Posted on Jul 14, 2017
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. 
Major-General Ed Browne and the Apache Helicopter Program Hugh Nelson 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 14, 2017
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! 
Mike Cloutier Honored Hugh Nelson 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Become a Sponsor for the Club's Annual Review Ad Hugh Nelson 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 14, 2017
New member Mary FitzMary Fitz, sponsored by Ardis Morrow, was enthusiastically inducted into the club. Welcome, Mary!
New member Mary Fitz Hugh Nelson 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 14, 2017
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! 
Check Presentation to Alex Ashle Hugh Nelson 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 07, 2017
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.
Bonnie Block - Award Winning Nature Photographer Hugh Nelson 2017-07-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 07, 2017
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.
Rebecca Heryford Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-07-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 07, 2017
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. 
Sidney Minute 7-7-2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-07-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2017
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.
Outbound Exchange Student Emily Carthum Hugh Nelson 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2017
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.
Nelson House Update Hugh Nelson 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2017
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.”  
Paul Stillwell—Meridian Energy Group Hugh Nelson 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2017
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".
Classification Talk by Tony Smallbeck Hugh Nelson 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2017
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.
Blue Badges Awarded Hugh Nelson 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2017
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).
Paul Harris Awards Hugh Nelson 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2017
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.
New Club President Michele Doyle Hugh Nelson 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2017
Sidney MinuteHighlights of Sidney’s week included a Space Needle visit and a Mariner’s game. 
Sidney Minute 6-30-2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 23, 2017
Dan Weedin leading the panelEach chair answered key questions posed by Dan Weedin, regarding their year: Ann Pyles (International), Michele Doyle (Youth Services), Donna Pledger (Funds Development), Larry Bartholomew (Public Image), Karen Timken (Professional Services), Jon Pavey (Club Service), and Jim Schlachter (Community Service). What a great team and what a great year! 
2016-17 Committee Panel Hugh Nelson 2017-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 23, 2017
Joanne CroghanOur district governor recognized our Paul Harris Society members by presenting them each with a special coin. Our membership in the Paul Harris Society grew from 6 members to 21 members this year! The Paul Harris Society recognizes those Rotarians who have donated $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation during a single Rotary year.
District Governor Joanne Croghan Hugh Nelson 2017-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 23, 2017
Michele DoyleWhat’s in Store for Next Year? Michele Doyle shared that the club slogan for next year will be: “Get it Done!” She has many goals, including increased engagement of our members! It’s going to be another great year! 
A Word from Incoming President Michele Doyle Hugh Nelson 2017-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 23, 2017
Chad SolvieChad Solvie provided a brief summary of the Morrow Manor Project of 8 housing units for survivors of domestic violence, including its journey through 4 club presidents, $1.6 M in committed funds ($2.1 M working goal), our partnership with the YWCA, and the next steps.
Duane EdwardsDuane Edwards explained a little about the huge job the Poulsbo Rotary Foundation Board has with all the projects we have going. He reviewed the funding that came through last year and the assets of over $1 million.
Lori CloutierLori Cloutier talked about Rotary International’s Centennial Year. The goal was to raise $300M, and as of June 22nd it was at $273M. Our club surpassed ur goal f $15,500 by raising $23,345 for the annual fund, and we exceed our Polio Plus Goal of $5,200 by raising $5,811 — 635.18 of which came from the Change Receptacle for Change! Note: Safeway donated the 11% processing fee charged by the coin machine!
Morrow Manor, Rotary International, and Poulsbo-NK Rotary Foundation Hugh Nelson 2017-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 23, 2017
Outgoing President Mary NaderMary Nader played a slide show of pictorial highlights from 50 weeks of inspiration. She will be sending out an email with further details. It will also be available on this web site. She reviewed her year of “Be the Change: Inform, Involve, Inspire.” Her Powerpoint will be available on the website, too. She recapped the highlights of each committee and shared her gratitude journal. Congratulations Mary and thank you for leading Poulsbo Rotary to another great year!
The Year in Review: A recap of a great year! Hugh Nelson 2017-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 02, 2017
Leslie Reynolds-TaylorLeslie Reynolds-Taylor, “Minister of Fun” and incoming Vice President of the Port Orchard Rotary Club, spoke about her journey to become a pilot for UPS. She first formed her dream of becoming a pilot after she flew with her dad at age five. She overcame many obstacles, including deafness at age five that took many operations to repair, and the world’s general attitude that “Girls can’t fly,” which she refused to accept. After high school she showed great perseverance in her efforts to pass the test that would allow her to fly, and she succeeded, and went on to help pave the way for female pilots. When she successfully landed a plane that was one fire – with passengers—she finally experienced acceptance. She flew and captained many planes in her career, including a 767! Although she is now retired, she certainly has kept busy. Ten years ago she and her son decided that Port Orchard needed a skate park - so they built one! Leslie finished her talk with a question and answer session and discussion about programs in the area, including the aviation class at CK Middle School, the Women in Flight program at the Seattle Flight Museum. 
Flying for UPS: Leslie Reynolds-Taylor Hugh Nelson 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 02, 2017
Jon PaveyLori Cloutier and Jon Pavey gave a brief presentation on our progress to ward our Rotary Foundation goals. Lori shared that we exceeded our Foundation goal of $15.5K by reaching $22K! She also shared that at $4,146, we were close to our $5,200 goal for Polio Plus. Jon then told of his own experience with polio as a child, and how Rotary’s eradication effort brought him to join the club. As a child, he lost the ability to walk, due to a mild case of po lio. He had treatment, including surgeries, braces on his feet, and “really ugly shoes. “ He feels VERY LUCKY, due to the care he received, research, and advancements in medicine. At the end of Jon’s talk, Lori reported that Bob Doane stepped up to donate up to $980 dollars to meet our goal! Keep bringing in your spare change for the Change Receptacle for Change and Polio cans! 
Rotary Foundation Update Hugh Nelson 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Sidney update 06-02-2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 02, 2017
Terry Ward’s Classification TalkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Terry shared his path from homelessness as a child to his current position as the Regional Publisher for Sound Publishing. He worked many jobs in publishing houses, but credits his success to a mentor who showed him the importance of 1, Investing in other people, and 2, that it doesn’t matter where you came from; what matters are the leadership lessons you learn from it. 
Terry Ward’s Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 26, 2017
Steve GarfeinRotarian Steve shared a preview of what those participating in the upcoming Spruce Goose tour in McMinnville, OR will get to see. Steve’s interest in Howard Hughes stems from his experience working at Hughes Aircraft on the Apache Helicopter project. While he didn’t ever meet Hughes, his project was directly affected by Hughes’ micromanagement. Steve explained that the use of composites on the Spruce Goose (which is not really made of Spruce wood) led to the use of com posites on the Apache. Steve has written a screenplay about Hughes life following his catastrophic crash in Beverly Hills . He described the only Spruce Goose flight. It was not intended to fly, but lifted off as it sped along the water because of the massive thrust of its eight powerful engines. Only the skill of Hughes’ copilot prevented a crash landing. 
The Spruce Goose - presentation by Steve Garfein Hugh Nelson 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 26, 2017
Jackie WoodEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Jackie Wood presented her Classification Talk. She was born in Hong Kong, and her first language was Chinese. Her family later moved to Honolulu, where she grew up. After high school, she attended Cornell University to study Hotel Management and was subsequently hired by the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle. She later moved through a number of local companies, including Microsoft, and finally landed in marketing with Washington Mutual. She was able to conduct her duties from her home in Indianola and finally decided she should start her own event planning business, Sparkwood Events.
Classification talk by Jackie Wood Hugh Nelson 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 26, 2017
Harriet Bryant and Vicki Collins received a check for $500 for OurGEMsOurGEMS helps young women in Kitsap County to become successful and influential leaders through a team-mentor approach. Harriet Bryant and Vicki Collins received a check for $500 for OurGEMs as Alexis Foster and Michele Doyle look on. 
$500 award to Kitsap non-profit OurGEMS Hugh Nelson 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 26, 2017
new members, Don Russell, Ray Donahue, Bob Hill  and Jim Nall as their spouses and sponsors look onTim Nichols conducted a huge induction ceremony for four new members, Don Russell, Ray Donahue, Bob Hill and Jim Nall, as their spouses and sponsors look on. Congratulations Don, Ray, Bob, and Jim. Welcome to Poulsbo Rotary!
Four new members inducted Hugh Nelson 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 26, 2017
Nick Johnson shared the Viking Tour results• Overall 4.4 out of 5 score from participants 
• Registrations totaled $13,704 ($1k over last yr) 
• Net profit was $16,462 (vs. $9000+ last year) 
Nick Johnson shared the Viking Tour results Hugh Nelson 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 26, 2017
Alexis Foster received her Blue BadgeEach 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. Alexis Foster received her Blue Badge from President Mary Nader.
Alexis Foster received her Blue Badge Hugh Nelson 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 19, 2017
Tony FyrqvistTony offered his Classification Talk. Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Tony grew up in Finland in a family of engineers. He came to the U.S. to go to college in California (where he met his wife) and later attended grad school in Arizona. Since then his family has grown to 5 children and 5 grandkids. He grew up with a negative view of banks, but worked at a job in the same building with a bank and got talked into a banking job. He later landed a job with a bank in the San Juan Islands, where he worked for 26 years before moving to his current job with Liberty Bay Bank in Poulsbo.
Classification talk by Tony Fyrqvist Hugh Nelson 2017-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 19, 2017
SidneySidney reported she was going to be going to a prom in Olympia with a another Rotary Exchange student and would be headed to California for a visit after that.
Sidney Minute 5-19-2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 19, 2017
Jim CostelloJim Costello described the origin and mission of Gravitec, a local Poulsbo business doing business internationally. Gravitec started in Calgary as an accident investigation business but has expanded to include training in fall protection, providing fall protection equipment and engineering and testing of related equipment. They train students from all over the world in their unique facility (the only one in world other than one in Hong Kong) that simulates various high work environments. He pointed out that there is a continuing need for their services, with an average of 800 fatalities occurring each year from people working at heights. He also noted they’re always looking for engineering talent for their company and are looking for engineering students for summer hires.
Jim Costello, Gravitec, Fall Protection and Rescue Hugh Nelson 2017-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 19, 2017
Dennis CarlsonDennis Carlson provided an update on the progress of the Kossoye Development Project in Ethiopia. He reported that 74,000 kids have received seeds for community gardens and that 150,000 will get them next year.  He also noted that 4 more universities have expressed interest in participating. 
Dennis Carlson Kossoye Development Project Hugh Nelson 2017-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 19, 2017
Nick JohnsonNick Johnson provided his final pre-Viking Tour brief for the year and the last Viking makeover for the year—the victim was Wendell Verduin. All were surprised to hear Vikings wore glasses. 
Viking Tour Update Hugh Nelson 2017-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 19, 2017
Amy and Geoff SchmidtThese 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. Amy and Geoff Schmidt receive a Paul Harris Fellow award for their contribution in memory of their son Logan.
Paul Harris Award Hugh Nelson 2017-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 12, 2017
Lisa Martin - Build Bridges, Not WallsFormer Club member, Lisa Martin, described her journey from tourist to committed activist, starting with her vacation in Zihautanejo, Mexico, where she first encountered some of the indigenous children who were not allowed to attend the Mexican schools. This led to her meeting Marina, a local woman who had started an informal school to educate these children, most of whom do not speak Spanish as their native language. Lisa gave up her comfortable life in Massachusetts to help Marina develop with the assistance of Rotary an NGO called the Netza school. The resulting school now has a brick and mortar presence and 400+ students. The journey has not been without hurdles. Lisa was sidelined for two years, recovering from a serious car accident. The school was taken away from Marina by the Mexican government. However, Marina decided to start a new, private school and Lisa has documented all of this in her recently completed book, "From A to Zih". 
Lisa Martin - Build Bridges, Not Walls Hugh Nelson 2017-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 12, 2017
Jack Archer presents the Memorial Plaque for Steve FosterJack Archer presented a plaque he helped produce to commemorate recently deceased Club member Steve Foster. Steve was a past club president and multiple time honoree of Rotarian of the Year. His memorial plaque will be attached to a railroad caboose play structure Steve built at Martha and Mary Preschool.
Memorial Plaque for Steve Foster Hugh Nelson 2017-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 12, 2017
Debra Vaughn Classification TalkEach new club member gives a classification talk to let others know about his/her life and career. Debra Vaughn is a retired Speech Therapist who initially thought she wanted to work with adults, but discovered that she preferred assisting kids and ended up focused on helping disabled ones. During her career she had a 3-year adventure living in Saudi Arabia, and most of the rest of the time she lived in Southern California. She also described the trauma of husband Paul’s dealing with injuries from a recent head-on car crash. Now that Paul has recovered, she is concentrating on getting her 3 dogs trained and returning to playing the piano.
Debra Vaughn Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 12, 2017
Happy Birthday Ardis Morrow!Michele Doyle and the club wished Ardis Morrow a happy 92nd birthday as the Club serenaded her by singing Happy Birthday. 
Happy Birthday Ardis Morrow! Hugh Nelson 2017-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 12, 2017
Sidney Minute 5-12-2017Sidney described her experience at the District Training Assembly, including the opportunity to hang out with the other Exchange Students around the District. She also noted that she’d be spending the day with 7 dogs and expressed her excitement to be moving in with Meredith Green over the weekend. 
Sidney Minute 5-12-2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 05, 2017
Steven SolomonSteven Solomon, Senior Annual Giving Officer with the Rotary Foundation, described the profound effect Rotary has had on his life as a way of illustrating what Rotary can do. As a high school student, the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove, IL, selected him for an International Exchange to South Africa. That led to his meeting a number of influential South Africans, learning the Zulu language, and developing his interest in South African affairs. His enthusiasm for the work of Jane Goodall resulted in his meeting her and being invited to learn about a program called “Roots and Shoots” she was involved with in Tanzania, and he eventually opened a branch of the program in South Africa, with Rotary assistance. He later used his knowledge of Zulu as a clever way to make connection with Desmond Tutu at an event in Chicago, which led to his spending 5 days working with Tutu and being invited to his 80th birthday celebration.
Steven Solomon, Changing Lives Hugh Nelson 2017-05-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 05, 2017
Alexis FosterEach new member gives a classification talk, describing to other members something about their life and career. Alexis Foster delivered her Classification Talk, describing her journey from a 6-year old girl in Chicago who decided she wanted to be a lawyer, to becoming the City Prosecutor/Risk Manager for the City of Poulsbo. Along the way she briefly considered being an engineer, but discovered that her limited math skills made that unlikely. She finally returned to her dream of becoming an attorney, getting her law degree from Arizona State and then working briefly as an “in house Counsel” for a private company, and then moving on to be a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with Kitsap County for 5+ years before moving to her current job. 
Alexis Foster Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-05-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 05, 2017
Jacob MaxwellJacob Maxwell, a young entrepreneur and NKHS grad, described his journey from Verizon tech to starting his own business—Above and Beyond Tech—dedicated to providing people with one-on-one assistance with using the whole spectrum of technology, often in their own home. He also noted he aspires to hire and inspire other young people to reach their full potential.
Jacob Maxwell, Entrepreneur Hugh Nelson 2017-05-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 05, 2017
Sidney minuteSidney was our featured Viking Tour Photoshop victim (which she unfortunately missed due to an early departure). But she did have a chance to introduce her mother, father and brother at the meeting. She also reported on her excursion to Cape Flattery, her plan to attend the DLTA and do some additional sightseeing with her parents.
Sidney Minute, 5-5-2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-05-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 28, 2017
The Revolution Where You Live — Sarah van GelderSarah van Gelder, co-founder and editor-at-large of YES! Magazine shared stories from her 12,000 mile journey across 18 states on the 20th anniversary of the magazine. She embarked on the trip to find answers to issues surround- ing racial injustice, climate crisis, and poverty. Her words inspire, as she tells of improving race relations, halting a giant coal mine, and bringing food hubs, farms, weather stations and work-owned coops to help curb the violence caused by poverty in our own country. She is a champion for grass roots causes and believes that it is through the connections we have to our surroundings and one another that offer our best hope for positive change.
The Revolution Where You Live — Sarah van Gelder Hugh Nelson 2017-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 28, 2017
Lori Cloutier promotes the Rotary FoundationLori Cloutier showed a video called, “Why Zero Matters,” on Polio Plus. Our club is just $1,000 short of our annual Polio goal — so, bring your change, dollars, and checks for the polio cans and for the CHANGE RECEPTACLE FOR CHANGE!  
Update on the Rotary Foundation Hugh Nelson 2017-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 28, 2017
Chris MorrisseyOur club has an internal club fundraiser called the Fraffel. Chris Morrissey won the HUGE FRAFFLE!! Over $4,000!!! Way to go, Chris!
Chris Morrissey wins the Fraffle Hugh Nelson 2017-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 28, 2017
Donna PledgerDonna Pledger announced that we have $850 in pledged donations, and reminded that donations are matched by event sponsors!
Kitsap Great Give Hugh Nelson 2017-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 28, 2017
Viking Tour UpdateNick announced that Kitsap Bank is our final sponsor, and that we’ll again be joined by  Silverdale Cyclery. We’re introducing a POKER RUN, where cyclists get cards along the route and the best three poker hands will win great prizes!  MAY 21! Nick also briefed the club about concerns from some of Poulsbo’s merchants around reduced parking at the event. We’re looking for solutions that will meet the needs of multiple interests. 
Viking Tour Update Hugh Nelson 2017-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Wendell Verduin - Side by Side in South Africa Hugh Nelson 2017-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 21, 2017
Nick Johnson with a Viking Tour updateNick Johnson reported that registrations for Viking Tour are ahead of last year and that a lot of additional sponsors have signed on.
Viking Tour Update Hugh Nelson 2017-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 21, 2017
Kerris, the Courtroom Therapy Dog—Kevin Kelly Kitsap County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Kelly introduced us to Kerris (Welsh for “love”), the courtroom therapy dog. He explained that Kerris is a specially (and rigorously) trained dog trained to provide a calming effect to witnesses in a courtroom setting. He is used in the Kitsap County Drug Court and basically sits quietly by the witnesses who would like him nearby to calm their nerves. Kevin explained that both adults and child witnesses seem to be comforted by his presence, as they offer testimony on often traumatic experiences. He mentioned that some children being interviewed only responded when Kerris was present. Kerris can sit calmly in the courtroom for hours at a time, but is ready to play like any other dog when he’s home with Kevin.
Kerris, the Courtroom Therapy Dog—Kevin Kelly Hugh Nelson 2017-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 21, 2017
Poulsbo Elementary Math OlympiansAlela Tallon and her Math Olympians from Poulsbo Elementary received a check to support their participation in this year’s Math Olympiad.
Poulsbo Elementary Math Olympians Hugh Nelson 2017-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Danny Fritz on the Kitsap Great Give Hugh Nelson 2017-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 21, 2017
SydneySidney shared her excitement that her parents will be visiting next week. She also reported on seeing the play “Secret Garden” in Seattle and celebrating Easter with her host family. She noted that the Dutch also recognize the Easter Bunny.
Sidney Minute 4/21/2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 14, 2017
Wine auction raises more than $1,000Todd Tidball, in his new sequined coat, auctioned some premium wines, donated by visiting Rotarian Mark Olson of Sebastapol, CA, raising over $1000.
Wine auction raises more than $1,000 Hugh Nelson 2017-04-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 14, 2017
Poulsbo Rotarian Loretta ByrnesPoulsbo Rotarian Loretta Byrnes described her experience working with the Gates Foundation in Nigeria to improve the nutritional value of Cassava, a staple of the Nigerian diet. She explained the complexity of processing Cassava into an edible product, which produces tapioca, but also produces the deadly byproduct cyanide, which is often just dumped on the ground, creating deadly pollution. Harvesting is difficult and requires extensive weeding. Efforts to introduce more nutritionally rich and productive strains of the plant proved challenging because farmers were not necessarily enthusiastic to try unfamiliar strains of the plant. It provided a fascinating window into a very different culture few of us know about.
Cassava Production in Nigeria Hugh Nelson 2017-04-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 14, 2017
Welcome new members Erina Weible and Bronson CharretteRand Hillier inducted new members Erina Weible and Bronson Charrette into the Club, accompanied by their sponsors Brenda Wall and Meredith Green. Congratulations and welcome to Poulsbo Rotary!
Welcome new members Erina Weible and Bronson Charrette Hugh Nelson 2017-04-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 14, 2017
Damon Bell delivers his Classification TalkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Damon Bell described his upbringing in Watts and Compton and his progression from an initial unsuccessful stab at college to achieving his PhD, and his current job as college administrator at Olympic College. Along the way, he appeared on several TV game shows and spent time as a kindergarten teacher.
Damon Bell delivers his Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-04-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 14, 2017
SidneySidney just returned from a trip to Arizona, Nevada and California, including the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Las Vegas. She will be attending a play in Seattle next.
Sidney Minute 4-14-2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-04-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 06, 2017
Kitsap Great Give 2017

The Kitsap Great Give 2017 is coming soon!

Kitsap Great Give is a 24 hour, online giving event that is part of the National Giving Day. It is your opportunity to help support a local nonprofit in your community AND your donation will be proportionally matched by event sponsors.

