July is Rotary's "Change the Watch" Month

From its founding, Rotary International and Rotary Clubs worldwide have changed Officers and Directors on the 1st of July every year.

The incredible success of Rotary in Serving the world has long since validated this practice.  Congratulate our new KNK Rotary President Breane Martinez and her new Officers and Directors this month. 

And if you are a Rotarian, think about which post YOU will volunteer to fill next year.  It's all about Service Above Self! 

Vice President
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chairman
Community Service
International Service
Fund Development
Member at Large
Member at Large
Youth Services
Youth Exchange Officer

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Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club

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Kingston-North Kitsap

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Kingston Village Green Community Center
26158 Dulay Rd
Kingston, WA  98346
United States
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Hey Kingston!
KNK Rotary continues it's Summer Fun with the BEER & WINE Garden EVERY SATURDAY through August, at the Party Tent at the Port of Kingston. Come on out for the free Saturday Night Concerts and have a great glass of beer or wine and help KNK Rotary raise money for all of our Service projects.  Be there, or be Square! 
from International Service Chair Bill Maule
Kingston Rotarians  work hard to raise money to support  our charitable projects.  Here in Kingston the results  can be seen and appreciated.  But for our overseas projects we just have to tell you about them. Side-By-Side helps level the playing field for  women and girls  seeking education and good jobs.
Today, Blessing nearly didn't come to school. No, its nothing serious this time. Its just that exams are over and teachers are preoccupied with grading. It seemed too much trouble to just go for the comradery of her classmates and a lunch she wouldn't get at home.
     But she's super glad that she did make the effort because today the Side by Side Ambassadors of Women's Health came to her school to do a presentation on Reproductive Health. Not only did she learn a great deal, as she leaned forward to soak it all in, but she was also given a wonderful Days for Girls reusable menstral hygiene kit.
    Who would have thought that over the course of just 3 years she would most likely spend about 180 days menstruating? Yikes! They calculated that in those 180 days a girl uses about 900 pads, Each pad costs around R2 (about 15 cents). That means in 3 years she could spend about R1,800 ($135). Gasp!
    Imagine throwing that kind of money away! Her mother only just makes that much in a whole month. (If she can get work.) No! Blessing is so grateful she was given her very own washable kit. She's definitely going to tell her mom and sisters about this so they can hopefully start saving to buy their own from the nice ladies who came to her school today.
    As wonderful as the lesson was, Blessing was relieved it was over in time to get in line for her school lunch.   Her new kit is tucked safely in her school bag. She walks arm in arm with her girlfriends, giggling and biting off mouthfuls from her crescent of cabbage. Cut like a wedge of cake, this piece of cabbage and these friends weren't the only reasons to celebrate coming to school today.
    Thank you for partnering with us to bless the "Blessings" in this country. It makes a tangible difference in her every-day life.

Thanks so much to all the Rotarians, Kingston Runners and Boosters who came out to help organize and manage another great FUN RUN on the 4th!  Like everything that KNK Rotary does - it was FUN!  
from our International Service Chair, Bill Maule
The little town of La Estancita, Guatemala,  suffered an educational tragedy.  They had a school for their children, with government paid teachers,  but they really needed a better school building.  The students were crowded into a borrowed building that was not only much too small, it was located where many of the town's children could not reach it.  What to do?
Then, along came the Hug It Forward team. A larger better located  school house is now under construction. Who is building it?  Most of the villagers are involved.  The children collected the trash from around the town -  empty plastic bottles and other plastic trash.  The mothers stuffed the trash into the bottles. The team sent experts to teach the men (and the children)  how to mix cement and taught the men how to produce reinforced concrete for the floor and the pillars. Everybody worked to use those trash filled bottles as wall insulation and then coated the bottles with layers of concrete. Probably right now they are plastering and painting.  Everybody worked together under expert guidance,  everybody will care for that building and  know how to maintain and repair it.  Fringe benefits?  The men have learned a valuable skill, the countryside has been cleared of trash, none of which will add to the plastic  now clogging our oceans!
You may ask who is paying for it?  In part,  YOU are! You worked on the golf tournament, the fun run, the beer garden, the poker tournament, and soon will be involved in new fund raising efforts.  A small part of those funds allowed us to contribute to the costs of the new school house. I, and those villagers,  thank you!
Photos show the walls after the first and second coats of concrete over carefully placed trash filled bottles. It won't be too many years before that little boy will be attending that school,  thanks to the Hug It Forward team, and to you for the funds our Club provided. Now,  as we head for the Golf tournament and the fun run you can think of those pictures and the contributions we will be able to make for yet another school,  to stand with over 100 others that  the Hug It Forward team has  helped build.
from Communications Chair Ron Carter

