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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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Featured Speaker—Dr Laurynn Evans

Dr Lauralynn Evans
Our own Rotary club member, Dr. Evans (Laurynn), gave us an update on the North Kitsap School District (NKSD), where she is superintendent.
 
NKSD hired 58 new teachers this year, each with a level of passion that uplifts everyone. NKSD created a new Choice Academy, a new standalone school for students who require a different way to learn. It offers 3 separate paths to help students graduate from high school on time. Their first Open House had over 100 parents in attendance! 
 
Both Capital Levy measures passed with over 60% of the vote. Several Tiered projects are underway, including purchase of 2,000 computers on carts for student use and needed roof repairs. Other projects are standing by waiting on contractor availability to get started. 
 
NKSD School Board meetings are changing. The first Board meeting of the month is “School Connections”: they meet at each campus (1 per month) to get close connection to the communities. They share intervention data showing dramatic reduction in the number of students who are not meeting standards. The new theme is “Every Student Known”.
 
1. Know Students as People: Know their skills, especially social skills, and their peer interactions. Make eye contact and prepare them for life beyond the school yard.
 
2. Know Students as Learners: Provide individual attention. Give them hard problems to solve and then give them to skills to succeed in solving those problems. 
 
One of NKSD’s goals is to start a First Robotics Competition at Kingston High School this school year. This is a high leverage activity and provides a STEM-ready workforce. Says Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST Robotics Competition, “Instead of 1 in 10,000 making pro in a ball sport, in robotics every student has a chance to go pro”. 
 
Laurynn’s favorite sayings: “How do you learn?”, “A head full of fear has no space for dreams”, “Not all students learn the same”, “Our job is not to prepare students for something, but to prepare them for everything!”, “All In NKSD”. 
 

Upcoming Service Saturday Events

November 10—Poulsbo Cemetery cleanup. Details coming soon.
 

Halloween Gala & Auction @ Clearwater Casino 

Oct 27—Be there! Costumes, a great Auction, and much more! Watch for more information. 
 

Check Presentation – Walk in the Light

Check Presentation – Walk in the LightCheck Presentation – Walk in the Light
Brenda Wall presented a $4,000 check to Katie from “Walk in the Light” for a new kitchen to feed the children lunch in Burkina Faso. In the past we have bought vaccines, bought school supplies, and built a secondary school. We also received up- dates on how our efforts have helped 1200 children at their school. 
Walk in the Light
Mc update of the week
Mc gave an update on his week, which included a visit to the Naval Undersea Museum, an event at Naveen Chaudhary’s, and his meeting his 2nd host family.
 
Michele Doyle
Michele Doyle described the SWAG bag sponsorships available and reminded members to get their tickets for the Oct. 27 Halloween Costume Gala and Auction Costumes are optional!
 
Craig Adams presented award to Mark Timken
Celebrity Presenter Past President Craig Adams presented Mark Timken with his Paul Harris Fellow Award. These awards, given in the name of Rotary Founder Paul Harris, are for Rotarians who donate a total of $1000 to the Rotary Foundation, the charitable non-profit of Rotary International.
 
Tim Nichols receives 2nd Paul Harris award
Tim Nichols received his Paul Harris +2 Award. Well done! 
 

Important UPCOMING Club Events 

• Wine Tasting at Joe Hulsey’s Oct. 5, 5:30 
• Jon Pavey is organizing a CLEAN OUT of the club’s storage locker. Stay tuned. 
• GET YOUR TICKETS for the GALA!!! 
• Please save placemats at each table for Danny to compost . 
• Pick up your new directory. 
• You still have time to earn your BUNNY STICKER for Youth Protection Training!
 

Sea Trials: Around The World With Duct Tape And Bailing Wire

Wendy Hinman, Sea Trials: Around The World With Duct Tape And Bailing WireWendy Hinman, author of Tightwads on the Loose: A Seven-Year Pacific Odyssey, the light-hearted story of her seven year voyage aboard a 31-foot boat with her husband, Garth, and Sea Trials: Around the World With Duct Tape and Bailing Wire, the gripping story of Garth’s voyage around the globe with his family when he was a teenager, shared stories and pictures that inspired her two books. She grew up moving every few years as a child because of her father’s job as a dentist in the Navy. During her childhood, she had the opportunity to live in multi-cultural environments in Guam, California, Hawaii and Washington D.C. and meet people from all over the globe. She loved travel so much she’s devoted her life to exploring as much of the world as possible. She used her degree in Economics from the University of Michigan to found a successful international business, which, along with her insatiable curiosity, has taken her to over 30 countries. Her stories were both riveting and inspiring. 

