Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club

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Swing for Rotary Tournament Time
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:  www.knkrotarygolf.net. 
“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:  www.knkrotarygolf.net
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.
 
 
Swing for Rotary Tournament Time 2017-04-16 07:00:00Z
One more reason! - next blood drive is May 2nd
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.
 
 
One more reason! - next blood drive is May 2nd 2017-04-16 07:00:00Z
Stillwaters project rolls on - Come help on April 12th!
 
submitted by Naomi Maasberg
 
The Stillwaters project moved forward on Saturday last, in the hands of Fredrick and Bill. They got the roof on and then finished it up on Monday. it's quite the lovely woodshed (which is good because it will someday be right by the parking area) and very, very sturdy. 
We're ready for the big project on Wednesday, April 12 about 1:45 pm-- to fill up the woodshed, clear the debris, and re-plant the area with native plants. If needed, we'll be at it again on 4/19. Depends on how many show up on the 12th, and whether or not the weather cooperates!
We've been fortunate to have some donated materials from Kingston Lumber Supply, Henery Hardware, Olympic Organics, and the Stillwaters 'stash' of used lumber, mostly from Doug Woodside. So the cash cost for materials was only $120, paid by Rotary.
 
 
Stillwaters project rolls on - Come help on April 12th! 2017-04-06 07:00:00Z
Students Make a Difference
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
 

Meet Maeve Boon and Brennan Jacobson, seniors at Kingston High School.  They get up early, way before most of their high school mates to attend meetings twice weekly.  What motivates them?  Donuts.  Donuts are a big draw, but once there, it’s the food drives and other community activities that motivate Maeve and Brennan to contribute as many as ten to fifteen hours each month to their community.  They do so as members of the high school’s Interact Club, sponsored by Kingston North Kitsap Rotary.  The KHS Interact Club has almost 40 members this school year, and is one of the largest clubs at the school.  The club’s purpose is to help get high school students involved in their community and support other local non-profit groups.  The club conducts a multitude of activities during the year, including trail maintenance, food drives, hygiene drives, helping out at Rotary events, and fundraisers to help other groups.  Most of the ideas for projects are brought to the club by students who see something they want to change in their community.  Maeve said “I chose to join Interact Club because I wanted to find a way to reach out and help my community.”  Her favorite part about Interact Club is the food drives, noting “it is awesome to watch the food pile up, but nothing compares to seeing all the food we collect as a club at the end of the drive.  Dropping it off at the food bank is an amazing experience, feeling like I participated in something that will help a widespread amount of people is amazing.”  Brennan, who is co-president of the club said he’s involved “because my freshman year a couple of my friends encouraged me to join.  I really enjoyed being a part of the club and have stayed on ever since.”  He claims his favorite part about the group is how members are willing to tackle any issue.  “No matter how large or time-consuming a project might be there are always students ready to lend a hand.”

There are all kinds of students in Interact, with participants in all four grades, according to Brennan.  But according to Mark Baze, Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club Interact advisor, “these kids are the cream of the crop, high achievers.” He says “Interact Club members are much more together, more mature, than I ever was.”  Mark’s role is to facilitate what club members want to do. One of their efforts that impressed him was a Halloween project last fall - Ghost Train - in Port Orchard, for the enjoyment of grade school students.  He says “the real value of Interact is not just what members are bringing in and contributing.  It’s that they are learning how to reach out, make connections in the community.”

While food drives are part of their activities, as noted earlier, food drives the club.  Asked what would surprise people about the club, Maeve responded, “the massive role donuts play.  It’s such a nice way to keep everyone motivated and alert at early morning meetings.”  The club meets twice weekly.  Brennan, the co-president, said “I want people in the community to know that Interact wants to make sure Kingston is a great place to live for everyone.”  Who could argue that?

 

 

Students Make a Difference 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z
Interact/Rotarians Working for Stillwaters
submitted by Naomi Maasberg
 
This is Part 1 of a 3-part Restoration Project here at Stillwaters that is being accomplished by Interact Club members and a few Rotarians. This phase of the project was done on March 5th.
The ‘captain’ of the project is Fredrick Branchflower, who seems to have evaded my camera on this day. His friend, Bill Kiley, is the architect & head contractor for the woodshed part of the project; you can see him at the saw.
Interacters Jane Hermanson, Victor Hanson, and Aidan Bowers joined their advisor, Mark Baze, to help out for this first step in constructing a woodshed. In a couple hours, they cleared the area of debris and brush, leveled the ground, built a base and filled it with sand, and cut most of the lumber for the shed.
In Part 2, Bill, Fredrick and a few Interact members will assemble the woodshed. Part 3 is the biggest step, when a group of Interacters and Rotarians will stack the wood from the 15 trees that fell last Fall, and restore the ½ acre of woods with native trees and understory, before the area is overcome with blackberries or Scots’ broom.
This has been a fun project for a group to take on, and something both Interact and Rotary can take pride in seeing accomplished. We at Stillwaters are quite grateful to have a hard-working, dedicated, and skilled group like this as a resource!
 
 
Interact/Rotarians Working for Stillwaters 2017-03-16 07:00:00Z
Rotary Causes Here and Worldwide
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. 

Rotary Causes Here and Worldwide 2017-03-16 07:00:00Z
Winter storms deepen severe blood shortage in northwest
 
submitted by Blood Drive coordinator Jon Sole
 
Local blood supplies are at critical levels with the flu season, full hospitals and weather taking a toll, according to Bloodworks Northwest.
A critical level is considered to be less than a one day supply, with a four-day supply considered normal. Most donated blood is used for patients having surgery, cancer treatment or organ transplants, and a one-day supply means there is a risk that all patients’ needs for blood cannot be met.
Bloodworks, which supports more than 90 hospitals in Washington, Oregon and Alaska, is asking for healthy donors to give blood at one of their locations.
The shortage in the Pacific Northwest is part of a nationwide trend, with centers across many regions reporting acute shortages.

"Blood donations in the first two weeks of 2017 fell far below normal, with collections at 1,500 units below what patients need," said James P. AuBuchon, MD, president and CEO. "With regular donors down with the flu or colds, we need others to step forward to help fill this emergency need."

"All blood types are needed. If you are healthy and haven't donated recently, or if you are a first time donor, we need you now," he said.
 
Donors are urged to schedule an appointment as soon as possible at any one of Bloodworks' 12 donor centers by going online at schedule.bloodworksnw.org  or by calling 1-800-398-7888.
 
People can also can check online at bloodworksnw.org for donation criteria, and to find dates and times of mobile blood drives close to where they live or work.
 
NOTE:  Our Kingston Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, March 7th at the Village Green.  Please come and donate!
 
 
Winter storms deepen severe blood shortage in northwest 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
submitted by Ron Carter
 
It wasn’t a chicken dinner John Loftus won.  It was two nights at a Bed & Breakfast in Fairbanks, Alaska, including roundtrip airfare.  Loftus, a Kingston resident, emerged the winner of Kingston North Kitsap Rotary’s Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament, Saturday, Feb.25, in Kingston.  Almost $2,000 was raised in this first-ever community event, staged by Rotarians in support of their community projects.  According to Clint Boxman, one of the event organizers, “the event turned out to be more about fellowship than fundraising; it was a lot more fun than anticipated.”  The professionals who ran the tournament also commented on the fun atmosphere. Loftus said, “on short notice Kingston Rotary was able to put together a poker tournament that was fun for all involved and well attended.  Lots of money was raised for good causes, and I think it bodes well for their next attempt.” As a side benefit, leftover (unopened) food and beverages were donated to the Severe Weather Shelter in Kingston and the Boys and Girls Club snack reserves.
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner 2017-03-01 08:00:00Z
Come learn about Kingston's History
submitted by Kathy Sole
 
the Kingston Historical Society is holding an informal Open House and Public Meeting on Monday, February 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Village Green Community Center. Below is a flier regarding the event. We hope you will join us for refreshments and offer your ideas for our 2017 project list.  Hope to see you there!
 
 
Come learn about Kingston's History 2017-02-17 08:00:00Z
Save the Date! 
submitted by Ron Carter
 

Calling All Golfers/Save the Date

            Friday, June 16, 2017.  That’s the date to save for this year’s 11th Annual Swing for Rotary Golf Classic at White Horse Golf Club.  You want to do good in our community?  Save the date.  You want to have fun with friends?  Save the date.  You want to play golf and enjoy a fabulous dinner at White Horse?  Save the date.  This is a terrific tournament.  As White Horse pro Bruce Christy said before last year’s 10th year celebration, “most of these don’t last more than three or four years.  That this one is marking ten years is testimony to it’s quality and value to our community.”

            Your $150 entry fee includes lunch, dinner, and golf, including cart rental, range balls, Mulligans, and tee gifts.  Put a team together - it is a scramble format in teams of four players.  It would be a great way to introduce family and friends to our very special community.  And to have fun and do good, too. 

            For more information - or to register now - go to: www.knkrotarygolf.net.  Or to get answers to your questions call 360-286-5178.  Do it now!

 

 

Save the Date! 2017-02-14 08:00:00Z
POKER TOURNAMENT IN KINGSTON
submitted by Ron Carter
 
Hello February.  Another boring, gloomy, rainy month in our Burg by the Bay.   When the days remain maddeningly short, and the daffodils tease, but don’t show, the first sign of spring.
Here’s some sunshine for your February bowl, courtesy of your Kingston North Kitsap Rotarians.  We’re the group that gets together for fun and fellowship for the purpose of doing good around here.  To spice up February, we’ve planned a Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament on Saturday, February 25th.  And you’re invited. Save that date if you are a player.  Save it even if you are not a player (a beginner’s lesson and tutorial on how to play will be provided before play begins). 
This is going to be a fun event.  Check-in is at 4:15 p.m. at Village Green Community Center in Kingston.  The action starts at 4:30 p.m.  Professional dealers will be there to run everything smoothly.  Your entrance fee of $100 (with unlimited re-buys at $20 each) gets you a seat at the table, appetizers, coffee and water.  Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
Contestants will be playing for pre-paid vacations, such as an Alaska Bed and Breakfast getaway,  overnight stays at local hotels and dinner/show tickets, night out packages in Kingston, Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island - dinners, movies, etc., and Seattle Mariners tickets.  All night long, we’ll be selling raffle tickets for a chance to go straight to the winner’s table.  We’ll pay the top eight winners from the prize pool. 
Why are we doing this?  Well, to have fun.  And to raise money for our projects and causes.  This event will support our work to get an electronic community reader-board in Kingston, to provide Kingston High School kids scholarships, to support our Food4Kids efforts in North Kitsap, and to retire the Village Green Community Center debt.
If you can’t or don’t want to be part of the poker action, we invite you to come join the fun anyway.  Continuous bingo games will be happening at $10 per game or five games for $25, new games every 15-minutes. 
Save the date.  Sign up now.  Contact Rotarian Fredrick Branchflower to get a seat at the table (fbranchflower@comcast.net), or to get more information.  We can’t promise you’ll win at the tables, but we can promise you’ll have fun, and the community will win.
 
 
POKER TOURNAMENT IN KINGSTON 2017-01-29 08:00:00Z
NOT-SO-TRIVIAL  TRIVIA
submitted by Bill Maule
 
 Now, just who is this Doug guy?  You know, Doug Hallock?  Well,  I can tell you a few things  -  some of them Doug might even confess to himself.  This former Boy Scouts of America Executive, now confines his scouting to finding  houses and clients.  We know him, of course, for his activities in Rotary, of which he has been a member seemingly forever.  He has been the Club’ Sergeant at Arms since  day one in 2004, a member of the International Services Committee and this year serves as Club Secretary. He now has agreed to lead us as President starting in July.
Here is the trivia bit.  All of us have individual numbers that identify us to Rotary International and to the Foundation.  Mine is seven digits long, I assume  showing that  there were  6,166,942 Rotarians or former Rotarians who got numbers before I did. In fact our Club is replete with members with seven digit numbers -  everybody except one. Yes, you guessed it  -  Doug has been a Rotarian for  so long that his number  has only six digits! A unique distinction.   Let us all salute Doug for his service and his long, long membership!
NOT-SO-TRIVIAL TRIVIA 2017-01-11 00:00:00Z
Our Interacters ROCK!
submitted by President Stan Mack
 
If you missed this week's luncheon meeting, you missed a good one.  We hosted our Kingston High School Interact Club.  We had about 20 Interacters (out of a total of about 60) join us.  We opened up the room divider and used two meeting rooms.  Co-Presidents Brandon and Nolan provided a great presentation of all that the Interact Club has accomplished to this point, as well as plans for the rest of the year.  We had a chance to hear from young people who have attended Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly (RYLA).  Seniors filled us in on their education and career plans for after high school graduation.  Our Interact Club is filled with amazing young people.  They were quick to acknowledge the impact of Mark Baze in making the Club an attractive and vibrant organization.  We can all be proud of our Interact Club.
 
 
Our Interacters ROCK! 2017-01-11 00:00:00Z
January is Blood Month
submitted by Jon Sole
 
Here's another great reason to be a regular donor:
 
  Gary
 
After his liver failed, it took 23 units of blood and the support of the Blood Center's Specialty Diagnostics Laboratories to sustain Gary Arvan through his liver transplant surgery. Primary sclerosing cholangitis, a disease of the bile ducts, had destroyed Gary's liver and threatened his life. A vibrant man with a wife and two sons, Gary was determined to raise his boys to manhood.
He made good on his promise. Not only did he achieve that goal, he rode the Seattle to Portland bicycle ride exactly one year after his transplant operation, played first base on his softball team, continued working full-time as a Boeing software developer, and became a proud advocate for the Blood Center.
Today, side effects from medication that prevents Gary's body from rejecting his new liver make additional blood transfusions necessary. Whenever he needs blood, the Blood Center is there, again. The boys—one now in college, one in high school—have grown up with their dad beside them to nurture and guide their journey. To the unknown people who donated the blood that helped save his life, Gary says, "I have been given a great gift, a gift of life, a gift of time, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart."
 
 
January is Blood Month 2017-01-06 00:00:00Z
 OUR  ROTARY DISTRICT ROCKS!
 
submitted by Bill Maule
 
Members of Kinston-North Kitsap Rotary know that we are a great little Club.  Although we are new compared to our neighbor Clubs,  Bainbridge and Poulsbo, we are an active bunch. We do not have the deep pockets or our neighbors,  but our Club has recently been honored for its contributions to the Rotary Foundation. We have every right to be proud of our Club.
 
 
OUR ROTARY DISTRICT ROCKS! 2016-12-26 00:00:00Z
KNK Club Giving to be Commended
Submitted by De' McKinnon & Bill Maule
 
Last Rotary year, our club members donated over $6,000 to The Rotary Foundation (well above the $100 per member minimum required) and every one of our Members contributed at least something.  That generosity earned our club an award banner commending us as a "100% Foundation Giving Club".
We are in very good company. Of the 35,399 Rotary Clubs worldwide, only 4,609 qualified for the award. That places our little Club among the top 13 % worldwide!  Our members realize that the Foundation's assets, the source of all those matching grants that help Rotary "do good in the world", come from the generosity of individual Rotarians.
In the first quarter of this current Rotary year, we have already achieved a $53.77 average.  It would be especially gratifying if we could earn the same award again, but that will be tougher this time, as this year every member must contribute at least $25.  On an ongoing basis, that would require only a $6.50 contribution with each quarterly bill from our Treasurer.  If you want additional information about giving, please talk with De’ Mackinnon or Bill Maule."
 
KNK Club Giving to be Commended 2016-12-26 00:00:00Z
Club Seeks 2017 Golf Sponsors

submitted by Ron Carter

Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club is pleased to announce our annual Swing for Rotary Golf Classic on June 16, 2017 at White Horse Golf Club.  Save the date.  And save a place in your community sponsorship budget. 

We are now seeking sponsors for our 2017 event, which will fall on the heels of the most successful tournament ever in it’s 10-year history.  This is the time of year annual budgets are pulled together.  Please set aside monies to help us stage this exciting event.   Last year we were able to help fund Food4Kids (donating nearly $10,000), providing meals for kids in need during weekends, vacations, and holidays when they are not in school.  Also, we were able to continue financial support for the Village Green Community Center, organize bi-monthly blood drives, and provide KHS scholarships. 

Special thanks to last year’s primary sponsors including The Point Casino, Liberty Bay Auto, CHI Franciscan Health, Les Schwab, and Windermere Real Estate. 

For more information, and to learn about how your company can get involved in this big community event, contact:  Breane Martinez at 360-286-5178 (breanemartinez@hotmail.com) or Alice Amas at 425-949-9773 (aliceamas@gmail.com).

 

 

Club Seeks 2017 Golf Sponsors 2016-12-09 00:00:00Z
A tool you hope not to use!
submitted by Gale Kirsopp
 
A tool I hope you never have to use!!
Early Sunday morning I went onto my garage to see that someone had entered my garage, then my car and removed the contents from my glove compartment and center console... The value of what was stolen was minimal but I wanted to report the event to the Kitsap Sheriff’s department so they were aware. I called 911, identified this as a non-emergency call. Based on the incident they asked if I would please file an online incident report.
Log into www.Kitsap911.org – go to the resource page and file an online report.
I went to Google typed Kitsap 911 and got a direct link to file an online report. The online questionnaire was very straight forward.
Most important, a record of the incident is now in the police database and the Kitsap Sheriff’s department is aware. 
A tool you hope not to use! 2016-12-09 00:00:00Z
Fellowship Dinner coming up!
submitted by Sondra Peters
 
Our last in this series of fellowship Dinners is coming up:
 
  - 21 Apri (note revised datel) at Don Hutchins' home
 
Format will be potluck - bring a dish to share and a bottle if you're drinking wine...
 
More info will be available at coming meetings.  
 
 
Fellowship Dinner coming up! 2016-12-08 08:00:00Z
District Governor visits KNK!
District Governor Joanne Keyes Croghan visits the Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club with Don Mannino, Assistant District Governor Elaine Burton, and Club President Stanley Mack on November 30th. Joanne shared her Rotary experience, which is a truly inspirational story of Service Above Self.  Thanks for visiting, Joanne!  
 
 
District Governor visits KNK! 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z
Food for Kids Update
submitted by Ron Carter
 
Food4Kids Ten Years Old and Growing
 
75 kids in North Kitsap will not go hungry when school is out for the holidays Dec. 16,  thanks to the Food4Kids program in North Kitsap.
Last June, at Rotary’s annual Swing for Rotary golf tournament and auction, patrons raised their paddles for Food4Kids. Almost $10-thousand was raised, so that when school ends the food program doesn’t end for kids in need.  According to Rotarian Fredrick Branchflower, Food4Kids was launched about ten years ago by a coalition of Kingston Rotarians, Kingston Kiwanians, north end school leaders, and the Kingston Food Bank.  It is focused on serving students of north end schools, including Wolfle Elementary, Gordon Elementary, Kingston Middle and Kingston High School.  Today Food4Kids is a coalition of Sharenet Food Bank, Kingston Food Bank, S’Kallam Food Bank, North Kitsap School District, Kingston Kiwanis, Kingston North Kitsap Rotary, and several local churches.  It serves on average 75 kids, grades K-12, during winter break, spring break, and weekends during summer break.            
Food for Kids Update 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z
Blood Drive December 13th at VGCC
submitted by Jon Sole
 
Be there, or be square!  Here's another reason why...
 
