Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club

October is Rotary Vocational Service Month

Vocational Service is Rotarians putting the knowledge and skills of their vocations to work in Service to their Communities and the World.

This month we should each strive to use our vocational skills to serve our fellow humans.

What will YOU do? 

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Immediate Past President
Foundation Chairman
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Youth Services
Youth Exchange Officer

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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
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submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
Rotarian Michelle Fuji told her story to fellow Rotarians at a recent October meeting.  And she demonstrated the art of acupuncture.  Fuji is owner and practitioner of an acupuncture and herbal medicine practice.  She refers to herself as an East Asian Medical Practitioner.  A veteran of years of East Asian Medical training, Michelle practices in Poulsbo, Kingston, and Silverdale. 
At the same meeting, Rotarian Jon Sole reported a record number of blood drive donors at the October 17 blood drive.  58 donors came to lend their arms to the cause.  Rotarians support each Bloodworks Northwest Kingston Blood Drive, every eight weeks at Kingston’s Village Green Community Center.  
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
Multiple award-winning photographer Bonnie Block displayed a collection of her images at our recent October meeting.  Block is a 37-year resident of Kingston who specializes in photographs of birds of the Pacific Northwest.  In addition to a collection of those images, she shared pictures of her recent photo shoot in Botswana.  And, she showed the image of eagles and herons taken at Seabeck, WA that was selected as 2016 Audubon Photography Awards grand prize winner.
Last week your Editor joined this crew of Rotarians, Kiwanians and dedicated Kingstonians who got together under the organization of Jim Dixon, our Community Services Chair, to prepare for two new benches and a water fountain at the park. We're happy to say that prep works were completed in fine fashion.  The water fountain was worked further on Friday and with a little luck, the final products may be in place by next week.  Time will tell. Thanks  for the organization, Jim!
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
Senator Rolfes Visits Kingston Rotary

23rd District State Senator Christine Rolfes was the featured speaker at our first meeting in October.  Her topic was the recent Legislature’s efforts to bring K-12 school funding in line with requirements of the State Supreme Court in it’s McCleary decision. In that January 2012 decision, the Court ruled the State Legislature failed to fulfill its paramount duty to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders. 

Senator Rolfes told Rotarians that half of the latest budget, passed June 30, goes to public school funding. These funds are allocated to the 295 districts in the state, districts as small as the six-student Stehekin District to as large as the Seattle District, with it’s 54,000 students.  The result is the state provides more maintenance and operations money for each student in each district, and limits the amount districts can raise through school levies.  The net impact in North Kitsap District will be an increase of thirteen-million dollars, almost ten-thousand dollars more per teacher.  Most of the funding will be for teacher salaries.  To fund the increases, the Legislature will increase property taxes across the state by seven-billion dollars. 

At the conclusion Senator Rolfes answered questions, the biggest of which is whether the Legislature will be found in compliance when the State Supreme Court revisits the matter later this month. 



Membership Chair Jennifer Carrier and Sponsor Breane Martinez Assisted President Doug at this week's meeting by inducting new Rotarian Margie Sullivan.  Welcome to Rotary International Margie, we look forward to a long and happy journey together in Rotary Service.
from De' MacKinnon
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forwarded by Blood Drive Chair Jon Sole
Good Afternoon Kingston Community Donors!
Big thanks for a great blood drive on 8/22/17!
The ongoing support and dedication of donors is very appreciated. We truly value your partnership in our lifesaving pursuits.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Drive Results:
  • Total Registered Whole Blood Donors: 41 people  
  • Units of Whole Blood Collected: 34 units
  • Apheresis Donors Registered: 5
  • Apheresis Units Collected: 4
  • Lives Saved: Since each whole blood donation can save up to three lives and each apheresis donation can save more than 3 lives, your collective donations will help save more than 114 patients in our community. 
  • We welcomed 10 first-time donors.
Your efforts will bring health and comfort to many patients. The blood donations collected at the blood drive are critical to maintain a stable blood supply for surgeries, medical emergencies, and for supporting patients battling life-threatening illnesses like leukemia and other cancers.
Each day, 800 people must donate blood to support Bloodworks Northwest blood supply in order to meet the needs of patients in our hospitals. Your blood drive played an important role in helping meet that goal.
Thank you from all of us at Bloodworks NW for your support in this life-saving mission.
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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 !



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
Anne Thomas
Nov 01, 2017
Literacy project in Laos/Cambodia
Aaron Murphy
Nov 15, 2017
Aging in PLace
Jillian Rutherford, PA-C
Dec 06, 2017
Vintage Direct Primary Care PLLC, Modern Care, Old Time Service
Walt Elliot
Dec 13, 2017
Port 101, Starboard 101 if time remaining
Kathy Sole, De' MacKinnon
Feb 14, 2018
kitsap Historical Society
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