Upcoming Service Saturday Events

October 13 —Fish Park salmon viewing stand
November 10—Poulsbo Cemetery cleanup 
 

Featured Speaker—Dr. Seth DeCamp

Featured Speaker—Dr. Seth DeCampDr. DeCamp is a vascular surgeon who strives to provide competent state of the art surgical techniques, He grew up in a small, economically depressed Texas town, far from any population center. He worked on the farm, played sports, and served as a volunteer 911 paramedic. His county had no hospital, nor did the surrounding counties. He was in EMT school and was one of the youngest paramedics in Texas. He carried a dispatch radio all the time and responded to emergency calls, sometimes driving patients 90 minutes in the back of his pickup to a hospital or clinic.
 
Seth impressed the medical director of the paramedic program with the questions he asked about the procedures and treatment protocols. The doctor arranged for him to take the MCAT, and Seth did well enough to get several college offers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine where he gravitated toward the trauma department. He worked at Methodist Hospital in Dallas for 5 years taking general surgery and then spent 2 years in Michigan doing vascular surgery before going out on his own.
 
Vascular surgery is a rare specialty which treats all of the circulatory system except the heart. Dr. DeCamp does mostly minimally invasive procedures. A doctor in residency does many kinds of surgery, and initially he had no interest in vascular surgery. But he started working with 2 young vascular surgeons who were fun, good mentors, and active in the community. They introduced him to minimally invasive procedures that improved outcomes and shortened hospital stays. So vascular surgery stuck with him. He was a pioneer in an innovative prototype of an endograft that reduced treating aneurysms from large incisions in the belly to a minimally invasive procedure where several stents can be introduced through an entry in the groin to reduce pressure on the aneurysm. 

He believes we should encourage our youth—you never know what that kid is capable of and what he or she may become with the right encouragement. 
 

John Waller Classification Talk 

John Waller Classification Talk Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. John grew up in a small eastern Oregon town and attended Oregon State. He became a teacher, and his 1st job was in NK schools. He’s been here 28 years: 14 as an agriculture teacher then 8 as assistant principal. He recently became Assistant Director of Assistive Technology (and other duties as assigned). His oldest son, Trevor, is a CKHS grad now working as a game warden. His younger son Evan is in the environmental program at WWU. His wife Christy is a pharmacist at Central Market. 
 
 
 

Check Presentation

Dr. Paul Kremer receives checkDonna Pledger presented Dr. Paul Kremer with a check for $2,000 from the International Committee. Dr. Kremer is a corneal surgeon in Silverdale who has worked at a medical clinic in the Dominican Republic performing surgery and providing medical care for immigrants, the poor, and adults and children in need of care. The check from Rotary will go toward the purchase of spectacles to give to children. 

Auction Season Is Here!

Knowing how fast October 27 will be here, plans and preparations for our annual fundraiser auction are ramping into high gear with lots of opportunity to contribute, participate and raise awareness throughout our community. Michele Doyle shared with all of us that we are still needing donated items (especially experiences), we are encouraged to fill our tables with attendees who are eager to bid, and we still need a Desert Dash Coordinator. If you have silent auction baskets, contact Donna Davidson. Otherwise, let Michele know how you want to help this year. 
 

Featured Program: Being a Voice for the Unheard

Mary Jones - Voice for the UnheardMary Jones has spent her life caring for babies born to alcohol and drug-addicted mothers, most suffering from the effects of withdrawal from birth. Caring for ailing newborns while they survived this withdrawal is the difficult mission that Mary has embraced, and many of these children have stayed in touch as they went on to live healthy, strong lives. But it was a call in 2003, when a social worker told her that one little girl Mary was fostering might have HIV, that propelled her onto her next challenge, where she would go on to change laws and, in her way, change our world. She remembers whispering in this sweet child’s ear, “I will be your voice, and I’m going to do everything I can do correct this wrong.” And that is precisely what she went on to do.
 
It was that moment that Mary decided she needed to fight for a better way. She knew that foster parents needed to know if a child was HIV-positive before they agreed to care for them. But most importantly, thanks to an immediate diagnosis, the child would receive immediate life-saving treatment right from the start that could save their life. So she began the 15-year-long journey towards encouraging a very significant change—if a child’s parents are HIV-positive, the child can be tested for HIV at birth and without the parents’ permission. 

Through a partnership with Senator Christine Rolfes, a bill was passed in 2016 requiring this testing, saving lives and lessening the stigma associated with HIV. It was a stunning achievement that was almost singlehandedly made possible by Mary’s relentless conviction and passion for the children who have no voice. A reminder for all of us that almost anything is possible if you care, if you try and if you believe in the power in each of us to make our world a little better place. 

HAT DAY! 