Pat:
After surviving heart failure, an implanted heart pump and two heart transplants, Pat Kelly had run out of options. His immune system was rejecting his second transplanted heart—just as it had the first—and Pat was not considered a candidate for a third transplant. The antibodies his body created were in his bloodstream, attacking and threatening to destroy his replacement heart.
To help protect his new heart and extend his life, Pat receives plasmapheresis treatments. Blood taken from Pat is processed through a centrifuge to remove the plasma, which contains the antibodies. New plasma from blood donors is mixed in with Pat's red blood cells, and the mixture is then returned to Pat's body.
The plasmapheresis treatments work well, and Pat has resumed coaching the youth baseball teams he loves. With Monica, his wife of 21 years, and their two sons, Pat embraces every single day. "We live for the moment, day to day, just enjoying the small pleasures in life," he says.
Next KNK sponsored blood drive will be on December 13th at the Village Green Community Center, 12:00 – 6:00. All KNK members, who are able, are encouraged to donate. Support one of the club’s ongoing projects while you are helping another person enjoy a fuller life.
Blood Drive December 13th at VGCC 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z
NOTE: there will be NO MEETING on December 28th 
Happy Holidays to you all! 
NOTE: there will be NO MEETING on December 28th 2016-11-18 00:00:00Z
Our North Sound Rotary Challenge Champs
From Poulsbo Rotarian Steve Garfein
 
KNK Rotarians will recall that our Rotary Challenge Team finally won our North Sound Rotary Challenge at this year's Golf Classic.
Under the category of "better late than never" here is a belated celebratory picture of our victorious team:
KNK Rotarian Mitch Brockett, our "Secret Weapon" - Poulsbo Rotary's Cindy Garfein, Captain Don Hutchins, and KNK Golf Legend Skip Peters.
Congratulations again, Kingston Rotary Golfers!
Our North Sound Rotary Challenge Champs 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z
KNK Interact at Ghost Train
submitted by Mark Baze
 
Saturday October 29, the KHS Interact Club set-up and operated an entertainment booth the Port Orchard Ghost Train. Ghost Train is an annual event put on by Kitsap Foster Care Association with the support of Kitsap Live Steamers club. The money raised from this event supports the Association's activities, such as Mariners tickets, holiday gifts, backpacks full of school supplies and monthly support group meetings.
The booths serve to entertain small children while going through the very long line for the main attraction, the train ride.  Interact provided a bean bag toss, photo booth, trinkets, and of course candy for hundreds of wide eyed munchkins.
WAY TO GO, KNK Interacters!  You guys ROCK!
 
KNK Interact at Ghost Train 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z
"Thank You, Rotary", from our outgoing Blood Drive Director
submitted by President Stan as received:
"Thank You, Rotary", from our outgoing Blood Drive Director 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z
We make a new Rotarian
submitted by Clint Boxman
 
Our newest KNK Rotarian, Jeff Sweeney, who works with NK School District and lives on Bainbridge Island, was inducted by Membership Chair De' and President Stan this week.  Congratulations and welcome to Rotary, Jeff!  We're all looking forward to serving alongside you. 
We make a new Rotarian 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z
Village Green Working Party is a huge success!
Numerous Rotarians and Interacters as well as Kiwanians were among literally dozens of and Kingstonians who turned out Last Saturday to clear brush and improve trails at the Village Green, and do maintenance at the Quiet Place Park. 
 
Among the stalwart Rotarians who came out to help cut, chop, lift and haul were:
 
Bobbie Moore (who was of course the instigator and organizer)!
Don Hutchins
Walt Elliott
Mark Baze (Interact GURU)
De' MacKinnon
Chris Gilbreath
Jim Dixon
 
They were joined by several of our great Interacters from Kingston HS, who worked at the Quiet Place Park. they included:
 
Victor Hanson
Casey Pregartner
Brennan Jacobson
Evan Jacobson
 
THANK YOU to all the Civic Minded Citizens who helped make this a very productive event!
Village Green Working Party is a huge success! 2016-10-23 00:00:00Z
Are YOU "Smiling" for Rotary?
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 "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 !

 

 

Are YOU "Smiling" for Rotary? 2016-10-23 00:00:00Z
Bill Maule "goes back" - the sequel!
Last week you read the account of Bill Maule's return to Korea after 63 years (see below if you missed it).
 
This week we have this "sequel" from The Man himself:
 
You, my long suffering fellow Kingstonians,  have already heard too much about my return trip  to Korea.  Nevertheless,  I did not want to leave the impression that I have always  been in my present overweight decrepitude.  (I only hope to equal your state of "decrepitude" when I reach your age, Bill!)
 
In the background is the then only indication that the DMZ  starts here.
 
 
submitted by Ron Carter
Rotarian Bill Maule says “You Can Go Back”
  Kingston -  When Second Lieutenant Bill Maule arrived in Korea December 31, 1953, he had no idea he would have a “bucket list” during his lifetime.  There he served in the 31st Infantry Division as a Delta Company recoilless rifle platoon leader.  A fresh second lieutenant commanding veterans.  His outfit was stationed at Camp Casey, just north of Seoul on the main corridor from North Korea to Seoul.  The famous Pork Chop Hill was in site.  By the time Lieutenant Maule arrived the Korean cease fire had been in effect six months so he saw no fighting.  As a result, however, continuous training exercises kept the platoon battle ready.  Many veterans in the platoon complained they preferred the war to the training.  Training was tougher.  After nine months, Maule returned to the states.  But the taste for foreign shores developed in Korea led him to a career in foreign service. 
   Fast forward 63-years.  And the bucket list.  Bill Maule today is a proud Rotarian, a member of Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club.  When he learned that Rotary International’s 2016 convention would be in Seoul, there was no hesitation.  It was his chance to cross off a bucket list item and return.  The convention was a highlight.  47,000 Rotarians were there, presenting 90 flags from countries around the world.  There was a special Rotary program for returning veterans. 
   Six days before the meetings Maule drove to Camp Casey.  It 1953 it was a wide open area.  Now it is surrounded by a city.  In 1953 the road toward the DMZ and the railroad tracks in that direction were in open spaces.  Today the highway is lined with businesses.  In 1953 he spent time on a hill overlooking a river north of Seoul.  He found that hill on the bucket list trip.  Now it is in a gorgeous forest.  The river is full of recreation.  He was amazed by the progress in Seoul.  “Then, there was piles of war rubble everywhere - the streets had been cleared - still there was rubble.  You had to watch for pickpockets.”  Today Seoul is very modern.  Subways and commuter trains exist, yet there are still terrific traffic problems.  Though it is hard to communicate, Maule’s takeaway from the trip was how friendly and helpful the people were.  He says, “you can go back.” And to do so as a pound Rotarian of twelve years.
   Lieutenant Maule’s Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club works to improve lives in the community and the world.  Meetings occur Wednesday’s at 11:45 a.m. at Village Green Community Center in Kingston.  Guests are welcome. 
 
 
Bill Maule "goes back" - the sequel! 2016-10-08 00:00:00Z
Blood shortage is CRITICAL - please donate on Oct 18th!
submitted by Blood Drive Coordinator Jon Sole
 
The Puget Sound area blood supply is at a critically low point.  PLEASE mark your calendar and come out to the Village Green Community Center to donate on OCTOBER 18th from Noon to 6 PM.
 
Here's the full story, from Bloodworks NW:
 
Emergency appeal to blood donors
Nationwide shortage continues to impact Northwest and
Hurricane Matthew is likely to make matters more severe!
Seattle, WA – Bloodworks Northwest issued an urgent appeal for donors today after inventories for some blood types fell to emergency levels—indicating only a one-day supply. Normal inventory is a four-day supply. The appeal echoes information showing a continuing nationwide blood shortage that has persisted since early June.
“While all blood and platelet donors are welcome, there is a special need for type O-negative blood,” said Dr. James P. AuBuchon, president and CEO. “Higher than normal patient needs have challenged our ability to get beyond the chronic shortage to rebuild a strong, steady inventory.” 
Type O-negative is the “universal” blood type that can be transfused to any patient suffering from trauma and needing immediate transfusion without time available to determine their blood type.
Only 9% of the population has Type O-negative blood.
It takes 800 donors per day year-round to maintain a sufficient supply for the 90 hospitals served by Bloodworks in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Since blood can be broken down into its three components (red cells, platelets, plasma) each donation can potentially save three lives.
The demand for blood is continuous to support the daily needs of local hospitals and special care facilities. Patients undergo surgeries and organ transplants. ERs treat traumatic injuries, and many people receive blood components for cancer treatment. Recent tragedies underscore the fact that having blood already on the shelves is essential when unforeseeable emergencies happen.
 
 
Blood shortage is CRITICAL - please donate on Oct 18th! 2016-10-08 00:00:00Z
Are YOU ready for a natural disaster?
Submitted by President Stan Mack,
 
We had an excellent presentation this week by Scott Larson, Disaster Preparedness Officer for Naval Base Kitsap.  After a thorough briefing on how we can each prepare for a coming natural disaster, Scott shared these excellent Web resources.  Are YOU prepared?
 
 
Are YOU ready for a natural disaster? 2016-10-01 00:00:00Z
KNK Rotary approves local Grants
Submitted by Community Services Chair Brianne Magruder,
 
At their September meeting, the Community Service Committee was pleased to approve the Following Grants to community activities:
 
·         Kingston Middle School – Implementing Navigation 101 – in the amount of $500.00
·         Kingston Kiwanis – Back to School Supply Drive – In the amount of $1,000.00
·         Kingston Super Seniors – Monthly Luncheon – in the amount of $1,000.00
·         These grants are in addition to KNK Rotary funding of the Food For Kids program in the amount of $9597.00, raised at our annual Golf Classic in June
 
KNK Rotary is proud and happy to be able to contribute in this way to key Community Service programs!  Why not join us and help us in this worthy effort?
 
 
KNK Rotary approves local Grants 2016-09-28 00:00:00Z
Fellowship report
You will know that President Stan's recent fall caused some hasty re-organization of the Fellowship event on Friday evening the 23rd.
Skip and Sondra Peters responded like troopers, expanding their planned 10-person dinner to 18 and it was a great success!  Thanks to all those who came out and shared their time and their histories with Rotary.  And special thanks to Sondra and Skip for their exceptional hospitality and flexibility!!
We look forward to the next Fellowship event - our Holiday Dinner Party at our Wednesday luncheon meeting on December 7th. This will be a special Holiday Luncheon! If you haven't marked your calendar yet - please do it now. 
Stan - we all hope you are healing well and quickly and are back in full health very soon! 
Fellowship report 2016-09-25 00:00:00Z
Community Open House coming Sept 29th
submitted by Sally Christy
 
Our annual Kingston Open House is a fantastic way to get acquainted with our community and it's excellent people and organizations.  DON'T MISS IT!
Click on the news release for more info...
 
 
 
Community Open House coming Sept 29th 2016-09-16 00:00:00Z
Kingston Concerts Open Door to “Other Side”
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
 
Kingston - The annual summer concert series at the Port of Kingston’s Mike Wallace Park was another big success, according to officials.  The series, a joint effort of the Port of Kingston, Kingston Chamber of Commerce, and the Kingston/North Kitsap Rotary Club, opens the door to see what Kingston’s like, according to Rotary’s Randy Monlux.  Monlux, who chairs Rotary’s beer and wine tent at the concerts, added “a significant number who attend the concerts came from ‘the other side’ this year.” The eight concert series was highlighted this year by Tangerine Dream, a Beatles Impression band and the ever-popular Blues Counselors. 
            More than 20 Rotarians volunteered their time on Saturday nights to staff the beer and wine tent, as part of Rotary’s contribution to the community.  Kingston/North Kitsap Rotary serves the communities of Hansville, Indianola, and Kingston.  The Club works to improve lives in the community and beyond.  It’s focus is on food for kids, funding to complete Village Green Community Center build-out, and funding a community electronic reader-board.  Meetings occur Wednesday’s at 11:45 am. at Village Green Community Center in Kingston.  Guests are welcome. 
 
 
Kingston Concerts Open Door to “Other Side” 2016-09-12 00:00:00Z
Household Hazardous Waste collection
submitted by President Stan Mack
 
As announced at the meeting, there will be an opportunity for everyone in North Kitsap to drop off hazardous waste on Saturday, 24 Sept from 10 AM to 4 PM, at the park & ride behind Albertsons.  Please share this with your friends and neighbors.
 
We will assist by providing volunteers to direct traffic and answer questions.  Let me know if you are available to help.
 
Household Hazardous Waste collection 2016-09-12 00:00:00Z
North Kitsap Blood donors answer the call!
Kingston - Answering an emergency appeal for blood donors, on August 23
Kingston/North Kitsap residents set a one-day record for blood donated here. 53 units
of blood were collected, a fifty percent increase from recent averages. Earlier,
Bloodworks Northwest, which collects, tests, and distributes lifesaving blood to some 90
hospitals in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska, set out the emergency appeal after
Pacific Northwest inventories of type O blood dipped alarmingly low. Kingston/North
Kitsap Rotary Club sponsors the community blood drives, supplying event promotion
and support staffing. According to Jon Sole, Rotary chair for the blood drive, some of
the success of this drive may be because it was held at the new Village Green
Community Center. The next blood drive at Village Green is set for October 18.
Kingston/North Kitsap Rotary Club works to improve lives in the community and
beyond. It’s 2016 focus is on food for kids, funding to complete Village Green
Community Center build-out, and funding a community electronic reader-board.
Meetings occur Wednesday’s at 11:45 a.m. at Village Green Community Center in
Kingston. Guests are welcome.
 
 
North Kitsap Blood donors answer the call! 2016-09-04 00:00:00Z
2016-2017 Rotary Fellowship schedule - latest news!
submitted by Sondra Peters
 
As discussed at the Oct 26th meeting - we have some changes.  Please review and revise your calendars!
 
Kingston Rotary Holiday Party:  "”A jolly good time”. By popular demand - will revert to a Holiday Dinner Party at the Village Green Community Center on Friday December 9th at 6 PM.  What to bring: Your own Wine/Beer, a WHITE ELEPHANT gift for our traditional exchange, and perhaps wear your favorite holiday sweater. (GRAND PRIZE) Who to bring:  Bring along your spouse, significant other, prospective member. Please RSVP on Clubrunner or to Sondra Peters, sondipeters@centurytel.net by November 30th.
 
Fellowship Hosted Dinners
 
Skip & Sondra Peters hosted 18 members for our first fellowship dinner in October. We all had a grand time getting to know more about one another.
Members who have agreed to host the next fellowship dinners in their homes are:
 
Winter Fellowships:
 
January 13:    Stan Mack
February 10:  Dan and Nancy Martin and Suzanne Jenny
 
Spring Fellowship:
 
April 14:        Don Hutchins
 
There will be an evite for each member to attend one of the fellowship dinners hosted in members' homes, so be sure and RSVP to the host when you receive your evite.  It is a great way to get to know one another.
 
Installation of new officers, Dinner and Awards:
 
Date to be announced in June.
 
Any questions please email sondipeters@centurytel.net
360-271-3845
 
 
2016-2017 Rotary Fellowship schedule - latest news! 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z
Come to the Groundbreaking at Coffee Oasis Kingston
submitted by Sally Christy
 
Monday September 29, there will be a "Groundbreaking Event" at the old community Center to let the community know about the Coffee Oasis which is coming this fall.  Displays, speakers and treats catered by Coffee Oasis Catering Services.  Please come from 6:00 - 7:30 that evening to learn and support this wonderful program.
 
 
Come to the Groundbreaking at Coffee Oasis Kingston 2016-08-24 00:00:00Z
Come support our LAST Beer Garden!
OK, KNK Rotarians. Jut ONE left! We need all hands to be pulling together as we man the Beer Garden this Saturday for this years FINAL Concert on the Cove.   COME ON OUT on Saturday evening to help raise money for all our projects, and to just plain have a great time in Kingston. 
THIS SATURDAY! - SET UP AT 4:00 PM, BREAK DOWN AFTER THE CONCERT AROUND 7:30 - 8:00 PM.  DON'T MISS IT! 
 
 
Come support our LAST Beer Garden! 2016-08-06 00:00:00Z
Do you shop with Amazon? - You can help our Foundation!

Do you shop on Amazon?

 Have you heard about Amazon Smile? https://smile.amazon.com/ it’s quite simple, log into Amazon using the smile amazon link, sign up for the Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Foundation as your supported charity and Amazon will pay .5% of your sales to our club. Everything on Amazon Smile is the same as the standard Amazon link, pricing, Prime everything …. So the question is why not use www.smile.amazon.com? It’s work free money to our club!

THANK YOU to Gale Kirsopp for this excellent tip! 

 

 

Do you shop with Amazon? - You can help our Foundation! 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z
Another nice Thank You
Yet another Scholarship Recipient thanks us for our help.  You're entirely welcome, Katelyn!
 
 
 
 
Another nice Thank You 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z
WAY TO GO, Golf Committee!
Well, if you missed last week's meeting, our final results are in from the 2016 Golf Classic:
 
The bottom line is that we raised a new high total of $35,585.00.  That includes $9,597 that will go to Food For Kids!
 
THANK YOU again to our fantastic Golf Tourney Committee, all the stalwart Rotarians who helped make this happen, and especially to Breane, Alice, and Karen - our tireless Co-Chairs, without whom there would BE no Golf Classic!  And THANK YOU SPONSORS!!  WE LOVE YOU ALL. 
 
WELL DONE AND CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE!
 
 
WAY TO GO, Golf Committee! 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z
A very nice "Thank You"
One of our recent Scholarship recipients, Sorana Nance, sent us this note recently... 
 
 
 
A very nice "Thank You" 2016-07-08 00:00:00Z
For 2015-2016, Club Has 25 Sustaining Members
 
In the picture above, Bill Maule presented Helen Ralph with her first Sustaining Membership pin.  Bill Beaudoin is also a first time sustaining member but was in Alaska during the time of the presentation.  A sustaining member is someone who contributes at least $100 to the Rotary Foundation in any given year.
 
The following club members are repeat sustaining members:  Isaac Anderson, Mark Baze, Clint Boxman, Fredrick Branchflower, Walt Eliot, Karen Gibson, Don Hutchins, Suzanne Jenny, Nick Jewett, Gale Kirsopp (Gale is also a member of the Paul Harris Society), Jessica Larson, Naomi Maasberg, De’ Mackinnon, Stan Mack, Dan Martin, Nancy Martin, Breanne Martinez, Bill Maule, Randy Monlux, Skip Peters, Sondra Peters, Meisha Rouser, and Bob Winkel.
 
Please see De’ Mackinnon if you have not received your red “Sustaining Member” sticker for your badge.  Thank you to all for their generosity.
 
 
For 2015-2016, Club Has 25 Sustaining Members 2016-07-08 00:00:00Z
International Friendship Exchanges Coming up!
Want to travel to an exotic location and be hosted and entertained by local Rotarians?
Want to host and entertain Rotarians from a foreign country?
We have the chance to do either or both this coming year!  See below:
(and please note the short fuse for expressing interest...)
 
1. Have you ever wanted to visit Thailand?  Or already been there and loved it?  4-12 people from District 5020 will travel to Bangkok in late January or early February for 14 days.  Expression of Interest must be submitted from July 15-30 in order to be selected for the trip.  So, if you are interested, or have questions, don't delay.  Contact Stan Mack prior to July 15.
 
2. Also, we have an opportunity for a Rotary Friendship Exchange with Australia, November 6-19.  Similarly, a Call for Expression of Interest must be submitted between July 17-31.  If interested or have questions, contact Stan by July 15.  
 
