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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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Tickets are NOW ON SALE for the 2019 Poulsbo Rotary Gala and Auction.  Don't miss out on the BEST AUCTION OF THE YEAR!
Join us on Saturday, October 26, 2019 

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: Poulsbo Sons of Norway
Attire: It's a Halloween Party! Costumes are highly encouraged but not required!
Cost: $75 per ticket OR if you'd like to sponsor a table of 8, it's $750!
Contact Lori Cloutier to learn more about sponsorship opportunities 
We would LOVE to see you there but understand that travel or other commitments can sometimes interfere with this event. If you'd like, you can still make a tax deductible donation online.
A big thank you to our Presenting Sponsor for this year's auction - Acupuncture and Wellness Center.
Accupuncture and Wellness Center Poulsbo
Club News


  • Jewel Box musical running now, "The Fantasticks".
  • Bob Hawkinson’s memorial service Sept 28 at Fishline 
  • Bob Kimball, local artist and former Rotarian, is hosting an open house at his studio. 
  • "Dealing With Stress" is the topic of the Alumni Speakers Series at OC Brem. Oct 3rd 6:30pm 
  • October 14 is the annual Olympic College Foundation luncheon 
  • Rand Hillier passed around a thank you note he received from past exchange student Niké Panta. She was given a Paul Harris Fellow for her work with youth in her home district. 
  • Bourbon tasting is the theme of the next club social on Oct 18th.  5:30pm 
  • Deb Broughton, on behalf of the Auction Comm., is heading up the dessert dash. She is in need of more desserts. Please sign up! 

Special Guests

Feluine Douf
Feluine Douf and her husband run a girls school in St Louis Senegal. She has been working with Days for Girls to help keep girls in the classroom.  For 10 days DFG trained 5 girls on how to make and provide training on the use of reusable hygiene kits.  The initial goal was to make 60 kits per month. Presently they make 120 kits per month and help girls in 30 different schools.  The girls who lead the program are now making a living & supporting their families by making kits.  Feluine expressed her appreciation to Rotary for helping girls stay in school. With Feluine were Shirley Wilder, director of the local DFG chapter, Diane Heesacker and Molly Mansker. 
Paul Kremer & Martha Leen
Paul Kremer & Martha Leen both eye surgeons from Bremerton were introduced. They demonstrated a new tool they have, courtesy of the Poulsbo Rotary and a district grant to help determine the level of correction needed for children in countries they go to visit. The tool which looks like a camera can determine in seconds what both eyes need so they can provide glasses to help them see. "I went to school for a very long time to learn how to do what this tool can do in about 3 seconds," Dr Kramer said with a chuckle. 

Business of the Poulsbo-NK Rotary Foundation

Shane Seaman, Foundation president, called a meeting of the Poulsbo NK Foundation to order and presented the need for a vote to approve the purchase of a title insurance policy so that we can receive a $749,000 grant from the state of WA. The measure was approved. 
Leo and Duda
Leo and Duda, our exchange students gave an update on their week.  They are preparing a "To Do" list of things they hope to do while living in the U.S. Leo reported that the airline he is scheduled to fly home with has filed for bankruptcy so he has to find a new way home. Duda was able to visit Hurricane Ridge with Geoff and Amy Schmidt. 
Todd Tidball auctioning rum cake
Rum’s the word! Pat Ryan donated a rum cake to the club which was auctioned off to raise $45 for the Poulsbo-NK Rotary Foundation. Thank you, Pat! 

