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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Poulsbo-North Kitsap!

Poulsbo-North Kitsap
We meet Fridays at 7:00 AM
Poulsbo Sons of Norway
18891 Front St NE
Poulsbo, WA  98370
United States of America
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Mc Talk (not Smack Talk!)

Mc is Poulsbo Rotary's Thai Exchange Student
Mc Talk
• He participated in Viking Fest, liked the Viking tent displays, and got to touch the soft sheep. His favorite food was a Hot Dog! 
• Helped out at the Viking Tour 

Important Announcements 

• 5/31 Friday: Wine Tasting at Joe Hulsey and Mary Gorman’s house 
• Upcoming trips to Spruce Goose and King Country Library? – Steve Garfein 
• Poulsbo Rotary is sponsoring TWO exchange students next year and looking for host homes! 
• Outgoing exchange student to Italy, Chris Carthum, announced that he needs summer work to help pay for his trip / year.
• Guest Briana Ryan – Days for Girls (and previous Interact Student), encouraged everyone to go to and pledge to talk about menstrual hygiene so the next generation of girls can grow up without shame or embarrassment.

Check Presented to Side by Side

A partnership for South Africa's Children
Check presented to Side by Side
Brenda Wall, International Service Committee, presented a $5,000 check to the Side by Side organization to support South Africa Micro-Enterprises that make the menstrual kits for Days for Girls.

New Member Induction

Patti Dudley, Director of Fishline, was inducted by Amy Schmidt
Patti Dudley, Director of Fishline, was inducted as a new member of the club by Amy Schmidt. She was sponsored by Steve Garfein and will be mentored by Cindy Garfein. Welcome to the club Patti!

Seaing Green: Diving the Salish Sea 

Presentation by Laurynn Evans 
Presentation by Laurynn Evans
Not only is Laurynn the Superintendent of North Kitsap Schools, she is also an avid diver and underwater high-definition videographer. She provides stock footage to many organizations, including National Geographic. She shared with our group incredible still shots and video of some of her diving experiences, as well as her incredible journey of how she came to love it!
How it Began 
20 years ago, she visited the Caribbean and afterward, decided she would take diving lessons. She was terrified at first, cried all the way to her first lesson. Laurynn is from Texas, so diving in cold water (50 degrees) did not sound inviting. She got hooked! She was so invested, that she accomplished 200 dives in one year, and just on the weekends!
Why She Loves it! 
  • It’s a way of life! 
  • Amazing opportunity for world experiences, to Iceland, Micronesia, viewing amazing sea life and historical artifacts! She described seeing WWII artifacts from Operation Hailstone in Micronesia (planes, trucks, etc) 
  • Always something new to learn. 
    • Started out as a novice, but has since become Nitrox Certified, Advanced Certified, Technical and Cave Certified. 
    • Favorite diving is in the caves of Mexico, where the caves resemble how Dr. Seuss would draw caves, all drippy and weird. 
    • Decompression – science, chemistry 
      • 200-foot dive with oxygen requires 4 hours for dive, due to lengthy decompression requirement 
      • Same dive only requires 90 minutes with a combination of gases, like Helium / Oxygen to offset the affects of Nitrogen build up.
    • Safety 
      • Use of lines to attach to wrecks or outside caves, to ensure the diver can find way out. 
      • #1 failure in diving is due to loss of light, so divers carry extra sources to ensure success. 
  • Diving has made Laurynn a better leader and educator. She realizes there is no emergency that cannot be solved. 
So why Dive Here? 
Local diving is challenging, and most divers do not take to the Pacific Northwest! 
  • Cold temperatures 
  • Limited visibility 
  • Difficult currents and tides 
  • Huge equipment requirement 
  • PNW offers the most accessible (easy walk in) dive sites 
  • PNW has LOTS of dive sites 
    • Ship wreck at Port Wilson 
    • Avenger aircraft in Lake Washington 
  • Incredibly colorful and beautiful sea life unique to the area 
  • Laurynn highlighted pictures and video of the Wolf Eel, a very social fish that can grow between 8-9 feet long, and The giant Pacific Octopus, that starts the size of a grain of rice, and at maturity can reach 100 pounds. (Laurynn is sometimes called the Octopus Whisperer, because she can coax them out of their hiding places for VERY interesting video). 
Extra: Here’s a cool article about Local Diver Laurynn Evans, 2011:           