Hat Day winner Frances Malone
Finalists were Ardis Morrow, Frances Malone (shown), and Anita Blau. Naveen Chaudhary offered prizes!
 

Rotary Youth Protection

Rotary Youth Protection- Mike Cloutier and Ardis MorrowMike Cloutier and Ardis Morrow presented the new Youth Protection Policy, which asks that all Rotarians take the training.  It’s so easy you can do it in your bunny slippers!  Mike sent the link in an email, and when you complete the test, you’ll get a BUNNY STICKER of your CHOICE!
 
 
 
Lynn Ferguson sings the Star Bangled Banner
Professional musician and today’s guest speaker Lynne Ferguson started our meeting with a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.
 

Important UPCOMING Club Events \

• Wine Tasting at Brenda Wall's Aug 24, 5:30pm 
• Club PICNIC will be Sept 1 at Bonnie Pedersen's! 2pm
 
Jim Martin honored at Rotary
Naveen Chaudhary thanked his hero, Jim Martin, for his “gentle and generous spirit.”
 
 

Native Horsemanship Youth Program 

Native Horsemanship Youth Program
Lynne Ferguson lives on the Port Madison Reservation, in a life of music, kids, and horses.  Drawing upon her Comanche and Cherokee heritage, both “horse culture” tribes, she discovered a passion for working with horses to help children with disabilities grow and thrive. She created the Native Horsemanship Youth Program and opened her own 501(c)3 charitable organization, where she works with children free of charge, 90% of whom are from low-income homes or have special needs.
 
With her eight horses, she teaches children to ride without a saddle or bridle, using body movements after developing a relationship with the horses from on the ground. Counselors often bring kids to her, and she has seen a lot of success with students on the autism spectrum. Although people of any age are welcome, the program serves 100 kids per year through her partnerships with the Suquamish and S’Klallam Tribes and other counselors. The program is approaching its 20 Year Celebration and will be having a benefit concert on August 26. Donations are welcomed, and there are ample opportunities for volunteering! 

Exchange Students

exchange students
Our newest exchange student will be joining us soon! Yodsapon Boonrat (but you can call him “Mc”) is from Thailand and will arrive in our area on August 20th. Let’s be sure to give this young man a warm welcome.
 
Previous exchange student to Colombia, Emma Smith, gave us an update on how she’s putting her exchange experience to use translating forms for immigrants. She continues to make us proud! 
 
 
 
 
Rotarians honored for their service
President Tim honored and thanked the following Rotarians for their leadership and service: 
 
   Dan Weedin 
   Craig Adams 
   Steve Garfein  
   Ed Stern 
 

Mary Nader and Tom Eckmann - What's Happening at Fishline

Tom Eckmann and Mary NaderFishline has come a long way of the past 51 years and today Mary and Tom gave us an overview of where they are and what was in store for the future. Today Mary reminded us that Fishline helps in 4 areas – a service center; food; housing, and support services. They have over 30,000 visits in 2017. 1700 households can 1time per year (500-700 new households = 4000 individuals) In NK, the largest group of homeless are older women. Fishline distributed 1 million pounds of food; 600,000 pounds would have gone to the landfill – 300,000 comes from Central Market. Fishline also focuses on Community Gardens and Food Education (cooking and growing). Although Fishline does not want to be in the “housing” business – they do part with multiple providers. NK Fishline also has multiple programs to help children – including tutoring. They also provide support, from clothing donations, to workshops, to connections to therapy providers.
 
Tom EckmannTom was kind enough to discuss the new building and other recent changes like:
 
  • The new build will make NK Fishline the hub for services in our area. 
  • The initial cost for the project was $2.8 million, but was raised to $4 million. 
  • It is set to open in September! With multiple partners (dentists and other service providers) using the space 
  • The 2nd Season store has moved to Poulsbo Village. This move has shown an increase in donation and income – doubling its income in the 2nd month! 
  • What’s next? Plans to “repurpose” the old Fishline building. Also, plans are being made to expand the 2nd Season store! 

August 11 Service Saturday

Indoor and outdoor maintenance at Eli’s Place: yard work, painting, pulling up and replacing subfloors, and replacing vanities. Expect several more work parties at Eli’s Place in the future. Geoff will contact those who sign up to give them the location.
 

Presentation by Poulsbo Rotary President Tim Nichols

Presentation by Poulsbo Rotary President Tim Nichols
First, Tim shared a little of his personal story. He was living in Poulsbo and commuting to Seattle for work but, with the birth of his second son Graydon, he started working from home. He joined Rotary in 2006 as a way to have social interaction. Then he elected to adopt a couple of girls. The first was Zarri, who had been abused and had been in a hospital with a coma and also had severe eyesight issues. The Izzy came into their life. They knew her before she was born. Life with the girls was a roller coaster of issues, but has been a rewarding journey. Zarri was in, and then disappointingly out, of their life. When she returned for good, Gray said it was the best birthday present he ever had. They have been best friends ever since. His family consists of Connor (12), Graydon (12), Zarri (12), Izzy (9), and Naomi (unk).
 
