Posted on Sep 12, 2019
Tickets are NOW ON SALE for the 2019 Poulsbo Rotary Gala and Auction.  Don't miss out on the BEST AUCTION OF THE YEAR!
Join us on Saturday, October 26, 2019 

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: Poulsbo Sons of Norway
Attire: It's a Halloween Party! Costumes are highly encouraged but not required!
Cost: $75 per ticket OR if you'd like to sponsor a table of 8, it's $750!
Contact Lori Cloutier to learn more about sponsorship opportunities 
We would LOVE to see you there but understand that travel or other commitments can sometimes interfere with this event. If you'd like, you can still make a tax deductible donation online.
A big thank you to our Presenting Sponsor for this year's auction - Acupuncture and Wellness Center.
Accupuncture and Wellness Center Poulsbo
2019 Poulsbo Rotary Gala and Auction - Get your tickets here! Hugh Nelson 2019-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hugh Nelson on Aug 29, 2019
You will notice a new link on our website, Play for All. Play for All at Raab Park is a community effort to build an inclusive playground in North Kitsap County. This is a project of the Poulsbo Rotary Club, operating in partnership with a citizen steering committee, the Kitsap Community Foundation, and the City of Poulsbo.  Can you help us raise $600,000 to purchase and install inclusive playground equipment at Raab Park in Poulsbo? Follow the link to find out more about how you can help.
New Website Link - Play for All Hugh Nelson 2019-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 28, 2019
The 2019 Poulsbo Rotary Gala and Auction is coming up October 26 5:30 - 10pm at the Son's of Norway in Poulsbo.
The caterer and price of tickets are still in negotiation. Our club is looking for unique, experiential donations. Like Wine Tours/B&B (Washington - she has a lovely California one donated by Mark Olson). Weekend packages - staycations for San Juans, and so forth!
Contact Michele Doyle if you'd like to donate or be on the committee!  Thanks!
Save the Date - Poulsbo Rotary Auction Hugh Nelson 2019-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 01, 2019
Viking Tour Zero Waste EventThis article written by club member Meredith Green was published in the August Rotary District 5020 Newsletter.
At the Poulsbo Rotary Club’s Viking Tour fundraiser, held May 19th, the club worked to turn it into a Zero Waste event. The result was a reduction of waste from a 4 cubic yard container to 9 pounds!
This was a remarkable success – here are the numbers:

• Compost - 66.2 lbs.
• Landfill - 9.0 lbs. (including a soggy blanket and trash picked up from the local creek)
• Bottles and Cans - 9.7 lbs.
• Non-Compostable Cups, Lids, Straws - 4 lbs. 10 oz
• Snack Wrappers - 2 lbs. 10 oz
• Plastic Film - 2 lbs. 13 oz.
• Cardboard - 8.8 lbs.
• Paper - 1.3 lbs
• Styrofoam - 0
• Gloves - 15.9 oz
• Tyvek bibs - 12.5 oz
The tagline of the Zero Waste effort was "Evolved Vikings don’t pillage the earth."
Viking Tour Riders in PoulsboThe Viking Tour is a Zero Waste Event. We’ve made a commitment to be a “Zero Waste” event which means we will do everything we can to reduce waste, reuse various elements, and set up “Zero Waste Stations” for recyclable and compostable materials. All waste created during the event will be delivered to Peninsula Subaru who, working with Terracycle, will transform it into benches and tables. All plates, cups and utensils are certified compostable and will be taken to Olympic Organics (along with the food scraps). Lastly, any rider bibs can be left with us so we can ship them to Trex where they can ride into a new life as composite decking. Evolved vikings don’t pillage the earth.
Waste organization during the raceIn addition to the huge reduction in waste was the unanticipated enthusiasm of younger members in the community. Our enthusiastic coordinator, Lori Cloutier, engaged the environmental class at our local Olympic Community College. The class evaluations (for the entire semester) were resoundingly positive regarding their roles as educators. 
Club's Viking Tour Zero Waste Program Featured in August District 5020 Newsletter Hugh Nelson 2019-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 19, 2019


  • Historical Society Open House June 23 
  • July 26 is wine tasting at Donna Pledger's home 
  • Silverdale Rotary invited us to buy Duck Raffle Tix for July 28th Duck Race fundraiser 
  • Sept 7 at Raab Park is a fund raiser BBQ for the Poulsbo Community Orchestra 
  • Get Placemat info to John ASAP 
  • Bazhad Mostofi made an announcement about a project he is involved in to help build a soup kitchen for a small, rural town in Mexico. 
  • Get your Photo taken for the new directory ASAP 
  • 9:00 am Sat July 20 is the monthly Membership committee meeting at Schmidt’s home 
  • Days for Girls work party July 20 
  • Aug 11 is the annual club picnic at Brenda Wall's home. 
NOTE: There is a new format for making announcements! Get a form and submit it to John. It is required for him to make announcements on your topic. No form = No announcement


Each new member in our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Audrey Wolf's motto is "Let's work together. She is a first generation American. Her family immigrated from Europe. She and her husband have 3 daughters. She has a wide variety of hobbies that fill her time. Audrey received a master’s degree with an emphasis in social justice. She attended OC and was awarded her BA from Chapman Univ. She has an interest in domestic violence support, helping to be an advocate for victims. She worked for a while in a financial planning office. Audrey now works for the OC Foundation in Alumni Relations and Development. 

Katherine Lewis & Penny Nixon from Etta Projects

Katherine Lewis & Penny Nixon from Etta ProjectsKatherine Lewis & Penny Nixon from Etta Projects
Penny's daughter was a Rotary Exchange student who was killed in a tragic freak accident while an exchange student in Bolivia in 2002. Penny started Etta Projects in response in order to turn her daughter's death into a positive. 
Penny has been awarded the International Woman of the Year in Montero Bolivia '08, received the Global Humanitarian Award in 2009, and in 2017 she received the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize.
Penny works only in Bolivia, which is the poorest country in South America. Etta Projects focuses in the following areas: Clean Water, Sanitation, Health, and Leadership. 
The work is done is rural remote villages where there exists each of the following:
  • Community Participation. What do they see that they need? 
  • Partnerships: Total village. Government at all levels. Rotary. Schools. Health Dept 
  • Education: Bolivians teaching. Bolivians
 Etta Projects (EP) trains the trainers. All projects started 16 years ago are still in use today.
Bolivia has good water but poor distribution systems. EP provides 'at home' water, complete with meters to collect fees to be able to sustain the project.

In Bolivia 36% of deaths are because of diarrhea. The old outdoor latrine is unhealthy and unsafe so EP builds Eco toilets that enable composting. 
There was no system in place when EP began. Now EP trains 2-3 people in each community. Trained healthcare staff learn about diabetes, injections, birthing babies. They provide awareness of who has the greatest need when a doctor arrives in town, not the person who arrives in line first. A doctor is on staff to help educate the locals. 

People educating other people. EP provides continuing education to teach what they do to others. 

EP partners with Johns Hopkins University to enable research to be done locally.
This is their 16th year. Ahmis Loving from the Poulsbo Rotary Club is now on the board. Thank you for your tremendous work! 

See more photos from the July 19th Meeting!

See more photos from the July 19th Meeting!
Meeting Highlights, July 19, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 12, 2019

Important Announcements 

  • Jewel Box BBQ Bluegrass and Beer Sunday at Sawdust Hill Alpaca Farm 2-5pm 
  • Olympic College. Speaker series August 1. AND 24th Annual community luncheon Oct 14th Both free.  
  • Rotary club of East Jefferson. Bike race August 25th Cycle Marrowstone. Mimicking Viking Tour. 40% discount for us.  
  • Saturday Poulsbo Cemetery 8am. Clean up party.  
  • Cards to sign. For older exchange students. Mike Weiss and Nicole Westmiller.  
  • Please update your picture. Trying to get it printed. Scott is taking pictures next Friday.  
  • Rand, next Saturday July 20 we are having a packaging party for Days for Girls at West Sound Academy 9-3pm. 
  • Frances Malone: reminded us about the Styrofoam round up July 27. If you can’t take your styro to the roundup yourself, bring it here on July 19 or July 26th.
Tonya Thomas and Jim GillardTonya Thomas and Jim Gillard
Tonya Thomas and Jim Gillard both earned their BLUE BADGES! 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. Shown in photos with Gayle Heller and Steve Hogg. Congratulations Tonya and Jim!  

Classification talk by Dave Hedderly-Smith

Classification talk by Dave Hedderly-SmithNote:  His last name isn’t Hedderly. His last name isn’t Smith. His last name is HEDDERLY-SMITH!
Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. David was born in Seattle and raised on Bainbridge Island. His dad died when he was a senior in high school. David “colleged hopped” from Olympic and Western, then on to get his Ph.D. in Geology from Utah. He became a consultant Economic Geologist. He lived in Anchorage for 10 years, then Park City for 35 years, spending 25+ years as a ski instructor. He is a Past President of Rotary. He married “up” to Carolyn and has two kids: Arthur is a mechanical engineer and Alison is a junior at Evergreen studying to be a starving artist. Dave had a great career in Alaska exploring the earth. He now owns four mineral properties in AK. Some have Uranium minerals. Kassan, AK is a great place that has a spirit house for saving the whales. Go if you get the chance.  He ate so many crabs there that he woke up walking sideways. He showed us many photos of Alaska and explained the geology of the areas. They drill holes in the earth and look for minerals, gold, uranium, copper, aluminum, silver etc. He also works in mines in Arizona. He teaches drink making while students look for minerals.  
David collects old sports cars. He has a T-Bird called Lola. He also has a sportster speedster replica. Thank you.  

Presentation by President Kathy Rayment

Presentation by President Kathy RaymentKathy is really into her grandkids (which we love). She has no goals yet, but wants all Rotarians recognized in our local area. She began by giving Jerry Deeter a sign to keep in his yard that says “Proud Rotarian Lives Here!” If you get a sign do not return it. It is yours to keep. Todd Tidball also got a sign and he is very proud of his sign. So did Jim Shields. All of these men have been Rotarians for several years, along with also being past presidents.  
Kathy laid out the new roles for this upcoming year:  
  • Tim Nichols is the past president.  
  • Michele Doyle is her VP.  
  • Nick Johnson is president elect.  
  • Chris Kastanopolous is club secretary.  
  • Don Lawrence is club treasurer.  
  • Donna Pledger Funds Development.  
  • Jon Pavey, Club Services.  
  • Geoff Schmidt, was Community Service but he is taking a leave of absence due to a job in Seattle. Jim Schlacter volunteered to take over.  
  • Cindy Tveit Public Image.  
  • Steve Garfein, Professional Services.  
  • Joe Hulsey, Domestic Violence Prevention 
  • Donna Pledger and Naveen Chaudhary, International Service 
Meeting Highlights, July 12, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-07-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 05, 2019

Important Announcements 

Kathy Rayment, new club President
  • TODAY was Kathy Rayment’s (above) FIRST MEETING as President!  
  • Next Saturday is Service Saturday: Clean up at Poulsbo Cemetery 
  • July 26: Wine Tasting at Donna Pledger’s — Sparkling Wines 
  • July 28: Silverdale Rotary’s Great Duck Race! 
  • Steve Garfein reminded the club that when we have oatmeal for breakfast (first Fridays of the month), the $400 saved goes to Fishline.
Dan Weedin
Dan Weedin, sporting a silk Australian Aboriginal design tie he traded a Mickey Mouse tie for in a past Rotary friendship exchange!

Friendship Exchange from Australia!

Friendship Exchange from Australia!
Eight new friends from Australia came to our area and joined our club today. They shared many interesting facts and stories about their country and club activities. Australia has 16,000 miles of coastline. They have six states and two territories, and have never had a revolution or civil war. As a nation, they love their sports! They’re famous for “strine,” which can be hard for outsiders to decipher. They have universal free healthcare and enjoy the second highest standard of living. 
Chris and Mary Bell came from the Lismore Club. They have a hobby farm with koalas and beehives. They have a Powerhouse diesel generator, which Chris restores. Three of their club’s big projects are helping drought-affected farms in Queensland, graffiti removal, and helping end polio. 
Ron and Lyn Chittick joined us from Lismore West. They have a 200-acre cattle farm, and Ron is a livestock auctioneer. Their club’s projects include making a bicycle track for a local school for disabled children. They help fund a rescue helicopter with the money they make at cookouts (barbecues), they run a buggy to help patients at a local hospital. They also participate in graffiti removal, and they’re helping rebuild after a devastating flood that affected 68% of the businesses — many of which still haven’t reopened. They donated “flat pack” (pre-manufacture) schools for Thailand after the 2006 tsunami. They partner with House of Hope in Samoa, an orphanage for abused children, and they purchased an X ray unit for Vanuatu. 
Bill and Di Stuart came from Club Warwick Sunrise in Queensland, which is currently in a drought. They raise Angus cattle and a few Jerseys, and sheep. Warwick has many historical sandstone buildings, plus lots of cattle and transport industry. Their club holds a variety of fundraisers (book sales, food van catering) to purchase a bus and build toilets in India. They purchased solar lights for “slum children” together with an E-club. 
Kevin comes from a club with about 100 members, and he shared how he raises $1 million for his club! They sold raffles lottery tickets for a dream home. They build a house every year for low or no cost from contractors. They now raise 1.8 million dollars by selling $3.6 million in tickets! Wow! 
Paul Densmead came from New South Wales and is part of the Lismore Club. Their Opera at the Channon fundraising project helps fund a rescue helicopter. 
Jane Flood lives in Wauchope, New South Wales, and she is a member of the Eclub NextGen, which is an online club. They sent 1404 menstrual kits (Days for Girls) overseas in 2018. They do caravan tagalong trips. They raise money for the Royal Flying Doctors (RFDs) and Rotary Mental Health Services with RFDs. They support Aboriginal art in central northern Western Australia. They do house renovations for the RFDs. They sponsored a Ph.D. student to research pancreatic cancer, and they also supply solar lights for students in India. Part of their fundraising efforts are through catering. 
Franz and Catherine Huber hail from Surfers Sunrise Club on the Gold Coast. One of their big projects is to manufacture wheelchairs out of discarded bicycle parts ($100 each). They have made nearly 9000! 
Bill Rex was unable to attend. 
View photos from the presentation here!
Be checking your email for upcoming Friendship Exchanges! 
Steve Garfein with Kevin Hilgers and his wife
We were also joined by visitors from Canada! Rotary Friendship Exchange Chair for 5020, Kevin Hilgers and his wife, from the Harborside Club.
Meeting Highlights, July 5, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-07-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 28, 2019

Important Announcements

  • 6/28:  Wine tasting at Bonnie’s house 
  • Recycle News  
  • 7/27:  Styrofoam Roundup – Kitsap Fairgrounds 
  • Plastic bag pick-up EVERY Friday at Rotary Meetings 
  • Old Rotary cookbooks found during storage cleanup can be obtained for free.  First come, first gets! 
  • In the Charity world, everyone is asking for money.  Rand Hillier announced that the new watch guides are available.  Just email Rand if you want a copy. 

Rick Grantham receives Blue Membership Badge

Amy Schmidt presented Rick Grantham with a Blue badge for completing all the membership requirements. 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 Rick!

President Tim Nichols recognized:

  • Devyn Newcombe for providing so much help to increasing membership! 
  • Kristi Sutton for 9 years of dedicated service in the role of club secretary! 

Rotary Year in Review 

President Tim Nichols 
Tim shared thoughts and pictures of this year’s highlights including:
  • Exchange student Mc going away party and his receiving a GoPro Camera 
  • Cemetery clean-up project 
  • Trash Talks from Lori Cloutier 
  • Viking Tour and Nick Johnson 
  • October Auction Gala 
Tim also encouraged the group to call out their own highlights:
  • Devyn Newcombe - Appreciation Moments and Spirit Awards 
  • Frances Malone – Getting to hear the presentation better by the efforts of others for 
  • working with the technology in the room 
  • Kristi Sutton – The fishing industry presentation from Jim Shields and Mike Burns (sp?) 
  • Rand Hillier – The energy of every Friday meeting 
  • Don Lawrence – Friday meetings are his positive pill 
  • Lori Cloutier – Loved all the trashy people who helped out on the Trash Talk campaign and at the Viking Tour 
  • Cheryl Harris – Gratitude for the Christmas Caroling provided during her illness 
  • John Powers – Even when not at the meeting, still knows the meetings are beneficial 
  • Brenda Wall – Ardis Morrow’s inspiration and stories 
  • Dan Weedin – The Zero Waste effort at the Viking Tour event 
  • Meredith Green – Watching Tim navigate running the meetings and his leadership development and growth 
Tim Nichols had his own list, including Kids in Concert, Foster Care support, and how so many of the programs / presentations were led by club members, such as:
  • Russ Shiplet - State of Trades 
  • Don Russell – Brazil / Jaguars 
  • Laurynn Evans – Diving 
  • Kim McCoy – Girl Scouts 
  • Tom Hall – Central Market 
  • Bob Hawkinson – Scholarships 
  • Steve Garfein/ Ned – Service Awards 
  • Mayor Becky Erickson – State of the City 
  • Duane Edwards– New Zealand friendship exchange 
  • Tom Hall / Mary Nader – Fishline 
  • John Powers – Kitsap Economic Development Association 
In recognition of the service of the Board and Committee Chairs, Tim made a donation in each of their names to a fitting charity. 
Joe Hulsey was recognized as Rotarian of the Year. Congratulations Joe!

Departments’ Year in Review

Professional Services – Steve Garfein
  • In keeping with a focus on young professionals, 10 awards were provided, including 
  • student and teachers to attend a Space Program event.   
  • 4 “The Way Things Work” (TW2) Tours 
    • Olympic College – Space 
    • Centennial Building / Vibe 
    • Safe boats 
    • ACT Theatre 
  • Mission Statement development
    • AI / Robotics 
    • Preparing folks for change 
  • Preparing folks for change
    • Attracting young professionals
Community Services – Geoff Schmidt
  • A Thank You from previous chairs helping and advising 
  • Committee fully utilized budget 
    • Sponsored community orchestra 
    • Kids Helping Kids (hospital visits during Christmas and Easter) 
    • $4,500 Backpacks to foster care kids 
    • Work parties – new and recurring 
    • ADA park development 
    • Eagle Scout project support 
    • Gold Star project – positivity tent.  Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson wants this to be an annual event
Youth Protection – Mike Cloutier 
  • 80% online Awareness Training participation 
  • Only 24 members have not taken the training 
Domestic Violence Prevention – Joe Hulsey 
  • Morrow Manor 
    • Construction is on track and on schedule 
    • Receiving volunteer hours from certified and retired electricians
  • Focus on Victims – Prevention 
    • Getting to kids before they show up in the system and in court
    • Identifying gaps to fill in order to have greater impact
Youth Services – Med Reed 
  • Recognized the year’s members on the committee 
  • Committee interested in supporting Kitsap Strong and impact of ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) 
  • Budget of $25K supported: 
    • 4 iPads for Pearson Elementary ($1,524) 
    • 4 iPads for Poulsbo Elementary ($1,524) 
    • The Coffee Cart ($600) 
    • Burke Museum ($618) 
    • Virtual Reality Goggles ($500) 
    • Islandwood overnight program / 80 student 
    • One student sent to the RYLA program (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) 
    • Mentored the NK Highschool Interact Program 
    • 15 separate scholarships – Rotary scholarship program 
International Services – Naveen Chaudhary and Donna Pledger
  • Naveen recognized and thanked all the committee members 
  • Committee utilized all the budget of $27,720, supporting 9 projects in 9 countries 
    • Shelter Box – Canada, $2,000 
    • Eye Glasses for Children of the Nation – Dominican Republic, $2,000 
    • New Kitchen for Walk in the Light – Burkina Faso, Africa, $4,000 
    • Latrines for Etta Projects – Bolivia, $2,000 
    • Hygiene Kits for Days for Girls – Senegal, $4,000 
    • Community Banks for Save to Grow – Tanzania, $7,000 
    • Hygiene Kits for Side by Side – South Africa, $5,000 
    • Soup Kitchen for House of Hope – Cofradia, Mexico, $3,370 
    • Stoves for Rotary sister club – Guatemala, Funds not yet disbursed. 
Meeting Highlights, June 28, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 21, 2019

Important Announcements

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

Remembering Ron Orcutt

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

Rotary Youth Protection Plan

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

RICK GRANTHAM gave his New Member Classification Talk 

Rick Grantham
Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Rick grew up in southern California and joined the military as a medic and ended up working at the NIKE site in Kingston for a while. He became a nurse for the California Department of Corrections, retiring from that job but still at a young age, so he went to beauty school and had his own salon.
Rick was vice mayor and council member for the city of Moro Bay, CA. He joined Rotary then and became the club’s president. He participated in a Rotoplast trip to Vietnam. 
He enjoys travel, has 4 grand kids aged 9 to 27, and moved to Poulsbo in January of 2019. 
Meeting Highlights, June 21, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 14, 2019

Important Announcements 

  • Mc's graduation party is Sat. June 15 2-4pm potluck at Bonnie Pederson’s 
  • Wine Tasting Bonnie Pederson’s June 28th  
  • Get your photo taken for the directory!  
  • Cultural event of the year in Poulsbo!!! June 21-23, Bremerton Preforming Arts Center. Irene School of Dance Recital. Rand will be dancing 
  • Installation/Outstallation Dinner June 21 
  • Cleaning out the storage locker. If you want anything tell Jon Pavey 

Geneva Newell, Day of Positivity

Geneva Newell, Day of Positivity
Geneva came and said thank you very much for the money we gave her to run the Poulsbo Day of Positivity. 12 live musicians. Lots of booths. Super fun. She is giving Rotary a binder with all her notes so we can do it again if we want. She is going to CA to go to school and can’t run it next year. It ended up on the front page of the paper last week.

Mc's last day with the club before heading back to Thailand

Mc's last day with the club before heading back to Thailand
Mc, whose real name is Yodsapon Boonrat, has been our Rotary Exchange student from Thailand during this Rotary year.
Dan Weeden, Youth Exchange Officer, thanked all the families that housed Mc (Clark’s and Cloutiers) and said goodbye to him. It is Mc’s last meeting. Lori gave Mc a gift and said he is a real joy and will miss him. Lori can’t wait to visit him in Thailand. 
We still need families for next year. Please consider volunteering to take our two students next year. 
Mc gave his goodbye speech. His goal was always to be an ambassador. He really wanted to learn English. He had thought previously that he was amazing because in Singapore he could order noodles. Here he realized he needed more practice. He is very thankful for all that we have done for him. He brought his English teacher with him and thanked her. Then he did a flag exchange. Super touching speech. He got a standing ovation. More pictures here!

Play for All! The Next Big Thing! 

Club President Tim Nichols talked about the ADA/all-access park that the club is thinking of building. He asked for an affirmation from the club to move forward on that project. He opened a short business meeting from the members. We had a quorum. Paul and Debra Vaughn gave a quick rundown on the project. It will be at Raab Park. It is an ADA/all access playground which is a joint program with the City of Poulsbo and our club. About $600K. City will run it. The board voted to support the program. Now our club is giving an approval as well. We are not signing up to fund it, just to support it and spread the word. Goal is 2021 for an opening. It will be our next keystone project after Morrow Manor. The club approved it unanimously. 

Poulsbo Rotary Scholarship Winners

Poulsbo Rotary Scholarship Winners with Bob Hawkinson
Bob Hawkinson had all of the scholarship award winners from NK to come up. There were 4, all graduating from high school tonight. 33 kids applied but only 6 were selected. They are Ashley Jayroe, Emily Cartham, Ross Turner, and Treyson Gleich (Chloe Hoepfinger and Ellie Swanson not pictured). 
Bob said that we also give away college scholarships but we need to make some decisions at the end of the month to get the money flowing again. We have 14 applicants. Hopefully we can get that up and running next month. 