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Support Poulsbo Rotary in this year's Kitsap Great Give on May 2nd Hugh Nelson 2017-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 31, 2017
Viking Tour 2017
The Viking Tour is a group bicycle ride on the Kitsap Peninsula taking place on Sunday, May 21st, 2017. The tour starts and finishes in historic Poulsbo, “Little Norway” at 9 a.m., and is held during the iconic VikingFest carnival and festival. So if you’re an out of towner, plan on coming out Saturday and stay the night to experience Viking Hospitality! Cost is $45 (all routes).
The ride has three different lengths for all riding levels: the “Odin”: a 59-mile journey featuring over 4,000 ft of climbs. the “Thor”: a 30-mile ride which is fairly flat and just for those looking to have a bit of fun with a little less challenge and the "Freyja": a 16-mile relaxing ride where you can enjoy yourself without breaking too much of a sweat.
Do you have a team or group that is thinking about riding in the Viking Tour? If so, good news for you! We just launched team registration! With team (or group) registration, you can register multiple people at once using one payment, and you can save some money!
  • Small Team (10-15 riders) / $450
  • Large Team (16-20 riders) / $720
What does this mean? This means the more riders you get, the less it costs per rider! For example, if you have 15 members it is only $30 per rider thus saving you $225.
You can find out more information and register at
7am-4pm (9am Start)

Rest Stops, Mechanics, Medics

Vendor Village, Beer Garden, Dinner, Live Music
Get ready for Viking Tour on May 21st! Hugh Nelson 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 31, 2017
Rick Darrow presenting award to Morrow ManorRick Darrow, CEO of Liberty Bank (and Poulsbo Rotarian), shared his personal story about domestic violence, and how he came to be involved with the Domestic Violence Prevention Committee with Rotary and the Morrow Manor Project. Together, Poulsbo Rotary, Liberty Bank, and the YWCA partnered to raise money for Morrow Manor. With some coworkers at the bank, he applied for a competitive grant through the Federal Home Loan Affordable Housing program. The grant was awarded, and today Rick presented a check from Liberty Bank for the staggering amount of $240,000 for Morrow Manor! 
Morrow Manor receives $240,000 donation: Rick Darrow Hugh Nelson 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 31, 2017
Fundraising for Poulsbo Rotary: A Discussion let by Todd TidballTodd Tidball led a group discussion about this year's Poulsbo Rotary Auction. The concern is that our auction has been losing steam. We do raise money, but the trend line is declining. This fall’s auction is slotted to be at the Clearwater Event Center, which has room for 400, but only 150 or so came to last year’s auction. The club gave a resounding YES that we can fill that room, agreeing that it needs UNIQUENESS and more promoting to stand out. Brainstorming followed, and auction input surveys were provided to each member.
Fundraising for Poulsbo Rotary: A Discussion Hugh Nelson 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
New Rotarians: Tony Smallbeck and Rebecca Heryford Hugh Nelson 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 31, 2017
Paul VaughnEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Paul Vaughan shared highlights from his career in radio, communications, and satellite systems . He and his wife love cycling, gardening, and training their dogs for agility competitions. He will be this year’s Viking Tour “Sweeper.”
Classification Talk: Paul Vaughan Hugh Nelson 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 24, 2017
retired Army Colonel William ReederHighly decorated retired Army Colonel William Reeder gave the club a small but profound glimpse into his harrowing year as a POW in Viet Nam. This humble man, who prefers to be called Bill, endured unimaginable physical and mental hardships as the last American taken captive in the Viet Nam war. After being shot down near Ben Het and evading the enemy for three days with a broken back and a shrapnel wound to his foot, he was captured and caged in the jungle before enduring a three-month death march, without shoes, on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. He walked step by step, nearly perishing, to a “regular prison,” where he stayed for months with terrible injuries and multiple diseases. 

In writing his book that Naval Institute Press published last year, he agonized over reliving every detail, asking himself, “Why am I doing this? Who will read it?” His wife provided the answer: Because it is motivational and inspirational. He speaks from the heart of the value of talking to others about experiences of returning from captivity, and how it helps one’s mental state. This summary does not do justice to Bill or his book, as the depth and scope of his resiliency changes those who meet him.  
Through the Valley: My Captivity in Vietnam, by William Reeder Hugh Nelson 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 24, 2017
New members Ahmis Loving, Terry Ward, and Erin SorensenMeredith Green leads the ceremony to induct three new Rotarians: Ahmis Loving, Terry Ward, and Erin Sorensen. Welcome to Poulsbo Rotary! Thank you, sponsors - Donna Etchey, Marlene Mitchell, and Brenda Wall! 
Induction of three new members Hugh Nelson 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 24, 2017
Gaston Peter-Contesse reported that FISH PARK will be getting 3 additional acres to add to its current 40. Poulsbo Rotary has completed a number of projects in Fish Park alongside the contributions of other local Poulsbo groups and organizations. Gaston gave a shout-out to Mayor Becky Erickson for her key role in procuring the land for the city for 1 dollar.
New project opportunities in Fish Park Hugh Nelson 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 24, 2017
Raising funds for Polio PlusPolio Plus is Rotary International's program to End Polio Now. Members tossed their spare coins (plus Ann Piles’ check for 96.50!) into the Change Receptacle for Change to END POLIO NOW Bring your change! 
Donations for Polio Plus Hugh Nelson 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 24, 2017
Jim Schlachter presented a $1000 grant to the Sons of NorwayJim Schlachter presented a $1000 grant to the Sons of Norway Dancers to help provide updated costumes. They have 80 kids now, and serve as wonderful ambassadors for Poulsbo.
Sons of Norway grant Hugh Nelson 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 24, 2017
Gwen Hannon RetirementTom Hall presented a beautiful cake to celebrate Gwen Hannon’s retirement. Congratulations Gwen!
Gwen Hannon Retirement Hugh Nelson 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 17, 2017
Doctors Peter Lucal and Ken FabertDoctors Peter Lucal and Ken Fabert, representing Health Care for All— Washington (HCFA-WA), explained why they believe a statewide single-payer, publicly-funded health system will offer high quality, sustainable, affordable medical care for all Washingtonians. They believe such a system would assure everybody has some health care, with reasonable premiums. The savings over the current system would come from the reduction in the current typical administrative costs, which run 33%, and through the negotiation of costs with providers. They believe it would also limit what they consider to be current unrestrained litigation. Such a plan would cover everything, including dental care, for everybody who doesn’t have a health plan through an employer and would probably require some reasonable co-pay.
Single Payer Health System Discussion Hugh Nelson 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 17, 2017
Kurt WaeschleKurt Waeschle reported the results of his Columbia Tower stair climb— 788 ft/69 floors/1356 steps in full “Turnout Gear” 19 minutes and 32 seconds. Money raised $3005 ($2000 from Rotarians). 
Columbia Tower Stair Climb Hugh Nelson 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 17, 2017
Jim Schlachter presented a check for $450Jim Schlachter presented a check for $450 to two North Kitsap High students to participate in a national athletic medicine competition.
Athletic Medicine Award Hugh Nelson 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 17, 2017
Sons of Norway team on Saint Patrick's Day
The Sons of Norway leprechauns treated us to a special St. Patrick’s Day breakfast and look. 
Ardis Morrow shared an “appropriate” St. Patrick’s Day “story.”
Saint Patrick's Day Hugh Nelson 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 17, 2017
Sidney Minute 3/17/17Sidney described her busy social calendar, including a visit to Ocean Shores last weekend and plans to attend some plays and a movie in the coming weekend.
Sidney Minute 3/17/17 Hugh Nelson 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 10, 2017
Dan Weedin and Jim SundClub Youth Protection Officer Jim Sund and Youth Exchange Officer Dan Weedin provided the annual Club briefing on Youth Protection issues. They explained the importance of adhering to Club Youth Protection policies not only to protect the young people the Club works with, but also Club members. They noted that this involves being aware of physical and emotional boundaries and that there is an even higher possibility of misunderstandings when dealing with exchange students because of language and cultural differences. They warned to be aware of humor and to limit social media contacts to Club activity. They also described the importance of prompt reporting of any inappropriate “incident” to Club officials. 
Rotary Youth Protection Program Hugh Nelson 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 10, 2017
An All-club Fireside will be held at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club in Bremerton March 22nd, 5:30—8:00 It celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Rotary Foundation. Cost $26.50
Upcoming All Club Fireside Hugh Nelson 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 10, 2017
Co-Chairs and Assistant Area Governors Elayne Burton and Sue ShipleyDistrict 5020 District Leadership Training Assembly (DLTA) Co-Chairs and Assistant Area Governors Elayne Burton and Sue Shipley announced that the DLTA scheduled for the Clearwater Casino is sold out, but that they are looking for hosts for 100 attendees for dinner on May 5th. A sign-up sheet will be available to indicate how many people hosts will be able to accommodate. 
District 5020 District Leadership Training Assembly Hugh Nelson 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 10, 2017
Announcements 3/10/17
  • Whiskey Tasting 17 March at Jackie Woods’ home 
  • Club Fireside 21 March, 7:00 at Jerry Deeter’s home 
  • Steve Garfein will be leading a trip to McMinville, OR July 7-8 to see the Spruce Goose and do some wine tasting. 
Announcements 3/10/17 Hugh Nelson 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 10, 2017
Sidney Sydney shared her activities for the previous week, including a sleep over and going to shows with friends and her plan to visit Ocean Shores.
Sidney Minute 3/10/17 Hugh Nelson 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Rand Hillier on Foundations our members help fund Hugh Nelson 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 03, 2017
All Club FiresideThere will be an All-club Fireside at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club in Bremerton March 22nd, 5:30—8:00. It celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation. Cost $26.50 per person.
Upcoming All-Club Fireside Hugh Nelson 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 03, 2017
Kurt Waeschle Fundraiser for Leukemia and LymphomaKurt Waeschle modeled the gear he will be wearing as he sprints up the stairs of the Columbia Tower in Seattle, as part of a fund raiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He picked up over $600 for the cause at our meeting.
Kurt Waeschle Fundraiser for Leukemia and Lymphoma Hugh Nelson 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 03, 2017
SydneySydney shared her activities for the previous two weeks, including skiing and attending the Rotary Exchange Student event in Comox, B.C. 

She’s heading to the Antique Market this week. 
Sidney Minute 3/3/2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 03, 2017
Russell Gonzales and Ella HasardRussell Gonzales, Secretary of the Association, introduced Miss Fil-Am of 2016 Ella Hazzard. He also noted that they are seeking scholarship applicants with some Filipino heritage, with $5000 available.  Info at
Visit by Fil-Am Association of Kitsap Hugh Nelson 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 03, 2017
  • Two Service Saturday projects on March 11: 
Days for Girls at North Kitsap Baptist Church, 9:00 to 2:00; sewing & assembling kits 
Fish Park work, 9:00 to 12:00, north section of the park. 
  • Club Fireside 21 March, 7:00 at Jerry Deeter’s home 
Announcements 3/3/2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 24, 2017
Rotary International Foundation 100th AnniversaryOur club will celebrate the Rotary International Foundation 100th Anniversary on March 22 at Kitsap Golf and Country Club. The event will be from 5:30pm to 8pm and tickets cost $26.50 per person. See Donna Pledger for tickets.
Rotary International Foundation 100th Anniversary Celebration Hugh Nelson 2017-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 24, 2017
Paul Harris Award recipientsThese 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. Margene Smaaladen has a Paul Harris Fellow Award in the works for someone else, earning her a second sapphire (3rd award - sapphires are given for multiple awards). Danny Fritts was awarded his blue sapphire (2nd award). Karen Timken received her third sapphire (4th award) Steve Garfein received his fifth sapphire (6th award), so his pin is now fully surrounded! Congratulations and thanks to each of you for your generous donation!
Paul Harris Fellow Awards Hugh Nelson 2017-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 24, 2017
George Basch - Himalayan Stove projectGeorge Basch shared his moving story of transforming lives and communities by replacing deadly stoves in the high Himalayan region with safe and economical "Envirofit" stoves. The Himalayan Stove Project has impacted the lives of 30,000 people so far, replacing smoky stoves that cause 4+ million deaths per year with new stoves that decrease pollution by 90% and reduce fuel consumption by 75%. The project is staffed completely by volunteers, with heavy Rotary involvement from all over the world. The need is estimated to be a million stoves, many of which need to be delivered over treacherous mountain trails to populations in the Tibetan Plateau, where, due to the lack of wood, they have been burning "yak poop." The stoves cost $150 by the time they are delivered, and are truly saving lives. For more information or to make a donation, please visit Thank you, George, for your gift to the world!
Himalayan Stove Project with George Basch Hugh Nelson 2017-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 24, 2017
Steve Hogg promotes the Viking TourNick Johnson and Steve Hogg shared details for the logistics for promoting the Viking Tour at the Chilly Hilly this Sunday.
Viking Tour Promotion Hugh Nelson 2017-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 17, 2017
Danny FritzEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Danny Fritz is a past club member who recently rejoined. Along with many that come from California to visit, Danny came to the Northwest and fell in love with the area. Two years later he made the northwest his home, where he started a sound production company. However, he found his real calling and real passion when he stopped shaving. Combining his love for children, support for community programs, and striking similarity to Saint Nick, Danny has been named the official Santa of Poulsbo.
Classification Speaker...Danny Fritz Hugh Nelson 2017-02-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 17, 2017
Tom EckmannAs Fishline celebrates it’s 50th birthday, making it the 2nd oldest food bank in the nation, Tom “pop’s the hood” for us to show what powers that machine. 

The food bank serves 1,000,000 pounds of food per year from various sources. Grocery rescue, food drives, locally grown, as well as purchased foods all play a pivotal role.. They are a “market style” food bank that uses a point system called “fish bucks”. The market sees over 32,000 family visits per year and is staffed with over 160 volunteer shifts per week. 

What happens to the spoilage, you may ask. Well, food that is not worth to be “sold” in the market is set aside and donated to local pig farmers who then supply the bacon. Fishline also operated 2 thrift stores in Poulsbo called Second Season. These businesses generate nearly $400,000 in earned income. The 6.5 paid staff members, 3 contractors, and 250 plus volunteers (who teamed up to donate 36,000 hours in 2016, are the gasoline that make the motor go.

Tom explains that they are much more than a food bank. They are a resource and they are a partner. They are proud of their “Food for Thought” program, Birthday Fairy, Christmas Child, Home Share, Safepark, and more. Thank you for sharing the story of Fishline, Tom. We can only hope that we look as healthy and strong as Fishline when we turn 50!
Guest Speaker, Tom Eckmann, President of Fishline Hugh Nelson 2017-02-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 17, 2017
Behzad MostofiBehzad told about his adventure with getting a commercial grade freezer, donated in part by Rotary and Caring Clowns International, into the Ukraine for his project at a Ukrainian orphanage just as war was to break out. The project took 3 years, but once the freezer was in place, the orphanage kitchen was complete. The orphanage works to teach job skills to the residents in order to prepare them to enter society as adults. 

Behzad calls out this challenge: “I dare you to get involved in International, it will do something to your heart.” Thumbs up to you, Behzad!
International Spotlight...Behzad Mostofi Hugh Nelson 2017-02-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 17, 2017
Tony FyrqvistTony Fyrqvist (fur-qwist) was inducted as a new member of the club. He is a native of Finland and a commercial lender at Liberty Bay Bank. He has been married to his wife Lisa for 35 years and enjoys his 5 children and 5 grandchildren. He is a passionate hobby enthusiast when it comes to soccer, roller hockey, boating, guitar, and ping pong. Welcome to Poulsbo Rotary Tony!
New Member Induction...Tony Fyrqvist Hugh Nelson 2017-02-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 17, 2017
  • Rand HillierMarch 25th, Poulsbo Historical Society Codfish Dinner Auction
  • February 26th, Help needed for the Chilly Hilly  @ Bainbridge Senior Center. Talked to the horned Hogg (Steve Hogg) if you are interested in assisting.
  • Kurt Waeschle is participating in the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb on Sunday, March 12th in support of LLS (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society). We can support him by donating to his climb. See Kurt for details on how you can help.
Announcements by Rand Hillier Hugh Nelson 2017-02-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 27, 2017
Paul Polsen - Big Air ProductionsPaul Polsen, President/Owner of Big Air Productions, Inc., described his experience starting out as an artist and sculptor, transitioning into the production of amazing “cold air inflatables.” He shared one of his early experiences of fabricating a huge King Kong inflatable and installing it on the Empire State Building. His products became even more diverse through the development of inflatable stage sets, such as the elaborate set he designed and fabricated for the traveling Broadway production of “Cats.” He pointed out that his inflatable set replaced a conventional set that required seven semi trailers to haul, while his set took up only half of a U-Haul, saving the customer millions over the course of their tour. Significantly, he now employs up to 25 Kitsap residents for projects, most of which are for clients all around the country. 
Paul Polsen - Big Air Productions Hugh Nelson 2017-01-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 27, 2017
Jim Schlachter - Morrow Manor ProgressJim Schlachter, who is the Project Manager for Morrow Manor, provided an update on the progress of the project, most notably that the first of many trees on the property was recently felled. 
Jim Schlachter - Morrow Manor Progress Hugh Nelson 2017-01-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 27, 2017
Todd Tidball Auctions more WineTodd Tidball auctioned three more bottles of premium California Pinot Noir donated to the Club to add $400+ to our auction proceeds. Donna Etchey accidentally made the high bid of $135 for one of the bottles. 
Todd Tidball Auctions more Wine Hugh Nelson 2017-01-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 27, 2017
Tracy Conway Nurturing ExpressionsTracy Conway, RN, founder of Nurturing Expressions, shared the evolution of her business from being that of a mobile service, bringing breast pumps and lactation services directly to clients to the more comprehensive support services currently provided by her company. They now provide a wide array of products and services to support breastfeeding, including a boutique store in West Seattle and a new location in Poulsbo. She noted that a key service they also offer is working with insurance companies, including Medicaid, to assure the services can be provided affordably to the widest possible array of clients.
Tracy Conway Nurturing Expressions Hugh Nelson 2017-01-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 20, 2017
Mayor Becky EricksonMayor Becky Erickson shared her State of the City with the club, highlighting the challenge of balancing economic growth with maintaining the character of Poulsbo. She reviewed the city and surrounding areas by neighborhood. She shared the some of the many changes coming to our city in the next few years, and stressed the importance of diversifying the housing options to maintain the diversity of our city. 
Mayor Becky Erickson - Poulsbo State of the City Hugh Nelson 2017-01-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 20, 2017
Ben RogersEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Ben Rogers shared his story of discovering the importance of service. Through a childhood with love, laughter, and tragedy he finally found “home” in Poulsbo with his family, where they now enjoy their better quality of life. He is a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual Insurance.
Classification Talk - Ben Rogers Hugh Nelson 2017-01-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 20, 2017
Molly Mansker - Days for GirlsMolly Mansker from the Poulsbo Chapter of Days for Girls spoke to our club about the organization's activities. Their motto is: Every girl. Everywhere. Period. Days for Girls International is a grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit. Women, and girls discover their potential and self-value, are equal participants and agents of social change and are given opportunities to thrive, grow and contribute to their community's betterment while ensuring quality sustainable feminine hygiene. Rotary International is one of a number of "Impact Partners" for Days for Girls, which has numerous community projects in countries world wide. Poulsbo Rotary has contributed to a Days for Girls project in Kenya. Molly explained that many girls there miss 5 days of school per month because of feminine hygiene issues, and that humanity can’t afford this. Fundraising and organizational support for Days for Girls pays for feminine hygiene kits that are distributed to young women in the communities served. For 8 years, women have been sewing washable sustainable feminine hygiene pads that last 3-5 years. Making the kits is very labor intensive, with each taking 3-4 hours to complete. However, for the girls who receive them, they bring freedom.
Molly Mansker: Days for Girls Hugh Nelson 2017-01-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 20, 2017
Jeff HoraWe periodically ask a club member to retell about his/her life and work for the benefit of newer members. Jeff Hora told us about his journey from small town to playing in the Navy Band, serving in a number of places all over the country and abroad, and obtaining degrees in music education and composition. He taught himself programming and got a communications degree the discovered a passion for connecting with the technology needed to get things done. When Jeff transitioned out of the Navy to the business world he worked for a cloud computing company, a cellphone manufacturer, and a “little” computer company called Microsoft. Eventually he saw the light and moved across the Puget Sound to finally call Poulsbo his home. Here he founded his company, Social Sapiens, as a means to fix what he describes as “the gaping hole” in social media marketing strategy .
Vocational Spotlight - Jeff Hora Hugh Nelson 2017-01-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 20, 2017
Sidney EngelbertinkSidney Engelbertink told the club about her visit to Lake Crescent, her opportunity to sing Karaoke, and her attendance at a party at Kimi Kinoshita’s. She taught us the word for vacation in Dutch. 
Sidney’s Week in Review (1/20/2017) Hugh Nelson 2017-01-20 08:00:00Z 0
40th Anniversary of Poulsbo Rotary Hugh Nelson 2017-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 13, 2017
Dr. Berit Madsen, Peninsula Cancer CenterDr. Berit Madsen, Radiation Oncologist and cofounder of the Peninsula Cancer Center here in Poulsbo provided a fascinating look at the progress of current cancer treatment with radiation. Of particular note was the emerging ability to custom design treatment, based in genetic study of the tumor, sometimes allowing the avoidance of chemotherapy, or even the avoidance of any treatment at all.
Dr Berit Madsen, Peninsula Cancer Center Hugh Nelson 2017-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 13, 2017
Viking Tour LogoNick Johnson introduced the new logo for the 2017 Viking Tour. The Viking Tour is a group bicycle ride on the Kitsap Peninsula taking place on Sunday, May 21st, 2017. The tour starts and finishes in historic Poulsbo and is held during the iconic Viking Fest carnival and festival.  The ride has four different lengths for all riding levels: the Odin (58-miles), the Thor (31-miles), the Freyja (15-miles).
You can find out more information and register at
Viking Tour - new logo Hugh Nelson 2017-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Support and acknowledgement for John Powers Hugh Nelson 2017-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 13, 2017
Denny DavisEach 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. Longtime Rotarian Denny Davis received his Blue Badge for our club.
Denny Davis receives blue badge Hugh Nelson 2017-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 13, 2017
Kurt WaeschleEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Kurt Waeschle described his journey progressing from firefighter in China Lake, to his current job as Chief of the Navy Region Northwest Region Fire Department, with an intervening assignment for the Navy in Italy.
Classification Talk - Kurt Waeschle Hugh Nelson 2017-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 13, 2017
Leo FriedWe periodically ask a long time member to retell about their life and work for the benefit of newer members. Leo Fried shared with us his journey from being a novice jewelry maker, to street jewelry vendor, to Pike Street Market vendor and finally landing in Poulsbo to open his first and subsequent store fronts for Blue Heron Jewelry.
Vocational Spotlight - Leo Fried Hugh Nelson 2017-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 06, 2017
Phil ParkerPhil Parker, a 1978 Rotary Exchange recipient for Dijon, France from his hometown, Fallon, Nevada spoke to our club about his experiences and education abroad, which changed his life and gave him an idea that led him to change lives of others.

Along with meeting his wife and obtaining a degree, he experienced challenges that would spark an idea about improving literacy throughout the world. He identified literacy challenges as a result of lack of books published in native language or as he referred “underserved languages”.