After that, Tim shared his goals for the club. His first goal is to figure out to get know people and inspire them. Other goals are to start a Rotaract club (with a shout-out to Cheyenne who also wants to start a Kitsap Rotaract club), to make Rotary more accessible and more efficient, and to earn the club a Presidential Citation. The Presidential Citation requires satisfying 3 goals in each of 3 areas:
 
Rotary Theme 2018• Support and Strengthen Clubs 
    • Net gain of 1 member 
    • Net gain in female members 
    • Improve club retention by 1%
• Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service 
    • (Co)Sponsor a Rotaract club
    • Contribute at $100 per capita to the Annual Fund 
    • Conduct a significant service project in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus 
• Enhance Public Image and Awareness 
    • Sponsor a Youth Exchange Student
    • Partner with another organization on a project 
    • Use Rotary’s brand guidelines, templates and related materials
 
Board Members
Tim brought the board members up to the front to answer questions from the members present. He told the members to “Ask the Board Anything”. And we did. He also presented each with “Inspiration Pins” for their dedication to the club and as a token of his appreciation. The club gave them a round of applause as well. 

Upcoming Service Saturday 

August 11 Service Saturday—Indoor and outdoor maintenance at Eli’s Place: yard work, painting, pulling up and replacing subfloors, and replacing vanities. Expect several more work parties at Eli’s Place. Geoff Schmidt will contact those who sign up to give them the location. 
 

Many Thanks to our Photographers!

Scott Sorensen, Larry Bartholomew, and Steve Garfein
President Tim Nichols (right) thanked the club’s “official“ photographers for their fine photos at club meetings and events. Thanks to Scott Sorensen, Larry Bartholomew, and Steve Garfein. 
 

State of the Club

2018-19 Rotary ThemeClub President Tim Nichols provided a summary of the most recent Board Meeting: The club has 143 members with an average attendance of 65%. The initial budget for the club is $84,000, with approximately another $60,000 coming soon. Tim will hold about $10,000 in discretionary funds to be given to individuals for appropriate individual projects. We received $2903 from the Kitsap Great Give. The Board approved applying for a grant for repairs and maintenance at Eli’s Place.
 

Shannon Singleton - North Kitsap Schools Foundation

Shannon Singleton - North Kitsap Schools Foundation
Shannon is in her 2nd year as president of the North Kitsap Schools Foundation and has been on its board for 6 years. She has a degree in Speech/Language pathology and is the Assistant Director of Assistive Technology for North Kitsap Schools, providing low and high-tech ways of allowing students to communicate with teachers and with staff.
 
The Foundation In 2017-2018 awarded over $52,000 in grants to teachers for projects in the classroom in all ten NKSD schools. These comprised 29 grants, at least 2 of which went to each school. Grants ranged from $100 to $5,000 each. The grant selection process prioritizes projects that go directly to the students.
 
Shannon presented some examples of how Rotary donations have been used at NK Schools. In one Rotary funded project, NKHS bought iPads to allow the Athletic Treatment Project students to learn anatomy and athletic treatment skills. They are using them now to provide services to student athletes, such as taping, and other treatments to save $800 to $1900 daily in PT and other treatment cost. The Team also competes in regional treatment competitions.
 
In another project students formed an Assistive Tech Team that used educational software equipped with assistive devices to help severely limited students to change a screen on a computer or draw a poster using a switch as an input device. Yet another did a molecular biology experiment to genetically modify bacteria to make it glow!
 
One school held a school-wide STEM day where students experimented with robotics, made rockets, flew kites, and in an “inverse filed trip” the Museum of Flight came to the school, and Navy personnel from Bangor helped out. 
 
Shannon was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in September 2017 by Poulsbo Rotary for her great efforts as an advocate for kids, education, and our community. Paul Harris Awards represent a $1000 contribution by club members to the Rotary International Foundation, in this case given in the name of a deserving member of our community. The community member receives a certificate and pin from Rotary International commemorating the award.
 
 
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Speakers
Bill Weymer (CEO), Tom Hall and Susan Allen
Oct 26, 2018
Central Market - positioning a regional grocery to compete with the big guys
Captain Edward Schrader
Nov 02, 2018
Naval Base Kitsap
Jim Shields
Nov 09, 2018
Maritime Museum update
Lee Taylor, Dep. Sup., Olympic National Park
Nov 16, 2018
Olympic National Park
 
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