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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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Important Announcements

  • Meredith Green needs volunteers with trucks to move items from the BI Rummage sale on July 7 
  • Rand Hillier is a guest dancer at an upcoming Irene Dance School show this weekend 
  • Wine tasting at Bonnie Pedersons home on June 28 
  • Installation/Outstallation is TONIGHT 

Remembering Ron Orcutt

Steve Garfein lead the club through a reflection on the life and contributions of former Rotarian Ron Orcutt who passed away in May. Ron was involved in our scholarship program and other things he was passionate about during his time as a member.
 
Margene Smalaaden
Margene Smalaaden (shown 3rd from left)
Margene Smalaaden was awarded the Spirit of Rotary Award by President Tim Nichols for her Positive attitude and steadfast contributions to our club.  
 

Rotary Youth Protection Plan

Club member Mike Cloutier, our own youth protection officer, who is also involved in a key role in our district in areas that effect our work with youthInteract, RYLA and the Exchange program. 
He brought to us a timely update on issues that allow us to continue to be certified and continue to work with and on behalf of youth.  Members of our club must be certified if there is more than casual contact with youth. 
'Casual contact' is defined as incidental & infrequent contact, in a group setting, by someone who is not directly responsible. Driving a student to school 1x a week is beyond casual contact.  Being a host family is not casual contact.  Seeing a student at a club meeting is casual contact.
 
Mike presented 3 scenarios: 
1. An off-color joke told at a club meeting. 
  • It is the responsibility of the club members to conduct themselves in a professional manner at and change the subject before it can be finished.  If it persists, escalate the matter to club leadership. 
   
2. A Rotarian who is a hugger. 
"Huggers" should not assume that everyone is open to receive or give hugs. That goes for both our contact with youth but it also applies to contact between adult Rotarians.  RI has adopted a strict policy of no harassment by and between Rotarians as well as by and between youth. Rotarians, should ask permission to hug and/or not initiate a hug until a friendship is formed that lets both parties know that hugging, if appropriate, can take place.
  
This is especially important while dealing with youth. Cultural differences may make a wellmeant hug very uncomfortable for a student.  A student may hug in a way that makes a Rotari an feel uncomfortable.  A paramount consideration should be made when there is a real or perceived power imbalance between a student and adult or leader.  Does the person being hugged or inappropriately addressed feel that they must receive unwanted behavior because t hey are not in a position to defend themselves or speak up? (If I say something will I be sent home early? Will I shame my family? ) 
 
WHAT SHOULD WE BE DOING? 
  • Pay attention to body language of the recipient. 
  • If you are uncomfortable on the receiving end, say something to stop the offending act 
  • Especially if youth are involved but always be professional first, then as the friendship develops you can relax the contact, if permitted. 
  • Seek permission before initiating a hug with anyone. "Are you a hugger?"
 
3. Mike presented a 3rd scene where a Rotarian routinely drives a student to school.  Person is NOT part of the host family. 
  • Has the person been screened and vetted?  This is more than casual contact. 
  • Highly recommended to have a 3rd person along at all times. if something happens and it is a 'He Said-She Said' case the Rotarian/adult will end up on the losing end, so will the club, so will Rotary and so will the Youth Exchange program! 
  • If you see something that has the potential to be an issue say something. 
  • Develop a 'situational awareness'.  Be aware of the situation you put yourself in as well as the student. 

RICK GRANTHAM gave his New Member Classification Talk 

Rick Grantham
Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Rick grew up in southern California and joined the military as a medic and ended up working at the NIKE site in Kingston for a while. He became a nurse for the California Department of Corrections, retiring from that job but still at a young age, so he went to beauty school and had his own salon.
 
Rick was vice mayor and council member for the city of Moro Bay, CA. He joined Rotary then and became the club’s president. He participated in a Rotoplast trip to Vietnam. 
 
He enjoys travel, has 4 grand kids aged 9 to 27, and moved to Poulsbo in January of 2019. 

