Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club

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Kingston Village Green Community Center
26158 Dulay Rd
Kingston, WA  98346
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submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
Meet Breane Martinez and Alice Amas.  Arguably the busiest women in North Kitsap this time of year, Breane and Alice are leading the Rotary team that is readying the 11th-annual Swing for Rotary Golf Tournament, June 16th, at White Horse Golf Club.  They have an endless list of “to do’s” as they coordinate the efforts of more than forty Rotarians to stage the club’s primary fund-raising event of the year. 
According to Breane, “last year we had 118 golfers who helped celebrate our tenth anniversary tournament, and it was our best ever.”  She and Alice want you to sign up to play.  Here’s their sales pitch.  “It’s the best deal around.  It’s a Friday afternoon/evening event, so players are able to roll into their weekend about noon on Friday.  When they check in, golfers will be given a goodie bag full of good stuff like Borrowed Kitchen Bakery ‘yummies,’  CB’s Nuts, and a high-quality golf shirt. Next they’ll be given a boxed lunch prepared by one of the best kitchen crews in North Kitsap, the White Horse folks.  Then it’s on to the silent auction tables to view the dozens of great auction items and wine cooler raffle. All golfers and dinner guests will be able to place their bids on their personal cell phones through Text2Bid (bid activity and items on your ‘watch list’ will be instantly available on your cell phone). Then, a warm-up on the range, a chance to win in the putting contest, 18-holes of golf at beautiful White Horse, and a chance to win a car with a hole-in-one.  Finally, awards and short and sweet live auction in the White Horse banquet room .  Out of there by 8:00 p.m.  All for only $150.  Dinner tickets are available for $35 on our website or at the door.”   To recap:  goodie bag, box lunch, silent auction, golf, dinner and live auction.  $150.  (Author’s note:  I played in this last year for the first time.  It is truly a first-class event and a very good value.  Whether you see this as a good deal or simply a community donation - or both - it is well worth your time and treasure.  To sign up individually or to sign up a foursome, go to: 
“We would like to thank our generous sponsors, too,” according to Alice. “We wouldn’t be able to do this without them.” They include The Point Casino (Hole-in-One Contest), Kitsap Physical Therapy (Putting Contest), Les Schwab Poulsbo (Dinner), The Turk’s Apprentice (Text2Bid), and Beverage Cart Sponsors Windermere Real Estate West Sound and Windermere Real Estate - Catherine Arlen.  Hole sponsors include Cloise and Mike Construction, Kingston CPA, Latitude 48 Group, LYNX Enterprises, Olympic Property Group, Valley Nursery, West Hills Honda, Windermere Real Estate, and North Kitsap Herald.  Additional sponsorship opportunities exist.  For more information, go to:
Proceeds from the tournament benefit Kingston North Kitsap Rotary’s causes, including Kingston High School scholarships, Food4Kids in North Kitsap, purchase of an electronic reader-board in Kingston, and Village Green Foundation.
Kingston Rotarians meet Wednesday’s at 11:45 a.m. at Village Green Community Center in Kingston.  Guests are always invited.  Come join the fun.  Get involved.
submitted by Blood Drive coordinator Jon Sole
In the summer of 2012, Gina Grein was constantly tired. She thought it was from working two jobs and needing extra rest. In November, Gina noticed a large bruise on her calf, but figured she had just run into something. Her sister had been diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML), and Gina’s focus was on her sister’s health.
Her dentist even noticed that her gums had even changed color, but they felt that perhaps a change in toothpaste was to blame. It seemed to go away. Everything was explainable. I had never been sick in my life.
On New Year’s Eve, Gina went to the grocery store and barely made it home. She recalls sitting down on the couch and waking up six hours later.
Over the next few days, she could hardly eat or get out of bed. It’s the flu, she thought, but a weird flu. After a few days of calling in late or being sent home from work, she asked a friend to take her to the doctor.
Gina’s bloodwork showed a 50% blood loss, but she still thought she had caught a virus. The doctor said, ‘I don’t think you have the flu. Go to the ER.’ I was like, ‘how can I have a blood loss with the flu? She received four blood transfusions over the next four days. A bone marrow biopsy confirmed the worst: acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Gina was released from the hospital in Puyallup, and sent to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) the next day. The prognosis was not great: SCCA oncologists gave her 10 months to live with no treatment, and a 39% chance of survival with standard chemo. But there was another option: adding a trial drug called “the hedgehog” might up her odds of beating AML to 70%.     She would be the first patient at UW on this regimen.
Gina was hospitalized at UW Medical Center a for seven days straight, with around-the-clock IV chemo. She received more than five months of treatment.
Thanks to the chemo and “the hedgehog,” her AML went into remission for a year but returned.
Doctors put her onto another trial drug. She didn’t feel sick as she had been before, but her blood counts were down to zero.
submitted by Sally Christy - from Kitsap County DOT
Nine-month closure coming in April on West Kingston Road