North Kitsap School District

by Laurynnn EvansLaurynn Evans
Our own Dr Laurynn Evans, NKSD Superintendent, is starting her 3rd year at NK Schools.
Laurynn visited all 11 campuses in the first 3 days of school. The start of the year was exceptional. There are 30 new faculty and staff this year.
They are continuing work on capital improvements using funds from a levy. $80-90mm is needed but $40mm was approved. The HVAC at Poulsbo Middle school was replaced, Electrical work done to keep up with demand and a new playground installed at Wolfe Elem Next summer $11mm worth of projects will be tackled. 
Highlights of her talk: 
  • CHOICE Academy doubled enrollment which keeps kids at NK vs. transferring to other schools 
  • Signature Programs 
    • Dual language at Vinland 
    • "Options" at Suquamish Elementary
    • Robotics Academy at Kingston Middle 
  • (Math, Science, and robotics are all taught at the same time. Only 30 seats but 60 applicants so they are expanding.) 
  • Starting a robotics class at NK HS with a pathway to engineering. In sports, 1 in 10,000 get to go professional. In engineering, everyone can go pro! 
Dr Evans can use community involvement with the Strategic Plan and the Alignment Plan. A copy of the short version of the Strategic plan was left on tables but a longer version is available on the district website. 
The overall goal is to have all programs and people moving in the same direction for optimal results.  The student is the focus of all objectives. 
Laurynn made it very clear that NK Schools is committed to helping ALL students. Not just some. Not just the 'right' ones. All in for All students. Everyone gets a shot at preparing for the future. She noted that today's 7th graders have never lived in a world without smart phones. 
Dr Evans presented 3 main goals: 
1. Early Foundations a pre-school program 
2. Focusing on the whole child developing critical thinkers 
3. Equitable access and opportunity for all  
4 Pillars to Achieve these goals 
1. Effective instruction for all students 
2. Strong relationships with families and community 
3. Managing the climate for learning and work 
4. Investing in people 
The challenge by Dr Evans to the faculty and staff is to choose the "complex but right" way of dealing with issues vs. "simple but wrong".  
She solicited our help and asked the community to get involved: There are 3 committees to join: Finance, Facilities and Equity. The school also provides Special Education Seminars to attend. 
She ended by thanking our club for the contribution funds and time to make NK Schools better. 

Faces in the crowd

Memorial photos of Bob Hawkinson

Bob Hawkinson photos


  • Beer tasting  September 20th at 5:30 at Naveen’s house 
  • September Community Service Project is the food drive with Lions Club to benefit 
  • Fishline – September 20 and 21 at Walmart, Central Market and Red Apple Grocery. Sign up with Jim Schlachter. 
  • Sept. 24 and 26: Tues/Thursday Student exchange open house 6:30-8:00. Please share with interested high school students and families 
  • There’s a new box of club flags. Please let Jon know when you take some When you check in at the Friday meetings, please log your volunteer hours in the yellow column. We value your time and want to keep track of the CLUB’S TOTALS! 
  • Sept 28 at 1pm at Fishline. Bob Hawkinson’s Memorial service. 
  • Oct 3rd. Helping ALL People Flourish, Hosted by The Olympic College Foundation and Poulsbo Rotary Club 5:30 PM – 8 PM Harvey Theatre, Bldg 7, Olympic College Bremerton 
Rappin Rand
Rappin Rand dances for the money purse. OMG. Seriously. Rand dances for the money purse. And raps. $$$ 
Dan Ryan presents check to Shields brothers
Community Service Director Dan Ryan Presented a check for $2200 to the Poulsbo Historical Society for AV equipment and a couple dip jars. Dave and Jim Shields accepted on behalf of the Society.

Youth Exchange Student Duda spoke about Brazil 

Duda talks about Brazil

She is from Salvador, Bahia in the NE of Brazil. The 5th biggest county on the planet. We do not speak Spanish. We speak Portuguese. Each state in Brazil is very different from the other. There are many famous places like Rio de Janeiro, Porto de Galinhas, Lencois Marnhenses, Gruta da Lagoa Azul, the Amazon, Chapado do Veadeiros, and Chapada Diamantina (her favorite). 
The fires in the Amazon are sad but she thinks they are getting better. We all need the forests -they help the climate and host many unique plants. Plus remember, many people live in the forest, and they depend on the forest and rivers. Although most people can’t just go to the Amazon, Duda was able to go there on a school project. They have a fruit called Acai. You can make juice or ice cream, but they just eat it as lunch. She made cassava flour. It is a lot of work and they sell it really cheap. Her village had 13 houses with only one family living there. They all had showers, but they do not use them. They bathe on the river and do their clothes in the river too. She loved playing with others while she washed her hair. They do not have beds. They sleep on swings and they are uncomfortable, but you get used to it. They don’t have much money but they are happy. They leave for college and usually come back to help the family. 
Duda talks about BrazilDuda lives in the capital of her state , which used to be the capital of Brazil. They have to largest number of black people outside of Africa, and racism is a constant fight. She lives near the beach, which was once called the third most beautiful beach in the world. She can see the sea from her house. At the city ’s main churc h, they tie ribbons on handrails. You make three knots and make three wishes. When the ribbons break your wishes come true. Her historical center is a colorful and active part of town. 
They were colonized by the Portuguese, but they have a lot of Africans and natives. The Portuguese wanted them to be Catholics, but they created their own religion called Candomblé. The festival Carnival is insane: the party fills the streets, huge trucks come through with bands on them. Crazy big and cool. February is her favorite month for this reason. 
She showed a video of a famous singer. Amazing. Can’t wait to go visit! 

