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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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Todd Tidball
Todd Tidball was standing in for Kathy Rayment, who is on vacation at Whistler, B.C. As President in 2003-2004, Todd reminded us that he had the privilege of presenting Olympic College with a check for $100,000 from our Rotary Club. It was the culmination of a 10year fundraising effort. It was also the time that the work at Oyster Plant Park was completed. The ribbon cutting of the new park took place in Hugh Nelson’s term in 2005-2006. 
Thanks to Leo, who played the piano during our social hour. 


Carole MiltonCarole and Ardis
Ardis introduced and thanked Carole Milton, who donated $20,000 to Morrow Manor.  Later in the meeting, Jim Schlachter thanked Bruce Nilsen and his family for the donation of all of the appliances for all 8 units at Morrow Manor. Todd reminded everyone that it was possible to make a tax free Qualified Charitable Donation from an IRA if you are 72 years or older. Please check with your CPA for details. 
Styrofoam round up
It was announced that at last year’s Styro Roundup – 302 cars dumped Styrofoam. At this year’s event, 560 cars dumped Styrofoam. Great work to the Trash Team headed by Lori Cloutier!! 

Update from Duda, our exchange student from Brazil:

In the past couple of weeks, Duda switched host families and is now living with Joe Hulsey and Mary Gorman. Based on her traditions at home, she expected everyone would wear white on New Year’s Eve. She was surprised that we did not have that custom. She enjoyed seeing a Seahawks game and visiting the Museum of Flight. 

Update from Leo, our exchange student from Germany:

Leo has a new host family
Leo moved to his new host family – Brett and Chelsea Clark
Brett and Leo delivered gifts to children as part of a Les Schwab “toys for kids” program and Leo really enjoyed the spirit of giving. He missed seeing fireworks at the Space Needle on New Years (cancelled because of high winds). He very much enjoyed visiting the Museum of Flight.

Captain Jake Gillanders, Poulsbo Fire Captain and Executive Director of EMPACT Northwest

Capt Jake GillandersAfter being involved in firefighting, paramedics and rescue efforts for many years, in 2010 Jake and a team of six other volunteers traveled to Haiti to work on the rescue efforts after the earthquake that killed 100,000 people. Jake and his team soon learned that none of the volunteer organizations were interested in using the medical and rescue talents of his group. The team decided to form their own non-profit. EMPACT Northwest was born.  
Since then they have recruited more volunteers who are fire fighters, paramedics, nurses, doctors, physicians assistants, mental health professionals, architects and engineers. EMPACT Northwest has become a world-wide disaster relief organization capable of deploying anywhere in the world. The volunteers are based primarily in the Pacific Northwest. 
The team responds domestically and internationally for medical emergencies, disasters and scheduled medical missions. They are dedicated to assisting under-served populations and areas that are socioeconomically depressed whether they are in rural US or in Haiti. 
They conduct training for first responders in communities so they are prepared when disasters strike. They advocate for disaster mitigation. 
EMPACT Northwest has been involved in disasters in Haiti, Japan, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Philippines, Nepal, and the US.
Each of the volunteers is held to the same qualifications standard of training and capabilities as similar-sized FEMA teams and are required to maintain their physical, cognitive and psychomotor qualifications through their time in the organization. 
Their mission is to reach any disaster area in the world in 60 hours. They are self-contained and arrive fully functional except for fuel and water. They are skilled in Rescue Systems including technical search, structural shoring, heavy lifting, structural breaking; Rope Rescue Technology and Fast Water Rescue. 
EMPACT Northwest is a non-profit organization and is funded by donations and grants. The website is   
North Kitsap High School ChoirNorth Kitsap High School Choir
The North Kitsap High School Choir performed four lovely Christmas songs for us. 
Guests from UgandaGuests from Uganda
Guests from Uganda
We had three guests from Uganda 
Ardis Morrow
Ardis’s story was of a son coming home from the war 

Thought for the Day:

Instead of putting others in their place, put yourself in their place 


  • Jon Pavey reminded us of the Styrofoam roundup on December 28th
  • Rand’s Aloner party on Christmas Day.  
  • NO MEETING 12/27 
  • Lydia Rush was selling Poulsbo-Opoly for Soroptimists 

Youth Exchange Report

Exchange Student Report by Leo
  • Leo went to Bonnie’s Christmas party and enjoyed playing the piano. On Wednesday he went shopping at Silverdale Mall and had really hot wings at Buffalo Wild Wings 
  • Duda had been to the Oregon Coast and Tillamook Cheese Factory 
Duda with all her host families
Duda with all her host families! 
Thanks to the Sons of Norway
Special thanks to the Sons of Norway staff for the GREAT BREAKFAST!  

