Rotary International: Service Above Self

RI Logo with Banner 2020
Club Information

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
District Site
Venue Map
Club News

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. 
Editorial comment: We try to publish notes of our club's weekly meetings to give club members not in attendance and visitors to our web site some idea of the scope of our club's activities as well as a feeling for what it's like to be a member of our Rotary Club. Well...there's more than one way to convey what that is like - thus regard below a minute by minute commentary, complete with a few editorial remarks and photos. We apologize for the cryptic description (from the unique eyes of one of our club members). You had to be there - but it does give a flavor for the flow of a typical meeting at Poulsbo Rotary. Come join the fun! 
[ 7:06 am ] It starts. Eggs, bacon, potatoes. The beginning of a good day. Throw in some grapes for to stave off any guilt. 
[ 7:08 am ] Table mates: Laurynn (the Educator). Joe (the Jester). Audrey (the Hero). P.K. (the Initials). 
[ 7:10 am ] Mitch stops in and inspects the table. All is copasetic. 
[ 7:11 am ] Flybys: Cindy, Cheryl... 
[ 7:14 am ] A gift comes my way. How to stay sane. We will see what the future holds. Outlook is grim. 
[ 7:15 am ] Satiated. 
Kathy Rayment
Club President Kathy Rayment
[ 7:19 am ] Kathy, brings bad news (as usual). Like a watermelon at a sword show, the timeline has been cut in half. (The translator is perplexed…. Something about the board not meeting on Halloween, maybe? Today's meeting has a full schedule so don't run over on your presentation.) 
[ 7:21 am ] The call to order. Yeah county. Yeah Rotary. Yeah Tim, the proudest of the proud. Our creepy conductor of the ghost locomotive. (Tim Nichols announced that there will be a fundraiser for Kitsap Foster Care Association hosted by the Kitsap Live Steamers, the annual Ghost Train run will be the evening of Saturday, October 26th between the hours of 5pm and 9pm. For more information here. Note that all proceeds from the train rides go to benefit the Kitsap Foster Care Association of Kitsap County.) 
[ 7:23 am ] Guests! Emily, Tony, Andrew. A light showing. 
[ 7:25 am ] Ardis still manages to impress. Punch line: She sleeps. John Aukenhauserenhauses dares greatly. 
Rand Hillier
Rand Hillier raises funds for the Auction Mystery Purse
[ 7:28 am ] In comes Rand, like a jack hammer in a China shop.  
[ 7:29 am ] John, the shortest of the short. The crier of our fair town informs the masses: Jewel Box, Community Luncheon, Heronswood, Beer Blast.  
In steps Lori to clarify: logging & polio. Gaston throws down a challenge. What happens in Port Gamble stays in Port Gamble. Desserts are dashed.  (Pints for Polio is Oct. 18 at Western Red Brewing, 5pm to close. They’re rolling out a new beer and each pint generates $1 for polio eradication, which the Gates Foundation matches with TWO MORE DOLLARS!)   
[ 7:35 am ] The purse makes it past. 
[ 7:36 am ] Dan needs support. Kids need homes. We will give it. Faith is restored. 
Duda Blé and Leonard Jochmann
Rotary Exchange students Duda Blé and Leonard Jochmann
[ 7:37 am ] Duda! Sweeta! Leo! Damn their young eyes! Maybe it's the shrooms. They know more about America than we do. The truth hurts. (American History is hard!)  
[ 7:40 am ] Good news! (Talking about the upcoming Rotary Auction)
• Two new sponsors. The Paint Place and the Village.  
• Where we stand: Need more tables. Need new kids. (It’s Homecoming, and our usual volunteers are booked!) 
• Who wants to run the costume competition? Yet to be determined.  
• Joe gives the thumbs up.  
