Posted on Jun 21, 2019

Important Announcements

  • Meredith Green needs volunteers with trucks to move items from the BI Rummage sale on July 7 
  • Rand Hillier is a guest dancer at an upcoming Irene Dance School show this weekend 
  • Wine tasting at Bonnie Pedersons home on June 28 
  • Installation/Outstallation is TONIGHT 

Remembering Ron Orcutt

Steve Garfein lead the club through a reflection on the life and contributions of former Rotarian Ron Orcutt who passed away in May. Ron was involved in our scholarship program and other things he was passionate about during his time as a member.
 
Margene Smalaaden
Margene Smalaaden (shown 3rd from left)
Margene Smalaaden was awarded the Spirit of Rotary Award by President Tim Nichols for her Positive attitude and steadfast contributions to our club.  
 

Rotary Youth Protection Plan

Club member Mike Cloutier, our own youth protection officer, who is also involved in a key role in our district in areas that effect our work with youthInteract, RYLA and the Exchange program. 
He brought to us a timely update on issues that allow us to continue to be certified and continue to work with and on behalf of youth.  Members of our club must be certified if there is more than casual contact with youth. 
'Casual contact' is defined as incidental & infrequent contact, in a group setting, by someone who is not directly responsible. Driving a student to school 1x a week is beyond casual contact.  Being a host family is not casual contact.  Seeing a student at a club meeting is casual contact.
 
Mike presented 3 scenarios: 
1. An off-color joke told at a club meeting. 
  • It is the responsibility of the club members to conduct themselves in a professional manner at and change the subject before it can be finished.  If it persists, escalate the matter to club leadership. 
   
2. A Rotarian who is a hugger. 
"Huggers" should not assume that everyone is open to receive or give hugs. That goes for both our contact with youth but it also applies to contact between adult Rotarians.  RI has adopted a strict policy of no harassment by and between Rotarians as well as by and between youth. Rotarians, should ask permission to hug and/or not initiate a hug until a friendship is formed that lets both parties know that hugging, if appropriate, can take place.
  
This is especially important while dealing with youth. Cultural differences may make a wellmeant hug very uncomfortable for a student.  A student may hug in a way that makes a Rotari an feel uncomfortable.  A paramount consideration should be made when there is a real or perceived power imbalance between a student and adult or leader.  Does the person being hugged or inappropriately addressed feel that they must receive unwanted behavior because t hey are not in a position to defend themselves or speak up? (If I say something will I be sent home early? Will I shame my family? ) 
 
WHAT SHOULD WE BE DOING? 
  • Pay attention to body language of the recipient. 
  • If you are uncomfortable on the receiving end, say something to stop the offending act 
  • Especially if youth are involved but always be professional first, then as the friendship develops you can relax the contact, if permitted. 
  • Seek permission before initiating a hug with anyone. "Are you a hugger?"
 
3. Mike presented a 3rd scene where a Rotarian routinely drives a student to school.  Person is NOT part of the host family. 
  • Has the person been screened and vetted?  This is more than casual contact. 
  • Highly recommended to have a 3rd person along at all times. if something happens and it is a 'He Said-She Said' case the Rotarian/adult will end up on the losing end, so will the club, so will Rotary and so will the Youth Exchange program! 
  • If you see something that has the potential to be an issue say something. 
  • Develop a 'situational awareness'.  Be aware of the situation you put yourself in as well as the student. 

RICK GRANTHAM gave his New Member Classification Talk 

Rick Grantham
Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Rick grew up in southern California and joined the military as a medic and ended up working at the NIKE site in Kingston for a while. He became a nurse for the California Department of Corrections, retiring from that job but still at a young age, so he went to beauty school and had his own salon.
 
Rick was vice mayor and council member for the city of Moro Bay, CA. He joined Rotary then and became the club’s president. He participated in a Rotoplast trip to Vietnam. 
 
He enjoys travel, has 4 grand kids aged 9 to 27, and moved to Poulsbo in January of 2019.