Guest Speakers: Harrison Medical Foundation 

Harrison Medical Foundation
  • Harrison was recently recognized with the Pathway to Excellence 50 best cardiac surgery 
  • Many awards for baby and maternity 
  • $2.1 Million supported our local programs 
    • Versant nurse residency (for the 10th year).  
    • DaVinci surgical system (Harrison is #1 user in the country) 
    • Northwest Family Medicine Residency 
    • Brings in eight residents yearly.  
      • About 60% stay here 
    • New hospital 
      • 9 floors 
      • 500,000 square feet 
      • 144 acute care beds 
      • 787 stall parking studture 
      • Targeted first patient November 2020 
      • 60,000 swuare foot cancer center 
      • Will have the Reimer family healing garden 
      • Will have sleep lab, radial lounge (for those recovering from a same day procedure for heart via the arm rather than groin) 
      • The Clear Creek trail will  go through the campus, where you’ll be able to stop at a Starbucks and continue on your way 
      • Theme is seal, forest, trails, and mountains 
        • Color coding will help for way finding 
      • 100% single occupancy rooms 
        • All rooms will have a view of mountains, sound of trees 
        • Reduced fall risk  
        • Dedicated loved ones’ area 
          • Includes bed and desk area 
      • Cancer center 
        • Will have American cancer society resource room for 
        • prosthetics 
        • 20 exam rooms 
        • 36 infusion bays – combination or individual and community infusion options – on the third floor with the best view 
      • Their building is energy efficient 
        • HVAC will be on the third floor which reducing airflow travel 
        • Installed a purple pipe system to reclaim reusable water  
    • Funds raised to date 
      • PET CT for Oncology and Cariology 
      • 256 slice CT for cardiology – significantly reduces  
      • Hybrid operating room – will be able to change from a external heart procedure  
      • Mobile heartbeat with secure cell phone will communicate with Clinicians and nurses 
      • Real time equipment locating  
      • Patient infotainment – discharge instruction in room 
  • CHI Franciscan has invested $500 Million in our community 
  • Questions 
    • CHI will work with City of Bremerton for an emergency facility. Would be very expensive to bring it up to current health care standards 

Michele Doyle celebrated by fining the following Rotarians. Pay a buck!

  • New members: Tony, Jim, Claudia, David 
  • People with new grandbabies 
  • People she caught shopping 
  • Jim Sund because he doesn’t get to hang out with his kids
  • Leo Fried Blue Heron going out of business 
  • Paul and Debra Vaughan for Play for All brochure 
  • Jerry Deeter for the Fireside 
Jim Gillard pulls the Ace of Spades!
Jim Gillard pulls the ACE OF SPADES!!!!  Wins $3220.50!!! 


Jimmy Vincent came with Russ Shiplet
Roger Ludwig also brought a guest.

Ray: Thought for the day. 

Dalai Lama, “if you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito”. 

Ardis Morrow tells a story

Ardis Morrow tells a story
A government worker was in his office bored. He saw a cabinet that was never opened. He opened it and found an old lamp. He took it out and a Genie came out and gave him 3 wishes. He asked for an ice cold Coke. Boom. It worked. Then he wished to be on a tropical island with women that adored him. Poof. One more wish she says. He wished to never work again. Poof, he was back in the government office. 

Report from the Poulsbo-NK Rotary Foundation

Shane explains Poulsbo NK Rotary Foundation
Shane Seaman, president of the club’s foundation spoke and updated us on business. There is an open spot on the committee. No one has stepped forward. If you are interested let Dan Ryan know. This year we are working on Marrow Manor. This group is the 501C arm of the club. They are in the club but independent of the club. Shane has been president for 3 years and has one to go. Meetings are on Tuesdays. Lately it has been once a week because of Morrow Manor. But will go back to once a month. Join us if you’re interested.


Jim Davison at recent trash roundup
Cheryl introduced Jim Davison. He is a lifetime Rotarian. He joined in 1972. He comes to us from NJ. He is splitting his time between NJ and WA. He has been approved by the board. He responded YES to all of Cheryl’s questions. That’s Jim volunteering BEFORE he was inducted! Welcome to Poulsbo Rotary Jim!


