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Poulsbo-North Kitsap
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Poulsbo Sons of Norway
18891 Front St NE
Poulsbo, WA  98370
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PHILANTHROPY BIKE RIDE / POULSBO, WA

Viking Tour 2019Get ready to trim your beard and shave your legs...
 
The Viking Tour is a group ride on the Kitsap Peninsula which will take place on Sunday, May 19th, 2019.
 
The tour starts and finishes in historic Poulsbo, “Little Norway” at 9 a.m., and is held during the iconic VikingFest carnival and festival. The ride has three different lengths for all riding levels: the “Odin”: a ~60-mile journey featuring nearly 4,000ft of climbing. The “Thor”: a ~30-mile ride with a few less 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.
 
Date:                      Sunday, May 19th, 2019
Check-in Time:    7am-9:30am
Location:              Centennial Park, 19250 7th Ave NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370
Cost:                      $50 (all routes)
Start Time:           9am
Support:               Rest Stops, Mechanics, Medics
Activities:             Vendor Village, Beer Garden, Lunch, Music
 
Follow this link to register or find more information.
 
Club News
Med Reed presents check
Med Reed presented a check to the Poulsbo PTSA. They requested money for a Digital Safety Seminar, with 150 child identification kits, including DNA swabs, finger prints, photos. was offered to parents, teachers, and staff, and then opened to the community. Over 100 people came, and they’ve had multiple requests to host it again. 
 
 
Mc Update
Mc enjoyed some Thai Cuisine with Gary Nakamura, Kimi Kinoshita, and Frances Malone. Last Tuesday he tried “Burger Soup,” which was confusing, because he thought that “burger” is supposed to be a sandwich!
 
 

Morrow Manor

Jim Schlacter reported that they got the plat for Morrow Manor recorded and the work is out for bids! 
 

Important Announcements 

• March 22: The Way Things Work: See Steve Garfein for details
• Jim Moore’s memorial will be held on May 11
• Viking Tour May 19
• Tim Nichols honored Jim Schlacter for Being the Inspiration, with his work on Morrow Manor, and, well, everything!
• The District Training Conference is coming up May 9th through the 11th. It’s a great program that helps participants learn how Rotary works outside the club. And the club will help pay for your registration!
 

Naomi Nichols: Kitsap Foster Care Association 

Naomi Nichols
Naomi Nichols is a teacher at Vinland Elementary School with a Master’s Degree in counselling, a foster mom, and President of the Kitsap Foster Care Association. There are currently around 367 kids in foster care here is Kitsap County, and not enough licensed homes. There are only 23 licensed foster homes, and right now, only 6 are open for long-term placements, 4 for respite, and the other 13 aren’t accepting placements at this time. A snapshot of the CURRENT needs is on the following page (3), just to further paint the picture. The need for licensed foster homes is GREAT. Many foster children keep their possessions in a garbage bag, and they have no place to call home.
 
Naomi offered an analogy to describe what it’s like to become a foster parent: the dream of jumping in a cool refreshing lake on a hot day, versus the reality of realizing you don’t know how to swim! She recommended the movie, “Instant Family” as the most accurate depiction she’s seen come out of Hollywood. 
 
The Kitsap Foster Care Association has been supporting foster parents since 1991, and currently offers trainings, dinner meetings, backpacks for kids, gifts, trips to the mariner’s, Clothing Closet, and more — all to help provide stability to the children and families. It was funded by the state until a few years ago, so they have turned to the community for help. They hold fundraisers, accept donations, and receive funding from grants from organizations such as Poulsbo Rotary. 
 
How can you help? You can work to become a foster parent, you can help pack backpacks (August), take the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) training to volunteer as a voice for a foster child, participate in their biggest fundraiser — The Ghost Train — in October.
 
The #1 goal is to return foster children to their biological families. When that is not possible, there is a process for becoming eligible for adoption. A child needs to have been in foster care for 20 of 24 months for the state to file for termination of parent rights, and it’s still a 8-9 month process after that. Babies in foster care since birth are typically adopted around age two and a half.
 
Naomi quoted Richard Tizzano: “You have to love them as hard as you can as long as you can.” 
 
Here is a snapshot of the 367 kids that need foster care placements NOW:
Kids that need foster care now
 
Poulsbo Rotary wishes to thank The Kitsap Foster Care Association, and all Kitsap Foster Parents, for all they do for kids! 

In Memory of Former Club Member Jim Moore

Dan Weedin remembers Jim Moore
Dan Weedin took a moment to talk about former club member Jim Moore, who recently passed away. He had a huge impact on the club, and his legacy is the Youth Exchange Program. Dan said Jim was a very successful local veterinarian in Kingston, a tremendous Rotarian, and an avid photographer who held great fine sessions, complete with funny pictures in the early days of photoshopping. He will be missed.  
Jim Moore
Note from Hugh Nelson: Photo of Jim in 2013 cruising on France's Canal du Midi with other Rotarians and former Poulsbo Rotary Exchange Student Flora Madiou. 
Jim Moore taking photos
Jim Moore taking photos of a peaceful scene.
 

Important Announcements 

• NKHS needs tutors See Jon Pavey if interested. 
• March 22: The Way Things Work: See Steve Garfein for details 
• Rotary HS scholarships are open 
 
Steve Hogg and Michele Doyle
This week’s Viking Spirit Award went to Steve Hogg and Michele Doyle, for their presence and energy at Chilly Hilly. They wore full Viking regalia and posed for pictures, while helping promote our upcoming 5th Annual Viking Tour! Arrrrrrrrrgh!
 

Mc Update

"Mc" (Poulsbo Rotary Exchange Student Yodsapon Boonrat) went to Seattle with Gary and Kimi, where they did the Underground Tour, the Columbia Center, saw the HUGE Ferris wheel, ate at Wild Ginger, and went to the Asian Market! Fun!  
 

Check Presentation to Jeff Oens

Check Presentation to Jeff Oens
Ardis Morrow presented a check to local artist Jeff Oens for the beautiful sculpture he made of Eli Creekmore. Prior to young Eli’s tragic death in 1986, domestic violence wasn’t talked about much in Kitsap County. Poulsbo Rotary Club was instrumental in changing that. Stories that had in the past been 1/2 inch long buried in the back of the newspaper became front page news. Ann Piles helped raise the funds and found Jeff. The bronze sculpture, which will be in the city park at Morrow Manor, was unveiled in a ceremony February 24.
 

YWCA, Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women in Kitsap County 

Vaan Wolfe, the Education and Outreach managerVaan Wolfe, the Education and Outreach manager, stepped up to make this presentation when executive director Meg Quinlivan was unable to attend. He began with some of the statistics of domestic violence in Kitsap County. One in FOUR WOMEN and one in NINE MEN are victims of violence from an intimate partner. He shared the history of the YWCA, whose humble roots date back to 1948, when coffee was 5 cents! In 1978 the first Emergency Shelter opened, in partnership with Olympic College. 
 
