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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 of America
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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.
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. 

Important Announcements

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

Remembering Ron Orcutt

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

Rotary Youth Protection Plan

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

RICK GRANTHAM gave his New Member Classification Talk 

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

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. 
 

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 rescuefreedom.org 
 

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. 
 
 
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Stephen Swann
Aug 23, 2019
Poulsbo Community Orchestra
Bill Thompson
Aug 30, 2019
National Geographic photographer
Harriette Bryant
Sep 06, 2019
Our GEMS and GENTS
Dan Barry
Sep 13, 2019
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