Don't miss this chance-of-a-lifetime!  Take part in an International Friendship Exchange.  Travel, learn about an exotic country, make new friends, and just HAVE FUN!  See Stan for more details. 
 
 
 
International Friendship Exchanges Coming up! 2016-07-08 00:00:00Z
We're into our Summer Season...
OK, KNK Rotarians.  You all know that Summer is the peak fund-raising season for our Club.  Our recent highly successful Golf Classic was just the start.  This weekend we've kicked off the first weekly Beer Garden, and pulled off a great Fun Run on July 4th.  We need all hands to be pulling together as we man the Beer Garden every Saturday through the end of August.  Talk to Randy at a meeting, see what kind of help he needs, and COME ON OUT on Saturday evenings to help raise money for all our projects, and to just plain have a great time in Kingston. 
EVERY SATURDAY THRU END OF AUGUST - SET UP AT 4:00 PM, BREAK DOWN AFTER THE CONCERT AROUND 7:30 - 8:00 PM.  DON'T MISS IT! 
 
 
 
We're into our Summer Season... 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z
Blood Drive coming this week!
Our next Blood Drive will be Tuesday the 28th, from 12-6 PM at the Village Green Community Center.
 
Remembering the impressive presentation by Daniel & Elaine Johnson a couple of weeks back.  Here is a reminder of why Blood Drives are SO important:
 
Elaine
After 18 years of monthly blood transfusions, Elaine Sonntag-Johnson is happy to report that she doesn't need them anymore. When she was first diagnosed with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a rare disorder that causes the body to destroy its own blood cells, the only available treatment was transfusion of donated blood.
At the time, people diagnosed with PNH were expected to live only three to five years. With the help of hundreds of blood donors and nearly 1,000 units of blood components, Elaine beat the odds and lived long enough to benefit from a new treatment for the disorder.
"My husband always thought a treatment would be found," says Elaine. He was right. In 2007, the FDA approved a new drug, which prevents the breakdown of red blood cells. It works so well that Elaine rarely needs blood transfusions anymore. Now 52, Elaine works part-time as a social worker and enjoys every minute with her two kids. Doctors say she can expect to live a normal lifespan. Understandably, Elaine gets teary-eyed talking about the blood donors who helped her survive. "The gratitude can't be expressed—they kept me alive! They are quiet heroes, helping people they don't even know out of the goodness of their hearts. We have a blood center we can rely on every day, if people get sick or get into accidents. It's just there."
Blood Drive coming this week! 2016-06-22 00:00:00Z
It's FUN RUN time!
Now that the Golf Tournament is in our rear-view mirrors, we're looking ahead to the next big fund-raiser, which is of course the 4th of July FUN RUN.  We need as many Rotarians as we can muster to help with Registration, traffic control and the finish line, so come on out at our next meeting to get involved! 
It's FUN RUN time! 2016-06-20 00:00:00Z
Thanks for the memories!
 
THANK YOU to all you dedicated KNK Rotarians and friends who made the 10th Annual 2016 Rotary Classic an absolute SMASH Hit!
As Bruce said, most Golf Tournaments peter out after 2 or 3 years.  Clearly this one is HERE TO STAY!  Our incredible Golf Chairs Alice and Breane did an amazing job again this year, but it wouldn't be possible without the efforts of ALL of you helpers.  It was a fantastic day - and you are an amazing group! 
 
 
Thanks for the memories! 2016-06-19 00:00:00Z
The Dream has come true!
Our 20-year dream of a Kingston Community Center, Park and Playground came true on Saturday April 30th as Dave Wetter, Construction Chair for the Village Green Foundation, raised the flag over our fantastic new facility.  THANK YOU to the VGF members (including several Rotarians) and countless other Kingstonians who have made this come to pass.  What a great day for our Little City!
You can see here the whole VG Park, Playground and Community Center - all together an incredible accomplishment for even a large community.  For a village like Kingston - this is a game changer!  THANK YOU again to all who have participated.  Now: get down to the VGCC and volunteer to help run this place for the benefit of our community!
 
The Dream has come true! 2016-05-01 00:00:00Z
More Interact Adventures in Community Service
Our great KHS Interact team was on the go again last week - spreading 2 tons of gravel on muddy portions the Carpenter Reserve Trail that leads from Barber Cut-Off to Kingston High.  And they paid for the gravel themselves!  From the left, they are:Evan Jacobson, Brennan Jacobson, Duncan Platz, Sorana Nance, Eric Anderson, and Colin Veilleux.  WELL DONE again, Interacters!
More Interact Adventures in Community Service 2016-05-01 00:00:00Z
Blood drive coming soon!
submitted by Blood Drive coordinator Jon Sole
 
Next Bi-monthly Blood Drive Approaching Soon (May 3rd)
The drive will be held at Kingston Community Church on Hwy 104, across from the Firehouse movie theater, 12:00 to 6:00.
K-NK Rotary Club has been sponsoring this drive in support of BloodworksNW  for nearly ten years. We like to believe that our modest endeavor has contributed to the saving of lives in need of whole blood and/or its derivatives all over the state of Washington, including our own community.
A couple of thoughts for each reader to ponder: First, what if you, a loved one, a friend, a business associate, or simply a citizen of our own little community was the victim of some tragic occurrence and in urgent need of a blood transfusion to survive? How would you feel if no blood supplies were available? Perhaps you might remember the last time YOU had an opportunity to make a blood donation and did not. Secondly, what if the seismologists’ predictions came to pass and our Puget Sound area was struck by the “big one” (earthquake)? Can you imagine the need for blood to save lives—perhaps those of your own family members? Would there be enough to go around? Please consider these possibilities and show up on May 3 to do your small part, because blood works miracles every day.
About BloodworksNW (formerly Puget Sound Blood Center) has more than 70 years of Northwest history and 250,000 donors behind it. It is a local, non-profit, independent, volunteer-supported and community-based. A recognized leader in transfusion medicine, BloodworksNW serves patients in more than 90 hospitals in the Washington, Oregon and Alaska -- partnering closely with local hospitals to deliver the highest level of patient care. Comprehensive services include blood components, complex cross-matching, specialized lab services for organ transplants, care for patients with blood disorders, and cord blood stem cells for cancer treatment. They are one of a few blood centers in the U.S. doing leading edge research on blood biology, transfusion, thrombosis and blood disorders. Patients with traumatic injuries, undergoing surgeries or organ transplantation, or receiving treatment for cancer and blood disorders -- all depend on their services, expertise, laboratories and research. For more information, visit bloodworksnw.org.
 
 
Blood drive coming soon! 2016-04-23 00:00:00Z
THANK YOU NKFR for a great run!
April 27th marks our LAST regular weekly meeting at NKF&R's excellent HQ facility.  During our years here, our Hosts have been exceptionally good to us, and we want them to know they are appreciated!  So Thanks one last time, NKF&R.  We've really enjoyed seeing you every week!  Come visit us in the new Village Green Community Center starting next week. 
 
 
THANK YOU NKFR for a great run! 2016-04-23 00:00:00Z
THANK YOU, KNK Oenophiles!
Our Instant Wine Cellar was a great success at this year's Rotary Classic. THANK YOU to all you dedicated Rotarians who got us over the bar again this year.  The winner of this great raffle was our "own" Edmonds/Hansville Rotarian Will Caldwell, who as you know spends as much time with KNK Rotary as he does at home in Edmonds.  Congratulations, Will! 
 
 
 
 
THANK YOU, KNK Oenophiles! 2016-04-17 00:00:00Z
This is IT, KNK Rotarians!
The 17th of June is the 10th Anniversary of our Golf Classic!
Our Golf Tournament Committee has knocked themselves out again this year, and it's looking like this will be our best tourney ever.  But it's not over 'til it's over.  We need every one of our KNK Rotarians to come out on Thursday for the run-through, and again on Friday to work the many roles needed to make this a success.  If you don't already have an assignment or have forgotten what it is, please call Breane or Alice to get updated.  Then COME ON OUT on Thursday to coordinate, and again on Friday to help make this well-oiled machine run as smoothly as ever.  SEE YOU AT WHITE HORSE!!  
 
This is IT, KNK Rotarians! 2016-04-10 00:00:00Z
Bill wants your change
submitted by Bill Maule and Dan Martin
 
 
BANK YOUR SMALL CHANGE – BENEFIT THE ROTARY FOUNDATION
During a recent Club meeting, Foundation Chair Bill Maule announced that he hopes to revive an old Club tradition.  Some years ago, most members had been provided with small cardboard “banks”.  These were convenient places to dump one’s daily accumulation of small change.  A  few of our members have continued the tradition, but it has gone out of style with others. Also, many new members have never been part of  the program.  Let’s celebrate the past and try the banks again!
The idea is simple.  One of those little banks  is  a convenient  place for change, instead of just  dumping  it on the dresser for the cat to push  to the floor or a small child to be endangered by picking  it up.  Then, when the box is full, just close it up, print your name on it, and hand it to Gale, Helen or Bill.  Your pocket change will be converted to a check and sent to the Rotary Foundation in your name. The Foundation and its good work will   benefit, you gain some convenience, and you will be just that much closer to earning a Paul Harris Fellowship.
Bill reports that there were not many takers at the meeting, and threatens to keep reminding you! The banks will always be available at the welcome table at most meetings.  You won’t miss small change, and you will keep Bill quiet for a while!
 
 
 
Bill wants your change 2016-03-30 00:00:00Z
Village Green Work Party
submitted by Bobbie Moore
 
On March 12th, Two hardy college students, four hardy Rotarians, and all-around Kingston leader and Kiwanian Dave Wetter conquered the vegetation blocking visibility from the back of the beautiful new community center out to the skate park. K&C Landscaping's Kyle and Chris do contract work for the Village Green MPD; the four Rotarians were Mark Baze, Michele Fujii, and Walt Elliott & Bobbie Moore. We were blessed by a cessation in the wind and rain for the day and achieved our objective. Here are two pictures as proof that we were all there; that the community center can now be seen from the woods next to the skate park; and that Westside Pizza is a volunteer motivator. Well done, young and old! Thanks so much to all for setting aside three hours on a Saturday!
 
Village Green Work Party 2016-03-24 00:00:00Z
KNK Rotary supports LIteracy worldwide
submitted by Bill Maule and Fredrick Branchflower
 
The mission of the Cambodian non-profit organization, Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP), is to enable the members of indigenous communities, both men and women, to effectively and equitably participate in decision making, allowing them to choose their own future, in particular, to assure their rights in sustainably managing, using and developing their land and natural resources that form the basis of their livelihoods and cultural.  This program has recently spread it's work into neighboring Laos.
Non-formal Education
·         Increase literacy and numeracy among indigenous communities, in order to help communities improve their  livelihood, maintain their culture, and preserve their language and natural resources
·         Develop a sustainable pool of literates in both Kavet and Khmer
·         Enhance the indigenous communities’ capacity to solve problems and issues impacting their daily lives (e.g. health, environment, food security, natural resources management, etc.)
  
Above are photos of Lao literacy book printing and distribution, from our POC, Ann Thomas.  The Ratanakiri literacy staff (all ethnic minorities themselves) received a study tour from Laos (Ministry of Education Officials and Sekong Privince World Concern staff) in May 2015, so they have a part in supporting the literacy in Laos. Of the 1200 Lao literacy books photographed, most are for use with ethnic minority groups. Of these,  150  are being sent to Sekong Province in southern Laos, to the same people who came on the study tour. Sekong is the poorest province in Laos, and Ratanakiri is the poorest province in Cambodia. Cambodia and Laos are the poorest countries in SE Asia.
 
Moving from Asia to Africa,  literacy training has been at the center of another  Club project.  The Hamar tribe of Ethiopia abruptly lost its centuries-old nomadic life style when the epic African drought eliminated all pasturage for its livestock.  Now settled in villages,  tribe members subsist on food aid programs. GTLI (Global Team for Local Initiatives) is helping  tribal members  enter the modern world.  Our Club first donated to GTLI  for water wells and sanitation training, but in recent years GTLI and our Club concentrate on adult literacy and numeracy programs,  the first essential step for tribe members to open small businesses.  It has been mostly the women who succeed.  The first success was a small store, the only one less than a day’s walk away. Other tribe members have started small businesses, including such enterprises as pig or chicken farming, or opening drip-irrigated  market gardens.  None of this would be possible without that first step,  to learn to read and write and to perform basic business math.
 
Our Club will continue its interest in literacy programs, supporting the sponsorees  as they expand  programs from Laos to Cambodia, and from the Hamar tribe to neighboring tribes.
 
 
KNK Rotary supports LIteracy worldwide 2016-03-10 00:00:00Z
An update from Columbia
Submitted by De MacKinnon
 
Here is an excerpt from Emma's Smith's latest travel update from Columbia.  Emma is our Long Term Exchange Student from Kingston HS:
 
The highlight of this last month was definitely the second rotary trip. The 60 exchange students from my district, 4281 all met up in Santa Marta and we explored La Guajira, and Tayrona, a coastal region which attracts tourists from around the globe for its multi-colored ocean, beautiful beaches and unique communities of people still living by the old ways…we woke up at 4 am, and took buses to the entrance of the Tayrona trail, we had a 10 km walk ahead of us. As we hiked down the trail we got to see some cool animals, amazing views, and we visited several incredible rock hieroglyphics and an indigenous community,Pueblito Chairama.
We went and saw the place where they made sacrificial offerings, as well as the origin of a holy type of rock, and of course the beaches which included Playa San Juan del Guía, la Playa La Piscinita, y Playa de Arrecife . We shared the trail with horses and passed by several villagers heading to town to bargain. It was really cool to see how they lived and what they wore, their appearance struck me in a way I didn't think it would, I pondered over what we, the US could have done differently to allow the natives to continue their practices and way of life…The last day is always the hardest, having to say good bye to everyone. You don't really think much about it but a lot can happen in a week, bonds that last a lifetime… it really was a spectacular trip.
I am so grateful to have had this opportunity, it’s really such a blessing, and I really couldn't have asked for anything better, because plainly I just don't believe that it exists.
 
 
An update from Columbia 2016-03-03 00:00:00Z
Get CPR & AED Trained!
North Kitsap Fire Dept is offering a CPR + AED (Auto defibrillator Device) class at the Fire station on Miller Bay Rd. on March 12, 9:00 AM til 12:00 PM, $20 fee, contact Fire Dept to enroll.
 
 
 
Get CPR & AED Trained! 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z
Blood Drive coming soon!
Don't miss our next Kingston Blood Drive - March 8 at Kingston Community Church (Hwy 104 across from Firehouse movie theater) 12:00 PM ‘til  6+:00 PM.  Give a pint, save a life! 
 
Pat
After surviving heart failure, an implanted heart pump and two heart transplants, Pat Kelly had run out of options. His immune system was rejecting his second transplanted heart—just as it had the first—and Pat was not considered a candidate for a third transplant. The antibodies his body created were in his bloodstream, attacking and threatening to destroy his replacement heart.
To help protect his new heart and extend his life, Pat receives plasmapheresis treatments. Blood taken from Pat is processed through a centrifuge to remove the plasma, which contains the antibodies. New plasma from blood donors is mixed in with Pat's red blood cells, and the mixture is then returned to Pat's body.
The plasmapheresis treatments work well, and Pat has resumed coaching the youth baseball teams he loves. With Monica, his wife of 21 years, and their two sons, Pat embraces every single day. "We live for the moment, day to day, just enjoying the small pleasures in life," he says.
 
 
Blood Drive coming soon! 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z
Interactivity continues
submitted by Mark Baze
 
Interact held a hygiene drive at Rite Aide on 1/23 and 1/24.  They club netted one Ford Taurus load of Hygiene items for ShareNet.  A significant part of this success is due to secret weapons Kimmy (far right) who in a mere 5 seconds can hypnotize the hardest customer into trance of giving.
On superbowl weekend they held a food drive at Albertson, in this case accumulating 600 pounds of food for Kingston Food Bank, ShareNet, and Fishline.   For this event they used their tried-and-true method of good music and good dancing.
On the International stage, during the months of January and February the raised $300 in school coffee sales to go toward school supplies at the Huetares School in Costa Rica, which will be match by funds from our International Committee.
Way to go, Interacters! 
 
 
Interactivity continues 2016-02-19 00:00:00Z
ROTARY SUPPORTS YOUNG MINDS
submitted by Naomi Maasberg
 
The MONITORING PROGRAM of the Carpenter Creek estuary restoration project is critical to evaluation of its success and in demonstrating need for further restoration here and elsewhere around the Sound. The Monitoring Program is citizen-scientist based, with oversight and guidance from the professionals on the Stillwaters monitoring team.
Stillwaters uses this monitoring program not only for protecting the estuary and documenting the restoration work, but also to train and educate our local citizens and university students about the importance of watershed protection, and to create advocates for preservation of natural spaces.
In 2015, with support from folks like the Kingston – N.K. Rotary, Stillwaters was able to supervise 9 university and high school interns and 41 volunteers (including a couple Rotarians & Interact students) for over 1700 hours dedicated to science and education in the monitoring program.
You are what makes it work! Supporters like Rotary join the other local donors and the many volunteers who are making Stillwaters a vibrant addition to our community and our Puget Sound basin! With your contribution, you protect the critical estuary habitat and surrounding watersheds, you educate young ones from local schools and from all over the country, and you give university environmental interns critical job skills in field research, restoration and outreach. This year, you are providing a field site for a graduate student, also. Those students, our local citizen scientist volunteers, and the fish and wildlife all thank you!
 
 
ROTARY SUPPORTS YOUNG MINDS 2016-02-19 00:00:00Z
Severe Weather Shelter Training coming up
submitted by Stan Mack
 
There will be a special Severe Weather Shelter (SWS) training at 7 PM on February 16 at the old community center.  This is an approximately two hour session on mental health for shelter workers.  This is an excellent short course which will be interesting and valuable for anyone.  It will be presented by Kelly Schwab from the Crisis Clinic.  If you would like to attend, please contact Mary Gleysteen at marygleysteen@gmail.com as the venue may change if there is a shelter activation that evening.  This training is not a substitute for the Emergency Worker Certification, but volunteers are allowed to staff the shelter after completing a background check and before completing the SWS training as long as they are teamed with a trained volunteer.  
Severe Weather Shelter Training coming up 2016-02-05 00:00:00Z
A Scholarship THANK YOU letter
Extracted from a lovely, newsy letter from KNK Rotary Scholarship winner Izzy Beaulieu, who is attending Gonzaga Univ, by De' McKinnnon

 
"I am writing to let you know how my first semester at Gonzaga University has gone.  (It) was quite tough as I took Chemistry, Biology, and Calculus, along with core courses.  I knew how to work hard and have motivation from high school, but college really is quite different.  I learned you had to try your absolute hardest on every assignment in hopes of getting the grade you want.  I completed my first semester with a GPA of 3.79…
I may… major in accounting.  This would allow me to have many job opportunities…and leaves the door open for me if I want to go into the FBI.  They like candidates with a skill set in accounting…
You have truly made it possible for me to attend Gonzaga University, and I am forever grateful.”
 
A Scholarship THANK YOU letter 2016-01-26 00:00:00Z
See our Mission & Strategic Plan on our Website
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...
 
    
See our Mission & Strategic Plan on our Website 2016-01-17 00:00:00Z
Why we support our local Blood Drives!
submitted by Jon Sole
 
Gary
 
After his liver failed, it took 23 units of blood and the support of the Blood Center's Specialty Diagnostics Laboratories to sustain Gary Arvan through his liver transplant surgery. Primary sclerosing cholangitis, a disease of the bile ducts, had destroyed Gary's liver and threatened his life. A vibrant man with a wife and two sons, Gary was determined to raise his boys to manhood.
 