Poulsbo Rotary Gala and Auction

Lori Cloutier
Lori Cloutier was called to the front to plead for help. Advertising is a big part of the auction. $150 and $250 for ads in the program. Arron Murphy and Terry Burns a re the first to sign up. She explained this with a GREAT video of members in costume. Bob Doane is our presenting sponsor at $5000!!! Thanks Bob. Table wine sponsors are SOLD (John Pavey and Phil Rasmussen). YEAH!!. Reception sponsor is still available -$3000. Please fill this spot. We also have a form on the table. It just needs to be filled in and attached to a check. Mary Gorman and Joe Hulsey gave $1000 today. GREAT presentation. 
Joe Hulsey needs people to fill out the form if you have donated something to the auction. If you haven’t donated something, please do. Joe is collecting live auction items. We need a few more. 
Michele Doyle
Michele Doyle had all helpers stand. We need more people. It is Halloween themed, and tickets are on sale now for $75. The auction raises between $85K-110K. The money goes to community services, international service, youth services and professional services. Last year we gave $96,000. Our money comes from the Auction, Viking Tour and various grants. The Auction is by far the largest money maker of the year. Invite your friends. We need TREASURE. 
The Silent auction needs 40-50 items. Gift baskets etc. It brings in 10-15% of the money but people really like it. We want everyone to have something to bid on. Everyone needs to go get items – check with Naveen. 
Joe is in charge of live items but he is leaving prior to the auction to the Philippines. If you have any ideas of something new, talk to Joe. He needs more items for the Viking Fest Basket. 
Raising the paddle gets us 30% of the income. Golden tickets get $3500 and Dessert Dash gets $6000. We have dessert dash leaders already. There is no profit in the sale of tickets. The cost of the event is $15-18,000. If you use your credit card please add in the 3% fee so we don’t have to pay them. You can give Michele a check. Ads and sponsorships bring in $15K. YOU CAN: solicit donations. Michele can store them. John Ackenhusen is running the books. Aaron Murphy is spearheading the 7 men for 7 hours. 
We could use some help on the day. Brenda Wall is going to take over the catering. Paella!!! Need finance table minders. Need costume contest judges. Need help with set up and tear down. Need desserts. Please bring bottles of wine to Rotary to fill two wine coolers donated by Bob Doane. 
Please attend. Please invite your friends. Wine will be on the table. Tickets are $75. Open seating unless you buy a table. To get a ticket, go to the Poulsbo Rotary website. Under Announcements, click on buy your tickets. Or make a donation. On the right you can print an auction procurement form. 

New Club - Crossroads Rotary

Crossroads Rotary
Amy, Tonya and Barb visited from New Crossroads Rotary club. They have signed up 18 new Rotarians from the area. They meet 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at the Western Red Brewery 630-730pm. First meeting is this Wednesday. Formal speakers start in October. We traded flags. 


  • Fireside September 17th at 6:30 at Jerry Deeter’s house 
  • Beer tasting  September 20th at 5:30 at Naveen’s house 
  • September Community Service Project is the food drive with Lions Club to benefit Fishline – September 20 and 21 at Walmart, Central Market and Red Apple Grocery. Sign up with Jim Schlachter. 
  • When you check in at the Friday meetings, please log your volunteer hours in the yellow column. We value your time and want to keep track of the CLUB’S TOTALS! 
  • Sept 28 at 1pm at Fishline. Bob Hawkinson’s Memorial service. Parking director needed 12:30-2:30. Please let Ed Stern know if you can help with parking. 
Rappin Rand Hillier with the money purse
Dancing Danny (aka Rappin’ Rand Hillier) with the mystery purse: Please add money when it comes your way. Craig Adams will build a money tree for the auction.

Morrow Manor News

Morrow Manor is going up! Shane Seaman talked about the foundation grant which is about ¾ of a million dollars. But in order to get it all we have to get title insurance. In two weeks we will discuss and then vote on getting the title insurance. 

More on the Auction!

