Meeting Highlights, July 17, 2020

Zoom meetingNotes taken by Meredith Green, abbreviated from closed captions by John Ackenhusen, and formatted by Cindy Putman. TEAM EFFORT!! Please join the note-taking team!  


Announcements and business: 

September and October
  • Harlan Harris mentioned 9 sponsor spaces remain for the Year in Review Ad. $100 each – please contact Harlan if interested! Here is a link to last year’s ad, for reference, on pages 13 and 14.
  • Nick announced because of the COVID surge, it is likely that we won’t meet in person until September or October 
  • Duda arrived safely in Brazil after a 30-hour flight. She has a new puppy named “Vike”, but hasn't seen him yet because she is in quarantine with her aunt.
  • Dan Weedin - next working group for Racial justice and equality committee is 7pm Tuesday. Working on Education ideas

Comments from President Nick

Rotary opens opportunitiesLet's have fun
  • The club members officially approved a change in Club Bylaws articulating the definition of committees.
  • Rotary’s theme this year is “Rotary Opens Opportunities.” 
  • Nick’s theme is “Let’s Have Fun!” 

Presentation from Holly Ridge Center: 

Holly Ridge CenterRotarian Audrey Wolfe introduced Executive Director Dedra Miller and Development Director Erica Delma. Holly Ridge Center serves families, children zero to 3 years, and adults with developmental challenges. Dedra shared a film about a family whose daughter was born prematurely with a tumor in her mouth and a single ventricle. Through the services of Holly Ridge, she learned to move her arms, track with her eyes, and her treatment included in-home visits. 
Holly Ridge serves the military, contracts with six school districts, and serves regardless of ability to pay. They provide applied Behavior analysis (autism intervention), social work, family resource coordination. They have been seeing exponential growth each year, particularly becasuse the Navy has designated Naval Base Kitsap as one of their locations to homestead military families with special needs kids.

Holly Ridge receives funding from medical billing and contracts with school districts and other organizations, but it doesn’t meet their costs, so they also seek to raise funds. 
Dedra said that Covid caused big changes in their operations. Marginalized communities are particularly affected. They are supporting families via video conferencing, but they needed Internet access and computers for some of their families. Working with adult clients remotely too.
Erica mentioned that tech and access to wifi are important to their needs. They are working to establish a poulsbo satellite location, to improve in-home tele-health. They are also offering similar services to the Tribes. They are currently serving 1700 children.
How can community members help Holly Ridge? 
Volunteer program - in process of further defining a program, there are a number of ways to support, board members, limited opportunities with Children, and just to do physical projects to help their program, help with defining how to bring in and educate volunteers.
How do families learn about Holly ridge center?
Physicians, day care teachers, families self refer, adults come from the County, partner with school districts.
Thanks to Dedra and Erica 
Holly Ridge Center! (
Nick's Book of the Week: Norwegian Wood, Chopping Stacking, drying wood the scandinavian way.
Happy Bucks and fines
  • Kathy - dear Rotary Thank you for the year I’ll never forget
  • Michele Doyle wants to fine Rand Hillier - doesn’t understand links.
  • Lori happy buck for Kathy wearing Duda’s shirt
  • District community grant to Nick and Daniel Frederick Coffee Oasis - grant to fix up Coffee Oasis
  • Joe announcement - 14 August Morrow Manor turnover delayed until 9 October - Quadrant homes needs to deliver a plat map...
  • Margene - program from Kitsap Homes of Compassion - she is now manager from 2 homes in Bremerton - dream job
  • Harlan professional Services gave Homes of Compassion $5k last year
  • Aaron - $5 because Kathy had a shirt on. 
  • Ardis - Kathy got the concrete guys to help her put her initials in at Morrow Manor.
Meeting Highlights, July 17, 2020 Hugh Nelson 2020-07-17 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, July 10, 2020

Zoom meetingThank you, Cindy Garfein, for taking the notes for these Highlights. 
We started the meeting in break-out rooms again, for small-group fellowship. 
Nick played a video of John Ackenhusen conducting the Rotary Virtual World Choir at the Rotary International Conference. CONGRATULATIONS, JOHN (and thank you)! 


  • Amendments to our By-laws have been distributed by email. The vote will be at next week’s meeting. 
  • Check out Slack for various important information. The Slack categories are highlighted at the left of the screen. 
  • The Service Saturday tomorrow at Fish Park and the Cemetery Park have been cancelled until we move to Phase 3. 
Duda BléDuda Blé 

Exchange Student Duda’s last meeting before she heads for home! We will miss her!!! 

Paul Harris awards 

Paul Harris Awards
Ardelle Rein-Halvorsen presented Paul Harris Awards to the following club members. 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. 
  • Joe Bettridge – Paul Harris 2 – a Rotarian for 37 years (not in attendance) 
  • Karen Timken – Paul Harris 4 – a Rotarian for 11 years (not in attendance) 
  • Lori Cloutier – Paul Harris 8 – a Rotarian for 29 years 
  • Nick Johnson – Paul Harris 1 – a Rotarian for 7 years 

Debbie Moore – Senior Program Manager for Partners for Work 

Debbie Moore Partners for Work
Partners for Work coordinates with King County Rotary Clubs (33 of 44 clubs) to find work opportunities for all people with disabilities. In the last ten years the program has grown from helping 5 people to 130. Debbie connects job seekers, families, schools, agencies, Rotarians and business leaders together. 
King County Rotary activities for job seekers: 
  • Rotary greeters 
  • Mock interview practice 
  • Community connections through Rotary activities 
  • Job site visits 
  • Informational interviews 
  • Rotary District events 
  • Introductions at Rotary meetings 
The program is expanding in Kitsap County to the Silverdale and Bremerton Rotary Clubs. Harlan Harris, our Professional Service Committee Chair will contact Debbie. Email Debbie
Shauna Euritt is the Employment Consultant who works with Debbie. Email Shauna 
Here’s a link to the 5030 page on Partners for Work: 
Here is a link to the Silverdale Rotary Youtube Video shared in the presentation: 
Rotary Speakers needed
Gary Nakamura would like more suggestions for Rotary meeting speakers. 
Hollow Kingdom
Nick’s book pick of the week is Hollow Kingdom, by Kira Jane Buxton – a zombie apocalypse, which sounds terrible but is very good. This is an adult book for readers 16 years old and up. 
Meeting Highlights, July 10, 2020 Hugh Nelson 2020-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

News Update for Play For All at Raab Park Project

Play for All at Raab Park, Poulsbo

at Raab Park, Poulsbo

Play for All at Raab Park is a community effort to build a fully inclusive playground in North Kitsap County. This is a project of the Poulsbo Rotary Club, operating in partnership with a citizen steering committee and the City of Poulsbo Parks and Rec Department. All donations are managed through a fund at the Kitsap Community Foundation. 
Play for All Image
We continue to be grateful for gifts from community members in 2020. Your support is so important to the success of this project!
Play for All participated in the Kitsap Great Give in April. We are thrilled to announce that we received $6,396.21 in donations including the sponsor match. Even during this difficult time for the community, caring individuals and the Poulsbo Rotary Club helped to make the Great Give a success.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its negative effect on the economy, we have felt that this is not the right time to reach out to businesses and individuals within the community for additional donations. However, our committee is continuing its efforts in applying for state and federal grants to help fund this project. We are hopeful that we will have some good news on that front in the near future.
In addition, we decided to postpone our Have A Heart Day which was rescheduled for September. We hope to have this event sometime next spring when people are hopefully more comfortable being in groups. We are excited to have the community walk in the footprints of the playground design at Raab Park at that time.
Many thanks once again to our design team of Susan Murray and Aaron Murphy for their generous contributions of time and talent. View the current playground design here.



Are you part of a group that would like to learn more about this project? We’d be happy to attend your gathering and tell you all about it!
PlayforAll playground layout at Raab Park
Play for All Sponsors
News Update for Play For All at Raab Park Project Hugh Nelson 2020-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, June 5, 2020

Zoom meeting We started the meeting in break-out rooms again -  
Alexa - an almost 3 yr old (August 2) whose daddy is a soldier in Afghanistan lead the Pledge of Allegiance this morning - it was precious and brought tears to many Rotarian’s eyes. 
Frances Malone
Our Proud Rotarian is Frances Malone - who just celebrated a birthday and was treated to a birthday  parade by her fellow Rotarians.  She’s our proud Rotarian!  Frances has worked for Weisfields Corporation, Goodwill Industries and 23 years with the Seattle Times Newspaper. Rotarian 7 years, Trashy Trash, Morrow Manor, Public Image and for a while, International Services.  Frances said she’s been on many boards but that Rotary has been the best organization she’s ever been involved with. 
Guests:  Jennifer Levcun - flight attendant for Alaska Airlines & Lynne Peter-Contesse & Brandon Wieschhaus (Jon Pavey’s neighbor - he’s completed an application for membership). 
Ardis Story
Ardis’ story:  Tom & Grace attended a marriage seminar… what they learned… know what’s important to each other.  Asking the men if they know their wives’ favorite flower.  Tom leaned over and said, “It’s Pillsbury, isn’t it?” 
Hugh presented an emergency Thought for the Day - “Always try to stop talking before people stop listening.” 
PK MacLean recited the the 4-Way Test 
Poulsbo Historical Society Dinner announcement - On-line Auction from June 20 - 27.  Soon, you can go to to support the Poulsbo Historical Society. 
Duda Update
Duda update - she did an art project - it was the size of her graduation cap and she designed a beautiful motif that represented her Brazilian Heritage. She’s been trying to convince her natural mom to get a puppy - she’s been trying to do it for 17 years.  It looks like they’ll be getting a female puppy so now she and her family are trying to come up with a name.  We learned the Duda is allergic to cats, she has the sniffles and it turns out that the home she lives in has a cat that has taken a liking to her.  She doesn’t mind though, she likes cats.  She received a little flack for wearing her Cougars sweatshirt.  Aaron and Dan have tasked her with representing the Dogs next week.  
Leo update
Leo update - less than a week to go and he’s been working a lot on his schoolwork.  He’s also been doing a lot of bike riding too.  He’s also learned about Senior Skip Day so now he’s trying to figure out how he can represent.  His return home date is July 17. 

Kimberly Kinzer Classification Talk

Kimberly KinzerEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work.   Bay Area in California - with mom, dad and sister.  Moved to WA at age 11 - next to elementary school. - had an influence on her career - Mr. Wallace was a mentor and grew up loving school.  Her Uncle Sam was the 1st in his family to get a degree - Masters - worked in the US Senate and had a great influence on her.  Kim was the 1st girl to graduate school, with masters and doctorate.  Lived in Seattle for a long time, worked in Seattle, Highline public schools.  Her hubby convinced her to come to Poulsbo - reminded her of Orcas Island - where she grew up.  Happy to get out of the city and traffic but commuted another year to Highline Public schools until she got a job for the NK School District.  Her husband Adam is also an educator “on the other side.” 

Really important to Kim; kids, social justice, and every child should have with they need.  She’s in her 28th years in education and has held a variety of positions.  It’s worth our time and effort to do whatever we can to help kids become their best selves.  This year has been a challenge - building a plane while we’re flying it” - experiencing Zoom fatigue but working diligently to determining how they’ll proceed for the coming school year. Doing everything they can to help Seniors get to the finish line.  A little more about Kim - went to S. Africa to work with kids and brought them school supplies.  Went back twice more to work with teachers on a literacy project.  Feels lucky to have done that.  Enjoys reading, traveling, yoga and since moving to Poulsbo is learning Print Making.  She has 2 daughters, a son and elder dog and a “covid” puppy. Has loved being a Rotarian so far! 

Empowered Kenyan Women Catch the Rain and Sun 

Presentation by Kim McKoy

Kim McKoyKim McKoy has spent 40 years in the Non-Profit Sector with a drive to help and lift up those in need.  When we met Kim, she worked for Girl Scouts - Gary recently learned that she was doing something different as the Executive Director of Path From Poverty.  This organization has been around for 28 years. Her presentation was about the empowerment of women in Kenya .  She started with a video that showed the environment and harsh conditions these women live under. Imagine washing your hands is a pool of dirty water - with cholera and diphtheria.  Women (from the time they are little girls)  walk every day to wherever they can find water with 40 gal jerry cans.  It’s a dangerous 8-9 mile trip in dangerous land with wild animals and men with evil intentions.  She talked about the Kamba people of the Bantu Tribe.  PFP works in areas about 3-5 hours drive south of Nairobi; areas of extreme poverty.
Women searching for waterPFP has been working with impoverished Kenyan women in anti-poverty work and water equity for 20 years.  They initially partnered with a Microsoft Millionaire and Kenyan woman. They invited a handful of Kenyan women to establish groups that provide education, support, accountability, sharing of best practices and fellowship. PTP installed water catchment and solar panels - water to keep from having to fetch dirty water.  Solar for lighting so kids can study at night 
PFP – Kenya:  in-country management.  Helping women with micro- enterprises and other things.  Working with women to learn how to earn and save money.  They then pool their money to get more water tanks to the community.  Kim introduced us to the 7 women that help run the Kenyan operations.  They are amazing beautiful people who Kim had said she’s “never met anyone with so little who would give so much.”   
These Regional Program Managers work with several regional groups to implement programs that help women.  Their local Rotary Club has made these ladies honorary Rotarians - no cost to them. 
Kenyan woman with globe

PFP - US - provides financial support to help supply water tanks and solar panels. 
Laying cement for the tank baseKim went on to tell the stories of some of the people the PFP helps.  
Women helping Women - “Alone, women survive, but in a group, they THRIVE” 
Most Kenyan woman are of Christian Faith - and are devoted to their faith - what should make them disheartened (barren, dry land, scare dirty water), doesn’t prevent their joyfulness.  But when they have to try to find water, they don’t have time to care they way they would love to for their homes, children or themselves.  One story Kim shared was that a group of women could either get water from a local river that has oil in in from an oil spill, or cross a dangerous highway with children in their arms and the jerry can on their back to get to another water source. Culturally, the men do not help.   
In 2019 - there were 195 tank installed in the region.  The cost is $1400 per tank.  PFP Kenya raised enough money for 98 tanks and PFP US gifted 97 water tanks. 
PFP Kenya goes beyond water and energy to help the women in their regions:  
Lydia is in her 50’s - she has as mental health issues.  She has 4 adult children - all the product of rape while walking for water.  2 of her children have Polio.  One adult child has left home.  Her youngest son is an alcoholic.  Still caring for the adult children with Polio.  She lives in a mud hut - no door, and on a regular basis, she is raped.  Lydia doesn’t have the capacity to work and one of the regions learned her story and built her a proper home to live in. 
Water Tank installed on siteGrace - was subjected to genital mutilation - as a result, she always smelled of urine.  She was married to a disabled man and has been ostracized from her community and church.  One of the regions has helped fund repairing her body so she was able to be welcomed back into the community and be married to her man in her church. 
Isaiah 40 - 31 
Those who hope in the  
Lord will renew their 
They will soar on wings 
like eagles; 
they will run and not grow 
they will walk and not be 
Current Rotary Involvement - Rotary clubs in 5030  have contributed $6000 
Connected to Machako Rotary in Kenya 

How can we help? 
Join a work team and spend 9 days in Kenya 
Buy a tank for a Kenyan woman & her family 
Donate $10 or more that would be a tank for a family -  go to 
Besides rain water - what fills the tanks? - Monsoons once per year and if lucky twice per year. But sometimes it doesn’t rain at all. 
Michele Asked about the men in their society - PFP does invite men to participate in the programs and some men are curious, a few want to help.  But they are not focused on changing the culture. 
Again, if you want more information, reach out to Kim - if you’re interested in a trip, reach out to Kim.  If you’d like to donate, go to 

Additional announcements:  

John Waller - June 15th - more coming on celebrating Leo and Duda 
Cheryl - Membership meeting will be on 22nd. 
Waldo winners: Waldo was on Duda and Leo’s slide - Duda wins $1,000,000 for knowing where it was this week. Cindy Putman - saw Waldo on 4-way test page - she get’s $1,000,000 also! 

Happy Bucks 

Frances - $10 for her wonderful 84th  Birthday Parade!  Thank you to everyone who participated and brought her flowers, candy, cards and toilet paper! 
Mike Cloutier - $100 - son’s surgery was extremely successful! 
Lori - $1 - Spending quality time with 7-month-old Alice - their granddaughter 

Meeting Highlights, June 5, 2020 Hugh Nelson 2020-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
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Meeting Highlights, April 10, 2020

Thank you, Nick, for taking the notes for these Highlights. 75 participants this week!  
Zoom meeting time!It's Zoom meeting time! 
Yeah technology. So, I (Nick) forgot to take notes for the first 10 minutes so check out the recording to see what you missed.  Cindy’s note: There is link to the recording of the meeting and to  John Ackenhusen’s OUTSTANDING closed captioning.  See links at the end of the notes.  
So, we started out with only a small amount of technical difficulties. Not too shabby. 

Meredith was our proud Rotarian which is cool. 
Ardis told a joke which was funny. No surprise there. 

Mr. Pavey was a little late so we there weren't many announcements.  
• Contact Aaron for volunteer opportunities. 
• Talk to Dan about all his various happy hour meet ups. 
Duda said some stuff, but I missed it. Sorry. I think she is wood working and stuff.

Congressman Derek Kilmer

Featured Presentation by Congressman Derek Kilmer

And now on to Congressman Kilmer! Co-Chair of the Committee to Modernize Congress. 
He gave us an overview of the new CARES act that just passed. 
  • Working on getting more PPE. 
  • Trying to get the Defensive Production 
  • Act going a bit harder. 
  • Working on getting more money into people's pockets. Direct deposit of $1,200 for most. 
  • Expansion of unemployment assistance. 
  • Loans through the SBA for making payments to businesses. 
  • Working on another bill, more to come next week. 
  • Assistance for larger industries BUT with lots of smart limits on how the money can be used. Nice. 
  • Student resources also! Funding from K12 and Higher Ed.  
  • Renter and homeowner support also included in the CARES act. Ban on evictions, moratorium on foreclosures, and some other stuff. 
What comes next: A new bill that adds additional funds to the CARES act. "We're gonna need a bigger boat" Working on CARES act 2.0. 
  • Increase access to testing.  
  • Triggers into economic support. 
  • If you have questions, or need a hand with anything, please get in touch with his office: 
Answers to questions for Derek: 
  • Big banks have more access to the payment protection program now. Wells Fargo was the hardest hit because of past restrictions on them. 
  • Community banks are doing great and getting more guidance. 
  • The definition of "Essential Business" has been pretty all-over-the-place. The Federal guidance needs to be stronger. 
  • Trying to increase testing capacity and PPE to our state, and specifically our region. Focusing on keeping people employed and putting in economic triggers to make the aid last longer. 
  • Many decisions, such as 501C6 as essential workers, are coming from the state government, and they are using a "Science based" approach. 
  • UW is working on a "Rapid Tests" and there are a few other things in the works to help detect who has the antibodies to the virus. 
  • Economic Industry Disaster Loans - Coronavirus counts as a disaster, and the CARES act adds a bit more around EIDL loans. 
And now the questions and answers are getting too complicated to document. WATCH THE RECORDING! So many things. Again, find and watch the recording. 
Leo is here! “Playing video games, being quarantined. So... yeah.”
Just raise your hand   

Happy bucks! 

  • Jacob got his car stolen! But got it back! 
  • Aaron is just happy in general. And for Derek, and Gary, and Hugh. 
  • David is happy for the weather. 
  • Ed is happy for Ardis. 
  • Becky is happy for helpline volunteers. 
  • Rand is happy for Derek and other public servants. 
  • Meredith is happy for... I'm not sure... Unusual time periods... 
  • Brenda is happy for yard work. And scavenger hunts. And fun. 
Here's a link to the audio recording of our meeting with Representative Derek Kilmer.
Since Congressman Kilmer didn't use a slide show, the video's kind of goofy. 
The chat, close captioning (thank you John Ackenhusen) and video are also available at;
Zoom meeting in progress
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Meeting Highlights, April 3, 2020

Zoom logoToday was our THIRD Zoom meeting, and we had 68 participants!!! 
Thank you, Cindy Garfein, for taking the notes for these Highlights.
Thanks to the Professional Services Committee for helping Rotarians get set up for Zoom Meetings. 


  • Poulsbo Historical Society Codfish Dinner & Auction is scheduled for June 27 


  • Neither Leo nor Duda were available.  Mary Gorman reported that Duda has been painting all the rocks in the yard, watched many movies, baked cookies and pies, and tried to keep a set schedule every day.   


Car neededArdis reported on the plea she made for a car for a young woman living in the shelter who had gotten a job but needed transportation. Rotarians donated $2000, but Ardis could not find a car less than $7000.  A friend who owned a machine shop had a used car and the YWCA bought it for $2000.  Les Schwab donated two new tires.  The car is a stick shift, so the young woman is learning to drive it.
Morrow ManorArdis also reported that she heard from our State Legislators that Morrow 
Manor has been awarded an additional $250,000 from the State of Washington.  
Crews are currently still working on Morrow Manor – they have split the crews 
to follow social distancing guidelines.  The project now has the money to finish 
in a few months. 

Paul Harris PinARDELLE REPORT - Paul Harris Fellows:

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.
Brenda Wall was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow +2.  She was Rotary President in 2010- 2011 and has been a Rotarian for 17 years.  Brenda has been an active member of the International Committee and went to Ethiopia in 2011 to administer the polio vaccine. 


Play for AllThe park project will participate in the fundraising during the Kitsap Great Give on April 21. 
Progress to date: 
• Playground plan drafted  - it is located in Raab Park 
• Kitsap Community Foundation is handling all the fundraising tracking. 
• Equipment has been researched and some cost estimates secured. 
• The park equipment will accommodate several children/adults at the same time. 
• Cost estimate is $800,000. – Thus far $31,855 has been raised. 
• The committee is discussing naming opportunities at the park for donors 
John reviewed a similar park called Rotary Centennial Park that he was involved with at Ann Arbor MI. This park was funded primarily by Rotarians over several years. 
Play For All is considering the following fundraising paths: 
• Grant proposals to foundations 
• Major donors in our area who have funded similar projects 
• Local businesses 
• People we know – connectors 
John urged all of us to take the Play for All Pledge and receive a special button to wear.  The Pledge is: 
Play for All Plege

DAVID HEDDERLY-SMITH: Mining and Mineral Exploration in Alaska 

Mining and exploration in Alaska
David has been involved in geology and exploration in Alaska since the 1970s. 
Alaska mining employees 9400 people whose jobs earn over $100,000/year – Alaska’s population is 750,000.  $242,000 of mining revenue is paid to Native Corporations and supports Native peoples in Alaska.
David explained his involvement in several different mining operations in Alaska:  zinc, copper, gold, coal and other minerals.  Mining camps have a short airstrip for bringing in materials, supplies and equipment to the camp; sleeping tents; a kitchen tent; hot and cold running water shower rooms and offices with computer set ups.  Mines are often in remote locations, sometimes in the bush and sometimes near Native villages. 
One of the locations is Kassan, a Native village that has authentic totem poles that are spectacular. 
To explore a mining property, cores are drilled at various places.  Cores come out of the ground in long, thin tubes of material.  Mineral samples are extracted from the core and sent for analysis.  Based on the analytics, computer modeling and graphics are put together to show the distribution of ore of various kinds, soil content, etc. 
David has had a variety of financial interests in the mines he has worked.  Some he still owns.
How do you get permission to explore an area?  The permission is granted by the owner of the land – may be Federal Government, State Government, a private party, or Native organization.
Is there an opportunity to mine rare earth minerals in Alaska?  Most of the rare earth minerals come from China.  Alaska does have such minerals but separating rare earth minerals is very labor intensive and China has cheap labor.  The US uses these materials for windmills, jet fighters and many other items.  There are no rare earth mineral sites in Alaska now that are in high production now. 
Mining camp setup
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You can Help Poulsbo's Restaurants and Breweries

How To Help Poulsbo's Restaurants and Breweries:

Suggestions from Poulsbo Rotary's Covid-19 Taskforce

We love our restaurants and breweries, and the people they employ!  Here are tools and ideas you can do TODAY to help them stay afloat and provide moral support!

1.  Order take-out, curbside pickup, or delivery!  Every order helps them out! See Mayor Becky's handy spreadsheet of N. Kitsap restaurants, including contact info and menus!  Buying meals also reduces the load on the grocery stores, limits your exposure to the virus, and prolongs your food stores at home.

2.  Buy a Gift Card.  See attached for a list of Poulsbo Restaurants who offer Gift Cards.   For people who have the means, a gift card purchase is a way to provide immediate revenue. Many restaurants and breweries are at serious risk and we can help them weather this storm.  Worried about your waistline?  Consider giving your newly purchased gift card to someone who needs it now.  Worried about our long-time partner Coffee Oasis?  They are selling gift cards, but also have an updated list of items they need for their clients.

3.  Post on Social Media!  Inspire others with positive posts of your yummy delivered or curbside foods! Bought a Gift Card?  Tell about why you did it, or about the experience.

4.  Bolster the reviews of your favorite places on Yelp, Google, and the restaurant's website or social media pages!  Make an owner's day, and inspire readers to try your favorite Poulsbo meals, beers and brews!

Thank you for considering taking part in this project, and please be happy, healthy and safe.  Let me know if you have trouble with the link or attachment, or have any questions.  See you at the Zoom meeting this Friday!

You can Help Poulsbo's Restaurants and Breweries Hugh Nelson 2020-04-01 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, March 27, 2020

Zoom Meeting
Today was our SECOND Zoom meeting, and we had 56 participants!!!
Guests: Welcome, virtual guests John Stevens, and Al Quan from the Bainbridge Club, and Clark Morgan – all friends of Gary Nakamura. 
The meeting was run jointly by Michele Doyle and Kathy, as Kathy was initially expecting to be on vacation, but had to return.   
No story from Ardis this week, due to hip trouble, but otherwise she is okay! 
Pluto's AdviceMichele began with a video of “Pluto’s Advice,” from a “four-legged” to the “two-leggeds,” who are in crisis.  
Donna Pledger had our Thought For the Day: “Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” George Sand 


1. Jon didn’t have any announcements. Please email announcements to Jon. 
2. Jim Sund thanked Hugh Nelson for getting the scholarship application on the website. The cutoff is April 26, so please spread the word. 
3. Rob Gelder shared that outbound Exchange Student Chris Carthum has decided to come home early. 
4. Duda is doing okay – she has been doing lots of crafts, but she reported that her teacher finally found her. She showed her tie-dye shirt (which was beautiful!) 
5. Viking Tour has been postponed to Aug. 22 (Saturday). It’s the day before E. Jefferson Rotary’s bike ride, but they might be able to market them together and offer discounts. 
6. Lori thanked the volunteers who have been transporting plastic for our Trex project – 5645 pounds of plastic. Thank you to drivers: Rodger Gallington, Ray Donahue, Steve Hogg, and backup drivers Duane Edwards, Jim Davidson, and Tony Modugno 

MAIN PRESENTATION: The Washington State Civil Survival Project 

Tarra Simmons:

The Washington State Civil Survival Project Tarra is the Executive Director of the Civil Survival Project in Washington State, whose mission is to organize people who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system to build connections, gain knowledge and increase political participation. She is also now running as a Democrat for an open House seat in the 23rd Legislative District. 
Tarra is an attorney who was previously incarcerated, who now resides in Bremerton. She had many adverse childhood experiences – parents who were addicts, divorce, exposure to violence in a family with mental health issues and incarceration. She left home at thirteen and was in and out of foster homes, then had a child at age fourteen. She returned to high school so she could keep her child. She finished all four years of high school in a single year and went on to become a registered nurse. She was injured in an accident and became addicted to the opioids she was prescribed for her pain. 
Tarra went to jail for two and half years, during which time her children didn’t have their mom. She received help in jail from a group of volunteer women, who later sponsored her in a 12-step program when she was released. She was able to heal, and she had a support network. She is now eight years into her recovery with no drugs and no alcohol. 
Tarra SimmonsIn the US, 1/3 people who are released from incarceration go back to prison. There are many civil issues that follow incarceration: divorce, custody issues, foreclosures, credit card debt, repossessed vehicles, and HIGH court costs with 12% interest. When she was released, she got a job at a fast food restaurant that paid minimum wage, and 50% of her wages were garnished for court costs. 
So Tarra Simmons went to law school. She started a non-profit which now has staff and a 1.5 million dollar budget. But her challenges didn’t end there. She was initially denied the right to take the bar exam. It took her seven months to get to the Washington Supreme Court, who voted unanimously to allow her to take the bar. She has helped get laws changed – there is no longer interest charged for nonrestitutive legal fees, and she works with the Governor and Drew Hanson and others to change more laws and to enact the New Hope Act.
Tarra noted that the US has 5% of the world’s population but has 25% of the world’s prisoners. Unemployment runs at 27% among the formerly incarcerated. (Compare this to the 25% unemployment rate in the US during the Great Depression.) We need to stop the recidivism. And we do that by creating job opportunities and offering supports. 
Kitsap county released 276 prisoners in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. But they released them without housing or food. Other nearby counties reduced numbers so prisoners would have their own cells and they housed those released in hotel rooms with supports so they don’t commit crimes. 
Her project his helping many get their legal fees waived. When people see their debt go down, they’re more willing to pay their other legal financial obligations and vacate their criminal records. They have a chance. 
Tarra talked about a change in the prison system in Norway, which no longer has violence. Prison there is were people learn how to become a better neighbor. The have a rehabilitative model: mental health support, education, and drug treatment. 
We need more higher education opportunities, more apprenticeships, and more access to mental health and drug treatments. This will reduce recidivism and will reduce the costs of incarceration. 
NOTE from the writer: I think if this had been a face-to-face meeting, there would have been a standing ovation! Tarra was extremely inspiring. THANK YOU! 
Happy Bucks
Steve G: Delighted with Zoom – it’s a game changer! 
Dan W: A happy $10 for adding David Roefer to First Underwriters Inc. 
Nick: now using Zoom for pleasure, as opposed to just work 
Hugh (from Paris!): at 8pm, everyone opens their windows and applauds to thank the medical workers and all the people who are working 
Kathy: thanked Meredith and Michele for taking care of the meeting 
Tom – wants Tarra’s contact info. 
Ann: Tarra is a stunning model of what rehabilitation can do! 
Meredith: recorded Tarra’s presentations and will share. It can be forwarded to anyone, plus the closed captioning (thank you, Laurynn!) and the chat. 
Steve (part 2): He’s having a virtual Zoom dinner with family on Sunday. Please call Steve Garfein if you need help setting it up! 
Meeting Highlights, March 27, 2020 Hugh Nelson 2020-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, March 20, 2020

ZoomOur first on-line meeting using Zoom! – our first online meeting during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is one for the books. 
Thanks to Kathy, Meredith and John Ackenhusen for putting the meeting together and managing the technology.  We will be doing our Rotary meetings virtually until we are permitted to meet as a group. 
Those Rotarians who would like to learn how to set up their phones or computers to accommodate Zoom Rotary meetings may call Nick Johnson or Steve Garfein.  If other tech -saavy Rotarians would like to participate in helping train, please let Kathy know. 


1. Poulsbo Historical Society’s Codfish Dinner has been rescheduled for June 27th at the Sons of Norway. 
2. The Fireside at Jerry Deeter’s home has been cancelled. 
3. Viking Tour has been postponed until sometime during the summer or early fall.  Those who have registered will be offered a place in the next Viking Tour or a refund.  We are announcing a postponement now before we incur additional expenses for the event. 
4. Rotary District Conference has been cancelled – there is consideration being given for doing the training virtually.   
5. Installation/Outstallation Event is scheduled for June 27th.  
6. E. Jefferson, exchange student, needs a new host family.  Please call John Waller. 


1. Laurynn Evans announced that NK School District is providing free meals to all kids up to age 18.  The meals will be provided at 6 schools.  Check for details.  Eric from Caffe Coccina is leading a group to assure kids are fed over the weekend through NK Lunch Brigade. 
2. Tim Nichols is heading a group of Rotary volunteers who want to work on helping minimize the impact of the shut down on our local businesses and individuals. 
3. Dan Weedin announced that the District’s policy regarding the youth exchange students here and those we have abroad is to have them remain in their host countries if that is possible.  Dan has heard from all but one of the students – they are safe and will remain in their host countries. 



Mayor Becky EricksonThe City declared a State of Emergency and the Emergency Center is up and running.  As of next Monday, City Hall will be closed to outside visitors, but employees at the City agencies are working.  Meetings have been cancelled because the City cannot comply with the Open Mandated Meeting law.  Check the website for phone and email contact at various departments. 
The goal is to flatten the curve of the virus’ spread by reinforcing non-pharmaceutical interventions – social distancing, personal hygiene enhancement, and remaining at home if one is ill.
Our mayor encouraged all of us to Have Faith!!  These are hard times, but also great times to learn. 
• Mutual Aid Agreements with nearby communities have been set up. 
• The City is compiling a list of all restaurants that offer take-out along with contact information. 
• Please support local businesses for take-out! 
• The City is focusing on business revitalization. 
• Kim Hendrickson, the Director of Housing, Heath and Community Services, is putting together volunteers for food delivery to those who cannot get out or to centers where people may be quarantined. 
• There is a status called “Standby” under which if your employer is going to call you back, you may can get unemployment benefits quite quickly. 
• Be kind to people working in the grocery stores – they are working overtime. 


Olhava- College Market Place-Upper Finn Hill Road 
• Business was stable and is now falling like a stone. 
• A new hotel is planned to start construction in spring, but is now in question. 
• There is also a 100-unit apartment scheduled for construction. 
• The Mayor wants to put a large metal dragon as public art at the top of the hill on 305 going into Walmart, which will be lit at night 
Highway 3 Up Finn Hill Road 
• New plantings in Westwood Subdivision 
Highway 305 Corridor 
• Support the restaurants on 305:  Blossom, Sushi Bento, Jersey Mike’s and others 
• Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a fabulous medical facility; the Mayor would like to recruit more medical facilities in Poulsbo. 
• Would like to recruit more high end retail or developer for housing for area above Central Market 
• City is buying 13 ½ acres on Highway 305 greenway from Washington State.  Trails will be built with a connection to Fish Park.  The area is between Bond and Central Market. 
Viking Way 
• $1M grant has been received for Fish Park enhancement 
• New Mac Donald’s 
• Explore how the social services agencies are working at Fish Line 
Albertson’s Store in Poulsbo Village 
• Would a daycare work there?  Retail is changing so fast, we need to look at that space for services. 
Historic Downtown and Old Town – Activities and Major Considerations 
• Three weeks ago, all the shops were full – now there are lots of vacancies.  It is very worrisome.
• The Poulsbo Beer Run took place a week ago because at that time, there was no directive from the State that would necessitate cancelling the event. 
• Support the local restaurants for take-out. 
• There is a new apartment building planned for the old police department space.  It is under appeal currently because the owner’s view is obstructed with the planned construction. However, views are not protected by law. 
• City is considering how do we control speed in downtown? 
• What to do about the intersection where the Carousel was last Christmas? 
• Should food trucks be considered downtown? Other places? 
• City Council will shortly make the decision about what to do for the July 3 celebration.  Some citizens think there should be no fireworks and others think it is a Poulsbo tradition and should continue. 
• July 3rd celebration does not impact the Play for All effort. 
• The City will suffer a financial hardship because of the slow down – we have resources, but we don’t know the long-term impact.  We don’t know the impact of funding for the park at Morrow Manor. 
• How do we control the speed on Fjord Drive – a young man died recently from speeding there. 
• Should the city allow Accessory Dwelling Units and if so how many and under what circumstances? 
Knoll Road, Lincoln and Caldart 
• All the subdivisions there are doing well, but they are not low income housing.  Crystal View (new) will be expensive as there is great access and views 
Roundabout at Johnson Parkway ----there is artwork of Viking shields planned there.  There will also be a walking path under the roundabout.  The city has cameras on all the parks and in public places to prevent vandalism. 
Major Areas of Planning and Issues under Consideration for the City of Poulsbo: 
• How do we create more affordable housing? 
• How do we fund more open space and trails? 
• How do we provide walking areas along thoroughfares for pedestrians? 
• How do we balance pubic safety and social support? 
• What is our 50-year plan for infrastructure?  What will our area look like and how do we plan for it? 


These are trying times, but we are learning new skills and we are being forced to explore new opportunities and skills using more technology and discovering other ways to connect Every challenge is an opportunity! 


1. Check in with our neighbors and friends and be sure they have what they need.  We need to stay connected while we are disconnected. 
2. Support our local businesses – order take-out!! 
3. Volunteer to help with City programs through Kim Henderson’s office (see earlier in the minutes) 

Support your neighbors! 
Poulsbo Small Businesses! 
Have faith!  
Meeting Highlights, March 20, 2020 Hugh Nelson 2020-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, February 28, 2020

Another stream of consciousness effort by Nick Johnson

Opening statements:

  • Welcome to National Chocolate Souffle Day! February 28th, 2020, Year of the Rat 
  • Partners in this morning’s exploration of empathy: Don & Larry. 
  • On the docket for today, Bloedel Reserve. 
  • Attendance seems to be a bit light today, coronavirus perhaps? People staying home... avoid mass gatherings... WASH YOUR HANDS! 
  • Interrupters! Francis, Kathy... so far. 
  • Todd Tidball... Proud to be a Rotarian... Maybe. 
  • Guests! Ann's friends from Guatemala. Kimi's Bloedel Family. Matt's son. Chuck's mates from Crossroads. 
  • Ardis, keep it classy. Scared for a moment, but it was clean. 
  • Deborah has a thought. Or maybe Mark Twain did. 

Jon Pavey has announcements! 


  • Fireside (Tuesday, March 24) 
  • Tour of Hospital in Silverdale (March 18) 
  • Historic Society Auction (March 21) - Codfish Dinner!  
  • Jewel Box Gala (March 14) - Tickets on JB's Website 
  • Drive to Get Rid of Polio at WRB (March 6, 5-9) 
  • Rand has a report! 29 peeps signed up for the Zip Line tour. April 25. Spaces remain.

Ann and David chat about Guatemala: 

Guatemala project


  • Many, many projects (latrines, worm compost) 
  • Helping kids make some moolah. 
  • Contact Ann to Contact David. 

Caleb from Crossroads Club! 

Caleb and Amy
  • Does not have grey hair. 
  • April 19th is the Kitsap Art Heist! 
  • Buy a ticket, get some artwork. It'll be awesome. 
  • Do you know artists? Put them in touch with Crossroads. 
  • Sponsor the event! Get some prizes, be a good person, help out the event. 

Amy from Crossroads! 

  • More Art Heist info: Fun, food, wine, tent, art, tailgate, party, football. 

Plant trees in Port Gamble

Jacob Maxwell


  • Jacob Maxwell invites us to come plant trees in Port Gamble. 
  • April 19, 9am. More info to come. Toast masters. Planting Tees. Forest. Preserve. Park. Heritage. Earth. Day. Little. Norway. 

Dude & Leo are not here. Snow and sun. 
Viking Tour. Yeah. 

Time for our Guest Speaker!!!!! Bloedel Reserve:

Karen Gerstenberger & Edward Moydell

Edward Moydell

  • Take a stroll of well being in nature... Goulet! Learn more: 
  • Super interesting history: 
  • Vision: To provide refreshment and tranquility in the presence of natural beauty. 
  • Mission: To enrich people’s lives through a premier public garden of natural and designed Pacific Northwest landscapes. 
  • 150 Acres. Opened in 1988. 60k people served. 3,500 members. 4m budget. 5k plants. 45 staff. 200+ volunteers. 28 trustees. 
  • Check out the video! 
  • Come take a scroll. Free and open to the public. Nature is your therapist. 
  • Free 6-month membership. Access to the grounds. Workbook. 
  • 1,500 people strollin' per year. The program has 12 self-guided walks. One orientation class at the start. One at the end. 
  • Tons of quantitative benefits: lower blood pressure, lower pulse rate, reduced stress, lower cortisol, enhanced immune response, sense of well-being, improved mood, less anxiety, relaxed body and emotional states., gentle movement, exercise, unplug from technology, increased peace, joy, gratitude, hope, inspiration...  
Karen Gerstenberger

How you can help: 

  • Come and visit the Reserve! 
  • Join in the Stoll Program! 
  • Steve Hogg went trick-or-treating at the Reserve a million years ago. 
  • Find the session info here: 
  • Francis is a huge fan of the strolls. Ask her about it. 

