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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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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.
 
 
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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.

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 

Emily visits from Croatia 

Emily visits from CroatiaFor Emily Cartham, Poulsbo Rotary’s Outbound Exchange Student in Croatia this year, the experience has been a broadening experience she will never forget. Emily was a featured guest at Friday’s meeting through the miracle of Skype. Through her many friendships, and thanks to great host families, she has travelled and experienced a culture different from ours but one which Emily has very much enjoyed. “I’m in love with Croatia! I am going to really miss it when it’s time to return to the U.S.!” Her advice for anyone wondering about Youth Exchange? “Definitely do it—it is so beneficial, and brings about really good changes and personal development.” 

Other Meeting Announcements

NK Athletic Medicine GroupCommunity Services presented a check to the NK Athletic Medicine group to help pay for an upcoming skills symposium, where students will learn important medical treatments.
 
Great news!! Thanks to your generosity, and to our intrepid Rotary Foundation Committee, our Club’s End Polio campaign had a boost in giving and we are now set to exceed our goal for this year. THANK YOU! 
 
Nick JohnsonNick Johnson updated the Club on the latest Viking Tour news, including a record-setting 129 preregistrations, many more than last year. The preTour registration party the night before at Western Red Brewery looks to be almost as fun as the Tour itself, with beer, music and discounts galore.

Getting to know Jack

Getting to know JackGiacomo Battu, affectionately called “Jack” by family and friends, is our Poulsbo Rotary’s incoming Exchange Student this year, bringing cheeky humor and a swag to our Club when he shares his adventures each week. For last Friday’s meeting, he took the podium to tell us more about his native Biella, Italy and the life he lives when he isn’t in the US. He told us about how different high schools are in Italy, where students can choose to attend one of many high school choices based upon the curriculum focus. He shared that classes are different throughout the week, vs. our high schools where schedules are repeated daily. Jack loves sports, especially soccer. His family’s love of travel has taken Jack to many, many countries throughout the world. Each year, they choose a different place to visit that they haven’t visited before. Jack, whose mastery of English is impressive, told us that he has learned English from when he was in elementary school and loves that he can practice all the time while with us. Thank you, Jack, for a fascinating opportunity to learn of your life and your world.

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 shelterboxusa.org online, and feel free to contact Dave at dave@disasterdave.com. Thank you, Dave! 
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: www.kilmer.house.gov 
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! 
 
  • 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!
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.
 
 
 
 
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!
 
 
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. 
 
 
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Speakers
Kim Sellick
Apr 27, 2018
Game Changer and micro-enterprises
Gene Bullock
May 04, 2018
Kitsap Audubon Society -- 1918 Migratory Bird Act centennial
Melissa Bolt
May 11, 2018
Color in marketing and the Pantone Color of the Year
Seth Muir
May 18, 2018
Salish Sea Expeditions - hands-on learning for 8th to 12th graders
 
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