Lori Cloutier is looking for auction sponsors. At the $3000 level, you get to have your label on the wine! Joe Hulsey is collecting auction items. Please call him with your ideas and donations! 
Leo and Duda
Leo and Duda had an awesome week. They went to a weekend retreat with all the other Rotary kids in the area. Leo got a mountain bike from Leo Fried. Duda had two swim meets this week! She qualified for District. She moved to Meredith’s on Monday. She is tired. She thinks we are funny. Kids laughed at her cashew candy. When she told them cashews are a fruit they were surprised. She can’t believe we don’t know that. 
NOTE: Youth Exchange Officer John Waller announced that Duda is looking for work/odd jobs to earn money for the big Youth Exchange event in Southern California! 

Outside the Auction: Rotary Fundraising with the 4-Way Test

Presentation by Dan Barry 
Dan is a former member of our club who now lives in Bellingham. He owns a music studio, sells insurance and has a travel agency. He is happy to be back in Poulsbo. He talked to us about fund raising. He is doing it in Ferndale, in his club of 9 members. Pretty hard to make money! He put up a quote from The Man in the Arena that essentially said: Credit belongs to the worker that actually does the job. The one that gets dirty. You have to take a chance and be courageous. 
He feels we did this with Viking Tour. That is why we were successful. 
Membership in Rotary is declining. We are just trying to maintain our numbers at this point. If it declines can we still fund raise? In Poulsbo, yes. In Ferndale, no. It is too small. What about a 30member club? Maybe. So where do the lines cross when thinking about having an auction? 
We did an exercise. Think of a home. Nick described a home. Bedrooms etc. Emotionally warm. Or it is a boat. Brenda described a home as one where your family lives. Your compound. Her whole family lives on the property. Or a shipping container could be a home. Gary describes a home as a yurt or a tent. Maybe a tree house or log cabin. His idea came up on the screen. The idea is to think outside of the box. When it comes to fund raisers think outside the box. We all know what fundraisers typically look like. BUT when you come up with an idea for a fundraiser, think outside of the box. That is what makes them successful.
What is the best business plan? It is well thought out. Has a lot of capital. Lots of partners. Lots of experience. People that succeeded are not necessarily what you think. Like Facebook, Harry Potter, Walt Disney. 
Why is he talking to us today since we are already successful? He wants to tell us about the six attributes of a Rotary fundraiser. PURPOSE 1. Community engagement. 2. Membership Growth 3. Promotes one of the 6 causes of Rotary. 4. Community Awareness 5. Engage Interact, Rotaract and other Clubs 6. Display the unique Character and Assets of the club members and region. SUCCESS 1. Thorough Planning. 2. Club Commitment and Buy-in 3. Dedicated Leadership. 4. Community Sponsorship. 5. Participation with Interact, Rotaract, other clubs and community groups. 6. Earnings that are commensurate for the time invested. 
In Rotary we like to 1. Promote peace. 2. Fight disease. 3. Provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene. 4. Save mothers and children 5. Support education 6. Grow local economies. So donate a portion of your funds to the six causes of Rotary. This will help it be more successful. 
Ideas: weekend boat in, group cruise to Mexico with silent auction onboard, comedy show, jazz music festival, classic car show…. 
Concert One is the event the Ferndale club is putting on. They only have 9 members, so they are bringing in Greyson Chance, pop musician, to Mt Baker Theater. Selling 1500 seats. Skela is opening for Greyson. The proceeds go to five local charities that help women, children and people in need. They are already planning next years. They intend to keep this going year after year. More information is on our Facebook page. 


  • New Rotary directories are available – take one for home and one for car! 
  • September 11th at Vibe at 5PM – High Stakes Leadership Presentation 
  • Fireside September 17th at 6:30 at Jerry Deeter’s house 
  • Beer tasting  September 20th at 5:30 at Naveen’s house 
  • September Community Service Project is the food drive with Lions Club to benefit Fishline September 20 and 21 at Walmart, Central Market and Red Apple Grocery. Sign up with Jim Schlachter. 
Check presentation to Walker Salas from Troup 1571 for his Eagle Scout Project
Check presentation to Walker Salas from Troup 1571 for his Eagle Scout Project.
Project – Walker and ten volunteers built two bridges over the creek at Centennial Park – donation from Rotary was $1500 from the Community Service Committee.
Blue badges to Mitch Sudy, Rob Thomas and David Hedderly-Smith.
Membership: Cheryl Harris presented new blue badges to Mitch Sudy, Rob Thomas and David Hedderly-Smith. 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. 
John Ackenhusen induction
John Ackenhusen was inducted as a transferring Rotary member from Michigan, with a resounding YES! Jim Martin is his sponsor and Rand Hillier is his mentor. 
Duda and Leo
Youth Exchange Students Duda and Leo gave their reports about starting school, riding a school bus for the first time, and attending the Puyallup State Fair with Joe Hulsey and Mary Gorman. 