Last year, they received 7000 calls on domestic violence (DV). People who call get immediate access to support. Among the services are: DV Crisis line (1-800-500-5513), emergency shelter for up to 90 days, legal advocacy including mobile reponders who go to hospitals, family advocacy, WorkFirst program, community resource advocacy (safety planning, information, resource referrals for callers and walk-ins), weekly DV support groups with free child care, Education and Community Outreach (including a no-cost community presentations and trainings), and supportive housing. 
 
There are many barriers to safe/secure housing, and many victims return to their abusers. Morrow Manor will help. 
 

Double Induction Day! Welcome, new Rotarians!

Rob Thomas
Rob Thomas — sponsored by Geoff and Amy Schmidt — was inducted into the club. His Rotary Focus is that he wants to help Vets in the area.
 
Audrey Wolf
Audrey Wolf — sponsored by Meredith Green — was inducted today too! Her Rotary Focus begins with an interest in the Domestic Violence Prevention programs.  
Dave Shields
Dave Shields talked TRASH! Dave reminded us that polyethylene (plastic films and overwrap, produce bags, bubble wrap) is one of the worst pollutants in our landfills and beyond. Bainbridge’s Sakai HS is collecting PE bags or “films” for a competition to win a bench made of 10.000 recycled plastic bottles. Help by bringing your CLEAN (no dirtbags!) plastic films to Kimi “The Bag Lady”  at the Friday Rotary Meetings. 
 
Devyn Newcombe and daughter Natalie
Devyn Newcombe and her daughter Natalie gave the Viking Spirit Award to Cindy Tveit for writing (and writing...and writing...and writing) up these Highlights! Well done Cindy!
 

Important Announcements 

• Chris Carthum (Outbound Youth Exchange) looking for odd jobs to earn $$$ 
• Feb 24: Chilly Hilly booth  
• Feb 24: Eli Statue reveal 
• Dan Weedin shared that Mc is on an excursion with other Youth Exchange Students. We need one more host family for Mc for the final stretch (needs to be in the NKSD attendance area). See Dan to invite Mc to a dinner or fun event soon! 
 

Classification Talk - Harlan Harris

Harlan Harris
Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Harlan Harris gave his New Member Talk. He defines his life in 5 distinguishing features:

1. Leader  
2. Bridge
3. Violinist  
4. Overcomer  
 
Harlan’s parents divorced when he was young, and lived with his mother and sisters. He pursued violin (like his father), Scouts, football, orchestra, tennis, theater and dance. He gave college and junior college a try but it didn’t go well. He discovered he still wanted to be in music, but not a music teacher. He then discovered a deep relationship with God and Jesus and transferred his love of music to a love of ministry. And he met and married Cheryl! 
 
He moved from California to the PNW and loves it. After trying many jobs, he took some programming classes, became a father, and began to work in Internal Tech Support at Microsoft. He now works in the cloud! Through it, he discovered those first 4 defining qualities. But what is #5? 
  
5. Rotarian: Harlan is a committed Rotarian enjoying active participation on the Professional Services committee to help guide the future of work and lifelong learning. 
 

Classification Talk - Joe Bettridge

Joe BettridgeJoe Bettridge gave his New Member Talk also, but he’s not new to Rotary! Joe has been a Rotarian for 35 years, and he noted that this club is very positive and happy. His first club was in Wasilla, Alaska, and his “classification” was “Clergy.” He relates more to the titles of pastor, preacher, or minister. He does “not know how to clerge.” 
 
Joe went to UW, starting in business before changing his major. He was a frat boy in the 60s, which he said was definitely a story for another time. Then he attended a Presbyterian church service and heard his calling. He went to seminary school, got married in 1972, and moved to Alaska. In grad school he wrote a dissertation on the tribal culture of the Tlingit people. He also had the pleasure to have performed a wedding for the first female musher in the Iditarod. 
 
Joe says he learned the most about himself during periods or problems, struggles and failures. He faced his alcoholism head on and wrote heartfelt letters to 2000 people. He was treated with encouragement and compassion, and he got a second chance with life and ministry, which he now shares with others as he offers help. He believes in the words of the Rolling Stones: “You can't always get what you want, but if you try, sometime you find you get what you need.”  
 
He also finds comfort in the Serenity Prayer.
  
That’s Joe’s story — and he’s sticking to it!  
 

Don Russell - Photos from Brazil

Don Russell - Photos from BrazilDon Russell shared spectacular photos from his trip to Brazil, where he “shot” jaguars (with his camera!). Don’s trip took him to the Pantanal wetlands — 350 square miles — the largest in the world. His group drove 150 miles, only half of which was paved, stopping every 15 minutes to photograph birds. They traveled over 25 bridges, some of which were not in good shape. He went in 3 boats, on two rivers and three streams, and saw jaguars in the natural setting, from 100-200 feet away. Some were identified well enough through unique patterns on their forehead spots, that they had been named: Jaju, Medrosa, Juru, Patricia (what a coincidence!). Don was surprised to find that jaguars are very comfortable in the water. They look for fish or caiman, and even kill crocodiles by grabbing behind their heads and smothering them. Jaguars are 250-350 pounds when grown.
 
Each day, Don typically shot for an hour in one spot to see if the jaguar would do anything, then they moved to a new spot when the sighted another jaguar. He took 7000 photos in temperatures that go up to 95 or 100 in the afternoon (and this was the middle of their winter!). 
 
Don was open to talking specifics about cameras after his presentation. He used 20 megapixel Olympus cameras, taking 80% of his shots with his 90-400 zoom, and his 600mm lens the other 20% of the time.
 

Classification Talk - Kim McCoy

Kim McCoy
Kim gave this classification talk at a club meeting last October. 
 
Kim’s life began prematurely, due to a car accident, to a single parent in The Bronx. But despite her early arrival and her low birth weight of just 2 pounds and 2 ounces, she entered the world determined to thrive, despite all odds. She began her life as the proof that miracles can, and do, happen. Kim’s story illustrates who is and how it ties to Rotary’s 4-Way Test. It showed that Service Above Self is simply in her DNA. 
 
From very early on, Kim’s mom showed her the value of giving to those in need, by serving and supporting others in the most selfless ways, such as helping people with drug additions, by giving them the spare bedroom in their home to help dry out and get clean. Or making hundreds of sandwiches and desserts for the school's field trips so every kid was nourished. There were many examples of her mother’s beautiful giving nature.
  
Kim’s dad was a military man who eventually married her mother. One of the first of many lessons he taught Kim was, "Do the right thing.” The family lived in Alaska during a period of civil and racial unrest in the US, where they were surrounded by great diversity and a loving community that shielded them from the terrible happenings in our country at that time.
 