Fine Masters! John, Daryl, Russ. 

  • Leap Day! Rand has a b-day in February. Anniversaries: Jim (M), Matt & Pat. 
  • Joined Rotary in Feb: Michele. 
  • Proud Rotarians don't have to pay a buck. 
  • Happy Bucks! 
  • Friends from Guatemala 
  • McKenna is in NYC for College! 
  • Bloedel! David's Great Uncle! 
  • Showing Up 
  • NKHS The Wiz! 
  • Dodging Bullets 
  • F1!  
  • NATO 
  • Kathy! 

Fraffle winner is Ed Stern. And he's a big.................................... loser. 

Meeting Highlights, February 28, 2020 Hugh Nelson 2020-02-28 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, February 21, 2020

Guests: Greg Goodwin (Rand), Dr. Willy Fugere (Steve Garfein), Karl Ursthet (Cindy), Mark Hughes (Meredith) 
Steve Garfein
Ardis was sick!!! Steve Garfein substituted with an Ardis-worthy story 
Russ Shiplet shared his thought for the day: It is meaning in your life that causes you to have ideas that will help people.


  • With Jon Pavey’s (and Cindy Putman’s) dentist as the guest speaker, Jon announced today was the only day he’s ever been happy to see his dentist! 
  • March 6: 5-9PM Western Red Brewing – beer and pizza to fight POLIO 
  • Jewel Box Gala is March 14 – tickets at 
  • Poulsbo Historical Society Gala is March 21 – see Shields brothers for tickets 
  • March 24 – Fireside at Jerry Deeter’s 

Duda’s Update: 

  • She joined the Nichols family for skiing. She talked about how good she was until it came to stopping.  
  • Ahmis took Duda to the Edmonds Art Walk and they had a delicious dinner followed by Key Lime pie.
  • Her water bottle had some fermenting juice, which caused a stir at school when it sprayed all over.
  • Duda will be going to the Rotary International Convention in Honolulu with the Cloutiers and Mike asked for contributions to help get her there.

Leo was skiing with the Deeters

Guest Speaker: Dr. William (Willie) Fugere – Fernwood Family Dental

Advancements in Dental Technology – How technology will make your next visit faster, more comfortable, and more precise (Part of Poulsbo Rotary’s How Things Work presentations)
William Fugere
  • Dental school at Oregon Health Sciences 
  • 5 years as Navy dentist 
  • 3 years in private practice 
  • Wife is a math teacher at Olympic High School in Silverdale 
  • Two young girls 
New technology using Digital Impressions – Crown or Cap: Past practice (and still the current practice for gold) involves many steps in different locations, requiring precise work by multiple qualified people. It is a long process and subject to many possible issues that impact the end result. Remake of crowns made this way is 7%. 
With digital impressions, a small camera takes multiple, three-dimensional impressions of the mouth and specific tooth (teeth) involved. With the digital impression, there is no room for compounding errors with multiple steps in the process. 
The dentist can review the “photo” of the tooth and examine it for accuracy immediately. Changes can be made by doing an additional photograph. The photographic image is set and permanent.
Training time for operating the CAD machine is about 20 minutes; training time to do wax models for crowns is several years. A milling machine then makes a ceramic crown that fits the measurements of the digital image exactly. Turnaround time is 1 day to 1 week, depending on the circumstances. Patient comfort is much better. Remake of imperfect crowns is 2%. 
This technology can also be applied to orthodontia.
Placement of implants
Placement of Implants: In the old procedure, a ceramic crown is placed on the top of a titanium screw. The exact placement of the screw is vitally important for the implant to be successful and there are many errors. (Fun fact: Cindy Putman had this procedure at Dr. Fugere’s office later this very day!) 
With new technology, there is Guided Implant Placement: A CT scan is made of the mouth and the implant is inserted through a digital guide-----noting all the hard surfaces (bone) and tissue. The guide is created in 3D and that guide is used to insert the implant in the exact place. Implant surgeries are incredibly accurate. 
This new technology means that patients are more comfortable with these procedures, they are faster and better. 
Fernwood Family Dental
Dan Weedin handed out some fines: 
  • Mike Cloutier (hard name to say) 
  • Harlan Harris for being a nice guy 
  • Ahmis for taking Doodles to key lime pie 
  • Rob for almost making them miss the ferry 
  • Chuck for sitting by himself 
Fraffle – no winner 
Meeting Highlights, February 21, 2020 Hugh Nelson 2020-02-21 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, February 14, 2020

New Paul Harris Awards

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. Several Paul Harris Awards were given today - Thank you and Congratulations to: 
Cheryl Harris
Cheryl Harris 2-yr Rotarian - she received her FIRST Paul Harris! 
Randy Linaman
Randy Linaman - 13-yr Rotarian - he received his FIRST Paul Harris! 
Rob Gelder
Robert Gelder - 15-yr  Rot- arian-- received his Paul Harris +7 
Tom O'Hare
Tom O’Hare - 43-yr Rotarian received his Paul Harris +1
Todd Tidball
Todd Tidball - 20-yr Rotarian – received his Paul Harris +4 
Gaston Peter-Contesse
Gaston Peter-Contesse 11-yr Rotarian - received his Paul Harris +1

Guest Speaker:  William Trilsch, AARP Volunteer/Fraud Watch Division 

William Trilsch, AARP Volunteer/Fraud Watch Division 
Bill came to speak to our club about Cyberfraud and how we can protect ourselves and our loved-ones from cyber-attack. The potential to be defrauded on-line EXISTS. Think of protection as a process - the more steps you take to secure yourself, the safer you’ll be. Huge sums of money are being spent on protecting against cyber fraud by the US Government and AARP as well. What are the steps you can take to protect yourself? 
  • Limit personal information on social media - 
  • Give out only basics of information to establish your accounts. Did you know that photos you take contain metadata that can identify your property as vacant giving criminals an “in” to your home while you’re on vacation 
  • Be aware of “bad areas” in your cyber neighborhood 
  • Be cautious with allowing others using your computers 
  • If you have apps on your devices that you’re not using, delete them! 
  • If you didn’t ask for an app and notice one, remove it! 
  • Change your passwords periodically, once per year is a good rule of thumb.
  • Change your secret questions - things like mom’s maiden name are easy to guess 
  • Strong passwords are complex collection of random upper and lower case characters, special characters and numbers Example - Purpulburd#123 - would take about 200 years to crack New guidance suggests using a phrase that makes sense to you like…. Ai#1iFFiWS! 
  • How do you keep track of all your passwords? Use a password manager (digital) - throw away the black book. Use a very strong master password to access your password manager. Password managers encrypt your passwords 
  • Enable extra security - two factor security 
  • Turn on automatic software updates 
  • Don’t reuse passwords across multiple sites 
Staying safe on Social Media - A few basic precautions: 
  • Only “friend” people you actually know 
  • Be skeptical of unsolicited “friend” requests 
  • Accepting contact simply to increase the size of your network is dangerous 
  • Don’t allow application to use your locations, contacts, etc. 
  • Some sites want you to use Facebook or Google to join their sites. Only join sites directly from that site. 
Online Financial Security 
  • Don’t use public wifi 
  • Strong passwords 
  • Two factor authentication 
  • Monitor your bank accounts 
  • Don’t use remember my password or id 
  • Get your free credit reports only through reputable sites. is free 
  • Use a designated card for on-line purchases (and even a dedicated computer) 
  • Limit or eliminate the use of debit cards 
Phishing - this is the act of attempting to acquire personal information such as usernames, passwords and credit card information by masquerading as a trusted entity in electronic communication. Don’t trust what you don’t know. Hovering the mouse over a URL usually shows where the URL actually leads. So by hovering over the URL, you can see if the site looks suspicious - this only works on computers not smartphones. 
A great on-line resource is 
  • Personal online safety information 
  • Tips for family members 
  • Information on securing devices and home networks 
  • Free cybersecurity tools 
More - whether you’re an AARP member or not, this site will provide information on the latest fraud techniques. 
AARP Fraud Network
Meeting Highlights, February 14, 2020 Hugh Nelson 2020-02-14 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, February 7, 2020

Nick Johnson
Nick Johnson was our Proud Rotarian of the week!

Program - Kids in Concert

Kids in Concert Laura Millesen
Laura Millesen serves as the Artistic Director of Kids In Concert, a free after-school music program (and more!) for ages 5-18, located in Suquamish. The focus is on classical and orchestral music, with a strong mentor-student relationship.
KIC provides instruments, lessons, healthy snacks, and more, without cost to the families. The students become leaders, then mentors, then teachers as they age up.
KIC opened with a beautiful rendition of Ode to Joy, then played a popular hit from The Greatest Showman. They then showed the range of their talents by singing This is Our World, This is Our Time, which drew tears from most of the audience!
KIC’s first class started 7 years ago, with 11 students. Today featured only a small part of their current group of 60! They have 20 volunteers and 10 paid teachers. Their goal is for all children to have a chance to find their voice in a safe place, and grow, and feel confident.
Kids in ConcertKids in Concert
Several club members have kids or grandkids in the club and endorse the program whole- heartedly!
kids in concertKids in ConcertKids in Concert
The 3 day per week program offers more than teaching an instrument; they also have choir, art, and reading help, and they provide a snack. They offer supportive services, such as helping navigate the FAFSA form, and a college-bound program. They’re working to be part of the UW Social Work program. It costs $2200 to fund each student, so they rely on donations and their fundraisers. Their next fundraiser is their annual Sweet Escape, on March 21, which will feature a special guest Native violinist and storyteller, Swil Kanim. Several students spoke about their experiences, and all agreed that the members start as friends and become family.
Kids in Concert
Ardis Morrow told a story about God creating the world, and making Earth a place of balance. In the end, Washington State and all it’s glory was balanced by the idiots in the “other Washington.”


Rand Hillier
  • THE CLUB’S WEBSITE IS BEING REMODELED/REFORMATTED/BEING GIVEN A FACELIFT Please be patient as the various new featured areas are being written. Please let Cindy Putman know if you’d like to volunteer to help.
  • Claudia Alves will be going to a Friendship Exchange to Peru through the Kingston Club. There are openings for two more people.
  • Rand has organized a zipline canopy tour on Camano Island on April 25.

Exchange Student Report

Duda and Leo
Duda went to the Viking Jazz Fest and loved “The Brazillian Guy,” who played three instruments at a time! She also shadowed Craig Adams at the vet clinic.
Leo went to Great Wolf Lodge and said it was SUPER FUN. SUPER COOL. He joined the soccer team and said his friend is going to teach him how to play!

Classification Talk: Tony Modougno II 

Tony Modougno II
Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Tony was born and raised in New York, but moved outside The City. He cautioned that his first language is Sarcasm. You’ve been warned. His background is in hydrology, but he moved to emergency medicine and joined the fire service. He was in the fire service for 26 years, becoming a captain, and then an assistant chief. His crew was called to 9-11, being told only, “Something’s going on.” They were to help with water supply, and spent two days digging (without a breathing apparatus). It really opened his eyes and inspired him to live by the motto: Don’t put off what you can do today.” He and his wife visited Seattle and loved the broad range of the climates. They moved here 7 years ago. He loves outdoor stuff, skiing, and wants to start a race car team.
Tony had a chance to start his own business in construction management (to help fund his racing team dream!), and it’s now three years old and doing well. He joined Rotary to help him access his community on a deeper level.

New Member Induction: Kimberly Kinzer

New member Kimberly Kinzer
Kimberly was sponsored by Laurynn Evans. She’s known as both the NKSD Overseer and “The Warm Demander” in her field. She responded to Cheryl’s questions with an impressive resounding “YES!” Welcome to the club!

Viking Tour Update: Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson Viking Tour
In true Nick Johnson fashion, he talked about RAIN, including the word petrichor (a great word, by the way), the fact that a raindrop requires 2 minutes to reach the ground, that the wettest place is actually in INDIA (not Poulsbo!), and that there is 1 BILLION tons of rain in the world in one minute. 
And now, for something completely different: Viking Tour is now a bike ride and a BREW FEST!
Again, the goal is 500 riders (we had 350 last year). We already have 97 signed up (compared to 65 at this time last year). The BREW FEST will be open to the general public, and will have beer, wine, and cider, and food trucks! Central Highland Homes and FPH Construction, Inc. are returning as Title Sponsors for the 6th year running! THANK YOU! Spread the word!

Trashy Talk by Lori Cloutier

Trashy Lady Lori Cloutier led the group in a rousing game of 
Trash or Trex
She reminded people that products marked #4 or #2 can be recycled as thin film, along with your plastic grocery bags, Ziplocs, and produce bags (and more). Cheat sheets were on the tables, and will be provided here as well. See below.
Trashy cheat sheet
Meeting Highlights, February 7, 2020 Hugh Nelson 2020-02-07 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, January 31, 2020


Anna Reyes-Potts - speaker
Paul Hayes - BI Rotary visitor
Erik Ryan- Matt and Pat’s son 
Katie Davis  
Kim McKoy had a guest. 
Proud Rotarian this week is.....Roger Ludwig 

Featured Speaker: Anna Reyes-Potts, TMF Manufacturing

Anna Reyes-Potts
Anna Reyes-Potts serves as the General Manager of TMF Manufacturing in Poulsbo, located in Twelve Trees Business Park.  TMF stands for "Too Much Fun." Anna received her civil engineering degree from Columbia Univ. TMF specializes in precision aerospace and aviation manufacturing. They started in 1992 as a prosthetics manufacture but sold to a large company before transitioning to a new organization. 
She showed a list of well-known companies that are located in the NW for whom they manufacture parts. Recently they received a 5-Star supplier award for 100% on time AND quality parts. Machining, a big part of their manufacturing process, is a subtractive process whereby they take a block of material and remove material until you get down to the final product. Every piece involved is traceable a requirement for aerospace. They have made products have been sent to space! 
They have been featured in Modern Machine Shop Magazine with a story about their traceability software. They developed this software and write the software they need to make the products. 
Anna showed us a latch used by Beachcraft and a cylinder made of aluminum. Very high quality. 
TMF is phasing out of doing direct business to the consumer because the quality standards are not always required so they are focusing on aerospace which has the highest of standards. They concluded they cannot easily or cheaply change the standard of quality to suit various customers.  
Anna is active in the community by being part of several local organizations and serves on the Olympic College advisory board. She also does consulting on the side. 
TMF ManufacturingTMF Manufacturing is part of the Kitsap Aerospace Defense Alliance working to bring technical manufacturing jobs to our area. The company is looking to develop a scholarship to help students or out-of-work people get involved in the aerospace industry.
After a brief presentation, which included the sample products, Anna answered a variety of questions with the answers summarized below:
  • It takes 8-24 hours to set up a machine for a final product (Program, set up, sample print) But maybe only 10 minutes to cut the final product for mass production. 
  • They recycle all the waste materials. 


  • Jewel Box Theatre tickets available. 
  • Kingston Rotary is sponsoring a $3,000 trade school scholarship. Apply via their website. 
  • Rand Hillier is coordinating a zip-line tour on April 25th. Feb 14 is the deadline for signing up and making a deposit of half the funds.  
  • News of the passing of Jack Jensen, long time Kingston Rotarian, was shared. His memorial service was scheduled for February 1st. 

Exchange Student Report

Duda was the only exchange student to share this week: 
  • Attended a "Queen" concert at Admiral Theatre 
  • Attended a hockey game in Everett her first hockey game and was introduced to Dipp'n Dots! 
  • Helped paint Coffee Oasis 
  • Used her camera and new found camera skills (Thanks Don) to take pictures at a recent swim meet. Few swimmers get to see themselves in picture form. 

New Member Induction

Katie Davis
Katie Davis was inducted as a new member of the club. Sponsored by Bonnie Pederson. She is a Keller Williams real estate agent who lives in Poulsbo. Cheryl Harris lead us through the process to welcome her to our club. 

Congratulations to Glen Robbins and Naomi Nichols

It was announced that Glen Robbins received Person of the Year recognition from the Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce. Naomi Nichols (Tims wife) was selected at the Teacher of the Year! Congratulations to both of them!

Happy Birthday Rand Hillier

Happy Birthday Rand!

We sang Happy Birthday in various keys and styles to Poulsbo legend Rand Hillier! 

Steve Hogg had his ticket drawn for the FRAFFLE prize of $426.50. He was the only person in the room to be disappointed when he did NOT pick the Ace of Spades.  
Meeting Highlights, January 31, 2020 Hugh Nelson 2020-01-31 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, January 24, 2020

Club President Kathy Rayment
Club President Kathy Rayment puzzling over one of the many problems presidents face in getting ready for each week's meeting.
Ardis Morrow tells a story
For the past 33 years Ardis Morrow has been entertaining our club with (age appropriate) stories (jokes) each week.
Dan Weedin introducing outbound exchange students
Dan Weedin introduced our three outbound exchange students: Naomi Rogers, who is going to Paraguay, Steph Lara, who is going to Brazil and Emma Miller who is going to Brazil. 


  • The Gilfillim Family Trust donated $160,000 to Morrow Manor
  • Zipline outing on April 25th for Rotarians, their families and friends. Carpooling to Camano Island early Saturday. Sign up with Rand. Cost is $105 per person plus transportation. 
  • The Jewel Box Theatre opens its early spring musical, Tick, Tick…Boom! tonight and it runs through February 24th. Pass holders may call the theater for reservations. Others may buy tickets on

Report from Exchange Students Leo and Duda 

Zipline outing on April 18th
Duda experienced snow for the first time. LOVED IT!! Spent Christmas with the Ryans. Leo went mountain biking and had a photography lesson with Don Russell-------------and has a new haircut!


How a Classification Talk Changed My Life 
Claudia AlvesEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Claudia was raised in Oregon and went to college at the University of Oregon – she is an ardent “Duck” supporter. She and her first husband, Vice, had a son and daughter. Vince was in the Marine Corp and they moved around to various locations. Her son, daughter and grand children live locally. 
In 1991, she moved to Kitsap County. Claudia taught in the North Kitsap School District and ended up furthering her education and became a Principal. Her last position was at Poulsbo Elementary where she was the Principal for 5 years. 
She has been involved with the Hansville Garage Sale, Kingston Farmers’ Market, Editorial Board, Mental Health Board and other organizations. In 2000, Vince, her husband of 33 years died. 
In 1998, Claudia joined East Bremerton Rotary, where she became the President. She attended the National Convention in Chicago and was part of an international project in St. Lucia. 
In 2004, she listened to a wonderful Classification talk by a new member, Louis Alves, who was “cute and single”. They were married a year later. Louis died last year due to complications from his service in the Vietnam War. He received excellent care at Retsil in Port Orchard – a very special care facility for our veterans.
Since retiring from education 2 years ago, Claudia has become an avid gardener and traveler – she is going on an around the world cruise this summer. She joined our club to continue her Rotary involvement in the community she loves. 


Check presented to Coffee Oasis
On behalf of the Community Service Committee, Gaston Peter-Contesse gave a check to The Coffee Oasis for $2942 to pay for paint and help with the refurbishing of the Café. Thanks also to Ray Donahue of Peninsula Paint for his very generous donations! The redo will take place in February-March. 

David Nelson, Editor of the Kitsap Sun 

David Nelson of the Kitsap SunThe Kitsap Sun has been in Bremerton for 85 years – it was begun by an entrepreneur who build the paper during a very competitive time when there were new newspapers sprouting up all over our area. Some lasted, some did not. 
In 2019, the paper merged with a network that includes the USA Today and is now part of the largest newspaper company in the country and includes 250 papers. There is not a lot of visible change as a result of this merger. 
The editors at the Kitsap Sun know what goes on locally and the focus of the Sun is in-depth reporting on important issues in our area such as affordable housing, homelessness and drug addiction, Puget Sound health, shipyard and military spending, teacher salaries, school building and bond issues. 
The Sun currently has 6000 digital subscribers and 10,000 subscription patrons. As time goes on, the number of digital subscribers will go up and those who read the physical paper will drop. 
Across the country, the news is being reported in many different formats today to reach all audiences: digital, magazines, social media posts, blogging, subscription services, donor based publications. All can be part of the mix, but all may not be successful in the long term. 
He said that regardless of the changes, there are still many young people who want to be in journalism, but the career path for gaining experience is not the same as it was in the past.
David feels that the Sun is very well positioned to be successful in this changing environment. 
Meeting Highlights, January 24, 2020 Hugh Nelson 2020-01-24 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, January 10, 2020

Brenda WallArdis Morrow
Brenda Wall stood in as President this week as Kathy Rayment was on Day 9 into her family trip to Whistler. After the introduction of our guests, Ardis had a story for us… and believe it or not, Jon Pavey had NO announcements for us! But he did note that Tonya Thomas had done an accounting of our Rotary Exchange Flags and we have 442 clubs around the world represented on our banners. Jon is in the process of putting pins in a map to visually show how well connected (and travelled) our club is!

Zip Line Tour

April 18 there’s an all-day event at Camano Island to have an adventure in the Canopy with a Zipline tour. A clipboard was passed around to get the club behind this excursion where we’ll give our exchange students, Leo and Duda, a great story to take home with them!
Duda and Leonard
Duda and Leonard went to the Trampoline park in Silverdale and Don Russell started teaching them how to use their cameras. Leo started a Crossfit lesson and went on a very muddy bike ride and also spent time with his family on a beautiful lake. 
Claudia – a new Rotarian – was our thought for the day but she didn’t get the e-mail so she delivered an impromptu message by giving us a teaser as to classification talk which will be delivered in the future. She said she’s got a Rotary story so unique that she’s confident no one else can tell that story so stay tuned! 

Classification Talk by David Roefer

David Roefer
Meanwhile David Roefer gave his classification talk where he started with a little pep rally. He moved here from Vegas to get into the Marine Corps (on his mom’s urging) but his peanut allergy prevented him from joining. He has high aspirations for his life (long term) so he decided to work for a company called Banker’s Life where he helps people with retirement, long term care, life insurance and Medicare. In the next 40 years, David would love to have an impact in public transportation, education by helping younger adults figure out what they want to do in life. David loves the outdoors, skiing, snowboarding, he hopes to buy a kayak this summer. He loves getting his hands dirty so also enjoys gardening and working outdoors. He has a younger sister and brother living with his mom in Vegas and he lives in Poulsbo with his Grandmother and Great Grandmother (who is 90) and help care for them. Interesting tid-bit, David’s Great Grandmother built the home that Ann and John Pyles currently live in! David is a confident speaker and encouraged all of us to go out to coffee with him so he can get to know us all better! 

Russ Shiplet – Executive Director of the Kitsap Home Builder's Association

Russ ShipletHe’s been involved in the education sector for many years and is the Commissioner for 2 Flag Football leagues – one here in Kitsap and one in Midland, Tx.  He talked about the high demand for Building Industry Professionals. We learned how our club was an integral part of the KBA. Established in 1955, the KBA represents 300 builders, developers, remodelers and associate members. The KBA works with the county and city jurisdictions to establish fair and reasonable odes and ordinances and is 1 of 14 local builder associations in WA state. As a member of KBA members also get the benefit of being a member of the Building Industry Association of WA (BIA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
Currently, the housing market in Kitsap County is HOT (it’s a seller’s market). Median home value is almost $400k – up 6% and in 2020 the projected increase of another 6.2%. 
The average home is about $238/sf to build today – in 2013 it was $146. Baby Boomers hold a sizeable majority of the positions in the building industry – and as they retire, they leave a gap that’s projected to exceed a $5mm. If we don’t fill these gaps which are projected to happen over the next 5 years, leaving a massive shortfall in the industry. Currently, the trades command high wages because of the shortfall in resources. KBA has a mission to address these Workforce Development needs. 
Right now, South Kitsap High School and Peninsula High School are the only schools in Kitsap offering any trade education. KBA is passionate about creating opportunities for our high school kids to learn more about the trade industry and how they can earn high wages and have no college debt. 
The Construction in Motion program was created to help expose younger kids to the construction industry – it’s hands-on, interactive and fun!   
Trades in Motion is a way to bring high school students into a job environment and rotate them through the building process where they get hands-on experience building a home. It’s a weeklong program that students apply for – if selected they are taken to a jobsite where they will be briefed on safety (done daily) and taken to a jobsite. 
The Builder Grant Program – this provides a 6-week internship for 18-28 year-olds.  Selected applicants are paid for an internship (a fair wage) by the employer and given an award from KBA upon successful completion as well. During the 6-week program, participants get hands-on training and at the end of the program, they may stay on permanently if their employer offers them a job. The KBA may also provide scholarships to successful participants to get continued education. This year, they had 9 participants. 
How can we help? The KBA has a 501 (c)-3 to receive donations from Rotary or Rotarians. Encourage public and private schools to bring trades back into the classroom and speak at the school board and 3, ask any builders we know if they are hiring young adults. 
The KBA is planning on starting a Youth Chapter to help grow the workforce under mentorship of the KBA and its members. Talk to Russ Shiplet if you’d like to get more information on how the KBA is working to build a skilled workforce in Kitsap. 
*****To wrap up, neither Jim Sund nor Jon Pavey picked the Ace of Spades. The pot grows…
Meeting Highlights, January 10, 2020 Hugh Nelson 2020-01-10 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, January 3,2020

Todd Tidball
Todd Tidball was standing in for Kathy Rayment, who is on vacation at Whistler, B.C. As President in 2003-2004, Todd reminded us that he had the privilege of presenting Olympic College with a check for $100,000 from our Rotary Club. It was the culmination of a 10year fundraising effort. It was also the time that the work at Oyster Plant Park was completed. The ribbon cutting of the new park took place in Hugh Nelson’s term in 2005-2006. 
Thanks to Leo, who played the piano during our social hour. 


Carole MiltonCarole and Ardis
Ardis introduced and thanked Carole Milton, who donated $20,000 to Morrow Manor.  Later in the meeting, Jim Schlachter thanked Bruce Nilsen and his family for the donation of all of the appliances for all 8 units at Morrow Manor. Todd reminded everyone that it was possible to make a tax free Qualified Charitable Donation from an IRA if you are 72 years or older. Please check with your CPA for details. 
Styrofoam round up
It was announced that at last year’s Styro Roundup – 302 cars dumped Styrofoam. At this year’s event, 560 cars dumped Styrofoam. Great work to the Trash Team headed by Lori Cloutier!! 

Update from Duda, our exchange student from Brazil:

In the past couple of weeks, Duda switched host families and is now living with Joe Hulsey and Mary Gorman. Based on her traditions at home, she expected everyone would wear white on New Year’s Eve. She was surprised that we did not have that custom. She enjoyed seeing a Seahawks game and visiting the Museum of Flight. 

Update from Leo, our exchange student from Germany:

Leo has a new host family
Leo moved to his new host family – Brett and Chelsea Clark
Brett and Leo delivered gifts to children as part of a Les Schwab “toys for kids” program and Leo really enjoyed the spirit of giving. He missed seeing fireworks at the Space Needle on New Years (cancelled because of high winds). He very much enjoyed visiting the Museum of Flight.

Captain Jake Gillanders, Poulsbo Fire Captain and Executive Director of EMPACT Northwest

Capt Jake GillandersAfter being involved in firefighting, paramedics and rescue efforts for many years, in 2010 Jake and a team of six other volunteers traveled to Haiti to work on the rescue efforts after the earthquake that killed 100,000 people. Jake and his team soon learned that none of the volunteer organizations were interested in using the medical and rescue talents of his group. The team decided to form their own non-profit. EMPACT Northwest was born.  
Since then they have recruited more volunteers who are fire fighters, paramedics, nurses, doctors, physicians assistants, mental health professionals, architects and engineers. EMPACT Northwest has become a world-wide disaster relief organization capable of deploying anywhere in the world. The volunteers are based primarily in the Pacific Northwest. 
The team responds domestically and internationally for medical emergencies, disasters and scheduled medical missions. They are dedicated to assisting under-served populations and areas that are socioeconomically depressed whether they are in rural US or in Haiti. 
They conduct training for first responders in communities so they are prepared when disasters strike. They advocate for disaster mitigation. 
EMPACT Northwest has been involved in disasters in Haiti, Japan, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Philippines, Nepal, and the US.
Each of the volunteers is held to the same qualifications standard of training and capabilities as similar-sized FEMA teams and are required to maintain their physical, cognitive and psychomotor qualifications through their time in the organization. 
Their mission is to reach any disaster area in the world in 60 hours. They are self-contained and arrive fully functional except for fuel and water. They are skilled in Rescue Systems including technical search, structural shoring, heavy lifting, structural breaking; Rope Rescue Technology and Fast Water Rescue. 
EMPACT Northwest is a non-profit organization and is funded by donations and grants. The website is   
Meeting Highlights, January 3,2020 Hugh Nelson 2020-01-03 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, December 20, 2019

North Kitsap High School ChoirNorth Kitsap High School Choir
The North Kitsap High School Choir performed four lovely Christmas songs for us. 
Guests from UgandaGuests from Uganda
Guests from Uganda
We had three guests from Uganda 
Ardis Morrow
Ardis’s story was of a son coming home from the war 

Thought for the Day:

Instead of putting others in their place, put yourself in their place 


  • Jon Pavey reminded us of the Styrofoam roundup on December 28th
  • Rand’s Aloner party on Christmas Day.  
  • NO MEETING 12/27 
  • Lydia Rush was selling Poulsbo-Opoly for Soroptimists 

Youth Exchange Report

Exchange Student Report by Leo
  • Leo went to Bonnie’s Christmas party and enjoyed playing the piano. On Wednesday he went shopping at Silverdale Mall and had really hot wings at Buffalo Wild Wings 
  • Duda had been to the Oregon Coast and Tillamook Cheese Factory 
Duda with all her host families
Duda with all her host families! 
Thanks to the Sons of Norway
Special thanks to the Sons of Norway staff for the GREAT BREAKFAST!  

Guest Speakers: Harrison Medical Foundation 

Harrison Medical Foundation
  • Harrison was recently recognized with the Pathway to Excellence 50 best cardiac surgery 
  • Many awards for baby and maternity 
  • $2.1 Million supported our local programs 
    • Versant nurse residency (for the 10th year).  
    • DaVinci surgical system (Harrison is #1 user in the country) 
    • Northwest Family Medicine Residency 
    • Brings in eight residents yearly.  
      • About 60% stay here 
    • New hospital 
      • 9 floors 
      • 500,000 square feet 
      • 144 acute care beds 
      • 787 stall parking studture 
      • Targeted first patient November 2020 
      • 60,000 swuare foot cancer center 
      • Will have the Reimer family healing garden 
      • Will have sleep lab, radial lounge (for those recovering from a same day procedure for heart via the arm rather than groin) 
      • The Clear Creek trail will  go through the campus, where you’ll be able to stop at a Starbucks and continue on your way 
      • Theme is seal, forest, trails, and mountains 
        • Color coding will help for way finding 
      • 100% single occupancy rooms 
        • All rooms will have a view of mountains, sound of trees 
        • Reduced fall risk  
        • Dedicated loved ones’ area 
          • Includes bed and desk area 
      • Cancer center 
        • Will have American cancer society resource room for 
        • prosthetics 
        • 20 exam rooms 
        • 36 infusion bays – combination or individual and community infusion options – on the third floor with the best view 
      • Their building is energy efficient 
        • HVAC will be on the third floor which reducing airflow travel 
        • Installed a purple pipe system to reclaim reusable water  
    • Funds raised to date 
      • PET CT for Oncology and Cariology 
      • 256 slice CT for cardiology – significantly reduces  
      • Hybrid operating room – will be able to change from a external heart procedure  
      • Mobile heartbeat with secure cell phone will communicate with Clinicians and nurses 
      • Real time equipment locating  
      • Patient infotainment – discharge instruction in room 
  • CHI Franciscan has invested $500 Million in our community 
  • Questions 
    • CHI will work with City of Bremerton for an emergency facility. Would be very expensive to bring it up to current health care standards 

Michele Doyle celebrated by fining the following Rotarians. Pay a buck!

  • New members: Tony, Jim, Claudia, David 
  • People with new grandbabies 
  • People she caught shopping 
  • Jim Sund because he doesn’t get to hang out with his kids
  • Leo Fried Blue Heron going out of business 
  • Paul and Debra Vaughan for Play for All brochure 
  • Jerry Deeter for the Fireside 
Jim Gillard pulls the Ace of Spades!
Jim Gillard pulls the ACE OF SPADES!!!!  Wins $3220.50!!! 
Meeting Highlights, December 20, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-12-20 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, December 13, 2019


Jimmy Vincent came with Russ Shiplet
Roger Ludwig also brought a guest.

Ray: Thought for the day. 

Dalai Lama, “if you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito”. 

Ardis Morrow tells a story

Ardis Morrow tells a story
A government worker was in his office bored. He saw a cabinet that was never opened. He opened it and found an old lamp. He took it out and a Genie came out and gave him 3 wishes. He asked for an ice cold Coke. Boom. It worked. Then he wished to be on a tropical island with women that adored him. Poof. One more wish she says. He wished to never work again. Poof, he was back in the government office. 

Report from the Poulsbo-NK Rotary Foundation

Shane explains Poulsbo NK Rotary Foundation
Shane Seaman, president of the club’s foundation spoke and updated us on business. There is an open spot on the committee. No one has stepped forward. If you are interested let Dan Ryan know. This year we are working on Marrow Manor. This group is the 501C arm of the club. They are in the club but independent of the club. Shane has been president for 3 years and has one to go. Meetings are on Tuesdays. Lately it has been once a week because of Morrow Manor. But will go back to once a month. Join us if you’re interested.


Jim Davison at recent trash roundup
Cheryl introduced Jim Davison. He is a lifetime Rotarian. He joined in 1972. He comes to us from NJ. He is splitting his time between NJ and WA. He has been approved by the board. He responded YES to all of Cheryl’s questions. That’s Jim volunteering BEFORE he was inducted! Welcome to Poulsbo Rotary Jim!


Jon Pavey
  • Jon Pavey: The party was awesome. Best ever. Leo and others played the piano all night long and they were good.
  • Tuesday Dec 17 from 7-9 Fireside at Deeters'
  • Saturday Dec 14 party at Bonnie Pedersons
  • Wednesday Dec 25 2-7pm go to Rand's Aloner Party at his house.

Exchange student reports

Leo: Updated us on his week. He went to John Ackenhusen's house to decorate cookies. They ate German food at Tizzleys. His highlight of the week was that John loaned him a keyboard. He went to Sluys for the first time yesterday.
Duda: ordered a sandwich from Sluys. It was massive. She went to a tree farm and the family took hours to choose the the right tree. She thought it was insane. She was happy to go home after that. 

Michele Doyle - Election of Club Officers and Committee Chairs

Called a special meeting to order. We are voting on our officers. We have a quorum. 
We are voting on all the Club Committee Chairs. The following individuals have been nominated:
Cindy Putman, Public Image, John Waller, Youth Youth Exchange. Jon Pavey, Club Services, Steve Garfein, Professional Service. JoeJoe Hulsey, Domestic Domestic Violence Prevention. Jim Schlachter, Community Service. Naveen Chaudhary,, International Service. Lori Cloutier,, Trash Talk Task Force. Cheryl Harris, Membership. Mike Harris, Membership. Mike Cloutier, Youth Protection officer. Ardelle Rein-Halvorsen, Rotary International Foundation. 
Club officers: Individuals have been nominated for the following positions:

Nick Johnson, President, Kristi Sutton, Secretary, Don Lawrence, Treasurer, Kathy Rayment, Past President (requires no vote), Todd Tidball, Vice President, Donna Pledger, Funds Development. 
All nominations were seconded and approved unanimously. 
Some club chairs gave gave us an update, as time allowed.
Cindy Putman, Public Image, said the web page and Facebook will be getting revamped, based on requested feedback from the District. PI will be selling Viking hats and having a patch sewing party. Partnering informally with Play for All. Joint event at Salmon days with the trash committee. Lori spoke about trash talk task force. Dec 28th Styrofoam round up. Please start collecting plastic. We need someone to research Ghost fishing. We need people to help with the trash force. 
Joe Hulsey spoke about Domestic Violence Prevention. His committee has a lot of members but many are not Rotarians. Three are from Cross Roads. They have a large committee. Third Friday of the month they meet at SONs right after the main meeting. Morrow Manor is one of their big tasks. Jim Schlachter leads that project. The houses are almost up. Things are going well. We printed a bunch of posters about DV. We need help distributing them. We would like them in bathroom stalls. Joe wants to get the other Rotary clubs to help get them out. Eli's Place is repaired and there are two people living there. Yay! Bruce Nilsen will still help us with all of the appliances when we are ready. We need a plan to furnish Morrow Manor. 
Steve Garfein spoke about Professional Services and Rotary Friendship Exchange. You can go to the Ukraine. We also need to host 6 couples from Peru. Then he spoke about the Outreach Campaign and the distinguished students of service, the Way Things Work, Furfure of Work lecture series, Olympic College Speakers, and Active Giving at OC. The meetings are moving to Thursdays to avoid conflict. Lastly, this year we sent 4 local teachers to the space conference. 
John Waller on Youth Exchange. Three students are going abroad. Two to Brazil and one to Argentina. Very excited. We need host families for next year. Thank you to Dan Weeden, Mike and Lori Cloutier. Thanks to Meredith for hosting Duda. Please come forward and host a child next year. Duda and Leo need to work please keep them in mind. 
Ardelle Rein-Halvorsen, Rotary International Foundation will be presenting some Paul Harris awards. Rotary International Foundation provides $150 million to projects large and small. Our club donated over $500K so far. When you donate you can designate where your money goes. You can donate to a general fund or get specific, disease, polio, mothers and children, disaster relief etc. If you donate $100 or more just write on your check what you want it to go to. During December our club is matching points up to $250 this month!! Please donate. 
Today we awarded 4 Paul Harris Awards. 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. Michele Doyle, PH +5!! Cindy Garfein PH+5!! Jim Heins PH+1. Meredith Green PH+3!! Paul Harris Society pins were awarded to people that commit to giving $100/year until Polio is eradicated. Ardis Morrow, Meredith Green, Ardelle ReinHalvorsen, PK MacLean, and Lori Cloutier. If you haven't gone ƚo the Gates Foundation (one of Rotary's partners in polio eradication) you should go. It is an amazing building.
Cheryl Harris Membership Committee. We need new ways to get and retain members. We need people to know what Rotary is. We want to grow Rotary so we can do more good in the world. People stay in clubs or jobs because they have a friend in the club. We want to make sure we make everyone feel like they have a best friend in the club. The Red Badge helps with that process. Our unique candidate is bold, has a sense of humor and wants to do good. They put the badges in the hallway so that new members had time to actually meet the greeters. The induction ceremony changed back to the three YES questions. We are trying to engage in more friendships so that we can do better in the world. We want to bring in new members and retain them. 
Fine Masters: Rand and Lauren.
Happy Birthday Donna Pledger and Pat Ryan.
Lauren reminded us that we are lucky. We have an amazing life. She is asking tables to donate money to go to Fish Line. Super cool idea. 
Raffle: Jerry Deeter...and he pulls a 4 of clubs. Sorry Jerry.
Meeting Highlights, December 13, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-12-13 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, December 6, 2019


  • Fireside December 17th from 7-9 at Jerry Deeter's home
  • No meeting on 12/27
  • Ed and Lori Stern are the proud Rotarians who “signed their front yard as Proud Rotarians Live Here. 