He made good on his promise. Not only did he achieve that goal, he rode the Seattle to Portland bicycle ride exactly one year after his transplant operation, played first base on his softball team, continued working full-time as a Boeing software developer, and became a proud advocate for the Blood Center.
 
Today, side effects from medication that prevents Gary's body from rejecting his new liver make additional blood transfusions necessary. Whenever he needs blood, the Blood Center is there, again. The boys—one now in college, one in high school—have grown up with their dad beside them to nurture and guide their journey. To the unknown people who donated the blood that helped save his life, Gary says, "I have been given a great gift, a gift of life, a gift of time, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart."
 
  
Why we support our local Blood Drives! 2016-01-10 00:00:00Z
Severe Weather Shelter update
submitted by Stan Mack
 

At the Kingston Cares Severe Weather Shelter (SWS) besides a warm dry place to rest and sleep, stories are shared.   An inclusive community grows.

The SWS, in the Kingston Community Center,  has been open, by  this writing, 19 days from Thanksgiving week through the New Years weekend. 19 active volunteers on 86 shifts have welcomed 32 guests in from the cold.  When the overnight weather is freezing or otherwise inclement the Kitsap County  Department of Emergency Management (DEM) announces an opening and alerts the volunteer list.   Volunteers sign up for one of three shifts from 5pm to 8am .  Two volunteers share a shift.  If the roster is filled by 11:30am that day the shelter is declared open.  Guests may check in between 6pm and 9pm.  If there are no guests by 9pm the shelter closes for the night. 

DEM notifies Kitsap Transit of shelter status, and the buses advertise the shelters (there is also one in Bremerton at the Salvation Army) are open on their electronic signs. The police, sheriffs department, fire stations and Tribal emergency services are notified. Our volunteers contact 36 local businesses who post "Shelter Open" signs in their windows.  The shelters are open to all.

It takes a lot of folks and energy to make our SWS happen.  If you are interested in being involved, please volunteer.  All volunteers receive a background check and 3 hours of training before receiving the DEM Emergency Worker certification and badge.  The next training is January 11.  Contact us if interested or call Michele at DEM at 360-307-5871.

Donating items is another way folks like to support the SWS.  We are grateful but unfortunately we have limited space to handle and store donations.  Please call Jim at 297-4579 to discuss what you have in mind.  We can best use gift cards for local businesses, debit cards, or cash. We have a 501c3 we can use.

The DEM, the Parks Department, the Library, Kitsap Transit, emergency services,  the local business community and  community members all join with  Kingston Cares  to make our shelter happen. 

There are 3 ways to get more information on Kingston's  Severe Weather Shelter or to contact us. Our  Facebook page is KingstonCaresNK. Our website is kingstoncaresnk.org. Our e-mail is kcaresnk@gmail.com.  We would  love to hear from you. Spread the word!  Join this growing inclusive community.

 
Severe Weather Shelter update 2016-01-10 00:00:00Z
NO MEETINGS ON DEC 23rd & 30th
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!
NO MEETINGS ON DEC 23rd & 30th 2015-12-20 00:00:00Z
THE FRUITS OF OUR LABOR
by Bill Maule
 
Foundation month has come and gone, and now we will begin to see the fruits of our labor. No, not really labor. It is simply that together we learned how to be flexible in the use of our personal Paul Harris Recognition Points.  These supplement the Club's Points used its on-going matching program to help members receive their first Paul Harris Fellowship.
 
Several applications are now in process.  In the next few weeks we will probably be able to present four first fellowships, and at least one second fellowship. Maybe more!
 
A big thank you to Members who have helped make this come to pass.
THE FRUITS OF OUR LABOR 2015-12-13 00:00:00Z
Why we support our local Blood Drives!
submitted by Jon Sole
 
Elaine
After 18 years of monthly blood transfusions, Elaine Sonntag-Johnson is happy to report that she doesn't need them anymore. When she was first diagnosed with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a rare disorder that causes the body to destroy its own blood cells, the only available treatment was transfusion of donated blood.
At the time, people diagnosed with PNH were expected to live only three to five years. With the help of hundreds of blood donors and nearly 1,000 units of blood components, Elaine beat the odds and lived long enough to benefit from a new treatment for the disorder.
"My husband always thought a treatment would be found," says Elaine. He was right. In 2007, the FDA approved a new drug, which prevents the breakdown of red blood cells. It works so well that Elaine rarely needs blood transfusions anymore.
Now 52, Elaine works part-time as a social worker and enjoys every minute with her two kids. Doctors say she can expect to live a normal lifespan. Understandably, Elaine gets teary-eyed talking about the blood donors who helped her survive. "The gratitude can't be expressed—they kept me alive! They are quiet heroes, helping people they don't even know out of the goodness of their hearts. We have a blood center we can rely on every day, if people get sick or get into accidents. It's just there."
Why we support our local Blood Drives! 2015-12-13 00:00:00Z
Christmas Food Drive
submitted by Jon Sole
 
Our benefactors/hosts for club meetings, the North Kitsap Fire & Rescue are jointly sponsoring a Christmas food drive for Sharenet and Kingston Food Bank. They are running a friendly competition with the Bainbridge FD to see who collects the most pounds of food up until 12/23. As a club we voted to help them out with donations.
 
Between now and the 23rd let's keep this in mind and all do what we can to help those in need at this holiday time plus give our firefighters a leg up on those Islanders down south. You don't have to wait 'til the next club meeting to donate; you can drop your contributions by the fire station lobby anytime during any day between now and the 23rd. I'm sure they will appreciate our help in this endeavor.
Christmas Food Drive 2015-12-11 00:00:00Z
KNK Holiday Party '16
KNK Rotarians celebrated another Holiday Season in two ways this year.  On the afternoon of Friday December 5th Rotarians were treated to a "hard hat" tour of the Village Green Community Center, now under construction and soon to transform our Little City for the foreseeable future.  What an amazing facility this will be for all of North Kitsap.  KNK Rotary is justifiably proud of the major role our members have played in planning, developing and implementing this fantastic project.
 
Following the VG tour, we gathered at the Axe Handle for our annual Holiday festivities.  Under the gentle guidance of our President Clint, we celebrated in the best Rotary fashion, as always.  And after more than enough excellent food (thanks Anna) and drink (thank you Axe Handle), we reprised our infamous White Elephant gift exchange, which can always be counted on to keep our Rotarians in the highest Holiday spirits.  Congratulations to all those who took home invaluable White Elephants, some of which will no doubt become family heirlooms!  Thanks to all who helped organize, and Happy Holidays to all of you! 
 
 
KNK Holiday Party '16 2015-12-07 00:00:00Z
The Power of Giving
Submitted by President Clint Boxman
Through a series of global grants, the Rotary Club of San Nicolás de Los Garza in Nuevo Léon, Mexico, and Rotary members in Austin, Texas, USA, have been expanding free health care in rural communities in three Mexican states. Your gifts to The Rotary Foundation support projects like this one, which involves mobile health units. The Rotary Leader has provided an excellent piece on this program and on The Power of Giving.  Read more here.
 
 
The Power of Giving 2015-11-29 00:00:00Z
A Foundation Hero
Our own Rotary Foundation Chair Bill Maule, who has been so ably cheerleading the Club this Foundation Month, was recognized by the award of his FOURTH Paul Harris Fellowship last week - presented by District Foundation Chair Bill McCarthy. 
 
Congratulations, Well Done, and THANK YOU for your Service to the Foundation, Bill!
A Foundation Hero 2015-11-15 00:00:00Z
Don't miss the Blood Drive - Nov 17th!
Submitted by Jon Sole
 
Our quarterly Blood Drive is THIS WEEK, Tuesday November 17th.  Don't miss this opportunity to save a life!
Don't miss the Blood Drive - Nov 17th! 2015-11-15 00:00:00Z
Interacters are at it again!
Submitted by Mark Baze
 

It’s Fall, and again Interact members are showing up in front of Food Market doing impromptu song and dance routines that they call a food drive, and on Saturday, 10/24 they proved once again that a handful of kids doing song and dance routines can raise about twice as much food as a bunch of old f@%ts. About 5 full carts or one VW wagon.  Next food drive, 11/21.  Great job and great fun. Thank you Interact!

 
 
Interacters are at it again! 2015-11-10 00:00:00Z
Purple Pinkies to fight Polio...
Submitted by Sally Christy
 
At a recent discussion of the work of the Rotary Foundation Bill Maule chatted about polio eradication.  Then he passed it over to Clint who told all of us to paint both pinkies purple to represent it.  Apparently when groups are vaccinating many children around the world, they dip the child's pinky in gentian violet, a very purple substance, so they keep track of who has and has not been vaccinated. Now if someone asks why the purple pinkies, it's an opening to tell about R's goal. 
 
Purple Pinkies to fight Polio... 2015-11-10 00:00:00Z
MAD Committee at work
Our MAD Committee at a recent meeting, working hard on our Strategic Message.
MAD Committee at work 2015-11-10 00:00:00Z
KHS Interact Protects the Next Generation
submitted by Clint Boxman
 
At Kingston High School, the Interact Club is a place of weekly donuts and smiling faces. Though there is an upbeat attitude from the club, the high schoolers tackle heavy issues in the Kingston community. The teenagers gather every week and decide on problems in the area they feel they can help remedy. While Interact is linked to the Rotary, it is truly unique in its student-run and student-driven spirit.
The most recent project taken on by the group is one linked to a national organization with local efforts. The project, “Cribs for Kids”, works to provide safe cribs for low-income families. In Kitsap County, coroner Greg Sandstrom has led the charge for access to safe bedding.
Before deciding to join the cause, the teens learned the facts: that many babies lack safe cribs and instead sleep in hazardous beds or with their parents. They also learned that such dangerous conditions have been linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Up to 90% of true SIDS incidents are related to sleeping factors. After hearing these alarming statistics, the Interactors felt compelled to join the fight.
The students flocked to events such as Kingston’s “Concerts at the Cove” and Open House to collect donations for Kitsap’s safe bedding movement. In simply reaching out to passersby, the youths were able to collect $300 - enough for five cribs and the protection of five babies’ good nights’ rest. Kingston Interact Co-President Nolan Platz reflects, “This project has been a great step forward for the KHS Interact club. It’s awesome to look back on all of our hard work and have a tangible result that directly supports our community.” The group’s next project is a food drive. They would like to thank those that supported them in their efforts as they wrapped up their campaign with “Cribs for Kids”.
KHS Interact Protects the Next Generation 2015-11-07 00:00:00Z
A BRAND NEW MONTH
Submitted by Foundation Chair Bill Maule
 

Without a doubt you  enjoyed a frightful, fun-filled Halloween, then enjoyed that extra hour of sleep to wake up refreshed to a brand new month.  I know you will not be surprised that I now remind you that the month  bears the name, Rotary Foundation Month.
On Wednesday I will try to be brief so there will be time for committee meetings during this Club Assembly.  I will just hit the highlights and remind you of the good things the Foundation accomplishes, with emphasis on one of its special efforts; the elimination of Polio worldwide.
On the 11th, we will hear from a District level expert who will bring the latest news from the Foundation, hoping  to inspire every dues paying Club member to contribute at least something to the Foundation this Rotary Year.  On the third meeting of the month there will be more gentle reminders of the Foundation and the benefits of contributing.   
As you know we will then yield to Thanksgiving Day preparations and will not meet again until December.  When you give your Thanksgiving Day thanks, remember the great good things the Foundation does, and its potential to help our Club accomplish its goals. Listen in during the month and learn how all that happens.
A BRAND NEW MONTH 2015-11-02 00:00:00Z
A CHILLING HALLOWEEN TALE
written by Brian King, submitted by Foundation Chair Bill Maule
 
Our contact at the Rotary Foundation rewarded us with a poem for Halloween. Although  the author failed to give proper credit to a certain Edgar Allan, the poem is  indeed suitable for the season.   I am sure you will survive the  faux-frights of Halloween. Then wake up in the morning  ready for  the first day of Foundation Month, a good time to  exchange "frights"  for "fights"  -  the real fights that Rotarians,  aided by the Foundation, carry out against the  real monsters - poverty, starvation, drought, disease, ignorance, violence and so much more. The Foundation won't engage in any "tricks" against you, but at least it will  provide  "treats" by recognizing you for your generosity.
 
Once upon a Rotary year-y, while I pondered, growing a bit leery,
Over whether every Rotarian, would give $100 or more.
My mind raced, now more wary, suddenly what I saw was terribly scary.
More so than ghosts or monsters or something rapping at my chamber door.
It was the image of a child, paralyzed, crawling on a dirt floor.
Only this and nothing more.
 
Ah, but this child I did not know, as she pained and suffered so.
Would not someone else see she was not left upon that dirty floor?
Rapidly my fear turned to sorrow for this child may have no tomorrow.
She was just another crawler, helpless and always to be poor.
Leaving it to someone else, leaves her on that dirty floor.
Nameless and alone for ever more
.
More images now, my fear grew stronger; hesitating then no longer.
Poverty, illness, hunger and so many victims of conflict and war.
So many living a nightmare, with whom our good fortune we can share.
No water or food or one to care; no education, for millions no open door.
No opportunity; no bright future, neither nor.
Darkness there and nothing more.
 
Who will help those in need; this desperate call who will heed?
“Sir," said I, "or Madam”, truly your support I implore;
Every Rotarian, everywhere, helped end this chilling tale if you dare,
help those in great despair, in our backyard and on another shore.
‘O the ways you can help are so many, please do explore.
And change the life of a child forevermore!
 
And every Rotarian, with no hesitation, responded without consternation,
Giving every year $100 and even more.
And the children’s eyes have all the seeming, filled of hope; and dreaming;
Their smiles now beaming, as Rotarians’ generosity there was an outpour;
And the lives of millions with so little to live for,
shall be lifted -- forever and ever more
A CHILLING HALLOWEEN TALE Brian King 2015-10-26 00:00:00Z
With a little help from our friends...
submitted by Beer Garden Chairman Randy Monlux, pics by Nick Jewett
 
I want to thank all that made it down to the tent last Sunday. Because of you and our friends the Kiwanians we were able to drop the tent in record time. We got it down and done in 45 minutes. We have no major tent activities until next May. I will be having a few beer garden committee meetings between now and then. Once again thank you for your support!
 
 
With a little help from our friends... 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z
We make a difference!
submitted by wandering KNK Rotarian Gene Medina...

How The Rotary Foundation and Rotary Clubs Make a Difference
 
For the past year, I have had the privilege of working with The Rotary Foundation’s, Basic Education and Literary Cadre.  The Rotary Foundation has a cadre for each of our six areas of focus (Basic Education and Literacy, Water and Sanitation, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Maternal and Child Health, Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution, Economic and Community Development--- As our club foundation chair, Bill Maule can elaborate about each).  Each cadre’s primary focus to provide stewardship and assist the Foundation to:
Ensure TRF funds are used effectively and for the purpose in which they were given.
Administer transparent and thorough financial and project management.
 
As Rotarian volunteers, it is our role to provide these services to the Foundation.

Technical Reviews
Advance Site Visits
Interim Monitor Visits
Post Project Site Visits
Audits
Operational Audits

These services are provided as
Application and project advisers

Technical reviewers
Site visitors
Auditors
 
We make a difference! 2015-10-19 00:00:00Z
Don't miss the Kingston Community Open House 9/29
Come learn about the latest planning efforts for improving pedestrian access in downtown Kingston. Find out what local environmental organizations are doing to improve water quality on our beaches. See how construction of the new community center is progressing. Sign up for sailing classes. Learn about resources available to low-income residents to provide basic needs of food, clothing and shelter. All of this and more will be offered at the Kingston Community Open House that takes place 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Kingston Middle School on West Kingston Road.
 
Nearly 50 organizations will be represented at this event. County departments including Public Works, Parks and Community Development will have information on local projects. The Port of Kingston, schools, service organizations and other non-profit groups will also have informational tables, sharing details on economic development, environmental stewardship, human services, local food production, emergency management, regional trails networks and activities for all ages available in the community. Complimentary snacks will be offered to keep attendees energized and engaged. Children and families are welcome.

The Kingston Citizens Advisory Council hosts the Community Open House and encourages residents to attend this free event to learn more about what’s happening in the greater Kingston area, ask questions and find out about opportunities to get involved.

For more information, call (360) 337-4683 or e-mail hadams@co.kitsap.wa.us. 
Don't miss the Kingston Community Open House 9/29 2015-09-19 00:00:00Z
Beer Garden season is over
It was another great Beer Garden season.  Congrats to all our stalwart Beer Folk, a few of whom were caught hard at work here.
On August 22nd we welcomed our Kiwanian bretheren as bartenders for on that Saturday night.  A good time was had by all.  Thanks to Kiwanian Pat Bennett-Forman for the pics.
 
Beer Garden season is over 2015-09-14 00:00:00Z
Don't miss the Chamber After-Hours
submitted by President Clint Boxman
 
Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club and the Kingston Kiwanis are once again hosting the Kingston Chamber of Commerce After Hours Event on Thursday, September 10th at the The Port Of Kingston Beer Tent from 5pm - 7pm. 
 
In years past we have been the provider of beer and wine that remains left over from our Kingston Cove Concerts series. This year is no different. Our Kiwanian friends are bringing various potluck style dishes to snack on and I suggest that we volunteer and do the same. It'd be nice to have volunteers prepare some nice entrée dishes, pasta salads, chips and dips, cheese and crackers, veggies and fruits, desserts, etc. If you can do so, please let me know what you plan to bring so that we can have a better idea of what will be there.
 
Hope to see you there!
 
Don't miss the Chamber After-Hours 2015-09-06 00:00:00Z
2016 International Convention coming
submitted by President Clint Boxman

You’re invited to Connect with Korea — Touch the World at the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, 28 May-1 June. We plan to make it the most successful convention to date and attract a record number of Rotarians from across the globe.
 
The Rotary Convention is for all Rotarians, featuring information, activities, and exchanging ideas  
Seoul is an amazing destination with so much to offer — history, cuisine, culture, and shopping.
The convention provides an exciting opportunity to network, meet new people, and make lasting friendships
Attendees can participate in a meaningful project in the community.

The program features engaging speakers, spectacular entertainment, and House of Friendship events.
See more details on the website at www.riconvention.org.
 
Rotarians are encouraged to make their travel arrangements, including flights and hotel, together. You should should register before 15 December to take advantage of early registration savings at www.riconvention.org.
 
