Posted on Aug 10, 2018

Exchange Students

exchange students
Our newest exchange student will be joining us soon! Yodsapon Boonrat (but you can call him “Mc”) is from Thailand and will arrive in our area on August 20th. Let’s be sure to give this young man a warm welcome.
 
Previous exchange student to Colombia, Emma Smith, gave us an update on how she’s putting her exchange experience to use translating forms for immigrants. She continues to make us proud! 
 
 
 
 
Rotarians honored for their service
President Tim honored and thanked the following Rotarians for their leadership and service: 
 
   Dan Weedin 
   Craig Adams 
   Steve Garfein  
   Ed Stern 
 

Mary Nader and Tom Eckmann - What's Happening at Fishline

Tom Eckmann and Mary NaderFishline has come a long way of the past 51 years and today Mary and Tom gave us an overview of where they are and what was in store for the future. Today Mary reminded us that Fishline helps in 4 areas – a service center; food; housing, and support services. They have over 30,000 visits in 2017. 1700 households can 1time per year (500-700 new households = 4000 individuals) In NK, the largest group of homeless are older women. Fishline distributed 1 million pounds of food; 600,000 pounds would have gone to the landfill – 300,000 comes from Central Market. Fishline also focuses on Community Gardens and Food Education (cooking and growing). Although Fishline does not want to be in the “housing” business – they do part with multiple providers. NK Fishline also has multiple programs to help children – including tutoring. They also provide support, from clothing donations, to workshops, to connections to therapy providers.
 
Tom EckmannTom was kind enough to discuss the new building and other recent changes like:
 
  • The new build will make NK Fishline the hub for services in our area. 
  • The initial cost for the project was $2.8 million, but was raised to $4 million. 
  • It is set to open in September! With multiple partners (dentists and other service providers) using the space 
  • The 2nd Season store has moved to Poulsbo Village. This move has shown an increase in donation and income – doubling its income in the 2nd month! 
  • What’s next? Plans to “repurpose” the old Fishline building. Also, plans are being made to expand the 2nd Season store!