Viking Tour 2019


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.

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Meeting Highlights, April 19, 2019

Wine Auction Fundraiser

Mark Olsen presenting wine for auction
Mark Olsen, from Sebastapol Sunrise Rotary in California, brought wine for us to auction during the meeting (which raised $1000!). He gave each winner an EXTRA bottle! He also brought an item to trade for our big fundraising auctions: a gift certificate to a B&B and a restaurant! PLUS he brought a mixed case of wine for our auction He asked various winemakers, “What are you most proud of now?” and that is what fills the case! Wow — thank you so much for your overwhelming generosity! 

Important Announcements 

April 23: Fireside 7-9pm at Jerry’s 
April 24: Pizza & Pints against polio at Western Red 5:30-7pm 
April 26: Wine tasting at Schmidt’s 
May 19: Viking Tour 

Special guests from Paris

Hugh Nelson and Brenda Prowse with Ardis Morrow
We were joined by special guests/members from Paris: Hugh Nelson and Brenda Prowse. They met with past Youth Exchange Student Niké Panta, her mom, and her sister on the day of the fire at Notre Dame. They decided not to tour the cathedral due to long lines, and went for a walk instead. Hugh and Brenda used to live right across from it, so you can imagine the shock and sense of loss. Hugh is still part of our club, maintaining and updating the Poulsbo Rotary web site.

Club Member Anniversaries

John PowersArdelle Rein-HalvorsenTodd Tidball
Amy Schmidt celebrated member anniversaries (years in the club): for this month: Mark Timken, Ardelle Rein-Halvorsen, Todd Tidball, Tom Taylor, Erin Sorensen, John Powers, Margene Smaaladen, Donna Etchey, and Debbie Broughton. Congratulations! Each person was temporarily awarded a “special” item for the meeting. 

Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) 

John Powers KEDA
John Powers, current Executive Director of KEDA, made a presentation on he purpose, goals, and recent accomplishments of 36 year old KEDA. Prior to his role with KEDA he practiced law for 20 years and he is a former Mayor of Spokane. 
KEDA serves to attract investment and jobs in our area to grow the economy and a resilient community. Their goal is “More community; less commute.” It is a public/private non-profit organization which partners with the Washington State Department of Commerce. Half its board are elected officials, and there are 18 senior business members to support local businesses. One of their objectives is to get local businesses working with the defense economy that is so strong in Kitsap — including such fields as supply chain, engineering, and parts. They focus on business retention, expansion, and recruitment. They help businesses market, plan and win new business. 
Kitsap is currently ranked #2 in the nation (per capita) for innovation — second only to Silicon Valley. It really is the best value in the Seattle region, too, with key industries including maritime, defense, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, tourism, and technology, combined with a relatively low cost of living and high quality of life. 
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