Jon Pavey
  • Jon Pavey: The party was awesome. Best ever. Leo and others played the piano all night long and they were good.
  • Tuesday Dec 17 from 7-9 Fireside at Deeters'
  • Saturday Dec 14 party at Bonnie Pedersons
  • Wednesday Dec 25 2-7pm go to Rand's Aloner Party at his house.

Exchange student reports

Leo: Updated us on his week. He went to John Ackenhusen's house to decorate cookies. They ate German food at Tizzleys. His highlight of the week was that John loaned him a keyboard. He went to Sluys for the first time yesterday.
Duda: ordered a sandwich from Sluys. It was massive. She went to a tree farm and the family took hours to choose the the right tree. She thought it was insane. She was happy to go home after that. 

Michele Doyle - Election of Club Officers and Committee Chairs

Called a special meeting to order. We are voting on our officers. We have a quorum. 
We are voting on all the Club Committee Chairs. The following individuals have been nominated:
Cindy Putman, Public Image, John Waller, Youth Youth Exchange. Jon Pavey, Club Services, Steve Garfein, Professional Service. JoeJoe Hulsey, Domestic Domestic Violence Prevention. Jim Schlachter, Community Service. Naveen Chaudhary,, International Service. Lori Cloutier,, Trash Talk Task Force. Cheryl Harris, Membership. Mike Harris, Membership. Mike Cloutier, Youth Protection officer. Ardelle Rein-Halvorsen, Rotary International Foundation. 
Club officers: Individuals have been nominated for the following positions:

Nick Johnson, President, Kristi Sutton, Secretary, Don Lawrence, Treasurer, Kathy Rayment, Past President (requires no vote), Todd Tidball, Vice President, Donna Pledger, Funds Development. 
All nominations were seconded and approved unanimously. 
Some club chairs gave gave us an update, as time allowed.
Cindy Putman, Public Image, said the web page and Facebook will be getting revamped, based on requested feedback from the District. PI will be selling Viking hats and having a patch sewing party. Partnering informally with Play for All. Joint event at Salmon days with the trash committee. Lori spoke about trash talk task force. Dec 28th Styrofoam round up. Please start collecting plastic. We need someone to research Ghost fishing. We need people to help with the trash force. 
Joe Hulsey spoke about Domestic Violence Prevention. His committee has a lot of members but many are not Rotarians. Three are from Cross Roads. They have a large committee. Third Friday of the month they meet at SONs right after the main meeting. Morrow Manor is one of their big tasks. Jim Schlachter leads that project. The houses are almost up. Things are going well. We printed a bunch of posters about DV. We need help distributing them. We would like them in bathroom stalls. Joe wants to get the other Rotary clubs to help get them out. Eli's Place is repaired and there are two people living there. Yay! Bruce Nilsen will still help us with all of the appliances when we are ready. We need a plan to furnish Morrow Manor. 
Steve Garfein spoke about Professional Services and Rotary Friendship Exchange. You can go to the Ukraine. We also need to host 6 couples from Peru. Then he spoke about the Outreach Campaign and the distinguished students of service, the Way Things Work, Furfure of Work lecture series, Olympic College Speakers, and Active Giving at OC. The meetings are moving to Thursdays to avoid conflict. Lastly, this year we sent 4 local teachers to the space conference. 
John Waller on Youth Exchange. Three students are going abroad. Two to Brazil and one to Argentina. Very excited. We need host families for next year. Thank you to Dan Weeden, Mike and Lori Cloutier. Thanks to Meredith for hosting Duda. Please come forward and host a child next year. Duda and Leo need to work please keep them in mind. 
Ardelle Rein-Halvorsen, Rotary International Foundation will be presenting some Paul Harris awards. Rotary International Foundation provides $150 million to projects large and small. Our club donated over $500K so far. When you donate you can designate where your money goes. You can donate to a general fund or get specific, disease, polio, mothers and children, disaster relief etc. If you donate $100 or more just write on your check what you want it to go to. During December our club is matching points up to $250 this month!! Please donate. 
Today we awarded 4 Paul Harris Awards. Rotarians who contribute a total of $1000 to The Rotary Foundation, foundation of Rotary International, 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. Michele Doyle, PH +5!! Cindy Garfein PH+5!! Jim Heins PH+1. Meredith Green PH+3!! Paul Harris Society pins were awarded to people that commit to giving $100/year until Polio is eradicated. Ardis Morrow, Meredith Green, Ardelle ReinHalvorsen, PK MacLean, and Lori Cloutier. If you haven't gone ƚo the Gates Foundation (one of Rotary's partners in polio eradication) you should go. It is an amazing building.
Cheryl Harris Membership Committee. We need new ways to get and retain members. We need people to know what Rotary is. We want to grow Rotary so we can do more good in the world. People stay in clubs or jobs because they have a friend in the club. We want to make sure we make everyone feel like they have a best friend in the club. The Red Badge helps with that process. Our unique candidate is bold, has a sense of humor and wants to do good. They put the badges in the hallway so that new members had time to actually meet the greeters. The induction ceremony changed back to the three YES questions. We are trying to engage in more friendships so that we can do better in the world. We want to bring in new members and retain them. 
Fine Masters: Rand and Lauren.
Happy Birthday Donna Pledger and Pat Ryan.
Lauren reminded us that we are lucky. We have an amazing life. She is asking tables to donate money to go to Fish Line. Super cool idea. 
Raffle: Jerry Deeter...and he pulls a 4 of clubs. Sorry Jerry.