• I will come as my grumpy self. (I’m pretty sure Nick meant he’s coming as a grumpy elf.  Cool!) 
[ 7:46 am ] Patti (Patti Dudley, the captain of the fair ship Fishline) introduces our housing hero, Emily. 
Emily Klein Fishline Home Share Program
Emily Klein, Fishline Home Share Program
[ 7:48 am ] Emily. HomeShare.  (Emily Klein gave a presentation about the Fishline HomeShare Program. Emily shared information about Fishline's HomeShare program, which facilitates connections between those with space to rent in their homes and those in need of affordable housing. Home sharing programs exist worldwide, and are a community-centered, cost-effective way to promote housing affordability and help elders to age in place. Fishline?s program provides resources for those interested in home sharing, including background and reference checks, personalized interviews, and referrals to potential home-mates. Emily is the HomeShare coordinator at Fishline, a food bank and comprehensive service center in Poulsbo.  She has lived in Washington for much of her life and attended Seattle University, where she received a BA in cultural anthropology.)
• It connects those with space to rent, to those who need affordable housing.  
• What is affordable? $663/month. Actual: $1,475. Not good. 
[ 7:51 am ] The clipboard makes it past. 
[ 7:52 am ] Emily informs us that living alone also has its perils. 
[ 7:53 am ] Those lovely Golden Girls pave the way! 
[ 7:54 am ] Providers can earn money, get help, feel secure and have community. It's a win win win win. 
[ 7:55 am ] Seekers get affordable housing, get to contribute, build savings and create companionship. Another win win win.  
[ 7:57 am ] Words: Backgrounds, checks, interviews, expectations, needs, chores, personality, beliefs, hobbies, referrals, agreements, leases, resources... 
[ 8:00 am ] Cities: Tacoma, New York, Denver, Chicago, Detroit... 
[ 8:02 am ] Battery dies. Time to relocate. 
[ 8:03 am ] Back in action. 
[ 8:04 am ] A through, customized process to connect providers and seekers. Well done Renee and Linda. 
[ 8:05 am ] Questions asked. Questions answered. Encouragement given. 
[ 8:11 am ] Jacob gets scolded. As he should. 
[ 8:12 am ] The timeline is pushed back. Somebody tape the watermelon back together. 
[ 8:13 am ] Masters: Audrey, Mike. Jacob. (Fines) 
• People are punished for hanging out with Jacob. As they should. 
• Audrey has an attitude of gratitude. 
• Mike is technologically dependent. Gives us a history lesson. Reproaches the seamen. Denounces the anniversaries. (It’s true.  Mike is technologically dependent.) 
[ 8:20 am ] Ed Stern. No explanation needed. (Translation: Ed Stern) 
[ 8:21 am ] Bucks of Happiness (each week our club assesses fines to augment paying for the activities of the club. Most often the fines are assessed for frivolous violations by club members, but at the end of the session members are invited to pay something to tell what they are happy about): 
• Brazilian food 
• Auction donations 
• Fine matching 
• Sound solutions 
• I believe the children are our future 
• Duda is a fish (x2) (Duda Blé is our Rotary Exchange student from Brazil. She is a member of the North Kitsap High School swim team and has already qualified for District in two events!  She swims super fast!) 
[ 8:23 am ] #5638 - Sassy Pants... tension builds... tensions releases. With a whimper, not a bang. (Brenda had the right fraffle number, but, alas, did not draw the Ace of Spades and win.  Sadness.)  
[ 8:25 am ] Close of ceremonies. The pain is over. My fingers hurt. These notes suck. (Translation: Nick loves taking notes and recommends it highly for any eager volunteers!  Suck it up, Nick!)