Our Gems and our Gents Building Character, Developing Scholars, and Preparing Leaders

by Harriette Bryant and Vicki Collins
Harriette Bryant and Vicki CollinsThis is the 10-year anniversary of OurGEMS: Our Girls Empowered through Mentorship and Service. 
Currently OurGEMS is in 18 schools in Kitsap County and expanding all the time. The program started with 9 girls and there are over 400 involved now. The second set of participants are in advanced degree programs in college. 
The purpose of the program is to “hone the gems” that are the young women who participate. The program starts in elementary school (8 year olds) and moves with the girls through high school, college and beyond. Those involved form strong bonds with each other for support and empowerment. 
There is also a program called OurGents for young men – this program started 2 years ago with 2 young men and now there are 8. 
More mentors are needed. A passion for helping youth is all that is needed. Contact or call 360-930-1493.

Rotary Auction Update – Michele Doyle, Chair

Michele DoyleDATE IS OCTOBER 26TH at Sons of Norway

Dinner tickets are $75 per person – event is at the Sons of Norway. 

Sponsorship packet has been sent out------PLEASE RESPOND to Lori Cloutier.

Please volunteer to help with silent or live auction donations.

If you don’t plan to attend, please make a donation and encourage friends to come.

Live registration will be available online next week.



Rotary Volunteer Hours – Cindy Putman

We would like to tell our community not only what we donate in dollars to causes, but also the hours we donate. Starting next week, please indicate next to your name when you sign in how many hours you have worked on Rotary causes the past week. The first entry (or any entry!) will be for hours worked since July 1. Try to remember how much you volunteered, and write it next to your name or initials Then going forward, hours will be recorded for weekly efforts: Boots on the ground, working on a project, committee meetings, trying to get donations/sponsors, and so forth. 
You will notice a new link on our website, Play for All. Play for All at Raab Park is a community effort to build an inclusive playground in North Kitsap County. This is a project of the Poulsbo Rotary Club, operating in partnership with a citizen steering committee, the Kitsap Community Foundation, and the City of Poulsbo.  Can you help us raise $600,000 to purchase and install inclusive playground equipment at Raab Park in Poulsbo? Follow the link to find out more about how you can help.


  • Club Picnic Aug 11 at Brenda Wall’s 
  • David Hedderly-Smith had surgery and is doing well 
  • Aug 16 Wine Tasting (Washington whites) at Anne Pyles’s home
  • Reminder: Morrow Manor is a construction site. You’re welcome to drive past or contact Jim Schlacter for permission to tour. 
  • Oct. 3: Olympic College Fundraising Event — How to Help All People Thrive. This is a joint project, through a partnership between our Professional Services Committee and Olympic College. The flyer is on our Facebook page. 

Nick Johnson - How we grow Rotary

Nick Johnson
Our club is thriving, we have community leaders who are unable to connect with the club, so how can we grow? Amy and Geoff Schmidt have started a new club, Crossroads Rotary Club of Kitsap, which will have its own charter. It’s geared toward leaders who can’t attend our meetings. Their meetings will be 1 hour evening meetings, twice per month. They have 40 interested and 20 have already committed. Our club needs to decide if we want to sponsor the new club. The Board met and voted in support of sponsorship. There will be a CLUB VOTE in two weeks to determine sponsorship, which does have a financial component. A short Q and A followed. This will allow more members of our community to join Rotary.