Her dad was one of 17 children born into a sharecropping family working the fields for others in North Carolina. The military drafted him and gave him his own tee shirts and underwear. He claimed he would never get out of Army because of that! He excelled in the Army, and by the time of his retirement he beat out over 1,200 applicants for a top job at IBM working with very diverse colleagues--Just miles from where as a child he and his family worked the land for others for scraps of food and a shack to live in. 
 
Her dad, just like her mom, always reached out to help others. He once found a homeless man while the family was camping and fishing in Anchorage. They took him home, nicknamed him Sarge, and cleaned him up. And nearly 48 years later Sarge attended her dad's funeral. The lesson Kim learned was: “The impact we have on others in need may not always be known, but the impact can be extraordinarily profound.” 
 
Once, when Kim was 9, while the family was traversing a dirt road leading out of the woods from a fishing excursion, Kim tossed some litter out of the car window. Her dad adjusted his rear-view mirror to stare at her, slowed down, but kept his eyes on her. He finally pulled over and said, "Go get 8t". The lesson here was far more than, "Don't Litter." There was a much larger lesson: Although her dad has passed on, Kim believes he still has her in his focus --eyes locked on her via his rear-view mirror. And now, metaphorically, she has her own rear-view mirror, and she fully understands that all that she needs to do in life is reflected in it. 
 
Here are some of Kim’s gems: 
 
As she does things in her genuine manner with integrity and love: TRUTH will emerge.
When she works with others to help level the playing field for those in need: FAIRNESS will prevail.  
When she connects people to other people, places, things, and even puppies: FRIENDSHIPS are formed and GOODWILL is done. 
When she maintains integrity and reaches out and/or steps aside at times to make room for others: It will be BENEFICIAL to all concerned. 
 She has both Service Above Self, and the living 4-Way test woven into her being – in her DNA. 
 
Kim thanked Karen Timken for sponsoring her into the club. She also shared that she is a germaphobe, so although she’s happy to shake hands or even hug at times, she does not do so just before or during meals. She explained that she will happily be at any Rotary indoor event or cold weather event, but no hot weather sunny day events due to an autoimmune disease called discoid lupus, where the sun lesions her skin. She gave her sincerely commitment to the club and offered her true dedication to our work. 
 
Kim is proud to be a Rotarian. She brings all that embodies Rotary to our club, along with her extensive 37year journey of working with nonprofits. Her most recent work has been with Girl Scouts, where she currently serves as the Regional Director, Peninsula Region, Girl Scouts of Western Washington. She has coordinated the panel that will be our featured presenters at our Friday meeting tomorrow, February 15, 2019: GIRL SCOUTS: Building Girls of Courage, Confidence, and Character, Who Make The World a Better Place.  
 
Thank you, Kim! 
Deputy Chief Jeff Russell
President Tim Nichols asked for an emergency back-up Thought for the Day, and Darryl Milton offered a KUDOS to Jeff Russell, who was recently promoted to Deputy Chief with the Poulsbo Fire Department. He has been leading the department through the past several snowy weeks and they “...only got the rigs stuck a time or two!” Congrats, Jeff! 
 
Mc's Update
Mc’s Update: He really enjoyed the SNOW DAYS! He made a snowman and learned to use the word, “Indeed.” He tried buffalo (bison) meat yesterday and discovered he prefers beef!
 

Important Announcements 

• Feb 24: Revealing the Eli Sculpture 3pm 8897 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge (across from The Barn) 
• Viking Tour booth at Chilly Hilly to get signups — 9:30-3ish. 
 

Viking Tour

VIKINGS have entered the building! ARRRRRRRGH! Steve Hogg (pictured above with Mc) led the club in an ARGH! Contest, as the official kickoff to Viking Tour Season 5! We’ll have a booth and a strong Viking presence at Bainbridge’s Chilly Hilly on Feb 24, which kicks off the bicycling season. Our job will be to harass riders at the finish line and offer discount coupons for signing up for Viking Tour. Please sign up! Set up is at 9:30 and tear down is a 3pm, and we need donations of water and cookies. Please plan for possible bridge delays, as it’s going through inspections.   
 

Classification Talk, Mary Gorman

Mary GormanEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Mary Gorman gave a very rousing New Member Talk! Suffice it to say there is NOT enough room here to to it justice! She grew up in Brownsville, but has travelled extensively, and has eaten an impressive array of crazy foods (horse, porcupine, road kill— twice— and snake!) She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Mathmatics and Economics and has taught across the world. She earned a Doctorate in Education, and is now a Real Estate Agent with John L. Scott. Her daughter is a nurse, and her son is in the Construction Management program at WSU, and she’s been married to Joe Hulsey for 13 years. 
 
PLUS: Mary spent 20 years on her dad’s fishing boat in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Her dad taught her that, “Fear is just not to have done it. Do it!” She started as a deck hand, but when her father was injured, he changed the permit to her name and she went out and caught fish. 
 
She has been a hooker (British Rugby), she owns a Harley, she loves to dance, she has a woodshop in her basement, she can tie six knots in two minutes, she loves to travel, she likes warm water diving, and she loves listening and dancing to WAYLON JENNINGS. Mary has many loves (including Joe), and above all, she believes each day should be THE BEST DAY EVER! So it usually is. 
 

Girl Scouts: Building Girls of Courage, Confidence, and Character, Who Make the World a Better Place

by Kim McKoy, Liz Brown, and Miguel Francisco 
Kim McCoyIt turns out that in addition to Service Above Self and Rotary’s 4-way Test, there’s one more key element in Kim McKoy’s DNA: THE GIRL SCOUT PROMISE (On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law), and it makes for the perfect mix. Kim began her Girl Scout journey 36 years ago in Seattle, and returned as the Regional Director of the Peninsula Region, Girl Scouts of Western Washington. This region serves 2500 girls, across a wide expanse of our state: Bainbridge to Neah Bay, and Gig Harbor to Westport. Over the past 107 years, Girl Scouts have become famous for their cookies, camping, and crafts — but the are keeping with the times and excelling in STEM programs, winning national championships in robotics, and producing piliots as young as twelve! Rest assured, cookie sales are coming soon, but there is much more to Girl Scouts than cookies! 
 
 
Liz BrownLiz Brown shared her journey Girls Scouts. First her daughter hit kindergarten and brought home a flyer, but nothing came of it. Then her daughter brought a flyer home from first grade, and the stars seemed to align. As a mother of a son with autism, Girl Scouting gave her something special to do with her daughter, and it allowed her to meet other moms who had children with medical needs. She now co-leads a troop of over 40 girls, and they keep busy. Liz has a mad passion for people who are at risk to “become a statistic,” and she strives to help empower at-risk girls and help bring balance to their lives. Liz currently serves the region’s membership committee as a Community Engagement Manager (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion). In particular, she looks for kids who are under-represented; cost does not need to be a barrier, because girls from low income families qualify for free membership. 
 