With a partnership from the Bill Gates Foundation, he has pioneered an AI system that creates algorithms to produce language and content transfers. This breakthrough gave way to over 57,000 titles of math books in 400 to 500 different languages. Books are produced with glossaries with content platforms in local languages, all in respect to the local communities, in many cases centered around weather and agriculture. We thank Phil for his efforts and information about how he is working to improve literacy.
Phil Parker “AI (Artificial Intelligence) and the Rotary Exchange” Hugh Nelson 2017-01-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 06, 2017
Bob Hawkinson - Poulsbo Rotary Scholarship ApplicationsBob described the Scholarship Programs provided by Poulsbo Rotary. Last year our Rotary awarded 14 academic scholarships as well as 4 vocational scholarships, totaling over $14,000! Academic scholarships are now done electronically while the vocational scholarships are submitted via paper application. Poulsbo Rotary has posted our online academic scholarship applications for incoming freshmen for the academic year 2017-2018 at The scholarship rules and application process can be found at Online applications only this year. No paper academic scholarship applications will be accepted.
Vocational Services Month - Scholarships - Bob Hawkinson Hugh Nelson 2017-01-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 06, 2017
Membership committee recognizes those who have added to our membership!Memebership Chair Meredith Green calleed to the front a group of vibrant Rotarians to be recognized for their membership efforts in 2016. Their accomplishments: Each sponsored a new member into the Club last year! (PR committee member Brett Clark wants to thank to the handsome chap on the end (Rand Hillier) for sponsoring him!)
Membership Committee Recognizes... Hugh Nelson 2017-01-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 06, 2017
Sidney briefed us on school. “School is…... well…...School”. Surprisingly enough, we understood EXACTLY what she meant. 
She celebrated the New Year since her last update. She went to friends of her host family in Seattle and noted that the celebration of the holiday was relatively uneventful compared to the Netherlands. At home friends, family, and neighbors gather outside their homes at the stroke of midnight to wish goodwill to each other for the newly arrived year. Sounds like a wonderful place Sidney. 
Word of the week: Ja (yah) is the word Yes Nee (nay) is the word No   
Sidney Update (1/16/17)... Hugh Nelson 2017-01-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 06, 2017
  • Rand HillierJanuary 21...Chamber Gala. Rotarians up for nomination: Chad Solvie/Jim Shields (Person of the Year) Blue Heron Jewelry (Business of the Year) Jim Sund (Volunteer of the Year)
  • January 14th...Service Saturday Jewel Box Theater 9a-12p
  • February 4th...40th Anniversary of Poulsbo Rotary Think of those to invite from the past
Announcements by Rand Hillier (1/6/17): Hugh Nelson 2017-01-06 08:00:00Z 0
Wesley Ludwig tells about the Coast Guard Academy Hugh Nelson 2016-12-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 30, 2016
Hugh Nelson and Brenda ProwseHugh Nelson and wife Brenda Prowse were surprise guests via Skype, sharing a bit about their life in Paris and how Hugh has continued his involvement with Poulsbo Rotary rather than seeking to join another club in Paris.
Hugh Nelson and Brenda Prowse visit from Paris Hugh Nelson 2016-12-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 30, 2016
Mark MiddletonEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Mark Middleton delivered his Classification Talk, describing his life growing up on Bainbridge Island and eventually marrying the love of his life, his wife Suzy. Mark noted it was appropriate that we heard from Hugh and Brenda. Over the years since starting his real estate career in 2005, he had always enjoyed doing business with Brenda Prowse’s company, and then he joined her team when she moved her business to Realogics Sotheby's International Real Estate in 2012. Hugh had encouraged him to join Poulsbo Rotary.
Mark Middleton Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2016-12-30 08:00:00Z 0
Paul and Debra Vaughn join Poulsbo Rotary Hugh Nelson 2016-12-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 30, 2016
Sidney Our exchange student Sydney told us about her week, which included snowshoeing and ice skating. 
Sidney updates us on her week Hugh Nelson 2016-12-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 30, 2016
Ardis MorrowArdis Morrow shared yet another of her weekly comical stories.
Ardis tells a story Hugh Nelson 2016-12-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 30, 2016
The theme of our December 30th meeting was “Potpourri, “ which well described the events of the day. The meeting began with an extended period of fellowship, where the attendees were encouraged to share with one another. That was followed by individual sharing: 
End of the year meeting Hugh Nelson 2016-12-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 16, 2016
Joey Pipia
Main program speaker Joey Pipia, provided a funny, magic-filled presentation on how to speak with less fear.  His key points: 
1. Breath (This is natural) 
2. Focus (Like a laser) 
3. Prepare (Script) and Rehearse (Be a Pro) 
4. Enthusiasm (You can’t argue with the breath of Gods 
5. Confidence (Perception is reality) 
Speak Fear-Less Hugh Nelson 2016-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 16, 2016
Ann Pyles shared the details of a recent Friendship Exchange trip completed by her and several other Club members to Cuatro Cayos and San Lucas Tolimon, Guatamala. 
Guatemala Rotary Friendship Exchange Hugh Nelson 2016-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Todd Tidball - Brenda Wall mini Auction Fundraiser Hugh Nelson 2016-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Dolph Jaeger - Charter Member of Poulsbo Rotary Hugh Nelson 2016-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Christmas Carols provided by the NKHS Choir Hugh Nelson 2016-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 02, 2016
District Governor Joanne Croghan
Rotary District Governor Joanne Croghan (with her gift chicken) was the featured speaker at today's meeting. This was stop number number 88 on her District tour. She described the Poulsbo Rotary Club as “closest to her home and closest to her heart”.
Joanne considers herself an “ordinary” Rotarian even as she explained about some extraordinary projects that she has put together throughout the world. Her most significant contribution was in leading her Bainbridge Island Club (with support from Rotary International Grants and funding from other clubs) in organizing the drilling of 191 bore holes to provide sources of clean water in Uganda.
She says “I don’t have the power or the resources to get these kinds of projects done...but WE together, WE can do great things”. “Ordinary Rotarians make a difference everyday”, she tells the group. She concluded with “Just keep doing what you’ve been doing so well for so long...and have fun doing it!”
District Governor Joanne Croghan Hugh Nelson 2016-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 02, 2016
Richard Koven receives congratulations from Club President Mary Nader Club member Richard Koven was recognized and congratulated for all his efforts organizing fellow members to vote for Coffee Oasis in the annual Jewelers for Children competition to support local charities. Poulsbo Rotary has completed several projects that were important contributions to establishing a Coffee Oasis site in Poulsbo. Earlier in the week Richard was on hand at a ceremony at Coffee Oasis to present them with the $5,000 award check. He was also recognized for his efforts in generating funds for many other charitable organizations.
Richard, who appeared at this meeting as himself and not as Super Koven, a persona he used at club meetings during the fundraising, admirably returned credit back to club members by joking, “I just beat you up until you helped out.” Great work Super Koven!
Coffee Oasis wins the $5,000 prize! Hugh Nelson 2016-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 02, 2016
Lori Cloutier receives award from District Governor Joanne CroghanRotary District Governor Joanne Croghan was on hand to present the Rotary Foundation Award to the Poulsbo Rotary for all of the Club’s hard work and donations to Polio Plus, the Rotary International project to eradicate polio throughout the world. On hand to accept the award was Lori Cloutier, our club’s Foundation chair. Governor Joanne told the group “make no mistake, it’s the members that make the difference”.
Poulsbo Rotary Receives Award!!! Hugh Nelson 2016-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 02, 2016
Sidney telling about  her California tripCalifornia dreamin’! Sidney told us a little about why she’s been absent from Rotary for a couple of weeks. She’s been in sunny Southern California “getting sun”. She spent her time with other exchange students on their California field trip doing little bit of surfing, spending some time at Disneyland, and enjoying the weather. There was also a little bit of rain involved in her trip to California, about which she admitted “I may have brought the rain with me.”
Sidney Update - December 2, 2016... Hugh Nelson 2016-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 18, 2016
Sharon Lee, Poulsbo Branch Manager, Kitsap Regional LibrarySharon shared a wide variety of interesting information on services the Library offers, including: 
  • In addition to physical books, their Website is a “Digital Branch” which allows access to a wide variety of services via the Internet, including a digital library card. 
  • The Library offers E-books which can be downloaded and automatically disappear after two weeks, avoiding late fines. Audio book CDs can also be checked out. 
  • They provide free access to reference resources that otherwise require fees. 
  • Members can download up to 5 free songs each month to keep 
Sharon Lee, Poulsbo Branch Manager, Kitsap Regional Library Hugh Nelson 2016-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 18, 2016
Shannon Singleton received a check from Youth Service Chair Nick McCallumNorth Kitsap Schools Foundation President Shannon Singleton received a check from Youth Service Chair Nick McCallum for $4700 plus to support STEM Education projects in North Kitsap Schools. 
Club Supports North Kitsap Schools Foundation Hugh Nelson 2016-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 18, 2016
Poulsbo Community Orchestra - Steve SwannSteve Swann shared information on the Poulsbo Community Orchestra, including their move to the North Kitsap Community Auditorium for their concerts and their upcoming free Christmas Concert Dec 4th at 3:00 pm.
Poulsbo Community Orchestra Hugh Nelson 2016-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 18, 2016
Michele Doyle - Election of Club Officers for 2017/2018Club President-Elect Michele Doyle announced the official nominations for officers and Chairs for 2017/2018 and invited any additional nominations. Voting will take place at a December meeting.
Election of Club Officers for 2017/2018 Hugh Nelson 2016-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 18, 2016
Randy Linaman rejoins Poulsbo RotaryRandy’s Back! Former member Randy Linaman was re-inducted by Meredith Green as Behzad Mostofi looks on. Congratulations Randy and welcome back!
Randy Linaman rejoins Poulsbo Rotary Hugh Nelson 2016-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 18, 2016
YWCA Presents Award to Poulsbo RotaryThe Kitsap County YWCA presented an Award to Poulsbo Rotary for our contributions to the prevention of domestic violence. Club member Alexis Foster presented the Award Certificate to Club President Mary Nader on behalf of the YWCA. 
YWCA Presents Award to Poulsbo Rotary Hugh Nelson 2016-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 11, 2016
Denny WilfordDenny Wilford, Gig Harbor Rotarian, shared his journey from surviving polio as a child to assisting those stricken in the Somali region. He wanted to not only participate in the powerful vaccination programs, but also improve the lives of other survivors. Through his slides, music, and words, he gave us a glimpse into the inspiring success of the Cheshire Home Rehabilitation Center in Ethiopia with its life-changing hydrotherapy program. People who had been crawling have become mobile, allowing them to stop begging, get jobs, and support themselves with dignity. 
Denny Wilford: Polio Survivor/Foundation Spokesperson Hugh Nelson 2016-11-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 11, 2016
Jeff and Nick discuss the Rotary FoundationJeff and Nick, complete with ASK sashes, educated the club about the history of the first 100 years of the Rotary Foundation, highlighting events such as End Polio now, International Peace Centers, and Paul Harris Awards as well as Sustaining Members, The Paul Harris Society, Matching of points toward Paul Harris Society of up to 250 points toward your 1K, making a $26.50 donation, #100actsofgood and other ways you can contribute.
Nick showed us how to FUNNEL our CHANGE: CHANGE RECEPTACLE for CHANGE!  
Foundation Month Feature! Hugh Nelson 2016-11-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 11, 2016
Danny FritzMeredith and the Club welcomed back Danny Fritz at his official Re-Induction. Congratulations Danny for rejoining Poulsbo Rotary!
Danny Fritz rejoins Poulsbo Rotary Hugh Nelson 2016-11-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 11, 2016
Brenda WallMary extended a thank you to Brenda Wall for her part on the Auction Team (Brenda missed last week’s recognition).
Brenda Wall - Thank you! Hugh Nelson 2016-11-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 11, 2016
SidneySidney’s Week in Review included school, “totally crazy and unexpected” election results and her excitement over going to tomorrow’s HUSKY GAME! 
Sidney - November 11th Hugh Nelson 2016-11-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 04, 2016
Sidney EngelbertinkOur own Exchange Student Sidney Engelbertink, shared information about herself, her family and her country, the Netherlands, and her home town—Oldenzaal. She noted that the Dutch are the tallest population in the world and that 86% speak English. She shared that the significance of the color Orange to the Dutch is that the House of Orange led the battle against the Spanish. She noted that her hometown has about 30,000 people, and like most of the Netherlands, is very flat and most travel by bike. She has a passion for riding horses and teaching kids to ride. 
Sidney Engelbertink presentation about the Netherlands Hugh Nelson 2016-11-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 04, 2016
Denny DavisEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Longtime Rotarian, but new Poulsbo Club member Denny Davis, formerly of the Bainbridge Island Club, delivered his required Classification Talk. Denny spoke of the devastating impact alcohol had on his family as he was growing up. He was the son of a Minister, and eventually became one as well, spending 20 years in that role in Oregon. He also spent time as the President of Northwest College and time working with the Crystal Cathedral in Southern California. In all, he’s been a Rotarian for 45 years, only recently relocating to Poulsbo. 
Denny Davis Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2016-11-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 04, 2016
Molly Mansker-Stoker and Gayle HellerMolly Mansker-Stoker received a check for Days for Girls in Kenya, Africa.
Days for Girls in Kenya Hugh Nelson 2016-11-04 07:00:00Z 0
Second Table Ministries Award Hugh Nelson 2016-11-04 07:00:00Z 0
Brandon Ryder Eagle Scout Project Hugh Nelson 2016-11-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 04, 2016
Lori CloutierLori Cloutier shared that the Rotary Foundation is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.  She proposed that our Club perform 100 acts of kindness to recognize that milestone.  She also asked that all Paul Harris Award holders wear their pins to the next meeting.
Rotary Foundation 100th anniversary Hugh Nelson 2016-11-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 28, 2016
2016 Rotary Exchange Student Sidney Engelbertink, who’s birthday was on Tuesday, enjoyed her All American birthday in the most hallowed of American a local Mexican restaurant, complete with “Happy Birthday” sung in Spanish and an oversized sombrero (would have liked that picture to post here).
Sidney felt a little homesick spending her birthday away from her family. As she explained, to celebrate her birthday at home they had a party FOR her, which was really WITHOUT her, she laughed. Her most remarkable part of the week - ALL THE RAIN! “So much rain!” she said.
Word of the Week “Hartelijk Gefeliciteerd” aka "Happy Birthday".
Sidney Update - 10/28/16 Hugh Nelson 2016-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 28, 2016
Dr. David Mitchell, President of Olympic College…Dr. Mitchell, president of Olympic College, spoke about expanding and improving student access and achievements at Olympic College. In 2015, Olympic College was a finalist for the Aspen Prize for Community Excellence. “It was an honor,” Dr. Mitchell said “with thousands of community colleges, to be selected as a finalist”. 

Military education and veteran’s services are projects that the College is very proud of, along with the College's partnerships with Western Washington University as well as with WSU’s expanded partnership into mechanical and electrical engineering.

Dr. Mitchell told the group “College still is a great return on investment. Olympic College is a college where you can get a degree and still be debt free”.
Dr. David Mitchell, President of Olympic College… Hugh Nelson 2016-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 28, 2016
Pamela Benson, Wide Mouth Frog/Girls Night OutPamela, owner of Wide Mouth Frog, spoke about the success of the 1st fully organized Fall Girls Night Out. There were over 400 women in attendance! The event raised over $3000 to bring the total raised to $14,222. Donation from these events go in great part to Morrow Manor. Pamela wanted to remind everyone that there is a list of shops that were involved in helping to make Girl’s Night Out a success. She asked that we look to support those business as consumers in the way that those businesses support the community.
Pamela Benson, Wide Mouth Frog/Girls Night Out Hugh Nelson 2016-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 28, 2016
Your 2016 Rotary Auction TeamPresident Mary called up the 2016 Rotary Auction team to be recognized for their amazing efforts in making our 34th Rotary Auction a wonderful success. In all, the auction raised $62,500 net dollars. That’s a lot of great money that will do a lot of great work.
As the money tree loses it leaves and the money suit goes back in the closet, Todd wants to remind all that the auction is not complete. There are still Accounts Receivable to collect, and the team would like to be able to close the books. If you have balances, Todd asks to have them in by December 1st. 
Your 2016 Rotary Auction Team... Hugh Nelson 2016-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 28, 2016
Announcements-Seahawks Party at Steve and Cindy Garfein’s. November 20th! Save the date!
Announcements 10-28-2016 Hugh Nelson 2016-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 21, 2016
Emma SmithBack from Colombia, Rotary Rebound Student Emma Smith, shared her experiences in Colombia last school year (Rebounds are students who have spent a year abroad on the Rotary Youth Exchange program and return home for their 'rebound year.')
  • The process of getting to Colombia was more complicated than she anticipated, making for an initial arduous journey. 
  • She found she had to deal with some negative stereotypes her classmates held of Americans, of which she was eventually able to overcome by obtaining their trust and respect. 
  • She initially found it challenging navigating through the differences in culture and the educational system, complicated by her initial rudimentary grasp of the language, which improved dramatically with her total immersion. 
  • In spite of the challenges, which were mitigated by great host families, she ended up thoroughly enjoying her stay and was able to do a great deal of traveling around the country. 
Emma demonstrates Salsa dancing with club member Leo Fried.
Emma Smith demonstrates salza dancing with Leo Fried
Emma Smith reports on her year in Columbia Hugh Nelson 2016-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 21, 2016
Bob LinzEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Bob Linz, a recent transfer from the Bainbridge Island Rotary, related his experience growing up as one of five children in a poor family in Jacksonville, Florida and the major impact on his life of a life-long mentor that took him under his wing when he was only six. He went on to describe how his early success with purchasing and selling some property led to a successful career as a real estate broker. After a long run with the BI Rotary, including a term as President, he has joined us because of his recent move to Poulsbo.
Classification Talk - Bob Linz Hugh Nelson 2016-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 21, 2016
Penny Nixon - Etta ProjectsPenny Nixon of the Etta Projects shared the progress of various projects conducted by her organization in Bolivia. Poulsbo Rotary has been a long time contributor to various Etta Projects. Penny discussed recent water-related projects and a project to provide sanitation and privacy through the construction of eco-toilets in rural areas. They are also moving into training women in Bolivian villages to provide basic health care to their population. They are planning a trip in September 2017 to deal with dental and vision care. Also on their agenda is to create a retraining center to update the healthcare training they provide.
Etta Projects - Penny Nixon Hugh Nelson 2016-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 14, 2016
Alanna ImbachAlanna shared both her passion for and path-way to finding the benefits of what is now known as Co-Working spaces. She and her husband have founded Vibe Coworks, which will bring co-working spaces to Poulsbo. Co-working spaces are membership-based work spaces where diverse groups of workers from different professions  work together in a shared, communal setting. Such settings are on the rise, and typically offer cutting-edge spaces and increased motivation and stimulation. We are eager to explore this more. 
Featured Presentation: Alanna Imbach: People Thrive in Co-working Spaces Hugh Nelson 2016-10-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 14, 2016
  • Thank you to all volunteers for our recent club work parties!
  • Check awarded to Delta Kappa Gamma for planning a seminar: Closing the (education) Achievement Gap 
  • AUCTION UPDATE:  105 donations in now! Still time for sponsors, advertising. Need volunteers AFTER 10/21 Rotary and Sat 9am, greeting table, and clean up 
  • Larry Bartholomew asked for volunteers to help PR Committee plan the 40th Year Celebration (Feb. 2017) 
  • Sidney shared that she loved Homecoming (fanciest dress ever!) and dinner with Mary.  
  • Snoop Rand rapped and sent the mystery purse around. 
  • Paul Harris Major Donor award presented to Bob Doane (shown in photo). This award with special pin is given to members whose cumulative contributions to the Rotary Foundation exceed $10,000.
Announcements October 14, 2016 Hugh Nelson 2016-10-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 14, 2016
Gayle HellerGayle shared her vocational path to finan cial planning. She learned to budget in childhood, and went on to work in insurance, then investing on Wall Street, and now in financial planning. Her mother taught her to “Make the world a better place than when you came,” and she definitely does!  
Vocational Moment: Gayle Heller Hugh Nelson 2016-10-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 07, 2016
Five new members - Kurt Waeschle, Jackie Wood, Donna Strep, Alexis Foster and Ben RogersMeredith Green inducts five new Rotarians, pictured here with their sponsors and families. The new members are Kurt Waeschle, Jackie Wood, Donna Strep, Alexis Foster and Ben Rogers. Congratulations to all of you and welcome to Poulsbo Rotary!
Five New Members Inducted into Poulsbo Rotary Hugh Nelson 2016-10-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 07, 2016
Geoff Schmidt receives his Blue BadgeEach 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. Geoff Schmidt receives his Blue Badge from wife (and fellow Rotarian) Amy Sanford-Schmidt.
Geoff Schmidt receives his Blue Membership Badge Hugh Nelson 2016-10-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 07, 2016
Carol McCullars (right) and Suraya Van Schalkwyk (left)Carol McCullars (right) and Suraya Van Schalkwyk (left) shared the story of how Carol established Butterfly Readers at the Athlone Girls School, a South African school populated by the children of domestic workers in a wealthy suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. Carol’s initial success was mentoring into a top notch student a single young boy who was struggling with reading. Carol was invited by Suraya to apply those skills to assist a group of 8th grade girls at Athlone who were reading at kindergarten levels. Her success there has spurred her determination to continue and expand those efforts.
The Butterfly Readers Program - South Africa Hugh Nelson 2016-10-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 07, 2016
Rand Hillier pays tribute to Steve FosterRand Hillier offered a moving tribute in recognition of the recent passing of beloved long-time Rotarian Steve Foster. Steve not only served as President of the Club, but also made innumerable contributions to major Club projects and served as an example of service to the community for all Rotarians to emulate. Steve was selected as our club's Rotarian of the Year on several occasions. He was always ready to participate in club projects, and he always added to the fun with his keen sense of humor. We will miss you Steve!
Tribute to Steve Foster Hugh Nelson 2016-10-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 04, 2016
Rand Hillier as R-Dogg
Our talented lyrical and choreographic Rotarian, Rand Hillier aka The R-Dogg, spit his Auction rhymes to start off the Rotary Auction update.
“Don’t do me dis...cuz I’m getting good at this!” raps The R-Dogg.
Michelle Doyle boasts that 90 tickets have been sold but her goal is to get 200! $55 in the pre-sale, $60 at the door. Business sponsorship opportunities are available, contact Donna Etchey for details.
Rapping Inc. by The R-dogg - Rotary Auction Update Hugh Nelson 2016-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 30, 2016
Denise Trey YMCA-Survivor Driven Domestic Violence Advocacy
Denise Frey, Executive Director of The YWCA of Kitsap County, walks us through Home Safe...Beyond the walls of Morrow Manor. Denise explains that Morrow Manor is about cutting the strings of control and empowering “hopeless victims into successful survivors”.
She tells us “Domestic violence is a COMMUNITY problem, affecting ALL of our lives” and that “The GAME CHANGER is a community wide response of people speaking up and getting involved at the first signs. Whether it be a friend, a neighbor, a coworker...get involved!”
She left us with her favorite quote and how she envisions the transformation of Morrow Manor.. “A house is made of bricks and beams, a home is made of hopes and dreams”
Denise Frey YWCA-Survivor Driven Domestic Violence Advocacy Hugh Nelson 2016-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 30, 2016
Pastor Brad, Fellow Rotarian from South AfricaBradley Stoffels, Executive Director with Emmanuel Early Childhood Development Center in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, expressed his deepest gratitude for the partnership and support with Caring Clowns International, Second Table Ministries, and Poulsbo Rotary. Brad shares a slide of one of his schools that works with over 185 children, to provide early childhood development to children ages 0-5.
“Despite all the things that we have...poverty, HIV, WE HAVE CHILDREN COMING TO SCHOOL! What you give is what makes that possible” Brad graciously explains.
Pastor Brad, Fellow Rotarian from South Africa Hugh Nelson 2016-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 30, 2016
Jon PaveyAnnouncements
  • Service Saturday 10/8 @ Fishpark and Oyster Park 9a to 12p
  • Wine Tasting on 10/7 @ Duffy’s to honor Butterfly Readers 
  • Travelling Wine Tour Oct 14 thru Oct 15, Spruce Goose Winery in Oregon
Announcements 9-30-2016 Hugh Nelson 2016-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 16, 2016
Tom Eckmann Entrepreneurship 101Tom has more than 40 years of experience with startup, early-stage and growth companies. He held senior level management consulting positions with A.T. Kearney, Arthur D. Little, and KPMG Peat Marwick and served as the senior operations officer in two publicly-held technology firms. But his true passion is entrepreneurship and he’s started and sold two software companies, a business service outsourcing company, and a renewable energy company. In 2007 he joined the faculty in the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington where he shares his experiences teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in innovation and entrepreneurship. Tom earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California in Berkeley. 
In his presentation, Tom covered definitions of entrepreneurship, the many paths to become an entrepreneur, why it matters, and the vocational/professional services components. He suggested that we invite club members to talk about their businesses, invite new business owners for short presentations, try a project for business mentoring, explore partnering with others, support business-oriented education programs and collaborate with schools to promote entrepreneurship.
Tom Eckmann Entrepreneurship 101 Hugh Nelson 2016-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 16, 2016
International Spotlight: Walk in the LightBrenda Wall introduced guests from Walk in the Light. Our club granted $3K for 7th graders in Burkina Faso to assist in providing clean water, healthcare and education. Our club previously granted funds for a health center. Brenda also announced that a fundraiser, Walk for Water, is coming up Sept 24.
International Spotlight: Walk in the Light Hugh Nelson 2016-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 16, 2016
Denny Davis and Bob LinzCongratulations to new Poulsbo Rotary members Bob Linz and Denny Davis (shown in order leftmost in photo), who were inducted on September 16th. Welcome to our club!
Denny Davis and Bob Linz join Poulsbo Rotary Hugh Nelson 2016-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 16, 2016
Announcements 6/19/16Announcements
  • Fantastic Fishline Food Drive last week! 6,977 lbs of food collected plus $2K!  
  • Mary asked for input on whether to start early or end late when we need 5 more minutes 
  • AUCTION UPDATE: get your tickets now — price goes up on Oct 1. It’s crunch time — get donated items to Jesse Nino. Bring WINE: goal is 100 bottles in 2 weeks. Advertising will be starting soon! 
  • Mary thanked members for helping at Morrow Manor ground breaking last Friday.
Announcements 9-16-2016 Hugh Nelson 2016-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 16, 2016
Rand Hillier says The annual Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation Auction will be held on October 22, 2016. Rand Hillier says "Give Big!