2016 International Convention coming 2015-09-06 00:00:00Z
Foundation NEWS, and NEW NEWS
by Foundation Chair Bill Maule

We now know that our Club will be honored for achieving ‘Every Rotarian Every Year’ (EREY) status for Rotary Year 2014-2015.  You met the challenge!  Every member contributed some amount to the Rotary Foundation and our average contribution was well above the $100 required – i.e. about $154. Although we may receive informal recognition from District 5020,  the actual EREY banner will not be sent from the Foundation to our District until October or November.  Thus it will be a bit later than that by the time we receive it.   But be assured that your  generosity is being honored!
That was the News.  Now for the New News.  For this Rotary year (2015-2016) the types of, and requirements for,  awards have been modified.  There will still be banner to recognize Clubs  when every member contributes something.  We certainly should be able to qualify for that.  The EREY recognition has been combined with the All Sustaining Members  Award.  That requires that every one of us becomes a Sustaining Member,  that is, having  contributed at least $100 during the year. Who knows?  We might be able to add that banner to our collection!  Already 32 of our 39 members  have reached that contribution level. Let’s go for it. Just think of it as  twenty nine cents a day!
Congratulations! You are not only generous,  you recognize all the good works the Foundation helps finance including, I hope,  a matching grant for a project  right here in Kingston.  More on that later...
Foundation NEWS, and NEW NEWS 2015-08-24 00:00:00Z
Last Chance Beer Garden this Saturday!
You have only ONE MORE Saturday to enjoy Kingston's great, free Concerts on the Cove this Summer.  Come on out and help Randy round up the season in style.  Set-up at 4:30, operations 5-8, then break-down from 8-8:30.   Don't miss this season's last concert.  Hoping to see you there...
Last Chance Beer Garden this Saturday! 2015-08-24 00:00:00Z
Interacters score for Cribs for Kids
submitted by Mark Baze
Our Interact Club raised over $50 for the Cribs for Kids program at the Beer Garden two weeks ago.  Well done to Sorana Nance, Meghan Elliot, Izzy Finch, Brennan Jacobson, Nolan Platz.
 
Interacters score for Cribs for Kids 2015-08-24 00:00:00Z
Come see what's up at The Point
Come see what's up at The Point 2015-08-13 00:00:00Z
Proud to be a Rotarian!
submitted by Clint Boxman
Driving home yesterday from a long day at work (Gotta love Mondays - right?!) put a BIG smile on my face. Why? (See picture below)
From Lights at KHS, trailhead markers at Heritage Park & Quiet Place Park, our on-going involvement with the Food For Kids Program, our participation and on-going involvement with the Beer Garden at the Summer Concerts at the Cove, our on-going Blood Drive partnership, the Rea Mowery Picnic Pavilion and new playground equipment at the Village Green Park as well as our $100,000 pledge toward building our new Village Green Community Center, on-going support of eradicating polio (down to just two countries now!) to now this: the Kola Kole Pre-School Restoration.
What we've accomplished as a club in 10+ years (there is A LOT more that I didn't list) is awesome... and to see all of our club's hard work in action and near completion is inspiring! We can do just about anything that we set our minds to... I'm so proud to be a Rotarian - and so very proud to represent you as your President. I can't wait to see what our club's next project is...
Thanks for all you do!
Proud to be a Rotarian! 2015-08-13 00:00:00Z
Africa goes one year without a case of polio
From Rotary International:
Just a few days from now, on 11 August, we will mark a tremendous milestone: one full year without a single case of polio caused by wild poliovirus in Africa.
The magnitude of this achievement can hardly be overstated. A polio-free Africa has been within sight, so near and yet so far, for over a decade. The hard work and commitment that have brought us to this point have been nothing short of heroic. Tens of thousands of health workers reached hundreds of millions of children with vaccine, in some of the most difficult conditions imaginable. Together, we have done what once seemed impossible: We have stopped polio in Africa.
Yet this progress, momentous as it is, is still fragile. As long as polio exists in the two remaining endemic countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan, the virus still has the potential to spread and to spark new outbreaks. Now, more than ever, we need the power of all of Rotary to carry us through to the end: not just a polio-free Africa, but a polio-free world.
Wherever you live, whether your country has just conquered polio or has been polio-free for decades, we need your voice, and your help. I ask all of you to read and use the materials in this tool kit to find ways to raise awareness in your community, and beyond. We need every Rotarian, in every Rotary club, to be talking about polio: making sure that media outlets report on our progress and our elected officials see polio eradication as a global priority. Your grassroots work helps drive the increased media coverage we have seen in the past year, which in turn drives global backing of our work to eradicate polio. Together, we will keep polio front and center in our communities and on our national agendas, keeping up the energy and the momentum that will push us through to the finish.
The battle in Africa has, for the moment, been won, but we need the strength of every Rotarian to help us win the war. Together, we will End Polio Now and truly Be a Gift to the World.
Warm regards,
K.R. Ravindran
President, Rotary International

News media prominently featured Rotary and its 30 years of work to protect children from the crippling effects of polio when Nigeria marked its one-year milestone in July, including:
An Associated Press story that quoted Rotary’s national PolioPlus chair for Nigeria was published by more than 100 major and local North American newspapers, including the New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Seattle Times, Atlanta-Journal Constitution and Boston Globe.
The Houston Chronicle applauded Rotary’s work in a feature that ran on the front page of the paper’s City-State section and online.
A story in Time credited Rotary’s leadership: “For more than a generation, it has been Rotary that has led the drive to eradicate polio.”
Africa goes one year without a case of polio 2015-08-08 00:00:00Z
Another successful Blood Drive
Submitted by Jon Sole
As reported at our 7/29 meeting, I am pleased to report that our Blood Drive on 7/28 yielded 41 donors. Though not a record, any count over 40 is pretty good. However, by way of sniveling, I would note that our membership has historically been lacking in attendance at most of these events. We have 5-6 stalwart members that I can count on to assist me in setting up and tending these events, which I am most grateful for, but very few donor volunteers. I know of two this time around. Come on people, if our club is going to sponsor this event, I would think we ought to be able to muster at least ten donor volunteers out of a membership of forty or so. If we want to toot our horn to the community (following the precepts set forth by the MAD initiative) then we ought to consider doing so by showing up to our own sponsored activities.    
 
The next drive will be on September 22nd. Please mark your calendars.
Another successful Blood Drive 2015-08-07 00:00:00Z
Don't miss our great Concerts on the Cove
Don't miss our great Concerts on the Cove 2015-08-03 00:00:00Z
The Beer Garden is in full swing!
Our "Concerts on the Cove" beer garden motors on, and as always Randy needs all the help he can get.  Please come out to help make this important event an ongoing success.  Every Saturday from now through the end of August - setup at 4:45 PM, Beer Garden operates from 5:30 - 8:30, break-down at 8:30 takes about a half-hour.  THANK YOU Randy for your continuing Leadership and inspiration with this event!  See you all there!! :-)
The Beer Garden is in full swing! 2015-07-12 00:00:00Z
SYNERGY - The Theme of the District Conference
By Foundation Chair Bill Maule
While most of our Club members were slaving away at the Golf Tournament, I was enjoying life at the District 5020 Conference in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. To compound that injustice, I want to tell you how much fun a District Conference can be! I also hope to persuade a few of you to attend the 2016 District Conference in Olympia.
I can include only the highlights – those that may provide a general impression and show that District Conferences comply with the fifth element of our Club’s  Four Way Test. For me, the most fun came from meeting and chatting with the inbound Long Term Exchange Students sponsored by Clubs from around the District. These bright lads and lassies were distributed among the tables at meal times, providing the opportunities to meet several of them. Earlier they had made an impressive sight in their “grand entrance,”  each proudly bearing a full size flag of the home nation. The posted flags served as a colorful backdrop for the rest of the conference.  The students had also produced a video of themselves, walking towards the camera at an accelerating pace, each in turn making the familiar thumb and finger gesture accompanied by “We’re This Close”  in the home language.  They and their counterparts here at home and around the world are the future, which they have well in hand.
SYNERGY - The Theme of the District Conference 2015-07-12 00:00:00Z
Next Blood Drive is July 28th - PLEASE donate!
Our next Kingston Blood Drive is coming on the 28th of July at the Community Church, across from the Firehouse Theatre, from Noon to 6 PM.  PLEASE come out to donate. We are in a blood shortage due to the weather - see the article below from BloodWorks NW:
Heat Wave Triggering Blood Shortage
High temperatures, summer vacations reduce community blood supply
Seattle, WA – Bloodworks Northwest has issued an urgent appeal for donors today after collections began to dip sharply as a result of the mounting heat wave and reduced collections caused by summer vacations.
“Even though summer just started, we’re already at the point where inventories of the most-needed blood types are approaching critical level – meaning we have only a two or three day supply,” said Clint Kendrick, senior director of collections and recruitment. “With record-breaking heat forecast over the next two weeks, we face serious shortages if donors do not come in to donate.”
Blood collections usually go down by about 15-20 percent during summer with schools and colleges on break and donors on vacation. “But extremely hot weather disrupts our mobile drives at locations without climate-control—because we suspend collections when temperatures go over 80 degrees to ensure the comfort and well-being of donors,” Kendrick said. “All our donor centers are air conditioned, but attendance still falls off as people stay home to avoid the heat.”
 
Next Blood Drive is July 28th - PLEASE donate! 2015-07-12 00:00:00Z
Thanks for a great Fun Run!
We had another excellent Fun Run on the 4th, which Rotarians and Kingston Runners turning out by the dozens to either help with the event or run in it, or both!  Numbers were somewhat down - due to the weather and timing, we think, as all the similar events in the area were also down in numbers.  But regardless - it was a great way to kick off the 4th.  THANK YOU to all who came out.  We look forward to seeing you next year!
Thanks for a great Fun Run! 2015-07-07 00:00:00Z
Another terrific Kingston 4th!
KNK Rotary had another GREAT July 4th - starting with the Fun Run and continuing through the Parade (thanks again Terry Jarvis!) and Tiny Town, which we celebrated with a substantial contribution and volunteer effort.  THANK YOU to all who participated.  It's events like this that make Kingston and North Kitsap such a great place to live!
Another terrific Kingston 4th! 2015-07-05 00:00:00Z
The Gavel passes on...
On Saturday June 27th the KNK Rotary Presidency passed from Isaac Anderson to Clint Boxman (our first-ever "retread" President).  Elayne Burton our Assistant District Governor did the Honors
The outgoing Board were congratulated for all their great work this year.
Sondra Peters was named the Rea Mowery Followship winner.
Meisha Rouser was awarded the President's Service Award.
De McKinnon was named Rotarian of the Year 2014-15
And finally Elayne passed the gavel from Isaac to Clint.  We welcome Clint to his second term as President and promise to support him in everything he does for Rotary and the Community!
Meanwhile - we couldn't resist a photo of Isaac's entire Brood arrayed at the end table.  Thanks for all you've done, Isaac!  See you in the new year.
 
The Gavel passes on... 2015-06-29 00:00:00Z
And then comes the BEER GARDEN
Starting on Saturday July 11th and running through August we'll once again be running the KNK Rotary Beer Garden at Mike Wallace Park, in conjunction with the Chamber's Concerts on the Cove.  Please see Randy to let him know that you'll be helping out this Summer.  See you there... :-)
 
And then comes the BEER GARDEN 2015-06-27 00:00:00Z
Thanks for a great Golf Tournament!
To all of you stalwart KNK Rotarians and friends who helped make the 2015 KNK Rotary Classic Golf Tournament a huge success - a heartfelt THANK YOU!
Most especially thanks to Stan and Alice Amas and the Committee crew, who did yeoman service in organizing and running this important event. And a HUGE thank you to each and every one of our wonderful SPONSORS, without whom this event could not take place.
You have all helped make Kingston/North Kitsap and the International community better through your efforts and your contributions!
See you next year!
As a footnote - our KNK Rotary North Sound Rotary Golf Challenge once again went to Poulsbo Rotary Club, this year captained by Walt Washington.  To make his day really complete, Walt also won the Instant Wine Cellar.  Congratulations Walt and Poulsbo Rotary!  Your trophy will be presented shortly.  The KNK Team (above) which was just squeezed out was Don Hutchins, Stan Amas, Skip Peters and Friend of Rotary Mike Norris.  Well done, gentlemen. 
 
Thanks for a great Golf Tournament! 2015-06-18 00:00:00Z
Next up is the FUN RUN!
It's time for another great Kingston event - the July 4th Fun Run, a joint effort of this Club and the Kingston Runners.  We've had a great time helping put this run on in past years, and it's a most worthy event on our Fundraising calendar.  Please come to this week's meeting to help us get organized, and see Clint or Dave to volunteer to help on the day! 
Next up is the FUN RUN! 2015-06-11 00:00:00Z
It's WINE time again!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU!  This incredibly generous Club has donated over 50 bottles of fine wine, making the Instant Wine Cellar a $1000+ value, which will be a huge draw at the tournament.  You know who you are!  You are all GEMS!  See you there.  :-)
 
 
It's WINE time again! 2015-05-25 00:00:00Z
The Tent is UP!
Our Tent-Meister Randy has done it again!  Aided and abetted by a huge working party of Rotarians, Kiwanians, Port Folk and just plain civic-minded Kingstonians, the Beer Garden Tent went up this morning in exactly two hours, with nary a hitch in the program.
 
THANK YOU Randy, and Thanks to all you good folk who turned out to make this go so smoothly.  You are all fine examples of why Kingston is such a fantastic place to live! 
The Tent is UP! 2015-05-18 00:00:00Z
Youth Mental Health
Youth Mental Health 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z
Leadership and Service
Leadership and Service 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z
A place at the table...
A place at the table... 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z
Kingston Complete Streets public meeting at KCAC
The Kingston Complete Streets Study is conducting its first public meeting, on May 6th at the monthly KCAC meeting.  Everyone concerned with the future of downtown Kingston should try to attend and provide input to this important process. See this link for more information: 
 
Kingston Complete Streets public meeting at KCAC 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z
KNK Rotary Supports the Foundation
submitted by Bill Maule
 
Of the forty-three Kingston Rotarians, thirty have earned recognition as Sustaining Members of the Rotary Foundation.  All contribute at least $100 a year to the Foundation, demonstrating their understanding of the importance of the Foundation in furthering the Club’s projects, around the world or right here in Kingston.
Twenty-two of those faithful Rotarians attended our meeting last Wednesday. They are pictured below just after they received their “Sustaining Member” pins.
Foundation Chair Bill Maule urged others to increase their annual donations to the Sustaining Member status.  He also urged those who do not donate at all, to begin to contribute, even small amounts, so that all members will become a part of the Foundation’s work.
 
KNK Rotary Supports the Foundation 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z
CPR Class coming
CPR Class coming 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z
Kingston Blood Drive results
submitted by Jon Sole
THANK YOU Kingston Community!  We were able to register 36 donors at the most recent blood drive. In January we registered 40 – that means already this year 76 donors have contributed 228 units to local hospitals (each unit yields whole blood, platelets and plasma).   
Thank YOU DONORS, NK KINGSTON ROTARY and KINGSTON CHRISTIAN CHURCH for making all this possible.
 
 
Kingston Blood Drive results 2015-04-12 00:00:00Z
OUR CLUB SUPPORTS THE ROTARY FOUNDATION
submitted by Bill Maule

At last week's Club meeting, we learned that one of our members has been honored by membership in the Paul Harris Society. Thanks, Gale, for you generosity and your understanding of the importance of supporting the Rotary Foundation.  Of course, all of us who have worked on  our projects know the role of the Foundation in doubling or tripling our money, not only for International projects, but for those right here in Kingston.

 

At this week's meeting, we will learn that we have lots of other  members who understand the importance of supporting the Foundation.  We will honor those of  us who are Supporting Members, those who contribute at least $100 a year. Those 30 members will be presented with pins to celebrate their support.

 

Are there others among us who want to join the 30?

OUR CLUB SUPPORTS THE ROTARY FOUNDATION 2015-04-12 00:00:00Z
Open House is a great success!
Many thanks to the KNK Rotarians who organized, set up and ran our first-ever Spring Kick-Off open house on Friday at the Oak Table, and THANK YOU to the dozens of non-Rotarian community members who stopped by to learn what we're about, where we're headed in Service to our Community, and who gave us their ideas on prioritizing our Service work in the coming year.  We hope the two-way exchange was beneficial to all concerned, and look forward to more of the same in the coming year.
 
Open House is a great success! 2015-04-06 00:00:00Z
Its time to Swing for Rotary!
Stan and Alice have done a GREAT job with planning for this year's tournament.  Now it's up to the rest of us to get those Golfers signed up!  Please contact your Golfing friends and acquaintances and remind them that time is running out!  Sign up now!!
Its time to Swing for Rotary! 2015-04-04 00:00:00Z
Upcoming KCAC presentation of interest

(Port Orchard) -  The Kitsap Public Health District will present information on pollution investigation efforts in the Kingston community at the next meeting of the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council that takes place 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 in the North Kitsap Fire & Rescue Paul T. Nichol Headquarters Station, 26642 Miller Bay Road NE, Kingston. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

 Shawn Ultican, Senior Environmental Health Specialist at the Kitsap Public Health District, will report on activity in the area including monitoring the health of local streams, marine water and shellfish with the Pollution Identification & Correction program that focuses on finding and fixing sources of bacterial pollution. He will also share on research the Health District has been doing with the University of Washington on new methods for detecting pollution from human activities.   

 For more information on KCAC, www.kitsapgov.com/boards/CAC/kingston/kcac.htm .

Upcoming KCAC presentation of interest 2015-03-26 00:00:00Z
We're breaking ground!
Kingston's future is literally about to start growing before our eyes.  The Village Green Foundation will host a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Village Green Community Center project on May 3rd at 4 PM at the site.  Please come by to share the event and help eat some Apple Pie at the Rea Mowery Pavilion. 
 
We're breaking ground! 2015-03-26 00:00:00Z
Don't miss this great event
Don't miss this great event 2015-03-19 00:00:00Z
Don't miss the Blood Drive - TOMORROW!
Submitted by Jon Sole
Our next Kingston Blood Drive will be held on June 2nd, time and place as always.  Please come on out and help us equal or better our excellent results from last quarter.
 
Don't miss the Blood Drive - TOMORROW! 2015-03-15 00:00:00Z
First Annual Spring Kick-Off is April 3rd!
First Annual Spring Kick-Off is April 3rd! 2015-03-15 00:00:00Z
Don't miss our next Blood Drive
Submitted by Jon Sole
Our next Kingston Blood Drive will be held on March 31st, time and place as always.  Please come on out and help us equal or better our excellent results from last quarter.
And Oh By The Way: our partner organization has just announced that Puget Sound Blood Center is now Bloodworks Northwest! The name is new, but we have 70 years of Northwest history and 250,000 donors behind us. We are local, non-profit, independent, volunteer-supported and community-based. A recognized leader in transfusion medicine, BloodworksNW serves patients in nearly 90 hospitals in the Washington, Oregon and Alaska -- partnering closely with hospitals to deliver the highest level of patient care. Comprehensive services include blood components, complex cross-matching, specialized lab services for organ transplants, care for patients with blood disorders, and cord blood stem cells for cancer treatment. We’re one of a few blood centers in the U.S. with 70 scientists doing leading edge research on blood biology, transfusion, thrombosis and blood disorders. Patients with traumatic injuries, undergoing surgeries or organ transplantation or receiving treatment for cancer and blood disorders -- all depend on our services, expertise, laboratories and research. For more information, visit bloodworksnw.org.
 