(Port Orchard, WA) - NE West Kingston Road, between Siyaya Avenue NE and South Kingston Road NE, will close in April as a project to build a new bridge spanning Carpenter Creek gets underway.  The road is expected to reopen in December 2017. Local access to driveways within the work zone will be maintained throughout the project.

"It goes without saying that people will experience some inconvenience during the closure,” said Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder. “We ask for everyone's patience. The end product will go a long way toward improving the local environment and amenities for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike. "

The new 150-foot, two-span bridge is part of an estuary restoration project under an agreement between the United States Navy and the Suquamish Tribe. Kitsap County has partnered with the Navy to fund the project.

The five-foot diameter culvert currently in place is identified as a partial barrier to fish migration. Replacing it with a new bridge is expected to help restore the natural tidal function, facilitating the reclamation of the historic salt marsh habitat. It will also improve the shoreline, upstream habitat and fish migration.

Kitsap County will look to Stillwaters Environmental Center’s Watershed Monitoring Program to help determine the extent of the improvement to the estuary’s health. Program staff, volunteers, and Western Washington University and University of Washington interns recently conducted a survey of the salt marsh to determine a baseline elevation and will do so again once the project is complete. Additionally, estuary water quality, vegetation, fish surveys, tidal inundation, and insect populations are routinely measured.

The bridge project also provides many safety benefits including wider travel lanes for motorists, new street lights, a five-foot sidewalk and five-foot bike lane built on the north side of the road and, on the south side, a six-foot paved shoulder is part of the project.

Kitsap County conducted an extensive traffic study as part of the project. The study suggests Lindvog Road NE as the most effective detour route during the nine-month road closure. In order to reduce delays, motorists can follow these simple tips: travel during off-peak hours, adjust travel routines, combine trips or carpool.

To learn more about the project and to sign up for electronic notification, go to or call Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777.

submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter

Local Rotarian Bill Maule has travel plans.  He’s heading to Atlanta in June for Rotary’s 108th Annual International Convention.  Few institutions, civic or otherwise, have survived 108 years.  Rotary has.  And for good reason.  Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.  Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries.  Their work improves lives here in Kingston North Kitsap, across America, and internationally. 

In Atlanta, the keynote speaker will be Bill Gates, co-chair, of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  The Gates Foundation and Rotary International have an ongoing match of 2:1 to support polio eradication efforts up to $35 million a year.  The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership includes Rotary, the Gates Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund.  The incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year in 1988 to just 37 confirmed in 2016.  Rotary, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, has donated $1.6 billion to polio eradication. 

You may recall the item submitted earlier this year by Treasurer Gale Kirsopp, about Amazon Smile - where you can do your Amazon shopping AND make a contribution to our Rotary Foundation in the process!  In case you haven't signed up yet - PLEASE do.  Here is the link to set up your "Amazon Smile" account.  After that it's just a matter of going to "" to do your Amazon shopping and your contribution will be automatic.  There is NO extra cost to do this.  Amazon is sharing their profit with us! 
From Gale: 

Just a reminder for all Amazon shoppers – please use Amazon Smile.

For each purchase you make through Amazon.Smile – Amazon will donate .5% of eligible sales to Kingston NK Rotary.

It’s a fund raiser that does not require any of your time !



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