Important Announcements 

  • Mc's graduation party is Sat. June 15 2-4pm potluck at Bonnie Pederson’s 
  • Wine Tasting Bonnie Pederson’s June 28th  
  • Get your photo taken for the directory!  
  • Cultural event of the year in Poulsbo!!! June 21-23, Bremerton Preforming Arts Center. Irene School of Dance Recital. Rand will be dancing 
  • Installation/Outstallation Dinner June 21 
  • Cleaning out the storage locker. If you want anything tell Jon Pavey 

Geneva Newell, Day of Positivity

Geneva Newell, Day of Positivity
Geneva came and said thank you very much for the money we gave her to run the Poulsbo Day of Positivity. 12 live musicians. Lots of booths. Super fun. She is giving Rotary a binder with all her notes so we can do it again if we want. She is going to CA to go to school and can’t run it next year. It ended up on the front page of the paper last week.
 

Mc's last day with the club before heading back to Thailand

Mc's last day with the club before heading back to Thailand
Mc, whose real name is Yodsapon Boonrat, has been our Rotary Exchange student from Thailand during this Rotary year.
 
Dan Weeden, Youth Exchange Officer, thanked all the families that housed Mc (Clark’s and Cloutiers) and said goodbye to him. It is Mc’s last meeting. Lori gave Mc a gift and said he is a real joy and will miss him. Lori can’t wait to visit him in Thailand. 
 
We still need families for next year. Please consider volunteering to take our two students next year. 
 
Mc gave his goodbye speech. His goal was always to be an ambassador. He really wanted to learn English. He had thought previously that he was amazing because in Singapore he could order noodles. Here he realized he needed more practice. He is very thankful for all that we have done for him. He brought his English teacher with him and thanked her. Then he did a flag exchange. Super touching speech. He got a standing ovation. More pictures here!
 

Play for All! The Next Big Thing! 

Club President Tim Nichols talked about the ADA/all-access park that the club is thinking of building. He asked for an affirmation from the club to move forward on that project. He opened a short business meeting from the members. We had a quorum. Paul and Debra Vaughn gave a quick rundown on the project. It will be at Raab Park. It is an ADA/all access playground which is a joint program with the City of Poulsbo and our club. About $600K. City will run it. The board voted to support the program. Now our club is giving an approval as well. We are not signing up to fund it, just to support it and spread the word. Goal is 2021 for an opening. It will be our next keystone project after Morrow Manor. The club approved it unanimously. 
 

Poulsbo Rotary Scholarship Winners

Poulsbo Rotary Scholarship Winners with Bob Hawkinson
Bob Hawkinson had all of the scholarship award winners from NK to come up. There were 4, all graduating from high school tonight. 33 kids applied but only 6 were selected. They are Ashley Jayroe, Emily Cartham, Ross Turner, and Treyson Gleich (Chloe Hoepfinger and Ellie Swanson not pictured). 
 
Bob said that we also give away college scholarships but we need to make some decisions at the end of the month to get the money flowing again. We have 14 applicants. Hopefully we can get that up and running next month. 
 

Tonya Thomas gave her New Member Talk

Tonya Thomas gave her New Member Talk
Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Born in San Diego, Tonya loved growing up there. She was surrounded by different cultures, religion and food. She was raised by her mom who was a travel agent. Her dad lived on Vancouver Island. She caught a 21-pound salmon once. She loves music. She has attended over 100 concerts. 
 
When she turned 14 she was diagnosed with Crones Disease. She has overactive white blood cells that attach to her intestines. She lost a lot of weight and missed a lot of school. Other children didn’t understand. It is very embarrassing because is it about poop!! Now she has support from family and various groups. 
 
Tonya met a sailor after high school and fell in love with him. He got orders in the Navy to Japan. They got married so that she could go with him. They just celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary. She moved to Sasebo, Japan and found it very difficult. The mail was slow. But she likes the fact that she still has all his letters. From Japan they moved to Sacramento, CA, Rob’s home town. They then went to Jacksonville, FL.
 
In 2002 they had a son, Robert William Thomas IV. She had no vote in his name! He was born on his due date. They then went to DC. She was very sad when her son didn’t need any help building Legos.
 
They then went to Virginia Beach, VA. Her Crones disease was getting worse so she had surgery. From there they went to Yokosuka, Japan. They were there for the earthquake. They survived it. They spent 6 years and explored all over the place. She build a 3000 person Facebook group called Let's Explore Japan. In 2015 she got the Military Spouse of the Year for doing this. They went to Angor Wat and Thailand. 
 