  • Fireside December 17th from 7-9 at Jerry Deeter's home
  • No meeting on 12/27
  • Ed and Lori Stern are the proud Rotarians who “signed their front yard as Proud Rotarians Live Here. 


Duda's day at the Vet clinic
Duda and Leo, our exchange students, moved to new host families this week. They are enjoying Christmas activities, including rooting for the Huskies in the Apple Cup, going to the Nutcracker Ballet, making Christmas cookies, and visiting Craig Adam's vet clinic. They also experienced their first Thanksgiving with lots of football and lots of food. 

GUEST PRESENTATION: Alice Helker, Shellfish Farming

Alice Helker, Shellfish Farming
Alice Helker, owner of Fjordlux Oyster Farm with her husband, Van has been a sea lover since her early days growing up in a family of mariners in Tacoma. She and her husband graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy and immediately set sail for different parts of the country for 9 months each year. Part of her experience was as an oil spill responder on the East coast. Feeling like they wanted to spend more time togetherether than apart, Alice and Van decided to make their love than apart, Alice and Van decided to make their love of the sea their livelihood.
After searching for two years, they found a suitable tideland to farm. After an additional three years they had secured all the permits necessary to begin operations. They have been in business for three years.
In each oyster bag, there are between 150 and 200 oysters with about a 70% yield. Their oyster farm harvests 700 dozen (8400) oysters from 1.5 acres of tideland. It takes 1 ½ y ears to grow oysters from seed. In colder climates, it can take longer.
If you are interested in tasting oysters, get to know the different tastes depending on the home location of the oyster. Oysters are the most plump in the spring and shut down a bit in the fall. A deep shell is the most desirable. 
In our area, we have the Olympia oyster. It is the most difficult to grow and accounts for only 15% of the farm's harvest. It is the only oyster that is native to the west coast. It has been overharvested, which is the reason for the low yields. 
Other oysters are the Pacific, Kumamoto, Virginica and the European Flat. 

Kathy Rayment

Kathy Rayment, presiding;

Speaker Ed Carriere Suquamish Tribe Elder and basket weaver, Bonnie Carriere, Tony Modugno to be inducted as a new member, Eric Ryan, Carolyn Hederly-Smith, Frank Cariopo


by Meredith Green: "Character is a tree. Reputation is it's shadow". Abe Lincoln 


Christmas & Holiday Party  Dec 7th
Fireside at Deeters.     Dec 17



Leo and Duda

Leo and Duda told of their Rotary District Exchange Student trip to LA with other students visiting 5020 this year.  They visited Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm and took surfing lessons. A good time was had by all.

New member induction - Tony Modugno

Tony Modugno
Tony Modugno was sponsored by Jacob Maxwell. Tony is involved in the construction business And is also a volunteer fireman. Welcome to Poulsbo Rotary Tony!
John Ackenhusen
John Ackenhusen received his BLUE badge after completing the tasks to shed the red. (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.)

