Posted on Apr 12, 2019
NKHS Interact Club
Today’s special guests included Becky Erickson, Mayor of Poulsbo, Serenity Todd, outgoing exchange student to Belguim, and members of the NKHS INTERACT Club (shown above and sponsored by Poulsbo Rotary)!

Presentation by Kids in Concert

Kids in Concert
Kids in Concert
Kids in Concert
Our meeting started with our featured presentation, the wonderfully talented Kids in Concert (aka “kic”). “kic” is an after-school orchestral music program that provides free music instruction, instruments, homework help, healthy snacks, leadership opportunities, and a loving community to 54 children, ages 5-18 in North Kitsap. Its purpose is to effect social change through the ambitious pursuit of excellence in music. Every child can learn to experience and express music deeply, can receive its many benefits, and can face critical life choices more positively as a result of this learning.
“Kic,” along with their mentors and the artistic director, Laura Milleson, the Executive Director, Kirsten Branson-Meyer, and the out-going board president, Keely Sawyer, shared an amazing program. The group included three of President Tim’s children, along with Ben Roger’s son. 
The group meets in Suquamish 3 days a week for 2 hours to practice after school. Find out more at, and consider going to their fundraiser on May 5 at 11:30: lunch, dessert dash, raffles, and best of all — a concert by kic! 

Important Announcements 

• April 13: Service Saturday at Fish Park, 9-12. Bring clippers and hand tools to help clean up the Rotary trail. 
• April 13: Poulsbo Historical Society opening of the Hyak Pilot House. 
• Fireside at Jerry Deeter’s April 23 at 7pm 
• Community need: There are 9 open positions on the November ballot for City Council and School Board. If you’re interested in running, meet with elected officials and NKSD Superintendent Laurynn Evans to learn more on April 20 at 11am in the City Hall forum. 

Mc Update

Mc Update
Mc spent part of the week learning how to say the word, “Regular.” He said he worked on saying it without an accent — practicing it for three straight days. After he repeated the word three times for the club, he added, “I might need two more days.” 

Rotary Foundation Appreciation Moment 

Jim Sund
Dan Weedin
Lori Cloutier led the club in thanking Dan Weedin for achieving his Paul Harris Fellow +3 award, and Jim Sund for achieving the Paul Harris Fellow +6 level. That is a LOT of donating to the Rotary International Foundation. She highlighted a project in Tanzania that was financed through the Foundation. These projects change lives. Thank you Dan and Jim! 
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.

Update on former exchange student Niké Panta

Niké Panta
Todd Tidball gave an update on former exchange student Niké Panta (shown at right with her mother and her sister) — she recently became a Rotarian and took over the district chair as Youth Exchange Officer in her district in Budapest, Hungary. Niké currently works for Morgan Stanley (brokerage firm) as a cyber security expert. 

Viking Tour Update

Nick Johnson provided a Viking Tour update: There are about 140+ registrations, and we have sponsors and in-kind donations. There are two ways you can help: 
1. Talk about it and post a poster! 
2. Volunteer! Joe Hulsey is coordinating the volunteers!
Editorial comment: in addition to the “regular” Viking Tour volunteers, we’ll be needing Recycling Educator volunteers to help us reach our ZERO WASTE GOAL, and we’ll be needing volunteers to staff the Rotary Booth. The Rotary booth will have a recycling activity for kids and zero waste “seed bomb” prizes to give participants. 

NKHS Interact Update

NKHS Interact Update
Kailey, President of NKHS Interact thanked their Rotary advisors Christine K, Donna D, and Ahmis L. The group raised about $1200 and they are saving it for landscaping around the Eli statue at Morrow Manor Park, when it is ready. They also CREAMED OUR CLUB in the plastic collection challenge! 

International Project in Tanzania

Gayle Heller with Michael Camp
Gayle Heller presented a check for $7000 to Michael Camp from the Bainbridge Rotary Club for their Save to Grow project in Tanzania. In partnership with the Aga Kahn Foundation (an NGO with expertise in setting up Shared Inerest Savings Groups SISGs), the Save To Grow project trains workers on how to be a bank. Gayle and her friend Errol Dow, along with Ann and John Piles, will be going to Tanzania in September 2019 to have a look, too!