Duda's day at the Vet clinic
Duda and Leo, our exchange students, moved to new host families this week. They are enjoying Christmas activities, including rooting for the Huskies in the Apple Cup, going to the Nutcracker Ballet, making Christmas cookies, and visiting Craig Adam's vet clinic. They also experienced their first Thanksgiving with lots of football and lots of food. 

GUEST PRESENTATION: Alice Helker, Shellfish Farming

Alice Helker, Shellfish Farming
Alice Helker, owner of Fjordlux Oyster Farm with her husband, Van has been a sea lover since her early days growing up in a family of mariners in Tacoma. She and her husband graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy and immediately set sail for different parts of the country for 9 months each year. Part of her experience was as an oil spill responder on the East coast. Feeling like they wanted to spend more time togetherether than apart, Alice and Van decided to make their love than apart, Alice and Van decided to make their love of the sea their livelihood.
After searching for two years, they found a suitable tideland to farm. After an additional three years they had secured all the permits necessary to begin operations. They have been in business for three years.
In each oyster bag, there are between 150 and 200 oysters with about a 70% yield. Their oyster farm harvests 700 dozen (8400) oysters from 1.5 acres of tideland. It takes 1 ½ y ears to grow oysters from seed. In colder climates, it can take longer.
If you are interested in tasting oysters, get to know the different tastes depending on the home location of the oyster. Oysters are the most plump in the spring and shut down a bit in the fall. A deep shell is the most desirable. 
In our area, we have the Olympia oyster. It is the most difficult to grow and accounts for only 15% of the farm's harvest. It is the only oyster that is native to the west coast. It has been overharvested, which is the reason for the low yields. 
Other oysters are the Pacific, Kumamoto, Virginica and the European Flat. 
Meeting Highlights, December 6, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-12-06 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, November 22, 2019

Kathy Rayment

Kathy Rayment, presiding;

Speaker Ed Carriere Suquamish Tribe Elder and basket weaver, Bonnie Carriere, Tony Modugno to be inducted as a new member, Eric Ryan, Carolyn Hederly-Smith, Frank Cariopo


by Meredith Green: "Character is a tree. Reputation is it's shadow". Abe Lincoln 


Christmas & Holiday Party  Dec 7th
Fireside at Deeters.     Dec 17



Leo and Duda

Leo and Duda told of their Rotary District Exchange Student trip to LA with other students visiting 5020 this year.  They visited Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm and took surfing lessons. A good time was had by all.

New member induction - Tony Modugno

Tony Modugno
Tony Modugno was sponsored by Jacob Maxwell. Tony is involved in the construction business And is also a volunteer fireman. Welcome to Poulsbo Rotary Tony!
John Ackenhusen
John Ackenhusen received his BLUE badge after completing the tasks to shed the red. (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.)

GUEST SPEAKER: Ed Carriere of the Suquamish tribe

Ed Carriere
Francis Malone arranged for our speaker and did a very respectful introduction of our guest, Mr. Ed Carriere of the Suquamish tribe.  He came to talk about his basket weaving that was taught to him by his great-grandmother starting 70 years ago. He recently published a book on ancient Salish sea baskets. 
Examples of baskets
Ed brought several examples of baskets that he has made using the same techniques and patterns of original basket weavers. Some of the patterns were discovered as areas were reclaimed and basket pieces unearthed.
Samples he showed us: 
 1. Hat with knob a whalers hat. 
 2. Shrimp Trap 
 3. Clam Gathering basket 
 4. Cross warped style a fishnet design using hazelnut shoots 
 5. Back pack burden basket a large ancient style basket that he made which Integrated 4000, 3000, 2000, and 1000-year-old weaving patterns.  
 6. A cooking basket capable of holding water 
Preparing a reed for weaving
He then demonstrated how he prepares the wood to make the reed for weaving. (All of us in the front row were worried he was going to cut himself with the small sharp knife he used.) Color was included in the design by using bark and roots from choke cherry, wild cherry, bear grass from the mountains, and horsetail root to get the black color they need. 
Questions and answers followed until time ran out.
The club sang happy birthday to Cheryl Harris. Some sang well. Some did not. 
Our resident trashy woman, Lori Cloutier, told us that we have arranged to collect 300 lbs of plastic wrap per week which will be recycled to make TREX decking.
Matt Ryan's number was drawn for a possible payday of $2860. The club members moaned in sadness that he did not pick the ACE of SPADES so the Fraffle continues with only 7 cards left. 
Meeting Highlights, November 22, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-11-22 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, November 15, 2019

These are the highlights from our November 15th club meeting, presented in stream of consciousness format, yet somehow still informative. We hope to add photos in the near future.
And so it begins. Another meeting. Bacon. Eggs. And Samwise's favorites: Po-ta-toes.  

I (Nick Johnson) made a mistake. Two city council members at my table. Whoops. 

Kathy's Back! (Club President Kathy Rayment has returned from vacation)
On the agenda:
  • Raab Park (Paul), Club Nominations (Board & Directors), Save to Grow (Gale), Induction (Claudia) and other things I'm sure. 
  • Board meeting on the 21st, 5:30 at Kathy's abode.  
  • No meeting on the 29th! Be aware that if you show up, you'll be sitting in a big dark room, alone, hungry and sad. 
Donna (Pledger) leads the pledge!
We are proud Rotarians without any proud Rotarians this week! Grab a sign, take it home, post it at your home, take a photo, be a proud Rotarian.
Guests (introduced)! Ardis (Morrow presents a story)! Thought of the Day!

  • Christmas Party on December 7th, Kiana Lodge 
  • Fireside at Deeter's December 17th 
  • Clipboard 101! The clipboard should end up at the last table! If you don't grab yours, check the metal cabinet. Stop emailing Jon! 
  • Social Committee meeting after the meeting 
  • Put a dollar in the can, or something. It does something. Pinky. I don't know.          
Buzz Whitley Big Band raised over $1,500 for the Rotary! Boom.

Club Officer and Board nominations for next year announced by me (Nick Johnson)! 
  • Special Appointments (not voted in by the club) 
    • Domestic Violence Protection Chair / Joe Hulsey 
    • Youth Protection Chair / Mike Cloutier 
    • Youth Exchange Officer / Jon Waller 
    • Scholarship Chair / Mitch Sudy 
    • Fund Development Chair / Kim McCoy 
Club Directors (will be voted in by the club on December 13th) 
  • Club Services Chair / Jon Pavey 
  • International Services Chair / Naveen Chaudhary 
  • Community Services Chair / Jim Schlacter 
  • Professional Services Chair / Steve Garfein 
  • Public Image Chair / Cindy Putman (spelled correctly – woot woot!) 
  • International Foundation Chair / Ardelle Rein 
  • Membership Chair / Cheryl Harris 
  • Youth Services Chair / Naveen Chaudhary 
Officers (will be voted in by the club on December 13th) 
  • President / Nick Johnson 
  • Secretary / Christine Kastanopolous 
  • Treasurer / Don Lawrence 
  • Immediate Past President / Kathy Rayment 
  • Vice President / Todd Tidball 
  • President Elect / Donna Pledger 
New Member Induction! Claudia Alves. She can P-R-O-J-E-C-T  H-E-R  V-O-I-C-E. Welcome to Poulsbo Rotary Claudia!

Audrey Wolf announces a tour of Olympic College! Let her know if you want to join the tour. She'll figure out the date and time once she figures out who wants to come, and what everyone wants to see. EMAIL HER!
Gayle Heller tells us about about Save to Grow, and her recent trip to Tanzania. 
  • Tanzania. East Africa. South of the Equator. One of the poorest countries in the world. 
  • Goal of STG (Save to Grow - Microsaving and Loan groups) was to help rural villages operate like a bank. Shared Interest Savings Groups. Pretty cool. 
  • WHAT! Photos of powerpoint slides, inside powerpoint slides! Is this the Matrix? How deep does this rabbit hole go? 
  • Our ISC (International Service Committee) granted $5k to BI Rotary in 2017, and an additional $7k in 2019. 
  • We will now be singing and chanting when we start our Rotary meetings. 
Meeting Highlights, November 15, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, November 8, 2019

Exchange Student LeoExchange Students Duda and Leo
Exchange Students Duda and Leo talked about Seattle trip with another exchange student and how fun it was to explore the wonder of Seattle with other exchange students.  

District Governor Maureen Fritz-Roberts

District Governor Maureen Fritz-RobertsDistrict Governor Maureen Fritz-Roberts talked about her decision to become DG, because She and her husband Dale found that Rotary projects, travel, and friendships they formed to be such meaningful and significant parts of their lives. This is her way of giving back. 
On a National Immunization Day in Ethiopia, she saw a village with a new well. The new well provided extra time for the women and children. In the course of their visit she met a woman named Joy.
She talked about Joy an incredibly happy person. Joy was a single mom, tiny house, without running water or bathroom, and with a dog tied up in the back yard because she could afford a fence. 
A year after Mo first met her, Joy received a micro-credit loan from a collaboration Mo and Dale got passionate about developing a micro-credit lending program for the women. Their club raised US$45,000, which was half what they needed. She and Dale connected with a Rotarian they met in Ethiopia, a tire salesman. On Christmas Eve he called and said that he’d asked three people, and they’d kicked in $15,000 each so they had the total $90,000 they needed.
For a micro lending program, they needed at least seven borrowers to spread the risk across a number of small loans. Each borrower's repayments to the program can help fund new loans that allow the borrowers to advance towards their goals. Joy borrowed $50 and started a bakery. She repaid the loan, and then it trickled down through the other seven members. She was able to borrow additional money to expand her bakery. With her business, she was able to send her two children to school. Her home had been completely painted, and she was able to get electricity and water in her home, including a television. The dog was running free in the fenced back yard. Joy showed all the other seven people that she now had a thriving business.
On another topic, Mo noted that Rotary has a problem. We have a duty to make sure that we properly care for the youth we’re dealing with. Rotary wants each club to have a youth protection officer and youth service chair. 
Mo told another story about visiting a school in Uganda. She walked into a classroom that had dozen girls of about 12 years old sitting at a treadle sewing machine. Beside each girl was a two-year-old child. The girls had been kidnapped and held as sex slaves. When they were rescued, they were brought to the school to learn a skill to support themselves and children. The machines created joy and opportunity for the girls, and the money that furnished these opportunities came from Rotary. Mo compared that joy to a buying a nice coffee a couple times a month, and instead giving that money to the Rotary Foundation. 
She encouraged Rotarians to consider attending the Rotary International Conference in Hawaii. She especially encouraged Rotarians to attend the District Training Conference and Assembly on May 15 & 16 in Victoria. This provides us a chance to celebrate our accomplishments for the last year and learn skills to run our clubs and make a bigger difference in the world.

Rotary Awards Presented

Jon PaveyBonnie Pederson

PK MaCleanMeredith Green
Our club’s Rotary Foundation chair and Mo awarded Paul Harris Fellows. 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. received a PHF+5, Bonnie Pederson PHF+2, Pat Ryan PHF+6, PK McLean PHF+7. Meredith Green received a Polio Plus Society for her commitment to donate $100 per year until polio is eradicated. 

Meeting Highlights, November 8, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-11-08 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, November 1, 2019

Posted on Nov 01, 2019
Nick Johnson
As President Kathy put on her bikini to bask under the Hawaiian sun, President Elect Nick Johnson donned a fetching woolen scarf to open the Rotary meeting on this chilly Poulsbo morning. If you were there, you would have noted he also wore other appropriate cold weather clothing.
In the absence of Craig Adams, Nick continued the dog and pony show by giving the thought for the day, "True friends say good things behind your back and bad things to your face." We trust Craig's patients are recovering. Woof.
Ardis Morrow telling a story
Ardis made us laugh again. She also modeled a fancy pair of knee-high socks that looked like old-fashioned laced up shoes, which she found in her drawer. Don’t you wonder who put them there? 


  • John Pavey, the announcer of good tidings, told us there are items for sale, left over from the auction bar. (What doesn’t sell this week will be brought back next week.) 
  • 11/9 Fall clean up work party at Poulsbo Cemetery. Keeping the graves clean and the cemetery cleared of debris reduces the potential for vandalism, and honors those buried there. 
  • 11/9 Salmon Watch at Fish Park. Help is needed to man the booth and to act as guides. 
  • Nick announced North Kitsap School students are trying to fill a bus, before the Holidays, with non-perishable foods to benefit Fishline. 
Leo and Duda
Our club's Rotary Exchange students, Leo and Duda, teamed up to give the Doodah Report. The highlight of their week occurred on Home Coming night. They nearly froze to death as they waited in line to get into some place. Was it Leo who risked pneumonia to give Duda his coat? Duda had heard of the concept of cold, but until that night, our Brazilian exchange student never experienced it. Welcome to the great Northwest, young friends. And it’s not even winter yet. Another memorable occasion for both of them was going Trick or Treating for the first time. 
Kitsap Superior Court Judge Michelle Adams
Kitsap Superior Court Judge Michelle Adams briefly talked about Kitsap Drug Court. This is a strict, support program to encourage addicts to get clean and sober rather than go to jail. Those enrolled in the program have to follow Court requirements, and if they can stay in the program their progress is celebrated with graduation, which occurs quarterly. The public is invited to attend. 

Kitsap Strong

by Kody Russell
by Kody Russell
Our own Superior Court Judge Jennifer Forbes, introduced the featured speaker, Kody Russell, head of Kitsap Strong, a community initiative to improve the health and well-being of all children, families, and adults in Kitsap. He gave a fascinating presentation on what he called a network of organizations geared to be supportive of families to bring out the best in every child. He asked how we learned to tie our shoes. The answer is we were taught. 
Some adversity is unavoidable. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic, caused by abuse, neglect, or household dysfunction, which can negatively impact health throughout the lifespan. Needy youth can be helped by an informed, caring community. The first years are formative. Children who are not getting parental interaction and guidance, need role models, people to love and teach them in order to flourish. There are many groups to help at risk youth, including Boys and Girls Club. 
Children and teens need adults to care about them and value them. Young persons don’t have the resources to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps.” When fear is overwhelming, learned coping methods flee, and young people need to learn calming skills from an adult who can teach them.
Mr. Russell talked about the trees in forests helping each other, even different kinds of trees, through their root systems. Trees need other trees. If it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a forest. The talk was complete with pictures, slides and a short film. When Mr. Russell was finished, he asked for questions.  There weren’t any. Maybe most people were reflecting on how they could have been better parents, as was this writer. 


When the Fine Master asked if someone knew about the Seahawks, about half the attendees looked to Dan Weedin. He quickly answered challenging, obscure questions, garnering thunderous applause. 
There were many happy bucks, and one, a tribute by Tim Nichols, was a sad note as he remembered his mother, who recently died. We offer our condolences to Tim and his family.
Minutes, written with editorialese, may be inaccurate, subject to interpretation, and possibly, misleading. Or not.  
By Pat Ryan for Todd Tidball 
Meeting Highlights, November 1, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, October 25, 2019

Posted on Oct 25, 2019

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 
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Meeting Highlights, October 18, 2019

Posted on Oct 18, 2019


  • 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. 
Meeting Highlights, October 18, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-10-18 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, October 11, 2019

Posted on Oct 11, 2019
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!)
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Meeting Highlights, October 4, 2019

Posted on Oct 04, 2019


  • 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. 
Meeting Highlights, October 4, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-10-04 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, September 27, 2019

Posted on Sep 27, 2019


  • 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
Meeting Highlights, September 27, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-09-27 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, September 20, 2019

Posted on Sep 20, 2019


  • 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. 
Meeting Highlights, September 20, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-09-20 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, September 13, 2019

Posted on Sep 13, 2019


  • 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. 
Meeting Highlights, September 13, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-09-13 07:00:00Z 0

2019 Poulsbo Rotary Gala and Auction - Get your tickets here!

Posted on Sep 12, 2019
Tickets are NOW ON SALE for the 2019 Poulsbo Rotary Gala and Auction.  Don't miss out on the BEST AUCTION OF THE YEAR!
Join us on Saturday, October 26, 2019 

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: Poulsbo Sons of Norway
Attire: It's a Halloween Party! Costumes are highly encouraged but not required!
Cost: $75 per ticket OR if you'd like to sponsor a table of 8, it's $750!
Contact Lori Cloutier to learn more about sponsorship opportunities 
We would LOVE to see you there but understand that travel or other commitments can sometimes interfere with this event. If you'd like, you can still make a tax deductible donation online.
A big thank you to our Presenting Sponsor for this year's auction - Acupuncture and Wellness Center.
Accupuncture and Wellness Center Poulsbo
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Meeting Highlights, September 6, 2019

Posted on Sep 06, 2019


  • 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. 
Meeting Highlights, September 6, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-09-06 07:00:00Z 0

New Website Link - Play for All

Posted by Hugh Nelson on Aug 29, 2019
You will notice a new link on our website, Play for All. Play for All at Raab Park is a community effort to build an inclusive playground in North Kitsap County. This is a project of the Poulsbo Rotary Club, operating in partnership with a citizen steering committee, the Kitsap Community Foundation, and the City of Poulsbo.  Can you help us raise $600,000 to purchase and install inclusive playground equipment at Raab Park in Poulsbo? Follow the link to find out more about how you can help.
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Save the Date - Poulsbo Rotary Auction

Posted on Aug 28, 2019
The 2019 Poulsbo Rotary Gala and Auction is coming up October 26 5:30 - 10pm at the Son's of Norway in Poulsbo.
The caterer and price of tickets are still in negotiation. Our club is looking for unique, experiential donations. Like Wine Tours/B&B (Washington - she has a lovely California one donated by Mark Olson). Weekend packages - staycations for San Juans, and so forth!
Contact Michele Doyle if you'd like to donate or be on the committee!  Thanks!
Save the Date - Poulsbo Rotary Auction Hugh Nelson 2019-08-28 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, August 16, 2019

Posted on Aug 16, 2019


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. 
Meeting Highlights, August 16, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-08-16 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, August 9, 2019

Posted on Aug 09, 2019
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. 
Meeting Highlights, August 9, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-08-09 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, August 2, 2019

Posted on Aug 02, 2019


  • Club Picnic Aug 11 at Brenda Wall’s 
  • David Hedderly-Smith had surgery and is doing well 
  • Aug 16 Wine Tasting (Washington whites) at Anne Pyles’s home
  • Reminder: Morrow Manor is a construction site. You’re welcome to drive past or contact Jim Schlacter for permission to tour. 
  • Oct. 3: Olympic College Fundraising Event — How to Help All People Thrive. This is a joint project, through a partnership between our Professional Services Committee and Olympic College. The flyer is on our Facebook page. 

Nick Johnson - How we grow Rotary

Nick Johnson
Our club is thriving, we have community leaders who are unable to connect with the club, so how can we grow? Amy and Geoff Schmidt have started a new club, Crossroads Rotary Club of Kitsap, which will have its own charter. It’s geared toward leaders who can’t attend our meetings. Their meetings will be 1 hour evening meetings, twice per month. They have 40 interested and 20 have already committed. Our club needs to decide if we want to sponsor the new club. The Board met and voted in support of sponsorship. There will be a CLUB VOTE in two weeks to determine sponsorship, which does have a financial component. A short Q and A followed. This will allow more members of our community to join Rotary.

Poulsbo Police Department’s Strategic Plan 2019-2021

by Dan Schoonmaker 
Dan SchoonmakerDan was selected as the Chief of Police for the City of Poulsbo in December of 2016. He had grown up in Bellevue and was interested in returning to the area. He had a 27-year career with the Westminster Police Department, which is in Orange County, with a population of about 92,000. Dan earned a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice/Police Science. He has also coached youth football at the middle school level and is now on the varsity football staff at North Kitsap High School. He lives with his wife, Debbie, and doesn’t plan on moving any time soon. 
Dan began his talk by addressing the July 3 shooting. Although he couldn’t talk about it, he asked 1. that we trust an investigation is being done by professionals, 2. that we have patience, because it takes time to do a thorough job, and 3. we provide support for the community. This was the most Poulsbo Police, continued: intense scene he has experienced in 30 years of law enforcement. The removal of the memorial is also being investigated. 
Dan talked about crime: it’s steady, and slightly down. They’ve hired two more officers. They have a good working relationship with the surrounding jurisdictions, and they’ve added an additional manager. 
Dan introduced the Strategic Plan for 2019-2021 — he provided handouts on the tables. Their challenges are training (expensive, with no new funding sources) and recruitment (all chief working together), and remembering that public safety is a priority, even when it’s not. 
85% of the people they arrest in Poulsbo don’t live in Poulsbo. He never expected to live in the city in which he works, but Poulsbo is his home. Dan praised his great team: the community, the city team (made of officers, department heads, city council, Mayor, employees), and the police officers. 
Chief Schoonmaker led a short Q and A. He said there are fewer homeless people on the streets in the last couple of months because the have Police Navigators — a behavioral health team that connects people with resources, if they’re willing. He dispelled the false rumor that the officer involved in the July 3 shooting had been fired by Port Gamble. He explained a little about the vetting process of their officers: thorough background checks, only 40% get through interviews.
Meeting Highlights, August 2, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

Club's Viking Tour Zero Waste Program Featured in August District 5020 Newsletter

Posted on Aug 01, 2019
Viking Tour Zero Waste EventThis article written by club member Meredith Green was published in the August Rotary District 5020 Newsletter.
At the Poulsbo Rotary Club’s Viking Tour fundraiser, held May 19th, the club worked to turn it into a Zero Waste event. The result was a reduction of waste from a 4 cubic yard container to 9 pounds!
This was a remarkable success – here are the numbers:

• Compost - 66.2 lbs.
• Landfill - 9.0 lbs. (including a soggy blanket and trash picked up from the local creek)
• Bottles and Cans - 9.7 lbs.
• Non-Compostable Cups, Lids, Straws - 4 lbs. 10 oz
• Snack Wrappers - 2 lbs. 10 oz
• Plastic Film - 2 lbs. 13 oz.
• Cardboard - 8.8 lbs.
• Paper - 1.3 lbs
• Styrofoam - 0
• Gloves - 15.9 oz
• Tyvek bibs - 12.5 oz
The tagline of the Zero Waste effort was "Evolved Vikings don’t pillage the earth."
Viking Tour Riders in PoulsboThe Viking Tour is a Zero Waste Event. We’ve made a commitment to be a “Zero Waste” event which means we will do everything we can to reduce waste, reuse various elements, and set up “Zero Waste Stations” for recyclable and compostable materials. All waste created during the event will be delivered to Peninsula Subaru who, working with Terracycle, will transform it into benches and tables. All plates, cups and utensils are certified compostable and will be taken to Olympic Organics (along with the food scraps). Lastly, any rider bibs can be left with us so we can ship them to Trex where they can ride into a new life as composite decking. Evolved vikings don’t pillage the earth.
Waste organization during the raceIn addition to the huge reduction in waste was the unanticipated enthusiasm of younger members in the community. Our enthusiastic coordinator, Lori Cloutier, engaged the environmental class at our local Olympic Community College. The class evaluations (for the entire semester) were resoundingly positive regarding their roles as educators. 
Club's Viking Tour Zero Waste Program Featured in August District 5020 Newsletter Hugh Nelson 2019-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, July 26, 2019

Posted on Jul 26, 2019


  • Wine tasting tonight at Donna Pledger’s.  
  • Two-page ad in the Kitsap Herald is out:  The Annual Review 
  • Styrofoam round up is in progress. Official day tomorrow. Glenn is collecting.  
  • List of things that we need for the Mexican project that is moving to Poulsbo. Household goods are needed.  
  • Dave Shields brought us a beautiful day today. Thanks Dave. 

Harlan Harris earns his blue badge

Harlan Harris
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.  We are blessed to have Harlan become an official Rotarian! Harlan was speechless. Jim Schlachter, Harlan's mentor, presented the award.  They hugged without asking! Harlan said he is very grateful to be part of this community. Congratulations, Harlan! 

Jacob Maxwell - Cybersecurity

Jacob Maxwell
Jacob offered 3 steps to a stronger password. Many big companies have been hacked. Billions of accounts have been hacked. They have your security questions. Yahoo, Ebay, Equifax and Marriott have all been hacked. These are the biggest four. Equifax lost HALF of all American’s information. Marriott lost everyone’s passport number! If you don’t have a form of identity protection, you might want to get one.
Pro hackers target corporations. Hackers have to hone their skills. Corporations are more valuable to steal from. However, the FBI is all over the hacker. So lots of risk and a lot of skill involved.  
Individuals are very valuable for “target practice.” Hackers practice on them. They are called Script Kitties. We are valuable for them to train. Not so much monetarily but great practice for the novice hacker.
The easiest way to protect ourselves is to make password more difficult to hack. The easiest target is someone with a weak password who uses it across multiple accounts. Even if you have strong password and you use it across multiple accounts you are an easy target. To be less at risk you want a unique strong password for each account.  
1. Use strong passwords 
2. Use a password manager to store them all 
3. Use two step verification.  
"Tr0ub4dor&3" will take a computer three days to break into. "Correct horse battery stapleÜ will take a computer 553 years to guess. A weak password is less than 20 characters long. Using the same password on multiple accounts, using common sayings, or one having personal information are also poor practices. A strong password has more than 20 characters. 4 unrelated words work best.
He can test passwords with Password Haystack. A $2000 computer will take about 2.5 months to hack a weak password. For $10,000 it takes about 1.5 hours. Long passwords take 3.52 thousand trillion centuries. Don’t get complicated, just get long. 
Don’t use your Facebook password for anything else. They keep the passwords in plain text so employees could see it. Every account needs a unique password. Don’t use common phrases, movie lines, nursery rhymes, pet names, or big life events. 
To keep all these passwords straight. Use password managers. Low tech example is a written telephone book from Walmart. There are cloud managed apps too. One Pass, Dashline or Lastpass. The low-tech option is great but you can only use it when you have it on you. Plus there is only one copy of it. It is also susceptible to physical damage. The tech-based password managers can be harder to learn. They have more tools for security. You have to trust a cyber security company. If they have bad security your accounts will get stolen. If you lose your password you don’t get in. This is good and bad.  
Get two-step verification. If a hacker gets your password they can’t get in without your pin. You get a unique pin each time you go to log on. They will only get in if they have access to your actual phone.  
Meeting Highlights, July 26, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-07-26 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, July 19, 2019

Posted on Jul 19, 2019


  • Historical Society Open House June 23 
  • July 26 is wine tasting at Donna Pledger's home 
  • Silverdale Rotary invited us to buy Duck Raffle Tix for July 28th Duck Race fundraiser 
  • Sept 7 at Raab Park is a fund raiser BBQ for the Poulsbo Community Orchestra 
  • Get Placemat info to John ASAP 
  • Bazhad Mostofi made an announcement about a project he is involved in to help build a soup kitchen for a small, rural town in Mexico. 
  • Get your Photo taken for the new directory ASAP 
  • 9:00 am Sat July 20 is the monthly Membership committee meeting at Schmidt’s home 
  • Days for Girls work party July 20 
  • Aug 11 is the annual club picnic at Brenda Wall's home. 
NOTE: There is a new format for making announcements! Get a form and submit it to John. It is required for him to make announcements on your topic. No form = No announcement


Each new member in our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Audrey Wolf's motto is "Let's work together. She is a first generation American. Her family immigrated from Europe. She and her husband have 3 daughters. She has a wide variety of hobbies that fill her time. Audrey received a master’s degree with an emphasis in social justice. She attended OC and was awarded her BA from Chapman Univ. She has an interest in domestic violence support, helping to be an advocate for victims. She worked for a while in a financial planning office. Audrey now works for the OC Foundation in Alumni Relations and Development. 

Katherine Lewis & Penny Nixon from Etta Projects

Katherine Lewis & Penny Nixon from Etta ProjectsKatherine Lewis & Penny Nixon from Etta Projects
Penny's daughter was a Rotary Exchange student who was killed in a tragic freak accident while an exchange student in Bolivia in 2002. Penny started Etta Projects in response in order to turn her daughter's death into a positive. 
Penny has been awarded the International Woman of the Year in Montero Bolivia '08, received the Global Humanitarian Award in 2009, and in 2017 she received the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize.
Penny works only in Bolivia, which is the poorest country in South America. Etta Projects focuses in the following areas: Clean Water, Sanitation, Health, and Leadership. 
The work is done is rural remote villages where there exists each of the following:
  • Community Participation. What do they see that they need? 
  • Partnerships: Total village. Government at all levels. Rotary. Schools. Health Dept 
  • Education: Bolivians teaching. Bolivians
 Etta Projects (EP) trains the trainers. All projects started 16 years ago are still in use today.
Bolivia has good water but poor distribution systems. EP provides 'at home' water, complete with meters to collect fees to be able to sustain the project.

In Bolivia 36% of deaths are because of diarrhea. The old outdoor latrine is unhealthy and unsafe so EP builds Eco toilets that enable composting. 
There was no system in place when EP began. Now EP trains 2-3 people in each community. Trained healthcare staff learn about diabetes, injections, birthing babies. They provide awareness of who has the greatest need when a doctor arrives in town, not the person who arrives in line first. A doctor is on staff to help educate the locals. 

People educating other people. EP provides continuing education to teach what they do to others. 

EP partners with Johns Hopkins University to enable research to be done locally.
This is their 16th year. Ahmis Loving from the Poulsbo Rotary Club is now on the board. Thank you for your tremendous work! 

See more photos from the July 19th Meeting!

See more photos from the July 19th Meeting!
Meeting Highlights, July 19, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-07-19 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, July 12, 2019

Posted on Jul 12, 2019

Important Announcements 

  • Jewel Box BBQ Bluegrass and Beer Sunday at Sawdust Hill Alpaca Farm 2-5pm 
  • Olympic College. Speaker series August 1. AND 24th Annual community luncheon Oct 14th Both free.  
  • Rotary club of East Jefferson. Bike race August 25th Cycle Marrowstone. Mimicking Viking Tour. 40% discount for us.  
  • Saturday Poulsbo Cemetery 8am. Clean up party.  
  • Cards to sign. For older exchange students. Mike Weiss and Nicole Westmiller.  
  • Please update your picture. Trying to get it printed. Scott is taking pictures next Friday.  
  • Rand, next Saturday July 20 we are having a packaging party for Days for Girls at West Sound Academy 9-3pm. 
  • Frances Malone: reminded us about the Styrofoam round up July 27. If you can’t take your styro to the roundup yourself, bring it here on July 19 or July 26th.
Tonya Thomas and Jim GillardTonya Thomas and Jim Gillard
Tonya Thomas and Jim Gillard both earned their BLUE BADGES! 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. Shown in photos with Gayle Heller and Steve Hogg. Congratulations Tonya and Jim!  

Classification talk by Dave Hedderly-Smith

Classification talk by Dave Hedderly-SmithNote:  His last name isn’t Hedderly. His last name isn’t Smith. His last name is HEDDERLY-SMITH!
Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. David was born in Seattle and raised on Bainbridge Island. His dad died when he was a senior in high school. David “colleged hopped” from Olympic and Western, then on to get his Ph.D. in Geology from Utah. He became a consultant Economic Geologist. He lived in Anchorage for 10 years, then Park City for 35 years, spending 25+ years as a ski instructor. He is a Past President of Rotary. He married “up” to Carolyn and has two kids: Arthur is a mechanical engineer and Alison is a junior at Evergreen studying to be a starving artist. Dave had a great career in Alaska exploring the earth. He now owns four mineral properties in AK. Some have Uranium minerals. Kassan, AK is a great place that has a spirit house for saving the whales. Go if you get the chance.  He ate so many crabs there that he woke up walking sideways. He showed us many photos of Alaska and explained the geology of the areas. They drill holes in the earth and look for minerals, gold, uranium, copper, aluminum, silver etc. He also works in mines in Arizona. He teaches drink making while students look for minerals.  
David collects old sports cars. He has a T-Bird called Lola. He also has a sportster speedster replica. Thank you.  

Presentation by President Kathy Rayment

Presentation by President Kathy RaymentKathy is really into her grandkids (which we love). She has no goals yet, but wants all Rotarians recognized in our local area. She began by giving Jerry Deeter a sign to keep in his yard that says “Proud Rotarian Lives Here!” If you get a sign do not return it. It is yours to keep. Todd Tidball also got a sign and he is very proud of his sign. So did Jim Shields. All of these men have been Rotarians for several years, along with also being past presidents.  
Kathy laid out the new roles for this upcoming year:  
  • Tim Nichols is the past president.  
  • Michele Doyle is her VP.  
  • Nick Johnson is president elect.  
  • Chris Kastanopolous is club secretary.  
  • Don Lawrence is club treasurer.  
  • Donna Pledger Funds Development.  
  • Jon Pavey, Club Services.  
  • Geoff Schmidt, was Community Service but he is taking a leave of absence due to a job in Seattle. Jim Schlacter volunteered to take over.  
  • Cindy Tveit Public Image.  
  • Steve Garfein, Professional Services.  
  • Joe Hulsey, Domestic Violence Prevention 
  • Donna Pledger and Naveen Chaudhary, International Service 
Meeting Highlights, July 12, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-07-12 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, July 5, 2019

Posted on Jul 05, 2019

Important Announcements 

Kathy Rayment, new club President
  • TODAY was Kathy Rayment’s (above) FIRST MEETING as President!  
  • Next Saturday is Service Saturday: Clean up at Poulsbo Cemetery 
  • July 26: Wine Tasting at Donna Pledger’s — Sparkling Wines 
  • July 28: Silverdale Rotary’s Great Duck Race! 
  • Steve Garfein reminded the club that when we have oatmeal for breakfast (first Fridays of the month), the $400 saved goes to Fishline.
Dan Weedin
Dan Weedin, sporting a silk Australian Aboriginal design tie he traded a Mickey Mouse tie for in a past Rotary friendship exchange!

Friendship Exchange from Australia!

Friendship Exchange from Australia!
Eight new friends from Australia came to our area and joined our club today. They shared many interesting facts and stories about their country and club activities. Australia has 16,000 miles of coastline. They have six states and two territories, and have never had a revolution or civil war. As a nation, they love their sports! They’re famous for “strine,” which can be hard for outsiders to decipher. They have universal free healthcare and enjoy the second highest standard of living. 
Chris and Mary Bell came from the Lismore Club. They have a hobby farm with koalas and beehives. They have a Powerhouse diesel generator, which Chris restores. Three of their club’s big projects are helping drought-affected farms in Queensland, graffiti removal, and helping end polio. 
Ron and Lyn Chittick joined us from Lismore West. They have a 200-acre cattle farm, and Ron is a livestock auctioneer. Their club’s projects include making a bicycle track for a local school for disabled children. They help fund a rescue helicopter with the money they make at cookouts (barbecues), they run a buggy to help patients at a local hospital. They also participate in graffiti removal, and they’re helping rebuild after a devastating flood that affected 68% of the businesses — many of which still haven’t reopened. They donated “flat pack” (pre-manufacture) schools for Thailand after the 2006 tsunami. They partner with House of Hope in Samoa, an orphanage for abused children, and they purchased an X ray unit for Vanuatu. 
Bill and Di Stuart came from Club Warwick Sunrise in Queensland, which is currently in a drought. They raise Angus cattle and a few Jerseys, and sheep. Warwick has many historical sandstone buildings, plus lots of cattle and transport industry. Their club holds a variety of fundraisers (book sales, food van catering) to purchase a bus and build toilets in India. They purchased solar lights for “slum children” together with an E-club. 
Kevin comes from a club with about 100 members, and he shared how he raises $1 million for his club! They sold raffles lottery tickets for a dream home. They build a house every year for low or no cost from contractors. They now raise 1.8 million dollars by selling $3.6 million in tickets! Wow! 
Paul Densmead came from New South Wales and is part of the Lismore Club. Their Opera at the Channon fundraising project helps fund a rescue helicopter. 
Jane Flood lives in Wauchope, New South Wales, and she is a member of the Eclub NextGen, which is an online club. They sent 1404 menstrual kits (Days for Girls) overseas in 2018. They do caravan tagalong trips. They raise money for the Royal Flying Doctors (RFDs) and Rotary Mental Health Services with RFDs. They support Aboriginal art in central northern Western Australia. They do house renovations for the RFDs. They sponsored a Ph.D. student to research pancreatic cancer, and they also supply solar lights for students in India. Part of their fundraising efforts are through catering. 
Franz and Catherine Huber hail from Surfers Sunrise Club on the Gold Coast. One of their big projects is to manufacture wheelchairs out of discarded bicycle parts ($100 each). They have made nearly 9000! 
Bill Rex was unable to attend. 
View photos from the presentation here!
Be checking your email for upcoming Friendship Exchanges! 
Steve Garfein with Kevin Hilgers and his wife
We were also joined by visitors from Canada! Rotary Friendship Exchange Chair for 5020, Kevin Hilgers and his wife, from the Harborside Club.
Meeting Highlights, July 5, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-07-05 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, June 28, 2019

Posted on Jun 28, 2019

Important Announcements

  • 6/28:  Wine tasting at Bonnie’s house 
  • Recycle News  
  • 7/27:  Styrofoam Roundup – Kitsap Fairgrounds 
  • Plastic bag pick-up EVERY Friday at Rotary Meetings 
  • Old Rotary cookbooks found during storage cleanup can be obtained for free.  First come, first gets! 
  • In the Charity world, everyone is asking for money.  Rand Hillier announced that the new watch guides are available.  Just email Rand if you want a copy. 

Rick Grantham receives Blue Membership Badge

Amy Schmidt presented Rick Grantham with a Blue badge for completing all the membership requirements. 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. Congratulations Rick!

President Tim Nichols recognized:

  • Devyn Newcombe for providing so much help to increasing membership! 
  • Kristi Sutton for 9 years of dedicated service in the role of club secretary! 

Rotary Year in Review 

President Tim Nichols 
Tim shared thoughts and pictures of this year’s highlights including:
  • Exchange student Mc going away party and his receiving a GoPro Camera 
  • Cemetery clean-up project 
  • Trash Talks from Lori Cloutier 
  • Viking Tour and Nick Johnson 
  • October Auction Gala 
Tim also encouraged the group to call out their own highlights:
  • Devyn Newcombe - Appreciation Moments and Spirit Awards 
  • Frances Malone – Getting to hear the presentation better by the efforts of others for 
  • working with the technology in the room 
  • Kristi Sutton – The fishing industry presentation from Jim Shields and Mike Burns (sp?) 
  • Rand Hillier – The energy of every Friday meeting 
  • Don Lawrence – Friday meetings are his positive pill 
  • Lori Cloutier – Loved all the trashy people who helped out on the Trash Talk campaign and at the Viking Tour 
  • Cheryl Harris – Gratitude for the Christmas Caroling provided during her illness 
  • John Powers – Even when not at the meeting, still knows the meetings are beneficial 
  • Brenda Wall – Ardis Morrow’s inspiration and stories 
  • Dan Weedin – The Zero Waste effort at the Viking Tour event 
  • Meredith Green – Watching Tim navigate running the meetings and his leadership development and growth 
Tim Nichols had his own list, including Kids in Concert, Foster Care support, and how so many of the programs / presentations were led by club members, such as:
  • Russ Shiplet - State of Trades 
  • Don Russell – Brazil / Jaguars 
  • Laurynn Evans – Diving 
  • Kim McCoy – Girl Scouts 
  • Tom Hall – Central Market 
  • Bob Hawkinson – Scholarships 
  • Steve Garfein/ Ned – Service Awards 
  • Mayor Becky Erickson – State of the City 
  • Duane Edwards– New Zealand friendship exchange 
  • Tom Hall / Mary Nader – Fishline 
  • John Powers – Kitsap Economic Development Association 
In recognition of the service of the Board and Committee Chairs, Tim made a donation in each of their names to a fitting charity. 
Joe Hulsey was recognized as Rotarian of the Year. Congratulations Joe!