Don't miss our next Blood Drive 2015-03-15 00:00:00Z
The Dream becomes reality
On March 5th the Village Green Foundation Board resolved to commit over $7M dollars to construct the new Village Green Community Center, including a new Kingston Regional Library, Boys & Girls Club and Senior Center.  The construction contract is being awarded in the next few days. Groundbreaking is being scheduled for April and the project will be completed early in 2016.  This tremendous leap forward for Kingston and North Kitsap County has been made possible through grants and donations by hundreds of our friends and neighbors including KNK Rotary Club. Financing includes loaned capital against future fundraising efforts, and the Foundation has kicked of the Green Heart Campaign to complete raising the necessary funds for this incredible project. Please share this with your family, friends and neighbors and encourage them to dig deeply and help make this new Community Center come to life.
The Dream becomes reality 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z
Don't miss this meeting
This week's meeting will include a short presentation from Kingston High School student Martha Rabura, who's doing a Girl Scout Gold Award project centered on establishing a children's library in Sierra Leone. She will tell us how and why she got started with this project and how we as Rotarians can help the project succeed.  Don't miss it!
Don't miss this meeting 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z
SAS Radio Presidents' series - President no. 10
Another in Tom Lamar's excellent series of KNK Rotary Presidents from our first 10 years.  President #10 - Don Hutchins
SAS Radio Presidents' series - President no. 10 2014-10-11 00:00:00Z
Haunted Fairgrounds still needs volunteers
The haunt is just a week away and Jessica and Scott need our help.  The link provided below will take you to the sign up sheet.  We are a small club, this is a big event, everyone needs to pitch in.  Please go to the link and sign up for a slot today!!!  Click HERE
 
 
 
Haunted Fairgrounds still needs volunteers 2014-10-05 00:00:00Z
Interacters are into Haunting!
A great turnout for the first meeting of the Kingston High School Interact Club! Many of them will participate in Kitsap Haunted Fairgrounds.
Interacters are into Haunting! 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z
KNK Rotary Parades again!
Our Club joined dozens of North Kitsap organizations and had a ball walking the Kingston 4th of July Parade again this year.  If you were there - thanks for helping celebrate!  If you missed it - plan on being there next year.  This is the greatest little parade (and the longest running) West of the Mississippi, and we're thrilled to be part of it.  :-)
KNK Rotary Parades again! 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z
Fun Run kicks off Kingston 4th of July!
Once again this year, the Kingston Running Club/KNK Rotary Fun Run was the "opening gun" (in more ways than one!) to the Kingston 4th of July Celebration.  Thanks to all the great runners who made the event a success, and all you great volunteers who made it work.  We love you all!
Fun Run kicks off Kingston 4th of July! 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z
Victory Music Festival starts KNK Rotary Beer Garden Summer
Kingston's fantastic July 4th ceremony was immediately followed by the 2nd annual Victory Music Festival on the 5th. KNK Rotary volunteers pulled together to get the Beer Garden operation up and running for the event.  Net proceeds from that evening's Beer and Wine sales go to the Victory Festival's benefit charities - the Seattle Children's Hospital and the Kingston Coffee Oasis project.  (Photo by Johnny Walker/Almost Candid Photography)
 
Don't miss the upcoming concerts on the cove every Saturday at 5PM, through August 23rd - where the Beer Garden will be running to Support all of KNKget free music, great beer & wine, see your friends and neighbors and make a charitible contribution all at the same time.  And oh, by the way - HAVE FUN!
Victory Music Festival starts KNK Rotary Beer Garden Summer 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z
SAS Radio Presidents series - Episode 7 President Skip Peters
One more in our 10th Anniversary interview series.  Don't miss Tom Lamar's excellent interview with President Skip!  Just click HERE.
SAS Radio Presidents series - Episode 7 President Skip Peters 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z
Golf Tourney a huge success
Congratulations and THANK YOU to Golf Chairs Breane and Karen and all the Golf Committee for another fantastic Kingston Rotary Golf Tournament at White Horse.  Thanks to all our excellent sponsors too.  This year's event was the best yet, and saw the KNK North Sound Rotary Team Challenge trophy change hands from Poulsbo Rotary to Silverdale Rotary.  Congratulations Silverdale!  Thanks to all who participated - hope to see you next year. 
Golf Tourney a huge success 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z
4th of July Fun Run coming soon!
With our Golf Tournament in the books, the Kingston Fun Run is up next.  This great (and growing) event is truly a hoot - and with one mile, 5k and 10k courses on tap has something for everyone.  Walk, Run or Jog to the Barber Cutoff Medical Center on the morning of July 4th for a great way to start the 4th of July celebrations!  Just click HERE for details...
4th of July Fun Run coming soon! 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z
SAS Radio Presidents' series episode 6 - Dan Martin
Don't miss the latest in Tom Lamar's terrific Presidents' series - this month President no. 6, Dan Martin. Just click HERE
SAS Radio Presidents' series episode 6 - Dan Martin 2014-06-08 00:00:00Z
Quiet Space Park gets a big boost from KNK Rotarians & Friends
submitted by Mark Libby via Clint Boxman:
We had a great work party Saturday morning: a fun group to work with,
hardworking and productive,  and we even lucked out with good weather.
In attendance were:
Helen Ralph
Frank Ralph
Walt Elliott
Bobbie Moore
Bill Beaudoin
De MacKinnon
Stan Mack
Carolina Veenstra
Dave De Bruyn
Evan Stoll
Mary Gleysteen
Mark Libby
The task to build a gravel bed for an all-weather trail through the muddy
areas was the labor intensive and time consuming task of the day, and
involved most of the crew most of the morning.
Bill was the operator of the power wheel barrow and moved a high percentage of  the 4  yards of crushed rock that was used in the trail building. Carolina took Helen and Bobbie in tow and spend 3 hours removing invasive plants.
After 2 hours of trail building, Walt shifted projects and accomplished the north fence repair in a single handed effort . About 11:00, Dave De Bruyn grabbed a couple of guys and started the sign post project.  Dave, Frank, Walt and Elliot stayed until well after 1:00 and the team finished the installation of 5 of the sign posts.
Thanks much to all you dedicated Rotarians and Kinstonians who did so much, in so little time, for the benefit of our community.

 
Quiet Space Park gets a big boost from KNK Rotarians & Friends 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z
KHS DEBATE TEAM ATTENDS NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS WITH HELP FROM ROTARY
Submitted by De McKinnon

Our rotary club awarded a grant to the KHS debate team to help fund trips to three national tournaments.  Five students have already competed at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN in the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions. Seven students also traveled to Chicago over Memorial Day weekend to compete in the NCFL Grand National Tournament; and, two students will compete at the NFL National Speech and Debate Tournament in Overland Park, KS in June.  KHS Debate is a member of the exclusive National Forensic League's "Top 100 Club".  Congratulations and WELL DONE KHS Debate Team!

KHS DEBATE TEAM ATTENDS NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS WITH HELP FROM ROTARY 2014-05-30 00:00:00Z
Food for Kids Program, Summer, 2014
Submitted by Gene Medina,

It’s that time again for us to begin planning for Food for Kids, summer, 2014.
 
Food for Kids focuses on providing children at Wolfle Elementary School food support for children during and after summer school.  Some important things to know:
The school district’s free/reduced meals program (breakfast and lunch) does not operate through the summer months
Did you know that 59% or 226 of 383 students at Wolfle Elementary qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunch?
 
Food for Kids, now entering its fourth year, was established in summer, 2011 through an energetic community partnership between Wolfle Elementary School and the Kingston Rotary, Kingston Kiwanis, Port Gamble S’Klallam’s Early Childhood and Family and Children’s Services programs, ShareNet, and Kingston Food Bank. These groups focused on working together to respond to this gap in services for children.  This past summer, both the Kingston High School Interact and Key Clubs joined the partnership.
 
Food for Kids Program, Summer, 2014 2014-05-27 00:00:00Z
Update #5 Aqua Caliente
Submitted by Gene Medina,

More Eco Toilets for Aqua Caliente:  Rotary’s continuing work in Lake Izabel area, Guatemala
 
Aqua Caliente is a medium size village of approximately 300 families on base of the foothills of Lake Izabel in eastern Guatemala. It is about 20 miles from Rio Dulce, a hurricane hole for sailboats and other seacraft.  Most of the men work either in the sugar cane fields below or on the road construction project in the area. The women take care of the children and maintain their homes. The average family has 4 children, with a range of one to eight children. Microfinance has yet to evolve here but with the completion of the eco toilets project, we will be expanding our focus to community and economic development.
 
For the past several years, our Rotary partners (Sequim and Bainbridge Island) have been installing working to improve the living and sanitation conditions in Aqua Caliente. Forty-five  (45) eco toilets have been installed and a new global grant (2013-14) is currently funding the construction of 80, more, which will be completed by next month.  Following completion of this grant, we will be implementing a third global grant, which will fund the final set of 22 in 2014-15.  It is projected that this initial phase of water and sanitation work will be completed by spring, 2016. 
 
Update #5 Aqua Caliente 2014-05-27 00:00:00Z
SAS Radio President's series V - Phil Dorn
Don't miss episode V in our President's series - President Phil Dorn, interviewed as always by the amazing Dr Tom Lamar.  Just click HERE
SAS Radio President's series V - Phil Dorn 2014-05-12 00:00:00Z
Don't miss the Installation Ceremony for our new Board!
Submitted by Sondra Peters
 

Save the Date for our Annual Induction of Kingston Rotary OfficersThe Port of Kingston Tent is the place, 6:30 PM on June 27th is the time, $17 per person is the dinner fee - which will be included in your quarterly Club Dues statement.  Please RSVP on our website: view the Installation Dinner Event and "register" yourself and guest(s), or let Sondra Peters know with an email to sondipeters@centurytel.net.  Your Rotary account will show a charge of $17.00 P/P or you may send a check to Kingston Rotary, PO Box 832, Kingston, WA 98346, marked Rotary Installation Dinner.
 
Don't miss the Installation Ceremony for our new Board! 2014-05-08 00:00:00Z
Blood Drive coming this Tuesday, May 20th!
Submitted by Jon Sole
Don't miss next week's Blood Drive!  And if you've wondered if this is worth doing - read on!
 
Elaine
After 18 years of monthly blood transfusions, Elaine Sonntag-Johnson is happy to report that she doesn't need them anymore. When she was first diagnosed with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a rare disorder that causes the body to destroy its own blood cells, the only available treatment was transfusion of donated blood.
At the time, people diagnosed with PNH were expected to live only three to five years. With the help of hundreds of blood donors and nearly 1,000 units of blood components, Elaine beat the odds and lived long enough to benefit from a new treatment for the disorder.
"My husband always thought a treatment would be found," says Elaine. He was right. In 2007, the FDA approved a new drug, which prevents the breakdown of red blood cells. It works so well that Elaine rarely needs blood transfusions anymore.
Now 52, Elaine works part-time as a social worker and enjoys every minute with her two kids. Doctors say she can expect to live a normal lifespan. Understandably, Elaine gets teary-eyed talking about the blood donors who helped her survive. "The gratitude can't be expressed—they kept me alive! They are quiet heroes, helping people they don't even know out of the goodness of their hearts. We have a blood center we can rely on every day, if people get sick or get into accidents. It's just there."
 
 
Blood Drive coming this Tuesday, May 20th! 2014-05-08 00:00:00Z
Where are they now?
Submitted by Bill Maule
As we wait impatiently for the arrival of Mavi,  the incoming Short Term Exchange youth from Italy, and the good times she will have with Kingston’s Cammy,  my thoughts turned back to a previous exchange we had with that country. Kingston’s Simon Campo and Italy’s Marco Parolin made a handsome pair riding Jon Sole’s red convertible in the July 4 parade.  It is more difficult to check on Marco, but  good  news from Simon is at hand.
 

 Many of you will remember Simon, at that time a Junior at Kingston High School.  Not satisfied with just being a star soccer player, he was an honor student and served as co-President of  the KHS National Honor Society. Not to shun the arts, he is also a self-taught pianist and was studying digital graphics.

 But what has become of him?  He told us when applying for the exchange that his dream was “to see the world.”    We have just heard from him and learn that he is still pursuing that dream.  He is now finishing his second semester at the University of California at Berkeley, but will soon be heading abroad again. If all goes well he will  spend his summer in South Africa  studying at the University of Cape Town. His two courses are on social injustice and community development. In his words, he is “really excited to get to work with the local community.”

 Now listen up, all you Kingston High students.  Simon writes, “I hope more kids are getting involved with STEP. It was an incredibly eye-opening experience”. That is what Rotary exchanges are all about.

Where are they now? 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z
Village Green Playground expansion
On Thursday and Friday last week the VG Playground expansion became a near-reality.  Just a few more detail bits and the two new swing sets will be up and running.
 
 
 
 
 
 
A great crew of Rotarians, Kiwanians, Almost-Rotarians and just plain great Kingstonites turned-to, planted swingsets in concrete, poured the concrete border, and filled the new area with about one bazillion cubic feet of play bark. Even Penelope helped!
 
 
 
Village Green Playground expansion 2014-04-19 00:00:00Z
Guatemalan Rotary Journal Update #4 Aqua Caliente
Submitted by International Service Chair Gene Medina
 
After we visited Tablitas, one of the three villages, we moved on to the  second village, Aqua Caliente. This is the village where we are funding eco toilets and assessing the possibilities for replacing the current water system. First, an update on the water system. Our Rotary partnership funded a site survey of the current system to assess the issues. We found that there is plenty of water, but it is extremely polluted with coliform and E. Coli so the issue has shifted from water system replacement to, first, resolving the water filtration issue .  In the meantime, our Rotary club partnership has decided to move forward on a 3rd eco toilets  global grant for the 2014-15 Rotary Foundation funding year and move the water system and filtration issue into 2015-16  funding year. It will take more time to identify the best strategy for responding to the filtration issue prior to designing the new water system.  We are working with the Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group as well as Engineers Without Borders on the water issue.
 
Guatemalan Rotary Journal Update #4 Aqua Caliente 2014-04-13 00:00:00Z
Kingston Community Forums on at-risk youth

Submitted by President-Elect Isaac Anderson

You are cordially invited to attend the last of three progressive community forums to discuss at-risk youth in Kingston, and to garner support for bringing The Coffee Oasis to Kingston. The forums on March 20th and April 10th were very successful.  The final forum is scheduled for May 1st.

By attending these forums, you will gain insight into the issues of at-risk youth in the Kingston area, you will learn about The Coffee Oasis mission and youth programs, you will have an opportunity to explore solutions with other like-minded people, and you will have an opportunity to initiate a drive to help The Coffee Oasis establish a Kingston location.

You will also hear from informative speakers such as Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder, Mayor of Poulsbo Becky Erickson, Dr. Scott Lindquist, Health Officer of the Kitsap Public Health District, and David Frederick, executive director of The Coffee Oasis. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions in a forum setting.

These community forums are a project of Leadership Kitsap Class of 2014, and are sponsored by the Kingston Rotary Club, the Greater Kingston Kiwanis Club, and the Kitsap Community Foundation.

All forums will be catered by The Coffee Oasis with light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. Please RSVP to coffeeoasiskingston@gmail.com. Additional information is available on Facebook.

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Kingston Community Forums on at-risk youth Donald Hutchins 2014-04-13 00:00:00Z
Last chance for Whistler! Get on board while you can...

Submitted by Al Abbott
Rotary Club of Gig Harbor
District 5020 Public Image/Public Relations Chair

As you all know by now this year's District Conference is in Whistler BC at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler on May 2-4, 2014.  Join District Governor Pete Taylor in Whistler to celebrate the accomplishments of the year!  2014 District Conference will offer a diverse roster of excellent speakers focused on Engaging Rotary to Change Lives.  You’ll have a chance to rub shoulders with other Rotarians, enjoy fellowship and be inspired.
 
While you’re in Whistler looking for Pete, take some time to enjoy a round of golf, relax at the resort spa, or take in the beautiful mountain scenery and enjoy the great outdoors.

If you're planning to go, better act fast.  The Chateau has very few rooms left at the preferred $139 rate, so Now's the time to get that Conference Registration and book your room.

You can take care of all of this easily by visiting the District Website: www.rotary5020.org  It's on the home page.  It's simple so even I could do it...

See you in Whistler.  We'll all be looking for Pete Taylor.  First on to find him gets a prize.

Thank you for making Rotary a part of your life,

 

Last chance for Whistler! Get on board while you can... 2014-04-13 00:00:00Z
Potential Suquamish-North Kitsap Rotary Club?
Sounds interesting, doesn't it?  Rotarian (and Commissioner) Rob Gelder discussed this subject at the Poulsbo Rotary this morning.  If you are interested in participating in formation of a Suquamish Club, please feel free to contact Rob and offer to help. 
Potential Suquamish-North Kitsap Rotary Club? don 2014-04-11 00:00:00Z
Village Green Working Party
submitted by Stan Mack

The Village Green Foundation playground installation is April 17 and 18.  The 17th we will be doing concrete work to build the curb and the 18th we will finish the curb and spread the chips.  We will meet at 0900 and a lunch will be provided. Contact Matt House with questions matthwpp@gmail.com 

Village Green Working Party 2014-04-11 00:00:00Z
Installation Dinner Re-Scheduled - SAVE THE DATE!
In view of the Golf Tournament falling on the day before the original date, the Installation Dinner has now been scheduled for Friday night, June 27th.
Please revise your calendars accordingly: 
 
Please join your local Rotary Club for our annual INSTALLATION-OUTSTALLATION DINNER AND CEREMONY Meisha Rouser - outgoing president Isaac Anderson - incoming president
 
Friday, June 27th, 6 PM - 9 PM
Port of Kingston Tent
Casual Attire
Cost per person:  $15
Look for RSVP invite posted to Club Runner to provide your RSVP soon.
Installation Dinner Re-Scheduled - SAVE THE DATE! 2014-03-24 00:00:00Z
Leadership Kitsap says "Thanks"
Submitted by Isaac Anderson
To the Kingston Rotary,
Please accept a sincere and heart felt thank you from our entire Leadership Kitsap team for your support of our community gathering of The Coffee Oasis - How We Can Do It - Forum I held last evening at the Kingston Middle School Commons. We are so appreciative of your community involvement in many aspects which also lent credibility to our forum.
Your presence was warmly felt as you greeted the guests, manned the the welcome table and ensured guests were signing in for the event in such a gracious manner. Your gift of $300.00 secured the location and paid for the catering of Coffee Oasis refreshments. The sound system and microphones made sure that all the participants could clearly hear the speakers.
The community of Kingston continues to build a safety net for all residents and we are especially thankful that you realize and understand the seriousness of the challenges for youth at risk in Kingston.
Again, thank you for how you have supported our Leadership Kitsap team!
Warm regards,
Bob Pusey, Rick Andren, Donna Moreland, Cathlene Norris, Audrey Wolf and Isaac Anderson.
Leadership Kitsap says "Thanks" 2014-03-24 00:00:00Z
Blood drive is coming! MARCH 25 – 12:00 TO 6:00
submitted by Jon Sole
 

Engage friends and family:

Invite friends, family members, and neighbors. Blood donation at your drive can

be an easy, meaningful service opportunity for high school and college students

out on break. Involve young adult volunteers who can help recruit new donors.

Meanwhile, here's a great story to illustrate just how important YOUR donation is:

 

HANNAH MAE’S New Heart

 

On May 18, 2012, Jon and Jennifer Campbell celebrated the birth of their first daughter, Hannah Mae. Their joy turned to worry with the discovery that Hannah’s heart was enlarged and beating too fast. She was transferred to Children’s Hospital in Seattle where her heart seemed to stabilize. Her doctors were feeling positive that she would outgrow her heart problems. The Campbell family felt hopeful as they brought Hannah home from the hospital. However, fear and uncertainty soon took over after a routine cardiology appointment sent her straight back to Children’s for more tests and intensive care. The summer was a roller coaster of bad news, blood transfusions, surgeries, xtensive tests, and hope for a fix. Tests showed she had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy— a combination of heart conditions that no other patient had ever survived before.  

