DoyleIn her first meeting as President, Michele Doyle struts her stuff to demonstrate the big shoes she has to fill, succeeding Mary Nader.
Make a charitable contribution to the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation.
Todd Tidball and Alexis Foster
Jul 28, 2017
Michele Doyle
Aug 04, 2017
Plans for the 2017-18 Rotary year
Katy Cornell
Aug 11, 2017
Walk in the light
Mark Nichols, Jack Archer
Aug 18, 2017
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