GUEST SPEAKER: Ed Carriere of the Suquamish tribe

Ed Carriere
Francis Malone arranged for our speaker and did a very respectful introduction of our guest, Mr. Ed Carriere of the Suquamish tribe.  He came to talk about his basket weaving that was taught to him by his great-grandmother starting 70 years ago. He recently published a book on ancient Salish sea baskets. 
Examples of baskets
Ed brought several examples of baskets that he has made using the same techniques and patterns of original basket weavers. Some of the patterns were discovered as areas were reclaimed and basket pieces unearthed.
Samples he showed us: 
 1. Hat with knob a whalers hat. 
 2. Shrimp Trap 
 3. Clam Gathering basket 
 4. Cross warped style a fishnet design using hazelnut shoots 
 5. Back pack burden basket a large ancient style basket that he made which Integrated 4000, 3000, 2000, and 1000-year-old weaving patterns.  
 6. A cooking basket capable of holding water 
Preparing a reed for weaving
He then demonstrated how he prepares the wood to make the reed for weaving. (All of us in the front row were worried he was going to cut himself with the small sharp knife he used.) Color was included in the design by using bark and roots from choke cherry, wild cherry, bear grass from the mountains, and horsetail root to get the black color they need. 
Questions and answers followed until time ran out.
The club sang happy birthday to Cheryl Harris. Some sang well. Some did not. 
Our resident trashy woman, Lori Cloutier, told us that we have arranged to collect 300 lbs of plastic wrap per week which will be recycled to make TREX decking.
Matt Ryan's number was drawn for a possible payday of $2860. The club members moaned in sadness that he did not pick the ACE of SPADES so the Fraffle continues with only 7 cards left. 
These are the highlights from our November 15th club meeting, presented in stream of consciousness format, yet somehow still informative. We hope to add photos in the near future.
And so it begins. Another meeting. Bacon. Eggs. And Samwise's favorites: Po-ta-toes.  

I (Nick Johnson) made a mistake. Two city council members at my table. Whoops. 

Kathy's Back! (Club President Kathy Rayment has returned from vacation)
On the agenda:
  • Raab Park (Paul), Club Nominations (Board & Directors), Save to Grow (Gale), Induction (Claudia) and other things I'm sure. 
  • Board meeting on the 21st, 5:30 at Kathy's abode.  
  • No meeting on the 29th! Be aware that if you show up, you'll be sitting in a big dark room, alone, hungry and sad. 
Donna (Pledger) leads the pledge!
We are proud Rotarians without any proud Rotarians this week! Grab a sign, take it home, post it at your home, take a photo, be a proud Rotarian.
Guests (introduced)! Ardis (Morrow presents a story)! Thought of the Day!

  • Christmas Party on December 7th, Kiana Lodge 
  • Fireside at Deeter's December 17th 
  • Clipboard 101! The clipboard should end up at the last table! If you don't grab yours, check the metal cabinet. Stop emailing Jon! 
  • Social Committee meeting after the meeting 
  • Put a dollar in the can, or something. It does something. Pinky. I don't know.          
Buzz Whitley Big Band raised over $1,500 for the Rotary! Boom.

Club Officer and Board nominations for next year announced by me (Nick Johnson)! 
  • Special Appointments (not voted in by the club) 
    • Domestic Violence Protection Chair / Joe Hulsey 
    • Youth Protection Chair / Mike Cloutier 
    • Youth Exchange Officer / Jon Waller 
    • Scholarship Chair / Mitch Sudy 
    • Fund Development Chair / Kim McCoy 
Club Directors (will be voted in by the club on December 13th) 
  • Club Services Chair / Jon Pavey 
  • International Services Chair / Naveen Chaudhary 
  • Community Services Chair / Jim Schlacter 
  • Professional Services Chair / Steve Garfein 
  • Public Image Chair / Cindy Putman (spelled correctly – woot woot!) 
  • International Foundation Chair / Ardelle Rein 
  • Membership Chair / Cheryl Harris 
  • Youth Services Chair / Naveen Chaudhary 
Officers (will be voted in by the club on December 13th) 
  • President / Nick Johnson 
  • Secretary / Christine Kastanopolous 
  • Treasurer / Don Lawrence 
  • Immediate Past President / Kathy Rayment 
  • Vice President / Todd Tidball 
  • President Elect / Donna Pledger 
New Member Induction! Claudia Alves. She can P-R-O-J-E-C-T  H-E-R  V-O-I-C-E. Welcome to Poulsbo Rotary Claudia!

Audrey Wolf announces a tour of Olympic College! Let her know if you want to join the tour. She'll figure out the date and time once she figures out who wants to come, and what everyone wants to see. EMAIL HER!
Gayle Heller tells us about about Save to Grow, and her recent trip to Tanzania. 
  • Tanzania. East Africa. South of the Equator. One of the poorest countries in the world. 
  • Goal of STG (Save to Grow - Microsaving and Loan groups) was to help rural villages operate like a bank. Shared Interest Savings Groups. Pretty cool. 
  • WHAT! Photos of powerpoint slides, inside powerpoint slides! Is this the Matrix? How deep does this rabbit hole go? 
  • Our ISC (International Service Committee) granted $5k to BI Rotary in 2017, and an additional $7k in 2019. 
  • We will now be singing and chanting when we start our Rotary meetings. 
Exchange Student LeoExchange Students Duda and Leo
Exchange Students Duda and Leo talked about Seattle trip with another exchange student and how fun it was to explore the wonder of Seattle with other exchange students.  

