Posted on Jun 14, 2019

Important Announcements 

  • Mc's graduation party is Sat. June 15 2-4pm potluck at Bonnie Pederson’s 
  • Wine Tasting Bonnie Pederson’s June 28th  
  • Get your photo taken for the directory!  
  • Cultural event of the year in Poulsbo!!! June 21-23, Bremerton Preforming Arts Center. Irene School of Dance Recital. Rand will be dancing 
  • Installation/Outstallation Dinner June 21 
  • Cleaning out the storage locker. If you want anything tell Jon Pavey 

Geneva Newell, Day of Positivity

Geneva Newell, Day of Positivity
Geneva came and said thank you very much for the money we gave her to run the Poulsbo Day of Positivity. 12 live musicians. Lots of booths. Super fun. She is giving Rotary a binder with all her notes so we can do it again if we want. She is going to CA to go to school and can’t run it next year. It ended up on the front page of the paper last week.
 

Mc's last day with the club before heading back to Thailand

Mc's last day with the club before heading back to Thailand
Mc, whose real name is Yodsapon Boonrat, has been our Rotary Exchange student from Thailand during this Rotary year.
 
Dan Weeden, Youth Exchange Officer, thanked all the families that housed Mc (Clark’s and Cloutiers) and said goodbye to him. It is Mc’s last meeting. Lori gave Mc a gift and said he is a real joy and will miss him. Lori can’t wait to visit him in Thailand. 
 
We still need families for next year. Please consider volunteering to take our two students next year. 
 
Mc gave his goodbye speech. His goal was always to be an ambassador. He really wanted to learn English. He had thought previously that he was amazing because in Singapore he could order noodles. Here he realized he needed more practice. He is very thankful for all that we have done for him. He brought his English teacher with him and thanked her. Then he did a flag exchange. Super touching speech. He got a standing ovation. More pictures here!
 

Play for All! The Next Big Thing! 

Club President Tim Nichols talked about the ADA/all-access park that the club is thinking of building. He asked for an affirmation from the club to move forward on that project. He opened a short business meeting from the members. We had a quorum. Paul and Debra Vaughn gave a quick rundown on the project. It will be at Raab Park. It is an ADA/all access playground which is a joint program with the City of Poulsbo and our club. About $600K. City will run it. The board voted to support the program. Now our club is giving an approval as well. We are not signing up to fund it, just to support it and spread the word. Goal is 2021 for an opening. It will be our next keystone project after Morrow Manor. The club approved it unanimously. 
 

Poulsbo Rotary Scholarship Winners

Poulsbo Rotary Scholarship Winners with Bob Hawkinson
Bob Hawkinson had all of the scholarship award winners from NK to come up. There were 4, all graduating from high school tonight. 33 kids applied but only 6 were selected. They are Ashley Jayroe, Emily Cartham, Ross Turner, and Treyson Gleich (Chloe Hoepfinger and Ellie Swanson not pictured). 
 
Bob said that we also give away college scholarships but we need to make some decisions at the end of the month to get the money flowing again. We have 14 applicants. Hopefully we can get that up and running next month. 
 

Tonya Thomas gave her New Member Talk

Tonya Thomas gave her New Member Talk
Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Born in San Diego, Tonya loved growing up there. She was surrounded by different cultures, religion and food. She was raised by her mom who was a travel agent. Her dad lived on Vancouver Island. She caught a 21-pound salmon once. She loves music. She has attended over 100 concerts. 
 
When she turned 14 she was diagnosed with Crones Disease. She has overactive white blood cells that attach to her intestines. She lost a lot of weight and missed a lot of school. Other children didn’t understand. It is very embarrassing because is it about poop!! Now she has support from family and various groups. 
 
Tonya met a sailor after high school and fell in love with him. He got orders in the Navy to Japan. They got married so that she could go with him. They just celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary. She moved to Sasebo, Japan and found it very difficult. The mail was slow. But she likes the fact that she still has all his letters. From Japan they moved to Sacramento, CA, Rob’s home town. They then went to Jacksonville, FL.
 
In 2002 they had a son, Robert William Thomas IV. She had no vote in his name! He was born on his due date. They then went to DC. She was very sad when her son didn’t need any help building Legos.
 
They then went to Virginia Beach, VA. Her Crones disease was getting worse so she had surgery. From there they went to Yokosuka, Japan. They were there for the earthquake. They survived it. They spent 6 years and explored all over the place. She build a 3000 person Facebook group called Let's Explore Japan. In 2015 she got the Military Spouse of the Year for doing this. They went to Angor Wat and Thailand. 
 
She moved here and is happy to have her son in NK. He plays soccer for the school. She recently found out that her surgery didn’t work out and has had to take additional measures to control her disease. She is now out of pain and has a lot more freedom. 
 
She collects squished pennies. She has 181 pennies from 5 countries. She has a goal that people can see her house from outer space on Halloween and Christmas. Perhaps that's a little over board. She never really had a full-time job because of her health. She is on the International Committee and the Community Services committee.