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!)