We are an exceptionally active club of 125+ members participating in many community-oriented projects, while maintaining an active role in Rotary International responsibilities. Our dedicated members spend countless ours serving our community focusing on “Service Above Self.”

Our Club At-a-Glance

The Poulsbo Rotary Club gives you an opportunity to join leaders to take action on important issues affecting our community, our nation, and the world. We also have a lot of fun—whether we’re socializing or working together on service projects.

Members of our club connect at weekly meetings and learn from business experts, political and civic leaders, and entrepreneurs, who help us stay informed on topics that are relevant to our community.

Our Founding

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island and the Rotary Club of Silverdale, the Poulsbo Rotary Club was chartered by Rotary International on November 11, 1976 with 25 original members. The Charter Night celebration was held at the Poplars Restaurant in Silverdale, where our club became one of 57 clubs in what was then Rotary District 502. Our first fundraiser was an Easter Pancake Breakfast. Our first projects consisted of picnic tables for public parks in Poulsbo, Kingston, and at Buck Lake in Hansville, and bookshelves for the Martha and Mary Nursing Home in Poulsbo. 

Charter Members

Gerald V. Abercrombie
Steve Adams
Dan Cooper
Dick Davis
Rudy Etheridge
Ross Hafner
Merle Hood
John Horsley
Harry James
Dolph Jaeger
Luther Langley
Willard Lawlis
Vern Lewis
Len Luidl
Denny McMenamin
Bob Mitchell
Tom O'Hare
Jerry Orr
Harold Rehmer
Bob Riebe
Allen Ruth
Steve Shaw
Paul Steiling
Joe White
Doug Wolfe

Icons We've Built

  • Kvelstad Pavilion on the Poulsbo waterfront 
  • Marine Science Center underwater viewing platform
  • Olympic College, Poulsbo campus
  • Historic red clock on Front St.
  • Blue benches throughout Poulsbo

Local Non-Profit Support

  • Coffee Oasis in Poulsbo
  • Fishline Food Bank
  • Poulsbo Maritime Museum’s Outdoor Boat Pavilion
  • Jewel Box Theater
  • Poulsbo Community Orchestra

Rotary Parks

Through ongoing maintenance and support along with special projects:
  • Built dugouts at Snider Little League Park
  • Oyster Plant Park and floating dock/ramp
  • Built first platform, amphitheater and trails at Fish
  • Park; built bridge to connect Fish and Nelson Parks
  • Centennial Park
  • Garden sheds for Youth Garden at Raab Park