Poulsbo Police Department’s Strategic Plan 2019-2021

by Dan Schoonmaker 
Dan SchoonmakerDan was selected as the Chief of Police for the City of Poulsbo in December of 2016. He had grown up in Bellevue and was interested in returning to the area. He had a 27-year career with the Westminster Police Department, which is in Orange County, with a population of about 92,000. Dan earned a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice/Police Science. He has also coached youth football at the middle school level and is now on the varsity football staff at North Kitsap High School. He lives with his wife, Debbie, and doesn’t plan on moving any time soon. 
Dan began his talk by addressing the July 3 shooting. Although he couldn’t talk about it, he asked 1. that we trust an investigation is being done by professionals, 2. that we have patience, because it takes time to do a thorough job, and 3. we provide support for the community. This was the most Poulsbo Police, continued: intense scene he has experienced in 30 years of law enforcement. The removal of the memorial is also being investigated. 
Dan talked about crime: it’s steady, and slightly down. They’ve hired two more officers. They have a good working relationship with the surrounding jurisdictions, and they’ve added an additional manager. 
Dan introduced the Strategic Plan for 2019-2021 — he provided handouts on the tables. Their challenges are training (expensive, with no new funding sources) and recruitment (all chief working together), and remembering that public safety is a priority, even when it’s not. 
85% of the people they arrest in Poulsbo don’t live in Poulsbo. He never expected to live in the city in which he works, but Poulsbo is his home. Dan praised his great team: the community, the city team (made of officers, department heads, city council, Mayor, employees), and the police officers. 
Chief Schoonmaker led a short Q and A. He said there are fewer homeless people on the streets in the last couple of months because the have Police Navigators — a behavioral health team that connects people with resources, if they’re willing. He dispelled the false rumor that the officer involved in the July 3 shooting had been fired by Port Gamble. He explained a little about the vetting process of their officers: thorough background checks, only 40% get through interviews.
Viking Tour Zero Waste EventThis article written by club member Meredith Green was published in the August Rotary District 5020 Newsletter.
At the Poulsbo Rotary Club’s Viking Tour fundraiser, held May 19th, the club worked to turn it into a Zero Waste event. The result was a reduction of waste from a 4 cubic yard container to 9 pounds!
This was a remarkable success – here are the 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
The tagline of the Zero Waste effort was "Evolved Vikings don’t pillage the earth."
Viking Tour Riders in PoulsboThe Viking Tour is a Zero Waste Event. We’ve made a commitment to be a “Zero Waste” event which means we will do everything we can to reduce waste, reuse various elements, and set up “Zero Waste Stations” for recyclable and compostable materials. All waste created during the event will be delivered to Peninsula Subaru who, working with Terracycle, will transform it into benches and tables. All plates, cups and utensils are certified compostable and will be taken to Olympic Organics (along with the food scraps). Lastly, any rider bibs can be left with us so we can ship them to Trex where they can ride into a new life as composite decking. Evolved vikings don’t pillage the earth.
Waste organization during the raceIn addition to the huge reduction in waste was the unanticipated enthusiasm of younger members in the community. Our enthusiastic coordinator, Lori Cloutier, engaged the environmental class at our local Olympic Community College. The class evaluations (for the entire semester) were resoundingly positive regarding their roles as educators. 


  • Wine tasting tonight at Donna Pledger’s.  
  • Two-page ad in the Kitsap Herald is out:  The Annual Review 
  • Styrofoam round up is in progress. Official day tomorrow. Glenn is collecting.  
  • List of things that we need for the Mexican project that is moving to Poulsbo. Household goods are needed.  
  • Dave Shields brought us a beautiful day today. Thanks Dave. 

Harlan Harris earns his blue badge

Harlan Harris
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.  We are blessed to have Harlan become an official Rotarian! Harlan was speechless. Jim Schlachter, Harlan's mentor, presented the award.  They hugged without asking! Harlan said he is very grateful to be part of this community. Congratulations, Harlan! 