Tonya Thomas gave her New Member Talk

Tonya Thomas gave her New Member Talk
Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Born in San Diego, Tonya loved growing up there. She was surrounded by different cultures, religion and food. She was raised by her mom who was a travel agent. Her dad lived on Vancouver Island. She caught a 21-pound salmon once. She loves music. She has attended over 100 concerts. 
When she turned 14 she was diagnosed with Crones Disease. She has overactive white blood cells that attach to her intestines. She lost a lot of weight and missed a lot of school. Other children didn’t understand. It is very embarrassing because is it about poop!! Now she has support from family and various groups. 
Tonya met a sailor after high school and fell in love with him. He got orders in the Navy to Japan. They got married so that she could go with him. They just celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary. She moved to Sasebo, Japan and found it very difficult. The mail was slow. But she likes the fact that she still has all his letters. From Japan they moved to Sacramento, CA, Rob’s home town. They then went to Jacksonville, FL.
In 2002 they had a son, Robert William Thomas IV. She had no vote in his name! He was born on his due date. They then went to DC. She was very sad when her son didn’t need any help building Legos.
They then went to Virginia Beach, VA. Her Crones disease was getting worse so she had surgery. From there they went to Yokosuka, Japan. They were there for the earthquake. They survived it. They spent 6 years and explored all over the place. She build a 3000 person Facebook group called Let's Explore Japan. In 2015 she got the Military Spouse of the Year for doing this. They went to Angor Wat and Thailand. 
She moved here and is happy to have her son in NK. He plays soccer for the school. She recently found out that her surgery didn’t work out and has had to take additional measures to control her disease. She is now out of pain and has a lot more freedom. 
She collects squished pennies. She has 181 pennies from 5 countries. She has a goal that people can see her house from outer space on Halloween and Christmas. Perhaps that's a little over board. She never really had a full-time job because of her health. She is on the International Committee and the Community Services committee. 
Meeting Highlights, June 14, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 07, 2019

Rand Hillier receives District Award

Rand Hillier with Meredith Green
Meredith Green presented an award from the District to Rand Hillier for Meritorious Service! Meredith reminded that Rand served as Assistant Governor for 3 years, plus on District Grants Administration in addition to being our president in 1995. He is known for honoring tradition and welcoming new ideas.  

Important Announcements 

  • Today: Shearing day at Steve Hogg’s 
  • 6/21: Installation/Outstallation Dinner
  • 6/28: Wine Tasting at Bonnie Pederson’s 
  • NEXT WEEK is Mc’s last meeting! 
  • Tim Nichols shared the sad news that Matt Ryan is in the hospital. We miss you, Matt!
  • Meredith Green shared that Kitsap Homes of Compassion is asking for volunteers. The group partners with Kitsap Community Resources and Coffee Oasis to provide housing to homeless by leasing homes and subletting. They have a new house for five mothers, each with one child. They’re asking for people to go to the Bainbridge Rotary Auction with trucks to transport what they bought for the home on July 7. 

Mc Update

Mc Update
Mc stayed at a variety of homes this week while Cloutiers were in Germany. He enjoyed some Indian cuisine. He went to PROM and enjoyed a well-fitting tuxedo, but only stayed 40 minutes because he was too tired. He GRADUATES NEXT FRIDAY — which he described as both exciting and disappointing, as he will be leaving for home the following Tuesday (June 17).
Jacob Maxwell receives inspiration award
President Tim Nichols honored Jacob Maxwell with the Viking Spirit Award for his amazing helpful spirit. Thank you for Being the Inspiration!

The Fight to Abolish Slavery In Our Lifetime

by Jackie Ellwood
by Jackie Ellwood
Jackie serves on the Engagement Team with Rescue Freedom International (RFI). The founder, Jeremy Vallerand, opened RFI in 2012, after a trip to India where he met with sex traffic survivors at a safe home where survivors were beginning to heal. He saw hope, joy, and freedom. Jackie shared some staggering statistics on human trafficking (forced labor or sex exploitation), including 45.8 million victims in a 150 billion dollar industry. The average age of victims is 16, and the average lifespan in human trafficking is a dismal 10 years. 
Jeremy discovered there are many organizations worldwide, but most of them close in 2-3 years due to a lack of training, money, organization, and trauma care as a non profit. He wanted to support the existing organizations, serving as a network in 18 countries, with 24 partners, providing both financial support and mentoring. Last year, 570 survivors were rescued. They offer prevention and outreach to vulnerable communities, rescue, restoration, and education as a team of abolitionists. 
Jackie shared the story of a young girl she met in India, Maya, when she graduated from the Restoration Program and began pursuing higher education. A man practicing “black magic” told her father she had “evil spirit” and the only way to get rid of it was for her to have sex with him. The mother agreed, and they sold her to the man, who enslaved her for seven years. Her brother abused her as well. She was able to go to court and get to a safe house. She has now started her own business — a beauty salon— and she’s doing incredible work and mentoring other survivors. 
Find out more at 

Mitch Sudy gave his New Member Talk

Mitch Sudy gave his New Member Talk
Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. 
Mitch moved from California last year, having had enough of the concrete jungle! He sees life as a series of great opportunities. He enjoyed an extended family growing up and camped every summer with his Great Grandpa. 
Mitch earned a degree in exercise physiology and worked at Levi Strauss, in company wellness, then at Lockheed. He enjoyed it, but went back to school to become a home inspector. He is currently both owner and operator of ClearPoint Home Inspections. He loves it here! He and his wife are avid hikers, swimmers, scuba divers, and mountain bikers. 
Meeting Highlights, June 7, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-06-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 31, 2019

Important Announcements

Emma Smith
  • Emma Smith, rebound exchange student to Columbia in 2015-2016, was introduced. She is on the honor role at her school and will be studying abroad in Peru. She is available for part time work to earn money for her trip. 
    Rand Hillier is updating the address book – please check your photo and details 
  • June 1 – Imagined Reality improv group at the Jewel Box 
  • July 27 – Styrofoam Round-up
  • August 9 – Port Orchard Rotary Clubs are sponsoring an allday golf event to raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs in Kitsap County 

Mc’s Report:

Mc's Report
  • Friday with Gary Nakamura and Kimi Kinoshita at Wild Ginger 
  • Saturday – zip line with Michele Doyle and Brenda Wall
  • Sunday – Bluegrass at the Jewel Box with Cindy and Steve Garfein
  • Past week – radio station visit with Dan Weedin 
  • Prom is tomorrow! 

Brian Maule: Enhanced Driver’s Licenses

Brian Maule: Enhanced Driver’s Licenses
Gary Nakamura introduced Brian Maule to talk about Enhanced License Information. Brian is at the Department of Licensing in Bremerton Brian gave the history of the Real ID Act after 9-11 and requirements to upgrade drivers’ licenses required by the Act. 
For travel, all passengers need an enhanced drivers’ license by October 1, 2020 to go through security. Passports are valid for travel but are very inconvenient and may not be accessible when travel is needed, such as in emergencies.  
Also, the cost of replacing passports if lost is expensive and takes time. An enhanced driver’s license may be replaced for $20. 
Items needed to get an enhanced license are 1) proof of US citizenship (passport); 2) social security card – names on the documents must match; 3 )tax statement for current residence; 4) current driver’s license. Check the website (Washington State Depart of Licensing) for more details. 

Check presentation to House of Hope

Check presentation to House of Hope
Donna Pledger presented a check for $3370 from the International Services Committee to support the House of Hope Community Centers to fund a pilot project in a small village in Mexico (2 ½ hours South of Mazatlán). The pilot project is to build a soup kitchen to feed hungry kids in the village.

Paul and Debra Vaughan – Play for All at Raab Park 

Paul and Debra Vaughan – Play for All at Raab Park
An inclusive playground for people of all abilities 

Debra outlined the work her committee has done to bring this project to the attention of the Club. People with special needs (adults and children) are very underserved in having playgrounds available which are accessible.
Through communication with and guidance from the Community Service Committee, subcommittees have been formed which have collected input from the Poulsbo Park Department, Poulsbo City Council, and parents of special needs children. Through the Committee work, Raab Park was selected because there was adequate parking, sufficient restrooms, walkways for accessibility, picnic facilities, lots of land and safety. The City of Poulsbo has approved Raab Park as the location for the facility. 
A landscape design firm has donated the initial design of the special park inside Raab Park. Elsa Watson has been hired to begin the fundraising efforts. Our Club has donated $8000 for initial planning and fundraising work. The total cost estimate for the park is $616,700. Funds are expected to come from private individuals, City of Poulsbo, and foundation grants.
The committee is finalizing the park design and equipment specifications. It is hoped that the project will be completed in 2021. 
In two weeks, the Club will have a BUSINESS MEETING at Friday morning meeting. All club members will be asked to vote for their support on the project. The Board recommends a vote of support. 
Meeting Highlights, May 31, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 24, 2019

Mc Talk (not Smack Talk!)

Mc is Poulsbo Rotary's Thai Exchange Student
Mc Talk
• He participated in Viking Fest, liked the Viking tent displays, and got to touch the soft sheep. His favorite food was a Hot Dog! 
• Helped out at the Viking Tour 

Important Announcements 

• 5/31 Friday: Wine Tasting at Joe Hulsey and Mary Gorman’s house 
• Upcoming trips to Spruce Goose and King Country Library? – Steve Garfein 
• Poulsbo Rotary is sponsoring TWO exchange students next year and looking for host homes! 
• Outgoing exchange student to Italy, Chris Carthum, announced that he needs summer work to help pay for his trip / year.
• Guest Briana Ryan – Days for Girls (and previous Interact Student), encouraged everyone to go to and pledge to talk about menstrual hygiene so the next generation of girls can grow up without shame or embarrassment.

Check Presented to Side by Side

A partnership for South Africa's Children
Check presented to Side by Side
Brenda Wall, International Service Committee, presented a $5,000 check to the Side by Side organization to support South Africa Micro-Enterprises that make the menstrual kits for Days for Girls.

New Member Induction

Patti Dudley, Director of Fishline, was inducted by Amy Schmidt
Patti Dudley, Director of Fishline, was inducted as a new member of the club by Amy Schmidt. She was sponsored by Steve Garfein and will be mentored by Cindy Garfein. Welcome to the club Patti!

Seaing Green: Diving the Salish Sea 

Presentation by Laurynn Evans 
Presentation by Laurynn Evans
Not only is Laurynn the Superintendent of North Kitsap Schools, she is also an avid diver and underwater high-definition videographer. She provides stock footage to many organizations, including National Geographic. She shared with our group incredible still shots and video of some of her diving experiences, as well as her incredible journey of how she came to love it!
How it Began 
20 years ago, she visited the Caribbean and afterward, decided she would take diving lessons. She was terrified at first, cried all the way to her first lesson. Laurynn is from Texas, so diving in cold water (50 degrees) did not sound inviting. She got hooked! She was so invested, that she accomplished 200 dives in one year, and just on the weekends!
Why She Loves it! 
  • It’s a way of life! 
  • Amazing opportunity for world experiences, to Iceland, Micronesia, viewing amazing sea life and historical artifacts! She described seeing WWII artifacts from Operation Hailstone in Micronesia (planes, trucks, etc) 
  • Always something new to learn. 
    • Started out as a novice, but has since become Nitrox Certified, Advanced Certified, Technical and Cave Certified. 
    • Favorite diving is in the caves of Mexico, where the caves resemble how Dr. Seuss would draw caves, all drippy and weird. 
    • Decompression – science, chemistry 
      • 200-foot dive with oxygen requires 4 hours for dive, due to lengthy decompression requirement 
      • Same dive only requires 90 minutes with a combination of gases, like Helium / Oxygen to offset the affects of Nitrogen build up.
    • Safety 
      • Use of lines to attach to wrecks or outside caves, to ensure the diver can find way out. 
      • #1 failure in diving is due to loss of light, so divers carry extra sources to ensure success. 
  • Diving has made Laurynn a better leader and educator. She realizes there is no emergency that cannot be solved. 
So why Dive Here? 
Local diving is challenging, and most divers do not take to the Pacific Northwest! 
  • Cold temperatures 
  • Limited visibility 
  • Difficult currents and tides 
  • Huge equipment requirement 
  • PNW offers the most accessible (easy walk in) dive sites 
  • PNW has LOTS of dive sites 
    • Ship wreck at Port Wilson 
    • Avenger aircraft in Lake Washington 
  • Incredibly colorful and beautiful sea life unique to the area 
  • Laurynn highlighted pictures and video of the Wolf Eel, a very social fish that can grow between 8-9 feet long, and The giant Pacific Octopus, that starts the size of a grain of rice, and at maturity can reach 100 pounds. (Laurynn is sometimes called the Octopus Whisperer, because she can coax them out of their hiding places for VERY interesting video). 
Extra: Here’s a cool article about Local Diver Laurynn Evans, 2011:           

Viking Tour Post-Mortem – Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson
Nick provided some overall statistics of the 5th Annual Viking Tour!
ZERO Waste Campaign – The final numbers:
  • Compost 66.2 lbs. 
  • Landfill 9.0 lbs. (including a soggy blanket and trash picked up from the local creek) 
  • Bottles and Cans 9.7 lbs. 
  • Non-Compostable Cups, Lids, Straws 4 lbs. 10 oz 
  • Snack Wrappers 2 lbs. 10 oz 
  • Plastic Film 2 lbs. 13 oz. 
  • Cardboard 8.8 lbs. 
  • Paper 1.3 lbs 
  • Styrofoam 0 
  • Gloves 15.9 oz 
  • Tyvek bibs 12.5 oz 
TOUR Event - The final numbers:
  • 327 Riders – slightly down from last year, mainly due to poor weather leading up to the 
  • event (although the actual ride day was FANTASTIC!) 
  • 95 Volunteers – a new record! And 24 Volunteers were non-Rotarians 
  • Overall Satisfaction score from participants was 4.5 / 5 STARS! 
  • And…drum roll please…$20,000 Net Revenue (up from prior years, even with fewer riders!) 
In addition, Nick gave us a peak into the future goals for this event. 
1. Limit to 500 Riders, 2. Become More and More efficient, 3. Obtain More Outside sponsors
Meeting Highlights, May 24, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 17, 2019

Exchange Student: Mc update 

Exchange Student: Mc update
Mc gave two weeks worth of info on his activities. He only has 1 month remaining! He attended a baseball game and found it to be boring. 
He was introduced to the visual of a 'butt crack' (a cultural exchange) at the ball game. 
Mc attended the conference in Victoria and had to say final farewells to many fellow exchange students from Dist 5020.
He got to eat a meal at Fat Smittys, telling of the money on the walls and ceiling. 
Donna and Ardis took him to play PUTT PUTT golf. 

Important Announcements 

• Please collect the placemats at your table for composting 
• Jewel Box Theatre show coming up featuring Farm Strong band. 
• Wine Tasting May 31 at the Hulseys’ house 
• The Social Activities crew is busy making plans look for opportunities to socialize. 
• Nick Johnson and Jon Pavey will be cleaning up/clearing out the Rotary storage locker. Date TBD 

Steve Hogg: Distinguished Students of Service (make up)

Alaina Marcott
Alaina Marcott could not attend the club meeting where this award was presented so Alaina came to our meeting today to receive her award. Her math teacher showered her with praise for her work in the classroom, athletic field and community. She is bound for UW to study Environmental Science. $100 award.

Club Appreciation Moment

Mike Cloutier
President Tim Nichols called Mike Cloutier to the podium and recognized him for his service to the club and district related to Youth Protection. His work as Youth Protection officer has made it possible for our club and the district to keep the program alive and safe for the students. 80% of the club has completed the YP training. Mike told us that scenario training will be coming soon for our club to participate in. 
Meredith Green interrupted the discussion to present a "Meritorious Service Award" to Mike from the district! 

Don Froehlich: Three Decades a Bird-Bander

Don FroehlichTravels and Travails of a Field Ornithologist 
Don Froehlich is a 'bird bander.’ He is a freelance field ornithologist, who has worked in the field for 30 years. He shared many details from his fascinating work. 
1.2 million birds are banded a year. 
Since 1964 there have been 64 million records of banding birds to monitor individual birds to see how they migrate, reproduce, molt and survive. 
He showed a picture of the globe, and it highlighted the migration of 1 bird (Red Knot). The bird traveled in 5 days from the Hudson Bay to the Caribbean, rested for 11 days, and then continued to south Argentina. 
He explained that in 1986 the sparrow eggs failed, producing few offspring. That was tracked and attributed to the fall out from Chernobyl nuclear radiation disaster. 
Certain birds replace their wings 1x per year. That process of how they do it is still not understood. What triggers it? 
He is presently working in Borneo where there are two seasons: Rainy, with rains 2x per day, and non-rainy, with rains 1x a day. 
Dan showed pictures of his work, including photos of some amazing birds. He reported that a new species of bird was discovered on a recent project. 

NICK JOHNSON Viking Tour News 

NICK JOHNSON Viking Tour News
• Danny Fritz gave Nick a metal Viking helmet, complete with horns. 
• 271 registrations in. More expected with good weather 
• 67% men 
• Oldest registered is 80 
• Youngest is 8 
• 34 people from outside the state are participating 
Viking Devyn Newcombe
Viking Devyn Newcombe
Meeting Highlights, May 17, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 10, 2019

Important Announcements

1. Jim Moore’s memorial service is tomorrow at the Village Green in Kingston at 11am 
2. There is now power to Morrow Manor! 
3. Mc needs a home for six days. June 1-6. Three families needed. Brenda is doing 1-2, Mary and Joe are doing 3-4, Still need 5th6th to be covered. Call Dan Weeden. 
4. Saturday May 18 there is a come hang out and give people their registrations for Viking Tour at Sound Brewery from 5-9 
5. More volunteers needed for Viking Tour. See Joe Hulsey. (Note: Park for the event at the Drs Clinic) 
Devyn Newcombe awarded Paul and Debra Vaughan the Viking Spirit Award
Devyn Newcombe awarded Paul and Debra Vaughan the Viking Spirit Award for their work on the Inclusive All-Access Park project. They have been navigating government and the community and doing a great job.

Children of the Nations: Serving the Eyes of the Poor 

Presentation by Jim Barker, Paul Kremer, and Martha Lee
Presentation by Jim Barker, Paul Kremer, and Martha Lee
Paul met Joe Hulsey at a party last summer. Joe and Meredith talked to him and found out that he travels to the Dominican Republic to help people with their eye troubles. Joe and Meredith suggested that they come to Rotary for some money. They did. We helped. 
Jim is from Ballard and a member of the Silverdale Rotary. He has been with Children of the Nations for 3 years. 
Their project is called “Serving the eyes of the poor.” 
Children of the Nations collects the money we gave and gives it to the Drs to spend on eye care. They go every year with about 20 people to a little village called Bahahona. 
Dr Kremer is a cornea specialist that studied at the UW.
Jim Barker, Paul Kremer, and Martha LeeDr Leen is a glaucoma specialist that went to Brown. 
They have worked together for 20 years. They started doing eye surgery in the DR about 8 years ago. They noticed while there that no one had on glasses.
They take a flight from Miami, a six-hour bus ride out into the county and then drag suitcases full of supplies into the village and clinic. The village is very poor and they farm bananas and sugar cane. Many residents are Haitian refugees. There are many people there about 40 years old that are totally blind. This is due to living close to the equator and getting too many UV rays. It is also due to poor nutrition and healthcare. 
The locals come to the clinic. Not sure how they get there, walk, moped?? Lots come. They line up and the doctor’s interview and choose who they will operate on. In the same day they do about ten operations. They people leave being able to see again. The cataracts are often black or white when they are removed. As a comparison the US cataracts are the color of iced tea. 
At first the operating room was the size of a large closet. Now the clinic has a second floor and is a lot better. 
Two years ago they decided to bring glasses with them. They found an online supplier and can get them for $6/pair for prescription and $1 for readers. They literally haul them in suitcases to the DR. Up trails and everything. They have a borrowed eye prescription tester that they use. It is rudimentary but works OK. It only has a battery life of 3-4 hours. And when it rains it is fogged up and hard to read. When the battery dies they have to go back to the clinic, charge it up and start out again. However, sometimes the clinic loses power. When this happens they simply put different glasses on people and ask if it is better or worse. Crazy. They made the mistake of bringing too many adult size glasses and not enough kids. They will correct that this year. 
Children of the Nations hires a translator since most speak Spanish or French Creole.
Tim NicholsThey see the children at the local school which is just a roof, but yet the nicest structure in town. All the children want glasses and are sad when they don’t need them. The teachers are super happy to get them too. They can see the text books that they teach from. 
Since the kids aren’t literate they use a tumbling E chart. They simply point up down right left. The children that get glasses are thrilled to be able to finally see the leaves on the trees. 
Dr Kremer worked on Poulsbo Rotary President Tim Nichols’s eyes. He was a great surgeon that gave him a teddy bear to hug. They had some technical issues that day and Tim said the Dr was very calm and Tim really appreciated the Bear. 

Viking Tour Update

Nick Johnson
We have 240 riders. Last week we had 224. Spread the word. 
There will be a poker run. Prizes are 1st: Jersey, 2nd a sweet drinking horn, and 3rd, a t-shirt. 

Bonus material: Fine Master Gaston

Gaston fined people who like beer: Jim Schlacter, Dan Ryan and Gary Nakamura 
Gaston fined people who have tattoos: Devon, David and Rob Thomas 
Gaston fined people who had fun shirts: Dan Weeden, Chuck, Tonya, Ryan, Don, Kim, 
Lydia, Nick, Brenda and Jim Barker for his Jerry Garcia tie. 
Gaston won’t show us his tattoo that he says is a husky on his b…. back. Ya it is. 
He also fined Jim Martin for always calling him Peter 
Meeting Highlights, May 10, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 03, 2019
Ardis Morrow BirthdayArdis Morrow Birthday
The club played a video in honor of Ardis’ birthday---Cake and cupcakes were enjoyed by all! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ARDIS! 
John Waller announced that he is the new Youth Services Director. Thanks to Dan Weedin for his contribution. Anyone who is interested in hosting exchange students, please contact John.

Distinguished Students Of Service (DSS) Awards

Geneva Newell and Alex Martin
Steve Garfein introduced Geneva Newell and Alex Martin, seniors at NK High School. With Rotary’s sponsorship, these students and three teachers will attend the NewSpace 2019 Conference in Seattle in July. They will meet venture capitalists, NASA leaders, and leaders in private launch companies. Both Geneva and Alex are studying engineering: Geneva is going to Cal Poly to study civil engineering; Alex is attending UW to study aeronautical engineering. Both students will come back to NKHS to help start an aeronautical engineering program. 
Distinguished Students of Service
Each of the following Distinguished Students of Service will receive $100 cash award. The students described their interests and goals: 
Kian Dougherty – studying engineering; plans to attend the US Coast Guard Academy; enjoys football, track, music, choir and Boy Scouts – is a member of the National Honor Society. 
Eleanor Beers – enjoys all subjects; plans to enter Vanderbilt and study pre-medicine – is a member of the National Honor Society. 
Merry Cockroft – interested in environmental science in class and in the community; plays in the band, plans to study environmental science at Whitman – is a member of the National Society and ASB (Leadership)
Grace Zinkhon – interested in environmental science or biochemistry; enjoys soccer and lacrosse – is a member of the National Society 
Alaina Marcotte – also won an award but was unable to attend 

Paul Harris Award Presented to Eric Nieland

Paul Harris Award Presented to Eric NielandEric Nieland, NKHS engineering teacher, was presented the Paul Harris Fellow Award as a gift from Rotary. Eric’s classroom was the recipient of Rotary funds several years ago and he purchased a kit to build a 3-D printer for his classroom. Once built, the students brought the 3-D printer to Rotary and made Rotary logos for our members. The students then used the 3-D printer to make additional 3-D printers. He thanked Rotary for supporting his NK High School students.
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. Clubs and individuals may "donate" on behalf of other deserving individuals to recognize their contributions to the ideals of Rotary. The award to Eric Nieland recognizes his exemplary service to our community.