  • 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! The Gala and Auction is OCTOBER 26!!! 
Duda and RandLeo on piano
Rotary Youth Exchange Students Duda and Leo joined Tappin’ Rappin’ Rand in promoting the auction’s Mystery Purse (for the money tree) through dance and song. It was a cultural exchange of epic proportions. 
Mark Olsen with Bob Doane and Michele Doyle
Mark Olsen joined us again from the Sebastapol Sunrise Rotary Club in California, and brought THREE BOTTLES of wine for us to auction! Winners were Bob Doane, Michele Doyle, and auctioneer Todd Tidball. This brought in over $1200 for the Club Foundation! Thank you again, Mark! 

New Member Talk, John Ackenhusen

New Member Talk, John Ackenhusen
John Ackenhusen began his classification talk with a song about being a Rotarian. In 1977 John attained his PhD in blowing things up. John joined Bell Laboratories and worked in digital signal processing. John developed computer to run a mouse maze that was displayed at Epcot in 1982. He also helped with digital signal location of submarines. John is a fellow in IEEE. John joined Rotary Club of Ann Arbor in 1999 and quickly became the singing treasurer where he rapped his reports. The Universal Playground was launched during his presidential term, which he recently completed. His last video was of his marriage four years ago and recent move from Ann Arbor to Poulsbo. 

Chinese medicine - Bob Doane

Chinese medicine Bob Doane
Bob Doane’s health franchise has been written up by the Wall Street Journal as the fastest growing health organization. His primary role now is education of the acupuncturists who are working in his clinic. Although Bob doesn’t have a lot of time and talent to give to Rotary, he supports the club with his treasure.
Flow of blood is extremely important for a long an healthy life. The number one cause of death in the United States is cardiovascular disease. Right off the head of the aorta are coronary arteries that feed the heart. Unfortunately, the gold standard for finding coronary occlusions is an angiogram, which insurance companies typically do not cover unless the patient fails a treadmill test and/or has a pretty severe case of angina. Even in this case, a treadmill test can only register blood flow blockages of 70% of more. Because of this, many people are walking around with early-stage heart disease without realizing it. Occasionally symptoms may arise, including an uneasy feeling or sudden discomfort in the chest, which is fortunately short lived. If the patient tells their doctor, they will usually be given an EKG, which is pretty useless in spotting coronary blockages and will only tell the doctor if they have already had a heart attack or if they have some form of irregular heartbeat. At this point in time, cardiac testing is still being developed and is often unable to pick up heart disease in its earliest stages. The intention of Chinese Medicine is to catch these issues before they reach crisis stage, and restore normal function without the onset of severe symptoms.
Arterial sclerosis is when the walls of the arteries harden. In arterial sclerosis, there is a substance, Bob described it as sand, which exerts tremendous pressure in the arteries, which can cause high blood pressure. Glucose and other things can get in the way. LDL plaques can accumulate, and when they break off they can kill you. Reduction in blood flow can also contribute to congestive heart failure.
Pulse diagnosis used in Chinese medicine can detect the blockages in arteries. Sensitive fingers can detect spongy feeling (arterial When the heart isn’t fed properly, it can get flabby which eventually causes sclerosis) and restricted blood flow (other blockages). Anxiety and insomnia are indicators of heart disease in Chinese medicine. 
Treatment techniques used in Chinese medicine help to widen the coronary arteries, clean them out, and increase blood flow to the heart. 


  • 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. 


President Kathy Rayment lead off the meeting by reporting the results of the ballot measure to be the official sponsor of a new Poulsbo area Rotary Club. The vote was 45-4 in favor of sponsoring the new club. After the vote and announcement, a point of order was made requesting an open discussion on the topic. It was felt that sufficient discussion had not taken place prior to the vote. We were reminded that approximately two weeks prior, President Elect Nick Johnson presented the idea to the club and ample time was given for questions at that point plus people had two weeks to seek answers to any questions. 
Discussion followed and the vote stood. (These are not official minutes of the meeting. That task, if required, is for the Club Secretary.) 
Nick and Maddie Johnson
GUESTS were: Serenity Todd outbound exchange student to Belgium, Tony Vendunio AN NW Construction from Seattle, two members from the Bremerton Club, Shannon Childs Olympic College trustee, guest speakers Rudy and Marg DePew, Maddie Johnson – Nick’s daughter (shown with Nick above), and John Ackenhusen, a longtime Rotarian and frequent guest who recently moved to Poulsbo 