District Governor Maureen Fritz-Roberts

District Governor Maureen Fritz-RobertsDistrict Governor Maureen Fritz-Roberts talked about her decision to become DG, because She and her husband Dale found that Rotary projects, travel, and friendships they formed to be such meaningful and significant parts of their lives. This is her way of giving back. 
On a National Immunization Day in Ethiopia, she saw a village with a new well. The new well provided extra time for the women and children. In the course of their visit she met a woman named Joy.
She talked about Joy an incredibly happy person. Joy was a single mom, tiny house, without running water or bathroom, and with a dog tied up in the back yard because she could afford a fence. 
A year after Mo first met her, Joy received a micro-credit loan from a collaboration Mo and Dale got passionate about developing a micro-credit lending program for the women. Their club raised US$45,000, which was half what they needed. She and Dale connected with a Rotarian they met in Ethiopia, a tire salesman. On Christmas Eve he called and said that he’d asked three people, and they’d kicked in $15,000 each so they had the total $90,000 they needed.
For a micro lending program, they needed at least seven borrowers to spread the risk across a number of small loans. Each borrower's repayments to the program can help fund new loans that allow the borrowers to advance towards their goals. Joy borrowed $50 and started a bakery. She repaid the loan, and then it trickled down through the other seven members. She was able to borrow additional money to expand her bakery. With her business, she was able to send her two children to school. Her home had been completely painted, and she was able to get electricity and water in her home, including a television. The dog was running free in the fenced back yard. Joy showed all the other seven people that she now had a thriving business.
On another topic, Mo noted that Rotary has a problem. We have a duty to make sure that we properly care for the youth we’re dealing with. Rotary wants each club to have a youth protection officer and youth service chair. 
Mo told another story about visiting a school in Uganda. She walked into a classroom that had dozen girls of about 12 years old sitting at a treadle sewing machine. Beside each girl was a two-year-old child. The girls had been kidnapped and held as sex slaves. When they were rescued, they were brought to the school to learn a skill to support themselves and children. The machines created joy and opportunity for the girls, and the money that furnished these opportunities came from Rotary. Mo compared that joy to a buying a nice coffee a couple times a month, and instead giving that money to the Rotary Foundation. 
She encouraged Rotarians to consider attending the Rotary International Conference in Hawaii. She especially encouraged Rotarians to attend the District Training Conference and Assembly on May 15 & 16 in Victoria. This provides us a chance to celebrate our accomplishments for the last year and learn skills to run our clubs and make a bigger difference in the world.

Rotary Awards Presented

Jon PaveyBonnie Pederson

PK MaCleanMeredith Green
Our club’s Rotary Foundation chair and Mo awarded Paul Harris Fellows. Rotarians who contribute a total of $1000 to The Rotary Foundation, foundation of Rotary International, 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. received a PHF+5, Bonnie Pederson PHF+2, Pat Ryan PHF+6, PK McLean PHF+7. Meredith Green received a Polio Plus Society for her commitment to donate $100 per year until polio is eradicated. 

Nick Johnson
As President Kathy put on her bikini to bask under the Hawaiian sun, President Elect Nick Johnson donned a fetching woolen scarf to open the Rotary meeting on this chilly Poulsbo morning. If you were there, you would have noted he also wore other appropriate cold weather clothing.
In the absence of Craig Adams, Nick continued the dog and pony show by giving the thought for the day, "True friends say good things behind your back and bad things to your face." We trust Craig's patients are recovering. Woof.
Ardis Morrow telling a story
Ardis made us laugh again. She also modeled a fancy pair of knee-high socks that looked like old-fashioned laced up shoes, which she found in her drawer. Don’t you wonder who put them there? 