 

Blood drive is coming! MARCH 25 – 12:00 TO 6:00 2014-03-21 00:00:00Z
Guatamala Update #4 Tablitas - More eco toilets

Submitted by International Service Chair Gene Medina

More Eco Toilets for Tablitas

Tablitas is a small 250 family village in the hills overlooking Lake Izabel in eastern Guatemala, about 30 miles from the Caribbean. Most of the men work either in the sugar cane fields below or on the road construction project in the area. The women take care of the children and maintain their homes. Microfinance has not evolved here as yet.

For the past several years, our Rotary partners (Sequim and Bainbridge Island) have been installing working to improve the living and sanitation conditions in Tablitas. Twenty five (25) eco toilets have been installed and 15 more are currently under construction as part of the 2nd  global to this area.  Here are the old and new toilets...

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 You can see in the new eco toilet photo that it is 80% complete and need  the front door which is currently being built by village carpenters.

Guatamala Update #4 Tablitas - More eco toilets Donald Hutchins 2014-03-16 00:00:00Z
Kingston Cares!

Submitted by Stan Mack 

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Kingston Cares is a group of concerned citizens, including several Kingston North Kitsap Rotary members, which has formed to address the problems of marginalized youth, homelessness, food security, and poverty in North Kitsap.

Kingston Care's mission is "to partner to create opportunities by identifying needs, expanding resources, facilitating connections and educating the community."

   Their first project has been accomplished by working with Kitsap County Parks and Recreation to build and erect a community bulletin board at Billie Johnson Skatepark.  Information about existing social services which are available to homeless and low income Kingston residents including shelter, food, housing, and employment assistance will be posted.  The other side of the board is available for community announcements.

    Kingston Cares is also supporting the Community Forums organized by Leadership Kitsap to inform the public and support bringing the Youth Services of Coffee Oasis to Kingston.  

    The third project is to provide a Severe Weather Shelter. This type shelter is operated under the auspices of the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management (DEM).  DEM would open the shelter under specified severe weather conditions, but the shelter would be staffed over night by trained volunteers.   

    Kingston Cares is in the process of organizing as a non profit corporation in Washington State, approving bylaws, and electing a board of directors.  Kingston Cares can be contacted through the website at https://sites.google.com/site/kingstoncaresforyouth/

The next meeting of Kingston Cares is Thursday, April 10 at 9:30 AM at the Kingston Financial Center. The meeting is open to anyone who has an interest in the mission of Kingston Cares.

Kingston Cares! Donald Hutchins 2014-03-16 00:00:00Z
Rea Mowery family celebration at his home

Submitted by Clint Boxman

ImageI just wanted to update you on the date the Mowery family was hoping to have us all come and celebrate the life of a great man and Rotarian - Rea Mowery. The Mowery family would like to invite anyone who is available to drop by his house, at 28228 Hansville Rd. NEthis Thursday, March 20th, between 4 pm and 6 pm to visit and share some incredible memories.

 

Sorry for the late notice, but I was just informed the house will be going on the market this upcoming Saturday, so they felt this was probably our last chance to get together here. I know this is the day/night of Kingston Cares (among other things), but it was the only day their whole family - who want to express their gratitude  for all of the support Rea's friends, and especially Rotary friends, gave him over the years - could gather. Light food and beverages will be available. Let me know if you have any questions.  

 

Thanks for all you do!

Rea Mowery family celebration at his home Donald Hutchins 2014-03-16 00:00:00Z
ServiceAboveSelf Presidents' series - Episode III - Chuck Atcheson

ImageImageAnother in Dr. Tom's excellent interview series commemorating our 10th Anniversary.  Don't miss this!

To listen, just click HERE

ServiceAboveSelf Presidents' series - Episode III - Chuck Atcheson Donald Hutchins 2014-03-09 00:00:00Z
Our friend Rea is remembered by the District
The District 5020 site this month carries a very nice memorial to our great friend Rea Mowery, at the end of the "DG Doings" column.  See it HERE
Our friend Rea is remembered by the District Donald Hutchins 2014-03-09 00:00:00Z
Update #3 from Guatemala- San Lucas Toliman Ecotoilets

Submitted by International Chair Gene Medina

Our Rotary funds at work- Eco Toilets in San Lucas Toliman:

During our visit to Guatemala, we met with the Rotary team that is implementing the San Lucas Toliman eco toilets. Our club is a partner with four other District 5020 clubs (Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo, Sequim, and Tumwater) and the Vista Hermosa Rotary Club in Guatemala City. This past September, we received a $57,000 global grant to install 85 eco toilets in San Lucas. These eco toilets are part of Rotary’s efforts to improving sanitation conditions for members of the San Lucas Toliman community. Additionally, it is part of larger efforts to clean up the Lake Atitlan environment and improve the overall living conditions.  There are about 15 United States and Canadian Rotary clubs, our club included, that are partners with Todo Por El  Lago,  a partnership of Guatermalan Rotarians.  It is the goal of the international partnership to install eco toilets, water filters and safe stoves in many homes of Tolima.n.  To participate, home owners must assist in the installation of the eco toilets, stove and filters as well as participate in hygiene and maintenance training and contribute at least 70 hours of community service (e.g. cleaning the streets and helping others install their toilets or stoves.  Attached are a few photos: (1) the older “facilities”,

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Update #3 from Guatemala- San Lucas Toliman Ecotoilets Donald Hutchins 2014-03-02 00:00:00Z
Support our Buccaneers!

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GET YOUR TICKETS NOW for the

 4th Annual Fund Raising Auction
 
Saturday, March 8 – 5 pm at White Horse Golf Club in Kingston

Join us for a fun- filled evening that includes:

  • Live and Silent Auction Items
  • Wine Toss and Dessert Auction
  • Putting Green Game

 For Tickets call Marjorie Gaines at 360-340-4698 Or email fundraising@khsboosters.com

 $45 each or $90 per couple - cash, credit and checks accepted.
 
Price includes a generous assortment of hot and cold entrees plus complimentary drink tickets.

 We're still accepting donations too! Call Hope at 360-620-9969 or email hope@peninsulamcdonalds.com
 

Support our Buccaneers! Donald Hutchins 2014-02-22 00:00:00Z
Kick it with Kenya Dinner/Auction

Submitted by Michele Fujii

I've attached a poster for an upcoming fundraiser that we're holding in downtown Seattle.  It's a dinner with fine Mexican cuisine and a silent auction.  Items include so far:

A coffee/golf kit

A ski/brewery trip

O.R. Jackets

graphic design work

a photography session

a signed Bill Walton basketball

a signed Sounder's Soccer Ball

Some pretty cool stuff.  The seating for dinner is limited and there's a few spots left, but the silent auction is open to anyone! 

Thanks!  Hope to see you all soon!

Michele

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Kick it with Kenya Dinner/Auction Donald Hutchins 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z
Joint Rotary/Kiwanis meeting coming up soon!

Submitted by President Meisha Rouser.

We will have a joint meeting with the Kingston Kiwanis club to talk about doing community projects together.  Please join us for fellowship and partnership:

February 27th, ThursdayImage
7:00 am
Oak Table Restraunt


Everyone is welcome!  See you there...

Meisha

Joint Rotary/Kiwanis meeting coming up soon! Donald Hutchins 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z
ServiceAboveSelfRadio President's series - Episode No. 2

Submitted by Dr.Tom Lamar - our Podcasting Guru

Here's the second "President's interview" with our 2004-2005 President, Gene Medina.

This is an incredible interview!  Just CLICK HERE to listen. 

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ServiceAboveSelfRadio President's series - Episode No. 2 Donald Hutchins 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z
Update from Guatemala

Contributed by International Committee Chair Gene Medina from the road...

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Hola Kingston Rotarians

This is the second update from Guatemala. On Sunday (2/2) our group of Rotarians (8 US and 6 Canadians) headed northwest to Retalhuleu and a visit to several microfinance projects.

As a brief background, microfinance(aka microcredit) provides low interest loans (typically 3%) to small groups of women entrepreneurs (N=15). The Retalhuleu program has 14 small groups and is coordinated by local Guatemalans (1.5 staff). These groups of women borrow 2500Q ($325) to 4000Q ($520) for periods of 3 to 6 months. These funds are used to buy chickens, baby pigs, cosmetics, beads, and other materials at low cost and sell or resell them (eggs, chickens, bracelets, cosmetics, etc) at local markets. This income provide money for their children’s education, food for the family and other things they choose. On the average, they earn $75-$100 per month for families income. Additionally, these groups provide support for the members who are dealing with issues of machismo and abuse and alcoholism from their husbands/partners. They are also a source of support for women’s rights in Guatemala. Built into the program are required savings for the education of their children and family savings (minimum of 10% of the amount borrowed). Program has been operating for the past 5 years and is extremely successful in providing a source of income for the members and new skills entrepreneurship skills.

In the next segment, we head to San Lucas Toliman on Lake Atitlan for a visit to our "eco-toilets" projects. More to come in next week’s bulletin

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Update from Guatemala Donald Hutchins 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z
District Leadership Training Assembly (DTLA) is coming. Register now!

Rotary District 5020 DLTA

Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria BC

March 29 to 30, 2014

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Welcome to the 2014 DTLA Information Portal. This year our theme is BYOB - Build Your Overall Bench-strength. Our goal is to inform and train our leaders and future leaders to work within Rotary, and inspire them to build strong clubs and develop great projects. District 5020 is fortunate in having many talented trainers to assist clubs with member training and leadership development. DLTA is one of the most important events in our district, combining education, networking and idea sharing, all the while building friendships amongst members from the top of Vancouver Island all the way to the Columbia River. 

 

 We welcome you to DLTA 2014 and hope it will offer you the chance to Build Your Overall Bench-strength.

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Registration is open!  Just visit the portal HERE

 

District Leadership Training Assembly (DTLA) is coming. Register now! Donald Hutchins 2014-02-06 00:00:00Z
Kingston Middle School Career Day is a big success!

submitted by Poulsbo Rotarian Gary Nakamura

Thanks so much to the Poulsbo and Kingston Rotarians who participated in this second annual event at our Middle School.  

Those who attended (including this Editor) had a ball, and felt it was very well received by the students.  We look forward to next year.  Thanks to Gary for organizing!

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Kingston Middle School Career Day is a big success! Donald Hutchins 2014-02-06 00:00:00Z
Report from Antigua, No. 1

Contributed by International Committee Chair Gene Medina

Hola from Antigua

It's 6:00 pm here so you folks are about ready to head to the Poulsbo Yacht Club and setting for tonight's celebration. 

Give our best to all.... And have a glass of bubbly for us.
As promised, here is my first update from the adventure to Guatemala, the Central America Rotary Projects Fair and tour of our project villages. 

I have attached a brief narrative for the newsletter and some photos, one in particular that club members should enjoy.... 12th Man Fever in Antigua.... Enjoy. Gene

Gene, I'm sure that yesterday's Seahawks win was due in part to their international support.  Thanks!  Don

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Report from Antigua, No. 1 Donald Hutchins 2014-02-03 00:00:00Z
We start our second Decade of Service!

Submitted by Dr. Tom Lamar - our very own Podcasting Guru

KNK Rotary, under the helm of President Meisha Rouser and with the help of District Governor Pete Taylor and our Congressman Derek Kilmer celebrated our first Decade of Service and kick-started our second on Saturday evening February 1st at the Poulsbo Yacht Club.

BUT the celebration of our Decade of Service is far from over....  The video we showed Saturday night was designed not only for those in attendance... but also for that could not attend... to remind us of our history and allow us to celebrate this moment, yes.... BUT, in line with President Meisha's vision, it was also designed to allow the COMMUNITY to celebrate right along with us.

So in that spirit.... I want to encourage you to watch this video (or watch it again) and then SHARE it.  Facebook it.  Tweet it.  Pin it. Email it.  Engage with with.  Get it out there!

Let's make this thing go viral so its message can spread and the Rotary Spirit can take hold and catch fire in the hearts and minds of those that see it.... in our community and around the world.

Check the video out on our podcast website and view some pictures of the Gala Event: HERE

Or watch the video directly on YouTube: HERE

Thanks a million to all who helped put on this fantastic event, including Co-Chairs Nancy Martin and Sondra Peters!
 
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We start our second Decade of Service! Donald Hutchins 2014-02-03 00:00:00Z
Our next Blood Drive is this Tuesday! Don't miss it.

sent by Jon Sole, our Blood Drive Coordinator

PATIENT STORY: Father-daughter duo survives leukemia

The Cryan family story is an inspirational one. It is a story of a father and daughter who survived a long journey with a rare, genetic blood disorder

and leukemia – together – because of blood and bone marrow donors.

Louisa was an active pre-teen and soccer star. Three years ago, she was diagnosed with leukemia, a  cancer affecting her bone marrow, at the age of 12. Five months after diagnosis, Louisa received a transplant of healthy stem cells through Puget Sound Blood Center’s Cord Blood Program. Stem cells are the “parent” cells of all blood cells and are found in the bone marrow of adults and the circulatory system of infants. Cord blood stem cells can be used in place of bone marrow stem cells when a donor match cannot be found. The Cord Blood Program works with local hospitals and parents who choose to donate the umbilical cord and placenta containing stem-cell rich blood from the birth of their baby. The stem cells Louisa received replaced her damaged blood cells and reversed her leukemia.

Our next Blood Drive is this Tuesday! Don't miss it. Donald Hutchins 2014-01-26 00:00:00Z
Focus on Intenational Service

Contributed by Gene Medina

Your International Service Committee: So What Do We Do?

As you know, our club is very involved in the Greater Kingston Community through our wide range of community projects varying from support for the Village Green Park and Community Center project, Summer Food for Kids project and our local blood drive to actively supporting Stillwaters Environmental Center, local food banks, and providing college/university scholarships for Kingston High School graduates.  And yes, it is exciting to do this work in partnership with other community groups: Kiwanis, Port Gamble S’Klallam tribe, ShareNet, Kingston Food Bank and our local Chamber of Commerce to name a few.

While we have incredible focus on our local community, it is important to know the breadth and depth of our international work. Image

Focus on Intenational Service Donald Hutchins 2014-01-26 00:00:00Z
Kingston Cares!

(contributed by Fredrick Branchflower)

Kingston Cares Projects

December 2013

 

Kingston Cares is an informal group of concerned citizens who have been meeting since mid-October 2013 to explore ways to help homeless youth and adults in Kingston.  Two ideas have emerged as short-term projects: 

1) A Severe Weather Shelter, which will be opened as needed (determined by weather) to allow homeless individuals a warm and dry place to sleep during extremely cold, wet, or stormy weather.  It will be staffed by trained volunteers.  A similar Severe Weather Shelter has been operating in Bremerton for the last several years, increasing in usage each year.  This project is being developed in partnership with the Kitsap Department of Emergency Management, the Red Cross, and Bayside Church. 

2) A Community Bulletin Board, to be located near the Village Green, which can be used to advertise community services and available resources for low-income and homeless individuals.  This project is being supported by funding from the Kingston Rotary and also has support from Kitsap County Metro Parks.

Other key partners in these projects include the Greater Kingston Kiwanis Club, North Kitsap Fire & Rescue, the Kingston Chamber of Commerce, the Village Green Pea Patch, Leadership Kitsap, Coffee Oasis and many other citizen volunteers.  The Kingston Cares group plans to continue meeting to develop additional longer-term projects to assist those in need of emergency housing in Kingston. 

Kingston Cares! Donald Hutchins 2014-01-22 00:00:00Z
A Distinguished Rotarian passes...

ImageOur Senior and most Distinguished Rotarian, Oscar "Rea" Mowery passed on Sunday Jan 12, in San Diego surrounded by his Children, Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren.  In the words of Past President Clint: "Rea - there aren't enough words in this world to tell you how much you meant to our club, to this community and to the thousands of lives you touched in your 90+ years on this planet. We are truly blessed to have known you and to have been in your presence. The world has lost one of the greatest Rotarians to have ever lived... We will miss you partner!"

 

A Distinguished Rotarian passes... Donald Hutchins 2014-01-13 00:00:00Z
ServiceAboveSelf Radio is back on the air!

Our very own Radio Jock, Dr Tom Lamar, is working on an interview series with each of our Presidents, as part of our 10th Anniversary Gala celebration.  Tom's first interview with President No. 1 (and Past President of Poulsbo Rotary) Brad Brown can be heard right here.  Just click on the logo.

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ServiceAboveSelf Radio is back on the air! Donald Hutchins 2014-01-12 00:00:00Z
Rotary announces president for 2015-16; first Sri Lankan ever to lead the organization

EVANSTON, Ill., USA (Dec. 23, 2013) — K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, a business leader from Colombo, Sri Lanka, will be the 105th president of Rotary International – a global network of 1.2 million volunteers dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.

Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, will begin his one-year term on 1 July 2015 as the first Sri Lankan to hold Rotary’s highest office. Ravindran says a top priority will be to strengthen clubs by attracting men and women committed to improving communities worldwide through volunteer service.

From supporting local food pantries to providing clean water in remote villages, Rotary clubs join forces to carry out impactful and sustainable projects at home and abroad.  And Rotary members often are both first-responders and re-builders when major disasters strike, because Rotary clubs are present in every corner of the world. To read the complete news article, click here.

Rotary announces president for 2015-16; first Sri Lankan ever to lead the organization Donald Hutchins 2013-12-29 00:00:00Z
We NEED your votes!

As of Sunday AM, we are in second place by just 500 votes.  The lead has swung back and forth several times in the last week.  PLEASE - Vote daily, from each internet device you own, through 31 December at

www.10millioncharitymiles.com/charity/26.

We CAN do this!

We NEED your votes! Donald Hutchins 2013-12-29 00:00:00Z
KNK Rotary - making a difference in Cambodia!

ImageYou will remember the $1000 grant our Club made to Anne Thomas for her literacy project in remote Ratanakiri Province in Cambodia.  We were pleased to receive this report last week on her progress:

Hello from Ratanakiri,

 I am just back from another visit to Kavet literacy classes (to distant hamlets this time) to see some of my backwoods scholars.  Enroute to each of the  villages or hamlets,  I see  students or teachers on the trails hurrying to classes before nightfall, as the 16 classes reach even the most far-flung hamlets.   Again I was thrilled to see first hand the continuing success of the literacy program,  especially since I have not been able to make village visits to this area since early 2011.

One of the hamlets is an additional  9 km (5.4 miles) on the narrowest of jungle trails beyond the farthest village site. The motorbike ride was breathtaking (i.e. I held my breath much of the way).  There are vines and branches reaching out to try and pull you off the bike at ever turn.  I have only done that track on foot or bicycle before.

KNK Rotary - making a difference in Cambodia! Donald Hutchins 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z
The Food Drive Rocks on!

With our Michele Fuji Coordinating, and our Interact Club's super support, we had another terrific Food Drive on Saturday.  Way to go, all of you!

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The generosity of this little Community never fails to warm our hearts!  Merry Christmas to you all!!

The Food Drive Rocks on! Donald Hutchins 2013-12-15 00:00:00Z
A great Christmas Party was had by all...

This just in:

KNK Rotary Heralds the Christmas Season with the warm glow of

A Country Christmas”….

 

This past Friday evening at the Indianola Clubhouse we gathered to have fun and open the Christmas season for the membership. To those who may have been unable to attend, my condolences; you were missed and you missed a time of good food, laughter and fellowship.