 
 
Miguel Francisco
Miguel Francisco, also a Community Engagement Manager, is “MAN ENOUGH TO BE A GIRL SCOUT.” He is a Guatemalan American who feels very fortunate to have grown up male, because the Guatemalan indigenous culture pushes boys to grow up to provide and to become a success. That is not the case for girls, who are typically less valued, and receive less education, tend to start families young and become very dependent. This often leads to feelings of inferiority, domestic violence, and a  cycle that continues. Miguel’s own mother was orphaned young, and her grandparents gave her to a man at age 12 because they saw her as a burden. She gave birth at age 14. 
 
So Miguel took steps to remove himself from that culture. He married an empowered Filipino woman, and he’s helping his nieces through Girl Scouts. He sees his nieces going out and selling cookies and becoming more outgoing, and he is very proud of them! 
 
Kim opened the presentation up for questions, and she stressed that Girl Scouts will always be GIRL SCOUTS, and for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade, they work hard to educate parents to help empower girls. The troops provide mentoring through two adults for every 12 girls. From youngest to oldest, there are Daisies (grades K–1), Brownies (grades 2–3), Juniors (grades 4–5), Cadettes (grades 6– 8), Seniors (grades 9–10), and Ambassadors (grades 11–12). The club thanked Kim, Liz, and Miguel for all they do, and for their presentation, and Tim gave a Be the Inspiration pin to each speaker. THANK YOU! 
Terry Burns
Terry Burns shared a Thought for the Day, then Club President Tim Nichols thanked him for Being the Inspiration for many years, and gave him a pin.
 
Mc tells about his week
Mc’s Update: He hung out with Dan Weedin and went to a Husky Basketball game! He got a hat, a poster, and learned about the players. He then walked the HUGE UW Campus. Yesterday he tried German cuisine: a pretzel with salt and mustard!
 

Important Announcements 

• NOW: Volunteer Opportunity to help with Olympic College Foundation scholarships. See Michele Doyle, Jim Sund, Meredith Green, or Audrey Wolf (awolf@olympic.edu) 
• Feb 17: Discounted ACT theater ticket for Uncle Vanya, plus backstage tour. See Steve Garfein 
• March 2: “Realtor Lady”: Comedy for a Cause: Bridget Young benefit for Kingston Coffee Oasis. 
• Rotary District 5020 Conference is May 9-11. 
 

Viking Tour Update 

Nick Johnson updates the club on preparations for Viking Tour
Nick Johnson announced that the FIFTH annual Viking Tour will be Sunday, May 19. 70 people have already registered! Remember — this is the club’s second biggest fundraiser. The new website has all the information (still poulsbovikingtour.com), and the 7:30 am kickoff meeting is coming soon.
 
Let Michele Doyle or Steve Hogg know if you’d like to help staff the Viking Tour booth at Bainbridge’s Chilly Hilly on February 24. That’s when we get a lot of sign ups.
 
Nick asked for your help: Encourage GROUPS to register, and they’ll get 15% off!

 

Paul Harris Awards

Michele Doyle and Chris Doving
Chris Doving was awarded his Paul Harris +1, and Michele Doyle became a Paul Harris Society Member and received her Paul Harris +4! 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. The Paul Harris Society is a separate recognition for members who choose to contribute $1000 or more in a given year.
 

Coffee Oasis, Changing the World for Homeless Youth 

Daniel Kluth
Our guest speaker Daniel Kluth joined Coffee Oasis three years ago, and he’s excited to report that the Kingston Coffee Oasis will open in March. He expressed gratitude to the club for their support, which dates back to 2011, when Poulsbo’s Coffee Oasis entered the planning phase under Past President Meredith Green. 
 
Coffee Oasis is a catalyst for positive change. Kitsap County has 1338 identified homeless youths ages 13-25, and many gaps in services remain. Daniel shared three key truths about dealing with the issue: It’s about relationship, there are no overnight fixes, and this is cross-cultural work.
 
Daniel reminded us that being “on the streets” is a way of thinking — not a place. The thinking needs to change — not just the circumstances. There are three codes to the street: stay alive, don’t snitch, and have integrity (a very literal interpretation of integrity). Many homeless youths struggle with planning for the future, the concepts of identity and ownership (including their own bodies), and the difficulties of not having an address. They seek help for friends over themselves because it makes them feel needed and valued. They don’t want to be like adults, who are often seen to be users (they want something), authoritarians (do it this way), rescuers (big hearts with no boundaries), or SAFE (someone who will stick around). They need SAFE adults/ positive adult role models.
 
The sustainable coffee business supports the faith-based programs and services. The coffee is organic, direct trade, with all the beans roasted in house. They sell espresso, food, and offer catering. 
 
The youth programs cover a broad range of services, including job training, internships, youth shelters and supportive services, crisis intervention, and counseling. In 2018,104 youths exited homelessness. Daniel said that plans for 2019 include expanding the crisis team, hiring more case managers, opening Kingston Coffee Oasis and Tacoma Coffee Oasis, and opening Terry’s House (Feb 15) for victims of human trafficking. The budget has gone from $281k per month last year to $329k per month for 2019. 
 
How can you help? *Spread the word *Buy their coffee *Join Real Hope Club (monthly donations) *volunteer (if you can be consistent), *pray. 
 
 
Thank you Daniel! 
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!) 
Debra Vaughn
Club President Tim Nichols expressed appreciation to Debra Vaughan for her work (with husband Paul) on getting the ball rolling to develop an ADA “all access” park in Poulsbo. She is the Inspiration! 
 
Devyn Newcombe presented Amy Schmidt the Viking Spirit Award for all she does!
Devyn Newcombe presented Amy Schmidt the Viking Spirit Award for all she does!
 
Lydia Rush was inducted back into the club
Lydia Rush was inducted back into the club! She is sponsored and will be mentored by Rand Hillier. Welcome back Lydia!
 

Important Announcements 

• Rebecca’s baby shower is Sunday at 2pm at Amy and Geoff’s 
• District Conference is May 9-11. Let Rand know if you’d like to join him for dinner at Vista 18 that Friday night. 
• Recruiting sophomores and juniors for RYLA in March (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). Contact Michele Doyle
 

Youth Exchange Student Mc describes his life in Thailand

Yodsapon Boonrat (aka Mc)Yodsapon Boonrat (aka Mc), our inbound exchange student from Thailand, started with his weekly update: He went to a cabin near Stevens Pass and had a good time taking pictures and snow shoeing. He said he tried sledding, but had “no luck.” It sounds like he got a face full of snow. 
 