Departments’ Year in Review

Professional Services – Steve Garfein
  • In keeping with a focus on young professionals, 10 awards were provided, including 
  • student and teachers to attend a Space Program event.   
  • 4 “The Way Things Work” (TW2) Tours 
    • Olympic College – Space 
    • Centennial Building / Vibe 
    • Safe boats 
    • ACT Theatre 
  • Mission Statement development
    • AI / Robotics 
    • Preparing folks for change 
  • Preparing folks for change
    • Attracting young professionals
Community Services – Geoff Schmidt
  • A Thank You from previous chairs helping and advising 
  • Committee fully utilized budget 
    • Sponsored community orchestra 
    • Kids Helping Kids (hospital visits during Christmas and Easter) 
    • $4,500 Backpacks to foster care kids 
    • Work parties – new and recurring 
    • ADA park development 
    • Eagle Scout project support 
    • Gold Star project – positivity tent.  Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson wants this to be an annual event
Youth Protection – Mike Cloutier 
  • 80% online Awareness Training participation 
  • Only 24 members have not taken the training 
Domestic Violence Prevention – Joe Hulsey 
  • Morrow Manor 
    • Construction is on track and on schedule 
    • Receiving volunteer hours from certified and retired electricians
  • Focus on Victims – Prevention 
    • Getting to kids before they show up in the system and in court
    • Identifying gaps to fill in order to have greater impact
Youth Services – Med Reed 
  • Recognized the year’s members on the committee 
  • Committee interested in supporting Kitsap Strong and impact of ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) 
  • Budget of $25K supported: 
    • 4 iPads for Pearson Elementary ($1,524) 
    • 4 iPads for Poulsbo Elementary ($1,524) 
    • The Coffee Cart ($600) 
    • Burke Museum ($618) 
    • Virtual Reality Goggles ($500) 
    • Islandwood overnight program / 80 student 
    • One student sent to the RYLA program (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) 
    • Mentored the NK Highschool Interact Program 
    • 15 separate scholarships – Rotary scholarship program 
International Services – Naveen Chaudhary and Donna Pledger
  • Naveen recognized and thanked all the committee members 
  • Committee utilized all the budget of $27,720, supporting 9 projects in 9 countries 
    • Shelter Box – Canada, $2,000 
    • Eye Glasses for Children of the Nation – Dominican Republic, $2,000 
    • New Kitchen for Walk in the Light – Burkina Faso, Africa, $4,000 
    • Latrines for Etta Projects – Bolivia, $2,000 
    • Hygiene Kits for Days for Girls – Senegal, $4,000 
    • Community Banks for Save to Grow – Tanzania, $7,000 
    • Hygiene Kits for Side by Side – South Africa, $5,000 
    • Soup Kitchen for House of Hope – Cofradia, Mexico, $3,370 
    • Stoves for Rotary sister club – Guatemala, Funds not yet disbursed. 
Meeting Highlights, June 28, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, June 21, 2019

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? ) 
  • 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. 
Meeting Highlights, June 21, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-06-21 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, June 14, 2019

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. 
Meeting Highlights, June 14, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-06-14 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, June 7, 2019

Posted on Jun 07, 2019

Rand Hillier receives District Award

Rand Hillier with Meredith Green
Meredith Green presented an award from the District to Rand Hillier for Meritorious Service! Meredith reminded that Rand served as Assistant Governor for 3 years, plus on District Grants Administration in addition to being our president in 1995. He is known for honoring tradition and welcoming new ideas.  

Important Announcements 

  • Today: Shearing day at Steve Hogg’s 
  • 6/21: Installation/Outstallation Dinner
  • 6/28: Wine Tasting at Bonnie Pederson’s 
  • NEXT WEEK is Mc’s last meeting! 
  • Tim Nichols shared the sad news that Matt Ryan is in the hospital. We miss you, Matt!
  • Meredith Green shared that Kitsap Homes of Compassion is asking for volunteers. The group partners with Kitsap Community Resources and Coffee Oasis to provide housing to homeless by leasing homes and subletting. They have a new house for five mothers, each with one child. They’re asking for people to go to the Bainbridge Rotary Auction with trucks to transport what they bought for the home on July 7. 

Mc Update

Mc Update
Mc stayed at a variety of homes this week while Cloutiers were in Germany. He enjoyed some Indian cuisine. He went to PROM and enjoyed a well-fitting tuxedo, but only stayed 40 minutes because he was too tired. He GRADUATES NEXT FRIDAY — which he described as both exciting and disappointing, as he will be leaving for home the following Tuesday (June 17).
Jacob Maxwell receives inspiration award
President Tim Nichols honored Jacob Maxwell with the Viking Spirit Award for his amazing helpful spirit. Thank you for Being the Inspiration!

The Fight to Abolish Slavery In Our Lifetime

by Jackie Ellwood
by Jackie Ellwood
Jackie serves on the Engagement Team with Rescue Freedom International (RFI). The founder, Jeremy Vallerand, opened RFI in 2012, after a trip to India where he met with sex traffic survivors at a safe home where survivors were beginning to heal. He saw hope, joy, and freedom. Jackie shared some staggering statistics on human trafficking (forced labor or sex exploitation), including 45.8 million victims in a 150 billion dollar industry. The average age of victims is 16, and the average lifespan in human trafficking is a dismal 10 years. 
Jeremy discovered there are many organizations worldwide, but most of them close in 2-3 years due to a lack of training, money, organization, and trauma care as a non profit. He wanted to support the existing organizations, serving as a network in 18 countries, with 24 partners, providing both financial support and mentoring. Last year, 570 survivors were rescued. They offer prevention and outreach to vulnerable communities, rescue, restoration, and education as a team of abolitionists. 
Jackie shared the story of a young girl she met in India, Maya, when she graduated from the Restoration Program and began pursuing higher education. A man practicing “black magic” told her father she had “evil spirit” and the only way to get rid of it was for her to have sex with him. The mother agreed, and they sold her to the man, who enslaved her for seven years. Her brother abused her as well. She was able to go to court and get to a safe house. She has now started her own business — a beauty salon— and she’s doing incredible work and mentoring other survivors. 
Find out more at 

Mitch Sudy gave his New Member Talk

Mitch Sudy gave his 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. 
Mitch moved from California last year, having had enough of the concrete jungle! He sees life as a series of great opportunities. He enjoyed an extended family growing up and camped every summer with his Great Grandpa. 
Mitch earned a degree in exercise physiology and worked at Levi Strauss, in company wellness, then at Lockheed. He enjoyed it, but went back to school to become a home inspector. He is currently both owner and operator of ClearPoint Home Inspections. He loves it here! He and his wife are avid hikers, swimmers, scuba divers, and mountain bikers. 
Meeting Highlights, June 7, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, May 31, 2019

Posted on May 31, 2019

Important Announcements

Emma Smith
  • Emma Smith, rebound exchange student to Columbia in 2015-2016, was introduced. She is on the honor role at her school and will be studying abroad in Peru. She is available for part time work to earn money for her trip. 
    Rand Hillier is updating the address book – please check your photo and details 
  • June 1 – Imagined Reality improv group at the Jewel Box 
  • July 27 – Styrofoam Round-up
  • August 9 – Port Orchard Rotary Clubs are sponsoring an allday golf event to raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs in Kitsap County 

Mc’s Report:

Mc's Report
  • Friday with Gary Nakamura and Kimi Kinoshita at Wild Ginger 
  • Saturday – zip line with Michele Doyle and Brenda Wall
  • Sunday – Bluegrass at the Jewel Box with Cindy and Steve Garfein
  • Past week – radio station visit with Dan Weedin 
  • Prom is tomorrow! 

Brian Maule: Enhanced Driver’s Licenses

Brian Maule: Enhanced Driver’s Licenses
Gary Nakamura introduced Brian Maule to talk about Enhanced License Information. Brian is at the Department of Licensing in Bremerton Brian gave the history of the Real ID Act after 9-11 and requirements to upgrade drivers’ licenses required by the Act. 
For travel, all passengers need an enhanced drivers’ license by October 1, 2020 to go through security. Passports are valid for travel but are very inconvenient and may not be accessible when travel is needed, such as in emergencies.  
Also, the cost of replacing passports if lost is expensive and takes time. An enhanced driver’s license may be replaced for $20. 
Items needed to get an enhanced license are 1) proof of US citizenship (passport); 2) social security card – names on the documents must match; 3 )tax statement for current residence; 4) current driver’s license. Check the website (Washington State Depart of Licensing) for more details. 

Check presentation to House of Hope

Check presentation to House of Hope
Donna Pledger presented a check for $3370 from the International Services Committee to support the House of Hope Community Centers to fund a pilot project in a small village in Mexico (2 ½ hours South of Mazatlán). The pilot project is to build a soup kitchen to feed hungry kids in the village.

Paul and Debra Vaughan – Play for All at Raab Park 

Paul and Debra Vaughan – Play for All at Raab Park
An inclusive playground for people of all abilities 

Debra outlined the work her committee has done to bring this project to the attention of the Club. People with special needs (adults and children) are very underserved in having playgrounds available which are accessible.
Through communication with and guidance from the Community Service Committee, subcommittees have been formed which have collected input from the Poulsbo Park Department, Poulsbo City Council, and parents of special needs children. Through the Committee work, Raab Park was selected because there was adequate parking, sufficient restrooms, walkways for accessibility, picnic facilities, lots of land and safety. The City of Poulsbo has approved Raab Park as the location for the facility. 
A landscape design firm has donated the initial design of the special park inside Raab Park. Elsa Watson has been hired to begin the fundraising efforts. Our Club has donated $8000 for initial planning and fundraising work. The total cost estimate for the park is $616,700. Funds are expected to come from private individuals, City of Poulsbo, and foundation grants.
The committee is finalizing the park design and equipment specifications. It is hoped that the project will be completed in 2021. 
In two weeks, the Club will have a BUSINESS MEETING at Friday morning meeting. All club members will be asked to vote for their support on the project. The Board recommends a vote of support. 
Meeting Highlights, May 31, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, May 24, 2019

Posted on May 24, 2019

Mc Talk (not Smack Talk!)

Mc is Poulsbo Rotary's Thai Exchange Student
Mc Talk
• He participated in Viking Fest, liked the Viking tent displays, and got to touch the soft sheep. His favorite food was a Hot Dog! 
• Helped out at the Viking Tour 

Important Announcements 

• 5/31 Friday: Wine Tasting at Joe Hulsey and Mary Gorman’s house 
• Upcoming trips to Spruce Goose and King Country Library? – Steve Garfein 
• Poulsbo Rotary is sponsoring TWO exchange students next year and looking for host homes! 
• Outgoing exchange student to Italy, Chris Carthum, announced that he needs summer work to help pay for his trip / year.
• Guest Briana Ryan – Days for Girls (and previous Interact Student), encouraged everyone to go to and pledge to talk about menstrual hygiene so the next generation of girls can grow up without shame or embarrassment.

Check Presented to Side by Side

A partnership for South Africa's Children
Check presented to Side by Side
Brenda Wall, International Service Committee, presented a $5,000 check to the Side by Side organization to support South Africa Micro-Enterprises that make the menstrual kits for Days for Girls.

New Member Induction

Patti Dudley, Director of Fishline, was inducted by Amy Schmidt
Patti Dudley, Director of Fishline, was inducted as a new member of the club by Amy Schmidt. She was sponsored by Steve Garfein and will be mentored by Cindy Garfein. Welcome to the club Patti!

Seaing Green: Diving the Salish Sea 

Presentation by Laurynn Evans 
Presentation by Laurynn Evans
Not only is Laurynn the Superintendent of North Kitsap Schools, she is also an avid diver and underwater high-definition videographer. She provides stock footage to many organizations, including National Geographic. She shared with our group incredible still shots and video of some of her diving experiences, as well as her incredible journey of how she came to love it!
How it Began 
20 years ago, she visited the Caribbean and afterward, decided she would take diving lessons. She was terrified at first, cried all the way to her first lesson. Laurynn is from Texas, so diving in cold water (50 degrees) did not sound inviting. She got hooked! She was so invested, that she accomplished 200 dives in one year, and just on the weekends!
Why She Loves it! 
  • It’s a way of life! 
  • Amazing opportunity for world experiences, to Iceland, Micronesia, viewing amazing sea life and historical artifacts! She described seeing WWII artifacts from Operation Hailstone in Micronesia (planes, trucks, etc) 
  • Always something new to learn. 
    • Started out as a novice, but has since become Nitrox Certified, Advanced Certified, Technical and Cave Certified. 
    • Favorite diving is in the caves of Mexico, where the caves resemble how Dr. Seuss would draw caves, all drippy and weird. 
    • Decompression – science, chemistry 
      • 200-foot dive with oxygen requires 4 hours for dive, due to lengthy decompression requirement 
      • Same dive only requires 90 minutes with a combination of gases, like Helium / Oxygen to offset the affects of Nitrogen build up.
    • Safety 
      • Use of lines to attach to wrecks or outside caves, to ensure the diver can find way out. 
      • #1 failure in diving is due to loss of light, so divers carry extra sources to ensure success. 
  • Diving has made Laurynn a better leader and educator. She realizes there is no emergency that cannot be solved. 
So why Dive Here? 
Local diving is challenging, and most divers do not take to the Pacific Northwest! 
  • Cold temperatures 
  • Limited visibility 
  • Difficult currents and tides 
  • Huge equipment requirement 
  • PNW offers the most accessible (easy walk in) dive sites 
  • PNW has LOTS of dive sites 
    • Ship wreck at Port Wilson 
    • Avenger aircraft in Lake Washington 
  • Incredibly colorful and beautiful sea life unique to the area 
  • Laurynn highlighted pictures and video of the Wolf Eel, a very social fish that can grow between 8-9 feet long, and The giant Pacific Octopus, that starts the size of a grain of rice, and at maturity can reach 100 pounds. (Laurynn is sometimes called the Octopus Whisperer, because she can coax them out of their hiding places for VERY interesting video). 
Extra: Here’s a cool article about Local Diver Laurynn Evans, 2011:           

Viking Tour Post-Mortem – Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson
Nick provided some overall statistics of the 5th Annual Viking Tour!
ZERO Waste Campaign – The final numbers:
  • Compost 66.2 lbs. 
  • Landfill 9.0 lbs. (including a soggy blanket and trash picked up from the local creek) 
  • Bottles and Cans 9.7 lbs. 
  • Non-Compostable Cups, Lids, Straws 4 lbs. 10 oz 
  • Snack Wrappers 2 lbs. 10 oz 
  • Plastic Film 2 lbs. 13 oz. 
  • Cardboard 8.8 lbs. 
  • Paper 1.3 lbs 
  • Styrofoam 0 
  • Gloves 15.9 oz 
  • Tyvek bibs 12.5 oz 
TOUR Event - The final numbers:
  • 327 Riders – slightly down from last year, mainly due to poor weather leading up to the 
  • event (although the actual ride day was FANTASTIC!) 
  • 95 Volunteers – a new record! And 24 Volunteers were non-Rotarians 
  • Overall Satisfaction score from participants was 4.5 / 5 STARS! 
  • And…drum roll please…$20,000 Net Revenue (up from prior years, even with fewer riders!) 
In addition, Nick gave us a peak into the future goals for this event. 
1. Limit to 500 Riders, 2. Become More and More efficient, 3. Obtain More Outside sponsors
Meeting Highlights, May 24, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-05-24 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, May 17, 2019

Posted on May 17, 2019

Exchange Student: Mc update 

Exchange Student: Mc update
Mc gave two weeks worth of info on his activities. He only has 1 month remaining! He attended a baseball game and found it to be boring. 
He was introduced to the visual of a 'butt crack' (a cultural exchange) at the ball game. 
Mc attended the conference in Victoria and had to say final farewells to many fellow exchange students from Dist 5020.
He got to eat a meal at Fat Smittys, telling of the money on the walls and ceiling. 
Donna and Ardis took him to play PUTT PUTT golf. 

Important Announcements 

• Please collect the placemats at your table for composting 
• Jewel Box Theatre show coming up featuring Farm Strong band. 
• Wine Tasting May 31 at the Hulseys’ house 
• The Social Activities crew is busy making plans look for opportunities to socialize. 
• Nick Johnson and Jon Pavey will be cleaning up/clearing out the Rotary storage locker. Date TBD 

Steve Hogg: Distinguished Students of Service (make up)

Alaina Marcott
Alaina Marcott could not attend the club meeting where this award was presented so Alaina came to our meeting today to receive her award. Her math teacher showered her with praise for her work in the classroom, athletic field and community. She is bound for UW to study Environmental Science. $100 award.

Club Appreciation Moment

Mike Cloutier
President Tim Nichols called Mike Cloutier to the podium and recognized him for his service to the club and district related to Youth Protection. His work as Youth Protection officer has made it possible for our club and the district to keep the program alive and safe for the students. 80% of the club has completed the YP training. Mike told us that scenario training will be coming soon for our club to participate in. 
Meredith Green interrupted the discussion to present a "Meritorious Service Award" to Mike from the district! 

Don Froehlich: Three Decades a Bird-Bander

Don FroehlichTravels and Travails of a Field Ornithologist 
Don Froehlich is a 'bird bander.’ He is a freelance field ornithologist, who has worked in the field for 30 years. He shared many details from his fascinating work. 
1.2 million birds are banded a year. 
Since 1964 there have been 64 million records of banding birds to monitor individual birds to see how they migrate, reproduce, molt and survive. 
He showed a picture of the globe, and it highlighted the migration of 1 bird (Red Knot). The bird traveled in 5 days from the Hudson Bay to the Caribbean, rested for 11 days, and then continued to south Argentina. 
He explained that in 1986 the sparrow eggs failed, producing few offspring. That was tracked and attributed to the fall out from Chernobyl nuclear radiation disaster. 
Certain birds replace their wings 1x per year. That process of how they do it is still not understood. What triggers it? 
He is presently working in Borneo where there are two seasons: Rainy, with rains 2x per day, and non-rainy, with rains 1x a day. 
Dan showed pictures of his work, including photos of some amazing birds. He reported that a new species of bird was discovered on a recent project. 

NICK JOHNSON Viking Tour News 

NICK JOHNSON Viking Tour News
• Danny Fritz gave Nick a metal Viking helmet, complete with horns. 
• 271 registrations in. More expected with good weather 
• 67% men 
• Oldest registered is 80 
• Youngest is 8 
• 34 people from outside the state are participating 
Viking Devyn Newcombe
Viking Devyn Newcombe
Meeting Highlights, May 17, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-05-17 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, May 10, 2019

Posted on May 10, 2019

Important Announcements

1. Jim Moore’s memorial service is tomorrow at the Village Green in Kingston at 11am 
2. There is now power to Morrow Manor! 
3. Mc needs a home for six days. June 1-6. Three families needed. Brenda is doing 1-2, Mary and Joe are doing 3-4, Still need 5th6th to be covered. Call Dan Weeden. 
4. Saturday May 18 there is a come hang out and give people their registrations for Viking Tour at Sound Brewery from 5-9 
5. More volunteers needed for Viking Tour. See Joe Hulsey. (Note: Park for the event at the Drs Clinic) 
Devyn Newcombe awarded Paul and Debra Vaughan the Viking Spirit Award
Devyn Newcombe awarded Paul and Debra Vaughan the Viking Spirit Award for their work on the Inclusive All-Access Park project. They have been navigating government and the community and doing a great job.

Children of the Nations: Serving the Eyes of the Poor 

Presentation by Jim Barker, Paul Kremer, and Martha Lee
Presentation by Jim Barker, Paul Kremer, and Martha Lee
Paul met Joe Hulsey at a party last summer. Joe and Meredith talked to him and found out that he travels to the Dominican Republic to help people with their eye troubles. Joe and Meredith suggested that they come to Rotary for some money. They did. We helped. 
Jim is from Ballard and a member of the Silverdale Rotary. He has been with Children of the Nations for 3 years. 
Their project is called “Serving the eyes of the poor.” 
Children of the Nations collects the money we gave and gives it to the Drs to spend on eye care. They go every year with about 20 people to a little village called Bahahona. 
Dr Kremer is a cornea specialist that studied at the UW.
Jim Barker, Paul Kremer, and Martha LeeDr Leen is a glaucoma specialist that went to Brown. 
They have worked together for 20 years. They started doing eye surgery in the DR about 8 years ago. They noticed while there that no one had on glasses.
They take a flight from Miami, a six-hour bus ride out into the county and then drag suitcases full of supplies into the village and clinic. The village is very poor and they farm bananas and sugar cane. Many residents are Haitian refugees. There are many people there about 40 years old that are totally blind. This is due to living close to the equator and getting too many UV rays. It is also due to poor nutrition and healthcare. 
The locals come to the clinic. Not sure how they get there, walk, moped?? Lots come. They line up and the doctor’s interview and choose who they will operate on. In the same day they do about ten operations. They people leave being able to see again. The cataracts are often black or white when they are removed. As a comparison the US cataracts are the color of iced tea. 
At first the operating room was the size of a large closet. Now the clinic has a second floor and is a lot better. 
Two years ago they decided to bring glasses with them. They found an online supplier and can get them for $6/pair for prescription and $1 for readers. They literally haul them in suitcases to the DR. Up trails and everything. They have a borrowed eye prescription tester that they use. It is rudimentary but works OK. It only has a battery life of 3-4 hours. And when it rains it is fogged up and hard to read. When the battery dies they have to go back to the clinic, charge it up and start out again. However, sometimes the clinic loses power. When this happens they simply put different glasses on people and ask if it is better or worse. Crazy. They made the mistake of bringing too many adult size glasses and not enough kids. They will correct that this year. 
Children of the Nations hires a translator since most speak Spanish or French Creole.
Tim NicholsThey see the children at the local school which is just a roof, but yet the nicest structure in town. All the children want glasses and are sad when they don’t need them. The teachers are super happy to get them too. They can see the text books that they teach from. 
Since the kids aren’t literate they use a tumbling E chart. They simply point up down right left. The children that get glasses are thrilled to be able to finally see the leaves on the trees. 
Dr Kremer worked on Poulsbo Rotary President Tim Nichols’s eyes. He was a great surgeon that gave him a teddy bear to hug. They had some technical issues that day and Tim said the Dr was very calm and Tim really appreciated the Bear. 

Viking Tour Update

Nick Johnson
We have 240 riders. Last week we had 224. Spread the word. 
There will be a poker run. Prizes are 1st: Jersey, 2nd a sweet drinking horn, and 3rd, a t-shirt. 

Bonus material: Fine Master Gaston

Gaston fined people who like beer: Jim Schlacter, Dan Ryan and Gary Nakamura 
Gaston fined people who have tattoos: Devon, David and Rob Thomas 
Gaston fined people who had fun shirts: Dan Weeden, Chuck, Tonya, Ryan, Don, Kim, 
Lydia, Nick, Brenda and Jim Barker for his Jerry Garcia tie. 
Gaston won’t show us his tattoo that he says is a husky on his b…. back. Ya it is. 
He also fined Jim Martin for always calling him Peter 
Meeting Highlights, May 10, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-05-10 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, May 3, 2019

Posted on May 03, 2019
Ardis Morrow BirthdayArdis Morrow Birthday
The club played a video in honor of Ardis’ birthday---Cake and cupcakes were enjoyed by all! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ARDIS! 
John Waller announced that he is the new Youth Services Director. Thanks to Dan Weedin for his contribution. Anyone who is interested in hosting exchange students, please contact John.

Distinguished Students Of Service (DSS) Awards

Geneva Newell and Alex Martin
Steve Garfein introduced Geneva Newell and Alex Martin, seniors at NK High School. With Rotary’s sponsorship, these students and three teachers will attend the NewSpace 2019 Conference in Seattle in July. They will meet venture capitalists, NASA leaders, and leaders in private launch companies. Both Geneva and Alex are studying engineering: Geneva is going to Cal Poly to study civil engineering; Alex is attending UW to study aeronautical engineering. Both students will come back to NKHS to help start an aeronautical engineering program. 
Distinguished Students of Service
Each of the following Distinguished Students of Service will receive $100 cash award. The students described their interests and goals: 
Kian Dougherty – studying engineering; plans to attend the US Coast Guard Academy; enjoys football, track, music, choir and Boy Scouts – is a member of the National Honor Society. 
Eleanor Beers – enjoys all subjects; plans to enter Vanderbilt and study pre-medicine – is a member of the National Honor Society. 
Merry Cockroft – interested in environmental science in class and in the community; plays in the band, plans to study environmental science at Whitman – is a member of the National Society and ASB (Leadership)
Grace Zinkhon – interested in environmental science or biochemistry; enjoys soccer and lacrosse – is a member of the National Society 
Alaina Marcotte – also won an award but was unable to attend 

Paul Harris Award Presented to Eric Nieland

Paul Harris Award Presented to Eric NielandEric Nieland, NKHS engineering teacher, was presented the Paul Harris Fellow Award as a gift from Rotary. Eric’s classroom was the recipient of Rotary funds several years ago and he purchased a kit to build a 3-D printer for his classroom. Once built, the students brought the 3-D printer to Rotary and made Rotary logos for our members. The students then used the 3-D printer to make additional 3-D printers. He thanked Rotary for supporting his NK High School students.
These awards, given in the name of Rotary Founder Paul Harris, are for Rotarians who donate a total of $1000 to the Rotary Foundation, the charitable non-profit of Rotary International. Clubs and individuals may "donate" on behalf of other deserving individuals to recognize their contributions to the ideals of Rotary. The award to Eric Nieland recognizes his exemplary service to our community.

Trash Program Update

Trash Program UpdateTrash Program Update

“Green Glen” (Glen Robbins) announced a reminder to save Styrofoam for the Styro Round Up on July 27th at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. 

Viking Tour Update

Prices for Viking Tour go up this weekend so register NOW! Volunteer solicitation is going well; if you want to be involved, contact Joe Hulsey. Viking Tour will be WASTE FREE. Lori Cloutier described the efforts to be waste-free.
• Eliminate supplies that what we don’t need for the event 
• Goal – capture recycles without contamination 
• Multiple recycle stations are available so we have NO waste – training will be done for “recycle educators” who will help volunteers and cyclers dispose of waste in the proper bins 
• We are coordinating with various recycling organizations who will take all of the recycled items from the event 
Evolved Vikings don’t pillage the earth!! 

New Member Induction - Rowen Phillips

New Member Induction - Rowen Phillips
Rowen Phillips was inducted as a new member of the club. Congratulations Rowen and welcome to Poulsbo Rotary!
Fun facts about Rowen: has 3 children, supports the WSU Cougars and Texas Longhorns, is interested in Youth Services and Domestic Violence. Committees. Devyn will be Rowen’s mentor. 

New Member Talk – Rob Thomas

New Member Talk – Rob ThomasRob Thomas and his wife moved to Poulsbo in June 2016 after he retired from the Navy. His service in the Navy included assignments in Japan (twice), Florida, US Naval Academy (learned to be a ship captain), and Virginia.
Rob now works as a civilian for the Navy as a Harbor Pilot and Captain. His responsibilities include ensuring the safe navigation of vessels into/out of harbors and/or docks. This includes Navy vessels as well as ships that contract with the Navy. 
He loves the area and looks forward to being an active Rotary member. 

Community Service Check Presentation

Community Service Check Presentation
Geoff Schmidt presented Geneva Newell (NKHS student who is working on her Girl Scouts Gold Award), a check for $400 to support the Day of Positivity she is planning on June 8th from 1-9PM in Waterfront Park in Poulsbo. 
Meeting Highlights, May 3, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-05-03 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, April 26, 2019

Posted on Apr 26, 2019
Viking of the Week
Inspiration for you to participate in Viking Tour!

Scribes needed to take meeting notes

Cindy Tveit asked for Note Takers for Friday Breakfast meetings: besides Cheryl Harris. Cindy Garfein and Mary Gorman both volunteered!

Important Announcements

• 4/26 Tonight: Schmidt’s Wine Tasting 
• 5/4 Plant Sale 
• 5/19 Viking Tour 
Cheryl Harris
Cheryl Harris finally got her Blue Badge! Presented by Amy Schmidt. 

Commercial Cod Fishing Industry Then and Now

Jim Shields THEN
Jim ShieldsJim shared a fascinating video (shot in 1950 and narrated by his Grandfather) that provided background on how the Cod Fishing industry was conducted, focusing on the years between 1911 and 1950. It was during this period that his grandfather worked on the “John A,” a lumber schooner converted to a cod fishing vessel. John A was 165 feet in length and now resides as a museum in the San Francisco area.
• Crews of 35 men worked on the vessel for 5 months, fishing for cod in the Bering Strait. Primary job of the owner or cook was to figure out how to buy and preserve enough food for that crew (because they don’t eat fish every day)! 
• The general schedule for the crew was 4 AM Breakfast then launch smaller boats (Dories), Return for 9 AM Lunch and relaunch, and 4 PM Supper. Dories were 19 feet long and could hold a 3 ton load. 
• Cod was caught on hook and line system, brought back to the John A, and immediately preserved in salt. The fish were individually caught and counted, as the men were paid per fish.  
• Processing: Once the fish were on the boat, each fish was processed individually and on average, was handled 30 times before processing was complete: Heading box – heads cut off and gutted (about 600 fish / hour), back bone out, liver saved for Cod Liver Oil, tongue cut out of head – delicacy? Salted 
• Once the catch was complete, the schooner returned to port (200-300 mile round trip daily) and further processing for market completed: Fish dug out of sale and then put on dock by size, Fish placed in large holds / tanks in Salt Brine solution, Fish drawn out of tank, skinned and back bone removed. Skin was shipped out to be used for glue, remaining bones were removed by pliers, boneless filets were then cut into 1 pound packages, wrapped in parchment, and placed in cartons for market Approximately 40 people involved in this part of the process.
Michael and Amelia Burns (father and daughter) NOW
Michael and Amelia Burns (father and daughter) NOW
Michael and brother founded Blue North Fisheries in 1983 and operate out of Freemont. Current practices have become safer for the fishermen and more humane for the fish: “Line Caught Humane Harvest Alaska Cod” and “Doing the right thing tastes better”.
New Boat took 3 years to build (in Anacortes) and design was leveraged from practices in Norway. The boat is 190 feet long and can hold 1.5 million tons (not sure I heard that metric correctly), and is much more plush and climate controlled than the vessel John A!
• Fish are still caught by Hook and Line, one at a time, but the line can be up to 42 miles long!
• Dories are no longer used, but the line is drawn in by roller, fish are “stunned” and then stored in a “moon pool.” Humanely handled fish are scientifically proven to be: more nutritious, better tasting. higher quality, flakier fish for consumption 
• All processing and preservation (frozen, not salted) is now down on the vessel and entire process from catch to packaging takes only 3 hours. 
Michael imagines that in approximately 70 years, his grandson may be presenting to that Rotary slides that show how his grandfather fished “in the old days.
Modern fishing vessel
Questions from the floor:
• What about Waste?
  • Heads, skins, and Livers generally go to pet food
  • Stomachs are processed for the Asian market
  • Trim is used in fish patties.
• How is the health of the cod population / stock?
  • Generally in the Bering Strait all product is either level of raising
  • Cod specifically goes in wave cycles, and is currently on the downward trend
• Fishing limits are heavily controlled, conservatively managed and cod fishing is in a 10% reduction for the next 3-4 years.
• Scientists make limit recommendations that are usually reduced by policy makers. 
Meeting Highlights, April 26, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-04-26 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, April 19, 2019

Posted on Apr 19, 2019

Wine Auction Fundraiser

Mark Olsen presenting wine for auction
Mark Olsen, from Sebastapol Sunrise Rotary in California, brought wine for us to auction during the meeting (which raised $1000!). He gave each winner an EXTRA bottle! He also brought an item to trade for our big fundraising auctions: a gift certificate to a B&B and a restaurant! PLUS he brought a mixed case of wine for our auction He asked various winemakers, “What are you most proud of now?” and that is what fills the case! Wow — thank you so much for your overwhelming generosity! 

Important Announcements 

April 23: Fireside 7-9pm at Jerry’s 
April 24: Pizza & Pints against polio at Western Red 5:30-7pm 
April 26: Wine tasting at Schmidt’s 
May 19: Viking Tour 

Special guests from Paris

Hugh Nelson and Brenda Prowse with Ardis Morrow
We were joined by special guests/members from Paris: Hugh Nelson and Brenda Prowse. They met with past Youth Exchange Student Niké Panta, her mom, and her sister on the day of the fire at Notre Dame. They decided not to tour the cathedral due to long lines, and went for a walk instead. Hugh and Brenda used to live right across from it, so you can imagine the shock and sense of loss. Hugh is still part of our club, maintaining and updating the Poulsbo Rotary web site.

Club Member Anniversaries

John PowersArdelle Rein-HalvorsenTodd Tidball
Amy Schmidt celebrated member anniversaries (years in the club): for this month: Mark Timken, Ardelle Rein-Halvorsen, Todd Tidball, Tom Taylor, Erin Sorensen, John Powers, Margene Smaaladen, Donna Etchey, and Debbie Broughton. Congratulations! Each person was temporarily awarded a “special” item for the meeting. 

Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) 

John Powers KEDA
John Powers, current Executive Director of KEDA, made a presentation on he purpose, goals, and recent accomplishments of 36 year old KEDA. Prior to his role with KEDA he practiced law for 20 years and he is a former Mayor of Spokane. 
KEDA serves to attract investment and jobs in our area to grow the economy and a resilient community. Their goal is “More community; less commute.” It is a public/private non-profit organization which partners with the Washington State Department of Commerce. Half its board are elected officials, and there are 18 senior business members to support local businesses. One of their objectives is to get local businesses working with the defense economy that is so strong in Kitsap — including such fields as supply chain, engineering, and parts. They focus on business retention, expansion, and recruitment. They help businesses market, plan and win new business. 
Kitsap is currently ranked #2 in the nation (per capita) for innovation — second only to Silicon Valley. It really is the best value in the Seattle region, too, with key industries including maritime, defense, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, tourism, and technology, combined with a relatively low cost of living and high quality of life. 
To find out more, check out,, or
Meeting Highlights, April 19, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-04-19 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, April 12, 2019

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! 
Meeting Highlights, April 12, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-04-12 07:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Applications 2019

Posted on Apr 12, 2019
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We've revised our Scholarship landing page to better inform you of the scholarships we are offering and how to apply for them. Follow this link to find out more.
Scholarship application period is now open!
Scholarship Applications 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-04-12 07:00:00Z 0

Viking Tour 2019

Posted on Apr 11, 2019


Viking Tour 2019Get ready to trim your beard and shave your legs...
The Viking Tour is a group ride on the Kitsap Peninsula which will take place on Sunday, May 19th, 2019.
The tour starts and finishes in historic Poulsbo, “Little Norway” at 9 a.m., and is held during the iconic VikingFest carnival and festival. The ride has three different lengths for all riding levels: the “Odin”: a ~60-mile journey featuring nearly 4,000ft of climbing. The “Thor”: a ~30-mile ride with a few less hills for those looking to have a bit of fun with a little less challenge and the "Freyja": a ~15-mile relaxing ride where you can enjoy yourself without breaking too much of a sweat.
The Viking Tour is meant to be whatever you make of it. Do it for fun, do it to challenge your personal best or do it to win! Whatever your intent, you’ll be glad you came! We encourage professionals, amateurs, recreational riders, clubs & cycling teams to participate. It’s time for all Vikings to trim your beards, shave your legs and get ready to ride. All profits from the Viking Tour support ongoing efforts of the Poulsbo Rotary Club.
Date:                      Sunday, May 19th, 2019
Check-in Time:    7am-9:30am
Location:              Centennial Park, 19250 7th Ave NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370
Cost:                      $50 (all routes)
Start Time:           9am
Support:               Rest Stops, Mechanics, Medics
Activities:             Vendor Village, Beer Garden, Lunch, Music
Follow this link to register or find more information.
Viking Tour 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, April 5, 2019

Posted on Apr 05, 2019

Membership Anniversaries

Amy Schmidt and Devyn Newcombe celebrated member anniversaries (years in the club) for April: Jerry Deeter, Gale Heller, Ardis Morrow, Meredith Green, Cindy Garfein, Randy Linaman, Ahmis Loving, and Donna Pledger. Congratulations! Each person was temporarily awarded a “special” item for the meeting.
Jerry DeeterGayle HellerArdis Morrow
Meredith GreenCindy GarfeinRandy Linaman
Ahmis LovingDonna Pledger

Bring Trash to Help Save the Planet

Bring Trash Help Save the Planet
Ahmis Loving talked TRASH: Viking Tour is going for ZERO WASTE.
Bring your plastic film (grocery bags, salt bags, packaging air pillows (pop first) case overwrap, produce bags, ice bags, food storage bags, cereal liners, bread bags, LDPE/HDPE films, popped bubble wrap and packaging air pillows) to Rotary every Friday, to help students at Sakai Intermediate School win a park bench!

New Member Inducted

Rick Grantham
Rick Grantham was inducted as a new member. He was sponsored by Michele Doyle and will be mentored by Lori Cloutier. Congratulations Rick and welcome to Poulsbo Rotary!

Olympic National Park Trails

Seabury Blair, Jr.
Seabury Blair, Jr. was the Featured Speaker, and he spoke on Olympic National Park Trails. Seabury was a long time outdoor writer for the Kitsap Sun, recently retiring after 50 years on the job. Olympic National Park was established in 1938. He spoke about how Olympic National Park has changed since 1970, who were some of the the earliest pioneers, and about the web of trails in the park and the timelessness of federally protected lands and their value to all Americans.
He presented some material from his book Day Hike: Olympic Peninsula. From the Pacific coast to scenic Hurricane Ridge, the 73 incredible hikes in this popular guidebook feature the wild ocean beaches, lush rain forests, mountain vistas, waterfalls, and high meadows unique to the Olympic Peninsula. Each trail is rated from easy to extreme, giving first-time or veteran hikers the variety they want, as well as topographical maps, trail descriptions, and more.
A plug for Seabury from his last article in the Sun: Alas, Seabury Blair Jr. now lives on his meager pension and royalties from his 8 guidebooks, published by Sasquatch Books. So please buy one. Email him at
Meeting Highlights, April 5, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-04-05 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, March 29, 2019

Posted on Mar 29, 2019

Dan Weedin gave us a Youth Exchange update

Dan Weedin gave us a Youth Exchange update
John Waller will be our new Youth Exchange Officer, as Dan takes on the District role. We will be getting TWO exchange students this fall: a young man from Germany and a young woman from Brazil. SIX host families who live in the NKSD attendance area will be needed. Contact John W if interested! 
Dan was joined by Serenity Todd — Outbound next year to Belgium, Chris Carthum — Outbound next year to Italy, and our own Mc from Thailand! 
Tim Nichols and Dan Ryan
President Tim Nichols honored Dan Ryan for all his behind-the-scenes work. Thank you for Being the Inspiration! 
Alex Martin with Tim Nichols
Alex Martin thanked the club for sending him to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), where he learned leadership skills and other elements for success! 

Important Announcements

Glenn Robbins announced that the next Styrofoam Roundup is July 27th!
• Glenn Robbins announced that the next Styrofoam Roundup is July 27th!
• Mike Cloutier shared that the Rotary International Board has adopted a new Diversity and Inclusion Policy. 
• Kathy Rayment returned from PETS (Presidents-Elect Training Seminar). She said it was inspiring, with lots of camaraderie. And she got to see Meredith pass by with a flag in the flag ceremony! 