$135 million is spent each year on Rotary International service projects that change lives, both close to home and around the world.  That is what was explained by Howard Svigals to Kingston North Kitsap Rotarians at their May 23, 2018 luncheon meeting.   Svigals is the fundraising chair for Rotary Foundation in the state of Washington.  The Foundation, supported solely by contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation, exists to generate funds necessary so that “every minute of every day Rotary feeds someone, houses someone, medicates someone, performs surgery on someone, helps someone, cares for someone, provides clean water to someone, and on and on.”  On average, twenty global grants, some as much as $300k, are dispersed each week by the Rotary Foundation.  Ninety percent of the funds collected go to projects and programs. CNN ranks the Rotary Foundation one of the top ten in the world. 

            Kingston North Kitsap Rotarians meet each Wednesday, 11:45 a.m., at Kingston’s Village Green Community Center.  Visitors are welcome any time.  No invitation necessary. 

from Communications Chair Ron Carter
Kingston-North Kitsap Rotarians heard an update from eight year old Zachary Darner at their May 16 meeting.  Zachary is the whiz kid behind Kidzz helping Kidzz, an effort that delivers toys for kids in local hospitals during the holidays.   Zachary began the program two years ago after observing kids in the hospital when his younger brother, Noah, was hospitalized three times.  Last holiday, the program’s second year, Zachary raised an amazing 1589 toys.  This year his goal is 5,000 toys.  And he’s already well on his way to accomplishing his goal, with a donation of 1500 toys from the Eagles Club of Port Orchard.  Kidzz helping Kidzz is also supported by Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club. 
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter

Kingston North Kitsap Rotarians learned about the experiences of exchange student Ada Munoz and her host family, the Andersons - Isaac Anderson is a Past President of our Club - at their May 2 meeting.  Munoz, from Spain, spoke about her American experiences, her bonding with the Anderson family, and the “cool” time she has had here.  Sponsored by Joni Moore and the Aspect Foundation Foreign Exchange Program, Munoz has attended Kingston High School, and will have been in the States ten months by program end.  Anderson’s wife, Holly, and daughter, Delaney, shared their positive experiences - and interruptions to their family routines.  Delaney said Ada was like a sister and helped her speed-learn Spanish.

from Communications Chair Ron Carter

At our May 9 meeting Kingston North Kitsap Rotarians heard an update on the soon-to-be opened Coffee Oasis in the former Kingston Community Center. 

One in thirty high school students in Washington state is homeless.  The mission of Coffee Oasis, through it’s unique business model, is to change the world for homeless youth in Kitsap County.  Proceeds from the front-end coffee shop business fund back of the shop programs, including providing a safe place to be, job training, and internship programs with local businesses.  It was reported 100% of interns had a job within six months.  Additionally, homeless youth is provided showers, washers and dryers, and clothing.  Coffee Oasis operates a transitional house for women in Poulsbo, one for men in Bremerton, and the county’s only youth shelter in Bremerton. 

The meeting included Coffee Oasis personal testimonials from Jet Woelke and Gage Foley.  At the conclusion, Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club president Doug Hallock presented a $2k check from the Club to Daniel Kluth, Coffee Oasis’s Regional Development Director-North Kitsap.  Kluth reported work remains on the building, including siding, subfloor, drywall, and painting.  He hopes for a September opening for the Kingston Coffee Oasis.

from De' MacKinnon
Board meeting minutes are sent to all members in a bulk mailing.  Should you wish to review a set of minutes you may not have saved, follow these steps to find them online.
  1. Go to our website: Kingston-nkrotary.org
  2. Login.
  3. Next select “Member Area” from the top bar.
  4. Scroll down under “My Clubrunner” and select “View Club Documents”.
  5. Scroll down to the Board Minutes you wish to read.
  6. When done, be sure to log out.
You may recall the item submitted last 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 "smile.amazon.com" 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. https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-2960627

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 !



A NEW feature on our website is a link to our current Mission and Strategic Plan.  See it just below the "Rotary Month" item at top left.  We hope this helps our non-Rotarian friends understand us just a bit better...
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PO Box 832
Kingston WA 98346
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