Mc said his home country of Thailand can be characterized by three Cs: 
 
1. Culture, with its long Buddhist history and beautiful temples that bring tourists, their varied forms of SMILING to communicate, and their social gesture, “wai,”for greeting. 
2. Colorful: He said that Thailand is a “beautiful star on the land,” that looks delightful from above, complete with floating markets that offer food and accessories.  
3. Cheap! Although he recognized that to some “cheap” can be a negative term, it is much less expensive in Thailand, where you can buy a meal for 50 cents, and get a haircut for $2.00. He has found it expensive to be a “Real American Boy” here in the USA. 
 
Thailand used to be bigger (Siam) than it is today. Mc expressed that King Rama IX was the best king ever. He went to less wealthy areas and developed improvement plans. King Rama IX died last year, and it’s very sad; the new king, Rama X, is not as great. 
 
The capital of Thailand is Bangkok, but it’s real name is so long there is a whole song devoted to it (“Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.”)!! Wow!
  
There is no official religion, although most people are Buddhist. There is also Islam and Christianity — a mix. The money is Baht. 1 US dollar = 31.6874 Baht. The national animal is the elephant (which he assured us he does NOT ride to school!), with the White Elephant being deeply connected to the King of Thailand. Although Thailand is beautiful, he said that trash is a problem. 
 
Mc said that Pad Thai is the national food, but that he really misses River Prawn Spicy Soup or Tom Yum Goong is another favorite, along with Pork and Holy Basil Stir-fry. Mc has a recipe if you would like it. 
 
He ended his presentation with some hilarious videos from YouTube: Bangkok 1st Time and BKK 1st time.
 
Thank you Mc!  
Great presentation! 
 
Eli Creekmore was the inspiration for Ardis Morrow and Poulsbo Rotary's efforts to alleviate the impacts of domestic violence in our community.
 
Report from Ann Pyles: 
 
Eli Creekmore statueJanuary 12, 2019 was magical. On a most glorious day, John Pyles, Ardis J. Morrow, D Rand Hillier & I (Ann Pyles) headed to Two Ravens Studio - a full service art foundry in Tacoma. There we met up with artist, Jeff Oens, Sue Oens, his partner, David, Gale Kirsopp and her partner, John, Brian & Susan Patton. We all came to witness the bronze pouring of the Eli Sculpture. 
 
Eli Creekmore was the 3 year old great grand nephew of Ardis Morrow, who was killed by his father in 1985. The Eli Sculpture is dedicated to the memory of his life. All of the funds needed to create the sculpture were donated by private individuals to the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation. We are so very grateful to these people who helped bring Eli to life.
 
Ardis Morrow and Jeff Oens with the statue
Jeff gave us a tour of the foundry while Co-Proprietors, Ed Kroupa & Katrina Taft and staff prepared to show us how a bronze sculpture comes to life. First came the clay Sculpture, then the wax replica. After the wax sculpture was perfect, it was cut into three pieces so that molds could be made & it could be poured successfully. 
 
The foundry had poured the head and torso piece before we arrived, and it has been sandblasted once. We watched the pour of the bottom half of his body, minus one foot, which is still being prepared for the pour. It was exciting to see how well the three individuals doing the pour worked together to make it happen. When all pieces have been poured and sand blasted several times, they will be welded together & the different patinas applied.
 
Foundry staff and the base piece donated by Shine Quarry
It has been quite a journey to get to this point, which began in early 2015 with a search for the best sculptor around to give us the perfect life-sized likeness of little 3 year old Eli. Lisa Stirrett told me about Jeff Oens and the care and skill he had in catching facial nuances in his bronzes. We have been blessed to find and work with him. His patience and sensitivity have been remarkable. And his ability to create such a wonderful likeness of Eli from only a few photos and Ardis's memories has been amazing. Thank You, Jeff, from the bottoms of our hearts. He even solicited and received the donation of a beautiful bolder from Shine Quarry on which Eli will sit. The Eli statue is destined for placement in the to-be-built Rotary Morrow Park on the corner of Noll & Noll in Poulsbo, right next to Morrow Manor (the 8 units of housing for survivors of domestic violence & their children that Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary is building).
 
Two Ravens Studio
 
SAVE THE DATE: From 3-5 pm on February 24, 2019 we will be unveiling the final bronze Eli Sculpture at the Friedman-Oens Gallery at 8897 Three Tree Lane, NE, Bainbridge Island  (across from The Barn). Come join us.
Nick Johnson
This meeting was run by future president Nick Johnson, who offered opportunities to provide feedback at President@seriously-leave-me-alone.com (Ha ha!)
 
Lori Cloutier receives Viking Spirit Award
The Viking Spirit Award was bestowed upon Lori Cloutier for her battle against Styrofoam!*
 
John Waller earned his Blue Badge
John Waller earned his Blue Badge! He was sponsored by Jon Pavey. 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. 
 

Important Announcements 

• Beer Tasting January 11 at Garfein’s — Geoff to M.C. 
• Jan 15: Pizza and Pints to End Polio fundraiser at Western Red 
• VIKING TOUR season is coming! Again headed by Nick Johnson and Paul Vaughan 
• Dave Shields won the FRAFFLE 
• *Styrofoam roundup = 380 carloads and ONE TON collected! 
 

Emily Carthum's Rotary Exchange Experience in Croatia

Emily Carthum's Exchange Experience in CroatiaEmily shared thoughtful commentary and stunning pictures from her time in Croatia last school year. She had two host families, which she loved and misses. She spoke fondly of vineyards in the middle of the city and beautiful cemeteries and churches. She described going to the market voted “The Best Christmas market in Europe”, which had many colors and lights, plus food and trinkets.
 
She pushed herself to take a dance class, where she says she progressed from “really awful” to “less bad,” and said that school was very difficult. She had 17 classes which included English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Ethics and religion, sociology, phycology, and more! PLUS they held random 1:1 graded oral exams! School ran in shifts, either 8am to 2pm or 2pm to 8pm. She made LOTS OF FRIENDS and loved the food (pasta, pastries, sausage).
 
Emily was able to travel a lot, both with Rotary and school. She visited many national parks and cities and met exchange students from around the world. She described her Eurotour at the end of May as the best two weeks of her life, where she got to peek over a wall at the Grand Prix (on the shoulders of a tall friend), and also visit Venice, Vatican City, Monte Carlo, and the Coliseum in Rome.
 
She went to the Slavonija area, saw bullet holes in walls in Romania, and went on a Rotary trip to Austria (Salzburg weekend), and Rijeka for “Carnival,” where people dressed up and held parades. She told of the most visited region in Croatia — Dalmacija, which had water coming up on a dock that creates music (she climbed to the top of the tower at Dioclétien's Palace in Split).
 