Trash Program Update

Trash Program UpdateTrash Program Update

“Green Glen” (Glen Robbins) announced a reminder to save Styrofoam for the Styro Round Up on July 27th at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. 

Viking Tour Update

Prices for Viking Tour go up this weekend so register NOW! Volunteer solicitation is going well; if you want to be involved, contact Joe Hulsey. Viking Tour will be WASTE FREE. Lori Cloutier described the efforts to be waste-free.
• Eliminate supplies that what we don’t need for the event 
• Goal – capture recycles without contamination 
• Multiple recycle stations are available so we have NO waste – training will be done for “recycle educators” who will help volunteers and cyclers dispose of waste in the proper bins 
• We are coordinating with various recycling organizations who will take all of the recycled items from the event 
Evolved Vikings don’t pillage the earth!! 

New Member Induction - Rowen Phillips

New Member Induction - Rowen Phillips
Rowen Phillips was inducted as a new member of the club. Congratulations Rowen and welcome to Poulsbo Rotary!
Fun facts about Rowen: has 3 children, supports the WSU Cougars and Texas Longhorns, is interested in Youth Services and Domestic Violence. Committees. Devyn will be Rowen’s mentor. 

New Member Talk – Rob Thomas

New Member Talk – Rob ThomasRob Thomas and his wife moved to Poulsbo in June 2016 after he retired from the Navy. His service in the Navy included assignments in Japan (twice), Florida, US Naval Academy (learned to be a ship captain), and Virginia.
Rob now works as a civilian for the Navy as a Harbor Pilot and Captain. His responsibilities include ensuring the safe navigation of vessels into/out of harbors and/or docks. This includes Navy vessels as well as ships that contract with the Navy. 
He loves the area and looks forward to being an active Rotary member. 

Community Service Check Presentation

Community Service Check Presentation
Geoff Schmidt presented Geneva Newell (NKHS student who is working on her Girl Scouts Gold Award), a check for $400 to support the Day of Positivity she is planning on June 8th from 1-9PM in Waterfront Park in Poulsbo. 
Meeting Highlights, May 3, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 26, 2019
Viking of the Week
Inspiration for you to participate in Viking Tour!

Scribes needed to take meeting notes

Cindy Tveit asked for Note Takers for Friday Breakfast meetings: besides Cheryl Harris. Cindy Garfein and Mary Gorman both volunteered!

Important Announcements

• 4/26 Tonight: Schmidt’s Wine Tasting 
• 5/4 Plant Sale 
• 5/19 Viking Tour 
Cheryl Harris
Cheryl Harris finally got her Blue Badge! Presented by Amy Schmidt. 

Commercial Cod Fishing Industry Then and Now

Jim Shields THEN
Jim ShieldsJim shared a fascinating video (shot in 1950 and narrated by his Grandfather) that provided background on how the Cod Fishing industry was conducted, focusing on the years between 1911 and 1950. It was during this period that his grandfather worked on the “John A,” a lumber schooner converted to a cod fishing vessel. John A was 165 feet in length and now resides as a museum in the San Francisco area.
• Crews of 35 men worked on the vessel for 5 months, fishing for cod in the Bering Strait. Primary job of the owner or cook was to figure out how to buy and preserve enough food for that crew (because they don’t eat fish every day)! 
• The general schedule for the crew was 4 AM Breakfast then launch smaller boats (Dories), Return for 9 AM Lunch and relaunch, and 4 PM Supper. Dories were 19 feet long and could hold a 3 ton load. 
• Cod was caught on hook and line system, brought back to the John A, and immediately preserved in salt. The fish were individually caught and counted, as the men were paid per fish.  
• Processing: Once the fish were on the boat, each fish was processed individually and on average, was handled 30 times before processing was complete: Heading box – heads cut off and gutted (about 600 fish / hour), back bone out, liver saved for Cod Liver Oil, tongue cut out of head – delicacy? Salted 
• Once the catch was complete, the schooner returned to port (200-300 mile round trip daily) and further processing for market completed: Fish dug out of sale and then put on dock by size, Fish placed in large holds / tanks in Salt Brine solution, Fish drawn out of tank, skinned and back bone removed. Skin was shipped out to be used for glue, remaining bones were removed by pliers, boneless filets were then cut into 1 pound packages, wrapped in parchment, and placed in cartons for market Approximately 40 people involved in this part of the process.
Michael and Amelia Burns (father and daughter) NOW
Michael and Amelia Burns (father and daughter) NOW
Michael and brother founded Blue North Fisheries in 1983 and operate out of Freemont. Current practices have become safer for the fishermen and more humane for the fish: “Line Caught Humane Harvest Alaska Cod” and “Doing the right thing tastes better”.
New Boat took 3 years to build (in Anacortes) and design was leveraged from practices in Norway. The boat is 190 feet long and can hold 1.5 million tons (not sure I heard that metric correctly), and is much more plush and climate controlled than the vessel John A!
• Fish are still caught by Hook and Line, one at a time, but the line can be up to 42 miles long!
• Dories are no longer used, but the line is drawn in by roller, fish are “stunned” and then stored in a “moon pool.” Humanely handled fish are scientifically proven to be: more nutritious, better tasting. higher quality, flakier fish for consumption 
• All processing and preservation (frozen, not salted) is now down on the vessel and entire process from catch to packaging takes only 3 hours. 
Michael imagines that in approximately 70 years, his grandson may be presenting to that Rotary slides that show how his grandfather fished “in the old days.
Modern fishing vessel
Questions from the floor:
• What about Waste?
  • Heads, skins, and Livers generally go to pet food
  • Stomachs are processed for the Asian market
  • Trim is used in fish patties.
• How is the health of the cod population / stock?
  • Generally in the Bering Strait all product is either level of raising
  • Cod specifically goes in wave cycles, and is currently on the downward trend
• Fishing limits are heavily controlled, conservatively managed and cod fishing is in a 10% reduction for the next 3-4 years.
• Scientists make limit recommendations that are usually reduced by policy makers. 
Meeting Highlights, April 26, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-04-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 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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Meeting Highlights, April 19, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-04-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 12, 2019
NKHS Interact Club
Today’s special guests included Becky Erickson, Mayor of Poulsbo, Serenity Todd, outgoing exchange student to Belguim, and members of the NKHS INTERACT Club (shown above and sponsored by Poulsbo Rotary)!

Presentation by Kids in Concert

Kids in Concert
Kids in Concert
Kids in Concert
Our meeting started with our featured presentation, the wonderfully talented Kids in Concert (aka “kic”). “kic” is an after-school orchestral music program that provides free music instruction, instruments, homework help, healthy snacks, leadership opportunities, and a loving community to 54 children, ages 5-18 in North Kitsap. Its purpose is to effect social change through the ambitious pursuit of excellence in music. Every child can learn to experience and express music deeply, can receive its many benefits, and can face critical life choices more positively as a result of this learning.
“Kic,” along with their mentors and the artistic director, Laura Milleson, the Executive Director, Kirsten Branson-Meyer, and the out-going board president, Keely Sawyer, shared an amazing program. The group included three of President Tim’s children, along with Ben Roger’s son. 
The group meets in Suquamish 3 days a week for 2 hours to practice after school. Find out more at, and consider going to their fundraiser on May 5 at 11:30: lunch, dessert dash, raffles, and best of all — a concert by kic! 

Important Announcements 

• April 13: Service Saturday at Fish Park, 9-12. Bring clippers and hand tools to help clean up the Rotary trail. 
• April 13: Poulsbo Historical Society opening of the Hyak Pilot House. 
• Fireside at Jerry Deeter’s April 23 at 7pm 
• Community need: There are 9 open positions on the November ballot for City Council and School Board. If you’re interested in running, meet with elected officials and NKSD Superintendent Laurynn Evans to learn more on April 20 at 11am in the City Hall forum. 

Mc Update

Mc Update
Mc spent part of the week learning how to say the word, “Regular.” He said he worked on saying it without an accent — practicing it for three straight days. After he repeated the word three times for the club, he added, “I might need two more days.” 

Rotary Foundation Appreciation Moment 

Jim Sund
Dan Weedin
Lori Cloutier led the club in thanking Dan Weedin for achieving his Paul Harris Fellow +3 award, and Jim Sund for achieving the Paul Harris Fellow +6 level. That is a LOT of donating to the Rotary International Foundation. She highlighted a project in Tanzania that was financed through the Foundation. These projects change lives. Thank you Dan and Jim! 
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.

Update on former exchange student Niké Panta

Niké Panta
Todd Tidball gave an update on former exchange student Niké Panta (shown at right with her mother and her sister) — she recently became a Rotarian and took over the district chair as Youth Exchange Officer in her district in Budapest, Hungary. Niké currently works for Morgan Stanley (brokerage firm) as a cyber security expert. 

Viking Tour Update

Nick Johnson provided a Viking Tour update: There are about 140+ registrations, and we have sponsors and in-kind donations. There are two ways you can help: 
1. Talk about it and post a poster! 
2. Volunteer! Joe Hulsey is coordinating the volunteers!
Editorial comment: in addition to the “regular” Viking Tour volunteers, we’ll be needing Recycling Educator volunteers to help us reach our ZERO WASTE GOAL, and we’ll be needing volunteers to staff the Rotary Booth. The Rotary booth will have a recycling activity for kids and zero waste “seed bomb” prizes to give participants. 

NKHS Interact Update

NKHS Interact Update
Kailey, President of NKHS Interact thanked their Rotary advisors Christine K, Donna D, and Ahmis L. The group raised about $1200 and they are saving it for landscaping around the Eli statue at Morrow Manor Park, when it is ready. They also CREAMED OUR CLUB in the plastic collection challenge! 

International Project in Tanzania

Gayle Heller with Michael Camp
Gayle Heller presented a check for $7000 to Michael Camp from the Bainbridge Rotary Club for their Save to Grow project in Tanzania. In partnership with the Aga Kahn Foundation (an NGO with expertise in setting up Shared Inerest Savings Groups SISGs), the Save To Grow project trains workers on how to be a bank. Gayle and her friend Errol Dow, along with Ann and John Piles, will be going to Tanzania in September 2019 to have a look, too! 
Meeting Highlights, April 12, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-04-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 12, 2019
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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.
Viking Tour 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 05, 2019

Membership Anniversaries

Amy Schmidt and Devyn Newcombe celebrated member anniversaries (years in the club) for April: Jerry Deeter, Gale Heller, Ardis Morrow, Meredith Green, Cindy Garfein, Randy Linaman, Ahmis Loving, and Donna Pledger. Congratulations! Each person was temporarily awarded a “special” item for the meeting.
Jerry DeeterGayle HellerArdis Morrow
Meredith GreenCindy GarfeinRandy Linaman
Ahmis LovingDonna Pledger

Bring Trash to Help Save the Planet

Bring Trash Help Save the Planet
Ahmis Loving talked TRASH: Viking Tour is going for ZERO WASTE.
Bring your plastic film (grocery bags, salt bags, packaging air pillows (pop first) case overwrap, produce bags, ice bags, food storage bags, cereal liners, bread bags, LDPE/HDPE films, popped bubble wrap and packaging air pillows) to Rotary every Friday, to help students at Sakai Intermediate School win a park bench!

New Member Inducted

Rick Grantham
Rick Grantham was inducted as a new member. He was sponsored by Michele Doyle and will be mentored by Lori Cloutier. Congratulations Rick and welcome to Poulsbo Rotary!

Olympic National Park Trails

Seabury Blair, Jr.
Seabury Blair, Jr. was the Featured Speaker, and he spoke on Olympic National Park Trails. Seabury was a long time outdoor writer for the Kitsap Sun, recently retiring after 50 years on the job. Olympic National Park was established in 1938. He spoke about how Olympic National Park has changed since 1970, who were some of the the earliest pioneers, and about the web of trails in the park and the timelessness of federally protected lands and their value to all Americans.
He presented some material from his book Day Hike: Olympic Peninsula. From the Pacific coast to scenic Hurricane Ridge, the 73 incredible hikes in this popular guidebook feature the wild ocean beaches, lush rain forests, mountain vistas, waterfalls, and high meadows unique to the Olympic Peninsula. Each trail is rated from easy to extreme, giving first-time or veteran hikers the variety they want, as well as topographical maps, trail descriptions, and more.
A plug for Seabury from his last article in the Sun: Alas, Seabury Blair Jr. now lives on his meager pension and royalties from his 8 guidebooks, published by Sasquatch Books. So please buy one. Email him at
Meeting Highlights, April 5, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-04-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 29, 2019

Dan Weedin gave us a Youth Exchange update

Dan Weedin gave us a Youth Exchange update
John Waller will be our new Youth Exchange Officer, as Dan takes on the District role. We will be getting TWO exchange students this fall: a young man from Germany and a young woman from Brazil. SIX host families who live in the NKSD attendance area will be needed. Contact John W if interested! 
Dan was joined by Serenity Todd — Outbound next year to Belgium, Chris Carthum — Outbound next year to Italy, and our own Mc from Thailand! 
Tim Nichols and Dan Ryan
President Tim Nichols honored Dan Ryan for all his behind-the-scenes work. Thank you for Being the Inspiration! 
Alex Martin with Tim Nichols
Alex Martin thanked the club for sending him to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), where he learned leadership skills and other elements for success! 

Important Announcements

Glenn Robbins announced that the next Styrofoam Roundup is July 27th!
• Glenn Robbins announced that the next Styrofoam Roundup is July 27th!
• Mike Cloutier shared that the Rotary International Board has adopted a new Diversity and Inclusion Policy. 
• Kathy Rayment returned from PETS (Presidents-Elect Training Seminar). She said it was inspiring, with lots of camaraderie. And she got to see Meredith pass by with a flag in the flag ceremony! 

Residence XII Alcohol & Drug Treatment for Women by Liz Braun

Residence XII Alcohol & Drug Treatment for Women by Liz Braun
Note: Residence XII is the Northwest’s premier non-profit alcohol and drug addiction treatment center for women, located in Kirkland, WA. Since 1981, they have treated over 18,000 women with addictions and helped those who love them.
Liz Braun was joined by Jean Renn (community relations) and Robert “Bert” Romero (public relations) to talk about this specialized facility for women. Alcoholism, and its associated conditions, is the greatest killer of addicts. Popular singer from the 1940s, Marion Hutton, started Residence XII (R12) in 1981, a time when it was very hard for women to “come out” as alcoholic. They tend to open up more when around only women, so the facility is for women only. “Sisterhood is our Secret Sauce.” 
Bert told her story of alcoholism, noting that “you’re in it before you know it,” and you feel like there’s nowhere to turn with your and embarrassment. She found out about R12 at a 12-step program. She took a deep breath, entered the inpatient program, and now celebrates 15 years of sobriety.
Jean Renn, now 5 years sober, talked about healthcare costs before and after drinking.
Many mental health issues co-occur with addiction, especially in young people. Many are turning to heroin to escape stressors, and it’s easy to obtain. Prescription opioids are another path to addiction. Many women are also veterans, survivors of physical abuse, and/or sexual abuse, many of whom can’t open up in the presence of men. They are also more likely to be left by their partner when they enter treatment.
The facility works with families, since addiction is a family disease. The family program is free. Bert shared that it was her husband’s comment, “I don’t have another relapse in me” that affected her deeply. Relapse wasn’t an option if she wanted to stay married. 
Residence XII, located in Kirkland, is built like a home — three stories tall, serene, and surrounded by wetlands. It offers a 30-day inpatient program as well as out-patient and family services. There is a HUGE support network of 1800 active members, and 18,000 alumni. It is both NON-PROFIT and home grown. 
Don Russell wants to assist in getting a facility like this in Kitsap County. 
A few addiction statistics: 
• Children of alcoholics are 4 times more likely to develop alcoholism, and they’re more likely to marry an alcoholic or abusive partner. 
• Divorce rate is 3x higher for people with alcoholism. 
• Drugs are now the #1 cause of accidental death in the US 
• 64,000 people died of overodse in the US last year. This is 650% crease from 1990. 
Meeting Highlights, March 29, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 22, 2019

Distinguished Students of Service Awards

Distinguished Students of Service Awards
In order for students to be eligible for a DSS Award, they need to have met the following criteria: Makes positive contributions to the North Kitsap High School Community and/or in the community outside NKHS. Is a good ambassador for the school and to the community. Is respectful to peers and teachers. Exhibits a positive attitude toward learning. Maintains good attendance. Is an active classroom participant. And, perhaps most importantly, the student exhibits a high potential for making positive contributions to society beyond his tenure at North Kitsap High School. The following students were nominated by their teacher, Eric Nieland, and signed off by both their school principal and the NKSD Superintendent. Our five March 22, 2019 Award Recipients are: 
Katie BaggeKatie Bagge: Katie excels in her course work and often trains other students in class with complex processes and problems. She is heavily involved in community service efforts and volunteerism through several clubs and organizations: Lifesavers, Future Farmers of America, and the Girl Scouts of America. She is the head varsity football team manager. She offers informational presentations to peers and younger students. She enjoys thinking outside the box and plans to pursue vet school at WSU.
William ButlerWilliam Butler : William excels in his course work and is often the first student done with detailed projects. As a leader, he is heavily involved with fundraising and volunteer efforts to support the baseball team. He is very active with a positive attitude offering help and advice to fellow students. He is a role model for his peers and younger students. He is involved with many CNC projects and is interested in pursuing engineering and college baseball.
Therese GordonTherese Gordon: Therese excels in her course work, she is often the person to help explain coursework to other students. She is a national level archery competitor with several awards for her skill. She is not only a competitor, she is an archery coach helping train others is to learn the sport. She shares her culture with her fellow students and is fluent in Japanese. She is interested in pursuing engineering in college, although she hasn’t decided which type (but not electrical!).
Sam GroetschSam Groetsch: Sam excels in his course work and often leads discussions in class. Leader in both his local Boy Scout troop as well as in our school’s Honor Society. Very active in fundraising and community service efforts for Scouts and the Honor Society. Often takes the leadership role in group projects, and is very helpful to fellow students. He plans to pursue engineering in college.
Andrew Iaroslavtsev:Andrew Iaroslavtsev: Andrew is a strong and diligent worker in AP Psychology. He is consistent in making sure his work is done on time and up to the highest standard possible. Andrew was a good sport this year especially being the only male in class and was always up for participating in activities within the classroom. Andrew consistently challenges himself in all matters. This year he is taking 3 Advanced Placement classes including AP Psychology, AP Language & Composition, and AP U.S. History. This trend is not something new either as he has challenged himself in the past with AP World History and two years of Engineering where he always did excellent work on all of his projects. He has been accepted to Western Washington University.

Important Announcements 

• Academic scholarship applications are posted on WASHBOARD.ORG These are for high school seniors heading to college, and current college for NKHS boundary area students. Bob Hawkinson is looking for someone who can do word processing and post to spreadsheets; there are templates for all of it. 
• Steve Garfein shared that the Professional Services Committee will fund four students, 11 grade or below, and three NKHS teachers, to attend the Space Frontier. 
Foundation’s NewSpace conference in July.  
• April 26 Wine Tasting at Geoff and Amy Schmidt's 
• District Conference in Victoria May 9-11 
• Viking Tour May 19: Joe Hulsey is the Manager. It will be a ZERO WASTE EVENT! If you want to sponsor, talk to Paul Vaughan. We already have four beer garden sponsors. Spread the word! Shirts are available! 

Jim Gillard’s New Member Talk

Jim Gillard’s New Member Talk
When Jim wasn’t fighting fires, he was heavily involved in youth sports. He loves the positive influence it has on on the development of kids. He has coached over 18 teams, including NK Little League and All Star teams all the way to regionals and nations. He believes in teaching resilience to kids, while creating fun and lasting memories. 
His career started at age 16 when he became a full fledged volunteer firefighter, following in the footsteps of his dad, brothers, and uncles. In 1989 he went on his first fire call with his dad, and he was hooked. In 1995 he got a degree in geography from UW and worked his way up the ranks to Poulsbo Fire Chief. 
Why Rotary? Jim loves coaching, but his kids are growing up. In his new position he’s also doing less “hands on” life saving with the fire department, now that he is the chief. He wants to find new ways to go out into the community to make a difference.

Lydia Rush’s New Member Talk

Lydia Rush’s New Member TalkLydia is a former club member who moved to Japan, and has now returned. She worked as a nurse for more than 10 years in hospice and ICU. When she and her husband moved to Japan she took her love of socializing and helping people and used it to help sailors when the housing market crashed. She discovered her love for volunteering. 
She was out shopping in Japan when the Tsunami hit. In the aftermath, she researched what was needed: clothes, baby supplies, and transportation in the form of bicycles. She drew up a document and her husband worked with the US Base commander to get permission to restore all the abandoned bicycles on base. Other Rotarians helped with this project and they got over 100 bicycles to those in need. 
Meeting Highlights, March 22, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 15, 2019
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! 
Meeting Highlights, March 15, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 08, 2019

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.  
Meeting Highlights, March 8, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-03-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 22, 2019
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! 
Meeting Highlights, February 22, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 15, 2019
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! 
Meeting Highlights, February 15, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-02-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 08, 2019
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 ( 
• 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, 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! 
Meeting Highlights, February 8, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-02-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 01, 2019
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!) 
Meeting Highlights, February 1, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 25, 2019
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! 
Meeting Highlights, January 25, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 20, 2019
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.
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Posted on Jan 04, 2019
Nick Johnson
This meeting was run by future president Nick Johnson, who offered opportunities to provide feedback at (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! 
Meeting Highlights, January 4, 2019 Hugh Nelson 2019-01-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 28, 2018
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. 
Meeting Highlights, December 28, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-12-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 07, 2018
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. 
Meeting Highlights, December 7, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-12-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hugh Nelson on Nov 10, 2018
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.
Poulsbo Cemetery Cleanup Hugh Nelson 2018-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 09, 2018

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! 
Meeting Highlights, November 9, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 02, 2018
Thanks for your support
We would like to acknowledge the generosity of these donors, many of whom are local businesses or proprietors of local businesses.  We could not have this auction without you…
Shop Small…. Shop Local!
Thanks for Your Support! Hugh Nelson 2018-11-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 12, 2018

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!
Meeting Highlights, October 12, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-10-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 05, 2018

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
Meeting Highlights, October 5, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-10-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 28, 2018
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. 
• 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. 
Meeting Highlights, September 28, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 14, 2018

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. 
Meeting Highlights, September 14, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-09-14 07:00:00Z 0
Halloween Gala and Auction Hugh Nelson 2018-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 07, 2018
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.
Meeting Highlights, September 7, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-09-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 24, 2018

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. 
Meeting Highlights, August 24, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-08-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 17, 2018


Hat Day winner Frances Malone
Finalists were Ardis Morrow, Frances Malone (shown), and Anita Blau. Naveen Chaudhary offered prizes!

Rotary Youth Protection

Rotary Youth Protection- Mike Cloutier and Ardis MorrowMike Cloutier and Ardis Morrow presented the new Youth Protection Policy, which asks that all Rotarians take the training.  It’s so easy you can do it in your bunny slippers!  Mike sent the link in an email, and when you complete the test, you’ll get a BUNNY STICKER of your CHOICE!
Lynn Ferguson sings the Star Bangled Banner
Professional musician and today’s guest speaker Lynne Ferguson started our meeting with a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

Important UPCOMING Club Events \

• Wine Tasting at Brenda Wall's Aug 24, 5:30pm 
• Club PICNIC will be Sept 1 at Bonnie Pedersen's! 2pm
Jim Martin honored at Rotary
Naveen Chaudhary thanked his hero, Jim Martin, for his “gentle and generous spirit.”