Your donation helps our club do many good things in our community, in our country, and internationally. The dinner auction is the principal fundraiser for our club, and without your support, we simply could not do as much.

Your local Rotary Club is one of the best investments you can make in the health and welfare of our community. Since every Rotarian is a volunteer, essentially every penny we can generate from your donation is invested directly into a project in either local or international communities. This compares very favorably with any other charity you support. In every case a friend or acquaintance from the club is there to ensure that the funds are well spent and that results are achieved. The Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and your contribution is tax deductible, subject to tax regulations.
Poulsbo Rotary Auction - 2016 Hugh Nelson 2016-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 09, 2016
Morrow Manor GroundbreakingOn September 9th numerous members of our club along with representatives from the YWCA of Kitsap County and City of Poulsbo met to break ground for Morrow Manor.
Here are two sections from the story reported in the North Kitsap Herald.
"The upcoming site preparation for Morrow Manor was celebrated Sept. 9. The work is expected to begin in October. When completed, the four townhouse duplexes — set amidst alders, cedars and firs near Noll Road and Mesford Street — will provide a safe and nurturing place for survivors of domestic violence to rebuild their lives."

"Morrow Manor will be owned by the YWCA of Kitsap County. One acre of the site will be developed into a park, which will be deeded to the city. The park will feature a sculpture of Eli Creekmore, a young boy who died because of domestic violence; his life and death drive his aunt Ardis Morrow’s work to develop housing solutions for domestic violence survivors, and to ensure they are better protected by the law. Morrow Manor is named in her honor."
Morrow Manor Groundbreaking Ceremony Hugh Nelson 2016-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 09, 2016
Kitsap County Department of Emergency ManagementMike Gordon, Director Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management, explains what we can expect and how to prepare in the event of a seismic catastrophe. Key elements of good preparedness include neighborhood awareness, proper storage of flamables, having a 14-day supply of essential dry foods and clean drinking water, as well as battery-powered emergency communication capability.
Emergency Planning If/When the "Big One" Hits Hugh Nelson 2016-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 09, 2016
Gayle Heller Presents $3,500 Check to Dr Dennis CarlsonDr. Carlson of Bainbridge Island and founder of Kossoye Development Projects in Ethiopia came to receive the grant for their work helping the rural people in the north. They provide seeds and teach how to grow vegetables. The Club has helped over several years supplying money for a pump for water, a shed to store seeds, training about cultivation and propagation.and the purchase of seeds. He has worked for over 60 years in Ethiopia. In 2003 he started a two-year study to find a way to help the rural people suffering from malnutrition. They only ate a grain called teff and a little lamb but no vegetables. Fifty per cent of the people were stunted. They have measured the children over the years. After two years the children who are the vegetables were an inch and a half taller than the others. This year the people have packaged 100,000 seed packets for distribution which will help feed 500,000 people.
Gayle Heller Presents $3,500 Check to Dr Dennis Carlson Hugh Nelson 2016-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Jim Sund Birthday Hugh Nelson 2016-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 02, 2016
Ann PylesAnn, describing herself as a serial entrepreneur, took us through the many jobs and businesses that took her throughout the country. From San Francisco to Green Bay and back, she’s been a researcher, an art dealer, started a series of non-profit start up’s,  and also many successful home health care businesses, only to name a few of her accomplishments. (Not to mention the Poulsbo Farmer's Market) She credits her successes to the strong work ethic she learned from her parents.
Vocation Spotlight-Ann Pyles Hugh Nelson 2016-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 02, 2016
Shannon SingletonShannon Singleton, President of North Kitsap School’s Foundation and the most recent addition to the North Kitsap Schools staff as a speech and language pathologist, talked about the purpose of the North Kitsap Schools Foundation, which is to provide a way for the community to come together to support education and academic opportunities for all NKSD students. 

The grants provided go toward teacher programs, professional development, education materials, academic support for struggling students and field trips. Last year they distributed $80,000 in grant money. 

Poulsbo Rotary has donated over $6,000! A portion of that money went to purchase a set of classroom iPads, which helped to support children with special needs to learn to read at higher levels...and fall in love with reading again! 
Shannon Singleton, North Kitsap Schools Foundation Hugh Nelson 2016-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 02, 2016
Announcements September 2, 2016
Jon Pavey offered the following announcements: 
  • 9/16 Wine tasting at Amy and Geoff’s 
  • Clown Classes (Caring Clowns International) 10/15 and 10/22. Call Duffy @ (425) 890-2092
  • 15th Annual YWCA Charity Putt Putt on 9/23
  • Sons of Norway Rummage Sale on 9/24
  • Kingston Rotary Household Chemical Pickup on 9/24 10a-4p at George’s Corner Park and Ride
  • Rotary/Lions Joint Food Drive for Fishline 9/10 & 9/11. Looking for 2 hr volunteers. 
Announcements September 2, 2016 Hugh Nelson 2016-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 02, 2016
Chris DoveyEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Chris, the son of Norwegian immigrants, was born in San Francisco, California. His first job was with the family business writing invoices, which turned out to be the beginning of his long and successful accounting career. Following high school he moved to Norway, where he studied business before coming back to San Francisco to get his degree. Chris says the best part of the accounting profession is the versatility of it. He can work in any business and in any location, and he has. He’s been with a biotech firm, pharmaceutical company, worked with protein bars, and the family favorite...halloween costumes.
Classification Talk-Chris Dovey Hugh Nelson 2016-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 02, 2016
Sidney's weekly updateThis week saw Sidney’s first day of school. She was amazed at the size of the North Kitsap High School, but equally amazed at the excitement that the teachers have for teaching in America. Just like any first day of school, it didn’t go off without a hitch. “It had its challenges” she said with a sigh. Challenges that had her “accidentally” taking 2 lunches. She is looking forward to the weekend and getting to go to Seattle. We look forward to hearing about it new week.
Sidney’s Weekly Update 9/2/2016 Hugh Nelson 2016-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
End Polio Now Campaign is On... Lori Cloutier 2016-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 26, 2016
Mark Middleton and wife Susie Legier with Ardis Morrow and Meredith GreenBrett Clark with Rand HillierMeredith Green inducted Mark Middleton as a new member (pictured here with his wife Suzy Legier and his sponsor Ardis Morrow). 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. Brett Clark was presented his Blue Badge by Rand Hillier.
Membership Updates August 2016 Hugh Nelson 2016-08-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 26, 2016
Stuart Grogan - Executive Director, Housing Kitsap Mr. Grogan explained the mission of Housing Kitsap is to manage, preserve and build safe affordable housing for individuals, families and communities throughout Kitsap County.  He explained that when the cost of housing exceeds 30% of a family’s income, it creates financial stress.  Larger housing expenditures may prevent families from being able to purchase other basic necessities.  His agency uses a variety of strategies to increase the stock of affordable housing and to assist clients in finding housing that fits their needs and income.  This can be transitional or permanent housing, for renters or buyers.  He also described various partnerships developed to meet these goals.
Stuart Grogan - Executive Director, Housing Kitsap  Hugh Nelson 2016-08-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 26, 2016
Meredith Green New Rotary Assistant GovernorMembership Committee Chair Meredith Green announced she has been selected to serve as Assistant Governor for Rotary Area Nine. She also announced changes in Rotary policy regarding options for Rotary clubs to serve potential members who cannot make regular meeting times.  These  alternatives include “Passport” and “Satellite” clubs designed to accommodate people interested in Rotary membership and participation in less traditional ways.
Meredith Green New Rotary Assistant Governor Hugh Nelson 2016-08-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 26, 2016
Pat RyanAnita BlauRotarians who contribute a total of $1000 to The Rotary Foundation receive a commemorative pin called the Paul Harris Award, named after the founder of Rotary. Pins awarded for reaching this contribution level subsequent times have small jewels to distinguish the award level. Pat Ryan receives a “Plus Four” award, arranged by husband Matt Ryan. Anita Blau receives her “Plus One” award. Congratulations to you both!
Paul Harris Awards for Pat Ryan and Anita Blau Hugh Nelson 2016-08-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 26, 2016
Sidney EngelbertinkDan Weedin, introduced our new “inbound” Ex- change Student, Sidney Engelbertink, from the Netherlands, to the Club .  Sidney’s first Host Family is Rotarian Jeff Russell and his wife Kim. Sidney will attend North Kitsap High School. President Mary Nader presented Sidney with the flag of the Netherlands.
New Inbound Exchange Student Hugh Nelson 2016-08-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 26, 2016
Jon PaveyJon Pavey offered the following announcements: 
  • Sat Sep 24 10:00am to 4:00pm— Kingston Rotary household chemical collection 
  • Sep 9 at 9:00 — Ground breaking for Morrow Manor 
  • Sep 9/10 11:00am to 5pm — Rotary and Lion’s Food Drive for Fishline 
  • Still need a host site for Sep 16 wine tasting 
  • Don’t forget to attend  “meeting after the meeting” at Coffee Oasis each week.
Announcements August 26th Hugh Nelson 2016-08-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 21, 2016

Fundraiser • Swing Dancing • Fun

Morrow Manor Full Swing Fundraiser
When: Saturday, September 17 – 6:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Where: Sons of Norway Hall, Poulsbo
Please join us at Morrow Manor in Full Swing, a fun fundraising event and swing dance party that supports this wonderful cause!
You'll enjoy hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and fabulous swing dance music by the Buz Whiteley Band. Tickets are $25 per person or $200 for a table of eight. Please purchase your ticket in advance; no tickets will be sold at the door. Paper tickets will not be issued. Instead, your name will be added to the guest list.
Follow this link to purchase tickets.
Morrow Manor in Full Swing Hugh Nelson 2016-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
Morrow Manor Groundbreaking on September 9th Hugh Nelson 2016-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 19, 2016
Mark Shorn - Kitsap Forest and Bay CoalitionMark Schorn, a volunteer with the Kitsap Forest and Bay Coalition, makes a powerful case for  “Saving the Port Gamble Forest”, the title of his presentation. In addition to the importance of preserving the rich cultural resources, this project aims to restore the Port Gamble Forests in a way that preserves a habitat that will support the interconnected food chains throughout this region.   
Finally, Mark asserts the Port Gamble Forest will boost economic growth for neighboring communities by becoming a major recreational hub for the state of Washington.  It is poised to provide year-round access to the Sound to Olympics Trail, Olympic Discovery Trail and Cross State Trail accommodating cyclists, runners, equestrians, bird watchers and people of all ages and abilities.  
Mark Shorn - Kitsap Forest and Bay Coalition Hugh Nelson 2016-08-19 07:00:00Z 0
Gayle Heller - Gift of Life International Hugh Nelson 2016-08-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 19, 2016
Wendell Verduin receives Paul Harris AwardWendell Verduin joins the pantheon of Paul Harris Fellows. His life is one of service to others, most recently with Second Table Ministries with projects in South Africa.
Wendell Verduin Receives Paul Harris Award Hugh Nelson 2016-08-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 12, 2016
Isaac Cameron
Isaac was introduced by his grandfather, club member Wendell Verduin. Isaac is a third year law student at Harvard Law School, having graduated from Amherst College in 2011.  He is currently serving as a summer associate at the Foster Pepper Law firm and was a summer associate at Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender in Seattle in 2015.  Before law school he worked as a program coordinator at the New York Public Library, as a manager of a software development team at a large Chicago-based industrial parts supplier, and as a strategy consultant for a startup in Boston. Before heading off to Amherst, Isaac spent most of his childhood growing up in the Pacific Northwest. 
He set the tone for his speech by inviting people at each table to discuss their own past choices that could have resulted in an arrest. THAT was enlightening! He followed up with a mini mock trial with Dan Weedin “on trial” for hooliganism, with Aaron Murphy and Roger Ludwig acting as prosecution and defense (or was it the other way around?). The jury is still out….
Isaac then spoke about the importance of empathy in our world, including empathy toward prisoners on Death Row. He referenced Brian Stevenson’s book, "Just Mercy", which teaches, among other things, that, “A person isn’t as bad as their worst mistake.” Stevenson also penned the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama. Isaac reviewed the case of Anthony Roy Hinton, who spent 23/24 hours per day in solitary confinement for 30 YEARS before he was exonerated. He had been convicted on faulty evidence. What if this were you? Or your loved one? Isaac shared the importance of practicing empathy on a daily basis, so that we can see beyond the surface and consider that all people really shouldn’t be defined by their worst mistakes. 
Isaac Cameron: Thinking Differently about Prisoners Hugh Nelson 2016-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 12, 2016
Todd Tidball and Brenda Wall discussing the AuctionTodd Tidball and Brenda Wall discussing the AuctionTodd Tidball and Brenda Wall kicked off the Auction Season! We need to net $71,000, so the goal is $99,000….and fifty cents! The Oct. 22 event will include a plated dinner. Cost is $55 by Sept. 30. We need sponsors, donations, and advertisers. The dynamic duo ran a creative 50 dollar per bid” auction and raised $1,300 for a HUGE bottle of wine (which Michelle Doyle won)
Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation Auction 2016 Kickoff Hugh Nelson 2016-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 12, 2016
Meeting AnnouncementsAnnouncements August 12, 2016
  • 8/13: Drawing for Trip to Maui to Benefit Wall of Hope - Tickets $50 - Contact Brenda Wall 

  • 8/19: Wine Tasting at Hogg residence 

  • 8/19: Boots on the Ground 9-12 at Fish Park 

  • 8/27: Annual Picnic at Bonnie Pedersen’s: 3:30pm 

  • 9/9: Morrow Manor Ground Breaking at 9am, 

  • 10/15 and 10/22: Caring Clowns, Int. hosting 2-day Clown School in Kingston. Cost = $95. See Duffy for details 

  • New member pictures being taken over the next two weeks. 
  • Ongoing: PR Committee needs more members to deliver what members want! Join us! See Larry Bartholomew 
Meeting Announcements 8/12/2016 Hugh Nelson 2016-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 05, 2016
Donna Etchey
Donna Etchey, General Manager/Advertising Director, Sound Publishing, and Terry Ward, Regional Publisher for West Sound, Sound Publishing, presented our program on August 5th.
Donna noted that people often ask if newspapers are dying. Her answer was that they obviously are not, with Sound Publishing’s growth from 15 to 45 papers and 500 employees during her involvement with the company. She explained that what has changed is the nature of the content delivery, which is now both paper and Internet based.
Terry Ward
Terry offered some insight into why he is in the business. He described growing up with a mother and siblings that had to earn their money as migrant workers and sleep in parks. His life was changed by a newspaper publisher who offered him a job as a reporter, in spite of his lack of training in journalism, and who trained him in all aspects of running a newspaper. From that experience, he developed his own mission to: 
  • Invest in others 
  • Give back 
  • Support community journalism 
He explained he sees the role of their newspapers is to “inform folks” and to “offer them an opportunity to speak back.” His view is that community journalism has a bright future and that the reason newspapers fail is the same as any business that fails - poor management. He said many of the newspaper failures are driven by investors who “strip mine” the newspapers they buy, hoping to make bigger profits.
Finally, Donna offered a handout of contacts for submitting stories to the various Sound Publishing newspapers and encouraged people to get submissions in early. In answer to a question, Terry explained that not all stories make the paper because they have to exercise editorial judgment to deal with space limitations in a particular issue. He also pointed out that some things that do not make the print edition may be found in the on-line version. In answer to another question, he noted that they have abandoned the dedicated “apps.” Instead, they design their Web pages to work with both desktop and mobile devices. 
Local Journalism - program by Donna Etchey and Terry Ward Hugh Nelson 2016-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 05, 2016
President Nader on new club ideasPresident Nader introduced a new way for club members to make suggestions about club activities, called “The Idea Thingee.” It’s a jar that will reside at the podium each meeting, to be a receptacle for members to place suggestions, ideas for speakers, topics, feedback about the Club, suggestions for service, etc. The submissions can be anonymous. Mary will distribute the resulting suggestions to the appropriate committee for action.
Mary also presented the annual budget, This will be the last year of a “transition” to the new budgeting process required by the movement of the Auction to October. The budget amount allocated for the year, so far, is $70,641, but this will be supplemented by a portion of the October Auction proceeds for the second half of the year. That amount has not been identified, since the proceeds are unknown. It’s estimated that the total available for the complete year will be about $100,000.
President Nader - the Idea Thingee and Annual Budget Hugh Nelson 2016-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 05, 2016
Check presentation to the Poulsbo Garden ClubRepresentatives of the Poulsbo Garden Club accepted a check from the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation to support the development of a Norwegian Garden at the Poulsbo Library.
Support for Poulsbo Garden Club Hugh Nelson 2016-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 05, 2016
Jon Pavey making announcementsJon Pavey offered the following announcements: 
  • Wine Tasting at Hogg residence August 19th 
  • Day at the Races – Emerald Downs, Sat Aug 13th Sign Up Now! 
  • Drawing for Trip to Maui to Benefit Wall of Hope - Tickets $50 - Contact Brenda Wall soon to get your chance to win 
  • Annual Picnic at Bonnie Pedersen’s home - 3:30pm Aug 27th 
Announcements 8/5/16 Hugh Nelson 2016-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 29, 2016
Gaston Peter-Contesse asks for volunteers to support the Obliteride rest stopGaston Peter-Contesse presented information on a volunteer opportunity: 

What: Obliteride Rest Stop support (Obliteride raises money to support Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center to eliminate cancer) 

When: Saturday, Aug 13 from 8:30 to 12:30 (or whatever portion thereof people are available) 

Where: Silverdale Waterfront Park 

What to bring: nothing unless you want to wear Rotary logo stuff (also, if he get people signed up a week ahead of time, they will provide t-shirts for all volunteers) 

Duties: van will drop off all supplies, we set up rest stop then tear it down and put it back in the van at around noon) 
Obliteride Rest Stop Volunteers Needed Hugh Nelson 2016-07-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 29, 2016
Jon Pavey announcementsJon Pavey offered the following announcements: 
  • Wine Tasting at Hogg residence August 19th 
  • Tentative Emerald Downs excursion August 13th 
  • No more “purple pinkies” for Polio Plus 
  • Meeting on Youth Exchange - August 1st, 5:30 at Tim Ryan Construction Office
Announcements 7/29/16 Hugh Nelson 2016-07-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 29, 2016
Barbara Beagle challenges club members to support Silverdale Rotary's Duck RaceBarbara Beagle of the Silverdale Rotary Club made her pitch for Rotarians to buy an entry for the Whaling Days Rubber Duck Race, July 31st.
Silverdale Rotary Whaling Days Duck Race Hugh Nelson 2016-07-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 29, 2016
Jim Jenner shares his story of using pigeons to help young people.Our speaker on July 29th was Jim Jenner—Writer and a corporate Director of PACCOM Inc. Jim is an international award winning writer and director who has a passion for pigeons. He explained that this passion emerged when, as a young boy, his parents moved from a rural area where he was immersed in nature daily, to the concrete jungle of Seattle.
His distress at this wrenching change was mitigated when he met another young boy, who remains his life-long friend and who introduced him to raising pigeons. It provided him an opportunity to continue to stay in touch with nature in that urban environment.
Jim shared an abbreviated cut of his engaging documentary “Young Wings—The Power of Pigeons” that documents the miraculous impact raising pigeons can have on young people living in tough environments, such as South Central Los Angeles. That film is a companion to his recently published novel, “The Featherhood.”
As a true pigeon aficionado, Jim shared with us an array of little known facts about pigeons, including the fact that pigeon guano is just found where they rest, that they fly dry. He also shared that pigeon racing is a very popular sport around the world and that top pigeons are sold for six figure sums. It’s safe to say everybody who attended the meeting will never view pigeons as “flying rats” again. For more info go to
The Power of Pigeons Hugh Nelson 2016-07-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 17, 2016
Bob Hawkinson presents scholarship check to Rachel FisherBob Hawkinson presented $1000.00 Scholarship to WSU student Rachel Fisher. Our club has added two more categories of scholarships this year – college students who are residents within the North Kitsap High School geographical boundaries and attend college with the US, and college students who are attending OC/WWU at Poulsbo. Rachel was a Running Start student who took classes simultaneously at NKHS and OC, and she will be a Junior at WSU this coming year. She is majoring in English and wants to be a teacher. Bob emphasized that she must complete the gift requirements to actually receive the check—a good lesson in itself.
Rachel Fisher receives scholarship award from Poulsbo Rotary Foundation Hugh Nelson 2016-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 17, 2016
Mary Nader presentation about Rotary International Convention 2016President Elect Mary Nader shares experiences of her attendance at the Rotary International Convention in Seoul, South Korea, one of the most connected and modern cities in the world – a marvel of exemplary growth. The Keynote Speakers's messages were outstanding.
Mary Nader tells about the Rotary International Convention - 2016 Hugh Nelson 2016-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 17, 2016
Frank Gempse presentation on climate changeOur Speaker for the morning, Frank Gempse, 26-year resident of Bainbridge Island, and a holder of three-degrees in science and engineering, explains the causes and effects of climate change and what it means for the future, relative to the world's human, animal, and plant life. He discussed our predicted dwindling food and water supply with an ever-increasing world population. One of the things we can and should be doing to help lessen the environmental damage is tell our legislators we care. The other is to pay attention to how we treat our environment.
Frank Gempse presentation on climate change Hugh Nelson 2016-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
Steve Garfein presents flags from six sister clubs Hugh Nelson 2016-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 17, 2016
Pat Ryan remembering Ken MacCaffree and Kevin HowellPat Ryan remembers two of our long-time members who recently passed away: Ken MacCaffree and Kevin Howell. Kevin was an attorney for the Kitsap County Prosecutor. Ken was a former UW professor, economist, and labor arbitrator.
Remembering Ken MacCaffree and Kevin Howell Hugh Nelson 2016-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 10, 2016
Katri with Steve GarfeinSteve Garfein proudly displays the two faces of our 2016 Exchange Student Katri Ollila from Finland, as we sadly say goodbye on her final day.
Katri receives her gift necklaceBrenda Wall helps President Naveen finally latch the Club's gift necklace around Katri's neck after some hilarious moments of all- thumbs struggle.
Katri with Rand HillierKatri displays the incredibly crafted inlaid wooden gift box made for her by Rand Hillier.
Katri with Dan WeedinDan Weedin saying his last goodbye's to Katri. 
Katri showing her gift ringKatri excitedly displays her gift ring.
Katri gets a farewell hug from President NaveenPresident Naveen gives Katri a farewell hug as we all say goodbye to this delightful young lady who has touched all of our hearts with her warm, outgoing personality.