Residence XII Alcohol & Drug Treatment for Women by Liz Braun

Residence XII Alcohol & Drug Treatment for Women by Liz Braun
Note: Residence XII is the Northwest’s premier non-profit alcohol and drug addiction treatment center for women, located in Kirkland, WA. Since 1981, they have treated over 18,000 women with addictions and helped those who love them.
Liz Braun was joined by Jean Renn (community relations) and Robert “Bert” Romero (public relations) to talk about this specialized facility for women. Alcoholism, and its associated conditions, is the greatest killer of addicts. Popular singer from the 1940s, Marion Hutton, started Residence XII (R12) in 1981, a time when it was very hard for women to “come out” as alcoholic. They tend to open up more when around only women, so the facility is for women only. “Sisterhood is our Secret Sauce.” 
Bert told her story of alcoholism, noting that “you’re in it before you know it,” and you feel like there’s nowhere to turn with your and embarrassment. She found out about R12 at a 12-step program. She took a deep breath, entered the inpatient program, and now celebrates 15 years of sobriety.
Jean Renn, now 5 years sober, talked about healthcare costs before and after drinking.
Many mental health issues co-occur with addiction, especially in young people. Many are turning to heroin to escape stressors, and it’s easy to obtain. Prescription opioids are another path to addiction. Many women are also veterans, survivors of physical abuse, and/or sexual abuse, many of whom can’t open up in the presence of men. They are also more likely to be left by their partner when they enter treatment.
The facility works with families, since addiction is a family disease. The family program is free. Bert shared that it was her husband’s comment, “I don’t have another relapse in me” that affected her deeply. Relapse wasn’t an option if she wanted to stay married. 
Residence XII, located in Kirkland, is built like a home — three stories tall, serene, and surrounded by wetlands. It offers a 30-day inpatient program as well as out-patient and family services. There is a HUGE support network of 1800 active members, and 18,000 alumni. It is both NON-PROFIT and home grown. 
Don Russell wants to assist in getting a facility like this in Kitsap County. 
A few addiction statistics: 
• Children of alcoholics are 4 times more likely to develop alcoholism, and they’re more likely to marry an alcoholic or abusive partner. 
• Divorce rate is 3x higher for people with alcoholism. 
• Drugs are now the #1 cause of accidental death in the US 
• 64,000 people died of overodse in the US last year. This is 650% crease from 1990. 
Meeting Highlights, March 29, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-03-29 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, March 22, 2019

Posted on Mar 22, 2019

Distinguished Students of Service Awards

Distinguished Students of Service Awards
In order for students to be eligible for a DSS Award, they need to have met the following criteria: Makes positive contributions to the North Kitsap High School Community and/or in the community outside NKHS. Is a good ambassador for the school and to the community. Is respectful to peers and teachers. Exhibits a positive attitude toward learning. Maintains good attendance. Is an active classroom participant. And, perhaps most importantly, the student exhibits a high potential for making positive contributions to society beyond his tenure at North Kitsap High School. The following students were nominated by their teacher, Eric Nieland, and signed off by both their school principal and the NKSD Superintendent. Our five March 22, 2019 Award Recipients are: 
Katie BaggeKatie Bagge: Katie excels in her course work and often trains other students in class with complex processes and problems. She is heavily involved in community service efforts and volunteerism through several clubs and organizations: Lifesavers, Future Farmers of America, and the Girl Scouts of America. She is the head varsity football team manager. She offers informational presentations to peers and younger students. She enjoys thinking outside the box and plans to pursue vet school at WSU.
William ButlerWilliam Butler : William excels in his course work and is often the first student done with detailed projects. As a leader, he is heavily involved with fundraising and volunteer efforts to support the baseball team. He is very active with a positive attitude offering help and advice to fellow students. He is a role model for his peers and younger students. He is involved with many CNC projects and is interested in pursuing engineering and college baseball.
Therese GordonTherese Gordon: Therese excels in her course work, she is often the person to help explain coursework to other students. She is a national level archery competitor with several awards for her skill. She is not only a competitor, she is an archery coach helping train others is to learn the sport. She shares her culture with her fellow students and is fluent in Japanese. She is interested in pursuing engineering in college, although she hasn’t decided which type (but not electrical!).
Sam GroetschSam Groetsch: Sam excels in his course work and often leads discussions in class. Leader in both his local Boy Scout troop as well as in our school’s Honor Society. Very active in fundraising and community service efforts for Scouts and the Honor Society. Often takes the leadership role in group projects, and is very helpful to fellow students. He plans to pursue engineering in college.
Andrew Iaroslavtsev:Andrew Iaroslavtsev: Andrew is a strong and diligent worker in AP Psychology. He is consistent in making sure his work is done on time and up to the highest standard possible. Andrew was a good sport this year especially being the only male in class and was always up for participating in activities within the classroom. Andrew consistently challenges himself in all matters. This year he is taking 3 Advanced Placement classes including AP Psychology, AP Language & Composition, and AP U.S. History. This trend is not something new either as he has challenged himself in the past with AP World History and two years of Engineering where he always did excellent work on all of his projects. He has been accepted to Western Washington University.

Important Announcements 

• Academic scholarship applications are posted on WASHBOARD.ORG These are for high school seniors heading to college, and current college for NKHS boundary area students. Bob Hawkinson is looking for someone who can do word processing and post to spreadsheets; there are templates for all of it. 
• Steve Garfein shared that the Professional Services Committee will fund four students, 11 grade or below, and three NKHS teachers, to attend the Space Frontier. 
Foundation’s NewSpace conference in July.  
• April 26 Wine Tasting at Geoff and Amy Schmidt's 
• District Conference in Victoria May 9-11 
• Viking Tour May 19: Joe Hulsey is the Manager. It will be a ZERO WASTE EVENT! If you want to sponsor, talk to Paul Vaughan. We already have four beer garden sponsors. Spread the word! Shirts are available! 

Jim Gillard’s New Member Talk

Jim Gillard’s New Member Talk
When Jim wasn’t fighting fires, he was heavily involved in youth sports. He loves the positive influence it has on on the development of kids. He has coached over 18 teams, including NK Little League and All Star teams all the way to regionals and nations. He believes in teaching resilience to kids, while creating fun and lasting memories. 
His career started at age 16 when he became a full fledged volunteer firefighter, following in the footsteps of his dad, brothers, and uncles. In 1989 he went on his first fire call with his dad, and he was hooked. In 1995 he got a degree in geography from UW and worked his way up the ranks to Poulsbo Fire Chief. 
Why Rotary? Jim loves coaching, but his kids are growing up. In his new position he’s also doing less “hands on” life saving with the fire department, now that he is the chief. He wants to find new ways to go out into the community to make a difference.

Lydia Rush’s New Member Talk

Lydia Rush’s New Member TalkLydia is a former club member who moved to Japan, and has now returned. She worked as a nurse for more than 10 years in hospice and ICU. When she and her husband moved to Japan she took her love of socializing and helping people and used it to help sailors when the housing market crashed. She discovered her love for volunteering. 
She was out shopping in Japan when the Tsunami hit. In the aftermath, she researched what was needed: clothes, baby supplies, and transportation in the form of bicycles. She drew up a document and her husband worked with the US Base commander to get permission to restore all the abandoned bicycles on base. Other Rotarians helped with this project and they got over 100 bicycles to those in need. 
Meeting Highlights, March 22, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-03-22 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, March 15, 2019

Posted on Mar 15, 2019
Med Reed presents check
Med Reed presented a check to the Poulsbo PTSA. They requested money for a Digital Safety Seminar, with 150 child identification kits, including DNA swabs, finger prints, photos. was offered to parents, teachers, and staff, and then opened to the community. Over 100 people came, and they’ve had multiple requests to host it again. 
Mc Update
Mc enjoyed some Thai Cuisine with Gary Nakamura, Kimi Kinoshita, and Frances Malone. Last Tuesday he tried “Burger Soup,” which was confusing, because he thought that “burger” is supposed to be a sandwich!

Morrow Manor

Jim Schlacter reported that they got the plat for Morrow Manor recorded and the work is out for bids! 

Important Announcements 

• March 22: The Way Things Work: See Steve Garfein for details
• Jim Moore’s memorial will be held on May 11
• Viking Tour May 19
• Tim Nichols honored Jim Schlacter for Being the Inspiration, with his work on Morrow Manor, and, well, everything!
• The District Training Conference is coming up May 9th through the 11th. It’s a great program that helps participants learn how Rotary works outside the club. And the club will help pay for your registration!

Naomi Nichols: Kitsap Foster Care Association 

Naomi Nichols
Naomi Nichols is a teacher at Vinland Elementary School with a Master’s Degree in counselling, a foster mom, and President of the Kitsap Foster Care Association. There are currently around 367 kids in foster care here is Kitsap County, and not enough licensed homes. There are only 23 licensed foster homes, and right now, only 6 are open for long-term placements, 4 for respite, and the other 13 aren’t accepting placements at this time. A snapshot of the CURRENT needs is on the following page (3), just to further paint the picture. The need for licensed foster homes is GREAT. Many foster children keep their possessions in a garbage bag, and they have no place to call home.
Naomi offered an analogy to describe what it’s like to become a foster parent: the dream of jumping in a cool refreshing lake on a hot day, versus the reality of realizing you don’t know how to swim! She recommended the movie, “Instant Family” as the most accurate depiction she’s seen come out of Hollywood. 
The Kitsap Foster Care Association has been supporting foster parents since 1991, and currently offers trainings, dinner meetings, backpacks for kids, gifts, trips to the mariner’s, Clothing Closet, and more — all to help provide stability to the children and families. It was funded by the state until a few years ago, so they have turned to the community for help. They hold fundraisers, accept donations, and receive funding from grants from organizations such as Poulsbo Rotary. 
How can you help? You can work to become a foster parent, you can help pack backpacks (August), take the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) training to volunteer as a voice for a foster child, participate in their biggest fundraiser — The Ghost Train — in October.
The #1 goal is to return foster children to their biological families. When that is not possible, there is a process for becoming eligible for adoption. A child needs to have been in foster care for 20 of 24 months for the state to file for termination of parent rights, and it’s still a 8-9 month process after that. Babies in foster care since birth are typically adopted around age two and a half.
Naomi quoted Richard Tizzano: “You have to love them as hard as you can as long as you can.” 
Here is a snapshot of the 367 kids that need foster care placements NOW:
Kids that need foster care now
Poulsbo Rotary wishes to thank The Kitsap Foster Care Association, and all Kitsap Foster Parents, for all they do for kids! 
Meeting Highlights, March 15, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-03-15 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, March 8, 2019

Posted on Mar 08, 2019

In Memory of Former Club Member Jim Moore

Dan Weedin remembers Jim Moore
Dan Weedin took a moment to talk about former club member Jim Moore, who recently passed away. He had a huge impact on the club, and his legacy is the Youth Exchange Program. Dan said Jim was a very successful local veterinarian in Kingston, a tremendous Rotarian, and an avid photographer who held great fine sessions, complete with funny pictures in the early days of photoshopping. He will be missed.  
Jim Moore
Note from Hugh Nelson: Photo of Jim in 2013 cruising on France's Canal du Midi with other Rotarians and former Poulsbo Rotary Exchange Student Flora Madiou. 
Jim Moore taking photos
Jim Moore taking photos of a peaceful scene.

Important Announcements 

• NKHS needs tutors See Jon Pavey if interested. 
• March 22: The Way Things Work: See Steve Garfein for details 
• Rotary HS scholarships are open 
Steve Hogg and Michele Doyle
This week’s Viking Spirit Award went to Steve Hogg and Michele Doyle, for their presence and energy at Chilly Hilly. They wore full Viking regalia and posed for pictures, while helping promote our upcoming 5th Annual Viking Tour! Arrrrrrrrrgh!

Mc Update

"Mc" (Poulsbo Rotary Exchange Student Yodsapon Boonrat) went to Seattle with Gary and Kimi, where they did the Underground Tour, the Columbia Center, saw the HUGE Ferris wheel, ate at Wild Ginger, and went to the Asian Market! Fun!  

Check Presentation to Jeff Oens

Check Presentation to Jeff Oens
Ardis Morrow presented a check to local artist Jeff Oens for the beautiful sculpture he made of Eli Creekmore. Prior to young Eli’s tragic death in 1986, domestic violence wasn’t talked about much in Kitsap County. Poulsbo Rotary Club was instrumental in changing that. Stories that had in the past been 1/2 inch long buried in the back of the newspaper became front page news. Ann Piles helped raise the funds and found Jeff. The bronze sculpture, which will be in the city park at Morrow Manor, was unveiled in a ceremony February 24.

YWCA, Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women in Kitsap County 

Vaan Wolfe, the Education and Outreach managerVaan Wolfe, the Education and Outreach manager, stepped up to make this presentation when executive director Meg Quinlivan was unable to attend. He began with some of the statistics of domestic violence in Kitsap County. One in FOUR WOMEN and one in NINE MEN are victims of violence from an intimate partner. He shared the history of the YWCA, whose humble roots date back to 1948, when coffee was 5 cents! In 1978 the first Emergency Shelter opened, in partnership with Olympic College. 
Last year, they received 7000 calls on domestic violence (DV). People who call get immediate access to support. Among the services are: DV Crisis line (1-800-500-5513), emergency shelter for up to 90 days, legal advocacy including mobile reponders who go to hospitals, family advocacy, WorkFirst program, community resource advocacy (safety planning, information, resource referrals for callers and walk-ins), weekly DV support groups with free child care, Education and Community Outreach (including a no-cost community presentations and trainings), and supportive housing. 
There are many barriers to safe/secure housing, and many victims return to their abusers. Morrow Manor will help. 

Double Induction Day! Welcome, new Rotarians!

Rob Thomas
Rob Thomas — sponsored by Geoff and Amy Schmidt — was inducted into the club. His Rotary Focus is that he wants to help Vets in the area.
Audrey Wolf
Audrey Wolf — sponsored by Meredith Green — was inducted today too! Her Rotary Focus begins with an interest in the Domestic Violence Prevention programs.  
Meeting Highlights, March 8, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-03-08 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, February 22, 2019

Posted on Feb 22, 2019
Dave Shields
Dave Shields talked TRASH! Dave reminded us that polyethylene (plastic films and overwrap, produce bags, bubble wrap) is one of the worst pollutants in our landfills and beyond. Bainbridge’s Sakai HS is collecting PE bags or “films” for a competition to win a bench made of 10.000 recycled plastic bottles. Help by bringing your CLEAN (no dirtbags!) plastic films to Kimi “The Bag Lady”  at the Friday Rotary Meetings. 
Devyn Newcombe and daughter Natalie
Devyn Newcombe and her daughter Natalie gave the Viking Spirit Award to Cindy Tveit for writing (and writing...and writing...and writing) up these Highlights! Well done Cindy!

Important Announcements 

• Chris Carthum (Outbound Youth Exchange) looking for odd jobs to earn $$$ 
• Feb 24: Chilly Hilly booth  
• Feb 24: Eli Statue reveal 
• Dan Weedin shared that Mc is on an excursion with other Youth Exchange Students. We need one more host family for Mc for the final stretch (needs to be in the NKSD attendance area). See Dan to invite Mc to a dinner or fun event soon! 

Classification Talk - Harlan Harris

Harlan Harris
Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Harlan Harris gave his New Member Talk. He defines his life in 5 distinguishing features:

1. Leader  
2. Bridge
3. Violinist  
4. Overcomer  
Harlan’s parents divorced when he was young, and lived with his mother and sisters. He pursued violin (like his father), Scouts, football, orchestra, tennis, theater and dance. He gave college and junior college a try but it didn’t go well. He discovered he still wanted to be in music, but not a music teacher. He then discovered a deep relationship with God and Jesus and transferred his love of music to a love of ministry. And he met and married Cheryl! 
He moved from California to the PNW and loves it. After trying many jobs, he took some programming classes, became a father, and began to work in Internal Tech Support at Microsoft. He now works in the cloud! Through it, he discovered those first 4 defining qualities. But what is #5? 
5. Rotarian: Harlan is a committed Rotarian enjoying active participation on the Professional Services committee to help guide the future of work and lifelong learning. 

Classification Talk - Joe Bettridge

Joe BettridgeJoe Bettridge gave his New Member Talk also, but he’s not new to Rotary! Joe has been a Rotarian for 35 years, and he noted that this club is very positive and happy. His first club was in Wasilla, Alaska, and his “classification” was “Clergy.” He relates more to the titles of pastor, preacher, or minister. He does “not know how to clerge.” 
Joe went to UW, starting in business before changing his major. He was a frat boy in the 60s, which he said was definitely a story for another time. Then he attended a Presbyterian church service and heard his calling. He went to seminary school, got married in 1972, and moved to Alaska. In grad school he wrote a dissertation on the tribal culture of the Tlingit people. He also had the pleasure to have performed a wedding for the first female musher in the Iditarod. 
Joe says he learned the most about himself during periods or problems, struggles and failures. He faced his alcoholism head on and wrote heartfelt letters to 2000 people. He was treated with encouragement and compassion, and he got a second chance with life and ministry, which he now shares with others as he offers help. He believes in the words of the Rolling Stones: “You can't always get what you want, but if you try, sometime you find you get what you need.”  
He also finds comfort in the Serenity Prayer.
That’s Joe’s story — and he’s sticking to it!  

Don Russell - Photos from Brazil

Don Russell - Photos from BrazilDon Russell shared spectacular photos from his trip to Brazil, where he “shot” jaguars (with his camera!). Don’s trip took him to the Pantanal wetlands — 350 square miles — the largest in the world. His group drove 150 miles, only half of which was paved, stopping every 15 minutes to photograph birds. They traveled over 25 bridges, some of which were not in good shape. He went in 3 boats, on two rivers and three streams, and saw jaguars in the natural setting, from 100-200 feet away. Some were identified well enough through unique patterns on their forehead spots, that they had been named: Jaju, Medrosa, Juru, Patricia (what a coincidence!). Don was surprised to find that jaguars are very comfortable in the water. They look for fish or caiman, and even kill crocodiles by grabbing behind their heads and smothering them. Jaguars are 250-350 pounds when grown.
Each day, Don typically shot for an hour in one spot to see if the jaguar would do anything, then they moved to a new spot when the sighted another jaguar. He took 7000 photos in temperatures that go up to 95 or 100 in the afternoon (and this was the middle of their winter!). 
Don was open to talking specifics about cameras after his presentation. He used 20 megapixel Olympus cameras, taking 80% of his shots with his 90-400 zoom, and his 600mm lens the other 20% of the time.

Classification Talk - Kim McCoy

Kim McCoy
Kim gave this classification talk at a club meeting last October. 
Kim’s life began prematurely, due to a car accident, to a single parent in The Bronx. But despite her early arrival and her low birth weight of just 2 pounds and 2 ounces, she entered the world determined to thrive, despite all odds. She began her life as the proof that miracles can, and do, happen. Kim’s story illustrates who is and how it ties to Rotary’s 4-Way Test. It showed that Service Above Self is simply in her DNA. 
From very early on, Kim’s mom showed her the value of giving to those in need, by serving and supporting others in the most selfless ways, such as helping people with drug additions, by giving them the spare bedroom in their home to help dry out and get clean. Or making hundreds of sandwiches and desserts for the school's field trips so every kid was nourished. There were many examples of her mother’s beautiful giving nature.
Kim’s dad was a military man who eventually married her mother. One of the first of many lessons he taught Kim was, "Do the right thing.” The family lived in Alaska during a period of civil and racial unrest in the US, where they were surrounded by great diversity and a loving community that shielded them from the terrible happenings in our country at that time.
Her dad was one of 17 children born into a sharecropping family working the fields for others in North Carolina. The military drafted him and gave him his own tee shirts and underwear. He claimed he would never get out of Army because of that! He excelled in the Army, and by the time of his retirement he beat out over 1,200 applicants for a top job at IBM working with very diverse colleagues--Just miles from where as a child he and his family worked the land for others for scraps of food and a shack to live in. 
Her dad, just like her mom, always reached out to help others. He once found a homeless man while the family was camping and fishing in Anchorage. They took him home, nicknamed him Sarge, and cleaned him up. And nearly 48 years later Sarge attended her dad's funeral. The lesson Kim learned was: “The impact we have on others in need may not always be known, but the impact can be extraordinarily profound.” 
Once, when Kim was 9, while the family was traversing a dirt road leading out of the woods from a fishing excursion, Kim tossed some litter out of the car window. Her dad adjusted his rear-view mirror to stare at her, slowed down, but kept his eyes on her. He finally pulled over and said, "Go get 8t". The lesson here was far more than, "Don't Litter." There was a much larger lesson: Although her dad has passed on, Kim believes he still has her in his focus --eyes locked on her via his rear-view mirror. And now, metaphorically, she has her own rear-view mirror, and she fully understands that all that she needs to do in life is reflected in it. 
Here are some of Kim’s gems: 
As she does things in her genuine manner with integrity and love: TRUTH will emerge.
When she works with others to help level the playing field for those in need: FAIRNESS will prevail.  
When she connects people to other people, places, things, and even puppies: FRIENDSHIPS are formed and GOODWILL is done. 
When she maintains integrity and reaches out and/or steps aside at times to make room for others: It will be BENEFICIAL to all concerned. 
 She has both Service Above Self, and the living 4-Way test woven into her being – in her DNA. 
Kim thanked Karen Timken for sponsoring her into the club. She also shared that she is a germaphobe, so although she’s happy to shake hands or even hug at times, she does not do so just before or during meals. She explained that she will happily be at any Rotary indoor event or cold weather event, but no hot weather sunny day events due to an autoimmune disease called discoid lupus, where the sun lesions her skin. She gave her sincerely commitment to the club and offered her true dedication to our work. 
Kim is proud to be a Rotarian. She brings all that embodies Rotary to our club, along with her extensive 37year journey of working with nonprofits. Her most recent work has been with Girl Scouts, where she currently serves as the Regional Director, Peninsula Region, Girl Scouts of Western Washington. She has coordinated the panel that will be our featured presenters at our Friday meeting tomorrow, February 15, 2019: GIRL SCOUTS: Building Girls of Courage, Confidence, and Character, Who Make The World a Better Place.  
Thank you, Kim! 
Meeting Highlights, February 22, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-02-22 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, February 15, 2019

Posted on Feb 15, 2019
Deputy Chief Jeff Russell
President Tim Nichols asked for an emergency back-up Thought for the Day, and Darryl Milton offered a KUDOS to Jeff Russell, who was recently promoted to Deputy Chief with the Poulsbo Fire Department. He has been leading the department through the past several snowy weeks and they “...only got the rigs stuck a time or two!” Congrats, Jeff! 
Mc's Update
Mc’s Update: He really enjoyed the SNOW DAYS! He made a snowman and learned to use the word, “Indeed.” He tried buffalo (bison) meat yesterday and discovered he prefers beef!

Important Announcements 

• Feb 24: Revealing the Eli Sculpture 3pm 8897 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge (across from The Barn) 
• Viking Tour booth at Chilly Hilly to get signups — 9:30-3ish. 

Viking Tour

VIKINGS have entered the building! ARRRRRRRGH! Steve Hogg (pictured above with Mc) led the club in an ARGH! Contest, as the official kickoff to Viking Tour Season 5! We’ll have a booth and a strong Viking presence at Bainbridge’s Chilly Hilly on Feb 24, which kicks off the bicycling season. Our job will be to harass riders at the finish line and offer discount coupons for signing up for Viking Tour. Please sign up! Set up is at 9:30 and tear down is a 3pm, and we need donations of water and cookies. Please plan for possible bridge delays, as it’s going through inspections.   

Classification Talk, Mary Gorman

Mary GormanEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Mary Gorman gave a very rousing New Member Talk! Suffice it to say there is NOT enough room here to to it justice! She grew up in Brownsville, but has travelled extensively, and has eaten an impressive array of crazy foods (horse, porcupine, road kill— twice— and snake!) She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Mathmatics and Economics and has taught across the world. She earned a Doctorate in Education, and is now a Real Estate Agent with John L. Scott. Her daughter is a nurse, and her son is in the Construction Management program at WSU, and she’s been married to Joe Hulsey for 13 years. 
PLUS: Mary spent 20 years on her dad’s fishing boat in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Her dad taught her that, “Fear is just not to have done it. Do it!” She started as a deck hand, but when her father was injured, he changed the permit to her name and she went out and caught fish. 
She has been a hooker (British Rugby), she owns a Harley, she loves to dance, she has a woodshop in her basement, she can tie six knots in two minutes, she loves to travel, she likes warm water diving, and she loves listening and dancing to WAYLON JENNINGS. Mary has many loves (including Joe), and above all, she believes each day should be THE BEST DAY EVER! So it usually is. 

Girl Scouts: Building Girls of Courage, Confidence, and Character, Who Make the World a Better Place

by Kim McKoy, Liz Brown, and Miguel Francisco 
Kim McCoyIt turns out that in addition to Service Above Self and Rotary’s 4-way Test, there’s one more key element in Kim McKoy’s DNA: THE GIRL SCOUT PROMISE (On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law), and it makes for the perfect mix. Kim began her Girl Scout journey 36 years ago in Seattle, and returned as the Regional Director of the Peninsula Region, Girl Scouts of Western Washington. This region serves 2500 girls, across a wide expanse of our state: Bainbridge to Neah Bay, and Gig Harbor to Westport. Over the past 107 years, Girl Scouts have become famous for their cookies, camping, and crafts — but the are keeping with the times and excelling in STEM programs, winning national championships in robotics, and producing piliots as young as twelve! Rest assured, cookie sales are coming soon, but there is much more to Girl Scouts than cookies! 
Liz BrownLiz Brown shared her journey Girls Scouts. First her daughter hit kindergarten and brought home a flyer, but nothing came of it. Then her daughter brought a flyer home from first grade, and the stars seemed to align. As a mother of a son with autism, Girl Scouting gave her something special to do with her daughter, and it allowed her to meet other moms who had children with medical needs. She now co-leads a troop of over 40 girls, and they keep busy. Liz has a mad passion for people who are at risk to “become a statistic,” and she strives to help empower at-risk girls and help bring balance to their lives. Liz currently serves the region’s membership committee as a Community Engagement Manager (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion). In particular, she looks for kids who are under-represented; cost does not need to be a barrier, because girls from low income families qualify for free membership. 
Miguel Francisco
Miguel Francisco, also a Community Engagement Manager, is “MAN ENOUGH TO BE A GIRL SCOUT.” He is a Guatemalan American who feels very fortunate to have grown up male, because the Guatemalan indigenous culture pushes boys to grow up to provide and to become a success. That is not the case for girls, who are typically less valued, and receive less education, tend to start families young and become very dependent. This often leads to feelings of inferiority, domestic violence, and a  cycle that continues. Miguel’s own mother was orphaned young, and her grandparents gave her to a man at age 12 because they saw her as a burden. She gave birth at age 14. 
So Miguel took steps to remove himself from that culture. He married an empowered Filipino woman, and he’s helping his nieces through Girl Scouts. He sees his nieces going out and selling cookies and becoming more outgoing, and he is very proud of them! 
Kim opened the presentation up for questions, and she stressed that Girl Scouts will always be GIRL SCOUTS, and for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade, they work hard to educate parents to help empower girls. The troops provide mentoring through two adults for every 12 girls. From youngest to oldest, there are Daisies (grades K–1), Brownies (grades 2–3), Juniors (grades 4–5), Cadettes (grades 6– 8), Seniors (grades 9–10), and Ambassadors (grades 11–12). The club thanked Kim, Liz, and Miguel for all they do, and for their presentation, and Tim gave a Be the Inspiration pin to each speaker. THANK YOU! 
Meeting Highlights, February 15, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-02-15 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, February 8, 2019

Posted on Feb 08, 2019
Terry Burns
Terry Burns shared a Thought for the Day, then Club President Tim Nichols thanked him for Being the Inspiration for many years, and gave him a pin.
Mc tells about his week
Mc’s Update: He hung out with Dan Weedin and went to a Husky Basketball game! He got a hat, a poster, and learned about the players. He then walked the HUGE UW Campus. Yesterday he tried German cuisine: a pretzel with salt and mustard!

Important Announcements 

• NOW: Volunteer Opportunity to help with Olympic College Foundation scholarships. See Michele Doyle, Jim Sund, Meredith Green, or Audrey Wolf ( 
• Feb 17: Discounted ACT theater ticket for Uncle Vanya, plus backstage tour. See Steve Garfein 
• March 2: “Realtor Lady”: Comedy for a Cause: Bridget Young benefit for Kingston Coffee Oasis. 
• Rotary District 5020 Conference is May 9-11. 

Viking Tour Update 

Nick Johnson updates the club on preparations for Viking Tour
Nick Johnson announced that the FIFTH annual Viking Tour will be Sunday, May 19. 70 people have already registered! Remember — this is the club’s second biggest fundraiser. The new website has all the information (still, and the 7:30 am kickoff meeting is coming soon.
Let Michele Doyle or Steve Hogg know if you’d like to help staff the Viking Tour booth at Bainbridge’s Chilly Hilly on February 24. That’s when we get a lot of sign ups.
Nick asked for your help: Encourage GROUPS to register, and they’ll get 15% off!


Paul Harris Awards

Michele Doyle and Chris Doving
Chris Doving was awarded his Paul Harris +1, and Michele Doyle became a Paul Harris Society Member and received her Paul Harris +4! 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. The Paul Harris Society is a separate recognition for members who choose to contribute $1000 or more in a given year.

Coffee Oasis, Changing the World for Homeless Youth 

Daniel Kluth
Our guest speaker Daniel Kluth joined Coffee Oasis three years ago, and he’s excited to report that the Kingston Coffee Oasis will open in March. He expressed gratitude to the club for their support, which dates back to 2011, when Poulsbo’s Coffee Oasis entered the planning phase under Past President Meredith Green. 
Coffee Oasis is a catalyst for positive change. Kitsap County has 1338 identified homeless youths ages 13-25, and many gaps in services remain. Daniel shared three key truths about dealing with the issue: It’s about relationship, there are no overnight fixes, and this is cross-cultural work.
Daniel reminded us that being “on the streets” is a way of thinking — not a place. The thinking needs to change — not just the circumstances. There are three codes to the street: stay alive, don’t snitch, and have integrity (a very literal interpretation of integrity). Many homeless youths struggle with planning for the future, the concepts of identity and ownership (including their own bodies), and the difficulties of not having an address. They seek help for friends over themselves because it makes them feel needed and valued. They don’t want to be like adults, who are often seen to be users (they want something), authoritarians (do it this way), rescuers (big hearts with no boundaries), or SAFE (someone who will stick around). They need SAFE adults/ positive adult role models.
The sustainable coffee business supports the faith-based programs and services. The coffee is organic, direct trade, with all the beans roasted in house. They sell espresso, food, and offer catering. 
The youth programs cover a broad range of services, including job training, internships, youth shelters and supportive services, crisis intervention, and counseling. In 2018,104 youths exited homelessness. Daniel said that plans for 2019 include expanding the crisis team, hiring more case managers, opening Kingston Coffee Oasis and Tacoma Coffee Oasis, and opening Terry’s House (Feb 15) for victims of human trafficking. The budget has gone from $281k per month last year to $329k per month for 2019. 
How can you help? *Spread the word *Buy their coffee *Join Real Hope Club (monthly donations) *volunteer (if you can be consistent), *pray. 
Thank you Daniel! 
Meeting Highlights, February 8, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-02-08 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, February 1, 2019

Posted on Feb 01, 2019
Geoff Schmidt presented a check to Lee Ferguson of the Native American Horsemanship Youth program
Geoff Schmidt presented a check to Lee Ferguson of the Native American Horsemanship Youth program in the amount of $1500. The program, which is free to participants, is in its 22nd year. The check will pay to build a shed for the older horses that need shelter from the weather. Horses Batman and Molly can only eat pellets and they have to be kept dry. 
Mc presenting Thai customs to the club
Poulsbo Rotary's exchange student Mc instructing the club in some basic Thai words and customs. 
Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson
Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson showed one of the 20 banners that Sound Transit is allowing the City of Poulsbo to hang along Hwy 3 and Hwy 305 to get the word out that there are four-year degrees now offered at Olympic College in Poulsbo!

Paul Harris Fellow Awards

Paul Harris Fellow Awards for Scott Sorensen and Rob Gelder
Rob Gelder presented Scott Sorensen his Paul Harris Fellow award, and then Lori Cloutier presented Rob Gelder with his Paul Harris + 6. 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. Thank you both for your generosity and dedication! 

New Member David Hedderly-Smith

New Member David Hedderly-Smith
David Hedderly-Smith was inducted into the club! He was sponsored by Tony Fyrqvist and his mentor will be Jim Sund. Welcome, David!

Christopher Piercy, Kitsap County Public Works Recycling Program

Christopher Piercy, Kitsap County Public Works Recycling Program
Christopher Piercy is a Washington State ecology professor and a Bremerton boy and is the Recycling Program Supervisor for the Kitsap County Public Works.
It takes millions of years to make a plastic bag which is made from petroleum. It has a lifetime in the household of just 12 minutes. Plastic bags are one of the ten most littered items by weight in the state of Washington. One ton of plastic bags would fill a room. Its litter competition is wood, furniture, and tires.
Why is this a problem? Plastic bags show up in most marine animals that necropsies are performed on. There are also multiple large litter swirls in the middle of the oceans. Recycling machinery has to be shut down for several hours every day to untangle and cut away the plastic bags because they jam the equipment. Plastic bags can not be recycled while co-mingled with your curbside mixed products.
The county is helping draft an ordinance to limit or ban the use plastic bags for distribution of purchases at retail establishments. There are recycling options at grocery stores. Here are some facts: 
  • Only 2% of plastic grocery bags are recycled 
  • If recycled, plastic bags can only be recycled once 
  • They are recycled into HDPE products 
  • Plastic bottles are recycled into PET for carpets and then can no longer be recycled 
So the solution is not to recycle more, but to reduce the use of plastic bags in the first place by using your own bags. The plastic bag is one of the most used retail items in the world and they are only used once! Some countries have completely banned plastic bags for any purpose. Check out the 2008 documentary called “Bag it.”
There is also proposed state-wide legislation that would override any local ordinances. Selling bags in quantity is currently banned by ordinance, but not in small quantities (like bags for pet waste). 
The state is considering a manufacturer solution that drives the manufacturers to make better choices in packaging. It would cause the manufacturer to fund the resources and methods for dealing with the packaging it uses. This would cause fiscal decisions to be made on various types of packaging. Some are trying to develop technologies to convert some plastics to resins that can be reused, but only go sown the “material chain”, but eventually they still become garbage. 
He stressed that “compostable” is preferred over “recyclable” or “disposable”.
The proposed legislation would confer a 5 cent or 10 cent charge to get a plastic bag and is kept by the retailer to compensate for the cost of paper bags. 
(Thank you Paul Vaughan for taking the notes on our February 1, 2019 meeting!) 
Meeting Highlights, February 1, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-02-01 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, January 25, 2019

Posted on Jan 25, 2019
Debra Vaughn
Club President Tim Nichols expressed appreciation to Debra Vaughan for her work (with husband Paul) on getting the ball rolling to develop an ADA “all access” park in Poulsbo. She is the Inspiration! 
Devyn Newcombe presented Amy Schmidt the Viking Spirit Award for all she does!
Devyn Newcombe presented Amy Schmidt the Viking Spirit Award for all she does!
Lydia Rush was inducted back into the club
Lydia Rush was inducted back into the club! She is sponsored and will be mentored by Rand Hillier. Welcome back Lydia!

Important Announcements 

• Rebecca’s baby shower is Sunday at 2pm at Amy and Geoff’s 
• District Conference is May 9-11. Let Rand know if you’d like to join him for dinner at Vista 18 that Friday night. 
• Recruiting sophomores and juniors for RYLA in March (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). Contact Michele Doyle

Youth Exchange Student Mc describes his life in Thailand

Yodsapon Boonrat (aka Mc)Yodsapon Boonrat (aka Mc), our inbound exchange student from Thailand, started with his weekly update: He went to a cabin near Stevens Pass and had a good time taking pictures and snow shoeing. He said he tried sledding, but had “no luck.” It sounds like he got a face full of snow. 
Mc said his home country of Thailand can be characterized by three Cs: 
1. Culture, with its long Buddhist history and beautiful temples that bring tourists, their varied forms of SMILING to communicate, and their social gesture, “wai,”for greeting. 
2. Colorful: He said that Thailand is a “beautiful star on the land,” that looks delightful from above, complete with floating markets that offer food and accessories.  
3. Cheap! Although he recognized that to some “cheap” can be a negative term, it is much less expensive in Thailand, where you can buy a meal for 50 cents, and get a haircut for $2.00. He has found it expensive to be a “Real American Boy” here in the USA. 
Thailand used to be bigger (Siam) than it is today. Mc expressed that King Rama IX was the best king ever. He went to less wealthy areas and developed improvement plans. King Rama IX died last year, and it’s very sad; the new king, Rama X, is not as great. 
The capital of Thailand is Bangkok, but it’s real name is so long there is a whole song devoted to it (“Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.”)!! Wow!
There is no official religion, although most people are Buddhist. There is also Islam and Christianity — a mix. The money is Baht. 1 US dollar = 31.6874 Baht. The national animal is the elephant (which he assured us he does NOT ride to school!), with the White Elephant being deeply connected to the King of Thailand. Although Thailand is beautiful, he said that trash is a problem. 
Mc said that Pad Thai is the national food, but that he really misses River Prawn Spicy Soup or Tom Yum Goong is another favorite, along with Pork and Holy Basil Stir-fry. Mc has a recipe if you would like it. 
He ended his presentation with some hilarious videos from YouTube: Bangkok 1st Time and BKK 1st time.
Thank you Mc!  
Great presentation! 
Meeting Highlights, January 25, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-01-25 08:00:00Z 0

Pouring of the Eli Sculpture and its History

Posted on Jan 20, 2019
Eli Creekmore was the inspiration for Ardis Morrow and Poulsbo Rotary's efforts to alleviate the impacts of domestic violence in our community.
Report from Ann Pyles: 
Eli Creekmore statueJanuary 12, 2019 was magical. On a most glorious day, John Pyles, Ardis J. Morrow, D Rand Hillier & I (Ann Pyles) headed to Two Ravens Studio - a full service art foundry in Tacoma. There we met up with artist, Jeff Oens, Sue Oens, his partner, David, Gale Kirsopp and her partner, John, Brian & Susan Patton. We all came to witness the bronze pouring of the Eli Sculpture. 
Eli Creekmore was the 3 year old great grand nephew of Ardis Morrow, who was killed by his father in 1985. The Eli Sculpture is dedicated to the memory of his life. All of the funds needed to create the sculpture were donated by private individuals to the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation. We are so very grateful to these people who helped bring Eli to life.
Ardis Morrow and Jeff Oens with the statue
Jeff gave us a tour of the foundry while Co-Proprietors, Ed Kroupa & Katrina Taft and staff prepared to show us how a bronze sculpture comes to life. First came the clay Sculpture, then the wax replica. After the wax sculpture was perfect, it was cut into three pieces so that molds could be made & it could be poured successfully. 
The foundry had poured the head and torso piece before we arrived, and it has been sandblasted once. We watched the pour of the bottom half of his body, minus one foot, which is still being prepared for the pour. It was exciting to see how well the three individuals doing the pour worked together to make it happen. When all pieces have been poured and sand blasted several times, they will be welded together & the different patinas applied.
Foundry staff and the base piece donated by Shine Quarry
It has been quite a journey to get to this point, which began in early 2015 with a search for the best sculptor around to give us the perfect life-sized likeness of little 3 year old Eli. Lisa Stirrett told me about Jeff Oens and the care and skill he had in catching facial nuances in his bronzes. We have been blessed to find and work with him. His patience and sensitivity have been remarkable. And his ability to create such a wonderful likeness of Eli from only a few photos and Ardis's memories has been amazing. Thank You, Jeff, from the bottoms of our hearts. He even solicited and received the donation of a beautiful bolder from Shine Quarry on which Eli will sit. The Eli statue is destined for placement in the to-be-built Rotary Morrow Park on the corner of Noll & Noll in Poulsbo, right next to Morrow Manor (the 8 units of housing for survivors of domestic violence & their children that Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary is building).
Two Ravens Studio
SAVE THE DATE: From 3-5 pm on February 24, 2019 we will be unveiling the final bronze Eli Sculpture at the Friedman-Oens Gallery at 8897 Three Tree Lane, NE, Bainbridge Island  (across from The Barn). Come join us.
Pouring of the Eli Sculpture and its History Hugh Nelson 2019-01-20 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, January 4, 2019

Posted on Jan 04, 2019
Nick Johnson
This meeting was run by future president Nick Johnson, who offered opportunities to provide feedback at (Ha ha!)
Lori Cloutier receives Viking Spirit Award
The Viking Spirit Award was bestowed upon Lori Cloutier for her battle against Styrofoam!*
John Waller earned his Blue Badge
John Waller earned his Blue Badge! He was sponsored by Jon Pavey. 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. 