Native Horsemanship Youth Program 

Native Horsemanship Youth Program
Lynne Ferguson lives on the Port Madison Reservation, in a life of music, kids, and horses.  Drawing upon her Comanche and Cherokee heritage, both “horse culture” tribes, she discovered a passion for working with horses to help children with disabilities grow and thrive. She created the Native Horsemanship Youth Program and opened her own 501(c)3 charitable organization, where she works with children free of charge, 90% of whom are from low-income homes or have special needs.
With her eight horses, she teaches children to ride without a saddle or bridle, using body movements after developing a relationship with the horses from on the ground. Counselors often bring kids to her, and she has seen a lot of success with students on the autism spectrum. Although people of any age are welcome, the program serves 100 kids per year through her partnerships with the Suquamish and S’Klallam Tribes and other counselors. The program is approaching its 20 Year Celebration and will be having a benefit concert on August 26. Donations are welcomed, and there are ample opportunities for volunteering! 
Meeting Highlights, August 17, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-08-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 10, 2018

Exchange Students

exchange students
Our newest exchange student will be joining us soon! Yodsapon Boonrat (but you can call him “Mc”) is from Thailand and will arrive in our area on August 20th. Let’s be sure to give this young man a warm welcome.
Previous exchange student to Colombia, Emma Smith, gave us an update on how she’s putting her exchange experience to use translating forms for immigrants. She continues to make us proud! 
Rotarians honored for their service
President Tim honored and thanked the following Rotarians for their leadership and service: 
   Dan Weedin 
   Craig Adams 
   Steve Garfein  
   Ed Stern 

Mary Nader and Tom Eckmann - What's Happening at Fishline

Tom Eckmann and Mary NaderFishline has come a long way of the past 51 years and today Mary and Tom gave us an overview of where they are and what was in store for the future. Today Mary reminded us that Fishline helps in 4 areas – a service center; food; housing, and support services. They have over 30,000 visits in 2017. 1700 households can 1time per year (500-700 new households = 4000 individuals) In NK, the largest group of homeless are older women. Fishline distributed 1 million pounds of food; 600,000 pounds would have gone to the landfill – 300,000 comes from Central Market. Fishline also focuses on Community Gardens and Food Education (cooking and growing). Although Fishline does not want to be in the “housing” business – they do part with multiple providers. NK Fishline also has multiple programs to help children – including tutoring. They also provide support, from clothing donations, to workshops, to connections to therapy providers.
Tom EckmannTom was kind enough to discuss the new building and other recent changes like:
  • The new build will make NK Fishline the hub for services in our area. 
  • The initial cost for the project was $2.8 million, but was raised to $4 million. 
  • It is set to open in September! With multiple partners (dentists and other service providers) using the space 
  • The 2nd Season store has moved to Poulsbo Village. This move has shown an increase in donation and income – doubling its income in the 2nd month! 
  • What’s next? Plans to “repurpose” the old Fishline building. Also, plans are being made to expand the 2nd Season store! 
Meeting Highlights, August 10, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-08-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 03, 2018

August 11 Service Saturday

Indoor and outdoor maintenance at Eli’s Place: yard work, painting, pulling up and replacing subfloors, and replacing vanities. Expect several more work parties at Eli’s Place in the future. Geoff will contact those who sign up to give them the location.

Presentation by Poulsbo Rotary President Tim Nichols

Presentation by Poulsbo Rotary President Tim Nichols
First, Tim shared a little of his personal story. He was living in Poulsbo and commuting to Seattle for work but, with the birth of his second son Graydon, he started working from home. He joined Rotary in 2006 as a way to have social interaction. Then he elected to adopt a couple of girls. The first was Zarri, who had been abused and had been in a hospital with a coma and also had severe eyesight issues. The Izzy came into their life. They knew her before she was born. Life with the girls was a roller coaster of issues, but has been a rewarding journey. Zarri was in, and then disappointingly out, of their life. When she returned for good, Gray said it was the best birthday present he ever had. They have been best friends ever since. His family consists of Connor (12), Graydon (12), Zarri (12), Izzy (9), and Naomi (unk).
After that, Tim shared his goals for the club. His first goal is to figure out to get know people and inspire them. Other goals are to start a Rotaract club (with a shout-out to Cheyenne who also wants to start a Kitsap Rotaract club), to make Rotary more accessible and more efficient, and to earn the club a Presidential Citation. The Presidential Citation requires satisfying 3 goals in each of 3 areas:
Rotary Theme 2018• Support and Strengthen Clubs 
    • Net gain of 1 member 
    • Net gain in female members 
    • Improve club retention by 1%
• Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service 
    • (Co)Sponsor a Rotaract club
    • Contribute at $100 per capita to the Annual Fund 
    • Conduct a significant service project in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus 
• Enhance Public Image and Awareness 
    • Sponsor a Youth Exchange Student
    • Partner with another organization on a project 
    • Use Rotary’s brand guidelines, templates and related materials
Board Members
Tim brought the board members up to the front to answer questions from the members present. He told the members to “Ask the Board Anything”. And we did. He also presented each with “Inspiration Pins” for their dedication to the club and as a token of his appreciation. The club gave them a round of applause as well. 
Meeting Highlights, August 3, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-08-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 27, 2018

Upcoming Service Saturday 

August 11 Service Saturday—Indoor and outdoor maintenance at Eli’s Place: yard work, painting, pulling up and replacing subfloors, and replacing vanities. Expect several more work parties at Eli’s Place. Geoff Schmidt will contact those who sign up to give them the location. 

Many Thanks to our Photographers!

Scott Sorensen, Larry Bartholomew, and Steve Garfein
President Tim Nichols (right) thanked the club’s “official“ photographers for their fine photos at club meetings and events. Thanks to Scott Sorensen, Larry Bartholomew, and Steve Garfein. 

State of the Club

2018-19 Rotary ThemeClub President Tim Nichols provided a summary of the most recent Board Meeting: The club has 143 members with an average attendance of 65%. The initial budget for the club is $84,000, with approximately another $60,000 coming soon. Tim will hold about $10,000 in discretionary funds to be given to individuals for appropriate individual projects. We received $2903 from the Kitsap Great Give. The Board approved applying for a grant for repairs and maintenance at Eli’s Place.

Shannon Singleton - North Kitsap Schools Foundation

Shannon Singleton - North Kitsap Schools Foundation
Shannon is in her 2nd year as president of the North Kitsap Schools Foundation and has been on its board for 6 years. She has a degree in Speech/Language pathology and is the Assistant Director of Assistive Technology for North Kitsap Schools, providing low and high-tech ways of allowing students to communicate with teachers and with staff.
The Foundation In 2017-2018 awarded over $52,000 in grants to teachers for projects in the classroom in all ten NKSD schools. These comprised 29 grants, at least 2 of which went to each school. Grants ranged from $100 to $5,000 each. The grant selection process prioritizes projects that go directly to the students.
Shannon presented some examples of how Rotary donations have been used at NK Schools. In one Rotary funded project, NKHS bought iPads to allow the Athletic Treatment Project students to learn anatomy and athletic treatment skills. They are using them now to provide services to student athletes, such as taping, and other treatments to save $800 to $1900 daily in PT and other treatment cost. The Team also competes in regional treatment competitions.
In another project students formed an Assistive Tech Team that used educational software equipped with assistive devices to help severely limited students to change a screen on a computer or draw a poster using a switch as an input device. Yet another did a molecular biology experiment to genetically modify bacteria to make it glow!
One school held a school-wide STEM day where students experimented with robotics, made rockets, flew kites, and in an “inverse filed trip” the Museum of Flight came to the school, and Navy personnel from Bangor helped out. 
Shannon was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in September 2017 by Poulsbo Rotary for her great efforts as an advocate for kids, education, and our community. Paul Harris Awards represent a $1000 contribution by club members to the Rotary International Foundation, in this case given in the name of a deserving member of our community. The community member receives a certificate and pin from Rotary International commemorating the award.
Meeting Highlights, July 27, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-07-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 20, 2018

This Saturday, July 21st, is our service Saturday. One of the activities is to help the Poulsbo Chapter of Days for Girls from 9:00 -12:00 at the West Sound Academy at 16571 Creative Drive, Poulsbo (off of Hwy 305). The plan is to pack 200+ kits so no sewing or ironing skills required! If you have not signed up and would like to attend, please message us here or (if you're a member), send Debra Vaughan an e-mail or sign-up this Friday on the infamous clipboard. The Days for Girls people who are organizing this event would like a rough count of attendees.

Also, for each package of underwear you bring this Saturday, Central Market has very generously donated 50 certificates for free ice cream cones! The first 50 packages of underwear donated will receive a free ice cream cone certificate. Sizes needed: girls sizes 8 through 14 and women’s sizes 5 through 7. Cotton blend is preferred in darker colors, no faces or animals, no thongs or boy shorts. Classic briefs, high-cut briefs, full briefs, hipster, or bikini styles are acceptable.

Thank you for your service. For more information on this worthy cause, please check out:…/a.129497937489…/129497914156499/…

An INVITATION to all: Volunteer for Days for Girls Hugh Nelson 2018-07-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 29, 2018

Upcoming Events

  • July 21 Fish Park work party to widen existing walking path 
  • July 21 Days for Girls work party at West Sound Academy on Hwy 305 
New Poulsbo Rotary New Members: Devyn Newcombe and Jim Gillard
New Members of Poulsbo Rotary: Devyn Newcombe and Jim Gillard. Welcome! 

Check Presentations:

Kessoye Project: seed packets for Ethiopia
Kessoye Project: seed packets for Ethiopia 
Fishline: chest freezer
Fishline: freezer chest
Family & Juvenile Court: lunches for mock court participants
Family & Juvenile Court: lunches for mock court participants 
Poulsbo Senior Community Center: replace water damaged flooring
Poulsbo Senior Community Center: replace water damaged flooring 

President Michele Doyle - retrospective of this Rotary year

Club President Michele Doyle
President Michele shared a retrospective of her Rotary year, reminding us exchange student Giacomo “Jack” Battu speaks Italian, English, French, and Smart Aleck! 

Paul Harris Fellowship awarded to Mike & Barb Danford of Kitsap Physical Therapy

Mike & Barb Danford of Kitsap Physical TherapyA Paul Harris Fellowship was awarded to Mike & Barb Danford of Kitsap Physical Therapy, a community-oriented business serving Kitsap County for 40 years. These awards, given in the name of Rotary Founder Paul Harris, represent a donation of $1000 to the Rotary Foundation, the charitable non-profit of Rotary International. In this case the club has "donated" on behalf of outstanding community members to recognize their contributions to the ideals of Rotary.

Presentation by Leonard Forsman, Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe

Presentation by Leonard Forsman, Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe
Leonard is in his fifth 3 year term as chairman. He shared some historical facts about Suquamish tribal history in the Kitsap area. Some of the tribe’s accomplishments are the 9th Circuit Court’s order to rebuild culverts to preserve water quality and salmon runs, recent water quality decisions, and resident killer whale restoral through efforts to increase salmon populations, water quality, and keeping boats away from feeding whales. Other activities include growing the Chief Kitsap Academy, and continuing the growth at the casino and golf course. A separate management runs the Enterprise businesses of the casino and golf course to keep them separate from political issues. The Suquamish run a Foundation with interests similar to Rotary’s: helping the elderly and helping the community. 
Among the tribe’s priorities are protecting Treaty rights, community relations, Government to Government politics and relations, preserving the orca and salmon populations, and improving storm and waste water quality throughout the Puget Sound area. 
Leonard believes that the Suquamish tribe’s biggest challenge is protecting Puget Sound water quality and habitat, not just in Kitsap County but around the Sound. He is also concerned about the new trade tariffs: the tribe has 25 to 30 clam divers harvesting clams that are shipped to China. 

Incoming Club President Tim Nichols 

The Rotary International slogan for 2018-2019 is “Be the Inspiration”. Tim 's slogan for Poulsbo Rotary is” Service Inspired”. His objective for the year is to start up a Rotaract Club for Poulsbo.
Meeting Highlights, June 29, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 22, 2018
Jack heading for Las Vegas
Jack shared that he will be walking to Las Vegas. Alone. (Or maybe not… <wink>)

Check Presentations!

Force Tolar presented a checkForce Tolar presented a check from Community Service to Tim Henderson and to brothers Dave and Jim Shields for the Poulsbo Historical Society’s Pilot House Project. 

Alexis Foster presented a checkAlexis Foster then presented a check to Debora Lascelles & Jake Ortega for their Coffee for Hope film project, which will tell the Coffee Oasis story. The money will help feed and transport youth during the project. 



Celebrating our Youth

Geoff Schmidt and Brett Geoff Schmidt and Brett Clark shared their experience over the past year with the Our Gents program in North Kitsap, at the high school and the middle school. They both served as male mentors for students recommended by school counselors for a variety of reasons. They focused on building character, developing scholars, and preparing leaders by promoting respect for self and others, dignity, honor, and empathy. Their enthusiasm showed theirpassion for this valuable program. 
Bob Hawkinson presents youth scholarshipsBob Hawkinson awarded certificates and checks to many outstanding students this morning, including nine awards to recent high school graduates and eight college students. They are all continuing to higher education. Congratulations, recipients!  
Bob Hawkinson presents youth scholarships
Meeting Highlights, June 22, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-06-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 15, 2018

In House Auction

In House AuctionOn June 15th we had an auction of some of Jack Archer’s wines as well as 3 Cuban Cigars. We raised $1276 that will go to the Rotary Foundation. Thank you for all who bid and donated! Jack’s Celebration of Life is Saturday, June 16th.


Check Presentations 

Check Presentations Math OlympiadCheck presentation to Kitsap childrens musical theaterOur Rotary club was able to make 2 check donations this morning: One for $200 to the Math Olympiad to pay for the registration to this year’s competition; and a 2nd to Kitsap Children's Musical Theater for $1400 to help purchase 4 new sewing machines!


Committee Annual Summaries

Funds Development: Donna PledgerFunds Development: Donna Pledger reported on the great work that Funds Development did in 2017/2018. Their goal is to have a comprehensive plan for the whole year that will honor the donors/donations as well as support the Rotary brand. They do this by setting policy, general donation oversight, investigating new revenue sources and brainstorming ideas. The 3 major events they focused on this year are the Gala, Viking Tour and the Kitsap Great Give. 
Public image: Cindy TveitPublic image: Cindy Tveit shared the activities of the Public Image committee. Our goal is to bring more awareness of the great work Rotary does in the North Kitsap area and beyond. Some ways we make that happen are: increase use of Facebook; increasing a presence in the print media (including letters to the editor and 3 articles to date in the Herald); as well as an increase in internal engagement, including changes to the website, weekly What’s Coming Up and Meeting Highlights, a new sign at Snider Field, great visibility thru apparel (hats, fleece jackets, etc.), and snapshots of dollars and hours donated to the community.

David Bobanick Speaks About Rotary First Harvest

David Bobanick Speaks About Rotary First HarvestBorn in 1982 from the mind of a single Rotarian – proving that it one takes one of us to make a change for good in our work – Rotary First Harvest is a group which collects food that might go wasted and unused and helps to get it into the hands of those who need it. With a staff of only 4, David and his team from District 5030 have collected over 418 million healthy servings of produce to aid the 1.14 million needy people in Washington state. Did you know that 60% of the 1.14 million are children and seniors? Did you also know that 40% of food in this state is “wasted”? Food is collected directly from farms large and small in our state, they get help harvesting and gleaning from area clubs and Americorp volunteers. Food is then picked up by trucking company and trucking school's partners to be delivered to groups like NW Harvest – who in turn help to distribute to other food banks in the state. 
Meeting Highlights, June 15, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-06-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 08, 2018

Distinguished Students of Service awards

Distinguished Students of Service awards
Distinguished Students of Service awards
Dr. Lauryn Evans, Steve Hogg, and Roger Gallington presented six outstanding NKHS students with Distinguished Students of Service awards and a $100 scholarship each. The awardees in STEM and CTE are Alexander Jacob Iaroslavtsev, Alex Martin, and Audrey Cole. The awardees in Liberal Arts are Mollie Brislin, Ellen Rhoads, and Treyson Gleich.

Upcoming Events 

• June 29 Installation/Outstallation Dinner at Clearwater Casino 
• July 15 BBQ, Bluegrass, and Beer at the Sawdust Hill Rd Alpaca Farm. 
Poulsbo Rotary has put in 1,374 hours of volunteer service in the last 48 weeks 

Jeff Bauman: A New Vision for Poulsbo Municipal Cemetery

Jeff Baumann: A New Vision for Poulsbo Municipal Cemetery
Jeff shared some historical highlights of the cemetery and gave us a sneak preview of recommendations to be presented to the City Council’s Public Works Committee on June 27th. The recommendations are a proposed Master Plan for the cemetery created by a group of citizen volunteers to guide maintenance and capital improvement projects and to implement a new vision of the Cemetery as not just a burial ground but also as an open air historical space celebrating Poulsbo’s heritage. 
Highlights of the plan include revisions of purchase price for plots, policies on transfer of plots, allowance for an ashes garden for cremated remains, and improvements such as benches, irrigation, and trash receptacles. Services would include flag placement each Memorial Day and Veterans Day, guided historical tours of the cemetery, publication of a historical brochure of the site, an annual volunteer cleanup day, an information page on the city’s web site, and links between the City and “Friends” websites, and removal of inappropriate vegetation.
Jeff has worked for the City of Kirkland, the Seattle (now King County) Metro, and the City of Portland before serving as the Public Works Director for the City of Wilsonville, Oregon. In 2006, Jeff became the Poulsbo Public Works Director until his retirement. He was appointed to fill a two-year vacancy on the Poulsbo City Council and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Kitsap Regional Library. 
Meeting Highlights, June 8, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-06-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 01, 2018

Domestic Violence Prevention Committee Update

Domestic Violence Prevention Committee Update Chad SolvieChad Solvie, chair of our Club’s DV Committee, updated our membership on the work that has been done thus far, including a recap of the history of Ardis Morrow and her mission, a result of the loss of her great grand-nephew Eli who died in 1986 at the hands of his father. Her desire for change has not lessened in the decades since, and Morrow Manor, 8 units of supportive housing being built in Poulsbo with Ardis’ inspiration and Rotary’s help , is now almost a reality, a torch carried through 5 Poulsbo Rotary President terms! So far, 730 donors have given $2.9 million, likely more than enough to complete the project. Well done, Poulsbo Rotary! 

Cheryl Harris—Classification Talk

Cheryl Harris—Classification TalkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Cheryl knew she had a love of singing when, as a child growing up on a dairy ranch, she would talk and sing to the cows. Her love of singing came to a temporary end when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 21, a treatment for which silenced her voice for 6 months. Though her voice eventually returned, and the cancer was vanquished, a new challenge arose—a disabling fear of public speaking. Cheryl faced this fear head-on as well, taking a class to learn how to give persuasive speeches that changed her life. Her happy interracial marriage presented other challenges that she has overcome as well.  Her experiences have taught her well and allowed her to live her life with joy and courage— and have left her with an empowering wisdom.  “By getting through my fears, I could help others get through theirs.”

Homelessness in Kitsap County 

Homelessness in Kitsap County Kirsten JewellAs the Housing and Homelessness Program Coordinator for Kitsap County’s Department of Human Services, Kirsten Jewell painted a sobering picture of the housing crisis in Kitsap County. A lover of data, she cited a number of statistics that helped identify the contributing factors in local homelessness, including an accelerating cost of rentals and home purchases, the increasing number of people moving to the area in search of work and a better life, and the lack of affordable housing inventory or projects in the offing. Add to that mental illness, addictions and a lack of living wage jobs, and we begin to see the magnitude of the challenge. While some progress is being made, especially for veterans in the area, we have much work ahead. Ideas like the use of tiny homes and shared home programs like the HomeShare program at Fishline continue to be some of our most promising options for the near term. Kirsten encourages us to consider county-wide solutions approaches to creation and maintenance of affordable options, an increase in permanent supportive housing for vulnerable populations, and continued coordinated entry through agencies like the Housing Solutions Center of Kitsap Community Resources. Her advice on how you and I can help? “Talk about this with each other, with your community leaders, in your neighborhoods.” Kirsten has given us plenty to talk about, and think about, and we’re grateful for her unflinching view of a difficult problem for many communities.
Meeting Highlights, June 1, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 18, 2018
Newest member, John Waller, Sponsored by Steve Garfein.
Welcome to our newest member, John Waller, Sponsored by Steve Garfein.
Nick Johnson reviewed results for Viking Tour and presented a picture of VIKING JACK BATTU.

Newest Paul Harris Award presented to Alexis Foster

Alexis FosterAlexis Foster became our newest Paul Harris Fellow! Rotarians who contribute a total of $1000 to The Rotary Foundation, the foundation of Rotary International, receive a commemorative pin called the Paul Harris Award, named after the founder of Rotary. 

Important UPCOMING Club Events 

• Jack Archer’s memorial will be June 16. Details on ClubRunner and email from Michele Doyle 
• Installation/Outstallation June 29!! 

Youth Services Committee Report 

Youth Services Committee Report - Alexis FosterAlexis Foster shared the committee’s belief statement and some of this year’s projects and grants: Nelson House (with Community Service), Distinguished Students of Service, OurGEMS and Gents, Suquamish Elementary’s Islandwood trip, 3 projects for NK Schools Foundation, and the Miss Poulsbo/Miss Kitsap/Miss Silverdale Scholarship fund, to name just a few.

Presentation: Seth Muir, of Salish Sea Expeditions 

Presentation: Seth Muir, of Salish Sea Expeditions Seth described some of the innovative “science-under-sail” programs for students that allow the students to take the scientific process from the classroom all the way to a symposium. Students design a project, conduct a meaningful experiment that they do in 1-5 days on a boat, a 65 foot yawl. Salish Sea Expeditions has use of the boat for 1/3 of the year, and they typically operate out of state parks because the boat only sleeps 14, and the class size is larger than that. About 40% of the students receive scholarships, 75% come from public schools, and 25% are low income. Seth reports with pride, “Our students become research science school mariners aboard a floating classroom. It’s hands on.” He said they build a rigorous project, collect the data, and form a conclusion. 
Seth explained that they have many community partners, and that they’re currently expanding to some family projects and winter-time land-based projects. Right now the greatest need is for LOCAL STUDENTS, and the funding to help support them. It’s about $100 per day per kid. This sounded like a very worthwhile program, and our members had lots of interest and questions. 
Meeting Highlights, May 18, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-05-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 11, 2018

Happy 93rd, Ardis!

Ardis Morrow 93rd birthday celebrationFriday’s meeting was filled with birthday surprises for Ardis Morrow. Members responded to President Michele’s secret request to “bury Ardis with flowers” with lush bouquets and fragrant lilacs. A sweet cake with a trick candle, and a hearty rendition of Happy Birthday, made her birthday celebration complete.

Jack’s Countdown 

Jack’s Countdown As his year in the US winds down, Jack is feeling the melancholy of his “lasts” he shared that he attended his last exchange student meeting and will miss the many friends he made during his Poulsbo Rotary year. His playful exchanges with Michele are a highlight of our meetings, and Friday’s meeting was no exception. We are sure going to miss you, Jack! 

There’s more to color than meets the eye!

colorist Melissa BoltAs featured speaker, colorist Melissa Bolt, explained, color is more than about beauty—there is also a psychological aspect, a tangible reaction that comes about when seeing various colors. For instance, did you know that blue is used in bank branding because it represents stability and dependability? Sharing these examples, along with an update on current color technology and trends and how color is used in professional settings, Melissa captivated our members with her strikingly beautiful slides and deep connection to color.  This year’s Pantone color of the year? Ultra Violet! We can all learn more about Melissa’s services by contacting her at

Membership Committee Update

With over 36,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide, 886 of which are new this year, Rotary has maintained its global membership of 1.2 million members through efforts like those made by our Membership team. Poulsbo’s membership stayed steady this year maintaining our status as one of the larger clubs in the area. 