Viking Tour Post-Mortem – Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson
Nick provided some overall statistics of the 5th Annual Viking Tour!
ZERO Waste Campaign – The final numbers:
  • Compost 66.2 lbs. 
  • Landfill 9.0 lbs. (including a soggy blanket and trash picked up from the local creek) 
  • Bottles and Cans 9.7 lbs. 
  • Non-Compostable Cups, Lids, Straws 4 lbs. 10 oz 
  • Snack Wrappers 2 lbs. 10 oz 
  • Plastic Film 2 lbs. 13 oz. 
  • Cardboard 8.8 lbs. 
  • Paper 1.3 lbs 
  • Styrofoam 0 
  • Gloves 15.9 oz 
  • Tyvek bibs 12.5 oz 
TOUR Event - The final numbers:
  • 327 Riders – slightly down from last year, mainly due to poor weather leading up to the 
  • event (although the actual ride day was FANTASTIC!) 
  • 95 Volunteers – a new record! And 24 Volunteers were non-Rotarians 
  • Overall Satisfaction score from participants was 4.5 / 5 STARS! 
  • And…drum roll please…$20,000 Net Revenue (up from prior years, even with fewer riders!) 
In addition, Nick gave us a peak into the future goals for this event. 
1. Limit to 500 Riders, 2. Become More and More efficient, 3. Obtain More Outside sponsors

Exchange Student: Mc update 

Exchange Student: Mc update
Mc gave two weeks worth of info on his activities. He only has 1 month remaining! He attended a baseball game and found it to be boring. 
He was introduced to the visual of a 'butt crack' (a cultural exchange) at the ball game. 
Mc attended the conference in Victoria and had to say final farewells to many fellow exchange students from Dist 5020.
He got to eat a meal at Fat Smittys, telling of the money on the walls and ceiling. 
Donna and Ardis took him to play PUTT PUTT golf. 

Important Announcements 

• Please collect the placemats at your table for composting 
• Jewel Box Theatre show coming up featuring Farm Strong band. 
• Wine Tasting May 31 at the Hulseys’ house 
• The Social Activities crew is busy making plans look for opportunities to socialize. 
• Nick Johnson and Jon Pavey will be cleaning up/clearing out the Rotary storage locker. Date TBD 

Steve Hogg: Distinguished Students of Service (make up)

Alaina Marcott
Alaina Marcott could not attend the club meeting where this award was presented so Alaina came to our meeting today to receive her award. Her math teacher showered her with praise for her work in the classroom, athletic field and community. She is bound for UW to study Environmental Science. $100 award.

Club Appreciation Moment

Mike Cloutier
President Tim Nichols called Mike Cloutier to the podium and recognized him for his service to the club and district related to Youth Protection. His work as Youth Protection officer has made it possible for our club and the district to keep the program alive and safe for the students. 80% of the club has completed the YP training. Mike told us that scenario training will be coming soon for our club to participate in. 
Meredith Green interrupted the discussion to present a "Meritorious Service Award" to Mike from the district! 

Don Froehlich: Three Decades a Bird-Bander

Don FroehlichTravels and Travails of a Field Ornithologist 
Don Froehlich is a 'bird bander.’ He is a freelance field ornithologist, who has worked in the field for 30 years. He shared many details from his fascinating work. 
1.2 million birds are banded a year. 
Since 1964 there have been 64 million records of banding birds to monitor individual birds to see how they migrate, reproduce, molt and survive. 
He showed a picture of the globe, and it highlighted the migration of 1 bird (Red Knot). The bird traveled in 5 days from the Hudson Bay to the Caribbean, rested for 11 days, and then continued to south Argentina. 
He explained that in 1986 the sparrow eggs failed, producing few offspring. That was tracked and attributed to the fall out from Chernobyl nuclear radiation disaster. 
Certain birds replace their wings 1x per year. That process of how they do it is still not understood. What triggers it? 
He is presently working in Borneo where there are two seasons: Rainy, with rains 2x per day, and non-rainy, with rains 1x a day. 
Dan showed pictures of his work, including photos of some amazing birds. He reported that a new species of bird was discovered on a recent project. 