Important Announcements 

• Beer Tasting January 11 at Garfein’s — Geoff to M.C. 
• Jan 15: Pizza and Pints to End Polio fundraiser at Western Red 
• VIKING TOUR season is coming! Again headed by Nick Johnson and Paul Vaughan 
• Dave Shields won the FRAFFLE 
• *Styrofoam roundup = 380 carloads and ONE TON collected! 

Emily Carthum's Rotary Exchange Experience in Croatia

Emily Carthum's Exchange Experience in CroatiaEmily shared thoughtful commentary and stunning pictures from her time in Croatia last school year. She had two host families, which she loved and misses. She spoke fondly of vineyards in the middle of the city and beautiful cemeteries and churches. She described going to the market voted “The Best Christmas market in Europe”, which had many colors and lights, plus food and trinkets.
She pushed herself to take a dance class, where she says she progressed from “really awful” to “less bad,” and said that school was very difficult. She had 17 classes which included English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Ethics and religion, sociology, phycology, and more! PLUS they held random 1:1 graded oral exams! School ran in shifts, either 8am to 2pm or 2pm to 8pm. She made LOTS OF FRIENDS and loved the food (pasta, pastries, sausage).
Emily was able to travel a lot, both with Rotary and school. She visited many national parks and cities and met exchange students from around the world. She described her Eurotour at the end of May as the best two weeks of her life, where she got to peek over a wall at the Grand Prix (on the shoulders of a tall friend), and also visit Venice, Vatican City, Monte Carlo, and the Coliseum in Rome.
She went to the Slavonija area, saw bullet holes in walls in Romania, and went on a Rotary trip to Austria (Salzburg weekend), and Rijeka for “Carnival,” where people dressed up and held parades. She told of the most visited region in Croatia — Dalmacija, which had water coming up on a dock that creates music (she climbed to the top of the tower at Dioclétien's Palace in Split).
Emily CarthumDuring the Q & A portion, she elaborated on the Christmas Markets, which are part of Advent, with shops, trinkets, food, and lights throughout December and the start of January. 
She described the economy a little more — recognizing that it was formerly socialist. She said that tram drivers make more than teachers, food is cheaper, but imported clothing is very expensive. She was aware that there was a lot of corruption, and that the country relies heavily on tourism.
Emily’s enthusiasm for the Youth Exchange Program showed throughout her entire presentation. She now appreciates things around her, such as school resources, and after her experiences and meeting people who fought in the war, she has a more worldly perspective. She is applying to colleges now. The three things to do in Croatia — if you go: 1. Try burek (a pastry), 2. In Zagreb, go to The Museum of Broken Relationships, and 3. Get to the coast and experience the rocky beaches.
Emily CarthumPresident Tim Nichols gave Emily a well-earned Be the Inspiration pin. Thank you, Emily! 
Meeting Highlights, January 4, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-01-04 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, December 28, 2018

Posted on Dec 28, 2018
Dan Weedin introduced our 4th NKHS Youth Exchange Student, Alex B, who will be sponsored by the Silverdale Club.
Dan Weedin introduced our 4th NKHS Youth Exchange Student, Alex, who will be sponsored by the Silverdale Club.
Alex gets to say a few words to our club
Alex gets to say a few words to our club.

Important Announcements 

• Let Jon Pavey know if you want to purchase a Sons of Norway apron with your name and Rotary logo. 
• Beer Fest January 11 at Garfein’s 
• Please collect the placemats so Danny can compost them. 
• Let Tim know if you lost your PHF +1 pin! 
• Styrofoam Roundup on Saturday at the Fairgrounds from 9am-3pm 

This week's program - let's just socialize!

Ardis Morrow tells a story
There was no formal program this week, and instead, we enjoyed extended social time, including a SECOND story from Ardis! Follow this link to the photo album with pictures from around the room. 
Meeting Highlights, December 28, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-12-28 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, December 7, 2018

Posted on Dec 07, 2018
Glen Robbins Trash Talk Task Force
Glen Robbins spoke on behalf of the Trash Talk Task Force and reminded people to spread the word about the Styrofoam Roundup on Dec. 29! 
Glen Robbins receives Viking Spirit award
 Then Devyn Newcombe awarded him the Viking Spirit Award! 
Mc shared about his week
Mc shared about his week: exciting High School Football in Tacoma, Zoo Lights, and learning to make Rice Krispy Treats! He’s sad to be leaving the Clark family, but eager to meet his next host family.

Important UPCOMING Club Events

• Christmas Party is tomorrow! (Wine will be auctioned, too, to benefit the fire recovery efforts for Paradise, CA) 
• Bonnie Pedersen’s Christmas party Dec. 15 
• Fireside at Jerry Deeter’s Dec. 18 
• Rand Hillier’s “Aloner” Christmas Open House 2pm-7pm 

Workforce Development Within the Construction Trades - Russ Shiplet

Russ Shiplet of the Kitsap Homebuilder's Association
Russ Shiplet, Executive Director of the Kitsap Builders Association, discussed some of the challenges facing construction-related trades as vocational training has decreased in the wake of an increasing emphasis on STEM opportunities. He stressed the need for relevant internships, grants, mentoring, revisions of very restrictive child labor laws, and efforts to reduce the stigma of “Vocational education” He shared the construction careers education ladder, which showed the path from middle school to technical college and employment, illustrating that the outdated idea that jobs in the construction trades mean “low wages” is a fallacy. Russ explained the basics of the Builder Grant Program, whose motto is, “Building an Industry Workforce One Intern at a Time.” The program’s focus is on the jobs that are needed the most at this time: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, paint, and HVAC. They target ages 18-24, and pair the winners with mentors for six-month internships. They help recipients develop a work schedule, set goals and objectives, and monitor their progress. 
Russ ended his presentation with a question/answer session. Thank you, Russ. 
Meeting Highlights, December 7, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-12-07 08:00:00Z 0

Poulsbo Cemetery Cleanup

Posted by Hugh Nelson on Nov 10, 2018
poulsbo rotarians help with Poulsbo Cemetery cleanup
Poulsbo Rotarians were a big part of the group that helped the Friends of the Poulsbo Cemetery in their efforts to beautify and maintain the grounds. About 15 club members formed the bulk of the work party on November 10th. Rotarian Paul Vaughn explained that our club was the first organization to adopt a tier at the cemetery through the Adopt-A-Tier program, which hopes to ensure that upkeep continues at the Poulsbo Cemetery into the future. The group and the cleanup were featured in a recent Kitsap Daily News article.
Poulsbo Cemetery Cleanup Hugh Nelson 2018-11-10 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, November 9, 2018

Posted on Nov 09, 2018

Rotary Foundation Moment

Rotary Foundation Moment Lori Cloutier
Lori Cloutier is our club's representative for the Rotary Foundation, the Foundation of Rotary International. She shared a Rotary (International) Foundation moment, explaining the three primary foundation funds:
  • Polio Fund 
  • Annual Fund 
  • Endowment Fund — where your money lives forever (the principal is never spent).   

PK Maclean recognized for Contributions to the Rotary Foundation

PK MacleanPK Maclean was awarded her Paul Harris Fellow plus 6 (ruby), and a beautiful Legacy Award and medallion. These awards, given in the name of Rotary Founder Paul Harris, are for Rotarians who donate a total of $1000 to the Rotary Foundation, the charitable non-profit of Rotary International. PK shared how easy legacy giving is. By including Rotary in her estate plans, she will continue to do good in the world beyond her lifetime.  

Important UPCOMING Club Events

• Wine Tasting at Jim Shields’ Nov 16, 6pm 
• Service Saturday is tomorrow at the Poulsbo Cemetery! Bring your yard tools! 
• Save December 8 for the Christmas Party!  

The Poulsbo Historical Society and Maritime Museum - Jim Shields and Tom Henderson

Jim Shields and Tom Henderson (Tom shown)
Jim and Tom told the story of how the Poulsbo Historical Society came to reside at their current locations at City Hall and on Front street, focusing on the need to be able to showcase the many artifacts relating to Poulsbo’s maritime history, which led to the Maritime Museum. They are currently working on recreating the pilot house of the Hyak, which brought many people to Poulsbo back when that was the only way to get here! Tom described the mosquito fleet that made many stops in a short amount of time, from Lemolo, Virginia Point, Seabeck, Bainbridge and more, transporting people and products to Pike Place Market. They have now raised $350K of the one million they need. The goal is to have the pilot house done in 2020. Jim and Tom had three “asks”: 
1. Come visit! There are changes each week! 
2. Join the organization — your first year is free, and it’s only $20/year after that! 
3. Please donate! They need donations to access the maximum grants! 
Meeting Highlights, November 9, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-11-09 08:00:00Z 0

Thanks for Your Support!

Posted on Nov 02, 2018
Thanks for your support
We would like to acknowledge the generosity of these donors, many of whom are local businesses or proprietors of local businesses.  We could not have this auction without you…
Shop Small…. Shop Local!
Thanks for Your Support! Hugh Nelson 2018-11-02 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, October 12, 2018

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

My Girl Fundraiser Update - Brenda Wall

My Girl Fundraiser Update-Brenda WallBrenda Wall shared that the inspiration for this fundraiser came from Ardis about three years ago, when she asked what Rotary was doing to help girls across the world who miss school due to menstruation. Wendell Verduin had been doing projects through Side by Side South Africa, and their Game-Changer for girls proposal included microloans for women, health classes for girls and training sewists to make washable, reusable menstruation kits so girls could stay in school. Our International Services Committee held their fundraiser at My Girl in Kingston, and although their goal was to raise $5,000, they raised over $53,000 They turned the money over to a Side by Side staff member in South Africa. The sewists are now making 800 kits per month, the mothers and grandmothers often attend the health trainings, and Coca Cola is now ordering from Side by Side in S. Africa, to distribute the kits. In 2019 the International Service Committee wants to secure a global grant, find a donor willing to match funds, and ask to do the highly successful fundraiser again! 

Youth Court - Mike Merringer and Team

Youth Court - Mike Merringer and TeamYouth Court - Mike Merringer and Team
Patty Bronson, Todd Dowell, Ken Parker, and Mike Merringer thanked the club for their grant that funded meals and T-shirts for their student volunteers, and explained what Youth Court is and how it works. Youth Court is a diversionary program for juveniles with 1st or 2nd minor offenses. They face a jury (and judge) of their peers, in a court of student volunteers (paired with mentors), who act out ALL the positions of the court. Students learn about law and justice in mock trials of real cases, and then debrief with adults afterwards. The program runs during the school year, and students earn volunteer community service credits. Although they don’t have hard data yet on the efficacy, the recidivism is very low (10-20%), and most offenders feel they were treated fairly.
Amy Schmidt presented a flag from Lexington, Massachusetts
Amy Schmidt presented a flag from Lexington, Massachusetts
Tim Nichols honored and thanked Christine Kastanopolous for Being the Inspiration
Tim Nichols honored and thanked Christine Kastanopolous for Being the Inspiration 
Rand, Geoff, Cheryl, and Harlan rapped and sang their hearts out to promote donations for the money purse for the auction, with Christine at the piano.
Rand, Geoff, Cheryl, and Harlan rapped and sang their hearts out to promote donations for the money purse for the auction, with Christine at the piano. 

Additional News

  • Update from the board: Tom Eckmann stepped down from Professional Services Committee, and Steve Garfein stepped in as the chair. 
  • Business Meeting: Kristi Sutton confirmed that we had a quorum. We passed a motion to nominate Meredith Green for District Governor!
Meeting Highlights, October 12, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-10-12 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, October 5, 2018

Posted on Oct 05, 2018

Featured Speaker—Dr Laurynn Evans

Dr Lauralynn Evans
Our own Rotary club member, Dr. Evans (Laurynn), gave us an update on the North Kitsap School District (NKSD), where she is superintendent.
NKSD hired 58 new teachers this year, each with a level of passion that uplifts everyone. NKSD created a new Choice Academy, a new standalone school for students who require a different way to learn. It offers 3 separate paths to help students graduate from high school on time. Their first Open House had over 100 parents in attendance! 
Both Capital Levy measures passed with over 60% of the vote. Several Tiered projects are underway, including purchase of 2,000 computers on carts for student use and needed roof repairs. Other projects are standing by waiting on contractor availability to get started. 
NKSD School Board meetings are changing. The first Board meeting of the month is “School Connections”: they meet at each campus (1 per month) to get close connection to the communities. They share intervention data showing dramatic reduction in the number of students who are not meeting standards. The new theme is “Every Student Known”.
1. Know Students as People: Know their skills, especially social skills, and their peer interactions. Make eye contact and prepare them for life beyond the school yard.
2. Know Students as Learners: Provide individual attention. Give them hard problems to solve and then give them to skills to succeed in solving those problems. 
One of NKSD’s goals is to start a First Robotics Competition at Kingston High School this school year. This is a high leverage activity and provides a STEM-ready workforce. Says Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST Robotics Competition, “Instead of 1 in 10,000 making pro in a ball sport, in robotics every student has a chance to go pro”. 
Laurynn’s favorite sayings: “How do you learn?”, “A head full of fear has no space for dreams”, “Not all students learn the same”, “Our job is not to prepare students for something, but to prepare them for everything!”, “All In NKSD”. 

Upcoming Service Saturday Events

November 10—Poulsbo Cemetery cleanup. Details coming soon.

Halloween Gala & Auction @ Clearwater Casino 

Oct 27—Be there! Costumes, a great Auction, and much more! Watch for more information. 

Check Presentation – Walk in the Light

Check Presentation – Walk in the LightCheck Presentation – Walk in the Light
Brenda Wall presented a $4,000 check to Katy Cornell from Walk in the Light International for a new kitchen to feed the children lunch in Burkina Faso. In the past we have bought vaccines, bought school supplies, and built a secondary school. We also received updates on how our efforts have helped 1200 children at their school. 
Walk in the Light
Meeting Highlights, October 5, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-10-05 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, September 28, 2018

Posted on Sep 28, 2018
Mc update of the week
Mc gave an update on his week, which included a visit to the Naval Undersea Museum, an event at Naveen Chaudhary’s, and his meeting his 2nd host family.
Michele Doyle
Michele Doyle described the SWAG bag sponsorships available and reminded members to get their tickets for the Oct. 27 Halloween Costume Gala and Auction Costumes are optional!
Craig Adams presented award to Mark Timken
Celebrity Presenter Past President Craig Adams presented Mark Timken with his Paul Harris Fellow Award. These awards, given in the name of Rotary Founder Paul Harris, are for Rotarians who donate a total of $1000 to the Rotary Foundation, the charitable non-profit of Rotary International.
Tim Nichols receives 2nd Paul Harris award
Tim Nichols received his Paul Harris +2 Award. Well done! 

Important UPCOMING Club Events 

• Wine Tasting at Joe Hulsey’s Oct. 5, 5:30 
• Jon Pavey is organizing a CLEAN OUT of the club’s storage locker. Stay tuned. 
• Please save placemats at each table for Danny to compost . 
• Pick up your new directory. 
• You still have time to earn your BUNNY STICKER for Youth Protection Training!

Sea Trials: Around The World With Duct Tape And Bailing Wire

Wendy Hinman, Sea Trials: Around The World With Duct Tape And Bailing WireWendy Hinman, author of Tightwads on the Loose: A Seven-Year Pacific Odyssey, the light-hearted story of her seven year voyage aboard a 31-foot boat with her husband, Garth, and Sea Trials: Around the World With Duct Tape and Bailing Wire, the gripping story of Garth’s voyage around the globe with his family when he was a teenager, shared stories and pictures that inspired her two books. She grew up moving every few years as a child because of her father’s job as a dentist in the Navy. During her childhood, she had the opportunity to live in multi-cultural environments in Guam, California, Hawaii and Washington D.C. and meet people from all over the globe. She loved travel so much she’s devoted her life to exploring as much of the world as possible. She used her degree in Economics from the University of Michigan to found a successful international business, which, along with her insatiable curiosity, has taken her to over 30 countries. Her stories were both riveting and inspiring. 
Meeting Highlights, September 28, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-09-28 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, September 14, 2018

Posted on Sep 14, 2018

Upcoming Service Saturday Events

October 13 —Fish Park salmon viewing stand
November 10—Poulsbo Cemetery cleanup 

Featured Speaker—Dr. Seth DeCamp

Featured Speaker—Dr. Seth DeCampDr. DeCamp is a vascular surgeon who strives to provide competent state of the art surgical techniques, He grew up in a small, economically depressed Texas town, far from any population center. He worked on the farm, played sports, and served as a volunteer 911 paramedic. His county had no hospital, nor did the surrounding counties. He was in EMT school and was one of the youngest paramedics in Texas. He carried a dispatch radio all the time and responded to emergency calls, sometimes driving patients 90 minutes in the back of his pickup to a hospital or clinic.
Seth impressed the medical director of the paramedic program with the questions he asked about the procedures and treatment protocols. The doctor arranged for him to take the MCAT, and Seth did well enough to get several college offers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine where he gravitated toward the trauma department. He worked at Methodist Hospital in Dallas for 5 years taking general surgery and then spent 2 years in Michigan doing vascular surgery before going out on his own.
Vascular surgery is a rare specialty which treats all of the circulatory system except the heart. Dr. DeCamp does mostly minimally invasive procedures. A doctor in residency does many kinds of surgery, and initially he had no interest in vascular surgery. But he started working with 2 young vascular surgeons who were fun, good mentors, and active in the community. They introduced him to minimally invasive procedures that improved outcomes and shortened hospital stays. So vascular surgery stuck with him. He was a pioneer in an innovative prototype of an endograft that reduced treating aneurysms from large incisions in the belly to a minimally invasive procedure where several stents can be introduced through an entry in the groin to reduce pressure on the aneurysm. 

He believes we should encourage our youth—you never know what that kid is capable of and what he or she may become with the right encouragement. 

John Waller Classification Talk 

John Waller Classification Talk Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. John grew up in a small eastern Oregon town and attended Oregon State. He became a teacher, and his 1st job was in NK schools. He’s been here 28 years: 14 as an agriculture teacher then 8 as assistant principal. He recently became Assistant Director of Assistive Technology (and other duties as assigned). His oldest son, Trevor, is a CKHS grad now working as a game warden. His younger son Evan is in the environmental program at WWU. His wife Christy is a pharmacist at Central Market. 

Check Presentation

Dr. Paul Kremer receives checkDonna Pledger presented Dr. Paul Kremer with a check for $2,000 from the International Committee. Dr. Kremer is a corneal surgeon in Silverdale who has worked at a medical clinic in the Dominican Republic performing surgery and providing medical care for immigrants, the poor, and adults and children in need of care. The check from Rotary will go toward the purchase of spectacles to give to children. 
Meeting Highlights, September 14, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-09-14 07:00:00Z 0
Halloween Gala and Auction Hugh Nelson 2018-09-10 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, September 7, 2018

Posted on Sep 07, 2018
Rand Hillier
Rand Hillier began the morning with a rap all of his own that was as entertaining as it was informative. The topic was the Poulsbo Rotary Gala Auction coming on October 27th.

Classification talks by Deborah Broughton and Devyn Newcombe

Deborah Broughton Devyn Newcombe
Deborah Broughton and Devyn Newcombe let Poulsbo Rotary into their past, present, and future hopes and wishes in their classification talks. Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. 
Cindy Tveit and Kimi Kinoshita
This week, Cindy Tveit and Kimi Kinoshita inspired the rest of us to do good in the world, and each received a recognition award from President Tim Nichols. Congratulations!

Affordable Housing - Greg Wheeler, Mayor of Bremerton

Affordable Housing - Greg Wheeler, Mayor of BremertonGreg Wheeler retired from the U.S. Navy after 34 years as a boiler technician, saying he had skills he felt like he was responsible for sharing with his community. Since 2010, he has served on the Bremerton City Council, and in 2018 he was elected Mayor of Bremerton. “Everyone just wants an opportunity,” he explained regarding the housing crisis in Bremerton. Mayor Wheeler is ready to change his community by explaining that his position on affordable housing is “moving from [a] political issue, to a moral one.” He presented his many plans for Bremerton now and in the future. He plans to take on a rental assistance program for the underprivileged, incentives for those undergoing displacement, and analyzing the “lost opportunity” of the Wheaton Way corridor.  Working with the Department of Community Development (DCD), he hopes to change accessory dwelling unit codes to create more habitable spaces on existing properties, and he hopes to give “more authority to [the] Director for on-sight decisions.” He has also spoken to the DCD about reducing setbacks and the ability to analyze zoning for more living-space opportunites. Along with the housing crisis, Mayor Wheeler plans to implement a program on the Harrison Hospital Campus and the existng site to help the economy by acknowledging the new healthcare and research field emerging in the city. Further informaton can be found on the City of Bremerton Web site at this link.
Meeting Highlights, September 7, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-09-07 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, August 24, 2018

Posted on Aug 24, 2018

Auction Season Is Here!

Knowing how fast October 27 will be here, plans and preparations for our annual fundraiser auction are ramping into high gear with lots of opportunity to contribute, participate and raise awareness throughout our community. Michele Doyle shared with all of us that we are still needing donated items (especially experiences), we are encouraged to fill our tables with attendees who are eager to bid, and we still need a Desert Dash Coordinator. If you have silent auction baskets, contact Donna Davidson. Otherwise, let Michele know how you want to help this year. 

Featured Program: Being a Voice for the Unheard

Mary Jones - Voice for the UnheardMary Jones has spent her life caring for babies born to alcohol and drug-addicted mothers, most suffering from the effects of withdrawal from birth. Caring for ailing newborns while they survived this withdrawal is the difficult mission that Mary has embraced, and many of these children have stayed in touch as they went on to live healthy, strong lives. But it was a call in 2003, when a social worker told her that one little girl Mary was fostering might have HIV, that propelled her onto her next challenge, where she would go on to change laws and, in her way, change our world. She remembers whispering in this sweet child’s ear, “I will be your voice, and I’m going to do everything I can do correct this wrong.” And that is precisely what she went on to do.
It was that moment that Mary decided she needed to fight for a better way. She knew that foster parents needed to know if a child was HIV-positive before they agreed to care for them. But most importantly, thanks to an immediate diagnosis, the child would receive immediate life-saving treatment right from the start that could save their life. So she began the 15-year-long journey towards encouraging a very significant change—if a child’s parents are HIV-positive, the child can be tested for HIV at birth and without the parents’ permission. 

Through a partnership with Senator Christine Rolfes, a bill was passed in 2016 requiring this testing, saving lives and lessening the stigma associated with HIV. It was a stunning achievement that was almost singlehandedly made possible by Mary’s relentless conviction and passion for the children who have no voice. A reminder for all of us that almost anything is possible if you care, if you try and if you believe in the power in each of us to make our world a little better place. 
Meeting Highlights, August 24, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-08-24 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, August 17, 2018

Posted on Aug 17, 2018


Hat Day winner Frances Malone
Finalists were Ardis Morrow, Frances Malone (shown), and Anita Blau. Naveen Chaudhary offered prizes!

Rotary Youth Protection

Rotary Youth Protection- Mike Cloutier and Ardis MorrowMike Cloutier and Ardis Morrow presented the new Youth Protection Policy, which asks that all Rotarians take the training.  It’s so easy you can do it in your bunny slippers!  Mike sent the link in an email, and when you complete the test, you’ll get a BUNNY STICKER of your CHOICE!
Lynn Ferguson sings the Star Bangled Banner
Professional musician and today’s guest speaker Lynne Ferguson started our meeting with a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

Important UPCOMING Club Events \

• Wine Tasting at Brenda Wall's Aug 24, 5:30pm 
• Club PICNIC will be Sept 1 at Bonnie Pedersen's! 2pm
Jim Martin honored at Rotary
Naveen Chaudhary thanked his hero, Jim Martin, for his “gentle and generous spirit.”

Native Horsemanship Youth Program 

Native Horsemanship Youth Program
Lynne Ferguson lives on the Port Madison Reservation, in a life of music, kids, and horses.  Drawing upon her Comanche and Cherokee heritage, both “horse culture” tribes, she discovered a passion for working with horses to help children with disabilities grow and thrive. She created the Native Horsemanship Youth Program and opened her own 501(c)3 charitable organization, where she works with children free of charge, 90% of whom are from low-income homes or have special needs.
With her eight horses, she teaches children to ride without a saddle or bridle, using body movements after developing a relationship with the horses from on the ground. Counselors often bring kids to her, and she has seen a lot of success with students on the autism spectrum. Although people of any age are welcome, the program serves 100 kids per year through her partnerships with the Suquamish and S’Klallam Tribes and other counselors. The program is approaching its 20 Year Celebration and will be having a benefit concert on August 26. Donations are welcomed, and there are ample opportunities for volunteering! 
Meeting Highlights, August 17, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-08-17 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, August 10, 2018

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! 
Meeting Highlights, August 10, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-08-10 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, August 3, 2018

Posted on Aug 03, 2018

August 11 Service Saturday

Indoor and outdoor maintenance at Eli’s Place: yard work, painting, pulling up and replacing subfloors, and replacing vanities. Expect several more work parties at Eli’s Place in the future. Geoff will contact those who sign up to give them the location.

Presentation by Poulsbo Rotary President Tim Nichols

Presentation by Poulsbo Rotary President Tim Nichols
First, Tim shared a little of his personal story. He was living in Poulsbo and commuting to Seattle for work but, with the birth of his second son Graydon, he started working from home. He joined Rotary in 2006 as a way to have social interaction. Then he elected to adopt a couple of girls. The first was Zarri, who had been abused and had been in a hospital with a coma and also had severe eyesight issues. The Izzy came into their life. They knew her before she was born. Life with the girls was a roller coaster of issues, but has been a rewarding journey. Zarri was in, and then disappointingly out, of their life. When she returned for good, Gray said it was the best birthday present he ever had. They have been best friends ever since. His family consists of Connor (12), Graydon (12), Zarri (12), Izzy (9), and Naomi (unk).
After that, Tim shared his goals for the club. His first goal is to figure out to get know people and inspire them. Other goals are to start a Rotaract club (with a shout-out to Cheyenne who also wants to start a Kitsap Rotaract club), to make Rotary more accessible and more efficient, and to earn the club a Presidential Citation. The Presidential Citation requires satisfying 3 goals in each of 3 areas:
Rotary Theme 2018• Support and Strengthen Clubs 
    • Net gain of 1 member 
    • Net gain in female members 
    • Improve club retention by 1%
• Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service 
    • (Co)Sponsor a Rotaract club
    • Contribute at $100 per capita to the Annual Fund 
    • Conduct a significant service project in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus 
• Enhance Public Image and Awareness 
    • Sponsor a Youth Exchange Student
    • Partner with another organization on a project 
    • Use Rotary’s brand guidelines, templates and related materials
Board Members
Tim brought the board members up to the front to answer questions from the members present. He told the members to “Ask the Board Anything”. And we did. He also presented each with “Inspiration Pins” for their dedication to the club and as a token of his appreciation. The club gave them a round of applause as well. 
Meeting Highlights, August 3, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-08-03 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, July 27, 2018

Posted on Jul 27, 2018

Upcoming Service Saturday 

August 11 Service Saturday—Indoor and outdoor maintenance at Eli’s Place: yard work, painting, pulling up and replacing subfloors, and replacing vanities. Expect several more work parties at Eli’s Place. Geoff Schmidt will contact those who sign up to give them the location. 

Many Thanks to our Photographers!

Scott Sorensen, Larry Bartholomew, and Steve Garfein
President Tim Nichols (right) thanked the club’s “official“ photographers for their fine photos at club meetings and events. Thanks to Scott Sorensen, Larry Bartholomew, and Steve Garfein. 

State of the Club

2018-19 Rotary ThemeClub President Tim Nichols provided a summary of the most recent Board Meeting: The club has 143 members with an average attendance of 65%. The initial budget for the club is $84,000, with approximately another $60,000 coming soon. Tim will hold about $10,000 in discretionary funds to be given to individuals for appropriate individual projects. We received $2903 from the Kitsap Great Give. The Board approved applying for a grant for repairs and maintenance at Eli’s Place.

Shannon Singleton - North Kitsap Schools Foundation

Shannon Singleton - North Kitsap Schools Foundation
Shannon is in her 2nd year as president of the North Kitsap Schools Foundation and has been on its board for 6 years. She has a degree in Speech/Language pathology and is the Assistant Director of Assistive Technology for North Kitsap Schools, providing low and high-tech ways of allowing students to communicate with teachers and with staff.
The Foundation In 2017-2018 awarded over $52,000 in grants to teachers for projects in the classroom in all ten NKSD schools. These comprised 29 grants, at least 2 of which went to each school. Grants ranged from $100 to $5,000 each. The grant selection process prioritizes projects that go directly to the students.
Shannon presented some examples of how Rotary donations have been used at NK Schools. In one Rotary funded project, NKHS bought iPads to allow the Athletic Treatment Project students to learn anatomy and athletic treatment skills. They are using them now to provide services to student athletes, such as taping, and other treatments to save $800 to $1900 daily in PT and other treatment cost. The Team also competes in regional treatment competitions.
In another project students formed an Assistive Tech Team that used educational software equipped with assistive devices to help severely limited students to change a screen on a computer or draw a poster using a switch as an input device. Yet another did a molecular biology experiment to genetically modify bacteria to make it glow!
One school held a school-wide STEM day where students experimented with robotics, made rockets, flew kites, and in an “inverse filed trip” the Museum of Flight came to the school, and Navy personnel from Bangor helped out. 
Shannon was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in September 2017 by Poulsbo Rotary for her great efforts as an advocate for kids, education, and our community. Paul Harris Awards represent a $1000 contribution by club members to the Rotary International Foundation, in this case given in the name of a deserving member of our community. The community member receives a certificate and pin from Rotary International commemorating the award.
Meeting Highlights, July 27, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-07-27 07:00:00Z 0

An INVITATION to all: Volunteer for Days for Girls

Posted on Jul 20, 2018

This Saturday, July 21st, is our service Saturday. One of the activities is to help the Poulsbo Chapter of Days for Girls from 9:00 -12:00 at the West Sound Academy at 16571 Creative Drive, Poulsbo (off of Hwy 305). The plan is to pack 200+ kits so no sewing or ironing skills required! If you have not signed up and would like to attend, please message us here or (if you're a member), send Debra Vaughan an e-mail or sign-up this Friday on the infamous clipboard. The Days for Girls people who are organizing this event would like a rough count of attendees.

Also, for each package of underwear you bring this Saturday, Central Market has very generously donated 50 certificates for free ice cream cones! The first 50 packages of underwear donated will receive a free ice cream cone certificate. Sizes needed: girls sizes 8 through 14 and women’s sizes 5 through 7. Cotton blend is preferred in darker colors, no faces or animals, no thongs or boy shorts. Classic briefs, high-cut briefs, full briefs, hipster, or bikini styles are acceptable.

Thank you for your service. For more information on this worthy cause, please check out:…/a.129497937489…/129497914156499/…

An INVITATION to all: Volunteer for Days for Girls Hugh Nelson 2018-07-20 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, June 29, 2018

Posted on Jun 29, 2018

Upcoming Events

  • July 21 Fish Park work party to widen existing walking path 
  • July 21 Days for Girls work party at West Sound Academy on Hwy 305 
New Poulsbo Rotary New Members: Devyn Newcombe and Jim Gillard
New Members of Poulsbo Rotary: Devyn Newcombe and Jim Gillard. Welcome! 

Check Presentations:

Kessoye Project: seed packets for Ethiopia
Kessoye Project: seed packets for Ethiopia 
Fishline: chest freezer
Fishline: freezer chest
Family & Juvenile Court: lunches for mock court participants
Family & Juvenile Court: lunches for mock court participants 
Poulsbo Senior Community Center: replace water damaged flooring
Poulsbo Senior Community Center: replace water damaged flooring 

President Michele Doyle - retrospective of this Rotary year

Club President Michele Doyle
President Michele shared a retrospective of her Rotary year, reminding us exchange student Giacomo “Jack” Battu speaks Italian, English, French, and Smart Aleck! 

Paul Harris Fellowship awarded to Mike & Barb Danford of Kitsap Physical Therapy

Mike & Barb Danford of Kitsap Physical TherapyA Paul Harris Fellowship was awarded to Mike & Barb Danford of Kitsap Physical Therapy, a community-oriented business serving Kitsap County for 40 years. These awards, given in the name of Rotary Founder Paul Harris, represent a donation of $1000 to the Rotary Foundation, the charitable non-profit of Rotary International. In this case the club has "donated" on behalf of outstanding community members to recognize their contributions to the ideals of Rotary.

Presentation by Leonard Forsman, Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe

Presentation by Leonard Forsman, Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe
Leonard is in his fifth 3 year term as chairman. He shared some historical facts about Suquamish tribal history in the Kitsap area. Some of the tribe’s accomplishments are the 9th Circuit Court’s order to rebuild culverts to preserve water quality and salmon runs, recent water quality decisions, and resident killer whale restoral through efforts to increase salmon populations, water quality, and keeping boats away from feeding whales. Other activities include growing the Chief Kitsap Academy, and continuing the growth at the casino and golf course. A separate management runs the Enterprise businesses of the casino and golf course to keep them separate from political issues. The Suquamish run a Foundation with interests similar to Rotary’s: helping the elderly and helping the community. 
Among the tribe’s priorities are protecting Treaty rights, community relations, Government to Government politics and relations, preserving the orca and salmon populations, and improving storm and waste water quality throughout the Puget Sound area. 
Leonard believes that the Suquamish tribe’s biggest challenge is protecting Puget Sound water quality and habitat, not just in Kitsap County but around the Sound. He is also concerned about the new trade tariffs: the tribe has 25 to 30 clam divers harvesting clams that are shipped to China. 

Incoming Club President Tim Nichols 

The Rotary International slogan for 2018-2019 is “Be the Inspiration”. Tim 's slogan for Poulsbo Rotary is” Service Inspired”. His objective for the year is to start up a Rotaract Club for Poulsbo.
Meeting Highlights, June 29, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, June 22, 2018

Posted on Jun 22, 2018
Jack heading for Las Vegas
Jack shared that he will be walking to Las Vegas. Alone. (Or maybe not… <wink>)

Check Presentations!

Force Tolar presented a checkForce Tolar presented a check from Community Service to Tim Henderson and to brothers Dave and Jim Shields for the Poulsbo Historical Society’s Pilot House Project. 

Alexis Foster presented a checkAlexis Foster then presented a check to Debora Lascelles & Jake Ortega for their Coffee for Hope film project, which will tell the Coffee Oasis story. The money will help feed and transport youth during the project. 



Celebrating our Youth

Geoff Schmidt and Brett Geoff Schmidt and Brett Clark shared their experience over the past year with the Our Gents program in North Kitsap, at the high school and the middle school. They both served as male mentors for students recommended by school counselors for a variety of reasons. They focused on building character, developing scholars, and preparing leaders by promoting respect for self and others, dignity, honor, and empathy. Their enthusiasm showed theirpassion for this valuable program. 
Bob Hawkinson presents youth scholarshipsBob Hawkinson awarded certificates and checks to many outstanding students this morning, including nine awards to recent high school graduates and eight college students. They are all continuing to higher education. Congratulations, recipients!  
Bob Hawkinson presents youth scholarships
Meeting Highlights, June 22, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, June 15, 2018

Posted on Jun 15, 2018

In House Auction

In House AuctionOn June 15th we had an auction of some of Jack Archer’s wines as well as 3 Cuban Cigars. We raised $1276 that will go to the Rotary Foundation. Thank you for all who bid and donated! Jack’s Celebration of Life is Saturday, June 16th.


Check Presentations 

Check Presentations Math OlympiadCheck presentation to Kitsap childrens musical theaterOur Rotary club was able to make 2 check donations this morning: One for $200 to the Math Olympiad to pay for the registration to this year’s competition; and a 2nd to Kitsap Children's Musical Theater for $1400 to help purchase 4 new sewing machines!


Committee Annual Summaries

Funds Development: Donna PledgerFunds Development: Donna Pledger reported on the great work that Funds Development did in 2017/2018. Their goal is to have a comprehensive plan for the whole year that will honor the donors/donations as well as support the Rotary brand. They do this by setting policy, general donation oversight, investigating new revenue sources and brainstorming ideas. The 3 major events they focused on this year are the Gala, Viking Tour and the Kitsap Great Give. 
Public image: Cindy TveitPublic image: Cindy Tveit shared the activities of the Public Image committee. Our goal is to bring more awareness of the great work Rotary does in the North Kitsap area and beyond. Some ways we make that happen are: increase use of Facebook; increasing a presence in the print media (including letters to the editor and 3 articles to date in the Herald); as well as an increase in internal engagement, including changes to the website, weekly What’s Coming Up and Meeting Highlights, a new sign at Snider Field, great visibility thru apparel (hats, fleece jackets, etc.), and snapshots of dollars and hours donated to the community.

David Bobanick Speaks About Rotary First Harvest

David Bobanick Speaks About Rotary First HarvestBorn in 1982 from the mind of a single Rotarian – proving that it one takes one of us to make a change for good in our work – Rotary First Harvest is a group which collects food that might go wasted and unused and helps to get it into the hands of those who need it. With a staff of only 4, David and his team from District 5030 have collected over 418 million healthy servings of produce to aid the 1.14 million needy people in Washington state. Did you know that 60% of the 1.14 million are children and seniors? Did you also know that 40% of food in this state is “wasted”? Food is collected directly from farms large and small in our state, they get help harvesting and gleaning from area clubs and Americorp volunteers. Food is then picked up by trucking company and trucking school's partners to be delivered to groups like NW Harvest – who in turn help to distribute to other food banks in the state. 
Meeting Highlights, June 15, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-06-15 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, June 8, 2018

Posted on Jun 08, 2018

Distinguished Students of Service awards

Distinguished Students of Service awards
Distinguished Students of Service awards
Dr. Lauryn Evans, Steve Hogg, and Roger Gallington presented six outstanding NKHS students with Distinguished Students of Service awards and a $100 scholarship each. The awardees in STEM and CTE are Alexander Jacob Iaroslavtsev, Alex Martin, and Audrey Cole. The awardees in Liberal Arts are Mollie Brislin, Ellen Rhoads, and Treyson Gleich.