Viking Tour Update

As of Friday’s meeting, 230 riders have signed up, the best year ever! With a stretch goal of 350, our efforts to register riders continues with an expectation of at least 300 by Sunday’s race.

Dates to remember

June 16th, 12-3, Sons of Norway— Memorial for Jack Archer 
June 29, 5:30pm, Clearwater Convention Center—Poulsbo Rotary Installation/Outstallation 
Meeting Highlights, May 11, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-05-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 04, 2018
Geoff Schmidt with Ardis Morrow

Geoff Schmidt filled in for Michelle this morning while she is at the 2018 District Conference! Love the tie, Geoff.


Viking Tour May 20th!

Viking Tour May 20th!
Final Viking Tour planning meeting May 16 at 7:30 AM at Coffee Oasis. Everyone is welcome. Also, join us May 19 at Western Red Brewery for rider packet pick up and a Rotary social.

Frances Malone receives award from Suquamish Tribe

Our own Frances Malone was awarded the Suquamish Tribe—Spirit of Giving: Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations Frances. We’re so proud of you!

Med Reed Classification Talk

Med Reed Classification TalkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Med's dad was in the Navy so he grew up at many Navy bases. Med joined the Marine Corps out of high school. He was slated for OCS but instead headed for the Navy. His assignments include Iraq, Guam, the Pentagon, and a stint in Joint Special Ops. After his twin daughters joined the family he went back to Guam, where as the Logistics lead he was responsible for servicing 115 ships. He is currently assigned as Director of Weapons Systems Support at Keyport. He recently bought a 9 acre property in Seabeck and plans retirement from the Navy in about a year.

Featured Speaker—Gene Bullock

Featured Speaker—Gene Bullock
Gene and his wife spend a lot of time on the road in their RV as the “Geritol Gypsies” where they pursue their passion for bird watching and photography. You may recognize him from his monthly column in most Kitsap County newspapers. Turns out birds are big business: Bird watching and photography in Washington contribute $7.4B to our local economies. 
Fossil evidence shows that many dinosaurs were bird-like and had bright plumage. In that case our friend T. rex would be like “the 10 ton road-runner from hell”. The Kitsap Audubon partners with Kitsap Forest & Bay Coalition and has helped purchase and save 4,000 acres of North Kitsap forest and shoreline. This has been done to attempt to mitigate that nearly half of all North American birds are at risk due to climate change that causes their migration routes to change.
Meeting Highlights, May 4, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-05-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 27, 2018
Jack’s PARENTS joined us!
Jack’s PARENTS joined us!

New member Debbie Broughton

New member Debbie BroughtonDebbie Broughton (sponsored by Margene Smaaladen) was inducted into the club! Welcome, Red Badge Debbie! 



Review: International Services Committee

Brenda WallBrenda Wall shared how the ISC spent $22k on worthy causes worldwide, including a hydrotherapy pool in Ethiopia, Guatemala Safe Stoves project, schools in Burkina Faso, Etta projects (dry composting toilets in Bolivia), Disaster Aid Canada, Side by Side, Days for Girls for Syrian Refugees in Jordan, and more! ISC had a very successful fundraiser this year, raising $53k for Side by Side for projects in S. Africa. 

Check presented to Poulsbo’s Days for Girls

Check presented to Poulsbo’s Days for GirlsBrenda Wall presented a $4k check to Shirley Wilder for Poulsbo’s Days for Girls to send 400 hygiene kits to Syrian Refugees in Jordan.


Important UPCOMING Club Events 

• Viking Tour May 20!! 
• Opportunities for hosting couples from Friendship Exchanges — see Steve Garfein 
• Jack Archer’s memorial will be June 16. Details to be determined. 

Wendell Verduin and Kim Sellick on Side by Side’s Game Changer for Girls

Wendell Verduin and Kim Sellick on Side by Side’s Game ChWendell Verduin and Kim Sellick on Side by Side’s Game Changer for GirlsWendell began by thanking the club for ISC’s fundraiser that raised $53K for Side by Side’s Game-changer for Girls program, which provides hygiene kits, education, and micro-enterprise opportunities for women and girls in South Africa. Wendell then introduced Kim, an expert in working with start-ups and micro-enterprises, who went to South Africa with Side by Side earlier in the month. He showed a short video and a power point which showed how they were able to create jobs for eight people — empowering women with sewing kits to make the hygiene kits to sell in country. At this time it remains heavily subsidized, but the goal is for selfinitiating and self-sustaining sewing centers in country that can maintain an income stream by selling the kits to churches, school districts, and non-profits. He stressed how it was important to not impose a Western business model. Days for Girls trained the sewists, and offered product support, while Side by Side offered financial resources, along with a strong education component.
Meeting Highlights, April 27, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-04-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 12, 2018
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Posted on Apr 06, 2018

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.
Meeting Highlights, April 6, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 23, 2018

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 
Meeting Highlights, March 23, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-03-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 13, 2018
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.
Viking Tour is coming on May 20th Hugh Nelson 2018-03-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 09, 2018