She moved here and is happy to have her son in NK. He plays soccer for the school. She recently found out that her surgery didn’t work out and has had to take additional measures to control her disease. She is now out of pain and has a lot more freedom. 
 
She collects squished pennies. She has 181 pennies from 5 countries. She has a goal that people can see her house from outer space on Halloween and Christmas. Perhaps that's a little over board. She never really had a full-time job because of her health. She is on the International Committee and the Community Services committee. 
 

Rand Hillier receives District Award

Rand Hillier with Meredith Green
Meredith Green presented an award from the District to Rand Hillier for Meritorious Service! Meredith reminded that Rand served as Assistant Governor for 3 years, plus on District Grants Administration in addition to being our president in 1995. He is known for honoring tradition and welcoming new ideas.  
 

Important Announcements 

  • Today: Shearing day at Steve Hogg’s 
  • 6/21: Installation/Outstallation Dinner
  • 6/28: Wine Tasting at Bonnie Pederson’s 
  • NEXT WEEK is Mc’s last meeting! 
  • Tim Nichols shared the sad news that Matt Ryan is in the hospital. We miss you, Matt!
  • Meredith Green shared that Kitsap Homes of Compassion is asking for volunteers. The group partners with Kitsap Community Resources and Coffee Oasis to provide housing to homeless by leasing homes and subletting. They have a new house for five mothers, each with one child. They’re asking for people to go to the Bainbridge Rotary Auction with trucks to transport what they bought for the home on July 7. 

Mc Update

Mc Update
Mc stayed at a variety of homes this week while Cloutiers were in Germany. He enjoyed some Indian cuisine. He went to PROM and enjoyed a well-fitting tuxedo, but only stayed 40 minutes because he was too tired. He GRADUATES NEXT FRIDAY — which he described as both exciting and disappointing, as he will be leaving for home the following Tuesday (June 17).
 
Jacob Maxwell receives inspiration award
President Tim Nichols honored Jacob Maxwell with the Viking Spirit Award for his amazing helpful spirit. Thank you for Being the Inspiration!
 

The Fight to Abolish Slavery In Our Lifetime

by Jackie Ellwood
by Jackie Ellwood
Jackie serves on the Engagement Team with Rescue Freedom International (RFI). The founder, Jeremy Vallerand, opened RFI in 2012, after a trip to India where he met with sex traffic survivors at a safe home where survivors were beginning to heal. He saw hope, joy, and freedom. Jackie shared some staggering statistics on human trafficking (forced labor or sex exploitation), including 45.8 million victims in a 150 billion dollar industry. The average age of victims is 16, and the average lifespan in human trafficking is a dismal 10 years. 
 
Jeremy discovered there are many organizations worldwide, but most of them close in 2-3 years due to a lack of training, money, organization, and trauma care as a non profit. He wanted to support the existing organizations, serving as a network in 18 countries, with 24 partners, providing both financial support and mentoring. Last year, 570 survivors were rescued. They offer prevention and outreach to vulnerable communities, rescue, restoration, and education as a team of abolitionists. 
 
Jackie shared the story of a young girl she met in India, Maya, when she graduated from the Restoration Program and began pursuing higher education. A man practicing “black magic” told her father she had “evil spirit” and the only way to get rid of it was for her to have sex with him. The mother agreed, and they sold her to the man, who enslaved her for seven years. Her brother abused her as well. She was able to go to court and get to a safe house. She has now started her own business — a beauty salon— and she’s doing incredible work and mentoring other survivors. 
 
Find out more at rescuefreedom.org 
 

Mitch Sudy gave his New Member Talk

Mitch Sudy gave his New Member Talk
Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. 
 
Mitch moved from California last year, having had enough of the concrete jungle! He sees life as a series of great opportunities. He enjoyed an extended family growing up and camped every summer with his Great Grandpa. 
 
Mitch earned a degree in exercise physiology and worked at Levi Strauss, in company wellness, then at Lockheed. He enjoyed it, but went back to school to become a home inspector. He is currently both owner and operator of ClearPoint Home Inspections. He loves it here! He and his wife are avid hikers, swimmers, scuba divers, and mountain bikers. 