Upcoming Events 

• June 29 Installation/Outstallation Dinner at Clearwater Casino 
• July 15 BBQ, Bluegrass, and Beer at the Sawdust Hill Rd Alpaca Farm. 
Poulsbo Rotary has put in 1,374 hours of volunteer service in the last 48 weeks 

Jeff Bauman: A New Vision for Poulsbo Municipal Cemetery

Jeff Baumann: A New Vision for Poulsbo Municipal Cemetery
Jeff shared some historical highlights of the cemetery and gave us a sneak preview of recommendations to be presented to the City Council’s Public Works Committee on June 27th. The recommendations are a proposed Master Plan for the cemetery created by a group of citizen volunteers to guide maintenance and capital improvement projects and to implement a new vision of the Cemetery as not just a burial ground but also as an open air historical space celebrating Poulsbo’s heritage. 
Highlights of the plan include revisions of purchase price for plots, policies on transfer of plots, allowance for an ashes garden for cremated remains, and improvements such as benches, irrigation, and trash receptacles. Services would include flag placement each Memorial Day and Veterans Day, guided historical tours of the cemetery, publication of a historical brochure of the site, an annual volunteer cleanup day, an information page on the city’s web site, and links between the City and “Friends” websites, and removal of inappropriate vegetation.
Jeff has worked for the City of Kirkland, the Seattle (now King County) Metro, and the City of Portland before serving as the Public Works Director for the City of Wilsonville, Oregon. In 2006, Jeff became the Poulsbo Public Works Director until his retirement. He was appointed to fill a two-year vacancy on the Poulsbo City Council and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Kitsap Regional Library. 
Meeting Highlights, June 8, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-06-08 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, June 1, 2018

Posted on Jun 01, 2018

Domestic Violence Prevention Committee Update

Domestic Violence Prevention Committee Update Chad SolvieChad Solvie, chair of our Club’s DV Committee, updated our membership on the work that has been done thus far, including a recap of the history of Ardis Morrow and her mission, a result of the loss of her great grand-nephew Eli who died in 1986 at the hands of his father. Her desire for change has not lessened in the decades since, and Morrow Manor, 8 units of supportive housing being built in Poulsbo with Ardis’ inspiration and Rotary’s help , is now almost a reality, a torch carried through 5 Poulsbo Rotary President terms! So far, 730 donors have given $2.9 million, likely more than enough to complete the project. Well done, Poulsbo Rotary! 

Cheryl Harris—Classification Talk

Cheryl Harris—Classification TalkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Cheryl knew she had a love of singing when, as a child growing up on a dairy ranch, she would talk and sing to the cows. Her love of singing came to a temporary end when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 21, a treatment for which silenced her voice for 6 months. Though her voice eventually returned, and the cancer was vanquished, a new challenge arose—a disabling fear of public speaking. Cheryl faced this fear head-on as well, taking a class to learn how to give persuasive speeches that changed her life. Her happy interracial marriage presented other challenges that she has overcome as well.  Her experiences have taught her well and allowed her to live her life with joy and courage— and have left her with an empowering wisdom.  “By getting through my fears, I could help others get through theirs.”

Homelessness in Kitsap County 

Homelessness in Kitsap County Kirsten JewellAs the Housing and Homelessness Program Coordinator for Kitsap County’s Department of Human Services, Kirsten Jewell painted a sobering picture of the housing crisis in Kitsap County. A lover of data, she cited a number of statistics that helped identify the contributing factors in local homelessness, including an accelerating cost of rentals and home purchases, the increasing number of people moving to the area in search of work and a better life, and the lack of affordable housing inventory or projects in the offing. Add to that mental illness, addictions and a lack of living wage jobs, and we begin to see the magnitude of the challenge. While some progress is being made, especially for veterans in the area, we have much work ahead. Ideas like the use of tiny homes and shared home programs like the HomeShare program at Fishline continue to be some of our most promising options for the near term. Kirsten encourages us to consider county-wide solutions approaches to creation and maintenance of affordable options, an increase in permanent supportive housing for vulnerable populations, and continued coordinated entry through agencies like the Housing Solutions Center of Kitsap Community Resources. Her advice on how you and I can help? “Talk about this with each other, with your community leaders, in your neighborhoods.” Kirsten has given us plenty to talk about, and think about, and we’re grateful for her unflinching view of a difficult problem for many communities.
Meeting Highlights, June 1, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-06-01 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, May 18, 2018

Posted on May 18, 2018
Newest member, John Waller, Sponsored by Steve Garfein.
Welcome to our newest member, John Waller, Sponsored by Steve Garfein.
Nick Johnson reviewed results for Viking Tour and presented a picture of VIKING JACK BATTU.

Newest Paul Harris Award presented to Alexis Foster

Alexis FosterAlexis Foster became our newest Paul Harris Fellow! Rotarians who contribute a total of $1000 to The Rotary Foundation, the foundation of Rotary International, receive a commemorative pin called the Paul Harris Award, named after the founder of Rotary. 

Important UPCOMING Club Events 

• Jack Archer’s memorial will be June 16. Details on ClubRunner and email from Michele Doyle 
• Installation/Outstallation June 29!! 

Youth Services Committee Report 

Youth Services Committee Report - Alexis FosterAlexis Foster shared the committee’s belief statement and some of this year’s projects and grants: Nelson House (with Community Service), Distinguished Students of Service, OurGEMS and Gents, Suquamish Elementary’s Islandwood trip, 3 projects for NK Schools Foundation, and the Miss Poulsbo/Miss Kitsap/Miss Silverdale Scholarship fund, to name just a few.

Presentation: Seth Muir, of Salish Sea Expeditions 

Presentation: Seth Muir, of Salish Sea Expeditions Seth described some of the innovative “science-under-sail” programs for students that allow the students to take the scientific process from the classroom all the way to a symposium. Students design a project, conduct a meaningful experiment that they do in 1-5 days on a boat, a 65 foot yawl. Salish Sea Expeditions has use of the boat for 1/3 of the year, and they typically operate out of state parks because the boat only sleeps 14, and the class size is larger than that. About 40% of the students receive scholarships, 75% come from public schools, and 25% are low income. Seth reports with pride, “Our students become research science school mariners aboard a floating classroom. It’s hands on.” He said they build a rigorous project, collect the data, and form a conclusion. 
Seth explained that they have many community partners, and that they’re currently expanding to some family projects and winter-time land-based projects. Right now the greatest need is for LOCAL STUDENTS, and the funding to help support them. It’s about $100 per day per kid. This sounded like a very worthwhile program, and our members had lots of interest and questions. 
Meeting Highlights, May 18, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-05-18 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, May 11, 2018

Posted on May 11, 2018

Happy 93rd, Ardis!

Ardis Morrow 93rd birthday celebrationFriday’s meeting was filled with birthday surprises for Ardis Morrow. Members responded to President Michele’s secret request to “bury Ardis with flowers” with lush bouquets and fragrant lilacs. A sweet cake with a trick candle, and a hearty rendition of Happy Birthday, made her birthday celebration complete.

Jack’s Countdown 

Jack’s Countdown As his year in the US winds down, Jack is feeling the melancholy of his “lasts” he shared that he attended his last exchange student meeting and will miss the many friends he made during his Poulsbo Rotary year. His playful exchanges with Michele are a highlight of our meetings, and Friday’s meeting was no exception. We are sure going to miss you, Jack! 

There’s more to color than meets the eye!

colorist Melissa BoltAs featured speaker, colorist Melissa Bolt, explained, color is more than about beauty—there is also a psychological aspect, a tangible reaction that comes about when seeing various colors. For instance, did you know that blue is used in bank branding because it represents stability and dependability? Sharing these examples, along with an update on current color technology and trends and how color is used in professional settings, Melissa captivated our members with her strikingly beautiful slides and deep connection to color.  This year’s Pantone color of the year? Ultra Violet! We can all learn more about Melissa’s services by contacting her at

Membership Committee Update

With over 36,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide, 886 of which are new this year, Rotary has maintained its global membership of 1.2 million members through efforts like those made by our Membership team. Poulsbo’s membership stayed steady this year maintaining our status as one of the larger clubs in the area. 


Viking Tour Update

As of Friday’s meeting, 230 riders have signed up, the best year ever! With a stretch goal of 350, our efforts to register riders continues with an expectation of at least 300 by Sunday’s race.

Dates to remember

June 16th, 12-3, Sons of Norway— Memorial for Jack Archer 
June 29, 5:30pm, Clearwater Convention Center—Poulsbo Rotary Installation/Outstallation 
Meeting Highlights, May 11, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-05-11 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, May 4, 2018

Posted on May 04, 2018
Geoff Schmidt with Ardis Morrow

Geoff Schmidt filled in for Michelle this morning while she is at the 2018 District Conference! Love the tie, Geoff.


Viking Tour May 20th!

Viking Tour May 20th!
Final Viking Tour planning meeting May 16 at 7:30 AM at Coffee Oasis. Everyone is welcome. Also, join us May 19 at Western Red Brewery for rider packet pick up and a Rotary social.

Frances Malone receives award from Suquamish Tribe

Our own Frances Malone was awarded the Suquamish Tribe—Spirit of Giving: Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations Frances. We’re so proud of you!

Med Reed Classification Talk

Med Reed Classification TalkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Med's dad was in the Navy so he grew up at many Navy bases. Med joined the Marine Corps out of high school. He was slated for OCS but instead headed for the Navy. His assignments include Iraq, Guam, the Pentagon, and a stint in Joint Special Ops. After his twin daughters joined the family he went back to Guam, where as the Logistics lead he was responsible for servicing 115 ships. He is currently assigned as Director of Weapons Systems Support at Keyport. He recently bought a 9 acre property in Seabeck and plans retirement from the Navy in about a year.

Featured Speaker—Gene Bullock

Featured Speaker—Gene Bullock
Gene and his wife spend a lot of time on the road in their RV as the “Geritol Gypsies” where they pursue their passion for bird watching and photography. You may recognize him from his monthly column in most Kitsap County newspapers. Turns out birds are big business: Bird watching and photography in Washington contribute $7.4B to our local economies. 
Fossil evidence shows that many dinosaurs were bird-like and had bright plumage. In that case our friend T. rex would be like “the 10 ton road-runner from hell”. The Kitsap Audubon partners with Kitsap Forest & Bay Coalition and has helped purchase and save 4,000 acres of North Kitsap forest and shoreline. This has been done to attempt to mitigate that nearly half of all North American birds are at risk due to climate change that causes their migration routes to change.
Meeting Highlights, May 4, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, April 27, 2018

Posted on Apr 27, 2018
Jack’s PARENTS joined us!
Jack’s PARENTS joined us!

New member Debbie Broughton

New member Debbie BroughtonDebbie Broughton (sponsored by Margene Smaaladen) was inducted into the club! Welcome, Red Badge Debbie! 



Review: International Services Committee

Brenda WallBrenda Wall shared how the ISC spent $22k on worthy causes worldwide, including a hydrotherapy pool in Ethiopia, Guatemala Safe Stoves project, schools in Burkina Faso, Etta projects (dry composting toilets in Bolivia), Disaster Aid Canada, Side by Side, Days for Girls for Syrian Refugees in Jordan, and more! ISC had a very successful fundraiser this year, raising $53k for Side by Side for projects in S. Africa. 

Check presented to Poulsbo’s Days for Girls

Check presented to Poulsbo’s Days for GirlsBrenda Wall presented a $4k check to Shirley Wilder for Poulsbo’s Days for Girls to send 400 hygiene kits to Syrian Refugees in Jordan.


Important UPCOMING Club Events 

• Viking Tour May 20!! 
• Opportunities for hosting couples from Friendship Exchanges — see Steve Garfein 
• Jack Archer’s memorial will be June 16. Details to be determined. 

Wendell Verduin and Kim Sellick on Side by Side’s Game Changer for Girls

Wendell Verduin and Kim Sellick on Side by Side’s Game ChWendell Verduin and Kim Sellick on Side by Side’s Game Changer for GirlsWendell began by thanking the club for ISC’s fundraiser that raised $53K for Side by Side’s Game-changer for Girls program, which provides hygiene kits, education, and micro-enterprise opportunities for women and girls in South Africa. Wendell then introduced Kim, an expert in working with start-ups and micro-enterprises, who went to South Africa with Side by Side earlier in the month. He showed a short video and a power point which showed how they were able to create jobs for eight people — empowering women with sewing kits to make the hygiene kits to sell in country. At this time it remains heavily subsidized, but the goal is for selfinitiating and self-sustaining sewing centers in country that can maintain an income stream by selling the kits to churches, school districts, and non-profits. He stressed how it was important to not impose a Western business model. Days for Girls trained the sewists, and offered product support, while Side by Side offered financial resources, along with a strong education component.
Meeting Highlights, April 27, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-04-27 07:00:00Z 0

Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

Posted on Apr 12, 2018
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Meeting Highlights, April 6, 2018

Posted on Apr 06, 2018

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

Roger GallingtonAt a time when fossil fuels often get a bad rap, Roger Gallington brought a whole new way of seeing these sources of energy to our Friday meeting. Frequently referring to the book on the subject by Alex Epstein, the proposition is that the use of fossil fuels has improved the quality of life and life expectancy throughout the world. They are cheaper to implement vs. sustainable options due to the reduced capital costs, and their production is more consistent. Wind, for instance, is cyclical and sometimes unpredictable.
The impact upon the greenhouse affect on the Earth was also disputed. “The increase in CO2 in the atmosphere doesn’t necessarily increase the greenhouse affect.” In fact, “that same increase typically improves the health of plants, called the ‘Fertilizer Effect’”. How the greenhouse effect impacts weather systems or other environmental aspects is still under debate, as Roger pointed out.
An intriguing presentation on a controversial topic delivered by a man of deep understanding and intelligence. Just the kind of presentation that we love! Thank you, Roger!

Meeting Announcements

We have a new inbound exchange student assigned already—from Thailand! We need just one more host family to sign up. See Dan Weedin.
Todd Tidball, cigar auctioneerAnn Pyles donated 3 Cuban cigars that were auctioned at our Friday meeting for Polio Plus. Thank you, Danny Fritz, for your $125 donation and thank you, Ann, for your donation!
Jon Pavey is putting in another order for those terrific aprons that have the Sons of Norway and our Logos proudly displayed. See Jon if you’d like one of your very own.
Meeting Highlights, April 6, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-04-06 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, March 23, 2018

Posted on Mar 23, 2018

Polio Plus/Paul Harris

Chris Morrisey receiving Paul Harris awardPolio Plus is a special funding category at Rotary International to support Rotary's fight to end polio. Poulsbo Rotary’s commitment to end Polio in our lifetime is succeeding! We gathered more than $5500 – exceeding our pledge goal. But the fight continues, so your donations to this effort are still needed. We are SOOOOOO close that the next reported case of Polio could be the last!!!
Chris Morrisey was honored at this meeting as a new Paul Harris Fellow. These awards, given in the name of Rotary Founder Paul Harris, are for Rotarians who donate a total of $1000 to the Rotary Foundation, the charitable non-profit of Rotary International. Congratulations, Chris!

Scarlet Road check presentation 

Scarlett RoadThe club presented Scarlet Road with a $1500 check. These funds will be used for bus passes and “after care” supplies for the young people seeking sanctuary from the sex trafficking world.



Identity Theft and How to Protect Yourself 

Jacob MaxwellBrenda WallDan WeedinThis extremely serious problem was presented to the club by Jacob Maxwell, Brenda Wall, and Dan Weedin. Did you know that the Equifax breach exposed over 100 million records… keep in mind that the US population is estimated to be 326 million. Cybercrimes are on the rise and your business insurance policy MIGHT NOT COVER IT! Here are a few of the ideas shared with us to help keep you safe: Review your credit report and Social Security Earned Income Statement annually, use a miro or cross-cut paper shedder, DO NOT carry your Social Security card, and avoid public Wifi… just to name a few. Need more info or help? Ask Dan, Brenda or Jacob 
Meeting Highlights, March 23, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

Viking Tour is coming on May 20th

Posted on Mar 13, 2018
Viking Tour is coming on May 20th
Get ready to trim your beard and shave your legs... again!
The Viking Tour is rolling through Poulsbo May 20th, 2018.
The Viking Tour is a group ride on the Kitsap Peninsula that starts and finishes in historic Poulsbo, “Little Norway” at 9 am, and is held during the iconic VikingFest carnival and festival. So if you’re an out of towner, plan on coming out Saturday and stay the night to experience Viking Hospitality!
The ride has three different lengths for all riding levels: the “Odin”: a ~60-mile journey featuring over 4,000ft of climbs. the “Thor”: a ~30-mile ride which still has some hills for those looking to have a bit of fun with a little less challenge and the "Freyja": a ~15-mile relaxing ride where you can enjoy yourself without breaking too much of a sweat.
The Viking Tour is meant to be whatever you make of it. Do it for fun, do it to challenge your personal best or do it to win! Whatever your intent, you’ll be glad you came! We encourage professionals, amateurs, recreational riders, clubs & cycling teams to participate. It’s time for all Vikings to trim your beards, shave your legs and get ready to ride.
All profits from the Viking Tour support ongoing efforts of the Poulsbo Rotary Club.
Viking Tour is coming on May 20th Hugh Nelson 2018-03-13 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting Highlights, March 9, 2018

Posted on Mar 09, 2018

Reading by Cheryl Harris

Cheryl Harris started us out right with a wonderful reading of Shel Silverstein’s, Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout (Would Not Take the Garbage Out)

New Club Member Brian Guthrie

Brian Guthrie (sponsored by Meredith Green) was inducted as a new member into the club! Congratulations and welcome, Red Badge Brian!

BIG ASK for our End Polio Now goal: 

Lori Cloutier led a ring-the-bell campaign to help our club reach its annual goal. 99% of the world no longer has polio, but in the 3 countries where it remains endemic, it wreaks havoc. Please see Lori’s Power Point presentation for more information. Members donating $26.50 or more received fancy red pins.   *** We exceeded the goal! *** 

Important UPCOMING Club Events 

• Wine tasting at Donna Pledger’s tonight 
• Mar. 13 Poulsbo Rotary/E. Bremerton Rotary joint event: D-Day 
• TOMORROW trail expansion and debris removal (sans blackberries…) at Fish Park 
• Consider signing up for DTA (District Training Assembly) May 4 and 5 
• Fireside at Jerry Deeter’s 7pm 3/20 

Dave Nichols on ShelterBox Response Teams 

Dave Nichols came to us from West Seattle Rotary, where he serves on the International Services Committee. He is both an Emergency Management Professional and on one of the 190 two-person Disaster Response Teams (DRTs) with ShelterBox, delivering shelter boxes to disaster areas across the globe. With over 85 million currently displaced in the world, the need is great. The company, a British charity (with 20 affiliate countries) began as an International Rotary project and has, to date, sheltered over 1.5 million people. The DRTs work from sun up to sun down, functioning as case workers, customs workers, and trainers. Once they land, they are typically partnered with Rotarians in the field. The “classic” ShelterBox contains tents with a 9-12 month lifetime and a tool kit for building, but they’re moving beyond just tents to child’s kits (school box), along with different models to meet different needs. The goal is to shelter 1 million people per year by 2025. Please check out online, and feel free to contact Dave at Thank you, Dave! 
Meeting Highlights, March 9, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-03-09 08:00:00Z 0

Presentation by Derek Kilmer

Posted on Mar 02, 2018
Presentation by Derek Kilmer
Derek represents Washington’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was born and raised in Port Angeles and currently resides in Gig Harbor with his wife Jennifer and daughters Sophie and Tess. Sophie is 11 years old and wants to become a computer programmer while Tess wants to become a princess (maybe she already is). He is a grad of Port Angeles HS and a Princeton Rhodes Scholar in Economics with a doctorate from England’s Oxford University. He previously also served in the Washington state House and state Senate. 
His goal as a member of Congress is to clean up the way Congress does its business. As a member of the Joint Select Committee for Budget Reform he sponsored “no budget, no pay” legislation. He has championed the DISCLOSE (Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections) Act, the Government by the People Act, the Democracy for All amendment, the Federal Election Campaign Reform Bill and the Honest Ads Act. He is member of the Bipartisan Working group consisting of 12 Democrats and 12 Republicans that meets for breakfast weekly when in session to keep open the lines of communication and which works to find bipartisan consensus on many issues. 
His web page is: 
Presentation by Derek Kilmer Hugh Nelson 2018-03-02 08:00:00Z 0

Welcome new member Dominick Ferrara

Posted on Mar 02, 2018
Welcome new member Dominick FerraraMeredith Green inducted Dominick Ferrara as a new member of Poulsbo Rotary. He is a 21 year submarine veteran and recently purchased the Green Light Diner. Steve Garfein is shown congratulating Dominick. Welcome, Dominick! 
Welcome new member Dominick Ferrara Hugh Nelson 2018-03-02 08:00:00Z 0

Announcements (3-2-18)

Posted on Mar 02, 2018
  • Poulsbo Rotary Gets it Done! 692 hours of volunteer work in the last 31 weeks 
  • Fireside at Jerry Deeter’s March 20
  • Blue Badges awarded on March 2: Ray Donahue and Erina Weible (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.) Congratulations Ray and Erina!
Announcements (3-2-18) Hugh Nelson 2018-03-02 08:00:00Z 0

Paul Dudley, Running TOWARDS children fighting for their lives

Posted on Feb 23, 2018
Paul Dudley, Running TOWARDS children fighting for their livesPaul has taken his significant talent for photography and combined it with is compassion for children who are literally fighting for their lives.  His message: run TOWARDS these kids and embrace them rather than shy away from them.  They have so much love, joy and courage to share with us and this was evident in his passion to tell their stories.  The video he shared of one such warrior was of Katie, who lost her life to cancer 3 years ago at the age of 18.  It showed that she may have lost her life, but not the fight.  Katie was an inspiration and fighter to the end... cancer couldn't take that from her.
If you're interested in the important role Camp Good Times plays in helping these young warriors to connect and be a kid again take a look at the next video. You'll be inspired by all the kids and families who's shadows he's honored to walk in. There are no "sick" kids here!
Paul Dudley, Running TOWARDS children fighting for their lives Hugh Nelson 2018-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

Debora Lascelles, Coffee For Hope

Posted on Feb 23, 2018
Debora Lascelles, Coffee For Hope
Debora Lascelles shared the work she and her husband Jake Ortega are doing to raise awareness for homeless youth.  Through the film they are making, Coffee For Hope, they hope to raise awareness and support for the important work that Coffee Oasis is doing in our community.  As someone who has overcome homelessness herself, Debora shared her intention to pay it forward.  Please enjoy the short trailer she and Jake have created to assist in their campaign.  And also, check out the link which further explains their mission.
Debora Lascelles, Coffee For Hope Hugh Nelson 2018-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

The American Cancer Society: Helping in ways most needed

Posted on Feb 16, 2018
The American Cancer Society: Helping in ways most needed
It would be hard to find a single one of us not impacted personally by the ravages of cancer. Perhaps that is one reason why Friday’s presentation by Angie Coulter of the American Cancer Society hit home for so many of us. Her riveting story about her husband’s cancer was a testament to her love for him as well as a recognition of the help their family received from the American Cancer Society (ACS).
She explained how an innocuous growth on her husband’s face was initially considered non-threatening. Because of the tenacity of their doctors, it was discovered months later that the cancer had spread through his primary organs. His life was in danger, and so the treatments began.
Because the treatments were only available in Seattle, the family would travel from the Olympic Peninsula several days a week for 20-minute sessions, but friends and volunteers from the ACS were at the ready, nearly fighting over a chance to take them. A subsequent service offered through ACS, the provision of a hotel room near the treatment center, would have been a great relief to this family, Angie said. 
Another practical help was an organizer that Angie could use to keep track of paperwork, schedules, treatment details, prescriptions and many other details. Angie saw keeping track of all these areas as one of her jobs and her husband’s job was “to fight for his life”. His ultimate passing, through donation of his body to the University of Washington, saved the lives of others.
You can support the American Cancer Society by attending their poignant Relays for Life in Pendergast Park on June 23 and 24 or a smaller, more casual event on the Poulsbo Waterfront on July 14 or learn more at
The American Cancer Society: Helping in ways most needed Hugh Nelson 2018-02-16 08:00:00Z 0

Chilly Hilly Volunteers Needed 

Posted on Feb 16, 2018
Chilly Hilly Volunteers Needed  - Steve HoggThere’s a reason why they call it the Chilly Hilly. Like Viking Tour Viking Steve Hogg explained, “it’s really chilly and very hilly.”  On Sunday, February 25, hearty bike riders from throughout the region will ride a course on Bainbridge Island, dodging the elements but enjoying the beautiful scenery. Poulsbo Rotary volunteers were enlisted to help promote our Viking Tour in May to a group of bikers always ready for the next ride. Please let Steve know if you want to help out on Sunday.
Chilly Hilly Volunteers Needed Hugh Nelson 2018-02-16 08:00:00Z 0

Poulsbo Rotary Helps Open Nelson House to Aid the Homeless

Posted on Jan 28, 2018
Nelson House in Poulsbo's Nelson ParkOften the most significant influence of Poulsbo Rotary is in partnership with other organizations within our community. Such has been the case recently with the efforts of the Rotary Club, working with the City of Poulsbo and the Coffee Oasis, using materials donated by Home Depot and the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island, to refurbish, update, and remodel the Nelson farmhouse in Poulsbo's Nelson Park for use as a managed shelter for homeless women. See more details in the article published in the Kitsap Daily News, "New life, and new mission, for Nelson Park farmhouse".
Poulsbo Rotary Helps Open Nelson House to Aid the Homeless Hugh Nelson 2018-01-28 08:00:00Z 0

A Call to Join Rotary

Posted on Jan 28, 2018
In case you missed it - Poulsbo Rotary Past President Mary Nader wrote this recent article about Rotary for the Kitsap Daily News, "Service Above Self at Any Age." She explains why joining Rotary can be your path to fulfilling the ideal that "nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world". 
A Call to Join Rotary Hugh Nelson 2018-01-28 08:00:00Z 0

Laurynn Evans - Let’s get out the vote! 

Posted on Jan 26, 2018
Laurynn Evans - Let’s get out the vote! February 13 is right around the corner, and this election is very important for our kids. NK Schools Superintendent, Dr. Laurynn Evans, shared the importance of 2 levies on this year’s ballot. A new Capital Projects Levy – designed to fix, repair or upgrade buildings, equipment and systems at our schools. This will protect the health, comfort, and security of the students, teachers and staff. The other, the Educational Programs and Operations Levy, is not a new tax! It replaces the Maintenance and Operations Levy that voter approved in 2014. It is used to pay for: Classroom and Program Support to meet student needs; Utilities; Special Education; Student Transportation; Student activities such as athletics, extracurricular activities and clubs and more! Learn more at
Laurynn Evans - Let’s get out the vote! Hugh Nelson 2018-01-26 08:00:00Z 0
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Young Scholars Win Rotary Distinguished Service Award

Posted on Jan 26, 2018
Young Scholars Win Rotary Distinguished Service AwardArea students who have demonstrated a commitment to both scholarship and community service become eligible for the Rotary Distinguished Student of Service award. Pictured here are this year’s winners: Geneva Newell; Emma Hicks and Joey Martinette. Each winner received a $100 check that they can use any way they wish – no strings attached!
Young Scholars Win Rotary Distinguished Service Award Hugh Nelson 2018-01-26 08:00:00Z 0

"Game Changer For Girls" Fundraiser

Posted on Jan 15, 2018
Game Changer for girlsThe Poulsbo North Kitsap Rotary Foundation is sponsoring a fundraiser called “Game-Changer for Girls” on behalf of Side by Side, a local charity fostering micro enterprise and jobs to benefit the education of girls in South Africa. The event will be held at My Girl Diner in Kingston, WA, on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018. My Girl, a replica of a '50s diner, is the perfect place for the event, which will be a fun 50’s theme evening. Attendees can dress up and participate in contests like bubble blowing, dancing the twist, or trying to use a hula hoop - or perhaps just dance to the rock and roll music and relax by the soda fountain. 
Side by Side, a Poulsbo based 501c3, has set up to produce and deliver reusable sanitation products in South Africa. Another US based organization, Days for Girls, already produces in the US and then delivers washable, re-usable sanitary hygiene products for girls in developing countries around the world. Side by Side is attempting through a project called "Game Changer" to establish a microenterprise in South Africa to produce in-country (providing jobs) the same thing that Days for Girls produces here. The need for these products is that girls in developing countries are often ostracized during their menstrual periods and lose so much school time over their teenage years that they never get a good education. Thus they struggle to learn the skills to apply their raw talent to the benefit of society.
The founder of the worldwide charity Days for Girls, Celeste Mergens, will make a presentation at our event about the importance of helping every girl remain in school, even during “that time” of the month.  Celeste has just visited Side by Side’s Game-Changer project in South Africa and will describe her experiences.  Once you meet her, you will be changed. Her passion for helping girls around the world is contagious!
Tickets $35, 5:30 to 9pm. Please contact Brenda Wall to buy tickets, to help sponsor the event, and for other questions.
"Game Changer For Girls" Fundraiser Hugh Nelson 2018-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

Jace Reeves shares his Rotary Exchange Experience in the Czech Republic

Posted on Jan 12, 2018
Jace Reeves shares his Rotary Exchange Experience in the Czech RepublicFor Jace Reeves, the opportunity to be a Rotary Exchange student in the Czech Republic has expanded his world view and yet offered an intimate opportunity to explore another culture and its people. For our Friday meeting, Jace chronicled his time in Prague, explaining how in 1989, the “Velvet Revolution” brought democracy to the Czech Republic. Its new name of Czechia heralded a move from communism, a watershed moment for this country no larger than our state of South Carolina. From there, Jace gave color and depth to our understanding of this beautiful country and its people. He told us about its cuisine, where meat and sauce and bread dumplings abound. For a young man used to lighter, healthier fare, it was an adjustment. He told us about how the people of this country love sports, especially skiing! Jace had a chance to tour in the “Eurotour”, where 70 kids in 2 busses toured Europe for 14 days. He even celebrated his 18th birthday on the last day of the Eurotour, something he will never forget. The benefits of Youth Exchange came alive for us when Jace shared his stories and, as Dan Weedin expressed, Jace was a wonderful ambassador for our country and club.   
Jace Reeves shares his Rotary Exchange Experience in the Czech Republic Hugh Nelson 2018-01-12 08:00:00Z 0

Christine Kastanopolous, Classification Talk

Posted on Jan 12, 2018
Christine Kastanopolous, Classification TalkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Hailing from Massachusetts, Christine’s story is a remarkable example of how even the most challenging difficulties can play a role in finding one’s destiny. Though she had a difficult time in school because she experienced dyslexia, she found that she could decode music by playing the piano by ear. It was a language that was easy for her to understand. This was a special gift that was unusual in a child her age, so finding a teacher to help form and channel this gift was difficult. That did not stop her. Ultimately, she found her way to musical prep school in Boston, along with many talented musicians, where she could hone her skills. She realized that instead of performing, she was a better educator. Eventually, she opened a school for music education, moved to Kitsap and joined our Rotary club. Christine has felt welcome in our club, where her new friendships have “made her heart sing”. Welcome, Christine!
Christine Kastanopolous, Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2018-01-12 08:00:00Z 0

Property Taxes in Kitsap County Meredith Green and Phil Cook

Posted on Jan 05, 2018
Property Taxes in Kitsap County Meredith Green and Phil CookThe longer title for this presentation is "Legislation Passed and Implications for Property Taxes in Kitsap County". Meredith Green, Kitsap County Treasurer since 2010, and Phil Cook, Kitsap County Assessor, addressed the club on the impact of Engrossed House Bill 2242, which was put into law last summer to increase funding for Washington public schools. Because of the state’s constitution, which says it is the state’s “paramount duty” to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, and the State Supreme Court ruling which determined it had not done so, the legislature has increased the state levy to fully fund basic education. Meredith and Phil showed a short video which explained EHB 2242. Taxes in Kitsap are expected to increase $100 per every 100k assessed value, and Meredith explained how those numbers were derived. She said tax bills will be posted on-line starting next week.
Property Taxes in Kitsap County Meredith Green and Phil Cook Hugh Nelson 2018-01-05 08:00:00Z 0

Director Pins presented to Rotary Club Board Members

Posted on Jan 05, 2018
Director Pins presented to Rotary Club Board MembersClub President Michele Doyle presented the members of her board with special “Director” Rotary pins, and thanked them for their support. She presented President-Elect Tim Nichols with a special Rotary BEER shirt. She further honored and thanked Cindy Tveit and the Public Image Committee for their efforts this year. 
Director Pins presented to Rotary Club Board Members Hugh Nelson 2018-01-05 08:00:00Z 0

Upcoming events

Posted on Jan 05, 2018
• Jan 10: Viking Tour Kickoff 7:30 am at Coffee Oasis 
• Jan 12: Wine tasting at Don Russell’s at 5:30 : Sparkling Wine 
• Jack Archer: Watch for a “Caring Bridge” website link for updates 
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$5,000 donation to Fishline from Jewelers for Children

Posted on Jan 05, 2018
$5,000 donation to Fishline from Jewelers for ChildrenRichard Koven presented a $5,000 check from Jewelers for Children to Fishline. Poulsbo Rotarians did their part by voting for Fishline as their charity of choice in the annual on line give-away sponsored by Jewelers for Children. Fishline won the award only in the last few minutes of online voting, thanks to a big push right at the end! The money will help fund lunch for school kids when they are not at school. Richard extended special thanks to Michele Doyle and Mary Nader for their help in enlisting the support of the club.
$5,000 donation to Fishline from Jewelers for Children Hugh Nelson 2018-01-05 08:00:00Z 0

Thank you Sons of Norway

Posted on Dec 22, 2017
Thank you Sons of NorwayA grateful Shout-Out to the Sons of Norway who provide the terrific breakfast that motivates so many of us to get to the meeting so early in the morning! 
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Don Russell’s “Spirit Bear Trip”

Posted on Dec 22, 2017
Don Russell’s “Spirit Bear Trip”Don is an avid photographer and traveler, documenting his trips with his beautiful photographs. This morning he shared with us his 2015 trip to British Columbia along the Alaskan border in search of some elusive wildlife in that area. On the trip he saw bear, mountain goat, elk, bighorn sheep, timberwolves, and humpback whales. Many of these he photographed from as close as 10 feet! His superlative accomplishment was a set of amazing photos of the Spirit Bear, an albino Black bear living in a region of British Columbia inhabited only 400 humans. His descriptions were breathtaking. Thanks, Don!
Don Russell’s “Spirit Bear Trip” Hugh Nelson 2017-12-22 08:00:00Z 0

Completion of Work at Nelson Park House

Posted on Dec 22, 2017
Club and community members responsible for completion of Nelson Park HouseThe December 22 meeting was a wonderful celebration of the completion of the Nelson Park House project. Mayor Becky Erickson, Dave of Coffee Oasis, and representatives of Poulsbo Parks and the City Council were present to voice their appreciation to the hard-working Rotarians, their families, and our community partners who made the renovation of the Nelson Park House a reality. Begun in May, the house has been transformed with fresh paint, new appliances and countertops, and renewed carpet and furniture. Thanks to the large number of Poulsbo Rotarians and the following partners for their hard work and amazing contributions: Carpet Recovery, Home Depot, Creative Countertops, Northwest Integrity, Bainbridge Island Rotary Club, Peninsula Paint, Downsize for Inner Peace, Coffee Oasis, and the City of Poulsbo.
Completion of Work at Nelson Park House Hugh Nelson 2017-12-22 08:00:00Z 0

P.K. MacLean Classification Talk

Posted on Dec 15, 2017
P.K. Maclean Classification TalkP.K. grew up the oldest of four children in the very diverse Seattle neighborhood of Rainier Valley. Hers was the Protestant family in midst of the Jewish and Catholic families. Her husband passed in 2009 and she moved to Poulsbo in 2011 to spend more time with her two daughters, Erin and Megan. She is a Past President of the small Fife Rotary Club (which has since folded). Her full name is Patrice Kathleen, but her mom just put P.K. on her lunch sack so she was just known as P.K. 
P.K. MacLean Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

Donna Etchey Classification Talk

Posted on Dec 15, 2017
Donna Etchey Classification TalkDonna graduated from NKHS in 1982 and started working at the N.K.Herald in 1996 as an office manager. When she moved into sales she became on the top producers and became publisher in 2003. After stints at the Bainbridge Island Review and the Kingston Community News she moved up to General Manger of the Kitsap News Group. That’s now 22 years at the North Kitsap Herald. 
Donna Etchey Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

Todd Tidball Classification Talk

Posted on Dec 15, 2017
Todd Tidball Classification TalkTodd grew up in southern Illinois. He started at Edward Jones as a compliance auditor, a job that had him visiting all 50 states. This gave him ample opportunity to check out places to live in the future. Eventually he decided to get into sales. He set up office here in 1999. He has been with Edward Jones now for 32 years. 
He and his wife Sue have been married for 32 years. They have 2 sons and a daughter. They have hosted 5 exchange students (all women) from Germany, Norway, Finland, Hungary, and Croatia. 
Todd Tidball Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

NK High School Choir Caroling

Posted on Dec 15, 2017
NK High School Choir CarolingThe choir from North Kitsap High School brightened up our pre-meeting breakfast with a few beautiful Christmas carols. Thanks, kids! 
NK High School Choir Caroling Hugh Nelson 2017-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

Announcements 12-15-17

Posted on Dec 15, 2017
  1. Thank You, Jon Pavey, for a wonderful Rotary Christmas Party. Merry Christmas! 
  2. Poulsbo Rotary Gets it Done! 542 hours of volunteer work in the last 23 weeks
Announcements 12-15-17 Hugh Nelson 2017-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

Discovering the Magic of Fly Fishing - Chris Madison

Posted on Dec 08, 2017
Discovering the Magic of Fly Fishing - Chris MadisonWhat a delight it was to have Chris Madison, one of our most distinguished past members return to talk to us about something dear and important to him:  fly fishing!
Like Christmas, rainbows, and the night sky, fly fishing is magical.  Chris went on to share how three ingredients are necessary to create magic:  anticipation, discovery, and beauty. 
Discovering the Magic of Fly Fishing - Chris Madison Hugh Nelson 2017-12-08 08:00:00Z 0

The Club Elects 2017-2018 Board of Directors 

Posted on Dec 08, 2017
President Elect: Kathy Rayment 
Vice President: Dan Weedin
Secretary: Kristi Sutton
Treasurer: Don Lawrence
Club Service: Jon Pavey
Community Service: Geoff Schmidt
International Service: Brenda Wall 
Professional Service: Tom Eckmann 
Youth Service: Alexis Foster 
Membership: Amy Sanford-Schmidt 
Rotary Found.: Lori Cloutier 
Public Image: Cindy Tveit  
The Club Elects 2017-2018 Board of Directors Hugh Nelson 2017-12-08 08:00:00Z 0

Russ Shiplet Re-joins Poulsbo Rotary

Posted on Nov 17, 2017
Russ Shiplet Re-joins Poulsbo RotaryRuss Shiplet, former Rotarian returning to Poulsbo Rotary, is inducted with the hearty support of Dan Weedin and Steve Garfein. Welcome back, Russ!
Russ Shiplet Re-joins Poulsbo Rotary Hugh Nelson 2017-11-17 08:00:00Z 0

Matt Albee talks about the making of Eleven Winery

Posted on Nov 17, 2017
Matt Albee talks about the making of Eleven Winery
Sometimes, life takes us to our heart's desire in very indirect ways. That is certainly the case for Matt Albee, founder and leader of 11 Winery in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
In Matt's case, bicycle racing was his first love. For years, he honed this craft and gained prominence as a world-class bicycle racer. But one day, he literally woke up and thought, "I want to make wine".
They started small, in Matt's garage on Bainbridge Island, and eventually grew his business to now, when they ship over 3,000 cases of wine made from grapes from Eastern Washington. The grapes are carefully chosen because, according to Matt, it is "all about the grapes".
Eleven Winery has gained prestige and awards in a fast-growing industry. There are currently 900 wineries in Washington State, 600 of which grew up in the last 10 years. In this competitive environment, Eleven Winery has managed to stand out to gain local and national recognition for their good work. Their tasting room and wine selections have been voted "Best of Bainbridge".
A couple of interesting tidbits to pass along....
• Today's wine is meant to be consumed right away—contrary to popular belief, not all wines age well.
• Did you ever wonder where the name Eleven comes from? Matt explained that it denotes the cog used in a bicycle gear when "you go all out". A perfect way to connect Matt's two loves.
You can learn more about Eleven Winery by visiting their website at
Matt Albee talks about the making of Eleven Winery Hugh Nelson 2017-11-17 08:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Award to Geoff Schmidt