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 online, and feel free to contact Dave at Thank you, Dave! 
Meeting Highlights, March 9, 2018 Hugh Nelson 2018-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 02, 2018
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: 
Presentation by Derek Kilmer Hugh Nelson 2018-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 02, 2018
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! 
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Posted on Mar 02, 2018
  • 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!
Announcements (3-2-18) Hugh Nelson 2018-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 23, 2018
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!
Paul Dudley, Running TOWARDS children fighting for their lives Hugh Nelson 2018-02-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 23, 2018
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.
Debora Lascelles, Coffee For Hope Hugh Nelson 2018-02-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 16, 2018
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
The American Cancer Society: Helping in ways most needed Hugh Nelson 2018-02-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 16, 2018
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.
Chilly Hilly Volunteers Needed Hugh Nelson 2018-02-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 28, 2018
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".
Poulsbo Rotary Helps Open Nelson House to Aid the Homeless Hugh Nelson 2018-01-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 28, 2018
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". 
A Call to Join Rotary Hugh Nelson 2018-01-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 26, 2018
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
Laurynn Evans - Let’s get out the vote! Hugh Nelson 2018-01-26 08:00:00Z 0
Singing for their supper Hugh Nelson 2018-01-26 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 26, 2018
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!
Young Scholars Win Rotary Distinguished Service Award Hugh Nelson 2018-01-26 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 15, 2018
Game Changer for girlsThe Poulsbo North Kitsap Rotary Foundation is sponsoring a fundraiser called “Game-Changer for Girls” on behalf of Side by Side, a local charity fostering micro enterprise and jobs to benefit the education of girls in South Africa. The event will be held at My Girl Diner in Kingston, WA, on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018. My Girl, a replica of a '50s diner, is the perfect place for the event, which will be a fun 50’s theme evening. Attendees can dress up and participate in contests like bubble blowing, dancing the twist, or trying to use a hula hoop - or perhaps just dance to the rock and roll music and relax by the soda fountain. 
Side by Side, a Poulsbo based 501c3, has set up to produce and deliver reusable sanitation products in South Africa. Another US based organization, Days for Girls, already produces in the US and then delivers washable, re-usable sanitary hygiene products for girls in developing countries around the world. Side by Side is attempting through a project called "Game Changer" to establish a microenterprise in South Africa to produce in-country (providing jobs) the same thing that Days for Girls produces here. The need for these products is that girls in developing countries are often ostracized during their menstrual periods and lose so much school time over their teenage years that they never get a good education. Thus they struggle to learn the skills to apply their raw talent to the benefit of society.
The founder of the worldwide charity Days for Girls, Celeste Mergens, will make a presentation at our event about the importance of helping every girl remain in school, even during “that time” of the month.  Celeste has just visited Side by Side’s Game-Changer project in South Africa and will describe her experiences.  Once you meet her, you will be changed. Her passion for helping girls around the world is contagious!
Tickets $35, 5:30 to 9pm. Please contact Brenda Wall to buy tickets, to help sponsor the event, and for other questions.
"Game Changer For Girls" Fundraiser Hugh Nelson 2018-01-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 12, 2018
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.   
Jace Reeves shares his Rotary Exchange Experience in the Czech Republic Hugh Nelson 2018-01-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 12, 2018
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!
Christine Kastanopolous, Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2018-01-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 05, 2018
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.
Property Taxes in Kitsap County Meredith Green and Phil Cook Hugh Nelson 2018-01-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 05, 2018
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. 
Director Pins presented to Rotary Club Board Members Hugh Nelson 2018-01-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 05, 2018
• Jan 10: Viking Tour Kickoff 7:30 am at Coffee Oasis 
• Jan 12: Wine tasting at Don Russell’s at 5:30 : Sparkling Wine 
• Jack Archer: Watch for a “Caring Bridge” website link for updates 
Upcoming events Hugh Nelson 2018-01-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 05, 2018
$5,000 donation to Fishline from Jewelers for ChildrenRichard Koven presented a $5,000 check from Jewelers for Children to Fishline. Poulsbo Rotarians did their part by voting for Fishline as their charity of choice in the annual on line give-away sponsored by Jewelers for Children. Fishline won the award only in the last few minutes of online voting, thanks to a big push right at the end! The money will help fund lunch for school kids when they are not at school. Richard extended special thanks to Michele Doyle and Mary Nader for their help in enlisting the support of the club.
$5,000 donation to Fishline from Jewelers for Children Hugh Nelson 2018-01-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 22, 2017
Thank you Sons of NorwayA grateful Shout-Out to the Sons of Norway who provide the terrific breakfast that motivates so many of us to get to the meeting so early in the morning! 
Thank you Sons of Norway Hugh Nelson 2017-12-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 22, 2017
Don Russell’s “Spirit Bear Trip”Don is an avid photographer and traveler, documenting his trips with his beautiful photographs. This morning he shared with us his 2015 trip to British Columbia along the Alaskan border in search of some elusive wildlife in that area. On the trip he saw bear, mountain goat, elk, bighorn sheep, timberwolves, and humpback whales. Many of these he photographed from as close as 10 feet! His superlative accomplishment was a set of amazing photos of the Spirit Bear, an albino Black bear living in a region of British Columbia inhabited only 400 humans. His descriptions were breathtaking. Thanks, Don!
Don Russell’s “Spirit Bear Trip” Hugh Nelson 2017-12-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 22, 2017
Club and community members responsible for completion of Nelson Park HouseThe December 22 meeting was a wonderful celebration of the completion of the Nelson Park House project. Mayor Becky Erickson, Dave of Coffee Oasis, and representatives of Poulsbo Parks and the City Council were present to voice their appreciation to the hard-working Rotarians, their families, and our community partners who made the renovation of the Nelson Park House a reality. Begun in May, the house has been transformed with fresh paint, new appliances and countertops, and renewed carpet and furniture. Thanks to the large number of Poulsbo Rotarians and the following partners for their hard work and amazing contributions: Carpet Recovery, Home Depot, Creative Countertops, Northwest Integrity, Bainbridge Island Rotary Club, Peninsula Paint, Downsize for Inner Peace, Coffee Oasis, and the City of Poulsbo.
Completion of Work at Nelson Park House Hugh Nelson 2017-12-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 15, 2017
P.K. Maclean Classification TalkP.K. grew up the oldest of four children in the very diverse Seattle neighborhood of Rainier Valley. Hers was the Protestant family in midst of the Jewish and Catholic families. Her husband passed in 2009 and she moved to Poulsbo in 2011 to spend more time with her two daughters, Erin and Megan. She is a Past President of the small Fife Rotary Club (which has since folded). Her full name is Patrice Kathleen, but her mom just put P.K. on her lunch sack so she was just known as P.K. 
P.K. MacLean Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-12-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 15, 2017
Donna Etchey Classification TalkDonna graduated from NKHS in 1982 and started working at the N.K.Herald in 1996 as an office manager. When she moved into sales she became on the top producers and became publisher in 2003. After stints at the Bainbridge Island Review and the Kingston Community News she moved up to General Manger of the Kitsap News Group. That’s now 22 years at the North Kitsap Herald. 
Donna Etchey Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-12-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 15, 2017
Todd Tidball Classification TalkTodd grew up in southern Illinois. He started at Edward Jones as a compliance auditor, a job that had him visiting all 50 states. This gave him ample opportunity to check out places to live in the future. Eventually he decided to get into sales. He set up office here in 1999. He has been with Edward Jones now for 32 years. 
He and his wife Sue have been married for 32 years. They have 2 sons and a daughter. They have hosted 5 exchange students (all women) from Germany, Norway, Finland, Hungary, and Croatia. 
Todd Tidball Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-12-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 15, 2017
NK High School Choir CarolingThe choir from North Kitsap High School brightened up our pre-meeting breakfast with a few beautiful Christmas carols. Thanks, kids! 
NK High School Choir Caroling Hugh Nelson 2017-12-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 15, 2017
  1. Thank You, Jon Pavey, for a wonderful Rotary Christmas Party. Merry Christmas! 
  2. Poulsbo Rotary Gets it Done! 542 hours of volunteer work in the last 23 weeks
Announcements 12-15-17 Hugh Nelson 2017-12-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 08, 2017
Discovering the Magic of Fly Fishing - Chris MadisonWhat a delight it was to have Chris Madison, one of our most distinguished past members return to talk to us about something dear and important to him:  fly fishing!
Like Christmas, rainbows, and the night sky, fly fishing is magical.  Chris went on to share how three ingredients are necessary to create magic:  anticipation, discovery, and beauty. 
Discovering the Magic of Fly Fishing - Chris Madison Hugh Nelson 2017-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 08, 2017
President Elect: Kathy Rayment 
Vice President: Dan Weedin
Secretary: Kristi Sutton
Treasurer: Don Lawrence
Club Service: Jon Pavey
Community Service: Geoff Schmidt
International Service: Brenda Wall 
Professional Service: Tom Eckmann 
Youth Service: Alexis Foster 
Membership: Amy Sanford-Schmidt 
Rotary Found.: Lori Cloutier 
Public Image: Cindy Tveit  
The Club Elects 2017-2018 Board of Directors Hugh Nelson 2017-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 17, 2017
Russ Shiplet Re-joins Poulsbo RotaryRuss Shiplet, former Rotarian returning to Poulsbo Rotary, is inducted with the hearty support of Dan Weedin and Steve Garfein. Welcome back, Russ!
Russ Shiplet Re-joins Poulsbo Rotary Hugh Nelson 2017-11-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 17, 2017
Matt Albee talks about the making of Eleven Winery
Sometimes, life takes us to our heart's desire in very indirect ways. That is certainly the case for Matt Albee, founder and leader of 11 Winery in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
In Matt's case, bicycle racing was his first love. For years, he honed this craft and gained prominence as a world-class bicycle racer. But one day, he literally woke up and thought, "I want to make wine".
They started small, in Matt's garage on Bainbridge Island, and eventually grew his business to now, when they ship over 3,000 cases of wine made from grapes from Eastern Washington. The grapes are carefully chosen because, according to Matt, it is "all about the grapes".
Eleven Winery has gained prestige and awards in a fast-growing industry. There are currently 900 wineries in Washington State, 600 of which grew up in the last 10 years. In this competitive environment, Eleven Winery has managed to stand out to gain local and national recognition for their good work. Their tasting room and wine selections have been voted "Best of Bainbridge".
A couple of interesting tidbits to pass along....
• Today's wine is meant to be consumed right away—contrary to popular belief, not all wines age well.
• Did you ever wonder where the name Eleven comes from? Matt explained that it denotes the cog used in a bicycle gear when "you go all out". A perfect way to connect Matt's two loves.
You can learn more about Eleven Winery by visiting their website at
Matt Albee talks about the making of Eleven Winery Hugh Nelson 2017-11-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 17, 2017
Paul Harris Award to Geoff SchmidtSteve and Cindy Garfein present a Paul Harris Fellowship to Geoff Schmidt. These awards, given in the name of Rotary Founder Paul Harris, are for Rotarians who donate a total of $1000 (or subsequently multiples thereof) to the Rotary Foundation, the charitable non-profit of Rotary International. That makes 100% PFIF participation in the Schmidt family—congratulations!!
Paul Harris Award to Geoff Schmidt Hugh Nelson 2017-11-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 17, 2017
Ardis Morrow on Domestic Violence Prevention and Morrow ManorArdis recounts the circumstances of great grand—nephew Eli's death at the hands of his father—and how things have changed since those days. She remembers how Morrow Manor came about and the milestones ahead, including the status of state funding, the site preparations underway and an update on the construction schedule.
Ardis Morrow on Domestic Violence Prevention and Morrow Manor Hugh Nelson 2017-11-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 10, 2017
Amy Sanford-Schmidt urged members to to learn about becoming a Paul Harris Fellow or joining the Paul Harris Society to contribute to the Rotary Foundation, the foundation that supports Rotary International projects worldwide. During November and December, the Board will MATCH up to 250 POINTS toward a PHF (remember non-Rotarians can be gifted a PHF, too!).
Rotary Foundation News Hugh Nelson 2017-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 10, 2017
• Bob Hill earned his Blue Badge. 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. 
• Our exchange student Jack Battú from Italy reported he’d be going on a trip to California with other exchange students from our area, along with Mike and Lori Cloutier
• The new board member proposals were presented. Voting will be Dec. 8. There is an opening for Sergeant at Arms — Don Lawrence can answer questions. Let Rand Hillier know if you’re interested.
Announcements 11-10-17 Hugh Nelson 2017-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 10, 2017
Bob Doane Presentation on Eastern MedicineClub Member Bob Doane started the Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Poulsbo nearly twenty years ago. The clinic is now the largest privately owned Chinese medicine clinic in the USA, and it attracts people from many countries. His method of acupuncture has been franchised, and is being taught and used all over the world. They’ll be opening 10 clinics a month for the next four years, expanding to Canada next, and then China. Bob talked about health and how to stay healthy as we age, and the importance of the unrestricted flow of blood through the cardiovascular system to deliver highly oxygenated blood and nutrients. Chinese medicine is cardiovascular medicine, using acupuncture to alleviate pain and herbs to maintain health. He said it is extremely good at treating chronic problems, where Western medicine often falls short. He explained some of the physiology behind acupuncture and its role in offsetting the opiate crisis facing our nation. (70% of the whole world’s opiates are produced in the US.) He cautioned that 60% of Americans have “pre clinical heart problems” causing fatigue, anxiety, and insomnia, which many can relate to. He offered free pulse diagnoses after the meeting, and opportunities to follow up at the clinic, with the proceeds of the initial evaluation coming back to the club. Thank you, Bob! 
Bob Doane Presentation on Eastern Medicine Hugh Nelson 2017-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 10, 2017
• December 8 Christmas Party
• Dec 9 Days for Girls at NK Baptist Church 
• Dec 19 Fireside at Jerry Deeter’s 
• Dec 28 Tour of Boeing (See Steve Garfein) 
Upcoming Events Hugh Nelson 2017-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Morrow Manor Donation from the Suquamish Foundation Hugh Nelson 2017-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Bob Doane's contribution helps Poulsbo-NK Rotary Foundation Achieve Milestone Hugh Nelson 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 03, 2017
Tribute to Shorty GaroutteShorty Garoutte, long-time Poulsbo resident and volunteer at the Sons of Norway, passed away recently. Glenn Robbins pays tribute to this amazing man. “He cared about others and was always there to help.” While many may know that Shorty had a long and successful Navy career before becoming a solid citizen of the Poulsbo community, you may not know that he was once the senior enlisted service member in the Pacific Fleet, a position of high responsibility and visibility. Peace be with you, Shorty. You will be missed.
Tribute to Shorty Garoutte Hugh Nelson 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 03, 2017
Fine session - Dr. Laurynn EvansDr. Laurynn Evans, Red Badge Rotarian, slays her first fine session with a running list of “you know the kid at school who….?” and then connects these typical kid traits with adult Rotarians. What a fun way to make money for Rotary!
Fine session - Dr. Laurynn Evans Hugh Nelson 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 03, 2017
Marijuana in our community - Annette AtkinsonAnnette Atkinson from the Bremerton Rotary spoke with our group about cannabis in our community. She spoke about growing up with no particular interest in weed, but saw the “green rush” business opportunity and dove in. As owner and aficionado in this growing industry, Annette took our group on a tour to understand how marijuana works as a relaxation and health benefit, how laws and regulations continue to create some confusion in areas like the handling of cash, and what differentiates popular strains from hemp. The miraculous impact marijuana has on those with Parkinson's or Epilepsy, especially children, was an intriguing perspective in this controversial issue. 
Marijuana in our community - Annette Atkinson Hugh Nelson 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 03, 2017
Celebration of Jack's birthdayThis year’s exchange student Jack (Giacomo Battú from Italy) was surprised on Friday when Amy and Geoff Schmidt made one of his favorites, brownies with peanut butter, in celebration of his upcoming Tuesday birthday. If this doesn’t make Jack fat, we’re not sure what will! 
Celebration of Jack's birthday Hugh Nelson 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 03, 2017
Bridget Young raises funds for Morrow ManorA successful one-woman show featuring Bridget Young’s monologue about her rising above a difficult childhood raised $3,000 for Morrow Manor. The check was presented to Ardis by Bridget and Joni Kimmel.
Bridget Young raises funds for Morrow Manor Hugh Nelson 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 03, 2017
Richard Koven Jeweler's for ChildrenRichard Koven kicks off the Jeweler’s for Children grant contest on behalf of Fishline. Voting daily for the next two weeks will help Fishline receive help for their weekend meal program for low-income children. Here’s the link:
Richard Koven - Jeweler's for Children Hugh Nelson 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 27, 2017
The Interact Club presented some upcoming events:The Interact Club presented some upcoming events: (Note: Poulsbo Rotary sponsors a club at North Kitsap High School called the Interact Club. Club members participate to raise funds and to carry out projects to help our community.) 
• Days for Girls Dec 9 
• A “Fill the Bus” for Fishline 
• Friendship Bags for New Horizons 
Presentation by NK High School Interact Club Hugh Nelson 2017-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 27, 2017
Mike Brown, Principal President of FPH Construction and Sound West GroupMike gave us a great summary of the accomplishments of the Sound West Group, the development and holding group that did the Roxy Theater rebuild, Quincy Square reinvention, Bainbridge Landing, and the new Fishline store. But the true highlight was a presentation on downtown Poulsbo. Marion Sluy sold Sound West Group his aggregate properties, and Sound West plans to retain their unique character and the current tenant mix so that Poulsbo doesn’t lose its village feel and quaint character. The initial focus is on safety of life improvements and deferred maintenance on the buildings along the east side of Front Street. Their plan is to fix up Poulsbo, but they don’t believe it is broken. They want to add parking to downtown while maintaining authenticity in the building architectures. There is a possibility to add up to 122 parking spaces and 40 residential units on the upper floors and behind the Front Street buildings on 3rd Street. They also plan improvements and a unifying theme to lighting, signage, access and pedestrian corridors. Best of luck to Mike Brown and Sound West Group.
Mike Brown, Principal President of FPH Construction and Sound West Group Hugh Nelson 2017-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 27, 2017
Important UPCOMING Club Events 
• Craft Beer Tasting at Amy & Geoff’s Nov 3 
• Salmon viewing station at Fish Park Nov 4—need helpers 
• McMinnville Boeing Tour Dec 28 
Important UPCOMING Club Events Hugh Nelson 2017-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 27, 2017
Todd TidballTodd Tidball gave an unofficial Auction report: we raised $88,000 “give or take” for the Poulsbo-NK Rotary Foundation. Officially, everyone had a great time. Special thanks to Todd and his tireless committee for an outstanding evening!
Auction Fundraiser Report Hugh Nelson 2017-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 27, 2017
Joe Hulsey and Rebecca Heryford earn Blue BadgesEach new club 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 to new Blue Badge Rotarians Joe Hulsey and Rebecca Heryford!
Joe Hulsey and Rebecca Heryford earn Blue Badges Hugh Nelson 2017-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 20, 2017
Jackie Wood - SparkWood Events with Ardis MorrowJackie Wood presented a $1000 check for Morrow Manor, from her company, SparkWood Events, which held a weekend fundraiser, "Inspired You", which several of our members attended. Fantastic!
SparkWood Events presents Check for Morrow Manor Hugh Nelson 2017-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 20, 2017
Kurt and Amy Waeschle and familyA longer title of her presentation would be Amy Waeschle's,“The Curious Life of a Writer And how it often gets me in trouble". Club Member Kurt Waeschle introduced his wife, Amy, who described how her journey toward a life of 14-15 years of travel begun by letting inspiration into her life. She asked herself, “What if I did something different?” She tried surfing and fell in love with it enough to quit her job. She wanted to share these feelings so she started writing stories of her adventures and misadventures. She and Kurt traveled a lot: Morocco, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Mexico. She wrote copy for a sportswear catalog, and they moved to Sicily. They then had their two children, and she wondered if she could write about that. She wrote Chasing Waves, a memoir, and then Going Over the Falls, a novel that came out in May of this year. She writes destination pieces, family stories, how to stories, and journalism pieces, along with building a community for surfers, writers, and parents. She brought some of her books to the meeting, agreeing to sell them if the proceeds went to the club. Thank you Amy for the inspiration! 
Amy Waeschle: On being a writer Hugh Nelson 2017-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 20, 2017
Jack, our Rotary Exchange student from Italy• Our exchange student Jack is enjoying the Halloween decorations around town and candy!
• Poulsbowood is to night!! Come at 5pm! 
• Monday 4:30pm Dress the Viking for Polio Day! Oct. 24!
• Kidzz Helping Kidzz Toy drive continues
Announcements 10-20-17 Hugh Nelson 2017-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 20, 2017
Mark Shorn: Port Gamble Forest UpdateMark described the fundraising efforts to buy the forest (owned by Pope Resources) as a community-driven success story. They are well on their way to creating a “string of pearls, connected by trails.” They welcome help at their work parties held on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 9am by the airfield entrance. 
Mark Shorn: Port Gamble Forest Update Hugh Nelson 2017-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 20, 2017
Mark Olson from the Sebastopol Sunrise Rotary ClubMark Olson from the Sebastopol Sunrise Rotary Club, who visits our club frequently with California wine to help in our fundraising, brought a bottle of wine to auction at the meeting and five more for tonight's Poulsbowood fundraiser! He talked about people in his area who had 1 minute to leave their homes due to wild fires. We raised $1450 immediately by auctioning the wine in the meeting, and will give the money back to Mark’s Club to help those in need. He was also presented a beautiful metal art salmon made by Bob Kimball.
Wine auction to aid California Wildfire Victims Hugh Nelson 2017-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 13, 2017
WISER - Karen Klein and Carrie Arndt
Friday the 13th was a truly “lucky” day for us at the Rotary, as we had the privilege of hearing from guest speakers Karen Klein and Carrie Arndt. Their subject – the Woman’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research, or WISER, in Muhura Bay, Kenya. This wonderful organization, partnering with Duke University, is addressing the educational and healthcare needs of young woman in the area. This program “..takes a holistic approach to the boarding school environment. Unlike other schools in the area, WISER provides everything a girl needs to be successful including — clothes, books, safe housing, female role models, leadership training, healthy food, mosquito nets, HIV education, and essential medicine”. 
How successful are they? 
• 85% of all WISER girls attend a college or university. 
• 95% of all WISER girls in the 2016 graduating class qualified for university. 
• In 2016, WISER girls won three science, math, and engineering prizes at the state level and came in fifth in the seven state regional competition. 
Rotarian monetary donations can go a long way: 
$3000  equals a full scholarship to the WISER School for a year. 
$1000  equals a safe place for 25 girls to live. 
$500 equals all school supplies for 25 girls for one year. 
$100  equals health care for 10 girls for a year 
$50  equals clothing for 2 girls for one year 
$25  equals all textbooks for one girl for one year 
To learn more go to 
Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research in Kenya Hugh Nelson 2017-10-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 13, 2017
POULSBOWOOD update - Todd TidballErina Weible reported that we’ve sold around 200 tickets. Let her know who you want at your table. Todd Tidball reminded that costumes are welcome and invited members to register their credit cards at the meeting in advance. Come early! Come at 5pm! He said the raffle baskets are OUTSTANDING. Raffle tickets will be $5 each or 5 for $20. GOLDEN TICKETS are $50 and earn you a chance at winning any live auction item (except the money tree).  Feel free to donate CA$H if you can’t attend! OCT 20!!!!
POULSBOWOOD update Hugh Nelson 2017-10-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 13, 2017
• ClubRunner training is available through Mike Cloutier 
• Work party Saturday at the north end of Fish Park: carpentry and weeding 
• Volunteers needed to finish furniture for Nelson house: let Michele know 
• National Polio Day 10/24 and a “Dress the Viking” event with fire department 
• Toy drive continues for Kidzz helping Kidzz: new toys for ages 2-18 
• Rappin’ Rand is still collecting for Poulsobwood’s Mystery Purse 
• Jack (our exchange student Giacomo Battú from Italy) enjoyed his first NK HOMECOMING, and will be joining INTERACT!
Announcements 10-13-17 Hugh Nelson 2017-10-13 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome New Member Christine Kastanopolous Hugh Nelson 2017-10-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 06, 2017
Dr. Laurynn Evans, Superintendent of North Kitsap School DistrictDr. Laurynn Evans started the morning with her induction to the club (sponsored by Glen Robbins), then she stepped up to the podium as our featured speaker. Laurynn shared her high level of passion for kids that brought her to the position she is in now. After many years of teaching in the classroom, and as Dean of Students and as a principal, she applied for the superintendent position because she saw hope. Now, after her first 100 days, she is focusing on her Big 3 Messages: Extraordinary care, Focus on the Fundamentals, and Stay the Course. Her goal is to build trust, be visible, and dial in teaching and learning. She is clearly “in it to win it” for our kids and community. Welcome! 
Dr. Laurynn Evans, Superintendent of North Kitsap School District Hugh Nelson 2017-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 06, 2017
Frances MaloneOur Club’s first column was printed in today’s North Kitsap Daily News! Our own Frances Malone captured the legacy of our club beautifully! Please write to editor Richard Walker to thank him for making the public aware of what we do! Stay tuned for more articles!
Poulsbo Rotary Article in the North Kitsap Herald Hugh Nelson 2017-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 06, 2017
Katri Ollila from Finland* Coffee Oasis Coffee brought to you this week by Wendall and Kelly Verduin 
* Kidzz Helping Kidzz Toy drive continues 
* Turn in your volunteer hours to “Thingy” 
* Check out your Little Black Book! There’s lots of good info in it 
* Our 2015-16 Rotary Exchange Student, Katri Ollila from Finland, is back for a 2-month visit! YAY!
Announcements 10-6-17 Hugh Nelson 2017-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 06, 2017
Todd Tidball promotes Poulsbowood on October 20thTodd Tidball assured the club that this auction boasts the best inventory ever! From dinner and a walking tour in France to a beautifully crafted fish by Bob Kimball and everything in between. Erina Weible said we’re just shy of 180 people and that ticket sales are extended until the 9th. We need an accurate count so the casino can have enough seats and staff, so buy those final tickets! And get those costumes ready! 
Poulsbowood Update! Hugh Nelson 2017-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 06, 2017
Brenda Wall urges Jim Shields to paint his pinkie purpleIt’s back! Please donate $1 to the End Polio Now cans each week and paint your pinkie purple to raise awareness of Rotary's continuing efforts to eradicate polio.
Paint your Pinkie Purple! Hugh Nelson 2017-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 29, 2017
SEA Discovery Museum - Lauren Kemper
On Sept 29th, Lauren Kemper, Volunteer and Program Coordinator of the SEA Discovery Museum, shared with us the changes, improvements and future plans of our local marine science center (it was formerly called the Poulsbo Marine Science Center). The “SEA” in the title stands for Science Education Aquarium. Lauren, a UW graduate, has been with the SEA Discovery Museum since 2004. Thanks to a revamp by Western Washington University, the museum is now open 6 days per week, being seen by about 10,000 visitors per year –offering field trips and volunteer opportunities. One of the many projects the SEA is working on is compiling data on the food dynamic of Liberty Bay.
Depending on the age group, programs can include classroom work, time on the floating lab, Kid’s/GEMS night out, summer camps, and Grandparents University. The museum also offers internships for college students and soon hopes to offer internships to high school age scholars. 
How can Rotarian’s help? SEA is always looking for volunteers – no experience necessary. SEA also operates primarily on donations, so please consider giving to this local treasure. 
SEA Discovery Museum - Lauren Kemper Hugh Nelson 2017-09-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 22, 2017
Classification talk by Jacob MaxwellJacob Maxwell’s early life very rough, but he landed in Bremerton at age 11. He shared his path from fixing infected computers to eventually growing his own company. He has studied success and understands the value of a positive outlook and the people you associate with. He finds Rotary and its members to be very inspiring. We find him inspiring too; he earned his blue badge by completing his classification talk.
Classification talk by Jacob Maxwell Hugh Nelson 2017-09-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 22, 2017
Classification talk by Erin SorensenErin Sorensen moved from Port Orchard to Poulsbo 4 years ago. She’s been in banking since age 17, starting as a teller, then educating Navy recruits, then business banking. She now works at Kitsap Bank. She married a sailor she met at “50 cent beer night”, and they have 2 boys, one at KMS and the other at KHS. Coffee Oasis has a special place in her heart for helping her son during a tough time. He is now doing great! 
Classification talk by Erin Sorensen Hugh Nelson 2017-09-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 22, 2017
Classification talk by Aalesa BarkerEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Aalesa Barker was born in Ohio, the 3rd of 5 kids, then lived in Alaska until age 5, when her family returned to a small community in Ohio. She met her husband James there, where they lived 4 years before heading to Maine. They now live in Washington with 3 kids, aged 18, 16, and 14. She works for Columbia Bank.
Classification talk by Aalesa Barker Hugh Nelson 2017-09-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 22, 2017
Classification talk by Joe HulseyJoe Hulsey had lost both parents by age 21. He married and has 2 grown kids and 2 grandkids. He was drafted into Viet Nam as enlisted, but went to college and became a Navy Flier. He left the Navy after 21 years and became a  subject matter expert in electronic warfare. He retired fully in 2015 but still does a little consult- ing. He has lived in all 50 states, was 32 countries, and 28 houses!
Classification talk by Joe Hulsey Hugh Nelson 2017-09-22 07:00:00Z 0
Results from the Joint Food Drive with Poulsbo Lions Club Hugh Nelson 2017-09-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 22, 2017
Rick Darrow updates the club on Morrow Manor.Rick Darrow shared that Ardis told a story at the Kiro 7 Kids Classic Golf Tournament event that had the whole room laughing. Then she talked about domestic violence and described Morrow Manor to a now silent room. The OneEightyFoundation then gave her a check of $5000 for Morrow Manor. 
Morrow Manor Update Hugh Nelson 2017-09-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 15, 2017
Changing the Game for Girls All Over the World
With 1.5 billion women of reproductive age around the world, 300 million of whom live on less than $1.25 a day, we can better understand how so many young girls miss school on the days of their period due to lack of feminine hygiene items. Getting hygiene products into the hands of the poorest girls, this simple idea has propelled Molly Mansker and her “Days for Girls” charity to center stage, and many are coming together to continue this powerful way to empower girls. Serving over 800,000 girls via 1,000 chapters and teams worldwide, Gamechanger for Girls offers sustainable hygiene solutions, health education and advocacy while building micro enterprises in the villages with the greatest need. Because 78% of new HIV infections in South Africa are happening in girls between the ages of 15-19, Molly and her team are also helping educate on HIV prevention.
“Bring your girl to My Girl”, a fundraiser for Molly’s charity, will be held at the My Girl Diner in Kingston on February 3. 
“Our goal is to offer more freedom, more control and less fear. We can actually enact change!” 
Changing the Game for Girls All Over the World Hugh Nelson 2017-09-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 15, 2017
Poulsbowood Update Rapper RandTodd Tidball and Erina Weible delivered an enthusiastic pep talk for our Club as we enter into the final weeks of Poulsbowood 2017 preparations. Rapper Rand did not disappoint, coming equipped with a very transparent, very large receptacle for Mystery Purse Donations! Tickets are now on sale via Brown Paper Tickets (hint: search for “Poulsbowood 2017”), and our Rotarians are strongly encouraged to sell as many as possible—our goal is 400 attendees! Please remember to bring 2 bottles of wine on October 6 to help stock one of the most popular auction items we auction. 
Poulsbowood Update Hugh Nelson 2017-09-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 15, 2017
Chad Solvie updates the club on the Morrow Manor projectChad Solvie updated our Poulsbo Rotary on Friday, sharing the latest news about Morrow Manor funding and strategy. He told our club that several large capital grants are pending, including one with the State of Washington and another with a foundation grantor. Good news about these grants will nearly take us to the finish line! Chad also updated us on a change in leadership at the YWCA, with Denise Frey moving on and a search for a new executive director underway.
Morrow Manor Update Hugh Nelson 2017-09-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 15, 2017
Home Depot Grant Awarded to Nelson Park ProjectThanks to the quick and articulate efforts of Kathy Foresee, Mayor Becky and Poulsbo Rotary President Michele Doyle, a grant of $8,000 was awarded to the Nelson Park project by Home Depot! This amazing funding will help with the remodel and furnishing efforts now underway, allowing 5 homeless girls to have a safe home and a fresh start. Congratulations to all involved!! 
Home Depot Grant Awarded to Nelson Park Project Hugh Nelson 2017-09-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 08, 2017
Dan Weedin on Youth Exchange - Jack our inbound exchange studentDan focused on the Outbound Exchange program and invited all Club Members to check out Emily Carthum’s blog. Right now the club is seeking students who will be 16-18 years of age next school year who are interested in being an ambassador abroad. Dan will send out details. We’re also seeking future host families. THANK YOU to this year’s host families who are hosting Jack from Italy: Amy/Geoff Sanford-Schmidt, Naveen Chaudhary, Lori/Mike Cloutier, and Alexis/Jason Foster.
Jack said he had enjoyed the Labor Day BBQ at Lori and Mike Cloutier’s, and had started school, then, as brothers will do, he told a funny story, poking fun at his host-sister. She was not as amused as Jack.
Dan Weedin on Youth Exchange Hugh Nelson 2017-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 08, 2017
Jessie Nino gives Poulsbowood UpdateJessie Nino reviewed some of the items that have been donated, including two big wine fridges that Club Members will help fill, time at a farmhouse in France, a front row slip during Viking Fest, Seahawks tickets, and an aerobatic airplane ride. NEEDED ITEMS include donation of dinner in Seattle, hotel stays, and airline miles. Tickets are now available at Remember it’s a costume function. Help sell tickets by saying, “Make your donations do more!” Tickets are also available from Erina Weible. BUY YOUR TICKETS!!!! And please bring wine on October 6 to fill those fridges!
Poulsbowood Update! Hugh Nelson 2017-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 08, 2017
Shannon Singleton, from NK Schools Foundation Strong Schools = Strong Communities Shannon explained that the NK Schools Foundation helps fully fund education through enrichment, with Rotary as one of their biggest sponsors. The Foundation helped purchase educational materials, art supplies, technology, supplemental programs, field trips, PE, STEM, professional development, and $68,000 in educational opportunity grants, to name a few projects. She thanked Poulsbo Rotary for their $4800 in funding last year.
Our club wanted to honor Shannon for her great efforts as an advocate for kids, education, and our community, and did so by awarding her a Paul Harris Fellowship, an award named after the Founder of Rotary. Thank you Shannon! 
Shannon Singleton, from NK Schools Foundation Strong Schools = Strong Communities Hugh Nelson 2017-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 01, 2017
Congratulations and Thank You to Glen Robbins!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. Lori Cloutier introduced Glen Robbins, our newest Paul Harris Fellow. Glen is a new Rotary club member and has already achieved this terrific honor! Way to go, Glen! 
Congratulations and Thank You to Glen Robbins! Hugh Nelson 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 01, 2017
Dan Schoonmaker, City of Poulsbo Chief of Police, on Community ResilienceDan spent 27 years as an officer in Westminster, CA, mostly on SWAT. Along the way he earned his BS in Emergency Management and Masters in Criminal Justice. He moved to the Northwest in 1990 and was elected to his current post in Dec. 2016. His career took an abrupt turn on April 20, 1999: the day of the shootings at Columbine HS. It changed his mind about the way police handle community police actions. On that day, police officers arrived on scene and waited for SWAT to arrive to handle the situation. That was SOP then. Bystanders also don’t react as quickly as they should. They don’t call 911, they don’t apply first aid or help the victims, they video the action. Police and Fire Departments began to think about how to close the gap between the inception of an incident until units arrive on scene. The First-Care Provider concept was born: a pilot gave teachers training and skills to respond, not as ER personnel, but as first responders. This gave them the skills and confidence they could do the right thing. In tests, response times dropped dramatically. DHS now has a “Stop the Bleed” program. Previously, tourniquets were a bad thing, but they can really save lives. YOU can make a difference! Call 911. Stop the bleeding! Provide comfort until emergency responders arrive. Check Poulsbo Facebook page for information. Get involved! 
Dan Schoonmaker, City of Poulsbo Chief of Police, on Community Resilience Hugh Nelson 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Rand Hillier introduces the Poulsbowood Mystery Purse Hugh Nelson 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 01, 2017
Bob Hill Classification TalkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Bob is the service manager at Liberty Bay Auto, which is a long way from his early life in Oceanside, Barstow and Beaumont, California. He moved to Silverdale in the 9th grade and graduated from CK. He helped his mother run a restaurant and then took a job at the Jeep dealer in Seattle. Soon after he got a computer networking degree from ITT, but he returned to the auto business. His wife spent most of her life in the Northwest, while his daughter graduated from college in Denver. His dad taught him persistence and a good work ethic, which has come in handy while troubleshooting wiring problems in today’s ultra-complicated automobiles! 
Bob Hill Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 24, 2017
Poulsbo Rotary Club's next community service project is our joint food drive with Lion's Club for Fishline. The food drive will be on Friday, 9/15 and Saturday, 9/16 between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The participating markets are Walmart, Red Apple, and Central Market.  
Please bring your food donations to any of those markets. Poulsbo Rotary and Fishline will be most appreciative of any donations!
Joint Food Drive for Fishline with the Poulsbo Lions Club Hugh Nelson 2017-08-24 07:00:00Z 0
Silverdale, Bainbridge, Kingston &amp; Poulsbo Picnic Hugh Nelson 2017-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 18, 2017
Jack Archer and Mark NicholsonSometimes great ideas start quite innocently. In an attempt to create shareable space, with shareable tools, for local artisans, the creators of the BARN on Bainbridge Island realized the great unmet need in the community. It was time to build something bigger, so they began to fundraise, started to build and what developed was far greater than their imaginations. Artists and specialists in a broad array of creative arts, including woodworking, boat building, jewelry and fine metals, book production with a writer’s studio, and kitchen arts are just the beginning of the expertise available to visitors and members! Members of the BARN can learn and develop their skills with the help of volunteer artisans, and the response has been overwhelming. As Mark Nicholson, Executive Director, described it, they have already reached capacity of inner space and parking. A good idea indeed! PNK Rotary’s very own Jack Archer has played an instrumental role both as teacher and organizer. We see now why he is so excited.
A New BARN Comes To Town! Hugh Nelson 2017-08-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 18, 2017
Jim Nall’s Classification Talk Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. When Jim joined Lockheed in California in the mid 1960’s, they saw his potential from the start. They would take him under their wings, offer to pay for his college, and he would begin a journey that would help him develop the skills needed to launch his company many years later. Jim and his family transferred to Bangor in 1992 and 2 years later founded Paladin Data Systems. Their first customer, a little company named Starbucks, would help get Paladin on the map and develop a customer base that includes many F500 and military jurisdictions. Lest he get carried away with all his success, his wife of 35 years keeps him humble. An example? After a heady shareholder meeting, where Jim shined and received many accolades, his wife leaned over later and whispered, “You talk too much”. Welcome back to Poulsbo Rotary Jim!
Jim Nall’s Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-08-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 18, 2017
Dennis Carlson, accompanied by Buelah DowningFor his over 60 years of dedication to food sufficiency throughout the world, Dennis Carlson, accompanied by Buelah Downing, was awarded a Paul Harris 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. Clubs and individuals may "donate" on behalf of other deserving individuals to recognize their contributions to the ideals of Rotary. 

In her stirring introduction, Gayle Heller chronicled Dennis’ six decades of dedication to the people of North Ethiopia who have for many years lacked proper nutrition or regular access to fruits and vegetables. In Dennis’ decades of service, he estimates they have helped feed 600,000 people. What an awesome example of “Service Above Self”!
Special Paul Harris Presentation Hugh Nelson 2017-08-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 11, 2017
Katy Cornell, Co-founder and President of Walk in the Light InternationalKaty Cornell, Co-founder and President of Walk in the Light International, grew up in Port Orchard and felt she had to do something with her life but didn’t know what. A fellow college student invited her to visit Burkina Faso, a small, poverty-stricken, desert country in West Africa. On a whim she went and found a country with 77% unemployment and 40% of the population living below the poverty line. People walked 5 miles to a muddy river for their weekly water. But the people in the town of Rialo welcomed them and made them a part of their family. Katy formed Walk in the Light in 2009 to help them. Within 2 years they built a school for 150 kids through 8th grade, but the government lacked the systems and infrastructure to run it, so they kept it. The pass rate went from 15% per year to 98%! The graduating students had nowhere to go, so they started a secondary school in a one room building. It grew to 60 kids, all but 2 of whom passed the course of instruction. Walk in the Light has now built 3 primary schools and a secondary school with 800 students attending. Fifteen wells have been built to provide water to 30,000 people. They provided 37 microloans to women in the community. They began to improve healthcare, and now Rialo has the best health care in Burkina Faso. At 27 years of age and 10 years after founding Walk in the Light, Katy knows what she wants to do with her life. 
Walk in the Light International Hugh Nelson 2017-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 11, 2017
1. August 11: Paint party at Nelson House.
2. Tequila Tasting tonight at Cloutier’s 
3. Fireside at Jerry Deeter’s Sept 7. 
4. New exchange student arriving 8/24 
Important UPCOMING Club Events Hugh Nelson 2017-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 11, 2017
Presentation of Club BannersDon Russell presented banners from Rotary clubs in Istanbul, Rome, Anchorage, and Lithgow, Scotland. Emily presented a banner from Aberdeen, WA.
Presentation of Club Banners Hugh Nelson 2017-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 11, 2017
Don Russell’s Classification TalkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Don met his wife Pat in NYC. After getting married they moved to Seattle where he took a job as a civil engineer. He worked on public agency building projects, the carrier base in Everett, and a fish hatchery project. Don’s hobbies are photography, mountaineering (climbing Mt. Rainier 13 times), and skiing. They travel extensively throughout the world. On a cruise from Istanbul to Rome they met the Joneses from Australia and became great friends, taking other trips with them. Now married 30 years, they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. He joined Rotary to financially support Rotary’s work and be involved in local activities.
Don Russell’s Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 04, 2017
KUDOS to Poulsbo Rotarian Terry Burns and the Windermere group for their under-the-radar work party at Eli’s House. They put up the residents (survivors of domestic violence) in a motel while the teams did significant maintenance, repairs, and planted new plants. WOW! We want to see photos! 
Windermere Poulsbo work on Eli's House Hugh Nelson 2017-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 04, 2017
• The triple-threat of work parties happened last Saturday at Nelson House, at the Fish Park to Nelson Park foot bridge, with furniture restoration at the a storage unit! Next work party is Saturday, Aug. 12, 9am-12. 
• Tequila tasting Aug. 11 at Cloutier’s home at 5:30pm. Please bring food! 
• Contact Jon Pavey for a Sons of Norway Apron with your name on it.  
• All sponsor spots for Annual Review are TAKEN!  
• New exchange student arriving 8/24 
Important notices 8-4-2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 04, 2017
Exchange Student Emily Carthum needs your Poulsbo-themed pinsEmily, our outward-bound exchange student to Croatia, is asking for donations of Poulsbo-themed pins for her to exchange with other students overseas.  Please bring your pins to  the next meetings for her until she departs! 
Exchange Student Emily Carthum needs your Poulsbo-themed pins Hugh Nelson 2017-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 04, 2017
Committee Chairs share their why Michele invited all the committee chairs to share their “why” and their goals for the coming year. She has slides with the data that will be uploaded to the website soon.  
Committee Chairs Share their "Why?" Hugh Nelson 2017-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 04, 2017
Michele Doyle
Michele Doyle began by playing the Simon Sinek (short edited) Ted Talk called, “Start with Why.”  The talk stressed the importance of working from the inside (why we do some- thing) to the how and the what rather than from the outside in. Michele pointed out that it FEELS GOOD to DO GOOD, and that’s okay. It is, indeed, part of our “why.”
She also reminded members:
1.) To get invitations out for the Fall Fundraiser: Poulsbowood;
2.) and that attending a committee meeting within two weeks of missing a Friday meeting can serve as a make-up! Just email Kirsti Sutton to get it on the books. 
Michele’s Moments 8-4-2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 28, 2017
Fall Gala and Fundraiser - Todd Tidball and Alexis FosterTodd began by stressing the importance of the “why” behind our auction/major fundraiser: Morrow Manor, scholarships, Coffee Oasis, international projects, Fish Park, Nelson House, and many more. He encouraged members to invite people to attend and let them know it’s a fundraiser for these very worthy causes. The theme will be Hollywood, costumes are welcomed, and there will be contests, awards, live auction, raffle baskets, golden tickets, and a magic show. There may be a small silent auction, but minimum values will be in the $500 dollar range. A 2002 Avalon, 2 wine fridges, and a week in a Hawaii condo have already been donated, but we need much more. 