Jacob Maxwell - Cybersecurity

Jacob Maxwell
Jacob offered 3 steps to a stronger password. Many big companies have been hacked. Billions of accounts have been hacked. They have your security questions. Yahoo, Ebay, Equifax and Marriott have all been hacked. These are the biggest four. Equifax lost HALF of all American’s information. Marriott lost everyone’s passport number! If you don’t have a form of identity protection, you might want to get one.
Pro hackers target corporations. Hackers have to hone their skills. Corporations are more valuable to steal from. However, the FBI is all over the hacker. So lots of risk and a lot of skill involved.  
Individuals are very valuable for “target practice.” Hackers practice on them. They are called Script Kitties. We are valuable for them to train. Not so much monetarily but great practice for the novice hacker.
The easiest way to protect ourselves is to make password more difficult to hack. The easiest target is someone with a weak password who uses it across multiple accounts. Even if you have strong password and you use it across multiple accounts you are an easy target. To be less at risk you want a unique strong password for each account.  
1. Use strong passwords 
2. Use a password manager to store them all 
3. Use two step verification.  
"Tr0ub4dor&3" will take a computer three days to break into. "Correct horse battery stapleÜ will take a computer 553 years to guess. A weak password is less than 20 characters long. Using the same password on multiple accounts, using common sayings, or one having personal information are also poor practices. A strong password has more than 20 characters. 4 unrelated words work best.
He can test passwords with Password Haystack. A $2000 computer will take about 2.5 months to hack a weak password. For $10,000 it takes about 1.5 hours. Long passwords take 3.52 thousand trillion centuries. Don’t get complicated, just get long. 
Don’t use your Facebook password for anything else. They keep the passwords in plain text so employees could see it. Every account needs a unique password. Don’t use common phrases, movie lines, nursery rhymes, pet names, or big life events. 
To keep all these passwords straight. Use password managers. Low tech example is a written telephone book from Walmart. There are cloud managed apps too. One Pass, Dashline or Lastpass. The low-tech option is great but you can only use it when you have it on you. Plus there is only one copy of it. It is also susceptible to physical damage. The tech-based password managers can be harder to learn. They have more tools for security. You have to trust a cyber security company. If they have bad security your accounts will get stolen. If you lose your password you don’t get in. This is good and bad.  
Get two-step verification. If a hacker gets your password they can’t get in without your pin. You get a unique pin each time you go to log on. They will only get in if they have access to your actual phone.  


  • Historical Society Open House June 23 
  • July 26 is wine tasting at Donna Pledger's home 
  • Silverdale Rotary invited us to buy Duck Raffle Tix for July 28th Duck Race fundraiser 
  • Sept 7 at Raab Park is a fund raiser BBQ for the Poulsbo Community Orchestra 
  • Get Placemat info to John ASAP 
  • Bazhad Mostofi made an announcement about a project he is involved in to help build a soup kitchen for a small, rural town in Mexico. 
  • Get your Photo taken for the new directory ASAP 
  • 9:00 am Sat July 20 is the monthly Membership committee meeting at Schmidt’s home 
  • Days for Girls work party July 20 
  • Aug 11 is the annual club picnic at Brenda Wall's home. 
NOTE: There is a new format for making announcements! Get a form and submit it to John. It is required for him to make announcements on your topic. No form = No announcement


Each new member in our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Audrey Wolf's motto is "Let's work together. She is a first generation American. Her family immigrated from Europe. She and her husband have 3 daughters. She has a wide variety of hobbies that fill her time. Audrey received a master’s degree with an emphasis in social justice. She attended OC and was awarded her BA from Chapman Univ. She has an interest in domestic violence support, helping to be an advocate for victims. She worked for a while in a financial planning office. Audrey now works for the OC Foundation in Alumni Relations and Development. 

Katherine Lewis & Penny Nixon from Etta Projects

Katherine Lewis & Penny Nixon from Etta ProjectsKatherine Lewis & Penny Nixon from Etta Projects
Penny's daughter was a Rotary Exchange student who was killed in a tragic freak accident while an exchange student in Bolivia in 2002. Penny started Etta Projects in response in order to turn her daughter's death into a positive. 
Penny has been awarded the International Woman of the Year in Montero Bolivia '08, received the Global Humanitarian Award in 2009, and in 2017 she received the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize.
Penny works only in Bolivia, which is the poorest country in South America. Etta Projects focuses in the following areas: Clean Water, Sanitation, Health, and Leadership. 
The work is done is rural remote villages where there exists each of the following:
  • Community Participation. What do they see that they need? 
  • Partnerships: Total village. Government at all levels. Rotary. Schools. Health Dept 
  • Education: Bolivians teaching. Bolivians
 Etta Projects (EP) trains the trainers. All projects started 16 years ago are still in use today.
Bolivia has good water but poor distribution systems. EP provides 'at home' water, complete with meters to collect fees to be able to sustain the project.

In Bolivia 36% of deaths are because of diarrhea. The old outdoor latrine is unhealthy and unsafe so EP builds Eco toilets that enable composting. 
There was no system in place when EP began. Now EP trains 2-3 people in each community. Trained healthcare staff learn about diabetes, injections, birthing babies. They provide awareness of who has the greatest need when a doctor arrives in town, not the person who arrives in line first. A doctor is on staff to help educate the locals. 

People educating other people. EP provides continuing education to teach what they do to others. 

EP partners with Johns Hopkins University to enable research to be done locally.
This is their 16th year. Ahmis Loving from the Poulsbo Rotary Club is now on the board. Thank you for your tremendous work! 