Posted on Nov 17, 2017
Paul Harris Award to Geoff SchmidtSteve and Cindy Garfein present a Paul Harris Fellowship to Geoff Schmidt. These awards, given in the name of Rotary Founder Paul Harris, are for Rotarians who donate a total of $1000 (or subsequently multiples thereof) to the Rotary Foundation, the charitable non-profit of Rotary International. That makes 100% PFIF participation in the Schmidt family—congratulations!!
Paul Harris Award to Geoff Schmidt Hugh Nelson 2017-11-17 08:00:00Z 0

Ardis Morrow on Domestic Violence Prevention and Morrow Manor

Posted on Nov 17, 2017
Ardis Morrow on Domestic Violence Prevention and Morrow ManorArdis recounts the circumstances of great grand—nephew Eli's death at the hands of his father—and how things have changed since those days. She remembers how Morrow Manor came about and the milestones ahead, including the status of state funding, the site preparations underway and an update on the construction schedule.
Ardis Morrow on Domestic Violence Prevention and Morrow Manor Hugh Nelson 2017-11-17 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation News

Posted on Nov 10, 2017
Amy Sanford-Schmidt urged members to to learn about becoming a Paul Harris Fellow or joining the Paul Harris Society to contribute to the Rotary Foundation, the foundation that supports Rotary International projects worldwide. During November and December, the Board will MATCH up to 250 POINTS toward a PHF (remember non-Rotarians can be gifted a PHF, too!).
Rotary Foundation News Hugh Nelson 2017-11-10 08:00:00Z 0

Announcements 11-10-17

Posted on Nov 10, 2017
• Bob Hill earned his Blue Badge. 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. 
• Our exchange student Jack Battú from Italy reported he’d be going on a trip to California with other exchange students from our area, along with Mike and Lori Cloutier
• The new board member proposals were presented. Voting will be Dec. 8. There is an opening for Sergeant at Arms — Don Lawrence can answer questions. Let Rand Hillier know if you’re interested.
Announcements 11-10-17 Hugh Nelson 2017-11-10 08:00:00Z 0

Bob Doane Presentation on Eastern Medicine

Posted on Nov 10, 2017
Bob Doane Presentation on Eastern MedicineClub Member Bob Doane started the Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Poulsbo nearly twenty years ago. The clinic is now the largest privately owned Chinese medicine clinic in the USA, and it attracts people from many countries. His method of acupuncture has been franchised, and is being taught and used all over the world. They’ll be opening 10 clinics a month for the next four years, expanding to Canada next, and then China. Bob talked about health and how to stay healthy as we age, and the importance of the unrestricted flow of blood through the cardiovascular system to deliver highly oxygenated blood and nutrients. Chinese medicine is cardiovascular medicine, using acupuncture to alleviate pain and herbs to maintain health. He said it is extremely good at treating chronic problems, where Western medicine often falls short. He explained some of the physiology behind acupuncture and its role in offsetting the opiate crisis facing our nation. (70% of the whole world’s opiates are produced in the US.) He cautioned that 60% of Americans have “pre clinical heart problems” causing fatigue, anxiety, and insomnia, which many can relate to. He offered free pulse diagnoses after the meeting, and opportunities to follow up at the clinic, with the proceeds of the initial evaluation coming back to the club. Thank you, Bob! 
Bob Doane Presentation on Eastern Medicine Hugh Nelson 2017-11-10 08:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Events

Posted on Nov 10, 2017
• December 8 Christmas Party
• Dec 9 Days for Girls at NK Baptist Church 
• Dec 19 Fireside at Jerry Deeter’s 
• Dec 28 Tour of Boeing (See Steve Garfein) 
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Morrow Manor Donation from the Suquamish Foundation Hugh Nelson 2017-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Bob Doane's contribution helps Poulsbo-NK Rotary Foundation Achieve Milestone Hugh Nelson 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0

Tribute to Shorty Garoutte

Posted on Nov 03, 2017
Tribute to Shorty GaroutteShorty Garoutte, long-time Poulsbo resident and volunteer at the Sons of Norway, passed away recently. Glenn Robbins pays tribute to this amazing man. “He cared about others and was always there to help.” While many may know that Shorty had a long and successful Navy career before becoming a solid citizen of the Poulsbo community, you may not know that he was once the senior enlisted service member in the Pacific Fleet, a position of high responsibility and visibility. Peace be with you, Shorty. You will be missed.
Tribute to Shorty Garoutte Hugh Nelson 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0

Fine session - Dr. Laurynn Evans

Posted on Nov 03, 2017
Fine session - Dr. Laurynn EvansDr. Laurynn Evans, Red Badge Rotarian, slays her first fine session with a running list of “you know the kid at school who….?” and then connects these typical kid traits with adult Rotarians. What a fun way to make money for Rotary!
Fine session - Dr. Laurynn Evans Hugh Nelson 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0

Marijuana in our community - Annette Atkinson

Posted on Nov 03, 2017
Marijuana in our community - Annette AtkinsonAnnette Atkinson from the Bremerton Rotary spoke with our group about cannabis in our community. She spoke about growing up with no particular interest in weed, but saw the “green rush” business opportunity and dove in. As owner and aficionado in this growing industry, Annette took our group on a tour to understand how marijuana works as a relaxation and health benefit, how laws and regulations continue to create some confusion in areas like the handling of cash, and what differentiates popular strains from hemp. The miraculous impact marijuana has on those with Parkinson's or Epilepsy, especially children, was an intriguing perspective in this controversial issue. 
Marijuana in our community - Annette Atkinson Hugh Nelson 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0

Celebration of Jack's birthday

Posted on Nov 03, 2017
Celebration of Jack's birthdayThis year’s exchange student Jack (Giacomo Battú from Italy) was surprised on Friday when Amy and Geoff Schmidt made one of his favorites, brownies with peanut butter, in celebration of his upcoming Tuesday birthday. If this doesn’t make Jack fat, we’re not sure what will! 
Celebration of Jack's birthday Hugh Nelson 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0

Bridget Young raises funds for Morrow Manor

Posted on Nov 03, 2017
Bridget Young raises funds for Morrow ManorA successful one-woman show featuring Bridget Young’s monologue about her rising above a difficult childhood raised $3,000 for Morrow Manor. The check was presented to Ardis by Bridget and Joni Kimmel.
Bridget Young raises funds for Morrow Manor Hugh Nelson 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0

Richard Koven - Jeweler's for Children

Posted on Nov 03, 2017
Richard Koven Jeweler's for ChildrenRichard Koven kicks off the Jeweler’s for Children grant contest on behalf of Fishline. Voting daily for the next two weeks will help Fishline receive help for their weekend meal program for low-income children. Here’s the link:
Richard Koven - Jeweler's for Children Hugh Nelson 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0

Presentation by NK High School Interact Club

Posted on Oct 27, 2017
The Interact Club presented some upcoming events:The Interact Club presented some upcoming events: (Note: Poulsbo Rotary sponsors a club at North Kitsap High School called the Interact Club. Club members participate to raise funds and to carry out projects to help our community.) 
• Days for Girls Dec 9 
• A “Fill the Bus” for Fishline 
• Friendship Bags for New Horizons 
Presentation by NK High School Interact Club Hugh Nelson 2017-10-27 07:00:00Z 0

Mike Brown, Principal President of FPH Construction and Sound West Group

Posted on Oct 27, 2017
Mike Brown, Principal President of FPH Construction and Sound West GroupMike gave us a great summary of the accomplishments of the Sound West Group, the development and holding group that did the Roxy Theater rebuild, Quincy Square reinvention, Bainbridge Landing, and the new Fishline store. But the true highlight was a presentation on downtown Poulsbo. Marion Sluy sold Sound West Group his aggregate properties, and Sound West plans to retain their unique character and the current tenant mix so that Poulsbo doesn’t lose its village feel and quaint character. The initial focus is on safety of life improvements and deferred maintenance on the buildings along the east side of Front Street. Their plan is to fix up Poulsbo, but they don’t believe it is broken. They want to add parking to downtown while maintaining authenticity in the building architectures. There is a possibility to add up to 122 parking spaces and 40 residential units on the upper floors and behind the Front Street buildings on 3rd Street. They also plan improvements and a unifying theme to lighting, signage, access and pedestrian corridors. Best of luck to Mike Brown and Sound West Group.
Mike Brown, Principal President of FPH Construction and Sound West Group Hugh Nelson 2017-10-27 07:00:00Z 0

Important UPCOMING Club Events 

Posted on Oct 27, 2017
Important UPCOMING Club Events 
• Craft Beer Tasting at Amy & Geoff’s Nov 3 
• Salmon viewing station at Fish Park Nov 4—need helpers 
• McMinnville Boeing Tour Dec 28 
Important UPCOMING Club Events Hugh Nelson 2017-10-27 07:00:00Z 0

Auction Fundraiser Report

Posted on Oct 27, 2017
Todd TidballTodd Tidball gave an unofficial Auction report: we raised $88,000 “give or take” for the Poulsbo-NK Rotary Foundation. Officially, everyone had a great time. Special thanks to Todd and his tireless committee for an outstanding evening!
Auction Fundraiser Report Hugh Nelson 2017-10-27 07:00:00Z 0

Joe Hulsey and Rebecca Heryford earn Blue Badges

Posted on Oct 27, 2017
Joe Hulsey and Rebecca Heryford earn Blue BadgesEach new club 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. Congratulations to new Blue Badge Rotarians Joe Hulsey and Rebecca Heryford!
Joe Hulsey and Rebecca Heryford earn Blue Badges Hugh Nelson 2017-10-27 07:00:00Z 0

SparkWood Events presents Check for Morrow Manor

Posted on Oct 20, 2017
Jackie Wood - SparkWood Events with Ardis MorrowJackie Wood presented a $1000 check for Morrow Manor, from her company, SparkWood Events, which held a weekend fundraiser, "Inspired You", which several of our members attended. Fantastic!
SparkWood Events presents Check for Morrow Manor Hugh Nelson 2017-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

Amy Waeschle: On being a writer

Posted on Oct 20, 2017
Kurt and Amy Waeschle and familyA longer title of her presentation would be Amy Waeschle's,“The Curious Life of a Writer And how it often gets me in trouble". Club Member Kurt Waeschle introduced his wife, Amy, who described how her journey toward a life of 14-15 years of travel begun by letting inspiration into her life. She asked herself, “What if I did something different?” She tried surfing and fell in love with it enough to quit her job. She wanted to share these feelings so she started writing stories of her adventures and misadventures. She and Kurt traveled a lot: Morocco, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Mexico. She wrote copy for a sportswear catalog, and they moved to Sicily. They then had their two children, and she wondered if she could write about that. She wrote Chasing Waves, a memoir, and then Going Over the Falls, a novel that came out in May of this year. She writes destination pieces, family stories, how to stories, and journalism pieces, along with building a community for surfers, writers, and parents. She brought some of her books to the meeting, agreeing to sell them if the proceeds went to the club. Thank you Amy for the inspiration! 
Amy Waeschle: On being a writer Hugh Nelson 2017-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

Announcements 10-20-17

Posted on Oct 20, 2017
Jack, our Rotary Exchange student from Italy• Our exchange student Jack is enjoying the Halloween decorations around town and candy!
• Poulsbowood is to night!! Come at 5pm! 
• Monday 4:30pm Dress the Viking for Polio Day! Oct. 24!
• Kidzz Helping Kidzz Toy drive continues
Announcements 10-20-17 Hugh Nelson 2017-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

Mark Shorn: Port Gamble Forest Update

Posted on Oct 20, 2017
Mark Shorn: Port Gamble Forest UpdateMark described the fundraising efforts to buy the forest (owned by Pope Resources) as a community-driven success story. They are well on their way to creating a “string of pearls, connected by trails.” They welcome help at their work parties held on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 9am by the airfield entrance. 
Mark Shorn: Port Gamble Forest Update Hugh Nelson 2017-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

Wine auction to aid California Wildfire Victims

Posted on Oct 20, 2017
Mark Olson from the Sebastopol Sunrise Rotary ClubMark Olson from the Sebastopol Sunrise Rotary Club, who visits our club frequently with California wine to help in our fundraising, brought a bottle of wine to auction at the meeting and five more for tonight's Poulsbowood fundraiser! He talked about people in his area who had 1 minute to leave their homes due to wild fires. We raised $1450 immediately by auctioning the wine in the meeting, and will give the money back to Mark’s Club to help those in need. He was also presented a beautiful metal art salmon made by Bob Kimball.
Wine auction to aid California Wildfire Victims Hugh Nelson 2017-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research in Kenya

Posted on Oct 13, 2017
WISER - Karen Klein and Carrie Arndt
Friday the 13th was a truly “lucky” day for us at the Rotary, as we had the privilege of hearing from guest speakers Karen Klein and Carrie Arndt. Their subject – the Woman’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research, or WISER, in Muhura Bay, Kenya. This wonderful organization, partnering with Duke University, is addressing the educational and healthcare needs of young woman in the area. This program “..takes a holistic approach to the boarding school environment. Unlike other schools in the area, WISER provides everything a girl needs to be successful including — clothes, books, safe housing, female role models, leadership training, healthy food, mosquito nets, HIV education, and essential medicine”. 
How successful are they? 
• 85% of all WISER girls attend a college or university. 
• 95% of all WISER girls in the 2016 graduating class qualified for university. 
• In 2016, WISER girls won three science, math, and engineering prizes at the state level and came in fifth in the seven state regional competition. 
Rotarian monetary donations can go a long way: 
$3000  equals a full scholarship to the WISER School for a year. 
$1000  equals a safe place for 25 girls to live. 
$500 equals all school supplies for 25 girls for one year. 
$100  equals health care for 10 girls for a year 
$50  equals clothing for 2 girls for one year 
$25  equals all textbooks for one girl for one year 
To learn more go to 
Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research in Kenya Hugh Nelson 2017-10-13 07:00:00Z 0


Posted on Oct 13, 2017
POULSBOWOOD update - Todd TidballErina Weible reported that we’ve sold around 200 tickets. Let her know who you want at your table. Todd Tidball reminded that costumes are welcome and invited members to register their credit cards at the meeting in advance. Come early! Come at 5pm! He said the raffle baskets are OUTSTANDING. Raffle tickets will be $5 each or 5 for $20. GOLDEN TICKETS are $50 and earn you a chance at winning any live auction item (except the money tree).  Feel free to donate CA$H if you can’t attend! OCT 20!!!!
POULSBOWOOD update Hugh Nelson 2017-10-13 07:00:00Z 0

Announcements 10-13-17

Posted on Oct 13, 2017
• ClubRunner training is available through Mike Cloutier 
• Work party Saturday at the north end of Fish Park: carpentry and weeding 
• Volunteers needed to finish furniture for Nelson house: let Michele know 
• National Polio Day 10/24 and a “Dress the Viking” event with fire department 
• Toy drive continues for Kidzz helping Kidzz: new toys for ages 2-18 
• Rappin’ Rand is still collecting for Poulsobwood’s Mystery Purse 
• Jack (our exchange student Giacomo Battú from Italy) enjoyed his first NK HOMECOMING, and will be joining INTERACT!
Announcements 10-13-17 Hugh Nelson 2017-10-13 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome New Member Christine Kastanopolous Hugh Nelson 2017-10-13 07:00:00Z 0

Dr. Laurynn Evans, Superintendent of North Kitsap School District

Posted on Oct 06, 2017
Dr. Laurynn Evans, Superintendent of North Kitsap School DistrictDr. Laurynn Evans started the morning with her induction to the club (sponsored by Glen Robbins), then she stepped up to the podium as our featured speaker. Laurynn shared her high level of passion for kids that brought her to the position she is in now. After many years of teaching in the classroom, and as Dean of Students and as a principal, she applied for the superintendent position because she saw hope. Now, after her first 100 days, she is focusing on her Big 3 Messages: Extraordinary care, Focus on the Fundamentals, and Stay the Course. Her goal is to build trust, be visible, and dial in teaching and learning. She is clearly “in it to win it” for our kids and community. Welcome! 
Dr. Laurynn Evans, Superintendent of North Kitsap School District Hugh Nelson 2017-10-06 07:00:00Z 0

Poulsbo Rotary Article in the North Kitsap Herald

Posted on Oct 06, 2017
Frances MaloneOur Club’s first column was printed in today’s North Kitsap Daily News! Our own Frances Malone captured the legacy of our club beautifully! Please write to editor Richard Walker to thank him for making the public aware of what we do! Stay tuned for more articles!
Poulsbo Rotary Article in the North Kitsap Herald Hugh Nelson 2017-10-06 07:00:00Z 0

Announcements 10-6-17

Posted on Oct 06, 2017
Katri Ollila from Finland* Coffee Oasis Coffee brought to you this week by Wendall and Kelly Verduin 
* Kidzz Helping Kidzz Toy drive continues 
* Turn in your volunteer hours to “Thingy” 
* Check out your Little Black Book! There’s lots of good info in it 
* Our 2015-16 Rotary Exchange Student, Katri Ollila from Finland, is back for a 2-month visit! YAY!
Announcements 10-6-17 Hugh Nelson 2017-10-06 07:00:00Z 0

Poulsbowood Update!

Posted on Oct 06, 2017
Todd Tidball promotes Poulsbowood on October 20thTodd Tidball assured the club that this auction boasts the best inventory ever! From dinner and a walking tour in France to a beautifully crafted fish by Bob Kimball and everything in between. Erina Weible said we’re just shy of 180 people and that ticket sales are extended until the 9th. We need an accurate count so the casino can have enough seats and staff, so buy those final tickets! And get those costumes ready! 
Poulsbowood Update! Hugh Nelson 2017-10-06 07:00:00Z 0

Paint your Pinkie Purple! 

Posted on Oct 06, 2017
Brenda Wall urges Jim Shields to paint his pinkie purpleIt’s back! Please donate $1 to the End Polio Now cans each week and paint your pinkie purple to raise awareness of Rotary's continuing efforts to eradicate polio.
Paint your Pinkie Purple! Hugh Nelson 2017-10-06 07:00:00Z 0

SEA Discovery Museum - Lauren Kemper

Posted on Sep 29, 2017
SEA Discovery Museum - Lauren Kemper
On Sept 29th, Lauren Kemper, Volunteer and Program Coordinator of the SEA Discovery Museum, shared with us the changes, improvements and future plans of our local marine science center (it was formerly called the Poulsbo Marine Science Center). The “SEA” in the title stands for Science Education Aquarium. Lauren, a UW graduate, has been with the SEA Discovery Museum since 2004. Thanks to a revamp by Western Washington University, the museum is now open 6 days per week, being seen by about 10,000 visitors per year –offering field trips and volunteer opportunities. One of the many projects the SEA is working on is compiling data on the food dynamic of Liberty Bay.
Depending on the age group, programs can include classroom work, time on the floating lab, Kid’s/GEMS night out, summer camps, and Grandparents University. The museum also offers internships for college students and soon hopes to offer internships to high school age scholars. 
How can Rotarian’s help? SEA is always looking for volunteers – no experience necessary. SEA also operates primarily on donations, so please consider giving to this local treasure. 
SEA Discovery Museum - Lauren Kemper Hugh Nelson 2017-09-29 07:00:00Z 0

Classification talk by Jacob Maxwell

Posted on Sep 22, 2017
Classification talk by Jacob MaxwellJacob Maxwell’s early life very rough, but he landed in Bremerton at age 11. He shared his path from fixing infected computers to eventually growing his own company. He has studied success and understands the value of a positive outlook and the people you associate with. He finds Rotary and its members to be very inspiring. We find him inspiring too; he earned his blue badge by completing his classification talk.
Classification talk by Jacob Maxwell Hugh Nelson 2017-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

Classification talk by Erin Sorensen

Posted on Sep 22, 2017
Classification talk by Erin SorensenErin Sorensen moved from Port Orchard to Poulsbo 4 years ago. She’s been in banking since age 17, starting as a teller, then educating Navy recruits, then business banking. She now works at Kitsap Bank. She married a sailor she met at “50 cent beer night”, and they have 2 boys, one at KMS and the other at KHS. Coffee Oasis has a special place in her heart for helping her son during a tough time. He is now doing great! 
Classification talk by Erin Sorensen Hugh Nelson 2017-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

Classification talk by Aalesa Barker

Posted on Sep 22, 2017
Classification talk by Aalesa BarkerEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Aalesa Barker was born in Ohio, the 3rd of 5 kids, then lived in Alaska until age 5, when her family returned to a small community in Ohio. She met her husband James there, where they lived 4 years before heading to Maine. They now live in Washington with 3 kids, aged 18, 16, and 14. She works for Columbia Bank.
Classification talk by Aalesa Barker Hugh Nelson 2017-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

Classification talk by Joe Hulsey

Posted on Sep 22, 2017
Classification talk by Joe HulseyJoe Hulsey had lost both parents by age 21. He married and has 2 grown kids and 2 grandkids. He was drafted into Viet Nam as enlisted, but went to college and became a Navy Flier. He left the Navy after 21 years and became a  subject matter expert in electronic warfare. He retired fully in 2015 but still does a little consult- ing. He has lived in all 50 states, was 32 countries, and 28 houses!
Classification talk by Joe Hulsey Hugh Nelson 2017-09-22 07:00:00Z 0
Results from the Joint Food Drive with Poulsbo Lions Club Hugh Nelson 2017-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

Morrow Manor Update

Posted on Sep 22, 2017
Rick Darrow updates the club on Morrow Manor.Rick Darrow shared that Ardis told a story at the Kiro 7 Kids Classic Golf Tournament event that had the whole room laughing. Then she talked about domestic violence and described Morrow Manor to a now silent room. The OneEightyFoundation then gave her a check of $5000 for Morrow Manor. 
Morrow Manor Update Hugh Nelson 2017-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

Changing the Game for Girls All Over the World 

Posted on Sep 15, 2017
Changing the Game for Girls All Over the World
With 1.5 billion women of reproductive age around the world, 300 million of whom live on less than $1.25 a day, we can better understand how so many young girls miss school on the days of their period due to lack of feminine hygiene items. Getting hygiene products into the hands of the poorest girls, this simple idea has propelled Molly Mansker and her “Days for Girls” charity to center stage, and many are coming together to continue this powerful way to empower girls. Serving over 800,000 girls via 1,000 chapters and teams worldwide, Gamechanger for Girls offers sustainable hygiene solutions, health education and advocacy while building micro enterprises in the villages with the greatest need. Because 78% of new HIV infections in South Africa are happening in girls between the ages of 15-19, Molly and her team are also helping educate on HIV prevention.
“Bring your girl to My Girl”, a fundraiser for Molly’s charity, will be held at the My Girl Diner in Kingston on February 3. 
“Our goal is to offer more freedom, more control and less fear. We can actually enact change!” 
Changing the Game for Girls All Over the World Hugh Nelson 2017-09-15 07:00:00Z 0

Poulsbowood Update 

Posted on Sep 15, 2017
Poulsbowood Update Rapper RandTodd Tidball and Erina Weible delivered an enthusiastic pep talk for our Club as we enter into the final weeks of Poulsbowood 2017 preparations. Rapper Rand did not disappoint, coming equipped with a very transparent, very large receptacle for Mystery Purse Donations! Tickets are now on sale via Brown Paper Tickets (hint: search for “Poulsbowood 2017”), and our Rotarians are strongly encouraged to sell as many as possible—our goal is 400 attendees! Please remember to bring 2 bottles of wine on October 6 to help stock one of the most popular auction items we auction. 
Poulsbowood Update Hugh Nelson 2017-09-15 07:00:00Z 0

Morrow Manor Update

Posted on Sep 15, 2017
Chad Solvie updates the club on the Morrow Manor projectChad Solvie updated our Poulsbo Rotary on Friday, sharing the latest news about Morrow Manor funding and strategy. He told our club that several large capital grants are pending, including one with the State of Washington and another with a foundation grantor. Good news about these grants will nearly take us to the finish line! Chad also updated us on a change in leadership at the YWCA, with Denise Frey moving on and a search for a new executive director underway.
Morrow Manor Update Hugh Nelson 2017-09-15 07:00:00Z 0

Home Depot Grant Awarded to Nelson Park Project

Posted on Sep 15, 2017
Home Depot Grant Awarded to Nelson Park ProjectThanks to the quick and articulate efforts of Kathy Foresee, Mayor Becky and Poulsbo Rotary President Michele Doyle, a grant of $8,000 was awarded to the Nelson Park project by Home Depot! This amazing funding will help with the remodel and furnishing efforts now underway, allowing 5 homeless girls to have a safe home and a fresh start. Congratulations to all involved!! 
Home Depot Grant Awarded to Nelson Park Project Hugh Nelson 2017-09-15 07:00:00Z 0

Dan Weedin on Youth Exchange

Posted on Sep 08, 2017
Dan Weedin on Youth Exchange - Jack our inbound exchange studentDan focused on the Outbound Exchange program and invited all Club Members to check out Emily Carthum’s blog. Right now the club is seeking students who will be 16-18 years of age next school year who are interested in being an ambassador abroad. Dan will send out details. We’re also seeking future host families. THANK YOU to this year’s host families who are hosting Jack from Italy: Amy/Geoff Sanford-Schmidt, Naveen Chaudhary, Lori/Mike Cloutier, and Alexis/Jason Foster.
Jack said he had enjoyed the Labor Day BBQ at Lori and Mike Cloutier’s, and had started school, then, as brothers will do, he told a funny story, poking fun at his host-sister. She was not as amused as Jack.
Dan Weedin on Youth Exchange Hugh Nelson 2017-09-08 07:00:00Z 0

Poulsbowood Update! 

Posted on Sep 08, 2017
Jessie Nino gives Poulsbowood UpdateJessie Nino reviewed some of the items that have been donated, including two big wine fridges that Club Members will help fill, time at a farmhouse in France, a front row slip during Viking Fest, Seahawks tickets, and an aerobatic airplane ride. NEEDED ITEMS include donation of dinner in Seattle, hotel stays, and airline miles. Tickets are now available at Remember it’s a costume function. Help sell tickets by saying, “Make your donations do more!” Tickets are also available from Erina Weible. BUY YOUR TICKETS!!!! And please bring wine on October 6 to fill those fridges!
Poulsbowood Update! Hugh Nelson 2017-09-08 07:00:00Z 0

Shannon Singleton, from NK Schools Foundation Strong Schools = Strong Communities 

Posted on Sep 08, 2017
Shannon Singleton, from NK Schools Foundation Strong Schools = Strong Communities Shannon explained that the NK Schools Foundation helps fully fund education through enrichment, with Rotary as one of their biggest sponsors. The Foundation helped purchase educational materials, art supplies, technology, supplemental programs, field trips, PE, STEM, professional development, and $68,000 in educational opportunity grants, to name a few projects. She thanked Poulsbo Rotary for their $4800 in funding last year.
Our club wanted to honor Shannon for her great efforts as an advocate for kids, education, and our community, and did so by awarding her a Paul Harris Fellowship, an award named after the Founder of Rotary. Thank you Shannon! 
Shannon Singleton, from NK Schools Foundation Strong Schools = Strong Communities Hugh Nelson 2017-09-08 07:00:00Z 0

Congratulations and Thank You to Glen Robbins!

Posted on Sep 01, 2017
Congratulations and Thank You to Glen Robbins!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. Lori Cloutier introduced Glen Robbins, our newest Paul Harris Fellow. Glen is a new Rotary club member and has already achieved this terrific honor! Way to go, Glen! 
Congratulations and Thank You to Glen Robbins! Hugh Nelson 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0

Dan Schoonmaker, City of Poulsbo Chief of Police, on Community Resilience

Posted on Sep 01, 2017
Dan Schoonmaker, City of Poulsbo Chief of Police, on Community ResilienceDan spent 27 years as an officer in Westminster, CA, mostly on SWAT. Along the way he earned his BS in Emergency Management and Masters in Criminal Justice. He moved to the Northwest in 1990 and was elected to his current post in Dec. 2016. His career took an abrupt turn on April 20, 1999: the day of the shootings at Columbine HS. It changed his mind about the way police handle community police actions. On that day, police officers arrived on scene and waited for SWAT to arrive to handle the situation. That was SOP then. Bystanders also don’t react as quickly as they should. They don’t call 911, they don’t apply first aid or help the victims, they video the action. Police and Fire Departments began to think about how to close the gap between the inception of an incident until units arrive on scene. The First-Care Provider concept was born: a pilot gave teachers training and skills to respond, not as ER personnel, but as first responders. This gave them the skills and confidence they could do the right thing. In tests, response times dropped dramatically. DHS now has a “Stop the Bleed” program. Previously, tourniquets were a bad thing, but they can really save lives. YOU can make a difference! Call 911. Stop the bleeding! Provide comfort until emergency responders arrive. Check Poulsbo Facebook page for information. Get involved! 
Dan Schoonmaker, City of Poulsbo Chief of Police, on Community Resilience Hugh Nelson 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Rand Hillier introduces the Poulsbowood Mystery Purse Hugh Nelson 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0

Bob Hill Classification Talk

Posted on Sep 01, 2017
Bob Hill Classification TalkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Bob is the service manager at Liberty Bay Auto, which is a long way from his early life in Oceanside, Barstow and Beaumont, California. He moved to Silverdale in the 9th grade and graduated from CK. He helped his mother run a restaurant and then took a job at the Jeep dealer in Seattle. Soon after he got a computer networking degree from ITT, but he returned to the auto business. His wife spent most of her life in the Northwest, while his daughter graduated from college in Denver. His dad taught him persistence and a good work ethic, which has come in handy while troubleshooting wiring problems in today’s ultra-complicated automobiles! 
Bob Hill Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0

Joint Food Drive for Fishline with the Poulsbo Lions Club

Posted on Aug 24, 2017
Poulsbo Rotary Club's next community service project is our joint food drive with Lion's Club for Fishline. The food drive will be on Friday, 9/15 and Saturday, 9/16 between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The participating markets are Walmart, Red Apple, and Central Market.  
Please bring your food donations to any of those markets. Poulsbo Rotary and Fishline will be most appreciative of any donations!
Joint Food Drive for Fishline with the Poulsbo Lions Club Hugh Nelson 2017-08-24 07:00:00Z 0
Silverdale, Bainbridge, Kingston &amp; Poulsbo Picnic Hugh Nelson 2017-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

A New BARN Comes To Town!

Posted on Aug 18, 2017
Jack Archer and Mark NicholsonSometimes great ideas start quite innocently. In an attempt to create shareable space, with shareable tools, for local artisans, the creators of the BARN on Bainbridge Island realized the great unmet need in the community. It was time to build something bigger, so they began to fundraise, started to build and what developed was far greater than their imaginations. Artists and specialists in a broad array of creative arts, including woodworking, boat building, jewelry and fine metals, book production with a writer’s studio, and kitchen arts are just the beginning of the expertise available to visitors and members! Members of the BARN can learn and develop their skills with the help of volunteer artisans, and the response has been overwhelming. As Mark Nicholson, Executive Director, described it, they have already reached capacity of inner space and parking. A good idea indeed! PNK Rotary’s very own Jack Archer has played an instrumental role both as teacher and organizer. We see now why he is so excited.
A New BARN Comes To Town! Hugh Nelson 2017-08-18 07:00:00Z 0

Jim Nall’s Classification Talk 

Posted on Aug 18, 2017
Jim Nall’s Classification Talk Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. When Jim joined Lockheed in California in the mid 1960’s, they saw his potential from the start. They would take him under their wings, offer to pay for his college, and he would begin a journey that would help him develop the skills needed to launch his company many years later. Jim and his family transferred to Bangor in 1992 and 2 years later founded Paladin Data Systems. Their first customer, a little company named Starbucks, would help get Paladin on the map and develop a customer base that includes many F500 and military jurisdictions. Lest he get carried away with all his success, his wife of 35 years keeps him humble. An example? After a heady shareholder meeting, where Jim shined and received many accolades, his wife leaned over later and whispered, “You talk too much”. Welcome back to Poulsbo Rotary Jim!
Jim Nall’s Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-08-18 07:00:00Z 0

Special Paul Harris Presentation

Posted on Aug 18, 2017
Dennis Carlson, accompanied by Buelah DowningFor his over 60 years of dedication to food sufficiency throughout the world, Dennis Carlson, accompanied by Buelah Downing, was awarded a Paul Harris Award. These awards, given in the name of Rotary Founder Paul Harris, are for Rotarians who donate a total of $1000 to the Rotary Foundation, the charitable non-profit of Rotary International. Clubs and individuals may "donate" on behalf of other deserving individuals to recognize their contributions to the ideals of Rotary. 

In her stirring introduction, Gayle Heller chronicled Dennis’ six decades of dedication to the people of North Ethiopia who have for many years lacked proper nutrition or regular access to fruits and vegetables. In Dennis’ decades of service, he estimates they have helped feed 600,000 people. What an awesome example of “Service Above Self”!
Special Paul Harris Presentation Hugh Nelson 2017-08-18 07:00:00Z 0

Walk in the Light International

Posted on Aug 11, 2017
Katy Cornell, Co-founder and President of Walk in the Light InternationalKaty Cornell, Co-founder and President of Walk in the Light International, grew up in Port Orchard and felt she had to do something with her life but didn’t know what. A fellow college student invited her to visit Burkina Faso, a small, poverty-stricken, desert country in West Africa. On a whim she went and found a country with 77% unemployment and 40% of the population living below the poverty line. People walked 5 miles to a muddy river for their weekly water. But the people in the town of Rialo welcomed them and made them a part of their family. Katy formed Walk in the Light in 2009 to help them. Within 2 years they built a school for 150 kids through 8th grade, but the government lacked the systems and infrastructure to run it, so they kept it. The pass rate went from 15% per year to 98%! The graduating students had nowhere to go, so they started a secondary school in a one room building. It grew to 60 kids, all but 2 of whom passed the course of instruction. Walk in the Light has now built 3 primary schools and a secondary school with 800 students attending. Fifteen wells have been built to provide water to 30,000 people. They provided 37 microloans to women in the community. They began to improve healthcare, and now Rialo has the best health care in Burkina Faso. At 27 years of age and 10 years after founding Walk in the Light, Katy knows what she wants to do with her life. 
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Important UPCOMING Club Events

Posted on Aug 11, 2017
1. August 11: Paint party at Nelson House.
2. Tequila Tasting tonight at Cloutier’s 
3. Fireside at Jerry Deeter’s Sept 7. 
4. New exchange student arriving 8/24 
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Presentation of Club Banners

Posted on Aug 11, 2017
Presentation of Club BannersDon Russell presented banners from Rotary clubs in Istanbul, Rome, Anchorage, and Lithgow, Scotland. Emily presented a banner from Aberdeen, WA.
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Don Russell’s Classification Talk

Posted on Aug 11, 2017
Don Russell’s Classification TalkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Don met his wife Pat in NYC. After getting married they moved to Seattle where he took a job as a civil engineer. He worked on public agency building projects, the carrier base in Everett, and a fish hatchery project. Don’s hobbies are photography, mountaineering (climbing Mt. Rainier 13 times), and skiing. They travel extensively throughout the world. On a cruise from Istanbul to Rome they met the Joneses from Australia and became great friends, taking other trips with them. Now married 30 years, they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. He joined Rotary to financially support Rotary’s work and be involved in local activities.
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Windermere Poulsbo work on Eli's House

Posted on Aug 04, 2017
KUDOS to Poulsbo Rotarian Terry Burns and the Windermere group for their under-the-radar work party at Eli’s House. They put up the residents (survivors of domestic violence) in a motel while the teams did significant maintenance, repairs, and planted new plants. WOW! We want to see photos! 
Windermere Poulsbo work on Eli's House Hugh Nelson 2017-08-04 07:00:00Z 0

Important notices 8-4-2017

Posted on Aug 04, 2017
• The triple-threat of work parties happened last Saturday at Nelson House, at the Fish Park to Nelson Park foot bridge, with furniture restoration at the a storage unit! Next work party is Saturday, Aug. 12, 9am-12. 
• Tequila tasting Aug. 11 at Cloutier’s home at 5:30pm. Please bring food! 
• Contact Jon Pavey for a Sons of Norway Apron with your name on it.  
• All sponsor spots for Annual Review are TAKEN!  
• New exchange student arriving 8/24 
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Exchange Student Emily Carthum needs your Poulsbo-themed pins

Posted on Aug 04, 2017
Exchange Student Emily Carthum needs your Poulsbo-themed pinsEmily, our outward-bound exchange student to Croatia, is asking for donations of Poulsbo-themed pins for her to exchange with other students overseas.  Please bring your pins to  the next meetings for her until she departs! 
Exchange Student Emily Carthum needs your Poulsbo-themed pins Hugh Nelson 2017-08-04 07:00:00Z 0

Committee Chairs Share their "Why?"

Posted on Aug 04, 2017
Committee Chairs share their why Michele invited all the committee chairs to share their “why” and their goals for the coming year. She has slides with the data that will be uploaded to the website soon.  
Committee Chairs Share their "Why?" Hugh Nelson 2017-08-04 07:00:00Z 0

Michele’s Moments 8-4-2017 

Posted on Aug 04, 2017
Michele Doyle
Michele Doyle began by playing the Simon Sinek (short edited) Ted Talk called, “Start with Why.”  The talk stressed the importance of working from the inside (why we do some- thing) to the how and the what rather than from the outside in. Michele pointed out that it FEELS GOOD to DO GOOD, and that’s okay. It is, indeed, part of our “why.”
She also reminded members:
1.) To get invitations out for the Fall Fundraiser: Poulsbowood;
2.) and that attending a committee meeting within two weeks of missing a Friday meeting can serve as a make-up! Just email Kirsti Sutton to get it on the books. 
Michele’s Moments 8-4-2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-08-04 07:00:00Z 0

Fall Gala and Fundraiser - Todd Tidball and Alexis Foster

Posted on Jul 28, 2017
Fall Gala and Fundraiser - Todd Tidball and Alexis FosterTodd began by stressing the importance of the “why” behind our auction/major fundraiser: Morrow Manor, scholarships, Coffee Oasis, international projects, Fish Park, Nelson House, and many more. He encouraged members to invite people to attend and let them know it’s a fundraiser for these very worthy causes. The theme will be Hollywood, costumes are welcomed, and there will be contests, awards, live auction, raffle baskets, golden tickets, and a magic show. There may be a small silent auction, but minimum values will be in the $500 dollar range. A 2002 Avalon, 2 wine fridges, and a week in a Hawaii condo have already been donated, but we need much more. 

Alexis offered advice on who to invite: people who want to attend an EVENT and have an EXPERIENCE. Tickets will be in the $75 dollar range, and guests will walk the red carpet. She led a discussion on the value of 2-min. video presentations, combined with some good personal presentations to promote our projects/causes. Alexis will be in charge of ticket sales for the event, which will be on a FRIDAY evening this year. She and Todd asked club members to list 3+ prospective attendees/guests and to complete personal invitations to send out. We need to sell a minimum of 400 tickets, but we would love to sell 600 to make it sensational. Save the date: October 20th!
Fall Gala and Fundraiser - Todd Tidball and Alexis Foster Hugh Nelson 2017-07-28 07:00:00Z 0

Bronson Charette’s Classification Talk 

Posted on Jul 28, 2017
Bronson Charette’s Classification Talk Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Bronson was born and raised in Oregon. After high school, he repaired computers and taught people how to use them. He worked for Lancair in Bend on a data acquisitions team. After earning a double major in mathematics and education (with a minor in music), he went to work in management at Walmart. He told the story of how he met his wife, from how she ran away from her family to be with him, to their eventual move to Poulsbo.
Bronson Charette’s Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-07-28 07:00:00Z 0

Dr. Laurynn Evans, new superintendent of NK School District

Posted on Jul 28, 2017
Dr. Laurynn Evans, new superintendent of NK School DistrictDr.Evans expressed her thanks and gratitude on behalf of the NK students who have been helped by our donations to the NK Schools Foundation and through scholarships from our club. She has been in education for over 20 years and purchased her "forever home" in our area. Welcome Dr. Evans!
Dr. Laurynn Evans, new superintendent of NK School District Hugh Nelson 2017-07-28 07:00:00Z 0