Katri graduated with the North Kitsap High School Class of 2016 on Saturday, June 11th.

We wish Katri success in her future and hope she will keep in touch with her sponsors and our club as her life unfolds. We love you Kitri 'God Speed'
Farewell to Katri Ollila, Rotary Exchange 2016 Hugh Nelson 2016-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 10, 2016
Donna Pledger receives blue badgePresident Naveen presents Donna Pledger with her Poulsbo Rotary 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. Congratulations Donna! Thanks for being a member of our club!
Donna Pledger receives Poulsbo Rotary Blue Badge Hugh Nelson 2016-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Concetta Anne McIntyre, Executive Director, Disaster Aid Canada speaks to our club Hugh Nelson 2016-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 03, 2016
Kitri tells about her Rotary year with Dan WeedinDan Weedin and Kitri share her Exchange Student experiences in Poulsbo, while Dan seeks sponsors for two of the next three quarters of the 2017 exchange student program.
Kitri Shares Experiences & Dan Weedin Sponsors Hugh Nelson 2016-06-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 03, 2016
Lynn Effinger presentation "The Power of Perseverance"A HEARTFELT THANK YOU, FROM LYNN EFFINGER I want to thank the members of the Poulsbo Rotary Club for giving me the opportunity of being the guest speaker at the June 3rd breakfast meeting. I was honored to be able to share my presentation, "The Power of Perseverance," with so many people committed to community service and making a difference in people's lives. The icing on the cake, for me was sharing the talk with the young recipients of Rotary-generated scholarships, also in attendance. The main driver for my giving the presentation across the country is to do my best to inspire and motivate others (especially young people), to aspire to high achievement in whatever endeavor they choose to pursue... and to NEVER let anyone define who you are or what you can accomplish.
Lynn Effinger presentation "The Power of Perseverance" Hugh Nelson 2016-06-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 03, 2016
Presentation of Rotary academic ScholarshipsJim Sund introduces the recipients of the 2016 Rotary Academic Scholarships, who are: Jenae Arnold, Adele Keller, Marlon Basco, Jalena Myers, Calvin Beddoe, Kiley Pugh, Mindy Calder, Kasey Stenman, Gillian Grennan, Charlotte Tizzano, Zachary Halstad, and Hanna Uffens.
And the recipients of the Career Technical Education Scholarships, who are: Madison Hagerman Sadie Walker Grace Nieland Congratulations to all and thank you for your efforts to become outstanding students and citizens of the future. 
Presentation of Rotary academic ScholarshipsPresident Naveen presents each of the Scholarship students with Rotary's 'Four Way Test Pins, suggesting that one day, they may become Rotarians as a result of this experience.

Rotary Academic Scholarships Presented Hugh Nelson 2016-06-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 27, 2016
Donna Pledger gives classification talkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Donna Pledger, a graduate electrical engineer, described to the club some of her experiences working for 12 years as an electronic systems engineer performing classified activities around the world. She also worked teaching Japanese engineers English. More recently she obtained her master’s degree in non-profit management, served on the boards of several Kitsap County non-profits, and has worked in project management and as a supervisor at The Coffee Oasis and now at Masterworks.
Donna Pledger gives Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2016-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 27, 2016
Megan Sawicki giving North Kitsap CTE PresentationMegan Sawicki (shown) and Kim Eimers, gave a presentation to our club about CTE (Career and Technical Education), which is based on the premise that providing students with hands-on, real world working scenarios in middle and high school will better prepare them for the working world beyond high school. Current CTE programs fuse STEM with leadership and academic knowledge to create enhanced, more engaging, learning programs for students.

In North Kitsap, staff has focused on creating meaningful learning experiences, connecting students with community experts, and building skill bases for post- secondary options. Megan Sawicki and Kim Eimers both currently work with CTE at the district level. They provided an overview of the goals and programs for the CTE program at Poulsbo Middle School and North Kitsap High School.

Current classes offered are: Engineering, Computers, Culinary Arts, Athletic Medicine, Environmental Science, Production Arts and Personal Finance. Approximately 15-percent of the student population of NKHS and PMS are enrolled. The program is funded by the state, but needs more funds to expand and continue to offer these and additional courses.
North Kitsap Career and Technical Education Presentation Hugh Nelson 2016-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 27, 2016
Girls Night Out donation to Morrow ManorPamela Bellesen, owner of Wide Mouth Frog and Girls’ Night Out organizer, presented a donation of $5,800 to Morrow Manor. The Girls’ Night Out fundraiser was held on May 4th. Poulsbo merchants hosted a fabulous evening of shopping, camaraderie, and fun. Proceeds from the sale of swag bags went directly to Morrow Manor. The donation also includes gifts from individual merchants who pledged a percentage of their proceeds from the night. Pamela is the creator of the lovely “home is my haven” lapel pins that she sells at Wide Mouth Frog to benefit Morrow Manor. Ceramic pins are sold at the Verkstad Gallery.
Girls Night Out Donates $5800 to Morrow Manor Hugh Nelson 2016-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
Your Viking Tour Fundraiser Team 2016 Hugh Nelson 2016-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 27, 2016
Award presented to Nick Johnson President Naveen Chaudhary presented Viking Tour 2016 Chair Nick Johnson with a rare Rotary "Beyond the Call of Duty" pin for his efforts in helping to attract 309 riders and thus raise more than $12,000 for the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation.
Special Award for Viking Tour Chair Nick Johnson Hugh Nelson 2016-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 22, 2016
Poulsbo Rotary's 2nd Annual Viking Tour a big success
Over 300 hundred riders showed up for the second annual Viking Tour! Thank you Poulsbo and everyone who participated!
From Tour Chair Nick Johnson: "The weather looked threatening but the sun stayed out and the wheels kept turning. A big Viking hug to the sponsors, volunteers and participants for making this ride happen. We will release final stats when they become available but in the meantime we estimate that we raised over $10,000 which the Poulsbo Rotary Club will direct back into the community through various scholarships, community service projects, support for domestic violence prevention and other programs."
Rotary brings together people like you — from all walks of life — who want to use their expertise for good - people whose sense of responsibility inspires them to give back to their communities. At Rotary, we connect for good — and form lifelong friendships in the process. Together, we empower youth, improve health, promote peace, and advance our communities in all corners of the globe. With 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide, our global community’s impact has never been greater — and it continues to grow.
Belonging to the Rotary Club of Poulsbo provides members with an opportunity to give back to your community and to connect with like-minded leaders and friends. People join Rotary for many reasons, including community involvement, personal development, professional networking, and camaraderie. But perhaps the most important benefit is the satisfaction you gain from making a real difference in your community and in the world.
Governor Inslee finishes the 63 mile Odin courseWashington State Governor Jay Inslee rode the 63 mile Odin course - shown here at the start/Finish line.
A big thank you to our Tour Chairman, Nick Johnson - Thanks Nick!
Poulsbo Rotary's 2nd Annual Viking Tour a Big Success! Hugh Nelson 2016-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 20, 2016
North Kitsap Interact Club donates to Dessie's HouseOur active and supportive North Kitsap High School Interact Club (a Rotary affiliated high school service club sponsored by Poulsbo Rotary) exceeded its $1000 goal and presented a check for $2864.50 to Brenda Wall for Dessie’s House, a project sponsored by Wall of Hope in Ethiopia.
North Kitsap Interact Club Donation to "Dessie's House" Hugh Nelson 2016-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 20, 2016
Taylor Wall receives Paul Harris AwardLori Cloutier, our Rotary Foundation chair, presented a Paul Harris Award to Taylor Wall to honor her contributions in our community. A $1000 contribution was made to the Rotary Foundation in Taylor's honor by mother Brenda Wall, who has added a “bling” (a small jewel indicating each new multiple Paul Harris award) on her award pin. 
Taylor Wall Receives Paul Harris Award Hugh Nelson 2016-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 20, 2016
Mike Hall Classification presentationEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. With roots in Nashville, Tennessee, new club member Mike Hall, who is an internist, recently retired from the Navy after many years of service, including a tour in Afghanistan. Mike’s first beer was a drink from legendary Johnny Cash.
Mike Hall Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2016-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 20, 2016
Eric Nalder journalism presentationPulitzer Prize winning journalist, Eric Nalder, captivated and hopefully motivated his audience with his quietly passionate but unmistakable call to action. Finding his way into reporting after giving up early attempts at pig farming in Norway, Eric shared his life working in the Truth Business, which for him has been a constant life of learning from all segments of society. Like in the movie Spotlight, investigative reporters do go through intense experiences of doubt and sparring emotional roller coaster. But it is the reporter’s job to “ferret out stuff which becomes the grist to demand change,” such as the Hanford nuclear debacle and most recently the Panama Papers. Because of its potential to save lives, strengthen democracy, and save communities money, the power of investigative reporting lies in the synergistic relationship of well-trained journalists with an engaged public that insists on an open government.
Eric Nalder Journalism Presentation Hugh Nelson 2016-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 13, 2016
Donation to North Kitsap Choir BoostersMeredith Green presents North Kitsap Choir Boosters with a check from the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation for $500 in response to their grant request for the purchase of an electronic keyboard.
Donation to North Kitsap Choir Boosters Hugh Nelson 2016-05-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 13, 2016
Poulsbo Rotary honors Russell FergusonPat Ryan honored the memory of our long-time member Russell Ferguson,
who passed away Monday, May 9th at his home in Bainbridge Island at the age
of 73.
Russ, owner of Kitsap Tire in Poulsbo, was known for his good service and fair
prices. After falling into ill health, Russ sold his business to his son.
A Poulsbo Rotary member since 1984, Russ became a Paul Harris Fellow
eventually going into 'inactive' status with our Club because of his ill-health.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Cook Family Funeral Home.
Poulsbo Rotary honors Russell Ferguson Hugh Nelson 2016-05-13 07:00:00Z 0
Morrow Manor receives $2,000 contribution from Caring Clowns International Hugh Nelson 2016-05-13 07:00:00Z 0
Sonja Tymann and Christopher Doving inducted as members of Poulsbo Rotary Hugh Nelson 2016-05-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 13, 2016
Erin Smith presents his ideas for a Kitsap online Food MarketErin Smith of the SmithShyre Farm in Poulsbo presented his new online farmers market "Kitsap Fresh", which is an online farmers market co-op dedicated to Kitsap grown goods, where you can access 30 + local farms and food producers all from one online storefront. Erin is a believer in and advocate for local food and crafts. Your order is sorted, organized and waiting for you. Every Sunday & Monday you can login to your online marketplace, select items to purchase from local farmers & craftspeople. Then meet them at one of their distribution locations each Wednesday to pick up your order. Current pick-up sites: The Slippery Pig Brewery in Poulsbo and CJ's Evergreen General Store & Catering in Bremerton. Erin told us there are 640 vegetable farms in Kitsap County—an amazing number of sources for Kitsap Fresh. Good luck Erin!
Erin Smith presentation about new Kitsap Online Food Market Hugh Nelson 2016-05-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 13, 2016
Classification talk by Brett ClarkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Brett Clark, a married man for a full nine-days, shares his profession as a top executive of the Les Schwab organization and manager of the Poulsbo operation on Viking Way.
Classification talk by Brett Clark Hugh Nelson 2016-05-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 07, 2016
Jim Sund and David Krafsky tell about taking Flat Paul to the auto shopJim Sund and David Krafsky take Flat Paul on a journey through an Auto repair shop, introducing him to mechanics and shop foremen who explain the fine points of auto repair. The 1942 Plymouth shown on the video screen, is the car that Flat Paul may have owned and drove around the Chicago suburbs.
Flat Paul visits the Auto repair shop Hugh Nelson 2016-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 06, 2016
Viking tour race start and parking on Viking AvenueViking Tour is an annual bike race and fun ride for both serious competitors and all the family sponsored by the Poulsbo Rotary Club. May 22nd is the BIG DAY! The Viking Tour committee needs volunteers for the day of the event and urges all Poulsbo Rotarians to help spread the word and also to help recruit participants to enter this family-fun event, which raises funds for the many worthy causes our Club undertakes every year, for the Poulsbo Community.
Shown are the 3 parking lots and star indicating the race starting (and finishing) point at the North Kitsap Fishline Campus for the various events.  
Viking Tour - May 22nd is the big day! Hugh Nelson 2016-05-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 06, 2016
Richard Koven presents Naveen with the Paris, France Rotary Club (Club Rotary Paris Avenir) Flag from his recent visit. Apparently while France is known for it cuisine, the club meets in the evening, but they don't always have a meal (just once a month); instead, they serve a wide variety of wines and cocktails to members and their guests. My kind of club!
Richard Koven Presents Flag of the Paris Avenir Rotary Hugh Nelson 2016-05-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 06, 2016
Kitsap Great Give 2016From Rob Gelder regarding the Kitsap Great Give. You helped make GREAT things happen! The final tally from the Kitsap Great Give is as follows: 16 Donors have donated $3,225 to the work of the Poulsbo Rotary AND 69 donors have contributed over $51,789 for MORROW MANOR (a project of Poulsbo Rotary in partnership with the Kitsap County YWCA and the City of Poulsbo).
Kitsap Great Give 2016 Hugh Nelson 2016-05-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 06, 2016
Triston Peter-Contesse, Conservancy of the Puget Sound Eco-SystemTriston Peter-Contesse, our Guest speaker, was introduced by his club member father, Gaston. Triston, representing the Puget Sound Partnership, explained the importance of the conservancy of our eco-system to enhance the ever-decreasing Chinook Salmon from our waters.

We learned that the Puget Sound is considered a Fjord, and the largest in the continental U.S. supporting 15 salmon watersheds along 190-miles of Kitsap shoreline, including Silverdale, Kingston, Gig Harbor and parts of Pierce County. Our eco-system faces constant challenges from commercial development, improper maintenance of storm water retention and uncontrolled run-off.
Tristan Peter-Contesse - Conservancy of the Puget Sound Eco-system Hugh Nelson 2016-05-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 06, 2016
We celebrated Ardis Morrow's 91st Birthday with a beautiful cake and the traditional Happy Birthday song. What a treasure to have her in our Rotary Membership
Ardis Morrow Birthday Celebration Hugh Nelson 2016-05-06 07:00:00Z 0
Mother's Day at Poulsbo Rotary - 2016 Hugh Nelson 2016-05-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 29, 2016
Kari Driskell - Touching Hearts, Saving LivesKari Driskell, Harrison Medical Center Foundation Donor Advisor, delivered an eye-opening presentation on Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) statistics and explained how Harrison is grappling with the issue here in Kitsap County with an initiative called Touching Hearts, Saving Lives. When a heart attack occurs, responders must act within the first 10 minutes to assure a reasonable chance of survival. The chances decline 10% each minute. King County has the highest heart attack survival rate in the nation (62%), while Kitsap has better than average at (16%). Kari noted that the rate for Kitsap is projected to improve through several measures funded through the Harrison Medical Center Foundation: First, the introduction of a new cell phone app called "PulsePoint", which will link emergency responders with citizen volunteers experienced in CPR techniques to crowd source help for rapid CPR response. The application also directs these citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
Nationally, a Cardiac arrest occurs once every two-minutes and deaths are 10-times more frequent than all of the types of Cancer deaths combined. 80% of cardiac arrests occur in the home, so families are encouraged to install home AEDs. Michele Doyle offered Kari a vendor space at our Viking Tour event to help spread word of Harrison's efforts. Meredith Green pointed out that our meeting hosts, the Sons of Norway, have been reluctant to install an AED on the premises because of the potential liability, and that perhaps this is reason why other businesses may be reluctant to install AEDs. Ms. Driskell explained that the 'Good Samaritan Law' precludes any such liability.
Kari Driskell - Touching Hearts, Saving Lives Hugh Nelson 2016-04-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 29, 2016
Steve Hogg pitches the upcoming Poulsbo Historical Society garage saleSteve Hogg, wearing Viking Tour garb, had Jon Pavey's rapt attention as he pitched the Poulsbo Historical Society's garage sale, promising that all you have to do is empty out your garage, and the Society's volunteers will pick it up!
Poulsbo Historical Society Garage Sale Hugh Nelson 2016-04-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 29, 2016
Nick Johnson explained the reasoning behind and best way to use Facebook to promote Viking Tour (Viking Tour, to be held on May 22nd, is an annual bike race and fun ride for both serious competitors and all the family sponsored by the Poulsbo Rotary Club) and also announced a $50 prize drawing for a lucky club member who submits one or more Tour sign-ups. He also noted that Al Pacino's photo was the first ever to appear on Facebook.
Use Facebook to Promote Viking Tour Hugh Nelson 2016-04-29 07:00:00Z 0
Kingston Rotary Club presents $2,000 donation to Morrow Manor Hugh Nelson 2016-04-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 25, 2016
Viking Tour May 11thNick Johnson gives us a pitch on the upcoming (May 22nd) Viking Tour cycling event, which is shaping up to exceed last year's inaugural event. Viking Tour is both a competition bike race and a family fun ride, all combined into one. Dave Smith’s ‘Somerset’ is this year’s major Sponsor with a $7,500 Donation!
Viking Tour - Getting ready for May 22nd Hugh Nelson 2016-04-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 25, 2016
Kitsap County search dogsKitsap County search dogs
Club member Sally Olsen gave us a riveting talk about her work with KCSD (Kitsap County Search Dogs) and on the extensive role and training these volunteers and their dogs play in assisting law enforcement and private citizens in finding lost, injured, and sometimes deceased loved ones.
These highly trained Volunteers receive no pay and fund their needs for equipment, dogs and all essentials out of their own pocket. KCSD currently has 15 human members and 16 dogs (one of Sally’s three is shown above). Search teams are only deployed by law enforcement. They do not respond to private calls for help. A 911 call must be made to local police or the sheriff to bring a search tem into action. KCSD is a division of Washington Explorer Search and Rescue (WESAR)-Kitsap Unit. The KCSD worked the Oso, WA,  landslide and helped locate all 47 of the missing victims in that terrible tragedy. Thank you Sally, for your Volunteer work. 
Kitsap County Search Dogs Hugh Nelson 2016-04-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 25, 2016
Poulsbo Rotary sponsors Math OlympiadWe were honored to have a class of elementary students and their teachers who recently competed in the ‘MathOlympiad’, a program and idea originated by club  member Roger Gallington. Meredith Green presented a Grant award as two young students delivered thank you speeches. 
Poulsbo Rotary Sponsors Math Olympiad Hugh Nelson 2016-04-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 25, 2016
Jon Pavey update on Flat PaulJon Pavey gave us a humorous apology on why ‘flat Paul’ took two weeks to accomplish his rounds, all the while being accompanied by Jack Archer and a number of garage mechanics working on Jon’s sick Cadillac. Flat Paul is a photo (as shown) of Rotary Founder Paul Harris mounted on a paint stick, used to promote the Rotary Foundation and the good work of Rotary International.
Jon Pavey Update on Flat Paul Hugh Nelson 2016-04-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 25, 2016
Roger Ludwig rejoins Poulsbo RotaryRand Hillier reinstalled Past President Roger Ludwig as a new member, while presenting the ‘Rotary Rock’, a theme Dr Ludwig used during his year as president. 
Roger Ludwig rejoins Poulsbo Rotary Hugh Nelson 2016-04-25 07:00:00Z 0
Dan Weedin and Jeff Hora - Sharing Viking Tour on your Facebook Page Hugh Nelson 2016-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
Gayle Heller donates raffle winnings to Morrow Manor Hugh Nelson 2016-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 16, 2016
Aaron Murphy leads Wine Auction FundraiserAuctioneer Aaron Murphy conducted the auction for the cache of wine brought up by Mark Olson from Sebastopol California. The wines came from Petaluma and the Napa region of California. Bob Doane, Craig Steinlicht, and Rand Hillier were the lucky winners—party anyone?
Aaron Murphy leads Wine Auction Fund Raiser Hugh Nelson 2016-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
Silverdale Rotary donates $10,000 to Morrow Manor Hugh Nelson 2016-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 16, 2016
Jim Sund talking about youth protection policiesLarry Bartholomew introduced our speaker, Past President (2004-2005) and current Youth Protection Officer Jim Sund, who was ably assisted by Dan Weedin, Shane Seaman and Chad Solvie. As an active club involved with many exchange students and Interact Club members (Jim & his wife have hosted seven exchange students), Jim and his team are determined to educate all Poulsbo Rotarians on Rotary youth protection policies and protocols that we now have in place. We also note with Rotary fellowship pride, that Sund was recently presented with one of Kitsap County's top "Earth Day" awards, a five-star environs certification for exceptional waste management practices in his recently sold auto repair business.
Jim Sund - Youth Protection Policies and Protocols Hugh Nelson 2016-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 10, 2016
As the new Rotary year approaches, there are changes coming to our public relations activities and inner-club communications at the direction of the incoming board. We are interested in hearing from all of our members on what and how they would like to be informed in this effort. As you know, we are an active club, with several committees busy serving our local, national and international efforts to serve humanity. Your participation and input is important in helping us meet those obligations and goals. Please contact Public Relations Chair Bill Effinger with your suggestions. Thank you.
Public Relations Committee wants your input Hugh Nelson 2016-04-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 10, 2016
Presentation by new member Anita BlauEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about her life and work. New member Anita Blau told our club about her teaching career and about the 28-years she has served previously as a Rotarian in several other parts of the country. We are pleased that she has chosen Poulsbo Rotary to be her club of choice—Welcome Anita!
Presentation by new club member Anita Blau Hugh Nelson 2016-04-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 10, 2016
Katri introduces her family from FinlandOur Exchange Student, Katri Ollila, introduced her entire family: mother Heli, father Jarmo, brother Juho, sister Aina, who are here visiting from Finland in support of Katri’s Exchange Student status—Welcome all!
Katri introduces her family from Finland Hugh Nelson 2016-04-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 10, 2016
Kyle Donn presentation about Children of the Nations
Kyle Donn, Community Development Manager of Children of the Nations, introduced us to their program, which focuses on ministering to orphaned and destitute children and raising them to
transform nations. The Village Partnership Program was designed to specifically meet the needs of children (some of whom are orphans, some not) living with destitute families or caregivers who are unable to properly provide for them. Their Village Partnership Program is unique in that it is not a relief or handout program, but rather a hand up.