  • John Pavey, the announcer of good tidings, told us there are items for sale, left over from the auction bar. (What doesn’t sell this week will be brought back next week.) 
  • 11/9 Fall clean up work party at Poulsbo Cemetery. Keeping the graves clean and the cemetery cleared of debris reduces the potential for vandalism, and honors those buried there. 
  • 11/9 Salmon Watch at Fish Park. Help is needed to man the booth and to act as guides. 
  • Nick announced North Kitsap School students are trying to fill a bus, before the Holidays, with non-perishable foods to benefit Fishline. 
Leo and Duda
Our club's Rotary Exchange students, Leo and Duda, teamed up to give the Doodah Report. The highlight of their week occurred on Home Coming night. They nearly froze to death as they waited in line to get into some place. Was it Leo who risked pneumonia to give Duda his coat? Duda had heard of the concept of cold, but until that night, our Brazilian exchange student never experienced it. Welcome to the great Northwest, young friends. And it’s not even winter yet. Another memorable occasion for both of them was going Trick or Treating for the first time. 
Kitsap Superior Court Judge Michelle Adams
Kitsap Superior Court Judge Michelle Adams briefly talked about Kitsap Drug Court. This is a strict, support program to encourage addicts to get clean and sober rather than go to jail. Those enrolled in the program have to follow Court requirements, and if they can stay in the program their progress is celebrated with graduation, which occurs quarterly. The public is invited to attend. 

Kitsap Strong

by Kody Russell
by Kody Russell
Our own Superior Court Judge Jennifer Forbes, introduced the featured speaker, Kody Russell, head of Kitsap Strong, a community initiative to improve the health and well-being of all children, families, and adults in Kitsap. He gave a fascinating presentation on what he called a network of organizations geared to be supportive of families to bring out the best in every child. He asked how we learned to tie our shoes. The answer is we were taught. 
Some adversity is unavoidable. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic, caused by abuse, neglect, or household dysfunction, which can negatively impact health throughout the lifespan. Needy youth can be helped by an informed, caring community. The first years are formative. Children who are not getting parental interaction and guidance, need role models, people to love and teach them in order to flourish. There are many groups to help at risk youth, including Boys and Girls Club. 
Children and teens need adults to care about them and value them. Young persons don’t have the resources to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps.” When fear is overwhelming, learned coping methods flee, and young people need to learn calming skills from an adult who can teach them.
Mr. Russell talked about the trees in forests helping each other, even different kinds of trees, through their root systems. Trees need other trees. If it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a forest. The talk was complete with pictures, slides and a short film. When Mr. Russell was finished, he asked for questions.  There weren’t any. Maybe most people were reflecting on how they could have been better parents, as was this writer. 


When the Fine Master asked if someone knew about the Seahawks, about half the attendees looked to Dan Weedin. He quickly answered challenging, obscure questions, garnering thunderous applause. 
There were many happy bucks, and one, a tribute by Tim Nichols, was a sad note as he remembered his mother, who recently died. We offer our condolences to Tim and his family.
Minutes, written with editorialese, may be inaccurate, subject to interpretation, and possibly, misleading. Or not.  
By Pat Ryan for Todd Tidball 

Prior to the speaker 

Duda's Birthday
  • Dan filling in for Jon Pavey with club announcements
  • Rapping Rand passed the money purse for the auction
  • Michele Doyle gave us a final update on the auction 
  • We sang for Duda’s 17th birthday!
Lori Cloutier Trashy Talk
Lori Cloutier gave a Trashy Talk Task Force update 

Olympic College Presentation

Speaker Marty Cavaluzzi, President of Olympic College
Marty Cavaluzzi, President of Olympic College
Marty was introduced by Poulsbo Rotarian Tom Eckmann, who has recently been appointed to the college Board of Trustees.
OC has three campuses in Shelton, Poulsbo, and Bremerton, plus they have classes within Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS). Enrollment is currently down a bit at 11,000 due to the good job market. Enrollment will increase when we have a downturn in the economy. Of those 11,000 students:
  • 20% are economically disadvantaged 
  • 20% are first generation 
  • 5% are homeless 
  • 30% are food insecure 
  • 1,000 are veterans 
  • 90% of graduates remain in the area 
The workforce is changing. 740,000 jobs will be added to the economy in 2021, and 80% will require a post-secondary degree. The college and community have several programs to support students with the goal of graduation: 
  • Graduate strong is a cross-county initiative to increase college enrollment and completion 
  • Achieving the Dream is a new program to provide free college for low income students 
  • Guided Career Pathways helps students identify their goal and develop a path to attain those goals, including sequenced coursework 
Western Washington University and OC are working to strengthen their connection, including plans for: 
  • A seamless pathway from OC to WWU 
  • New buildings 
  • A residence hall in the future 
  • A shared director position 


  • Rotarian this month is Meredith Green!! She was pictured at Mary Gorman and Joe Hulsey’s cabin. 
  • Deborah thanks all for their desserts for the Gala and Auction. Please drop them on the 26th from 2-4pm 
  • We need champagne pourers and greeters at the door. Please sign up. 
  • Lori tells that we are drinking beer and cider for polio tonight at Western Red Brewery, in a joint event with Kingston Rotary. Portions of drinks and pizza go to End Polio Now, and will be matched 2:1 by the Gates Foundation! Lori mentioned that Scott Sorenson made a donation that qualified for a sponsorship. Given that Scott is the photographer, and didn’t take a selfie, we’ll just pretend we have a photo.
  • Board Meeting is Oct 24th at Kathy’s house. 