Jon Pavey
  • Wine Tasting tonight at Pyles home 
  • Jon Pavey has a 1962 copy of Saturday Evening Post featuring a story on Rotary's work with Polio if anyone would care to review it. 
  • Etta Project was raffling off a 1993 Miata $50 Each. See website if interested. 
  • Meredith Green announced she was going to pick up a visiting past exchange student (Sidney Engelbertink, from The Netherlands). Anyone would care to spend time with her was welcome to contact her. Visiting for 2 weeks 

Lori Cloutier gave another "Trashy Talk"

Lori Cloutier gave another
A local school collected 5000 lbs of thin plastic film. (2x the next closest competitor). TREX Challenge is from Nov 15 to April: Collect 500 lbs & get a high-quality outdoor bench made from the recycled products. Our club will participate, in hopes of helping the planet but also getting at least 1 bench for the community. Flyers will be available to promote the contest and solicit donations. Kimi & Gary will help with storage and Central Market has offered to help ship it to TREX. 
Audrey Wolf
Audrey Wolf was presented her new BLUE badge, having completed required tasks. Congratulations Audrey! (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.)

Sequim Bee Farm

Buddy and Meg DePew
Rudy and Marg DePew
Tom Eckman introduced guest speakers Buddy and Meg DePew, owners of the Sequim Bee Farm. He prefaced the intro by sharing about Kitsap Bank’s 3Edge Business Competition. Our speakers were winners of the competition which provides a grant to start up local businesses. Initially, in July, 50 applications are accepted. Those are whittled down to 15 semi-finalists. Those are reduced to 5 and from those, 1 finalist is selected after a challenging process. A video was shown to highlight the experience. 
The farm was started as a hobby 15 years ago as a way to relieve stress from their 'real' jobs. Their mission was to protect bees. Bees suffer a 40% reduction in population each year!!!The Sequim Bee Farm produces high quality honey. Honey bees are the only bees that produce excess honey, which can be harvested. Other types of bees only make enough to sustain their colony. Back in medieval days, some bees produced a toxic honey that was used by some villages to combat enemies. Each hive has 3 kinds of bees in their colony: worker bees, the queen, who can produce 250 eggs per day in her peak, and drone bees (who have no stingers). Most live about 90 days. 
Fun facts: 
  • 1 teaspoon of honey is enough food for 1 bee to travel around the world. 
  • Sequim has the largest honey bee population in North America. It is helped by the lavender produced in the area. Provence, France has the largest bee population in the world. 
  • Honeybees are extremely docile and don't usually sting. 
  • A number of pictures were shown of bees, honey, and honey processing during the enlightening presentation. 
  • Honey is collected at this time of year and is only harvested 1 time per year. To collect the honey, they must scrape the honeycomb, spin it and then filter the fresh honey. Their process leaves in the pollen. It takes 1100 bees visiting 4.4 million flowers to make 16 oz. of honey. 
  • Raw honey is not heated. 
  • Honey lasts 1000 years. Some was found in ancient tombs. It will crystallize but be revitalized when heated in a warm bath. 
  • Sequim Bee Farm won the Kitsap Bank 3Edge Competition in 2018. 
  • August 18 is National Honey Bee Day! 
  • During the Q&A we were told that mobile farms will transport their operations from CA to FL. In CA the bees pollinate almond trees then are moved to FL to help with the production of orange trees. The bees are then moved to MN for the winter. 
Cathy Rayment
Proud Rotarians last week were Lori and Mike Cloutier. This week’s proud Rotarian is Aaron Murphy and his daughter Paige. Kathy asked each member to take a Rotary sign, take a photo and send it to her. 