Last year, Poulsbo Rotary gave the organization $3,000, which was used to rebuild classrooms and to help fight Ebola, helping to save children from dying of the disease.
Children of Nations was started in Poulsbo by Chris and Debbie Clark. Their first office was in the founder's home, which it eventually outgrew. They now operate out of an office in Silverdale. The organization has grown to become a $9 million operation and continues to grow exponentially, currently serving more than 5000 children in several countries while maintaining very low administration costs of 13%.
Kyle Donn Presentation about Children of the Nations Hugh Nelson 2016-04-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 10, 2016
Jeff Williams Meredith Green receive congratulations for DLTAWe were treated to a video of the Rotary District Leadership Training Assembly (DLTA) in Victoria before our meeting began. Meredith and Jeff Williams planned and executed the entire event, which was the largest so far with 550 in attendance who participated in a multitude of breakout sessions and speaker presentations on a wide range of topics. Meredith and Jeff also were recognized as Rotarians of the month for April for their efforts in organizing DLTA, and Bridget Young was recognized as Rotarian of the month for March for her efforts in rebuilding Nepal after the earthquake as part of a Rotary project organized by the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island. Shown from left are Jeff, Bridget, Meredith, and Club President Naveen Chaudhary.
Merideth Green, Jeff Williams, & Bridget Young Congratulated as Rotarians of the Month Hugh Nelson 2016-04-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 12, 2016
Viking Tour will be on May 22nd!“Aargh” roared Viking fashionista Steve Hogg as he, Nick Johnson, and Michele Doyle modeled and promoted the individually designed Viking helmets to be worn by the volunteers at our great 2nd annual Viking Tour.
The Viking Tour is a group bicycle ride on the Kitsap Peninsula taking place on Sunday, May 22nd, 2016. The tour starts and finishes in historic Poulsbo and is held during the iconic Viking Fest carnival and festival. The ride has four different lengths for all riding levels: the Odin (63-miles), the Thor (35-miles), the Freyja (14-miles) and the Loki (3-mile family ride). All participants of the Odin, Thor and Freyja lengths can participate in the free two-mile time trial challenge where the top three male and female winners get cash prizes! This spectacular event will be held in conjunction with Poulsbo’s Viking Festival. The bike tour will take place on Sunday, May 22. Please let volunteer coordinator Kathy Rayment know you wish to wear one of these designer exclusive helmets at the event. (I want one!) 
Register and find out more details at
Viking Tour is Coming May 22nd! Hugh Nelson 2016-03-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 12, 2016
Deborah Horn, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels KitsapIn her mellifluous voice, Deborah Horn, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels Kitsap, described the incredible success of this private non-profit organization during the course of its 43-year history. As its name suggests, the nutritious meal and socialization program is offered countywide and boasts meal service at 8 dining meal sites. Additionally, an extensive home meal delivery service not only provides meals that are developed by a dietician, the home visits service as a vital social connection and safety check for older adults. There are over 100 volunteers operating at all levels of the organization. Last year, 65,816 nutritious well-balanced meals were served to 894 unduplicated seniors. Our admiration is extended to Meals on Wheels Kitsap for contributing to the health and well being of our Kitsap communities. 
Meals on Wheels Serves Kitsap County Hugh Nelson 2016-03-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 12, 2016
Duane Edwards reports to the club about the Poulsbo North Kitsap Rotary FoundationFor those who may lack financial planning skills, Duane Edward’s short presentation on the purpose and function of our Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation was greatly appreciated. He explained the various accounts, the amounts presently in those accounts, and identified the restrictions placed on each of those separate accounts. The nine-member Foundation Board of which he is president, invests some of the funds and regularly evaluates the returns on those investments. All club members are members of the Foundation. Thank you Duane and the other 8 members of the Board for your service. 
Report from the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation Hugh Nelson 2016-03-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 09, 2016
Anita Miller telling the club about the Bremerton SymphonyOur presenters on March 4th were Anita Miller and Connie Lord, representing the Bremerton Symphony Association. October 1942 marked the first Bremerton symphony performance, and it has carried on with concerts continuously through the present day. This symphony is a regional gem and represents the whole west sound. Their outreach programs include many, many youth. Join them in Poulsbo on April 15 for the HMS Pinafore, which combines the orchestra with the symphony chorale. The program will be performed at Gateway Fellowship, 7:30 PM.
Anita Miller and Connie Lord - about the Bremerton Symphony Hugh Nelson 2016-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 09, 2016
Force Tolar and Donna Pledger during membership ceremony We welcome our newest club members, Force Tolar (left, with microphone) and Donna Pledger (to his right). We are grateful to their sponsors Ann Pyles and Naveen Chaudhary for bringing these outstanding citizens into our Rotary Family.
Poulsbo Rotary welcomes new members Force Tolar and Donna Pledger Hugh Nelson 2016-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 09, 2016
Caitlin Orcutt classification talkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his/her life and work. On March 4th Caitlyn Orcutt gave her classification talk. She received her degree in finance and agricultural business from Washington State University and currently works for Timberland Bank. However, she first traveled with her husband while he was serving our country in the U.S. Army.
Caitlyn Orcutt - Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2016-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
Donation to Morrow Manor from the Historic Downtown Poulsbo Association and Visit Kitsap Peninsula Hugh Nelson 2016-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 09, 2016
Chris Morrissey presents his classification talkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his life and work. From his presentation on February 26th, we learned that Chris Morrissey lives a “suspenseful” life. His early years were spent growing up on a ranch with many diverse chores to occupy his time. Athletic, Chris joined the football team at the University of Nevada Reno (UNR). From there he was called to join the Eastern Sierra Hotshots who are the elite firefighters who lead the initial attack against fires. After 3 years, he moved to the great state of Washington and fulfilled his lifetime longing to be his own boss in construction. This decision was hastened by the fact that he was left literally swinging in suspense high above the ground while working on the Columbia Towers in Seattle. Hang in there, Chris!
Classification Talk - Chris Morrissey Hugh Nelson 2016-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 09, 2016
Bill Effinger and Marlene Mitchell - Rotarians of the MonthCongratulations to Marlene Mitchell and Bill Effinger, who were named as Rotarians of the Month by President Naveen. Marlene presented the club with the first Viking Tour sponsorship check from Kitsap Bank. Bill was commended for his leadership efforts in producing the NK Herald Advertorial recognizing the achievements of Rotarians for the Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce Awards.
Marlene Mitchell and Bill Effinger named Rotarians of the Month Hugh Nelson 2016-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 09, 2016
Shane Seaman speaking about domestic violence casesPoulsbo attorney and club member Shane Seaman spoke about domestic violence legal issues at our club meeting on February 26th. Sometimes we all want to take the law into our hands because we are frustrated and angered when we feel justice isn’t being served in the manner we believe it should be.
So, it is good that we learn about the complexities and nuances that are unique to every single case that judges must deal with in making fair and sound rulings that protect everyone’s interests under our laws. 
Thank you, Shane, for sharing the procedures and considerations that are made in domestic assault cases. Understanding the bigger picture can only make our club more 
effective in protecting the victims of domestic violence.
Shane Seaman - Domestic Violence Cases Hugh Nelson 2016-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
David Smith, Jon Pavey, and Aaron Murphy receive Paul Harris Award Recognition Hugh Nelson 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 01, 2016
Glen Robbins talks about his career and service to the communityEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his life and work. In his classification talk, Glen Robbins reveals a lifetime of service that is grounded in his upbringing. A native son to this area his whole life, he has positively touched every aspect of community life. In education he began as a teacher and he left as a principal. Today he serves on the board of the Kitsap School Foundation. Although he is currently President of the Sons of Norway, he dons his apron every week to work alongside the other volunteers to serve us breakfast. Glen embodies lifelong learning as he steps into his new role as school board member. 
Glen Robbins gives Classification Talk about his work and community service Hugh Nelson 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 01, 2016
Announcement of Spirit of Philanthropy Award for Ardis MorrowAt our February 19th meeting, a surprise announcement was made by Kol Medina, executive director of Kitsap Community Foundation. One of this year’s Spirit of Philanthropy Awards will be given to Ardis Morrow in recognition of her charitable efforts spanning decades. The presentation team from KCF includes board members Rick Darrow and Harriette Bryant, and Bev Kincaid, Chair of the Philanthropy Award Committee.
Ardis Morrow selected for KCF Spirit of Philanthropy Award Hugh Nelson 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 01, 2016
Nick Johnson tells of his Journey of HopeOur speaker, club member Nick Johnson, takes us back in time to the summer after he graduates from University of Washington to join a cycling team on his “Journey of Hope”. This grueling 63- day ride from San Francisco to Washington DC is a partnership with his fraternity and Push America to “build leaders of tomorrow by serving people with disabilities.” In the end, Nick travels 4,000 miles, helps raise $400,000, and reaches 2 million people. But he also gets his girl and it’s my view this program has succeeded in building a compassionate leader.
Nick Johnson's Journey of Hope Hugh Nelson 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 13, 2016
Mayor Erickson presents State of the City of PoulsboThe State of the City of Poulsbo is presented by Mayor Becky Erickson. With a large map of Poulsbo and the surrounding areas on the screen, the Mayor takes each area and talks about the key activities taking place in that region. In the end, we all absorb current realities. Poulsbo is doing well and thriving. The city is growing quickly with 4.2 housing starts a week (not including apartments.) The city must be careful in how it grows so that it is balanced. This balance requires a lot of work. Mayor Becky reminds us that she remains committed to hearing from the city’s citizens and continues her Open Door meetings on Saturdays from nine until noon at her office in City Hall. 
Mayor Erickson–State of the City of Poulsbo Hugh Nelson 2016-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 13, 2016
New member Loretta Byrnes mesmerizes her audience as she takes us on a journey of her life that starts from her California birthplace on to many countries abroad before finding herself in Poulsbo where she lives today. With a masters in Agriculture Economics from OSU in hand, Loretta pursues her desire to work for an NGO with an infant son in tow, working in agriculture development for 3 years in Bangladesh. From 1989 to 2008, she and son Gabriel spend 12 years there and 5 in Africa. In 2007, Loretta falls in love and marries Jim in 2009. Loretta has always been motivated by the need to make a difference and she continues to honor that commitment today.
Loretta Byrnes on her experiences living in Bangladesh and Africa Hugh Nelson 2016-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 13, 2016
Rotary member Tom Hall and his teacher, mentor, and great friend Larry Nakata, past president of Town and Country Markets (which includes Central Market in Poulsbo) pose with Ardis Morrow. In the food business, Mr. Nakata talks about the importance and privilege of “nourishing the quality of life” in the community.  As a member of the Giving Committee for T&C Markets, he speaks to his gratitude for having the ability to give to the community. He presents a check for $25,000 to Ardis Morrow for Morrow Manor, a cause he believes in supporting wholeheartedly. The Poulsbo Rotary Club is deeply grateful for this generous financial support. 
Town and Country Markets Donates $25,000 to Morrow Manor Hugh Nelson 2016-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 07, 2016
After sharing about her recent trip to Hawaii with family hosts, the Russells, our beloved exchange student, Katri, is presented with a surprise cake for a belated 18th birthday celebration. We wish her a lifetime of happiness.
Katri Celebrates her 18th Birthday Hugh Nelson 2016-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 07, 2016
Tom Taylor joins the Paul Harris Fellows while Dave Shields adds a 5th bling to his Paul Harris pin to make it 5+1. We congratulate these generous individuals whose gifts support Rotary Foundation grants for a wide variety of projects, scholarships, and training all over the world.
Tom Taylor and Dave Shields receive Paul Harris recognition Hugh Nelson 2016-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 07, 2016
Speaker Rosie Ludlow of Scarlet Road takes our club down the painful path of the lives of sex trafficking victims in our county. Scarlet Road was started in 2008 to provide HOPE which is central and essential to recovery. Identification through outreach efforts along with long-term holistic care offer hope for women who are often invisible and suffer unimaginable brutality.
Rosie Ludlow of Scarlet Road talks about recovery efforts for victims of sex trafficking Hugh Nelson 2016-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 07, 2016
Bill Effinger classification talkNew member Bill Effinger takes the podium to share his life story in his classification talk. A self-made man, he is “an ‘out-of-the-box’ thinker and innovator/pioneer in design, marketing and management techniques.” His motto for life and business is: JUST DO IT!
Bill Effinger tells fellow club members about his life and work Hugh Nelson 2016-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 01, 2016
Polio survivor tells her story about contracting polio at 7 and living in the hospital away from her family for 1 year. She also talked about the struggles of growing up with a disability, and her mission to overcome "vaccination apathy".
Speaker Jan Kendall makes her audience laugh when she says, “I am not a natural speaker, just a natural talker.” But she quickly lays claim to both our attention and our emotions as she reveals her often heart-breaking life from the time she is 7, when she is diagnosed with polio. Jan describes her life filled with cruel comments and assumptions that belittle her self-worth and her aspirations to become a nurse.
Defying low expectations and attempts to divert her, Jan Kendall receives her degree in nursing truly understanding the importance of empathy in giving and receiving care…or unconditional acceptance which is “simple, clean, and without judgment.” 
Vaccines prevent polio and other diseases, and Jan wants to spare the suffering that can be avoided if parents have their children vaccinated. She is grateful for Rotary International for all the efforts made by the clubs to eradicate this disease. We are grateful for Jan who is tireless in her efforts to keep children safe and healthy.
Jan Kendall describes a life and career after contracting polio Hugh Nelson 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 01, 2016
Mary Nader gives her classification talk about her life working with the tech sector and with MicroSoft in the early "windows" period.President-elect Mary Nader presents her vocational history with eloquence and she delivers it with her usual humility. She is asked to focus on her worklife before her directorship of Fishline. Mary, we all know is full of talents, and as she describes her “early season”, we get a glimpse of the tumultuous and heady times life is at Microsoft for this young programmer in an elite group of fewer than 3000 Microsoft employees…total! After 8 years, Mary makes a very difficult life-altering decision and shifts into her “middle season” with her heart taking her into a vocation of meaningful service. She leaves Microsoft and the rest is history…as they say.
Mary Nader tells about her life and career Hugh Nelson 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 23, 2016
Susan Averill tells about her experiences treating Ebola patientsSpeaker Nurse Susan Averill painted a harrowing first hand account of her experiences serving the medical needs of Ebola patients in Sierra Leone under the auspices of Doctors Without Borders. Under extraordinary cultural and geopolitical challenges, Susan and her colleagues saved one life for every death.  Nurses comprise 80% of the medical support in the world. Thank  you Susan, for making mankind your business. 
Susan Averill presents her experiences with Ebola patients Hugh Nelson 2016-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 23, 2016
Steve Garfein inducted into Paul Harris Society

Assistant Governor, Elayne Burton, inducts member Steve Garfein into the Paul Harris Society.  Named after Rotary’s founder, the Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotary Members and friends of the Rotary Foundation who contribute $1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or approved global grants.  Thank you Steve for your generosity. 

Steve Garfein becomes member of the Paul Harris Society Hugh Nelson 2016-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 23, 2016
Members of Bainbridge Island Rotary with members of Poulsbo Rotary's Domestic Violence Prevention CommitteeWhat a love fest it was this morning (January 22nd) as our Rotary friends from our neighborhood Bainbridge Island Club basked in a glowing sea of warm friendship and heartfelt appreciation. Spokesperson Bob Linz announced their club’s commitment to support the Morrow Manor Campaign to Build Brighter Tomorrows with a $50,000 matching challenge gift. With this incredible donation, it is everyone’s hope that it will inspire other clubs, organizations, and individuals to step forward and join this effort.  We can’t wait to reach our goal so we can help survivors build sustainable futures, building strong families for generations to come.    
Stay in touch and like us on:
Twitter: @Morrow_Manor
Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island Announces $50k Morrow Manor Challenge Grant Hugh Nelson 2016-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 19, 2016
Wade Moncrief shares his experiences in the ArcticOur speaker on January 15th was Commanding Officer Wade Moncrief, Chief of Operations for the U.S. Coast Guard of Alaska. His last presentation to us was on Antarctica. This time Wade shared his personal experiences with the Arctic. We learned that the ice formed in the Arctic is multiyear and therefore denser and thicker than the Antarctic. While he was in charge of a ship, he took a group of researchers who collected data on the thickness of the ice so that ships could be designed with this information. It was not all work and no play. Spotted on the pure white ice was a brown football. Then, we were treated to images of the fearless and imposing polar bears. 
Wade Moncrief shares his Personal Experiences of the Arctic Hugh Nelson 2016-01-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 19, 2016
Alys Osborn joins Poulsbo RotaryWe would like to extend a warm and loving welcome to our newest inductee Alys Orsborn who hails from Barrow, Alaska where she has been a Rotarian for a number of years. Take note committee chairs; Alys is ready and rarin’ to participate in committee activities. At first a bit soft and gentle with her affirmative responses to PK’s membership questions, she got louder and rowdier after our club modeled our preferred energy-infused “YESes”!!! We look forward to working with you Alys.  Thanks to Ardis Morrow for sponsoring our newest member. 
Alys Orsborn Inducted as New Member of Poulsbo Rotary Hugh Nelson 2016-01-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 19, 2016
Kim Colebrook Speaks on Disaster PreparednessPoulsbo citizen Kim Colebrook appeals to members of our club to participate in getting our community prepared for a natural disaster. Poulsbo has been mapped into neighborhood grids that will serve as the first-line response unit should disaster strike.  Mr. Colebrook is hoping to have a designated “captain” for each unit be present at one of two meetings at City Hall: Saturday, April 9 from 6:30-8:00 or Saturday April 23 from 10:30 to noon.
Kim Colebrook Speaks on Local Disaster Preparedness Hugh Nelson 2016-01-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 15, 2016
Awardee Aubrey Doyle looks as President Naveen pins a duplicate award pin on her mother MichelePoulsbo Rotarian Michele Doyle honored her daughter Aubrey Doyle for her service to the community and participation as a Rotary outbound exchange student. Aubrey received a Paul Harris Fellowship award based on contributions to the Rotary International Foundation made in her name by Michele. Shown is Aubrey looking on a President Naveen pins a duplicate award on mother Michele. We honor and celebrate both of them!
Aubrey Doyle Receives Paul Harris Award Hugh Nelson 2016-01-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 15, 2016
Morrow Manor
On December 30, 2015, the North Kitsap Herald reported that fundraising efforts for the Morrow Manor Project, a joint effort between the Rotary Club of Poulsbo-North Kitsap, the Kitsap County YWCA, and the City of Poulsbo to build a planned eight-unit community that will provide long-term supportive housing for domestic violence survivors and their children, had reached the fundraising goal to qualify for matching challenge funds that had been offered by Tim Ryan Properties of Poulsbo.
The article notes that:
"Fundraising for the $2.1 million project is well underway with a commitment of $500,000 from the C. Keith Birkenfeld Memorial Trust, a major gift from the estate of Sandra Boro Hill and, now, a $100,000 donation match from Tim Ryan Properties."
Morrow Manor Fundraising Challenge Goal Reached Hugh Nelson 2016-01-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 15, 2016

Anita Blau, Chris Morrissey, and Larry Craig are Inducted into Poulsbo Rotary

Larry Craig, Anita Blau, and Chris Morrissey Inducted into Poulsbo RotaryWe are proud to induct the newest members of our club. They are Anita Blau, Chris Morrissey, and Larry Craig. Membership Chair PK Mclean inspires hale and hearty affirmations that are expected by the witnessing membership. Also shown in the photo with new inductees are sponsors Naveen Chadhaury, Ardis Morrow and Rand Hillier.
Anita Blau, Chris Morrissey, and Larry Craig are Inducted into Poulsbo Rotary Hugh Nelson 2016-01-15 08:00:00Z 0
Rotarians receive recognition for Math Tutor Program at Poulsbo Elementary Hugh Nelson 2016-01-15 08:00:00Z 0
Featured Article on Morrow Manor in this Month's District 5020 Newsletter Hugh Nelson 2015-12-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 10, 2015

Special Club Recognition for Jim Martin

Long time Poulsbo Rotarian Jim Martin is given special recognition for his long and continued service to his community.  Whether it’s his amazing work with the activities of the Chamber of Commerce, helping with the creation of the Kingston Rotary, or whipping the other Jims into shape, Jim exemplifies the best of service above self.  Thank you Jim. 
Special Club Recognition for Jim Martin Kimi Kinoshita 2015-12-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 24, 2015

New Exchange Student from Finland

Exchange Student Katri Ollila from FinlandKatri Ollila, our inbound exchange student from 
Laihia, Finland is truly “A Gift to the World.”  
We are treated to an introduction to her home 
country but we are most delighted with the 
charms of everyday life on the 200 acres of the 
Ollila piggery farm and forest and “meeting” her 
family.  We are so grateful to have Katri in our 
Rotary Family. 
New Exchange Student from Finland Kimi Kinoshita 2015-11-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 24, 2015

Poulsbo Rotary Honors Jim Sund

Poulsbo Rotary honors Jim SundOur club is teeming with outstanding members who 
quietly give of themselves time and time again.  
President Naveen recognizes Jim Sund for such 
service over many, many years.     
Jim has not only served as a past president, he has 
been our youth protection officer, and he and Anne 
have been host parents to many exchange students. 
We are blessed to have you.  Thank you.
Poulsbo Rotary Honors Jim Sund Kimi Kinoshita 2015-11-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 20, 2015