NICK JOHNSON Viking Tour News 

NICK JOHNSON Viking Tour News
• Danny Fritz gave Nick a metal Viking helmet, complete with horns. 
• 271 registrations in. More expected with good weather 
• 67% men 
• Oldest registered is 80 
• Youngest is 8 
• 34 people from outside the state are participating 
Viking Devyn Newcombe
Viking Devyn Newcombe

Important Announcements

1. Jim Moore’s memorial service is tomorrow at the Village Green in Kingston at 11am 
2. There is now power to Morrow Manor! 
3. Mc needs a home for six days. June 1-6. Three families needed. Brenda is doing 1-2, Mary and Joe are doing 3-4, Still need 5th6th to be covered. Call Dan Weeden. 
4. Saturday May 18 there is a come hang out and give people their registrations for Viking Tour at Sound Brewery from 5-9 
5. More volunteers needed for Viking Tour. See Joe Hulsey. (Note: Park for the event at the Drs Clinic) 
Devyn Newcombe awarded Paul and Debra Vaughan the Viking Spirit Award
Devyn Newcombe awarded Paul and Debra Vaughan the Viking Spirit Award for their work on the Inclusive All-Access Park project. They have been navigating government and the community and doing a great job.

Children of the Nations: Serving the Eyes of the Poor 

Presentation by Jim Barker, Paul Kremer, and Martha Lee
Presentation by Jim Barker, Paul Kremer, and Martha Lee
Paul met Joe Hulsey at a party last summer. Joe and Meredith talked to him and found out that he travels to the Dominican Republic to help people with their eye troubles. Joe and Meredith suggested that they come to Rotary for some money. They did. We helped. 
Jim is from Ballard and a member of the Silverdale Rotary. He has been with Children of the Nations for 3 years. 
Their project is called “Serving the eyes of the poor.” 
Children of the Nations collects the money we gave and gives it to the Drs to spend on eye care. They go every year with about 20 people to a little village called Bahahona. 
Dr Kremer is a cornea specialist that studied at the UW.
Jim Barker, Paul Kremer, and Martha LeeDr Leen is a glaucoma specialist that went to Brown. 
They have worked together for 20 years. They started doing eye surgery in the DR about 8 years ago. They noticed while there that no one had on glasses.
They take a flight from Miami, a six-hour bus ride out into the county and then drag suitcases full of supplies into the village and clinic. The village is very poor and they farm bananas and sugar cane. Many residents are Haitian refugees. There are many people there about 40 years old that are totally blind. This is due to living close to the equator and getting too many UV rays. It is also due to poor nutrition and healthcare. 
The locals come to the clinic. Not sure how they get there, walk, moped?? Lots come. They line up and the doctor’s interview and choose who they will operate on. In the same day they do about ten operations. They people leave being able to see again. The cataracts are often black or white when they are removed. As a comparison the US cataracts are the color of iced tea. 
At first the operating room was the size of a large closet. Now the clinic has a second floor and is a lot better. 
Two years ago they decided to bring glasses with them. They found an online supplier and can get them for $6/pair for prescription and $1 for readers. They literally haul them in suitcases to the DR. Up trails and everything. They have a borrowed eye prescription tester that they use. It is rudimentary but works OK. It only has a battery life of 3-4 hours. And when it rains it is fogged up and hard to read. When the battery dies they have to go back to the clinic, charge it up and start out again. However, sometimes the clinic loses power. When this happens they simply put different glasses on people and ask if it is better or worse. Crazy. They made the mistake of bringing too many adult size glasses and not enough kids. They will correct that this year. 
Children of the Nations hires a translator since most speak Spanish or French Creole.
Tim NicholsThey see the children at the local school which is just a roof, but yet the nicest structure in town. All the children want glasses and are sad when they don’t need them. The teachers are super happy to get them too. They can see the text books that they teach from. 
Since the kids aren’t literate they use a tumbling E chart. They simply point up down right left. The children that get glasses are thrilled to be able to finally see the leaves on the trees. 
Dr Kremer worked on Poulsbo Rotary President Tim Nichols’s eyes. He was a great surgeon that gave him a teddy bear to hug. They had some technical issues that day and Tim said the Dr was very calm and Tim really appreciated the Bear. 

Viking Tour Update

Nick Johnson
We have 240 riders. Last week we had 224. Spread the word. 
There will be a poker run. Prizes are 1st: Jersey, 2nd a sweet drinking horn, and 3rd, a t-shirt. 

