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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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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! 
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!
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!
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! 
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.
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. 
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 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 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 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.
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. 
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!” 
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. 
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!! 
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.
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! 
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!
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 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! 
Make a charitable contribution to the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation.
Mike Brown
Oct 27, 2017
Development in Downtown Poulsbo
Annettte Atkinson
Nov 03, 2017
Cannabis - Historical, Cultural and Medical Insights
Bob Doane
Nov 10, 2017
Chinese medicine
Matt Albee
Nov 17, 2017
Washington Wine Industry - Eleven Winery
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