Rotary Foundation Month

Poulsbo Rotary Foundation Chair Lori Coutier presents information about The Rotary Foundation
In November Rotary's 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs just like ours focused their attention on The Rotary Foundation. Our November 13th club meeting was dedicated to this subject. The club's Rotary Foundation Chair, Lori Cloutier, made a general presentation about The Rotary Foundation (photo left), and club member Cindy Tveit (photo below left) told of her experiences as a Foundation Scholar in Australia in 1986. The RI Foundation supports (among its various activities) one of the largest private scholarship funds in the world.
Rotary International is global association of Rotary Clubs that supports Rotary clubs worldwide by coordinating global programs, campaigns, and initiatives. A separate charitable organization, The Rotary Foundation, uses generous donations to fund projects by Rotarians and our partners in communities around the world. As a nonprofit, all of the Foundation's funding comes from voluntary contributions made by Rotarians and friends who share our vision of a better world.
Club member Cindy Tveit giving her presentation as a former Rotary Foundation Scholar in Australia in 1986.
Together, Rotary clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation work to make lasting improvements in our communities and around the world. RI directs its efforts in six areas to enhance its local and global impact. The most successful and sustainable projects and activities tend to fall within the following areas:
  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies
The Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Club normally has several projects each year that receive funding from the Rotary International Foundation. In addition, our club members donate funds in support of Rotary's global initiatives such as eradicating polio.
The Rotary International web site reports:
The Rotary Foundation is now 93rd in The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual ranking of the top 400 nonprofit organizations in the United States. The ranking is based on monetary contributions from private sources and reflects the increasing generosity of those who support Rotary’s mission.
The Rotary Foundation earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States.
This year’s top distinction is the Foundation’s eighth in a row, which places the Foundation in the top 2 percent of U.S.-based charities. In a letter to the Foundation, Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher wrote, “Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.
“This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator differentiates The Rotary Foundation from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust,” Thatcher said.
The Rotary Foundation is not to be confused with the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation, which is our club's separate charitable fundraising organization for funding projects and partnerships specific to our club. Club members and friends of Poulsbo Rotary can contribute to separately to either organization.
Rotary Foundation Month Hugh Nelson 2015-11-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hugh Nelson on Nov 03, 2015

Poulsbo Rotary Partners with Second Table Ministries in South Africa

Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary is a partner with Poulsbo based Second Table Ministries (STM) in two ongoing projects in South Africa. Below is some information from the STM Web site telling more about the projects.
Aliwal North Day CareHome Based Day Care project​
There are literally hundreds of thousands of orphans and vulnerable young children in South Africa. These kids are in urgent need of loving care and mental and physical stimulation. STM has launched a two-year demonstration project to show that by joining home based care with center based care, training teachers, providing good supervision and generating community support the participants can:
  • Provide quality care for kids.
  • Stimulate their physical and mental development.
  • Train teachers with skills much needed in South Africa.
  • Create programs that will be sustainable with South Africa resources.
STM’s prime partner and on site manager is the Hilton URCSA church in Aliwal North. Other partners include Poulsbo North Kitsap Rotary, Caring Clowns International, and North Point Church all from the USA; also, the South African government, and several local Aliwal North businesses, individuals, and churches, providing mostly in-kind contributions. The care facility has been equipped, 15 caregivers have been trained, and 168 kids are being given care. STM's plan is to expand to 20 teachers and 198 kids in care by 2017.
Aliwal North Day CareMokgophong Community Center and Early Childhood Development Program
Desiree and Peter Fisher, a dedicated South African couple, have nearly exhausted their resources building a small community center which, in addition to other services, operates as an Early Childhood Development facility for 12 orphans and vulnerable children in a poverty stricken settlement in Mookgophong. They have asked for STM's help in enlarging the program and achieving sustainability through local resources.
STM has committed $10,000 for the first year and obtained an additional $2,500 from Poulsbo Rotary. They are working together with the Fishers to obtain funding from the South African government and other sources so this project can become sustainable and grow to care for 30 children. The project expansion begins in November 2015.
Poulsbo Rotary Partners with Second Table Ministries in South Africa Hugh Nelson 2015-11-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kimi Kinoshita on Oct 30, 2015

Rotary Friendship Exchange to Sydney, Australia

We are very pleased to learn that Gaston and Lynn Peter-Contesse will be part of a team representing District 5020 on a Friendship Exchange to District 9685 based in Sydney, Australia. They are among 6 couples from 5020 including 3 couples from Vancouver Island. The Friendship Exchange is hosted by Rotarians from a number of clubs within the District, so that visiting Rotarians stay 3 or 4 days with one club and then move on to another, thus maximizing their exposure to experiences and fellowship that the Exchange is meant to provide.
Participating clubs are:
    Norwest Sunrise Bella Vista
    Upper Blue Mountains
    Gosford North
    Upper Northern Beaches
The group leaves on October 29 and returns November 19. Gaston said that they will have two days in downtown Sidney before meeting their hosts. He's hoping to fully experience the national rugby tournament going on that first weekend against New Zealand. We are so proud of you, Gaston, and we are anxious to hear all about your experiences down under. G’day mate!


Rotary Friendship Exchange to Australia Kimi Kinoshita 2015-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kimi Kinoshita on Oct 28, 2015

Be a Fifth Grade Math Tutor

Be a fifth grade math tutorDo you know that feeling of joy the first time you solved a difficult puzzle? It’s almost as much fun to see a fifth grader master a mathematical problem. You can see some wonderful examples of these problems at As a tutor, you will help prepare students for the 2016 Math Olympiad and perhaps start them on the road to a STEM career in the sciences or engineering. Tutors will meet with up to four students each from 09:30 to 10:30 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Email Roger Gallington at or call/text 206 730 3915 to learn more and volunteer. We would like to get volunteer schedules set so we can start next week.
Be a Fifth Grade Math Tutor Kimi Kinoshita 2015-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 27, 2015

 Ryan Family Donation to Morrow Manor 

Ardis Morrow makes a stunning announcement immediately following her weekly “story” for us. Club members Dan and Kevin Ryan announce that the TIM RYAN FAMILY pledges a $100,000 match challenge to the Morrow Manor Project . We are all extremely grateful for this amazing gift!
Tim Ryan Family Donation to Morrow Manor Project 2015-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 15, 2015
The Poulsbo Club has undertaken a major project to build four duplex units on a part of a donated parcel of land in the City of Poulsbo.  The dwellings, once constructed will be deeded over, debt free, to the YWCA or use in the YWCA's supportive housing program for survivors of domestic violence.  The dwellings will be collectively named Morrow Manor in honor of Ardis Morrow, a long time Rotarian and advocate for survivors of domestic violence.  With the addition of these housing units the supportive housing inventory in Kitsap County will increase by 200% over today's resources. The remainder of the land will be deeded over to the City for an active city park.

The target construction date is June 2016.  We are in our Capital Fundraising campaign now.  Our capital target is $2.3 million.  We have received two major donations and a number of smaller ones totaling a little less than $1M to date.  The Poulsbo Rotary club has pledged $8000/yr for 10 years to help support the YWCA's operational costs of the domestic violence survivor program.

If you would like a presentation about domestic violence in Kitsap County and the partnership of the Rotary Club and the YWCA or would like to be involved in the Morrow Manor Project, please contact Chad Solvie at (360) 394-4010.
Donations for the Morrow Manor Project can be made to:  The Poulsbo-NK Rotary Foundation (footnote:  Morrow Manor).  All contributions are usually tax deductible.

Please look for periodic progress reports here.
Morrow Manor Corner Rand Hillier 2015-09-15 07:00:00Z 0
2015 -16 President Naveen Chaudhary led us through our annual club assembly, which can be seen here.  Naveen is pictured here with Rotary International 2015-16 President Ravi Ravidran at the President Elects Training (PETS).
We look forward to an exciting and rewarding Rotary year! 
A New Rotary Year 2015-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Chris Madison is stepping down after 17 (!!) years of service as Program Chair.  2014-15 President Rob Gelder presented Chris with a certificate for "A career as Program Chair with the Poulsbo/North Kitsap Rotary Club.  For the countless hours of searching, soliciting and scheduling interesting, thought provoking and downright excellent programs for the members and guests to enjoy Friday in and Friday out for nearly two decades.  We owe you a great debt of gratitude and heartfelt thanks."  
Gary Nakamura is the new program chair and can be emailed at
Chris Madison steps down as Program Chair 2015-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

K.R. Ravindran’s life has been molded by family, country, and Rotary. Serving as Rotary president is his way of giving back to each of them.  Before he gives a speech, K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran doesn’t like flowery, adulatory introductions. They make him uncomfortable.

The 2015-16 Rotary president would rather keep a low profile and share the credit. If it were up to him, you probably wouldn’t even be reading this article. Negotiating Days of Tranquility during the Sri Lankan civil war so that health workers could administer drops of polio vaccine? Although it was on his desk that the agreement landed, he says, a lot of people worked to make that happen. Rebuilding 23 tsunami-damaged schools for 14,000 children? He merely led the committee. Taking a label-printing business from a small outfit operating in a space the size of a garage to a global powerhouse in the packaging business that has helped change the value-added tea industry in his country? Well, he simply happened to be in the right place at the right time.

“I’m sometimes introduced as a self-made man,” says Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo. “You’ve got to be utterly egocentric to believe you are self-made. Each one of us is made because so many people helped us become who we are.

One of the reasons I work so much for Rotary is that I have been helped by so many people, and often you never have a chance to reciprocate,” he explains. “The only way you can is by helping others. When the people I help ask me, ‘What can I do?’ I say, ‘Go and help someone else in return.’”  Read more or see the video.  BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD!

Meet Rotary International's New President 2015-07-03 07:00:00Z 0
Kitsap County Core Public Health Indicators: Summary 2015-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
Viking Tour was a smashing success!!  Nearly 400 riders participated in the 3, 35, and 65 mile rides and their comments were universally positive.  Riders raved that the event was very organized, the volunteers were extremely friendly and enthusiastic and that overall it was a very fun event.  
The food  was delicious and the beer garden also had many fans!  What a wonderful inaugural Viking Tour! More photos and information will follow.
Kudos to Poulsbo Rotarian Dan Barry for hatching the Viking Tour idea, gathering such a great team of Rotarian and community volunteers, and developing such strong support of our sponsors.  What a leader and team builder!
Viking Tour - So Much Fun!! 2015-05-21 07:00:00Z 0
A small group of Rotarians worked with Bennie and BJ Armstrong to set up the tent for Viking Tour, which takes place this weekend.  The tent is generously on loan from Bennie Jets Fireworks, and will also be used next for the Poulsbo Chamber's Uncorked Event (see
 If you haven't already registered for Viking Tour, go to  Non-riders are welcome to stop by to listen to the band at Fishline (787 NW Liberty Lane off of Viking Avenue) from noon to 5 PM.
Tent Up for Viking Tour 2015-05-14 07:00:00Z 0
The North Kitsap Rotary continues to be a strong supporter of Poulsbo's Coffee Oasis.  As we have witnessed many times, Rotary support encourages other organizations to support the causes that Rotary lifts up.  Naveen Chaudhary chairs the Dream Home Orphanage, a local 501c3 non-profit dedicated to assisting in education for youth.   The Dream Home was recently awarded a $500 Thrivent Financial grant for Coffee Oasis.  Thrivent Financial is a fraternal insurance organization.  You will recall that Jerry Deeter arranged for Thrivent to sponsor the Casino night.  This $500 grant from Thrivent is considered supplemental money to stimulate other efforts to raise additional funds for the identified charity.  Through the efforts of the Rotary Youth Services Committee, the $500 gifts was more than doubled with an additional $1300 for Coffee Oasis for a total of $1800  Many thanks to Don Jukam who coordinated these efforts with Coffee Oasis and the Dream Home..   
Coffee Oasis will use the $1300 to purchase an alarm system and a television/projector to use the expansion space.  This will provide video options for community and job training meetings.
Thrivent Matches Rotary Grant to Coffee Oasis 2015-05-14 07:00:00Z 0
The devastating earthquake in Nepal struck the close to the heart of Poulsbo Rotary given our relationship with the Dream House Orphanage in Nepal and Garrett Madison's adventures climbing Mount Everest.  
President Elect Naveen Chaudhary heard from the Dream House Orphanage Thursday that the kids and the orphanage are unaffected - thank goodness!   Naveen wants our club to lead the relief efforts for the victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal. This project will have two phases: the fist phase will focus on providing emergency funding for food, water, tents, medicine etc. and later when things have settled down we will focus on providing financial assistance to help families rebuild their lives. The International Services Committee has approved a $3,000 to Nourish Nepal, which goes towards this purpose. This project will raise money from various sources including our own club, other Rotary clubs in and outside of our districts, and from the general public. It will use all possible media in general to reach the broadest audience possible.
Naveen will be working with our club and foundation boards to structure our support and will report to the club as things progress. Thus far, $13,000 has been raised and Naveen thanks the following people and organizations: Chris Madison, Brenda Wall, Darla and Jed Selter, Ann Pyles, Bonnie Pedersen, Caring Clowns International, Dream Home Orphanage, our club, and our Facebook friends
For past stories about Poulsbo Rotary's efforts in Nepal, click on these stories. (Stories/dream-home-updateStories/nepal-orphanage-receives-new-mattresses).
Nepal Earthquake 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Poulsbo Chamber Executive Director Mark Abshire joined the ranks of Poulsbo Rotarians.  Mark was sponsored by long-time Rotarian and community activist Ardis Morrow.
The Poulsbo Chamber announcement regarding Marks hiring stated that " Mr. Abshire has more than 20 years of experience in organizational leadership, marketing, corporate communications, public relations, and operations.   A retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Abshire has held leadership positions and been a consultant to a variety of business, government, and nonprofit organizations. 
Poulsbo Chamber Director Mark Abshire joins Rotary 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
​Poulsbo Rotary granted the Kitsap Immigration Assistance Center (KIAC) $1,000, which they'll use to bring the Medical Teams International mobile dental van to KIAC’s Family Services Center in Bremerton for a one day free adult dental clinic on May 26.  This will provide badly needed dental care for low-income immigrants in our community.  With support, hope to implement 3 more such dental clinics in 2015.
KIAC was started 2004.  It is committed to the well-being of immigrants and the development of a rich multicultural community. Integration of immigrants into our community is our high priority. 
Kitsap Immigration Assistance receives grant 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
YOU made great things happen for the Poulsbo Rotary Club during the KITSAP GREAT GIVE!  The initial results show that Poulsbo Rotary Foundation received $13,351 in support over the course of the day from 41 donors. Of that amount $5,000 was anonymous and $466 was through the Great Give matching fund pool.  Of the total amount, $2,575 was restricted for the Eli Sculpture project coming together for the city park near the future Morrow Manor. 
This is just another example of how wonderfully generous our community truly is! Thank you for caring and your support.  Click the image to see our video.
Great Give nets $13,351 for Poulsbo Rotary Foundation 2015-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
The thank you letter that Poulsbo Rotary received from Dr. Dennis Carlson, Associate Director of Kossoye Development Program says it all (emphasis added):
Thank you very much for your great help to the Kossoye Development Program. We received your check of $3,400 and it has been deposited and will soon be on its way to the program in northern Ethiopia.
We will use the Rotary funds to purchase open-pollinating seeds in Addis Ababa, transport them to Gondar by truck and hire very poor university students and other destitute women to prepare sets of four kinds of seeds (chard, carrots, cabbage, and lettuce). The total cost of one set of seeds
is US $1.20 including the packaging.
In total, we are planning to distribute 20,000 sets of seeds to students in the 3rd to 8th grades in rural elementary schools from Gondar to Dabat, Ethiopia. Since the average household has five people, the program will provide access to nutritious food for 100,000 people. Participants will also be trained to produce seeds for use in the coming year. Household-based seed production and saving of open pollinating seeds will provide self-sustaining vegetable growing activities for years to come.
Kossoye Development Thanks Poulsbo Rotary 2015-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
On April 10, Poulsbo Rotary's Foundation granted $1000 each to the Parent Child Assistance Program (PCAP) and Poulsbo Community Orchestra.  PCAP provides support to families recovering from addiction to help them stay on track and connected.  The Poulsbo Orchestra ( is an all volunteer organization and in addition to other events, is scheduled to perform at Poulsbo Summer Nights on August 4.
Grants to Poulsbo Orchestra and Parent Child Assistance Program 2015-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Garrett Madison, son of Poulsbo Rotarian Chris Madison, spoke to our club in March regarding his leadership and mountaineering adventures.  
For those of you who want to follow Garrett’s current expedition on Everest, here are two links:
- This link will be updated as the expedition moves up and down the mountain several times as they acclimatize to the altitude,
- This link is to ESPN Sports Center.  It was broadcast Sunday, April 12, 2015,  After you get through the two commercials, you may want to watch the video full screen.
Garrett Madison Update 2015-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
​Poulsbo Rotary is awarding three Community Project Awards as part of the free family event co-sponsored by the Poulsbo Rotary Club and the Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce "BUILDING COMMUNITY CELEBRATION" to honor the lifetimes of community service of Bill Austin and Ardis Morrow, to be held May 2 form Noon to 4 PM at Poulsbo Waterfront Park & Pavilion.
The Youth Community Service Project Challenge (click here for guidelines) is open to any individual youth or youth group who live(s) in North Kitsap County. The projects chosen must take place in North Kitsap County and be completed no later than August 31, 2015. Individual youth, as well as youth groups, youth athletic teams, youth service clubs, neighborhood kids are encouraged to apply.
Poulsbo Rotary will make three awards:
170 Years of Service - Ardis Morrow and Bill Austin 2015-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Myself and the other exchange students in Bydgoszcz, post valentine's ball performance! :)
Dear Poulsbo Rotary,
I honestly can’t believe that I’ve been in Poland for almost seven months now. Really, I still feel like I just got here, and time is going way too fast. It’s actually kind of sad. I am having so much fun, learning tons, and making new friends and connections. My life is so crazy right now, but the good kind of crazy! I feel like everyday there’s something going on, or some sort of adventure I'm finding myself on.
Photo: Jake and the other exchange students in Bydgoszcz, post Valentine's ball performance!
Update from Outbound Exchange Student Jake Brown 2015-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Editor Note:  This article was corrected to reflect that the bath houses are located in Nepal.  Imagine not having a private place to take a shower or bath.  500 Nepal citizens will benefit from the three bathhouses constructed and one underway that have been constructed with a grant headed by the Poulsbo Rotary club.  Poulsbo Rotary President Elect Naveen Chaudhary has headed up this effort.  
Bathhouses in Nepal 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Pyles
On Saturday, May 2,  2015 we will celebrate two lifetimes of building community. That is a combined 170 years of service.  Ardis Morrow turns 90 and Bill Austin turns 80 in May. From 12:00 noon-4 pm. the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Club & our co-sponsor, The Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce, is organizing a special celebration at the Muriel Williams Waterfront Park Pavilion and Anderson Parkway in Poulsbo.  It will be a free family event to honor the years of community service given by Ardis (not only her work since the mid-1980's on behalf of the victims of domestic violence; but her service as an art docent for 35 years, her service on  the School Board  & Kingston Port Commission) and Bill  (for his vision and the myriad of Poulsbo beautification projects he has spearheaded)
The celebration has a dual intent:
1.To honor Ardis Morrow and Bill Austin
2.To educate the community, especially our youth, about the value of community service
 A number of fun activities are being planned  for this day of celebration:
Building Community Celebration Ann Pyles 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
President Rob Gelder named Michele Doyle as Rotarian of the Month.  Michele was recognized for her continuing service to Rotary including her efforts in the exchange student program and with Viking Tour.  Michele is a true Rotarian in that she loves to serve and is always willing to pitch in.  Rotary and our community are lucky to have her involved.
Michele Doyle named Rotarian of the Month 2015-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Ron Orcutt returned to Poulsbo Rotary and Wendell Verduin joined the Club.  Ron was sponsored by his friend and neighbor, Gayle Heller.  Wendell was sponsored by Brenda Wall and is a board member with Second Table.  Welcome Ron and Wendell!
Ron Orcutt and Wendell Verduin Inducted 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor Michael Procter award Jon Pavey his Paul Harris Fellow.  Jon has been a member of Poulsbo Rotary for a relatively short time, and we are please that he is so supportive of the Rotary International Foundation.  Congratulations Jon!
Jon Pavey receives Paul Harris Fellow 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
The vocational and academic scholarship committees are seeking applications for deserving recipients.  Rotarian Gary Nakamura is heading up the academic committee and can be emailed by clicking here.  Former Rotarian Gary Jackson is heading up the vocational scholarships and can be contacted here.  The applications are at, and can also be accessed here: Vocational and Academic.
Please forward this bulletin to students who might be interested.  This is an exciting program of our club supporting youth and vocational services.
Seeking Scholarship Applications 2015-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
This Friday will be last day of this year's every Friday, 3 month long Rotary Hunger Heroes Food Drive for Fishline. To date we have donated 924 lbs of Food and $2,303. Thanks so much for your continuing support of Fishline and their clients.
Fishline appreciates all donations, but at certain times (such as now) they have special needs.
   FOOD items:
  • Hams
  • Pies
  • Canned Fruit
  • Coffee (not decaf)
    NON FOOD items:
  • Size 3,4 & 5 Diapers
  • One-man tents
  • Prepaid Phones & Phone Cards
Ann will be there to take your welcome donations to Fishline.  Alane Basco-Yu will be there representing Fishline, taking pictures and preparing material for Fishline's online media and marketing campaign. Dig down into your hearts and wallets.  Let's be bold and give BIG.  Neighbors helping Neighbors!!!
​In Rotary Service,
Kimi, Gary, Jonathan, Jack & Ann
Hunger Heroes 2014-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Our club's annual meeting was held December 12th.  Club officers presented a summary of our service and other work to date.  You can view the presentation here.  The following club officers were elected for the 2015-16 Rotary year:
President - Naveen Chaudhary
President Elect - Mary Nader
Vice President - Brad Allen
Secretary - Don Jukam
Treasurer - Donna Davidson
Community Service - Jim Schlachter
​Youth Services - Larry Bartholomew
Club Service - Jeff Williams
Vocational Service - Karen Timken
International Service - Ann Pyles
RI Foundation - Mike Cloutier
​Public Relations - Kimi Kinoshita
Membership - PK MacLean
Annual Meeting and Officer Elections 2014-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Meredith Green on Dec 15, 2014

'Tis the season for holiday cheer and fellowship.

After our meeting on December 19th, we will take a two week break and resume club meetings on January 9th.  Your newsletter editors will be taking a two week holiday.  

Naveen Chaudhary is hosting a party on December 19th at his mother, Bonnie Pedersen's, house at 1205 Sawdust Hill Road. 

RSVP to Naveen at or 206-799-1234

Rand Hillier is hosting "Aloners" on December 25th at 2 PM at his home.
Singles, couples without children in the area, etc. are welcome to this alcohol free open house.
Contact Rand at 360-697-4133 or




Holiday Events for Rotarians and Guests Meredith Green 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0

WANTED!!  A group of 12 Rotarians and spouses (or single Rotarians) for a 18 day

Rotary Friendship  Exchange with District 9685 Australia.