Ardis has a story for us

Ardis Morrow
Grandma and Grandpa are babysitting a two-year-old girl. She had forgotten her toy at home. It was a tea set. After her nap Grandma went shopping, so Grandpa was in charge. They got out a tea set to play with. She poured tea for both of them. Grandpa bragged. Super happy. When Grandma came home Grandpa made her watch the two of them having tea. Grandma said, “You realize that the only water Suzy can reach is in the toilet!!”
Rand Hillier
Rand Hillier dances away to attract contributions for the money purse to be sold at the upcoming auction.

Michele Doyle - Preparations for Gayla and Auction

Wine is for sale at the front door for the wine coolers. 

One more week until the auction! You can bid on live auction items even if you can’t be there. There are two cedar benches at the door going up for sale. You can bid online. Also there are Admiral Theater tickets, Duda dinner, time share in Hawaii, KOMO back door tour, a drone, Mt Rainier flight, Dinner from Patti and Duane Edwards and Lori and Mike Cloutier, cabin stay, two wine coolers, Seahawks tickets Nov 3 against Tampa-comes with a hotel stay, mushroom hunt, CM gift certificate, wine tours in Sonoma, dinner under the lights with Brenda and Behzhad, 7 dudes for 7 hours, Port Townsend Aero museum and flight, will package, gym membership, piano lessons, stay at Hotel Grand Pacific. Please bid!!!!

New member induction - David Roefer

David Roger
David Roefer is being inducted by Cheryl Harris. His sponsor is Jacob Maxwell. He is an insurance agent. David joined  the club with a resounding, “YES!” Welcome, David.   

BARN Bainbridge Artisan's Resource Network

BARN Bainbridge Artisan's Resource Network
Bainbridge Island BARN’s executive director, Denise Dumouchel
John Ackenhusen introduced her. She showed a video of artisans at their craft. They have programs from restoring the bakery at Fort Hood, making jewelry for the homeless, cooking for sick people, and many many more things.
Robert Frost said, “The purpose in life is to do good, well.” 
BARN provides opportunity and services. The mission is to provide opportunities to a broad community. 30% come from off island. They make, fix, rebuild and enhance. They teach others to do this for themselves. They have members, volunteers and guests. Anyone can come and use the space or rent a space. There are many volunteers to make it all work. They logged up to 900 hours per week when they were first getting started! Now they log about 500 hours per week. 
Anyone who has a talent trains other in their skills. They are raising money to buy a lathe that is operated from a seated position. They are also putting in hearing impaired systems. They are establishing a companion program for autistic people. 
BARN is a non-profit organization. It is still a business and needs money to operate. They have 1000 members. The goal was 400. They are doing well with this. Lots of young people have joined. Many generous people donate money. However, a lot of it comes from the members. They want to transition to making their money from class tuition.
Everyone has the capacity to be creative and make things for others or things that are useful. Community service is a big part of making that happen. They have a community kitchen so people that come in can eat and hang out. It gives people hope for the World. They show grace and listen and learn from each other. They gather graciously for good to inspire hope. She hopes the BARN continues to spread hope in the community. 
Please come and visit. 
Their annual budget is nearly one million dollars.
They recently got licensed by WA state as a post-secondary educational intuition. They have a 9-month program in both jewelry and wood working. Currently they have 6 students taking advantage of this new program. 
They named part of the metal studio for the late great Poulsbo Rotarian, Jack Archer. The wood working studio is a mix of traditional and technical wood working. They have both hand tools and power tools. They have this kind of art and that kind of art and other kinds of art. Go take a tour and you will find something you will love.

Exchange Students: Duda and Leo

Exchange Students: Duda and Leo
Duda visited Seattle's the international district. They went to the pin ball museum. She shaved a few seconds off her swim time. She also designed the swim team logo, and the shirts are now out. Leo wrecked his bike while mountain biking. Dan Weeden had no idea. He (Leo, not Dan) forgot his clothes for PE, and when he asked the teacher for a change of clothes the pants were very large. Leo wore them anyway, and the kids said he looked like a Scot with a kilt. 
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