Alexis offered advice on who to invite: people who want to attend an EVENT and have an EXPERIENCE. Tickets will be in the $75 dollar range, and guests will walk the red carpet. She led a discussion on the value of 2-min. video presentations, combined with some good personal presentations to promote our projects/causes. Alexis will be in charge of ticket sales for the event, which will be on a FRIDAY evening this year. She and Todd asked club members to list 3+ prospective attendees/guests and to complete personal invitations to send out. We need to sell a minimum of 400 tickets, but we would love to sell 600 to make it sensational. Save the date: October 20th!
Fall Gala and Fundraiser - Todd Tidball and Alexis Foster Hugh Nelson 2017-07-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 28, 2017
Bronson Charette’s Classification Talk Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Bronson was born and raised in Oregon. After high school, he repaired computers and taught people how to use them. He worked for Lancair in Bend on a data acquisitions team. After earning a double major in mathematics and education (with a minor in music), he went to work in management at Walmart. He told the story of how he met his wife, from how she ran away from her family to be with him, to their eventual move to Poulsbo.
Bronson Charette’s Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-07-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 28, 2017
Dr. Laurynn Evans, new superintendent of NK School DistrictDr.Evans expressed her thanks and gratitude on behalf of the NK students who have been helped by our donations to the NK Schools Foundation and through scholarships from our club. She has been in education for over 20 years and purchased her "forever home" in our area. Welcome Dr. Evans!
Dr. Laurynn Evans, new superintendent of NK School District Hugh Nelson 2017-07-28 07:00:00Z 0
Poulsbowood! - Friday, October 20, 2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-07-27 07:00:00Z 0
Letter from Sidney to the Club Hugh Nelson 2017-07-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 26, 2017
We're excited to kick off the work parties for the Nelson House.  In case you've missed it, Poulsbo Rotary, the City of Poulsbo, and Coffee Oasis are once again partnering to help homeless and at risk youth in our community.  Coffee Oasis is assuming the caretaker responsibilities for Nelson Park, and will be occupying the Nelson House as part of those responsibilities.  Five young women in transition and case management with Coffee House will live in the house along with a house manager.  Poulsbo Rotary is helping update the house and plans work parties every other weekend until we're done.
We will start this Saturday with the following tasks:
  • Demo flooring and kitchen cabinets
  • Look at furniture and assign teams to clean/paint (Michele Doyle to lead at North Kitsap Storage)
  • Prep walls and ceiling for painting
  • Trim bushes on sidewalks to provide better access to house
Rotarian Chris Doving will be the overall project manager for the update.  Please let Chris or Michele know if you're willing to lead a team.  Michele will be looking for team leads to take furniture offsite for cleaning/painting.  We'll also need to launder linens we obtained at the Bainbridge auction.
On a final note, we were able to pickup most of what we needed at the Bainbridge Rotary auction.  We are still looking for a white 24' dishwasher and 30" stove.  Although they don't need to be new, they need to work well.  Please let me know if you have a resource for these items.
Rotarians are welcome to signup online or wait for the clipboard at Friday's meeting. Non-Rotarians are welcome to contact the club through the "Contact Us" box at right on our homepage or by clicking the "Send Message" button on our Facebook page at "Poulsbo Rotary" if you'd like to volunteer to help!   
Event:Nelson House Work Party
Date:Jul 29, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:Nelson House
20756 Viking Way NW
Poulsbo, WA United States
Boots on the Ground this Saturday, July 29, at Nelson House! Hugh Nelson 2017-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 22, 2017
Club Picnic 2017Many thanks to Bonnie Pedersen for hosting this year's club picnic. It was also a going away party for Sidney, our Rotary foreign exchange student from The Netherlands, and a send off party for Emily, our Exchange Student heading to Croatia. Here is a link to see photos from the event.
Club Picnic 2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-07-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 21, 2017
Erin Jones Speaks about her PassionErin Jones, fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Dutch, has been a champion for kids and education for 25 years, in many diverse communities. She was adopted by a Norwegian family in a very white and blond area of the US, then moved to The Netherlands, where although she was the only black person, nobody cared about hair or race. She attended a very expensive school where her father taught, and she met international dignitaries, including the wife of Anwar Sadat. After Erin told The Princess of Egypt that she was teaching herself Hebrew and Arabic to solve the Middle East Crisis, the princess said, “You are a world changer, Erin.” She was right, and Erin took her words to heart. She also had a teacher who pushed her, saying, “Being average is easy. I dare you to be great.” Erin rose to the challenge. Erin returned to see America at age 15, where, in Washington DC, she saw people who “all looked like me,” for the first time. She roomed with two black girls from South Carolina who helped her see, for the first time, that she could be pretty. She moved back to the US for college at 18. Erin has been applying her unique experiences and talents to help educators better serve diverse populations, inspiring others to become their best selves. In 2016, she was the first black woman to run for a WA state office (Superintendent of Public Ed), and lost by an agonizing 1%. She has since opened her own LLC on Culturally Responsive Practices, and will start her Ph.D soon. 
Erin Jones Speaks about her Passion Hugh Nelson 2017-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 21, 2017
Sidney MomentSidney said her good byes, but promised to come back! She read a lovely letter to the Club and received a beautiful wood box handmade by Rand, complete with a secret compartment for her to locate. Dan also presented a tribute video for Sidney and her host families to enjoy. Help send her off at tomorrow’s Summer Picnic at Bonnie’s home. We’ll see you later, Sidney! 
Sidney Moment 7/21/2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 21, 2017
  1. Work party at Nelson House Saturday,  July 29. More details here.
  2. Bring names of 3-5 guests for the Fall Fundraiser to next week’s meeting for Save the Date cards.
  3. Sign up for a $100 sponsor spot (online or clipboard) for the Annual Review in the Kitsap Herald.
Important Club Business Hugh Nelson 2017-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 21, 2017
Erina Weibel’s Classification TalkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Erina grew up in Western Washington, graduated from NKHS and married her high school sweetheart. They now have four kids, ages 7-19. Although Erina got a degree in Interior Design and worked for The Gap for 16 years, she moved to full time paid ministry for many years. She is now involved with health and wellness through Arbonne, and remains active in the community, schools, and ministry work. Thank you for your talk, Erina!
Erina Weibel’s Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 14, 2017
Major-General Ed Browne and the Apache Helicopter ProgramThe long title of General Brown's presentation was "Successfully Managing the Apache Program through Corporate Intrigue and a Watchful Congress". Major General Ed Browne, retired, served as the program manager for five aircraft, including the Apache Program Manager from 1976 to 1982.  At the time, the Army’s “Big Five” were all competing for limited funds: Apache, Blackhawk, Patriot, Bradley, and Abrams. The Apache (AH-64) an Advanced Attack Helicopter (AAH), received its name in keeping with the Army’s traditional use of American Indian tribal names for its helicopters. General Browne shared that he loved Indian lore, and  he told the story of how Jeronimo had said, “I should have fought until I was the last man alive.” With the Apaches judged to be the “meanest” and most fearsome fighters, the name seemed appropriate for this particular helicopter. Browne had to submit three names, so he submitted: Apache, Apache, Apache. After he gained approval from the Apache chief, the AH-64 became the Apache in 1981. Browne engaged in remarkable negotiations between Hughes Helicopter and Congress, to get the helicopter built the way it needed to be built, and it  got approved for full-scale production in 1982.  One of the revolutionary features of the Apache that Browne discussed, besides its tail design, was its helmet mounted display, which, among other things, allowed either the pilot or gunner to “slave” the guns to their helmets, making the gun track their head movements and point where they looked! Great presentation. 
Major-General Ed Browne and the Apache Helicopter Program Hugh Nelson 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 14, 2017
Mike Cloutier HonoredMembers from several clubs honored Mike (pictured with silver plate) with “Grateful Appreciation” for developing the database used by 16 districts for their Youth Services (WESSEX — Western States Student Exchange) Thank you, Mike, for all your hard work! 
Mike Cloutier Honored Hugh Nelson 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Become a Sponsor for the Club's Annual Review Ad Hugh Nelson 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 14, 2017
New member Mary FitzMary Fitz, sponsored by Ardis Morrow, was enthusiastically inducted into the club. Welcome, Mary!
New member Mary Fitz Hugh Nelson 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 14, 2017
Community Services Check Presentation to Alex AshleForce Tolar presented a check for $332 from the Poulsbo-NK Rotary Foundation to Scout Alex Ashley of Troup 1571 for his Eagle Scout project. He will be building garden boxes in the green space between the Martha and Mary Retirement Apartments and the Child Care Center. He was inspired to create a beautiful space to be enjoyed by two different populations: the old and the young. He aspires to “make where we live better.” Well done, Alex! 
Check Presentation to Alex Ashle Hugh Nelson 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 07, 2017
Bonnie BlockBonnie Block, local nature photographer extraordinaire, survived a recent hippo attack and was ready with her presentation after just barely returning from Botswana. She is a self-taught photographer whose love for taking photos began with a camera her parents bought for her when she was a girl. After retiring from working in the meat department for Town and Country Markets, she shared that she has always had a very strong animal background, “even cutting them up.” Bonnie thrilled us with her slides of animals and talks about the elements that make a photographic shot special such as textures and light, creating a dramatic effect and most importantly to make an emotional connection with the viewer. In the photo Bonnie stands before her photograph, which is the National Audubon Society’s 2016 Grand Prize Winner and is showcased at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.
Bonnie Block - Award Winning Nature Photographer Hugh Nelson 2017-07-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 07, 2017
Rebecca HeryfordEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Rebecca Heryford is literally a gold digger…. Born to physician parents in Texas, Rebecca found a different path at Virginia Tech, her alma mater. While there she explored her options and learned that the mining engineering graduates have a 100% placement record. With her degree in hand she worked for a number of companies, including one that allowed her to travel to 5 different continents. But love found her at a Kiwanis Club meeting in California where she met her husband, who shares her commitment to volunteer service. His job took him to Kitsap, and she has been working at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for the last 2 years.
Rebecca Heryford Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-07-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 07, 2017
Sidney EngelbertinkOur beloved inbound exchange student, Sidney Engelbertink delivered her weekly update.  One of the strongest and richest components of the Poulsbo Rotary Club is its commitment and investment into the Youth Exchange Program that nurtures these bright ambassadors of peace every year. 
As this exchange year draws to a close, we are not eager to let Sidney go. 
Sidney Minute 7-7-2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-07-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2017
Emily CarthumOutbound Exchange Student, Emily Carthum shared that she is still looking for odd jobs to raise money for her exchange and now has a GoFundMe page.
Outbound Exchange Student Emily Carthum Hugh Nelson 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2017
The Bainbridge Island Rotary Club generously offered to allow our Club to select furniture and household items from their Rummage Sale stock before the sale. An intrepid group from the Club, using President Michele’s plan, selected and transported the items for later use in the Nelson House.
Nelson House Update Hugh Nelson 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2017
Paul Stillwell—Meridian Energy GroupPaul Stillwell. Senior Representative of Shareholder Relations of the Meridian Energy Group, described the company’s new refinery project in North Dakota—the Davis Refinery. This will be only the third refinery in North Dakota, in spite of the oil boom. He related that his company went to great lengths to make sure the permitting process was “open,” to allow public scrutiny and that they have gone to great lengths to mitigate any environmental impact on the community, including engaging a local college to design the topography of the refinery to blend into the area and have no impact on wildlife.  The new refinery is being “engineered to be the cleanest refinery ever built.”  
Paul Stillwell—Meridian Energy Group Hugh Nelson 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2017
Tony SmallbeckEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Tony Smallbeck delivered his Classification Talk. He described the migration of his Swedish and German ancestors in the early days of the U.S., ending up in the Poulsbo area. He noted he was a competitive rower, and still likes to row. His career was in accounting, but he’s now focused on volunteering. He “wants to know everybody".
Classification Talk by Tony Smallbeck Hugh Nelson 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2017
Merideth Green with Paul & Debra Vaughan and Terry WardEach 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. Paul & Debra Vaughan and Terry Ward received their blue badges from Membership Chair Meredith Green.
Blue Badges Awarded Hugh Nelson 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2017
Leo FriedDave ShieldsPK MacLeanThese 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. Individuals who achieve this goal multiple times receive a special pin recognizing their additional contributions. Geoff Schmidt presents recognition to multiple award winners Leo Fried (Plus 1), P.K. MacLean (Plus 5), and Dave Shields (Plus 6).
Paul Harris Awards Hugh Nelson 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2017
New Club President Michele DoyleIn her first meeting as President, Michele Doyle struts her stuff to demonstrate the big shoes she has to fill, succeeding Mary Nader.
New Club President Michele Doyle Hugh Nelson 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2017
Sidney MinuteHighlights of Sidney’s week included a Space Needle visit and a Mariner’s game. 
Sidney Minute 6-30-2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 23, 2017
Dan Weedin leading the panelEach chair answered key questions posed by Dan Weedin, regarding their year: Ann Pyles (International), Michele Doyle (Youth Services), Donna Pledger (Funds Development), Larry Bartholomew (Public Image), Karen Timken (Professional Services), Jon Pavey (Club Service), and Jim Schlachter (Community Service). What a great team and what a great year! 
2016-17 Committee Panel Hugh Nelson 2017-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 23, 2017
Joanne CroghanOur district governor recognized our Paul Harris Society members by presenting them each with a special coin. Our membership in the Paul Harris Society grew from 6 members to 21 members this year! The Paul Harris Society recognizes those Rotarians who have donated $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation during a single Rotary year.
District Governor Joanne Croghan Hugh Nelson 2017-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 23, 2017
Michele DoyleWhat’s in Store for Next Year? Michele Doyle shared that the club slogan for next year will be: “Get it Done!” She has many goals, including increased engagement of our members! It’s going to be another great year! 
A Word from Incoming President Michele Doyle Hugh Nelson 2017-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 23, 2017
Chad SolvieChad Solvie provided a brief summary of the Morrow Manor Project of 8 housing units for survivors of domestic violence, including its journey through 4 club presidents, $1.6 M in committed funds ($2.1 M working goal), our partnership with the YWCA, and the next steps.
Duane EdwardsDuane Edwards explained a little about the huge job the Poulsbo Rotary Foundation Board has with all the projects we have going. He reviewed the funding that came through last year and the assets of over $1 million.
Lori CloutierLori Cloutier talked about Rotary International’s Centennial Year. The goal was to raise $300M, and as of June 22nd it was at $273M. Our club surpassed ur goal f $15,500 by raising $23,345 for the annual fund, and we exceed our Polio Plus Goal of $5,200 by raising $5,811 — 635.18 of which came from the Change Receptacle for Change! Note: Safeway donated the 11% processing fee charged by the coin machine!
Morrow Manor, Rotary International, and Poulsbo-NK Rotary Foundation Hugh Nelson 2017-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 23, 2017
Outgoing President Mary NaderMary Nader played a slide show of pictorial highlights from 50 weeks of inspiration. She will be sending out an email with further details. It will also be available on this web site. She reviewed her year of “Be the Change: Inform, Involve, Inspire.” Her Powerpoint will be available on the website, too. She recapped the highlights of each committee and shared her gratitude journal. Congratulations Mary and thank you for leading Poulsbo Rotary to another great year!
The Year in Review: A recap of a great year! Hugh Nelson 2017-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 02, 2017
Leslie Reynolds-TaylorLeslie Reynolds-Taylor, “Minister of Fun” and incoming Vice President of the Port Orchard Rotary Club, spoke about her journey to become a pilot for UPS. She first formed her dream of becoming a pilot after she flew with her dad at age five. She overcame many obstacles, including deafness at age five that took many operations to repair, and the world’s general attitude that “Girls can’t fly,” which she refused to accept. After high school she showed great perseverance in her efforts to pass the test that would allow her to fly, and she succeeded, and went on to help pave the way for female pilots. When she successfully landed a plane that was one fire – with passengers—she finally experienced acceptance. She flew and captained many planes in her career, including a 767! Although she is now retired, she certainly has kept busy. Ten years ago she and her son decided that Port Orchard needed a skate park - so they built one! Leslie finished her talk with a question and answer session and discussion about programs in the area, including the aviation class at CK Middle School, the Women in Flight program at the Seattle Flight Museum. 
Flying for UPS: Leslie Reynolds-Taylor Hugh Nelson 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 02, 2017
Jon PaveyLori Cloutier and Jon Pavey gave a brief presentation on our progress to ward our Rotary Foundation goals. Lori shared that we exceeded our Foundation goal of $15.5K by reaching $22K! She also shared that at $4,146, we were close to our $5,200 goal for Polio Plus. Jon then told of his own experience with polio as a child, and how Rotary’s eradication effort brought him to join the club. As a child, he lost the ability to walk, due to a mild case of po lio. He had treatment, including surgeries, braces on his feet, and “really ugly shoes. “ He feels VERY LUCKY, due to the care he received, research, and advancements in medicine. At the end of Jon’s talk, Lori reported that Bob Doane stepped up to donate up to $980 dollars to meet our goal! Keep bringing in your spare change for the Change Receptacle for Change and Polio cans! 
Rotary Foundation Update Hugh Nelson 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Sidney update 06-02-2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 02, 2017
Terry Ward’s Classification TalkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Terry shared his path from homelessness as a child to his current position as the Regional Publisher for Sound Publishing. He worked many jobs in publishing houses, but credits his success to a mentor who showed him the importance of 1, Investing in other people, and 2, that it doesn’t matter where you came from; what matters are the leadership lessons you learn from it. 
Terry Ward’s Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 26, 2017
Steve GarfeinRotarian Steve shared a preview of what those participating in the upcoming Spruce Goose tour in McMinnville, OR will get to see. Steve’s interest in Howard Hughes stems from his experience working at Hughes Aircraft on the Apache Helicopter project. While he didn’t ever meet Hughes, his project was directly affected by Hughes’ micromanagement. Steve explained that the use of composites on the Spruce Goose (which is not really made of Spruce wood) led to the use of com posites on the Apache. Steve has written a screenplay about Hughes life following his catastrophic crash in Beverly Hills . He described the only Spruce Goose flight. It was not intended to fly, but lifted off as it sped along the water because of the massive thrust of its eight powerful engines. Only the skill of Hughes’ copilot prevented a crash landing. 
The Spruce Goose - presentation by Steve Garfein Hugh Nelson 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 26, 2017
Jackie WoodEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Jackie Wood presented her Classification Talk. She was born in Hong Kong, and her first language was Chinese. Her family later moved to Honolulu, where she grew up. After high school, she attended Cornell University to study Hotel Management and was subsequently hired by the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle. She later moved through a number of local companies, including Microsoft, and finally landed in marketing with Washington Mutual. She was able to conduct her duties from her home in Indianola and finally decided she should start her own event planning business, Sparkwood Events.
Classification talk by Jackie Wood Hugh Nelson 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 26, 2017
Harriet Bryant and Vicki Collins received a check for $500 for OurGEMsOurGEMS helps young women in Kitsap County to become successful and influential leaders through a team-mentor approach. Harriet Bryant and Vicki Collins received a check for $500 for OurGEMs as Alexis Foster and Michele Doyle look on. 
$500 award to Kitsap non-profit OurGEMS Hugh Nelson 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 26, 2017
new members, Don Russell, Ray Donahue, Bob Hill  and Jim Nall as their spouses and sponsors look onTim Nichols conducted a huge induction ceremony for four new members, Don Russell, Ray Donahue, Bob Hill and Jim Nall, as their spouses and sponsors look on. Congratulations Don, Ray, Bob, and Jim. Welcome to Poulsbo Rotary!
Four new members inducted Hugh Nelson 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 26, 2017
Nick Johnson shared the Viking Tour results• Overall 4.4 out of 5 score from participants 
• Registrations totaled $13,704 ($1k over last yr) 
• Net profit was $16,462 (vs. $9000+ last year) 
Nick Johnson shared the Viking Tour results Hugh Nelson 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 26, 2017
Alexis Foster received her Blue BadgeEach 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. Alexis Foster received her Blue Badge from President Mary Nader.
Alexis Foster received her Blue Badge Hugh Nelson 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 19, 2017
Tony FyrqvistTony offered his Classification Talk. Each new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Tony grew up in Finland in a family of engineers. He came to the U.S. to go to college in California (where he met his wife) and later attended grad school in Arizona. Since then his family has grown to 5 children and 5 grandkids. He grew up with a negative view of banks, but worked at a job in the same building with a bank and got talked into a banking job. He later landed a job with a bank in the San Juan Islands, where he worked for 26 years before moving to his current job with Liberty Bay Bank in Poulsbo.
Classification talk by Tony Fyrqvist Hugh Nelson 2017-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 19, 2017
SidneySidney reported she was going to be going to a prom in Olympia with a another Rotary Exchange student and would be headed to California for a visit after that.
Sidney Minute 5-19-2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 19, 2017
Jim CostelloJim Costello described the origin and mission of Gravitec, a local Poulsbo business doing business internationally. Gravitec started in Calgary as an accident investigation business but has expanded to include training in fall protection, providing fall protection equipment and engineering and testing of related equipment. They train students from all over the world in their unique facility (the only one in world other than one in Hong Kong) that simulates various high work environments. He pointed out that there is a continuing need for their services, with an average of 800 fatalities occurring each year from people working at heights. He also noted they’re always looking for engineering talent for their company and are looking for engineering students for summer hires.
Jim Costello, Gravitec, Fall Protection and Rescue Hugh Nelson 2017-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 19, 2017
Dennis CarlsonDennis Carlson provided an update on the progress of the Kossoye Development Project in Ethiopia. He reported that 74,000 kids have received seeds for community gardens and that 150,000 will get them next year.  He also noted that 4 more universities have expressed interest in participating. 
Dennis Carlson Kossoye Development Project Hugh Nelson 2017-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 19, 2017
Nick JohnsonNick Johnson provided his final pre-Viking Tour brief for the year and the last Viking makeover for the year—the victim was Wendell Verduin. All were surprised to hear Vikings wore glasses. 
Viking Tour Update Hugh Nelson 2017-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 19, 2017
Amy and Geoff SchmidtThese 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. Clubs and individuals may "donate" on behalf of other deserving individuals to recognize their contributions to the ideals of Rotary. Amy and Geoff Schmidt receive a Paul Harris Fellow award for their contribution in memory of their son Logan.
Paul Harris Award Hugh Nelson 2017-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 12, 2017
Lisa Martin - Build Bridges, Not WallsFormer Club member, Lisa Martin, described her journey from tourist to committed activist, starting with her vacation in Zihautanejo, Mexico, where she first encountered some of the indigenous children who were not allowed to attend the Mexican schools. This led to her meeting Marina, a local woman who had started an informal school to educate these children, most of whom do not speak Spanish as their native language. Lisa gave up her comfortable life in Massachusetts to help Marina develop with the assistance of Rotary an NGO called the Netza school. The resulting school now has a brick and mortar presence and 400+ students. The journey has not been without hurdles. Lisa was sidelined for two years, recovering from a serious car accident. The school was taken away from Marina by the Mexican government. However, Marina decided to start a new, private school and Lisa has documented all of this in her recently completed book, "From A to Zih". 
Lisa Martin - Build Bridges, Not Walls Hugh Nelson 2017-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 12, 2017
Jack Archer presents the Memorial Plaque for Steve FosterJack Archer presented a plaque he helped produce to commemorate recently deceased Club member Steve Foster. Steve was a past club president and multiple time honoree of Rotarian of the Year. His memorial plaque will be attached to a railroad caboose play structure Steve built at Martha and Mary Preschool.
Memorial Plaque for Steve Foster Hugh Nelson 2017-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 12, 2017
Debra Vaughn Classification TalkEach new club member gives a classification talk to let others know about his/her life and career. Debra Vaughn is a retired Speech Therapist who initially thought she wanted to work with adults, but discovered that she preferred assisting kids and ended up focused on helping disabled ones. During her career she had a 3-year adventure living in Saudi Arabia, and most of the rest of the time she lived in Southern California. She also described the trauma of husband Paul’s dealing with injuries from a recent head-on car crash. Now that Paul has recovered, she is concentrating on getting her 3 dogs trained and returning to playing the piano.
Debra Vaughn Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 12, 2017
Happy Birthday Ardis Morrow!Michele Doyle and the club wished Ardis Morrow a happy 92nd birthday as the Club serenaded her by singing Happy Birthday. 
Happy Birthday Ardis Morrow! Hugh Nelson 2017-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 12, 2017
Sidney Minute 5-12-2017Sidney described her experience at the District Training Assembly, including the opportunity to hang out with the other Exchange Students around the District. She also noted that she’d be spending the day with 7 dogs and expressed her excitement to be moving in with Meredith Green over the weekend. 
Sidney Minute 5-12-2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 05, 2017
Steven SolomonSteven Solomon, Senior Annual Giving Officer with the Rotary Foundation, described the profound effect Rotary has had on his life as a way of illustrating what Rotary can do. As a high school student, the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove, IL, selected him for an International Exchange to South Africa. That led to his meeting a number of influential South Africans, learning the Zulu language, and developing his interest in South African affairs. His enthusiasm for the work of Jane Goodall resulted in his meeting her and being invited to learn about a program called “Roots and Shoots” she was involved with in Tanzania, and he eventually opened a branch of the program in South Africa, with Rotary assistance. He later used his knowledge of Zulu as a clever way to make connection with Desmond Tutu at an event in Chicago, which led to his spending 5 days working with Tutu and being invited to his 80th birthday celebration.
Steven Solomon, Changing Lives Hugh Nelson 2017-05-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 05, 2017
Alexis FosterEach new member gives a classification talk, describing to other members something about their life and career. Alexis Foster delivered her Classification Talk, describing her journey from a 6-year old girl in Chicago who decided she wanted to be a lawyer, to becoming the City Prosecutor/Risk Manager for the City of Poulsbo. Along the way she briefly considered being an engineer, but discovered that her limited math skills made that unlikely. She finally returned to her dream of becoming an attorney, getting her law degree from Arizona State and then working briefly as an “in house Counsel” for a private company, and then moving on to be a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with Kitsap County for 5+ years before moving to her current job. 
Alexis Foster Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-05-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 05, 2017
Jacob MaxwellJacob Maxwell, a young entrepreneur and NKHS grad, described his journey from Verizon tech to starting his own business—Above and Beyond Tech—dedicated to providing people with one-on-one assistance with using the whole spectrum of technology, often in their own home. He also noted he aspires to hire and inspire other young people to reach their full potential.
Jacob Maxwell, Entrepreneur Hugh Nelson 2017-05-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 05, 2017
Sidney minuteSidney was our featured Viking Tour Photoshop victim (which she unfortunately missed due to an early departure). But she did have a chance to introduce her mother, father and brother at the meeting. She also reported on her excursion to Cape Flattery, her plan to attend the DLTA and do some additional sightseeing with her parents.
Sidney Minute, 5-5-2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-05-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 28, 2017
The Revolution Where You Live — Sarah van GelderSarah van Gelder, co-founder and editor-at-large of YES! Magazine shared stories from her 12,000 mile journey across 18 states on the 20th anniversary of the magazine. She embarked on the trip to find answers to issues surround- ing racial injustice, climate crisis, and poverty. Her words inspire, as she tells of improving race relations, halting a giant coal mine, and bringing food hubs, farms, weather stations and work-owned coops to help curb the violence caused by poverty in our own country. She is a champion for grass roots causes and believes that it is through the connections we have to our surroundings and one another that offer our best hope for positive change.
The Revolution Where You Live — Sarah van Gelder Hugh Nelson 2017-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 28, 2017
Lori Cloutier promotes the Rotary FoundationLori Cloutier showed a video called, “Why Zero Matters,” on Polio Plus. Our club is just $1,000 short of our annual Polio goal — so, bring your change, dollars, and checks for the polio cans and for the CHANGE RECEPTACLE FOR CHANGE!  
Update on the Rotary Foundation Hugh Nelson 2017-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 28, 2017
Chris MorrisseyOur club has an internal club fundraiser called the Fraffel. Chris Morrissey won the HUGE FRAFFLE!! Over $4,000!!! Way to go, Chris!
Chris Morrissey wins the Fraffle Hugh Nelson 2017-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 28, 2017
Donna PledgerDonna Pledger announced that we have $850 in pledged donations, and reminded that donations are matched by event sponsors!
Kitsap Great Give Hugh Nelson 2017-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 28, 2017
Viking Tour UpdateNick announced that Kitsap Bank is our final sponsor, and that we’ll again be joined by  Silverdale Cyclery. We’re introducing a POKER RUN, where cyclists get cards along the route and the best three poker hands will win great prizes!  MAY 21! Nick also briefed the club about concerns from some of Poulsbo’s merchants around reduced parking at the event. We’re looking for solutions that will meet the needs of multiple interests. 
Viking Tour Update Hugh Nelson 2017-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Wendell Verduin - Side by Side in South Africa Hugh Nelson 2017-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 21, 2017
Nick Johnson with a Viking Tour updateNick Johnson reported that registrations for Viking Tour are ahead of last year and that a lot of additional sponsors have signed on.
Viking Tour Update Hugh Nelson 2017-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 21, 2017
Kerris, the Courtroom Therapy Dog—Kevin Kelly Kitsap County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Kelly introduced us to Kerris (Welsh for “love”), the courtroom therapy dog. He explained that Kerris is a specially (and rigorously) trained dog trained to provide a calming effect to witnesses in a courtroom setting. He is used in the Kitsap County Drug Court and basically sits quietly by the witnesses who would like him nearby to calm their nerves. Kevin explained that both adults and child witnesses seem to be comforted by his presence, as they offer testimony on often traumatic experiences. He mentioned that some children being interviewed only responded when Kerris was present. Kerris can sit calmly in the courtroom for hours at a time, but is ready to play like any other dog when he’s home with Kevin.
Kerris, the Courtroom Therapy Dog—Kevin Kelly Hugh Nelson 2017-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 21, 2017
Poulsbo Elementary Math OlympiansAlela Tallon and her Math Olympians from Poulsbo Elementary received a check to support their participation in this year’s Math Olympiad.
Poulsbo Elementary Math Olympians Hugh Nelson 2017-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Danny Fritz on the Kitsap Great Give Hugh Nelson 2017-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 21, 2017
SydneySidney shared her excitement that her parents will be visiting next week. She also reported on seeing the play “Secret Garden” in Seattle and celebrating Easter with her host family. She noted that the Dutch also recognize the Easter Bunny.
Sidney Minute 4/21/2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 14, 2017
Wine auction raises more than $1,000Todd Tidball, in his new sequined coat, auctioned some premium wines, donated by visiting Rotarian Mark Olson of Sebastapol, CA, raising over $1000.
Wine auction raises more than $1,000 Hugh Nelson 2017-04-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 14, 2017
Poulsbo Rotarian Loretta ByrnesPoulsbo Rotarian Loretta Byrnes described her experience working with the Gates Foundation in Nigeria to improve the nutritional value of Cassava, a staple of the Nigerian diet. She explained the complexity of processing Cassava into an edible product, which produces tapioca, but also produces the deadly byproduct cyanide, which is often just dumped on the ground, creating deadly pollution. Harvesting is difficult and requires extensive weeding. Efforts to introduce more nutritionally rich and productive strains of the plant proved challenging because farmers were not necessarily enthusiastic to try unfamiliar strains of the plant. It provided a fascinating window into a very different culture few of us know about.
Cassava Production in Nigeria Hugh Nelson 2017-04-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 14, 2017
Welcome new members Erina Weible and Bronson CharretteRand Hillier inducted new members Erina Weible and Bronson Charrette into the Club, accompanied by their sponsors Brenda Wall and Meredith Green. Congratulations and welcome to Poulsbo Rotary!
Welcome new members Erina Weible and Bronson Charrette Hugh Nelson 2017-04-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 14, 2017
Damon Bell delivers his Classification TalkEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Damon Bell described his upbringing in Watts and Compton and his progression from an initial unsuccessful stab at college to achieving his PhD, and his current job as college administrator at Olympic College. Along the way, he appeared on several TV game shows and spent time as a kindergarten teacher.
Damon Bell delivers his Classification Talk Hugh Nelson 2017-04-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 14, 2017
SidneySidney just returned from a trip to Arizona, Nevada and California, including the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Las Vegas. She will be attending a play in Seattle next.
Sidney Minute 4-14-2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-04-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 06, 2017
Kitsap Great Give 2017

