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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Poulsbo-North Kitsap!

Poulsbo-North Kitsap
We meet Fridays at 7:00 AM
Poulsbo Sons of Norway
18891 Front St NE
Poulsbo, WA  98370
United States
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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 cancer.org
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.
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 nkschools.org/levy.
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!
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.   
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!
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".
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". 
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.
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. 
$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.
• 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 
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! 
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!
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.
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. 
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. 
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. 
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! 
 
 
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Representative Derek Kilmer
Mar 02, 2018
Congressional Update
Disaster Dave Nichols
Mar 09, 2018
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Giacomo (Jack) Bottu
Mar 16, 2018
Mia famiglia et casa
Jacob Maxwell, Brenda Wall, Dan Weedin
Mar 23, 2018
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