 
 
Emily CarthumDuring the Q & A portion, she elaborated on the Christmas Markets, which are part of Advent, with shops, trinkets, food, and lights throughout December and the start of January. 
 
She described the economy a little more — recognizing that it was formerly socialist. She said that tram drivers make more than teachers, food is cheaper, but imported clothing is very expensive. She was aware that there was a lot of corruption, and that the country relies heavily on tourism.
 
Emily’s enthusiasm for the Youth Exchange Program showed throughout her entire presentation. She now appreciates things around her, such as school resources, and after her experiences and meeting people who fought in the war, she has a more worldly perspective. She is applying to colleges now. The three things to do in Croatia — if you go: 1. Try burek (a pastry), 2. In Zagreb, go to The Museum of Broken Relationships, and 3. Get to the coast and experience the rocky beaches.
 
 
 
Emily CarthumPresident Tim Nichols gave Emily a well-earned Be the Inspiration pin. Thank you, Emily! 
 
 
 
Dan Weedin introduced our 4th NKHS Youth Exchange Student, Alex B, who will be sponsored by the Silverdale Club.
Dan Weedin introduced our 4th NKHS Youth Exchange Student, Alex, who will be sponsored by the Silverdale Club.
Alex gets to say a few words to our club
Alex gets to say a few words to our club.
 

Important Announcements 

• Let Jon Pavey know if you want to purchase a Sons of Norway apron with your name and Rotary logo. 
• Beer Fest January 11 at Garfein’s 
• Please collect the placemats so Danny can compost them. 
• Let Tim know if you lost your PHF +1 pin! 
• Styrofoam Roundup on Saturday at the Fairgrounds from 9am-3pm 
 

This week's program - let's just socialize!

Ardis Morrow tells a story
There was no formal program this week, and instead, we enjoyed extended social time, including a SECOND story from Ardis! Follow this link to the photo album with pictures from around the room. 
Glen Robbins Trash Talk Task Force
Glen Robbins spoke on behalf of the Trash Talk Task Force and reminded people to spread the word about the Styrofoam Roundup on Dec. 29! 
Glen Robbins receives Viking Spirit award
 Then Devyn Newcombe awarded him the Viking Spirit Award! 
Mc shared about his week
Mc shared about his week: exciting High School Football in Tacoma, Zoo Lights, and learning to make Rice Krispy Treats! He’s sad to be leaving the Clark family, but eager to meet his next host family.
 

Important UPCOMING Club Events

• Christmas Party is tomorrow! (Wine will be auctioned, too, to benefit the fire recovery efforts for Paradise, CA) 
• Bonnie Pedersen’s Christmas party Dec. 15 
• Fireside at Jerry Deeter’s Dec. 18 
• Rand Hillier’s “Aloner” Christmas Open House 2pm-7pm 
 

Workforce Development Within the Construction Trades - Russ Shiplet

Russ Shiplet of the Kitsap Homebuilder's Association
Russ Shiplet, Executive Director of the Kitsap Builders Association, discussed some of the challenges facing construction-related trades as vocational training has decreased in the wake of an increasing emphasis on STEM opportunities. He stressed the need for relevant internships, grants, mentoring, revisions of very restrictive child labor laws, and efforts to reduce the stigma of “Vocational education” He shared the construction careers education ladder, which showed the path from middle school to technical college and employment, illustrating that the outdated idea that jobs in the construction trades mean “low wages” is a fallacy. Russ explained the basics of the Builder Grant Program, whose motto is, “Building an Industry Workforce One Intern at a Time.” The program’s focus is on the jobs that are needed the most at this time: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, paint, and HVAC. They target ages 18-24, and pair the winners with mentors for six-month internships. They help recipients develop a work schedule, set goals and objectives, and monitor their progress. 
Russ ended his presentation with a question/answer session. Thank you, Russ. 

Rotary Foundation Moment

Rotary Foundation Moment Lori Cloutier
Lori Cloutier is our club's representative for the Rotary Foundation, the Foundation of Rotary International. She shared a Rotary (International) Foundation moment, explaining the three primary foundation funds:
  • Polio Fund 
  • Annual Fund 
  • Endowment Fund — where your money lives forever (the principal is never spent).   
 

PK Maclean recognized for Contributions to the Rotary Foundation

PK MacleanPK Maclean was awarded her Paul Harris Fellow plus 6 (ruby), and a beautiful Legacy Award and medallion. 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. PK shared how easy legacy giving is. By including Rotary in her estate plans, she will continue to do good in the world beyond her lifetime.  
 
 

Important UPCOMING Club Events

• Wine Tasting at Jim Shields’ Nov 16, 6pm 
• Service Saturday is tomorrow at the Poulsbo Cemetery! Bring your yard tools! 
• Save December 8 for the Christmas Party!  
 
 

The Poulsbo Historical Society and Maritime Museum - Jim Shields and Tom Henderson

Jim Shields and Tom Henderson (Tom shown)
Jim and Tom told the story of how the Poulsbo Historical Society came to reside at their current locations at City Hall and on Front street, focusing on the need to be able to showcase the many artifacts relating to Poulsbo’s maritime history, which led to the Maritime Museum. They are currently working on recreating the pilot house of the Hyak, which brought many people to Poulsbo back when that was the only way to get here! Tom described the mosquito fleet that made many stops in a short amount of time, from Lemolo, Virginia Point, Seabeck, Bainbridge and more, transporting people and products to Pike Place Market. They have now raised $350K of the one million they need. The goal is to have the pilot house done in 2020. Jim and Tom had three “asks”: 
 
1. Come visit! There are changes each week! 
2. Join the organization — your first year is free, and it’s only $20/year after that! 
3. Please donate! They need donations to access the maximum grants! 
poulsbo rotarians help with Poulsbo Cemetery cleanup
Poulsbo Rotarians were a big part of the group that helped the Friends of the Poulsbo Cemetery in their efforts to beautify and maintain the grounds. About 15 club members formed the bulk of the work party on November 10th. Rotarian Paul Vaughn explained that our club was the first organization to adopt a tier at the cemetery through the Adopt-A-Tier program, which hopes to ensure that upkeep continues at the Poulsbo Cemetery into the future. The group and the cleanup were featured in a recent Kitsap Daily News article.
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My Girl Fundraiser Update - Brenda Wall

My Girl Fundraiser Update-Brenda WallBrenda Wall shared that the inspiration for this fundraiser came from Ardis about three years ago, when she asked what Rotary was doing to help girls across the world who miss school due to menstruation. Wendell Verduin had been doing projects through Side by Side South Africa, and their Game-Changer for girls proposal included microloans for women, health classes for girls and training sewists to make washable, reusable menstruation kits so girls could stay in school. Our International Services Committee held their fundraiser at My Girl in Kingston, and although their goal was to raise $5,000, they raised over $53,000 They turned the money over to a Side by Side staff member in South Africa. The sewists are now making 800 kits per month, the mothers and grandmothers often attend the health trainings, and Coca Cola is now ordering from Side by Side in S. Africa, to distribute the kits. In 2019 the International Service Committee wants to secure a global grant, find a donor willing to match funds, and ask to do the highly successful fundraiser again! 
 