See more photos from the July 19th Meeting!

See more photos from the July 19th Meeting!

Important Announcements 

  • Jewel Box BBQ Bluegrass and Beer Sunday at Sawdust Hill Alpaca Farm 2-5pm 
  • Olympic College. Speaker series August 1. AND 24th Annual community luncheon Oct 14th Both free.  
  • Rotary club of East Jefferson. Bike race August 25th Cycle Marrowstone. Mimicking Viking Tour. 40% discount for us.  
  • Saturday Poulsbo Cemetery 8am. Clean up party.  
  • Cards to sign. For older exchange students. Mike Weiss and Nicole Westmiller.  
  • Please update your picture. Trying to get it printed. Scott is taking pictures next Friday.  
  • Rand, next Saturday July 20 we are having a packaging party for Days for Girls at West Sound Academy 9-3pm. 
  • Frances Malone: reminded us about the Styrofoam round up July 27. If you can’t take your styro to the roundup yourself, bring it here on July 19 or July 26th.
Tonya Thomas and Jim GillardTonya Thomas and Jim Gillard
Tonya Thomas and Jim Gillard both earned their BLUE BADGES! 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. Shown in photos with Gayle Heller and Steve Hogg. Congratulations Tonya and Jim!  

Classification talk by Dave Hedderly-Smith

Classification talk by Dave Hedderly-SmithNote:  His last name isn’t Hedderly. His last name isn’t Smith. His last name is HEDDERLY-SMITH!
Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. David was born in Seattle and raised on Bainbridge Island. His dad died when he was a senior in high school. David “colleged hopped” from Olympic and Western, then on to get his Ph.D. in Geology from Utah. He became a consultant Economic Geologist. He lived in Anchorage for 10 years, then Park City for 35 years, spending 25+ years as a ski instructor. He is a Past President of Rotary. He married “up” to Carolyn and has two kids: Arthur is a mechanical engineer and Alison is a junior at Evergreen studying to be a starving artist. Dave had a great career in Alaska exploring the earth. He now owns four mineral properties in AK. Some have Uranium minerals. Kassan, AK is a great place that has a spirit house for saving the whales. Go if you get the chance.  He ate so many crabs there that he woke up walking sideways. He showed us many photos of Alaska and explained the geology of the areas. They drill holes in the earth and look for minerals, gold, uranium, copper, aluminum, silver etc. He also works in mines in Arizona. He teaches drink making while students look for minerals.  
David collects old sports cars. He has a T-Bird called Lola. He also has a sportster speedster replica. Thank you.  

Presentation by President Kathy Rayment

Presentation by President Kathy RaymentKathy is really into her grandkids (which we love). She has no goals yet, but wants all Rotarians recognized in our local area. She began by giving Jerry Deeter a sign to keep in his yard that says “Proud Rotarian Lives Here!” If you get a sign do not return it. It is yours to keep. Todd Tidball also got a sign and he is very proud of his sign. So did Jim Shields. All of these men have been Rotarians for several years, along with also being past presidents.  
Kathy laid out the new roles for this upcoming year:  
  • Tim Nichols is the past president.  
  • Michele Doyle is her VP.  
  • Nick Johnson is president elect.  
  • Chris Kastanopolous is club secretary.  
  • Don Lawrence is club treasurer.  
  • Donna Pledger Funds Development.  
  • Jon Pavey, Club Services.  
  • Geoff Schmidt, was Community Service but he is taking a leave of absence due to a job in Seattle. Jim Schlacter volunteered to take over.  
  • Cindy Tveit Public Image.  
  • Steve Garfein, Professional Services.  
  • Joe Hulsey, Domestic Violence Prevention 
  • Donna Pledger and Naveen Chaudhary, International Service 
Make a charitable contribution to the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation.
Olympic College President Dr. Cavalluzzi
Oct 25, 2019
Olympic College
Kody Russell
Nov 01, 2019
Adverse Childhood Experiences
District Governor Maureen (Mo) Fritz-Roberts
Nov 08, 2019
District 5020 Update
Debra Vaughan
Nov 15, 2019
Play for All at Raab Park
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Immediate Past President
Rotary International Foundation
Community Service
Vice President
Professional Services
Club Service
International Service
Public Image
Youth Services Chair
Fund Development
Domestic Violence
Poulsbo Rotary Foundation
Youth Exchange Officer
Youth Protection Officer
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