The Kitsap Great Give 2017 is coming soon!

Kitsap Great Give is a 24 hour, online giving event that is part of the National Giving Day. It is your opportunity to help support a local nonprofit in your community AND your donation will be proportionally matched by event sponsors.

Please support the work of Poulsbo Rotary during the Kitsap Great Give on May 2, 2017. See

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Support Poulsbo Rotary in this year's Kitsap Great Give on May 2nd Hugh Nelson 2017-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 31, 2017
Viking Tour 2017
The Viking Tour is a group bicycle ride on the Kitsap Peninsula taking place on Sunday, May 21st, 2017. The tour starts and finishes in historic Poulsbo, “Little Norway” at 9 a.m., 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! Cost is $45 (all routes).
The ride has three different lengths for all riding levels: the “Odin”: a 59-mile journey featuring over 4,000 ft of climbs. the “Thor”: a 30-mile ride which is fairly flat and just for those looking to have a bit of fun with a little less challenge and the "Freyja": a 16-mile relaxing ride where you can enjoy yourself without breaking too much of a sweat.
Do you have a team or group that is thinking about riding in the Viking Tour? If so, good news for you! We just launched team registration! With team (or group) registration, you can register multiple people at once using one payment, and you can save some money!
  • Small Team (10-15 riders) / $450
  • Large Team (16-20 riders) / $720
What does this mean? This means the more riders you get, the less it costs per rider! For example, if you have 15 members it is only $30 per rider thus saving you $225.
You can find out more information and register at
7am-4pm (9am Start)

Rest Stops, Mechanics, Medics

Vendor Village, Beer Garden, Dinner, Live Music
Get ready for Viking Tour on May 21st! Hugh Nelson 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 31, 2017
Rick Darrow presenting award to Morrow ManorRick Darrow, CEO of Liberty Bank (and Poulsbo Rotarian), shared his personal story about domestic violence, and how he came to be involved with the Domestic Violence Prevention Committee with Rotary and the Morrow Manor Project. Together, Poulsbo Rotary, Liberty Bank, and the YWCA partnered to raise money for Morrow Manor. With some coworkers at the bank, he applied for a competitive grant through the Federal Home Loan Affordable Housing program. The grant was awarded, and today Rick presented a check from Liberty Bank for the staggering amount of $240,000 for Morrow Manor! 
Morrow Manor receives $240,000 donation: Rick Darrow Hugh Nelson 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 31, 2017
Fundraising for Poulsbo Rotary: A Discussion let by Todd TidballTodd Tidball led a group discussion about this year's Poulsbo Rotary Auction. The concern is that our auction has been losing steam. We do raise money, but the trend line is declining. This fall’s auction is slotted to be at the Clearwater Event Center, which has room for 400, but only 150 or so came to last year’s auction. The club gave a resounding YES that we can fill that room, agreeing that it needs UNIQUENESS and more promoting to stand out. Brainstorming followed, and auction input surveys were provided to each member.
Fundraising for Poulsbo Rotary: A Discussion Hugh Nelson 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
New Rotarians: Tony Smallbeck and Rebecca Heryford Hugh Nelson 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 31, 2017
Paul VaughnEach new member to our club gives a "classification talk" to tell other members something about his or her life and work. Paul Vaughan shared highlights from his career in radio, communications, and satellite systems . He and his wife love cycling, gardening, and training their dogs for agility competitions. He will be this year’s Viking Tour “Sweeper.”
Classification Talk: Paul Vaughan Hugh Nelson 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 24, 2017
retired Army Colonel William ReederHighly decorated retired Army Colonel William Reeder gave the club a small but profound glimpse into his harrowing year as a POW in Viet Nam. This humble man, who prefers to be called Bill, endured unimaginable physical and mental hardships as the last American taken captive in the Viet Nam war. After being shot down near Ben Het and evading the enemy for three days with a broken back and a shrapnel wound to his foot, he was captured and caged in the jungle before enduring a three-month death march, without shoes, on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. He walked step by step, nearly perishing, to a “regular prison,” where he stayed for months with terrible injuries and multiple diseases. 

In writing his book that Naval Institute Press published last year, he agonized over reliving every detail, asking himself, “Why am I doing this? Who will read it?” His wife provided the answer: Because it is motivational and inspirational. He speaks from the heart of the value of talking to others about experiences of returning from captivity, and how it helps one’s mental state. This summary does not do justice to Bill or his book, as the depth and scope of his resiliency changes those who meet him.  
Through the Valley: My Captivity in Vietnam, by William Reeder Hugh Nelson 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 24, 2017
New members Ahmis Loving, Terry Ward, and Erin SorensenMeredith Green leads the ceremony to induct three new Rotarians: Ahmis Loving, Terry Ward, and Erin Sorensen. Welcome to Poulsbo Rotary! Thank you, sponsors - Donna Etchey, Marlene Mitchell, and Brenda Wall! 
Induction of three new members Hugh Nelson 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 24, 2017
Gaston Peter-Contesse reported that FISH PARK will be getting 3 additional acres to add to its current 40. Poulsbo Rotary has completed a number of projects in Fish Park alongside the contributions of other local Poulsbo groups and organizations. Gaston gave a shout-out to Mayor Becky Erickson for her key role in procuring the land for the city for 1 dollar.
New project opportunities in Fish Park Hugh Nelson 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 24, 2017
Raising funds for Polio PlusPolio Plus is Rotary International's program to End Polio Now. Members tossed their spare coins (plus Ann Piles’ check for 96.50!) into the Change Receptacle for Change to END POLIO NOW Bring your change! 
Donations for Polio Plus Hugh Nelson 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 24, 2017
Jim Schlachter presented a $1000 grant to the Sons of NorwayJim Schlachter presented a $1000 grant to the Sons of Norway Dancers to help provide updated costumes. They have 80 kids now, and serve as wonderful ambassadors for Poulsbo.
Sons of Norway grant Hugh Nelson 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 24, 2017
Gwen Hannon RetirementTom Hall presented a beautiful cake to celebrate Gwen Hannon’s retirement. Congratulations Gwen!
Gwen Hannon Retirement Hugh Nelson 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 17, 2017
Doctors Peter Lucal and Ken FabertDoctors Peter Lucal and Ken Fabert, representing Health Care for All— Washington (HCFA-WA), explained why they believe a statewide single-payer, publicly-funded health system will offer high quality, sustainable, affordable medical care for all Washingtonians. They believe such a system would assure everybody has some health care, with reasonable premiums. The savings over the current system would come from the reduction in the current typical administrative costs, which run 33%, and through the negotiation of costs with providers. They believe it would also limit what they consider to be current unrestrained litigation. Such a plan would cover everything, including dental care, for everybody who doesn’t have a health plan through an employer and would probably require some reasonable co-pay.
Single Payer Health System Discussion Hugh Nelson 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 17, 2017
Kurt WaeschleKurt Waeschle reported the results of his Columbia Tower stair climb— 788 ft/69 floors/1356 steps in full “Turnout Gear” 19 minutes and 32 seconds. Money raised $3005 ($2000 from Rotarians). 
Columbia Tower Stair Climb Hugh Nelson 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 17, 2017
Jim Schlachter presented a check for $450Jim Schlachter presented a check for $450 to two North Kitsap High students to participate in a national athletic medicine competition.
Athletic Medicine Award Hugh Nelson 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 17, 2017
Sons of Norway team on Saint Patrick's Day
The Sons of Norway leprechauns treated us to a special St. Patrick’s Day breakfast and look. 
Ardis Morrow shared an “appropriate” St. Patrick’s Day “story.”
Saint Patrick's Day Hugh Nelson 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 17, 2017
Sidney Minute 3/17/17Sidney described her busy social calendar, including a visit to Ocean Shores last weekend and plans to attend some plays and a movie in the coming weekend.
Sidney Minute 3/17/17 Hugh Nelson 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 10, 2017
Dan Weedin and Jim SundClub Youth Protection Officer Jim Sund and Youth Exchange Officer Dan Weedin provided the annual Club briefing on Youth Protection issues. They explained the importance of adhering to Club Youth Protection policies not only to protect the young people the Club works with, but also Club members. They noted that this involves being aware of physical and emotional boundaries and that there is an even higher possibility of misunderstandings when dealing with exchange students because of language and cultural differences. They warned to be aware of humor and to limit social media contacts to Club activity. They also described the importance of prompt reporting of any inappropriate “incident” to Club officials. 
Rotary Youth Protection Program Hugh Nelson 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 10, 2017
An All-club Fireside will be held at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club in Bremerton March 22nd, 5:30—8:00 It celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Rotary Foundation. Cost $26.50
Upcoming All Club Fireside Hugh Nelson 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 10, 2017
Co-Chairs and Assistant Area Governors Elayne Burton and Sue ShipleyDistrict 5020 District Leadership Training Assembly (DLTA) Co-Chairs and Assistant Area Governors Elayne Burton and Sue Shipley announced that the DLTA scheduled for the Clearwater Casino is sold out, but that they are looking for hosts for 100 attendees for dinner on May 5th. A sign-up sheet will be available to indicate how many people hosts will be able to accommodate. 
District 5020 District Leadership Training Assembly Hugh Nelson 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 10, 2017
Announcements 3/10/17
  • Whiskey Tasting 17 March at Jackie Woods’ home 
  • Club Fireside 21 March, 7:00 at Jerry Deeter’s home 
  • Steve Garfein will be leading a trip to McMinville, OR July 7-8 to see the Spruce Goose and do some wine tasting. 
Announcements 3/10/17 Hugh Nelson 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 10, 2017
Sidney Sydney shared her activities for the previous week, including a sleep over and going to shows with friends and her plan to visit Ocean Shores.
Sidney Minute 3/10/17 Hugh Nelson 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Rand Hillier on Foundations our members help fund Hugh Nelson 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 03, 2017
All Club FiresideThere will be an All-club Fireside at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club in Bremerton March 22nd, 5:30—8:00. It celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation. Cost $26.50 per person.
Upcoming All-Club Fireside Hugh Nelson 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 03, 2017
Kurt Waeschle Fundraiser for Leukemia and LymphomaKurt Waeschle modeled the gear he will be wearing as he sprints up the stairs of the Columbia Tower in Seattle, as part of a fund raiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He picked up over $600 for the cause at our meeting.
Kurt Waeschle Fundraiser for Leukemia and Lymphoma Hugh Nelson 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 03, 2017
SydneySydney shared her activities for the previous two weeks, including skiing and attending the Rotary Exchange Student event in Comox, B.C. 

She’s heading to the Antique Market this week. 
Sidney Minute 3/3/2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 03, 2017
Russell Gonzales and Ella HasardRussell Gonzales, Secretary of the Association, introduced Miss Fil-Am of 2016 Ella Hazzard. He also noted that they are seeking scholarship applicants with some Filipino heritage, with $5000 available.  Info at
Visit by Fil-Am Association of Kitsap Hugh Nelson 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 03, 2017
  • Two Service Saturday projects on March 11: 
Days for Girls at North Kitsap Baptist Church, 9:00 to 2:00; sewing & assembling kits 
Fish Park work, 9:00 to 12:00, north section of the park. 
  • Club Fireside 21 March, 7:00 at Jerry Deeter’s home 
Announcements 3/3/2017 Hugh Nelson 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 24, 2017
Rotary International Foundation 100th AnniversaryOur club will celebrate the Rotary International Foundation 100th Anniversary on March 22 at Kitsap Golf and Country Club. The event will be from 5:30pm to 8pm and tickets cost $26.50 per person. See Donna Pledger for tickets.
Rotary International Foundation 100th Anniversary Celebration Hugh Nelson 2017-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 24, 2017
Paul Harris Award recipientsThese 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. Clubs and individuals may "donate" on behalf of other deserving individuals to recognize their contributions to the ideals of Rotary. Margene Smaaladen has a Paul Harris Fellow Award in the works for someone else, earning her a second sapphire (3rd award - sapphires are given for multiple awards). Danny Fritts was awarded his blue sapphire (2nd award). Karen Timken received her third sapphire (4th award) Steve Garfein received his fifth sapphire (6th award), so his pin is now fully surrounded! Congratulations and thanks to each of you for your generous donation!
Paul Harris Fellow Awards Hugh Nelson 2017-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 24, 2017
George Basch - Himalayan Stove projectGeorge Basch shared his moving story of transforming lives and communities by replacing deadly stoves in the high Himalayan region with safe and economical "Envirofit" stoves. The Himalayan Stove Project has impacted the lives of 30,000 people so far, replacing smoky stoves that cause 4+ million deaths per year with new stoves that decrease pollution