Youth Court - Mike Merringer and Team

Youth Court - Mike Merringer and TeamYouth Court - Mike Merringer and Team
Patty Bronson, Todd Dowell, Ken Parker, and Mike Merringer thanked the club for their grant that funded meals and T-shirts for their student volunteers, and explained what Youth Court is and how it works. Youth Court is a diversionary program for juveniles with 1st or 2nd minor offenses. They face a jury (and judge) of their peers, in a court of student volunteers (paired with mentors), who act out ALL the positions of the court. Students learn about law and justice in mock trials of real cases, and then debrief with adults afterwards. The program runs during the school year, and students earn volunteer community service credits. Although they don’t have hard data yet on the efficacy, the recidivism is very low (10-20%), and most offenders feel they were treated fairly.
 
Amy Schmidt presented a flag from Lexington, Massachusetts
Amy Schmidt presented a flag from Lexington, Massachusetts
 
Tim Nichols honored and thanked Christine Kastanopolous for Being the Inspiration
Tim Nichols honored and thanked Christine Kastanopolous for Being the Inspiration 
 
Rand, Geoff, Cheryl, and Harlan rapped and sang their hearts out to promote donations for the money purse for the auction, with Christine at the piano.
Rand, Geoff, Cheryl, and Harlan rapped and sang their hearts out to promote donations for the money purse for the auction, with Christine at the piano. 
 

Additional News

  • Update from the board: Tom Eckmann stepped down from Professional Services Committee, and Steve Garfein stepped in as the chair. 
  • Business Meeting: Kristi Sutton confirmed that we had a quorum. We passed a motion to nominate Meredith Green for District Governor!

Featured Speaker—Dr Laurynn Evans

Dr Lauralynn Evans
Our own Rotary club member, Dr. Evans (Laurynn), gave us an update on the North Kitsap School District (NKSD), where she is superintendent.
 
NKSD hired 58 new teachers this year, each with a level of passion that uplifts everyone. NKSD created a new Choice Academy, a new standalone school for students who require a different way to learn. It offers 3 separate paths to help students graduate from high school on time. Their first Open House had over 100 parents in attendance! 
 
Both Capital Levy measures passed with over 60% of the vote. Several Tiered projects are underway, including purchase of 2,000 computers on carts for student use and needed roof repairs. Other projects are standing by waiting on contractor availability to get started. 
 
NKSD School Board meetings are changing. The first Board meeting of the month is “School Connections”: they meet at each campus (1 per month) to get close connection to the communities. They share intervention data showing dramatic reduction in the number of students who are not meeting standards. The new theme is “Every Student Known”.
 
1. Know Students as People: Know their skills, especially social skills, and their peer interactions. Make eye contact and prepare them for life beyond the school yard.
 
2. Know Students as Learners: Provide individual attention. Give them hard problems to solve and then give them to skills to succeed in solving those problems. 
 
One of NKSD’s goals is to start a First Robotics Competition at Kingston High School this school year. This is a high leverage activity and provides a STEM-ready workforce. Says Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST Robotics Competition, “Instead of 1 in 10,000 making pro in a ball sport, in robotics every student has a chance to go pro”. 
 
Laurynn’s favorite sayings: “How do you learn?”, “A head full of fear has no space for dreams”, “Not all students learn the same”, “Our job is not to prepare students for something, but to prepare them for everything!”, “All In NKSD”. 
 

Upcoming Service Saturday Events

November 10—Poulsbo Cemetery cleanup. Details coming soon.
 

Halloween Gala & Auction @ Clearwater Casino 

Oct 27—Be there! Costumes, a great Auction, and much more! Watch for more information. 
 

Check Presentation – Walk in the Light

Check Presentation – Walk in the LightCheck Presentation – Walk in the Light
Brenda Wall presented a $4,000 check to Katy Cornell from Walk in the Light International for a new kitchen to feed the children lunch in Burkina Faso. In the past we have bought vaccines, bought school supplies, and built a secondary school. We also received updates on how our efforts have helped 1200 children at their school. 
Walk in the Light
Mc update of the week
Mc gave an update on his week, which included a visit to the Naval Undersea Museum, an event at Naveen Chaudhary’s, and his meeting his 2nd host family.
 
Michele Doyle
Michele Doyle described the SWAG bag sponsorships available and reminded members to get their tickets for the Oct. 27 Halloween Costume Gala and Auction Costumes are optional!
 
Craig Adams presented award to Mark Timken
Celebrity Presenter Past President Craig Adams presented Mark Timken with his Paul Harris Fellow Award. 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.
 
Tim Nichols receives 2nd Paul Harris award
Tim Nichols received his Paul Harris +2 Award. Well done! 
 

Important UPCOMING Club Events 

• Wine Tasting at Joe Hulsey’s Oct. 5, 5:30 
• Jon Pavey is organizing a CLEAN OUT of the club’s storage locker. Stay tuned. 
• GET YOUR TICKETS for the GALA!!! 
• Please save placemats at each table for Danny to compost . 
• Pick up your new directory. 
• You still have time to earn your BUNNY STICKER for Youth Protection Training!
 

Sea Trials: Around The World With Duct Tape And Bailing Wire

Wendy Hinman, Sea Trials: Around The World With Duct Tape And Bailing WireWendy Hinman, author of Tightwads on the Loose: A Seven-Year Pacific Odyssey, the light-hearted story of her seven year voyage aboard a 31-foot boat with her husband, Garth, and Sea Trials: Around the World With Duct Tape and Bailing Wire, the gripping story of Garth’s voyage around the globe with his family when he was a teenager, shared stories and pictures that inspired her two books. She grew up moving every few years as a child because of her father’s job as a dentist in the Navy. During her childhood, she had the opportunity to live in multi-cultural environments in Guam, California, Hawaii and Washington D.C. and meet people from all over the globe. She loved travel so much she’s devoted her life to exploring as much of the world as possible. She used her degree in Economics from the University of Michigan to found a successful international business, which, along with her insatiable curiosity, has taken her to over 30 countries. Her stories were both riveting and inspiring. 