Bonus material: Fine Master Gaston

Gaston fined people who like beer: Jim Schlacter, Dan Ryan and Gary Nakamura 
Gaston fined people who have tattoos: Devon, David and Rob Thomas 
Gaston fined people who had fun shirts: Dan Weeden, Chuck, Tonya, Ryan, Don, Kim, 
Lydia, Nick, Brenda and Jim Barker for his Jerry Garcia tie. 
Gaston won’t show us his tattoo that he says is a husky on his b…. back. Ya it is. 
He also fined Jim Martin for always calling him Peter 
Ardis Morrow BirthdayArdis Morrow Birthday
The club played a video in honor of Ardis’ birthday---Cake and cupcakes were enjoyed by all! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ARDIS! 
John Waller announced that he is the new Youth Services Director. Thanks to Dan Weedin for his contribution. Anyone who is interested in hosting exchange students, please contact John.

Distinguished Students Of Service (DSS) Awards

Geneva Newell and Alex Martin
Steve Garfein introduced Geneva Newell and Alex Martin, seniors at NK High School. With Rotary’s sponsorship, these students and three teachers will attend the NewSpace 2019 Conference in Seattle in July. They will meet venture capitalists, NASA leaders, and leaders in private launch companies. Both Geneva and Alex are studying engineering: Geneva is going to Cal Poly to study civil engineering; Alex is attending UW to study aeronautical engineering. Both students will come back to NKHS to help start an aeronautical engineering program. 
Distinguished Students of Service
Each of the following Distinguished Students of Service will receive $100 cash award. The students described their interests and goals: 
Kian Dougherty – studying engineering; plans to attend the US Coast Guard Academy; enjoys football, track, music, choir and Boy Scouts – is a member of the National Honor Society. 
Eleanor Beers – enjoys all subjects; plans to enter Vanderbilt and study pre-medicine – is a member of the National Honor Society. 
Merry Cockroft – interested in environmental science in class and in the community; plays in the band, plans to study environmental science at Whitman – is a member of the National Society and ASB (Leadership)
Grace Zinkhon – interested in environmental science or biochemistry; enjoys soccer and lacrosse – is a member of the National Society 
Alaina Marcotte – also won an award but was unable to attend 

Paul Harris Award Presented to Eric Nieland

Paul Harris Award Presented to Eric NielandEric Nieland, NKHS engineering teacher, was presented the Paul Harris Fellow Award as a gift from Rotary. Eric’s classroom was the recipient of Rotary funds several years ago and he purchased a kit to build a 3-D printer for his classroom. Once built, the students brought the 3-D printer to Rotary and made Rotary logos for our members. The students then used the 3-D printer to make additional 3-D printers. He thanked Rotary for supporting his NK High School students.
These awards, given in the name of Rotary Founder Paul Harris, are for Rotarians who donate a total of $1000 to the Rotary Foundation, the charitable non-profit of Rotary International. Clubs and individuals may "donate" on behalf of other deserving individuals to recognize their contributions to the ideals of Rotary. The award to Eric Nieland recognizes his exemplary service to our community.

Trash Program Update

Trash Program UpdateTrash Program Update

“Green Glen” (Glen Robbins) announced a reminder to save Styrofoam for the Styro Round Up on July 27th at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. 

Viking Tour Update

Prices for Viking Tour go up this weekend so register NOW! Volunteer solicitation is going well; if you want to be involved, contact Joe Hulsey. Viking Tour will be WASTE FREE. Lori Cloutier described the efforts to be waste-free.
• Eliminate supplies that what we don’t need for the event 
• Goal – capture recycles without contamination 
• Multiple recycle stations are available so we have NO waste – training will be done for “recycle educators” who will help volunteers and cyclers dispose of waste in the proper bins 
• We are coordinating with various recycling organizations who will take all of the recycled items from the event 
Evolved Vikings don’t pillage the earth!! 

New Member Induction - Rowen Phillips

New Member Induction - Rowen Phillips
Rowen Phillips was inducted as a new member of the club. Congratulations Rowen and welcome to Poulsbo Rotary!
Fun facts about Rowen: has 3 children, supports the WSU Cougars and Texas Longhorns, is interested in Youth Services and Domestic Violence. Committees. Devyn will be Rowen’s mentor. 

New Member Talk – Rob Thomas

New Member Talk – Rob ThomasRob Thomas and his wife moved to Poulsbo in June 2016 after he retired from the Navy. His service in the Navy included assignments in Japan (twice), Florida, US Naval Academy (learned to be a ship captain), and Virginia.
Rob now works as a civilian for the Navy as a Harbor Pilot and Captain. His responsibilities include ensuring the safe navigation of vessels into/out of harbors and/or docks. This includes Navy vessels as well as ships that contract with the Navy. 
He loves the area and looks forward to being an active Rotary member. 