This RFE will see the District 9685 RFE Team visit District 5020 from June 1 to 18, 2015.  Our outbound team will be in District 9685 November 2 to 20, 2015.
A Rotary Friendship Exchange is an excellent opportunity to meet Rotarians and their families from a different geographic area and cultural background.  Often lifetime friendships are made on a RFE.
This RFE will be for 18 days, with us hosting the District 9685 group for three days each in six different Rotary Clubs, three on each side of the border.  For those who are unable to travel, hosting a visiting couple will allow you to participate significantly in the friendship exchange.
District 9685 is one of two Rotary Districts covering the Sydney metropolitan area in Australia.  The district cover an area of 4 500 square miles (11 650 square kilometers) Its boundaries stretch from the Blue Mountains to the sea north of Sydney Harbour, reaching across the Hawkesbury River and north to Toukley on the central coast.  The Blue Mountains define its western boundary, beautiful beaches define its eastern border and rural communities make up its western and northern borders.  For more info go to   
How do you get involved?
Friendship Exchange to Australia 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Two years has passed since Poulsbo Rotary spearheaded the effort to help Coffee Oasis establish a North Kitsap location.  Let's pause to reflect on the difference that Poulsbo Rotary has helped make in the lives of Poulsbo/North Kitsap Youth.  From January 2013 through October 2014, Coffee Oasis results have been:
Street Hope
Youth contacts made at NK Streets and Schools                 1,335
Unduplicated Youth Contacted                                               506
Oasis Center
Youth who attended an Oasis Center                                  1,223
Unduplicated Youth                                                               228
Youth accessing resources (e.g. shower, laundry, food)           120
Partnering Hope
Youth enrolled in Case Management                                         73
Youth connected to services                                                     54
Youth enrolled in business classes                                           100
Youth enrolled in job training internship                                    29
Youth employed through internship/case management             47
Youth doing community service                                                76
Coffee Oasis Celebrates Two Years in Poulsbo 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Rick Endresen passed away suddenly as a result of a heart attack on December 6, 2014.  Rick was a North Kitsap native and long-time friend of Rotary, the Sons of Norway, and Fishline.  Rick volunteered at the Sons of Norway to serve our Rotary breakfast.  President Rob Gelder remembers that last Friday, Rick picked up his plate with a smile, which may be many Rotarians' final memory of Rick.  Rick's service will be held at the Sons of Norway Friday, December 12 at 1 PM.  Read his obituary here
Rick Endresen 2014-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Steve Garfein, born July 6, 1939, in New York City, is the oldest of three children.  The family lived in Manhattan in an apartment building on the corner of 104th Street and Broadway.  Steve never knew his dad’s father, who passed away when Steve’s dad, Eli, was 16 years old.  Dad completed high school at the famous Stuyvesant technical high school, and for the next 44 years Eli worked for only one company, Beck Distributing Corporation.  Founded in 1914, the company was involved with the distribution of aviation, radio, and motorcycle parts and accessories (dad was friends with Walter Davidson, the Davidson in Harley Davidson).  In the years before the children were born, Steve’s mother, Dorothy, accompanied his father on long cross-country trips in a model A Ford, back and forth between New York and California, while Eli called on his customers throughout the United States.
Steve Garfein Profile 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
We heard from Second Table Ministries a few weeks ago regarding their service to poor people in South Africa.  They are planning a trip to visit their ministries and you can view the flyer here
Second Table Trip to Africa 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Dear Poulsbo Rotary,
          Let me just start by saying how amazing Poland is and how thankful I am to be here! Over only just two months I have made friends and memories that I’ll never forget! It’s so crazy to think that I’m living in Europe for a year. I’ll be doing the most basic tasks, like sitting on a bus, and I just have to remind myself how cool it is to be riding the bus in Poland as an exchange student. The feeling is amazing!
          Everything has become so familiar so sudden. At the beginning I had no clue where I was, what I had gotten myself into, and everything was so different to me. But now I’ve found a nice routine and I have a real feel for the city of Bydgoszcz, and I feel more comfortable with the differences around me. I remember my first morning here my family had poured me a bowl of cereal and ask “would you like cold milk or warm milk?” I was completely confused. I understood what they were asking, but I had no clue why they were asking. Of course I wanted cold milk. Who wants warm milk in with their Cinnamon Toast Crunch? But you know what I tried it eventually, and I have to say, it’s my new normal. Or when my host brother, Tomek, was showing me how to take the bus and tram to school. That was scary, so many bus and tram numbers to remember, and stops, and how to buy a bus pass, and where each bus or tram goes. Let’s just say I was horrified. But to this day I have not gotten lost, or ticketed by the transportation police. I even know how to get around to different parts of the city now. Not just from my house to my school, and back. It’s nice to just feel familiar with my surroundings.
Outbound Exchange Student Jake Brown update 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Poulsbo Community Blood Drive
Forward this email, post on Facebook, tell a neighbor, bring a friend, donate.
Monday, November 10th  |  12:00 pm – 6:00 pm (closed 2 – 2:45)
Poulsbo Fire Station  |  911 NE Liberty (off Hwy 305)
To make your appointment call 1-800-398-7888 or click here
To learn more about the donation process and how your donation makes a difference go to
Blood Drive November 10th 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
The club's community service committee decided to support the relocation of an osprey nest that was creating a hazard on top of one of the lights at Strawberry Field (at the corner of Hostmark and Noll Roads).   Articles about the osprey nest relocation appeared in the North Kitsap Herald and the Kitsap Sun.  
Osprey Nest Moved 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dan Barry
Viking Tour is now on Facebook! Grab your mouse, tablet or phone and make sure to LIKE Viking Tour at: The Viking Tour is a group ride on the Kitsap Peninsula which will take place on Sunday, May 17th. The tour starts and finishes in historic Poulsbo, “Little Norway”, and is held during the iconic Viking Fest carnival and festival.  Better yet, visit our new website at and register for the ride.
The ride has three different lengths for all riding levels: The Odin: a 65-mile metric-century featuring over 5,000ft of climbing and a sprint competition with a $1,000 purse. The Thor: a 35-mile metric-half-century which is fairly flat and just for those looking to have a bit of fun with a little less challenge, and The Loki: a 5-mile Family Fun Ride where the whole clan can participate.
The Viking Tour is meant to be whatever you make of it. Do it for fun, do it to challenge your personal best or do it to WIN! Whatever your intent, you’ll be glad you came! We encourage professionals, amateurs, recreational riders, clubs & cycling teams to participate. It’s time for all Vikings to trim your beards, shave your legs and get ready to ride!
Viking Tour on FaceBook Dan Barry 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hugh Nelson
Tell Rotary's StoryA post on the District 5020 Facebook page caught my eye the other day. It was a repost of Rotary International’s “5 Things Every Rotary Club Facebook Page Should Have.” The basic elements are:
  1. Determine your audience and create a strategy
  2. Use images that make your club look great
  3. Make your "About" and other Facebook tabs work for you
  4. Post content that is relevant to your audience
  5. Get club buy in
The link above is to a 40 slide PowerPoint presentation discussing these elements. Using that presentation as a guide, first we must decide whether the Facebook page is for club members or to inform the community and attract new members. 80% of our posts should be about what’s most relevant to our audience. How do we want them to feel after reading our post? What action do we want them to take?
Perhaps you are a new member of our club or someone looking for a new way to participate. Although our web site is robust and receives contributions from a number of participants, our club's Facebook page, though it receives regular posts, might be a place that could use your help in implementing the ideas advocated in the Rotary presentation. While it may seem reasonable that this is a job for the club's PR director, another article from the RI web site advocated using a group of Rotarians to get the best results.
5 Things Every Rotary Club Facebook Page Should Have Hugh Nelson 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michele Doyle
We are still collecting applications for the Long and Short Term exchange programs!  We had our first Q&A forum last week and spoke with students and their parents about both programs.  We still have a week to go before the Club Level applications are due in to me so don't stop looking and talking about this life-changing program.  Go to for more information and to download the Club Level application.  Or, put your referrals directly in touch with me!  I'm more than happy to take the time to speak with students and parents.    Once interviews take place on October 8, it will be too late to apply!  Contact Michele Doyle at 360-689-4156
Youth Exchange - "A Life in a Year" Michele Doyle 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Nader on Sep 23, 2014
Living a Life Inspired by Strong Examples
Walt Washington grew up in a large family when "many families during those times were big."  He was #4 of 7 boys and 1 girl - "Dad wanted a girl so they kept trying until they had one."
Starting out in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Walt remembers a good childhood.  "I loved hanging around with my brothers.  To this day, I can't imagine not having siblings."  Life was happy in Mississippi until Walt's dad unexpectedly moved to Nevada, leaving Walt's mom and all the children behind.  Walt later learned that his dad and uncle were involved in running liquor, had gotten caught and made a deal with local authorities that he would move out of state to avoid prosecution and jail time.
Rotarian Profile, Walt Washington Mary Nader 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 23, 2014
It doesn't seem real until it happens to you or it happens to someone you love.  Domestic violence occurs once every 18 seconds somewhere in the United States, usually but not exclusively to women.  It is often covered up, and those who are its victims need great courage and a strong support system to break out of its dangerous orbit.
Members of our local YWCA addressed our Friday meeting, armed not just with statistics but with poignant stories of victims and their escapes.  Survivors spoke of the need to have somewhere they can go that is safe and includes counseling and other support services to help bridge to better times.  Through its temporary emergency and transitional housing, its advocacy and counseling services and the myriad of other ways it offers help, families in this situation can move out of harm's way and onto a secure life thanks to the YWCA and its partners.
Our Rotary's decision for partial sponsorship of the Morrow Manor, a local transitional housing complex for domestic violence victims in the planning stages,  will be up for a vote on October 3 at our Friday meeting.  We will have a chance to decide if we wish to support this work with a 10-year commitment of funding.  Please consider attending this important meeting so your voice can be heard.
Help for Victims of Domestic Violence 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Poulsbo/North Kitsap BIG shout-out to Jerry&Becky Deeter for once again hosting members in their home for a great Fireside Event September 17th! The place was packed to the gills; great food, great drink, great camaraderie! Best yet, as the club continues to grow. As always, Rotarians Kathy Rayment and Jim Shields pitched in to host.  Thank you!
Fireside - Fun as Always 2014-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Meredith Green
Even before I had my own children, I believed that it was my responsibility to be part of the global village that helps to raise the next generation.  Since joining Poulsbo Rotary, I've been a supporter of the youth exchange program.  This summer through my daughter Kader's involvement in the short-term exchange program (STEP), the benefits and FUN have delighted me.  Poulsbo Rotary sponsored four STEP students and our students were matched with participants from Italy, the Netherlands, France, and Brazil.  
The visiting students had a wonderful time touring Hurricane Ridge, Seattle, California and other locations.  Such opportunity!  When asked what her most memorable experiences of the trip were, Carol from Brazil said the visit to Seattle and the day at Mason Lake with Jerry Deeter.  Jerry invited all the students out to his place for the day, and hopefully they all have such great memories.
Having been a high school exchange student myself, I know that all of our exchange students and hosts learn much about themselves and our global community.  By being around the exchange program, our minds are broadened and we gain a different perspective about countries around the globe.  Hopefully, this perspective helps us resolve our differences creatively and makes our world a more peaceful place.
Michele Doyle asked our family to host our incoming exchange student from Nigeria and initially I hesitated because of Kader.  When asked Kader about hosting Archie, it was Kader's enthusiasm for hosting another exchange student that sealed the deal.  Archie arrives from Nigeria on August 29th and I look forward to working with the Poulsbo Rotarians to provide him a wonderful exchange experience.  Please contact me via email or by phone or text at 206.979.3700.
Michele Doyle will be recruiting soon for next year's Long Term Exchange program.   If you know an NK High School Freshman, Sophomore or Junior,  please share our Youth Exchange program information with them or have them contact Michele Doyle at 360-689-4156.  Michele will be hosting informational sessions in the coming weeks!  
Youth Exchange, a Mother's Perspective Meredith Green 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Hugh Nelson, a Poulsbo Rotarian who is on leave, will be contributing articles for the eBulletin.  Hugh and his wife, Brenda Prowse, have been living in Paris since January 2013 and plan to return to the US sometime in 2015.  We are delighted to have Hugh participating in our club again.  Hugh will peruse the Rotary website and strive to keep us abreast of pertinent global Rotary issues.  Welcome back, Hugh!
Hugh Nelson Joins Editorial Team 2014-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hugh Nelson on Jul 29, 2014 is the Rotary International web site. If you’re like me, it’s not a place you visit often, since our club web site seems to provide plenty of information about the Rotary you see at meetings every week. However, since August 2013 Rotary International has been reaching out with a new site design that is intended to better connect you to that larger world of Rotary. It is the best place to learn about Rotary and the efforts of other clubs and districts, as well as to share projects and ideas from our club. - first you must log in... Hugh Nelson 2014-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
The Ambassadorial Scholarship Program is one of the best, most successful programs Rotary has to offer. It is now called the  "Future Vision Global Grant Scholarship” program. The district component of that program is the District Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship (DRAS).  It is a $15000 value for one year of post baccalaureate study outside of Canada or the US.  An additional $15000 may also be available if certain conditions are met. The area of study must be in one of Rotary International's six areas of focus. 

Nominations are due by 15 September, with interviews of candidates in October.  We should be seeking candidates now if we want to sponsor one.  Basic eligibility:
  • Possess excellent leadership skills.
  • Have a proven academic record.
  • Have a BA or will obtain a BA in the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Show a dedication to community service and some experience in the chosen field.
  • Have realistic goals that align with Rotary ideals or area of focus.
  • Willing to study in a country other than US or Canada.
  • Have a good understanding of Rotary so he/she will be a good ambassador.
  • Must be willing to maintain a relationship with Rotary for a lifetime.
  • Must be a permanent resident of District 5020 (but may be temporarily away at school or employment)
For other requirements and application forms contact Scott Sorensen. If you know a young person who would like the experience of  a lifetime and be willing to serve humanity it is highly recommended that he/she be introduced to this program.
Ambassadorial Scholarship Opportunity Rand Hillier 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you, President Adams Mary Nader 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Nader on Jul 08, 2014
Pat Van Diest was one of the lucky ones.  She grew up in Racine, Wisconsin, the oldest of 4 children, and experienced a life of "stability and unconditional love".  Her father, who worked for Western Publishing (publisher of the "Golden Books") was funny, adventurous and open.  He kept his family provided for and in happy spirits all the years they were growing up.  Her mother, a homemaker then bookkeeper, helped make their home safe and warm, as did the many extended family members who lived nearby.
Humor played a big role in their family, "and that is still important to me".  When Pat tells her story, you can see the twinkle in her eyes that comes from a life lived with joy and self-esteem.  These attributes would take her far in life, and "I am grateful for the upbringing that made that possible."
New Rotarian Profile, Pat Van Diest Mary Nader 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0

July 2014 District 5020 NEWSLETTER            


 Welcome Michael Proctor, 2014-2015 District 5020 Governor

It’s Happy New Year every July for Rotary. This is the Rotary theme for the month of July each year. This will be my theme for the next 12 months of the 2014-2015 Rotary year.

My road show commences soon and continues for the next six months. While it is a lengthy trip, it is a wonderful opportunity for me to visit each of the 88 Rotary clubs in our district along the way. I am looking forward to it. My schedule of club visits is on pages 17 - 19 in the District Directory, which is available on the District 5020 website at  (Editor note:  Michael will visit the Poulsbo Rotary Club on September 5, 2014.)



Rotary 5020 District Governor for 2014-2015 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome Rotary International's New President, Gary Huang

Gary C.K. Huang is an adviser for Wah Lee Industrial Corp. and Bank of Panhsin, and is director of Federal Corporation and Sunty Development Co. Ltd. He previously was president of Malayan Overseas Insurance Co. and chair of Taiwan Sogo Shinkong Security Co. Ltd.

A Rotarian since 1976, Huang has served RI as vice-president, director, Foundation trustee, International Assembly group discussion leader, regional session leader, task force member and coordinator, committee member and chair, and district governor. He also was chair of the 2014 International Assembly Committee; adviser for the Permanent Fund Committee for Taiwan, Macau, and Hong Kong; and PolioPlus advocacy adviser for Taiwan.

He has been instrumental in membership development throughout Asia. As a Rotary Foundation trustee, Huang set the goal of recruiting 100 new Major Donors in Taiwan to celebrate Rotary's centennial; the result was the addition of 106 Major Donors in 2005 and 103 in 2006, who contributed more than $2 million to the Foundation's Annual Fund.

Huang wrote about his experiences in business and Rotary in his book, "Finding Solutions, Not Excuses." He received the Civic Service Award of the Federation of Non-Profit Associations and the Outstanding Community Service Award from Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior. In 2001, when the Rotary International Convention was held in San Antonio, Texas, USA, he was named the city's honorary mayor.

Huang is a recipient of the Rotary International Service Above Self Award and Presidential Citation and The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award.

Rotary International President for 2014-2015 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
The first in a series: The Four-way Test, a Discussion Mary Nader 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Before taking office, all club presidents attend President-Elect Training (PETS). When Steve Garfein attended PETS, one of the major takeaways was to experiment and innovate, that is to try new things, and don't shy away from change.  During the District Governor's recent visit to our club, DG Pete Taylor presented Steve with the Rotary International Vocational Service Leadership Award, signed by Don Burton, Rotary International President, "For promoting the advancement of Vocational Service in Rotary's commitment to the highest ethical standards in business and professions." 
The award was based on Steve's service to Rotary and the community in four areas:
1.  Implementation of a state-wide high school-level Project Management Curriculum through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
2. Creation of the Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) program developed by the Vocational Service Committee of the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Club.  The pilot program was approved by Rotary District 5020 Council in 2012 and will be rolled out districtwide in the 2014-2015 Rotary year.
3. Development of a Multi-Club Fireside for the Rotary Clubs on the Kitsap Peninsula, first held at the Suquamish Tribe’s House of Awakened Culture.
4. Establishment of the Poulsbo Rotary Rendezvous, as yet to realize anything close to its full potential.
As with all things new, Steve's efforts achieved varying degrees of success; some were highly successful and others have yet to reach their potential.  Rotary provides an incredible platform for innovation.  And that innovation usually begins with one individual having an idea that just may work; and if it doesn't pan out, it still can be a valuable learning experience, perhaps leading to success in the next initiative. 
Steve Garfein Wins Rotary International Vocational Service Leadership Award 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
The expansion of the Coffee Oasis continues.    Please join us August 2 for what may be our last work party.  We will have the unofficial "OPENING" of the wall between the old space and the expanded space.  More details will follow.    If you have any questions, contact Meredith Green by email or at 206.979.3700.   Please park in the Gateway Church parking l
Many thanks all the volunteers who've helped thus far.  
We're almost done!
Coffee Oasis Expansion Work Parties 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Below is a reprint of an article based on an interview that Joby Ogwyn had with TODAY to recount watching the deadly Mt. Everest avalanche that killed 16 Sherpas on April 18, making it the single deadliest day on the world’s tallest mountain. The harrowing aftermath is captured in the new documentary, “Everest Avalanche Tragedy.”  
in the article, Joby calls Garrett Madison, son of Rotarian Chris Madison, his hero.
An adventurer who was at base camp when 16 sherpas lost their lives on April 18 said he will never forget the avalanche's harrowing moments
Joby Ogwyn had been preparing to become the first person to ever leap off Mount Everest in a wingsuit for a Discovery Channel special, but the jump has been cancelled out of respect for those who lost their lives. Ogwyn was at base camp with an NBC camera crew there to shoot the special when the avalanche — the deadliest in the mountain's history — began on the treacherous Khumbu Icefall. 
"It's something I'll never forget,'' Ogwyn told Savannah Guthrie on TODAY Tuesday. "It was probably the worst day of my life." 
Everest Rescue 2014-05-08 00:00:00Z 0


If you are a Rotarian and do not have a boat, no problem:  

Option 1, bring a dish to share with the boaters on the dock on Friday evening. 

Option 2, invite a friend who DOES have a boat and join the rendezvous from the water side. 

For Option 2, be sure to call the Port of Poulsbo at 360-779-3505 to reserve your slip.

We have 35 slips.  Reserve early.  The Port will release the slips to the general public on June 27th.


Click here to DOWNLOAD this flyer to invite others -
non-Rotarians welcome

Poulsbo Rotary Rendezvous Update 2014-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
The Poulsbo/North Kitsap Rotary Foundation is a 501(c)3 Foundation, which was created so that donations would treated as tax deductible (see your tax advisor) for federal taxes.  Each year, the Foundation files a form 990 with the IRS, which you can see here.  Each month Craig Steinlicht, the Foundation Treasurer, provides a financial report to the Club Board.  Click here to view last month's report. 
Committees recommend grant funding at the monthly Club Board meeting.  Upon approval, the request is forwarded to the Foundation board, which reviews the item for compliance with the charitable deduction requirements, and then disbursements are made to the beneficiaries.  All this means that the Club and Foundation Boards take the stewardship of donations very seriously, so you know your donations are used wisely.
Pouslbo Rotary Foundation Financial Information 2014-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Nader on Mar 24, 2014
"Hospice Comes to Me"
Facing the final days of life can be painful and anxious.  But thanks to our local Hospice,  patients can have the help of loving, calming and caring people who can mitigate the pain, be a companion until the end and help family and friends be ready for and better handle the loss.  This is a special calling, and one that Mary DeMers and her Hospice team take on with great compassion and skill.  As she addressed our Friday meeting, a reverent hush came upon our normally-lively group of Rotarians.  Mary described the services offered and how lives are better because of what they do.  It was a reminder to us all that life is precious and fragile.
Hospice of Kitsap County Visits Rotary Mary Nader 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kimi Kinoshita
The League of Women Voters - Kitsap will be holding a community education meeting on Suicide Prevention on Saturday, March 29, from 10:00 to Noon at the Poulsbo City Hall.  These preventable deaths occur too frequently and the League wants to initiate a campaign to reduce suicide in our beautiful Kitsap. Bev Cobain, Kurt Cobain's Aunt, will be one of a panel of speakers to help all of us understand what we can do to prevent these tragedies.  Please contact Sue Hughes for more information.
Editor note: Two North Kitsap High School students have committed suicide this year.  We need to be aware of the issue and help prevent suicides.
Suicide Prevention Forum held by League of Women Voters Kimi Kinoshita 2014-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Is a Coffee Oasis Coming to Kingston? Mary Nader 2014-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Meredith Green on Feb 04, 2014

ImageThe Poulsbo Rotary will pay any Poulsbo Rotarians registration for DLTA!!  This opportunity may only be provided this year, so lease let this inspire you to head ... the Hotel Grand Pacific, on the harbor in Victoria,
for the 2014 District Leadership Training Assembly (DLTA) on March 29 and 30th

This event is all about learning, and with over 50 training seminars to choose from, we have something for everyone.  If you are a new Rotarian, newly elected to your board, want to know more about the power of Rotary, you don’t want to miss this event. 

Topics include all aspects of Rotary information, club administration, using Club Runner, Youth Services, Vocational Services, and the Rotary Foundation.  You can also hone your