Upcoming Service Saturday Events

October 13 —Fish Park salmon viewing stand
November 10—Poulsbo Cemetery cleanup 
 

Featured Speaker—Dr. Seth DeCamp

Featured Speaker—Dr. Seth DeCampDr. DeCamp is a vascular surgeon who strives to provide competent state of the art surgical techniques, He grew up in a small, economically depressed Texas town, far from any population center. He worked on the farm, played sports, and served as a volunteer 911 paramedic. His county had no hospital, nor did the surrounding counties. He was in EMT school and was one of the youngest paramedics in Texas. He carried a dispatch radio all the time and responded to emergency calls, sometimes driving patients 90 minutes in the back of his pickup to a hospital or clinic.
 
Seth impressed the medical director of the paramedic program with the questions he asked about the procedures and treatment protocols. The doctor arranged for him to take the MCAT, and Seth did well enough to get several college offers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine where he gravitated toward the trauma department. He worked at Methodist Hospital in Dallas for 5 years taking general surgery and then spent 2 years in Michigan doing vascular surgery before going out on his own.
 
Vascular surgery is a rare specialty which treats all of the circulatory system except the heart. Dr. DeCamp does mostly minimally invasive procedures. A doctor in residency does many kinds of surgery, and initially he had no interest in vascular surgery. But he started working with 2 young vascular surgeons who were fun, good mentors, and active in the community. They introduced him to minimally invasive procedures that improved outcomes and shortened hospital stays. So vascular surgery stuck with him. He was a pioneer in an innovative prototype of an endograft that reduced treating aneurysms from large incisions in the belly to a minimally invasive procedure where several stents can be introduced through an entry in the groin to reduce pressure on the aneurysm. 

He believes we should encourage our youth—you never know what that kid is capable of and what he or she may become with the right encouragement. 
 

John Waller Classification Talk 

John Waller Classification Talk Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. John grew up in a small eastern Oregon town and attended Oregon State. He became a teacher, and his 1st job was in NK schools. He’s been here 28 years: 14 as an agriculture teacher then 8 as assistant principal. He recently became Assistant Director of Assistive Technology (and other duties as assigned). His oldest son, Trevor, is a CKHS grad now working as a game warden. His younger son Evan is in the environmental program at WWU. His wife Christy is a pharmacist at Central Market. 
 
 
 

Check Presentation

Dr. Paul Kremer receives checkDonna Pledger presented Dr. Paul Kremer with a check for $2,000 from the International Committee. Dr. Kremer is a corneal surgeon in Silverdale who has worked at a medical clinic in the Dominican Republic performing surgery and providing medical care for immigrants, the poor, and adults and children in need of care. The check from Rotary will go toward the purchase of spectacles to give to children. 
Rand Hillier
Rand Hillier began the morning with a rap all of his own that was as entertaining as it was informative. The topic was the Poulsbo Rotary Gala Auction coming on October 27th.
 

Classification talks by Deborah Broughton and Devyn Newcombe

Deborah Broughton Devyn Newcombe
Deborah Broughton and Devyn Newcombe let Poulsbo Rotary into their past, present, and future hopes and wishes in their classification talks. Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. 
 
Cindy Tveit and Kimi Kinoshita
This week, Cindy Tveit and Kimi Kinoshita inspired the rest of us to do good in the world, and each received a recognition award from President Tim Nichols. Congratulations!
 

Affordable Housing - Greg Wheeler, Mayor of Bremerton

Affordable Housing - Greg Wheeler, Mayor of BremertonGreg Wheeler retired from the U.S. Navy after 34 years as a boiler technician, saying he had skills he felt like he was responsible for sharing with his community. Since 2010, he has served on the Bremerton City Council, and in 2018 he was elected Mayor of Bremerton. “Everyone just wants an opportunity,” he explained regarding the housing crisis in Bremerton. Mayor Wheeler is ready to change his community by explaining that his position on affordable housing is “moving from [a] political issue, to a moral one.” He presented his many plans for Bremerton now and in the future. He plans to take on a rental assistance program for the underprivileged, incentives for those undergoing displacement, and analyzing the “lost opportunity” of the Wheaton Way corridor.  Working with the Department of Community Development (DCD), he hopes to change accessory dwelling unit codes to create more habitable spaces on existing properties, and he hopes to give “more authority to [the] Director for on-sight decisions.” He has also spoken to the DCD about reducing setbacks and the ability to analyze zoning for more living-space opportunites. Along with the housing crisis, Mayor Wheeler plans to implement a program on the Harrison Hospital Campus and the existng site to help the economy by acknowledging the new healthcare and research field emerging in the city. Further informaton can be found on the City of Bremerton Web site at this link.

Auction Season Is Here!

Knowing how fast October 27 will be here, plans and preparations for our annual fundraiser auction are ramping into high gear with lots of opportunity to contribute, participate and raise awareness throughout our community. Michele Doyle shared with all of us that we are still needing donated items (especially experiences), we are encouraged to fill our tables with attendees who are eager to bid, and we still need a Desert Dash Coordinator. If you have silent auction baskets, contact Donna Davidson. Otherwise, let Michele know how you want to help this year. 
 

Featured Program: Being a Voice for the Unheard

Mary Jones - Voice for the UnheardMary Jones has spent her life caring for babies born to alcohol and drug-addicted mothers, most suffering from the effects of withdrawal from birth. Caring for ailing newborns while they survived this withdrawal is the difficult mission that Mary has embraced, and many of these children have stayed in touch as they went on to live healthy, strong lives. But it was a call in 2003, when a social worker told her that one little girl Mary was fostering might have HIV, that propelled her onto her next challenge, where she would go on to change laws and, in her way, change our world. She remembers whispering in this sweet child’s ear, “I will be your voice, and I’m going to do everything I can do correct this wrong.” And that is precisely what she went on to do.
 
It was that moment that Mary decided she needed to fight for a better way. She knew that foster parents needed to know if a child was HIV-positive before they agreed to care for them. But most importantly, thanks to an immediate diagnosis, the child would receive immediate life-saving treatment right from the start that could save their life. So she began the 15-year-long journey towards encouraging a very significant change—if a child’s parents are HIV-positive, the child can be tested for HIV at birth and without the parents’ permission. 

Through a partnership with Senator Christine Rolfes, a bill was passed in 2016 requiring this testing, saving lives and lessening the stigma associated with HIV. It was a stunning achievement that was almost singlehandedly made possible by Mary’s relentless conviction and passion for the children who have no voice. A reminder for all of us that almost anything is possible if you care, if you try and if you believe in the power in each of us to make our world a little better place. 
 
 
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Speakers
Jim Shields, Amelia Burns and Mike, Blue North
Apr 26, 2019
Fishing - traditional and modern
Steve Garfein
May 03, 2019
Distinguished Students of Service
Jim Barker
May 10, 2019
Children of the Nations
Dan Froehlich
May 17, 2019
Bird research
 
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