Community Service Check Presentation

Community Service Check Presentation
Geoff Schmidt presented Geneva Newell (NKHS student who is working on her Girl Scouts Gold Award), a check for $400 to support the Day of Positivity she is planning on June 8th from 1-9PM in Waterfront Park in Poulsbo. 
Viking of the Week
Inspiration for you to participate in Viking Tour!

Scribes needed to take meeting notes

Cindy Tveit asked for Note Takers for Friday Breakfast meetings: besides Cheryl Harris. Cindy Garfein and Mary Gorman both volunteered!

Important Announcements

• 4/26 Tonight: Schmidt’s Wine Tasting 
• 5/4 Plant Sale 
• 5/19 Viking Tour 
Cheryl Harris
Cheryl Harris finally got her Blue Badge! Presented by Amy Schmidt. 

Commercial Cod Fishing Industry Then and Now

Jim Shields THEN
Jim ShieldsJim shared a fascinating video (shot in 1950 and narrated by his Grandfather) that provided background on how the Cod Fishing industry was conducted, focusing on the years between 1911 and 1950. It was during this period that his grandfather worked on the “John A,” a lumber schooner converted to a cod fishing vessel. John A was 165 feet in length and now resides as a museum in the San Francisco area.
• Crews of 35 men worked on the vessel for 5 months, fishing for cod in the Bering Strait. Primary job of the owner or cook was to figure out how to buy and preserve enough food for that crew (because they don’t eat fish every day)! 
• The general schedule for the crew was 4 AM Breakfast then launch smaller boats (Dories), Return for 9 AM Lunch and relaunch, and 4 PM Supper. Dories were 19 feet long and could hold a 3 ton load. 
• Cod was caught on hook and line system, brought back to the John A, and immediately preserved in salt. The fish were individually caught and counted, as the men were paid per fish.  
• Processing: Once the fish were on the boat, each fish was processed individually and on average, was handled 30 times before processing was complete: Heading box – heads cut off and gutted (about 600 fish / hour), back bone out, liver saved for Cod Liver Oil, tongue cut out of head – delicacy? Salted 
• Once the catch was complete, the schooner returned to port (200-300 mile round trip daily) and further processing for market completed: Fish dug out of sale and then put on dock by size, Fish placed in large holds / tanks in Salt Brine solution, Fish drawn out of tank, skinned and back bone removed. Skin was shipped out to be used for glue, remaining bones were removed by pliers, boneless filets were then cut into 1 pound packages, wrapped in parchment, and placed in cartons for market Approximately 40 people involved in this part of the process.
Michael and Amelia Burns (father and daughter) NOW
Michael and Amelia Burns (father and daughter) NOW
Michael and brother founded Blue North Fisheries in 1983 and operate out of Freemont. Current practices have become safer for the fishermen and more humane for the fish: “Line Caught Humane Harvest Alaska Cod” and “Doing the right thing tastes better”.
New Boat took 3 years to build (in Anacortes) and design was leveraged from practices in Norway. The boat is 190 feet long and can hold 1.5 million tons (not sure I heard that metric correctly), and is much more plush and climate controlled than the vessel John A!
• Fish are still caught by Hook and Line, one at a time, but the line can be up to 42 miles long!
• Dories are no longer used, but the line is drawn in by roller, fish are “stunned” and then stored in a “moon pool.” Humanely handled fish are scientifically proven to be: more nutritious, better tasting. higher quality, flakier fish for consumption 
• All processing and preservation (frozen, not salted) is now down on the vessel and entire process from catch to packaging takes only 3 hours. 
Michael imagines that in approximately 70 years, his grandson may be presenting to that Rotary slides that show how his grandfather fished “in the old days.
Modern fishing vessel
Questions from the floor:
• What about Waste?
  • Heads, skins, and Livers generally go to pet food
  • Stomachs are processed for the Asian market
  • Trim is used in fish patties.
• How is the health of the cod population / stock?
  • Generally in the Bering Strait all product is either level of raising
  • Cod specifically goes in wave cycles, and is currently on the downward trend
• Fishing limits are heavily controlled, conservatively managed and cod fishing is in a 10% reduction for the next 3-4 years.
• Scientists make limit recommendations that are usually reduced by policy makers. 
Make a charitable contribution to the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation.
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