Important Announcements

Emma Smith
  • Emma Smith, rebound exchange student to Columbia in 2015-2016, was introduced. She is on the honor role at her school and will be studying abroad in Peru. She is available for part time work to earn money for her trip. 
    Rand Hillier is updating the address book – please check your photo and details 
  • June 1 – Imagined Reality improv group at the Jewel Box 
  • July 27 – Styrofoam Round-up
  • August 9 – Port Orchard Rotary Clubs are sponsoring an allday golf event to raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs in Kitsap County 

Mc’s Report:

Mc's Report
  • Friday with Gary Nakamura and Kimi Kinoshita at Wild Ginger 
  • Saturday – zip line with Michele Doyle and Brenda Wall
  • Sunday – Bluegrass at the Jewel Box with Cindy and Steve Garfein
  • Past week – radio station visit with Dan Weedin 
  • Prom is tomorrow! 

Brian Maule: Enhanced Driver’s Licenses

Brian Maule: Enhanced Driver’s Licenses
Gary Nakamura introduced Brian Maule to talk about Enhanced License Information. Brian is at the Department of Licensing in Bremerton Brian gave the history of the Real ID Act after 9-11 and requirements to upgrade drivers’ licenses required by the Act. 
 
For travel, all passengers need an enhanced drivers’ license by October 1, 2020 to go through security. Passports are valid for travel but are very inconvenient and may not be accessible when travel is needed, such as in emergencies.  
 
Also, the cost of replacing passports if lost is expensive and takes time. An enhanced driver’s license may be replaced for $20. 
 
Items needed to get an enhanced license are 1) proof of US citizenship (passport); 2) social security card – names on the documents must match; 3 )tax statement for current residence; 4) current driver’s license. Check the website (Washington State Depart of Licensing) for more details. 
 

Check presentation to House of Hope

Check presentation to House of Hope
Donna Pledger presented a check for $3370 from the International Services Committee to support the House of Hope Community Centers to fund a pilot project in a small village in Mexico (2 ½ hours South of Mazatlán). The pilot project is to build a soup kitchen to feed hungry kids in the village.
 

Paul and Debra Vaughan – Play for All at Raab Park 

Paul and Debra Vaughan – Play for All at Raab Park
An inclusive playground for people of all abilities 

Debra outlined the work her committee has done to bring this project to the attention of the Club. People with special needs (adults and children) are very underserved in having playgrounds available which are accessible.
 
Through communication with and guidance from the Community Service Committee, subcommittees have been formed which have collected input from the Poulsbo Park Department, Poulsbo City Council, and parents of special needs children. Through the Committee work, Raab Park was selected because there was adequate parking, sufficient restrooms, walkways for accessibility, picnic facilities, lots of land and safety. The City of Poulsbo has approved Raab Park as the location for the facility. 
 
A landscape design firm has donated the initial design of the special park inside Raab Park. Elsa Watson has been hired to begin the fundraising efforts. Our Club has donated $8000 for initial planning and fundraising work. The total cost estimate for the park is $616,700. Funds are expected to come from private individuals, City of Poulsbo, and foundation grants.
 
The committee is finalizing the park design and equipment specifications. It is hoped that the project will be completed in 2021. 
 
In two weeks, the Club will have a BUSINESS MEETING at Friday morning meeting. All club members will be asked to vote for their support on the project. The Board recommends a vote of support. 

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 https://daysforgirls.org/advocate 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! 
 
CONS 
  • Cold temperatures 
  • Limited visibility 
  • Difficult currents and tides 
  • Huge equipment requirement 
PROS 
  • 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:                   
https://polaris93.livejournal.com/3262926.html 
 

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
 
 
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Jacob Maxwell
Jul 26, 2019
Cyber security
Police Chief Dan Schoonmaker
Aug 02, 2019
Poulsbo City Police
Patti and Duane Edwards
Aug 09, 2019
Rotary Friendship Exchange to New Zealand
Margaret Depew
Aug 16, 2019
Sequim Bee Farm
 
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