  • Next Friday is the vote to support the new Crossroads Club, which is being proposed by Geoff and Amy Schmidt. Please plan to attend. 
  • Sunday is the Rotary picnic from 1:30 to 5:30 at Brenda Wall’s home. Please bring your lawn chairs. 
  • Wine tasting next Friday is at John and Ann Pyles’home at 5:30 
  • The Jewel Box is selling season passes for its new season which opens September 20. 
  • Poulsbo Community Theatre has their fundraiser on September 7th – tickets are $25. Check it out at
  • Outbound exchange student needs work. Contact Ed Stern. 
John doing announcements
This fun photo show Jon doing announcements, Ed Stern trying to help Outbound Exchange Student Chris Carthum some work, and Cindy Garfein diligently taking notes for these highlights! 

Rotary Friendship Exchange Trip to New Zealand in March 2019 

Duane and Patti Edwards
Duane and Patti Edwards
What is a Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE)? A group of 6 couples (or 12 people total) who visit another country (or region of the US) for two weeks. People from the district we visit, come to our district first. People stay in Rotarians’ homes and have in-depth experiences learning about the culture, history, and enjoying the location they are visiting. Any Rotarian may apply and they may take their spouse or partner on the RFE. 
RFEs are advertised by notifying all Rotarians when enrollment in an exchange is open. We can improve our chances of being chosen if we host an inbound couple when they visit us. Expenses for the RFE include air fare, hotels and meals for a day or so before the exchange begins, costs for restaurant meals and entertainment excursions. Travel may be added at the front and/or back of the exchange. Anyone having questions about RFEs may ask Duane or Steve Garfein. 
The RFE to New Zealand was at the South end of the North Island. It started in Wellington. During the RFE, Duane and Patti visited 5 Rotary clubs. Wellington is a beautiful city and the Capitol of New Zealand. One of the highlights of the city is a 400 -acre park with incredible birds. New Zealand goes to great lengths to protect their bird populations. 
Their first stop was a visit to Stolz Island, where they stayed on a 5000 acre sheep farm and watched the dogs work the sheep. They also did a paddle journey in Whanganui and visited local Rotary projects in Plymouth. The RFE also included visits to Plimmerton and Eastern Hutt. Patti and Duane felt the New Zealand people were very welcoming and the hospitality was wonderful. 
After the exchange, Patti and Duane visited several sights on their own. They spent more time in Wellington and then took the ferry to the South Island – 3 ½ hour ride. New Zealand is a land of fjords, mountains and beautiful bays. Flax is plentiful as it is used for many products. They visited Joseph’s Glacier, Queenstown, Gray mouth, Te Anu, Milford Sound, and Dunedin Castle (the only castle in NZ), the Marila Boulders, Kaikoura, and Christchurch, where there is still lingering evidence of the 2011 earthquake. 
Their #1 priorities were to swim with the dolphins (Duane) and see the penguins (Patti). They saw the blue penguin – the smallest penguin on earth – swims 70 miles a day and goes on land after dark to avoid predators. 
Finally, Patti explained the legend of the Silver Fern – it is told by the Maori people that the moonlight shining on the silver fern guides warriors back home. It is a symbol of honor among the Maori people. 
Make a charitable contribution to the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation.
Paul Vaughan
Nov 15, 2019
Play for All at Raab Park
Ed Carriere
Nov 22, 2019
Suquamish tribal elder, Master Basketweaver
No meeting
Nov 29, 2019
Alice Helker
Dec 06, 2019
Shellfish farming
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
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
Bulletin Subscribe
Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.

RI Convention 2020
Come to the RI 2020 Convention
Discover the true spirit of aloha and Rotary with your family, friends, and fellow Rotarians in Honolulu

June 6-10, 2020

Contact Us
Enter your email address and the message you want to send.
* fields are required
Morrow Manor

Viking Tour
Viking Tour
6 humanitarians honored for their work with refugees

Six humanitarians who are members of the family of Rotary were honored as People of Action: Connectors Beyond Borders during the 2019 

Hoops on the Hudson

In Yonkers, New York, a new basketball court four years in the making provides valuable life lessons to the community’s kids — and its