 

We are indebted to Sondra Peters, as in the past, she did all the heavy lifting. If it wasn't for all her days of running around to find a venue, gathering the team to handle all the parts and pieces, and getting all the decorations, lights, and other elements together, the party would never have happened. A special "thank you" to Sondra (and to Skip for his assistance as well) and to the following people:

 

Don and Sue Hutchins who came to help set up

Helen and Frank Ralph who helped with setup and cleanup

Jessica and Scott Larson, along with Suzanne Jenny, who washed and dried the mound of dishes after the event

To my wife Kathy, who did a little of everything

And to all of you who brought all the delicious food (and wine) along with those always fascinating White Elephant gifts.

 

I think I speak for everyone when I say that a great time was had by all. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  HO, HO, HO and all that stuff…

 

Jon Sole

And THANK YOU, Jon for all your good work as party Host this year!  - Ed

A great Christmas Party was had by all... Donald Hutchins 2013-12-09 00:00:00Z
THANK YOU, Blood Donors!

From the Puget Sound Blood Center:

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Thank you life-savers of Kingston for giving at the blood drive last Tuesday.  The time you take out of your day matters and makes a difference in the lives of people in our community.  There were 40 registered donors, which means that 120 lives were impacted by your donations.

 

A special thank you to the NK Rotary for sponsoring the drive and Kingston Christian Church for accommodating us, and all the volunteers who make these drives possible.

 

A few facts in case you are wondering if your donation and your continued commitment truly makes the difference in someone’s life:

FACT:  We need to collect nearly 900 donations every day to meet the needs of local patients.  Including trauma, cancer, immune system diseases, surgery, heart disease and transplant patients – just to name a few.   And, to maintain a supply in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

FACT:  The blood, plasma and platelets your donation provides cannot be created in a lab.  It is only through your volunteer donations that we can provide these lifesaving substances to patients.

FACT:  There is a shelf life to your donation, so the need is constant.  You are eligible to donate every 56 days

THANK YOU, Blood Donors! Donald Hutchins 2013-12-09 00:00:00Z
Kingston Rotarian finishes the World's toughest race!

Our own Beth Brewster, owner/operator of Kingston Adventures, has put Kingston into the record books by finishing the 2013 Ultraman World Championships held last week on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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This grueling endurance contest, open only to a very small number of proven world-class athletes, consists of a 6.2 mile open-ocean swim, 260 miles of bicycle racing and a 52.4 mile double marathon run, all conducted over three days.   Beth finished 4th among the women, and 23rd overall with a total race time of 32 hours, 17 minutes and 35 seconds.  CONGRATULATIONS BETH!  KNK Rotary and all of Kingston are SO proud of you! 

Kingston Rotarian finishes the World's toughest race! Donald Hutchins 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z
2014-15 Club Officers and Board

At our Dec. 4th meeeting the Club unanimously approved the nominating committee's slate of officers posted below. 

Please notice the positions still needing fills!  volunteers for any of these positions should contact Isaac Anderson asap.

Kingston Rotary Club 2014-15 Officers and Board:

Board Members

President Elect - Nick Jewett         

Vice President - Randy Monlux

Secretary - Gene Medina

Treasurer - Jerry Tellinghuisen

At Large Board Member #1 - Bob Winkel

At Large Board Member #2 - Dé Mackinnon

Officers

Sergeant at Arms - Doug Hallock

Youth Exchange Officer - Jennifer Carrier

Youth Protection Officer

Social Media Officer - Dan Martin

Webmaster - Don Hutchins

Program Speaker Scheduler

Committee Chairs

Finance - Jerry Tellinghuisen

Membership

Public Relations - Nancy Martin

Fundraising - Nick Jewett

Community Service - Naomi Maasberg

Youth Service - Jessica Larson

International Service - Gene Medina

Rotary Foundation - Bill Maule

Vocational Service

 

2014-15 Club Officers and Board Donald Hutchins 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z
1st 2013 Holiday Food Drive a great success!

Our stalwart KNK Rotarians, led by De' MacKinnon, plus our fantastic Interacters under the wing of Nick Jewett had one of our best results from a local food drive in late November.  The Interacters built this model of the Colosseum in Rome from donated canned goods.  Quite a creative bunch!

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No doubt Kingston Food Bank and Sharenet are already distributing the goods to lots of worthy North Kitsap families.  THANK YOU to all of you who participated - and be sure to come out soon for the follow-on! 

1st 2013 Holiday Food Drive a great success! Donald Hutchins 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z
Career Information Day

Kingston Middle School Career Information Day

January 30, 2014 !

The Kingston and Poulsbo Rotary clubs are again sponsoring a Career Information Day at the

Kingston Middle School on January 30, 2014, from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. !

Volunteer Rotarians representing various career fields and professions will make three 20 minute

presentations to groups of 15-20 students providing general information about their career field

and answering questions from the students. !

Below are the career fields to be represented: !

• Athlete – professional player, sports medicine, personal trainer, athletic director

• Scientist – marine biologist, archaeologist, anthropologist, astronomer, genetic engineer

• Medical – EMT, doctor, nurse, dentist, dental hygienist, physical therapist

• Engineer – mechanic, civil, aerospace

• Journalist – writer, editor, publisher, novelist

• Money Management – banker, insurance broker, financial advisor

• Teacher – classroom, special education, college professor

• Artist – photographer, video game, film, make-up, cosmetologist

• Computers (IT) – computer programmer, engineers, software developers, game designer

• Architect – interior designer

• Lawyer – paralegal, legal secretary

• Policeman – officer, detective, forensics (CSI)

• Firefighter

• Military

• Culinary – chef, caterer

• Fishing, hunting guide

• Animal care – veterinarian, trainer

• Business owner – retail, restaurant

• Social worker – Fishline, Boy Scouts !

We would like at least one Rotarian in each career field category to participate. You are welcome

to volunteer if you are currently or have at some point in the past been involved in one of the

above career fields. !

If you would like to volunteer, please email Isaac Anderson at isaac_mobile@mac.com, and

indicate the career field you would like to represent. After we receive a complete list of potential

volunteers, we will decide on the participants and let you know. !

Thank you, !

Isaac Anderson

Career Information Day Donald Hutchins 2013-12-02 00:00:00Z
Our next Blood Drive is right around the corner!

“It’s great when you read about someone doing a good deed:  turning in a wallet, taking an elderly neighbor shopping, etc.  These are the kinds of good deeds that take very little effort but can have a lasting, positive effect on both the recipient and the giver.  How about doing your good deed today by donating blood?”

We all have families. When a child, parent, sibling, spouse or friend suffers a need for blood, the potential for loss resonates in every close connection.  When your blood saves a life, it transforms a family.

Gifted blood can carry a family through tragedy intact, yet altered –not by loss, but by profound gratitude for generous strangers who made sure their blood was ready.  The number of appointment slots open reflects the need in our local hospitals and clinics, please help us fill them.

Kingston Community Blood Drive

Tell a neighbor, bring a friend, donate.
If you are unable to donate, please encourage a new donor.

Tuesday, December 3rd | 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm (closed 2 – 2:45)

Kingston Christian Church  | 11255 NE 2nd Street

Sponsored by Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary – Service above Self

Make your appointment now by calling 1-800-398-7888 or clicking here.

Our next Blood Drive is right around the corner! Donald Hutchins 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z
Shelterbox making progress in the Philippines

KNK Rotary has made a $1000 donation to Shelterbox, funding one of the MANY needed Shelterboxes for this huge disaster.  We're happy to see the following report, from , Communication and Public Affairs Executive at B&ES:

More families are moving into ShelterBox tents after Typhoon Haiyan, one of the worst storms ever recorded, devastated the Philippines.

ShelterBox Response Teams have been working day and night to help families since the typhoon hit. Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, our teams have been able to reach some of the worst affected areas, including Cebu and the remote Bantayan Island, providing vulnerable families with lifesaving aid.
Recounting the moment the first families moved into ShelterBox tents on Banyatan Island, Response Team volunteer, Simon Clarke, said:
‘The very first tent we set up was for a lady with a two week old baby. At the time the typhoon hit, her baby was only a week old. She was in such a desperate situation - giving her and her daughter a tent to live in until their house is repaired was an incredible feeling.'
More tents and essential aid from ShelterBox is arriving as I write and being transported to some of the most difficult to reach communities.
If you have already made a donation towards our appeal, thank you so much. Over the coming weeks we will continue working to provide thousands more families with the aid they need to survive.
But the harsh reality is that families receiving help are still in the minority. With the latest figures confirming the typhoon has affected over 13 million people and forced more than 4 million from their homes, the scale of the devastation is enormous and we still urgently need your support.
If you haven’t already, please donate today or take a moment to read about the other ways you can help below.
http://www.shelterbox.org/news_global.php?id=1208

Shelterbox making progress in the Philippines Donald Hutchins 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z
Christmas Party! - DON'T miss it.

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The Club Christmas Party is scheduled for December 6th, 6:00 PM at the Indianola Clubhouse. There is a cover charge of $7 per person to cover the cost of the hall. Important that anyone who has not  yet indicated whether they are attending do so ASAP [Jon Sole (jsole@writeso.com or Sondra Peters (sondipeters@centurytel.net)]. This is a potluck dinner affair, BYOB. We will have the traditional White Elephant gift exchange (if new members have not experienced this, ask a veteran member for details).

Christmas Party! - DON'T miss it. Donald Hutchins 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z
Local Rotarians named to District posts
Our District Governor Pete Taylor has confirmed the nominations of Past AG Joanne Croghan of Banbridge Island and PDG Brian Beagle of Silverdale as upcoming District Governor and Council on Legislation representative.  Congratulations to you both and THANK YOU for your Service! 
Local Rotarians named to District posts Donald Hutchins 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z
Contribute now to Typhoon Haiyan Shelterbox relief

Shelterbox has already deployed all of it's pre-positioned assets from the former Clark AFB in the Philippines.  They are now looking at the need to redistribute assets from other worldwide prepositioning sites.  Your contributions are badly needed to assist this effort and to rebuild stocks against the next disaster.  You can easily contribute by simply clicking HERE:  http://www.shelterbox.org/news_global.php?id=1200

PLEASE HELP! 

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Contribute now to Typhoon Haiyan Shelterbox relief Donald Hutchins 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z
The Haunt - A Successful First Year!
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I am sad that the Haunt is over.  It was so much fun.  I big heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone who helped contribute to a successful first year.  We will be putting together the numbers on how we did within the week.  However, we know it was their most successful year to date.
The Haunt - A Successful First Year! Meisha Rouser 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z
Welcome to Our New Members!

We are very pleased to announce our newest group member...the Port Gamble S'klallam Tribe.  The Groups member is Kelly Sullivan and the Honorary Members are Joromy Sullivan, Robert Mike Jones Sr, and Lisa McDonald.

Having the Tribe representing within our club opens many opportunities to expand our abilities to serve our community.  They are already jumping in being active participants! 

Welcome Kelly, Jeromy, Mike and Lisa!

Welcome to Our New Members! Meisha Rouser 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z
Leading the Hamar Tribe into New Lifestyles
The International Services Committee has completed another step in the implementation of projects budgeted for this Rotary Year.  In a continuation of our interest in the Hamar tribal people of Ethiopia, we have approved a grant application submitted by  GTLI (Global Team for Local Initiatives)  for funding of an Adult Literacy project.  A check for $1,000 is on its way..
Leading the Hamar Tribe into New Lifestyles Robert W. (Bill) Maule 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z
District Governor Nominations

The District Nominating Committee convened on November 3, 2013 and has selected the following individuals to serve District 5020:

Joanne Croghan of the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island to serve as District 5020 Governor for the 2016-2017 year.

Brian Beagle of the Rotary Club of Silverdale as the District 5020 Council on Legislation Representative

According to Rotary guidelines, the Committee hereby set a deadline of Monday November 18 at 6:00pm PST for the receipt of any and all challenges. Should none be received by this time, they shall declare the candidates selected by the Nominating Committee appointed. 

Congratulations to Joanne, very our own immediate Past AG, for her nomination to this prestigious position.  We KNOW you will be a great DG!

District Governor Nominations Meisha Rouser 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z
2014-15 Board Nominating Committee

Nominations are now taking place for next years (2014-15) Kingston-North Kitsap Board of Directors.  Please submit your nomination or interest to the Board Nominating Committee.

This years Board Nominating Committtee is:

Isaac Anderson
Clint Boxman
Nick Jewett
Gene Medina
Meisha Rouser

Thanks!

2014-15 Board Nominating Committee Meisha Rouser 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z
Share Your Talents to Make a Lasting Impact
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Want to expand your influence and share your talents throughout the world?  Consider joining a vocational training team.
Share Your Talents to Make a Lasting Impact Meisha Rouser 2013-10-28 00:00:00Z
Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) - Coin Collection
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November is The Rotary Foundation month and our club has a goal of being a EREY club! (Every Rotarian Every Year)
Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) - Coin Collection Bob Winkel 2013-10-28 00:00:00Z
The Haunt needs our help!
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ImageWeekend #3 was a hit! The Haunt is proving hugely successful, and will enable us to greatly expand our Community Services efforts next year.  We are down to our last few days.  Thus Thursday, Halloween, should be a kick and this weekend is our last weekend.   

Please check your calendars and sign up now on the easy spreadsheet that Gale put together.  It only takes a couple minutes! http://www.editgrid.com/explore/user/knkrotary/Schedule_template

 Thank you again for everyone who has been helping out!

The Haunt needs our help! Donald Hutchins 2013-10-28 00:00:00Z
Coffee Oasis still needs our assistance...

This just in from Donna, a Coffee Oasis (Pouslbo) trainer.  "E" is a young beneficiary of the Coffee Oasis program: 

WHY WE EXIST!!

I went to a HOPE INC celebration for E. at JAK’s Cafe & Espresso. I placed E. at JAK’s because E. wanted some job training but also because E. had some serious health issues. I knew that E. would benefit from learning about wholesome foods & healthy lifestyles from Julie, the owner. Julie quickly took E. under her wing and surpassed all expectations for creating a positive holistic internship experience. During the internship, E. even had the opportunity to help at an evening fundraiser at JAK’s organized by Julie to benefit The Coffee Oasis. E. met lots of Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce members and other folks from the community at that event. Julie networked with community members to help E. in many ways including connecting her with a nutritionist and getting her into a special program at Snap Fitness (pro bono). Julie rallied community members to chip in to provide suitable workout clothing for E. and connected her up with a friend who needed some help so E. could earn a little income on the side during her internship. Julie hosted E's celebration of the completion of her 180-hour internship at JAK’s and prepared a wonderful spread of food. Several community members were present and brought cards and small presents for E. to celebrate her hard work and newly developed skills. At the end Julie presented a special gift to E. from several of the people who E. initially met at the fundraising event. E. was nearly in tears when she opened the large box to discover it contained a laptop and case. Julie had coordinated with Poulsbo PC & Electronics (another of our partner businesses) to find a computer that could be refurbished to meet E's needs for college this fall. This was a wonderful internship experience for E., because not only did Julie hire her on to continue to work at JAK’s but E. also learned new skills and habits that improved her health.

See more to find out how you can help!

Coffee Oasis still needs our assistance... Donald Hutchins 2013-10-15 00:00:00Z
Our International Dollars at Work: - the Cambodia/Laos Literacy Project

The Kavet of northeastern Cambodia are among the larger Kavet/Brao language group (total 60,000) who populate two provinces of Cambodia, and the two southernmost provinces of the neighboring Lao PDR, with the population about evenly split between Laos and Cambodia.  The Kavet people are among the most disadvantaged in Cambodia. They live in scattered hamlets far from the government schools, and most have not had the opportunity to attend school.  The Kavet are pre-literate, i.e. their language has only recently been reduced to writing. They have no prior tradition of education- this is the first generation in the history of their peoples to learn to read and write in any language.

The Literacy Project will:

a)     Support community literacy classes for indigenous youth and adult learners in Kavet villages;

b)     Provide training to volunteer literacy teachers, to improve their skills in order to teach the classes;

c)     Strengthen and expand the use of the newly written Kavet language and produce Kavet materials  for teaching; and

d)     Provide bilingual learning and library materials to indigenous communities

Our International Dollars at Work: - the Cambodia/Laos Literacy Project Donald Hutchins 2013-10-15 00:00:00Z
Now you see it, now you don't!

Remember the big white tent at the Port of Kingston?  We hope you got a good look at it this summer, because this intrepid crew of Rotarians (and a helper - plus a couple of "scooters" and Prez Meisha behind the camera) made it disappear on Sunday the 13th, in under 90 minutes.  Great job by our Fearless Leader, Randy the Magnificent!  Your crew awaits the call to put it back up next Spring.  :-)

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Now you see it, now you don't! Donald Hutchins 2013-10-15 00:00:00Z
The Haunt is on a roll!
ImageThe first weekend of the first Haunt is behind us!  Advertising is in full swing, with this excellent sign produced by Mitch and Nick, and hung by Skip and Don on the Hwy 305 signboard in Poulsbo.  Contact Nick for volunteer slots to sell tickets, T-shirts, or otherwise join in the scare...
The Haunt is on a roll! Donald Hutchins 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z
Kitsap Haunted Fairgrounds is underway! Don't miss it...

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You all know that KNK Rotary has taken on management and promotion of the Kitsap Haunted Fairgrounds event in concert with Kingston County Fairgrounds and the Haunted Fairgrounds group.  We're excited, and know this is going to be a huge event for our Club, AND for an increasing number of Kitsap County residents every year.

Rotarians and Friends of KNK Rotary are encouraged to spread the word about this amazing happening at the Fairgrounds, weekends in October and early November.  See you there! 

 

Kitsap Haunted Fairgrounds is underway! Don't miss it... Donald Hutchins 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z
Take the Kingston Community Survey!

The Kingston Community Survey, sponsored by the Greater Kingston Economic Development Council, is now available for input.  Please click on  www.tellkingston.com and give us your feedback.  You will also find posters around town containing a QR code so you can access the survey with your mobile device if you prefer.  The survey availability has been extended by popular demand - so you still have time to jump on board!  Please feel free to forward this information or the attached announcement to your friends and colleagues.

Take the Kingston Community Survey! Donald Hutchins 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z
Our new Interacters
Our Kingston High School Interact Club 2013-14.  Nick Jewett says they're a great group.  About ten showed up to volunteer as actors or makeup artists for the Haunt. Others will work the Intereact Tattoo Parlor out front!  Looks like they're off to a terrific start to the year.
Our new Interacters Donald Hutchins 2013-10-06 00:00:00Z
President Meisha's October message

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Its Haunt season! 

 

As sad as it is for summer to go, we have a lot to look forward to this fall. 

 

There are many great opportunities to jump in and have fun!  In addition to ticket takers, there are opportunities to help with the Interact kids, to volunteer to be a Zombie and scare people, or to help with last minute marketing.

 

It’s our responsibility to start to spread the word and let everyone know about this fabulous Haunted House.  We need to spread the word everywhere!  Tell people when you are out for dinner or at another club meeting.  Share with your neighbors.  Post on Facebook.  Everyone has someone in his or her life who will want to go.  You do too!

 

Thanks for helping and for all you do to make this such a fun club.

 

Happy Haunting! 

President Meisha's October message Donald Hutchins 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z
Golf Tourney 2014 - Save the date!

ImageOur Golf Tournament Chair Breane has got us booked for next year's tournament. 

The 2014 Rotary Classic will be on Friday, June 20th.  Shotgun start will be at 1pm.

Be sure to save the date!  We'll see you there. 

Golf Tourney 2014 - Save the date! Donald Hutchins 2013-09-27 00:00:00Z
Of interest to Kingstonians, from the KCAC

From the KCAC - these should be of interest to many Kingstonians.  Please share:

Kingston Community Survey

When you are in the Kingston area, where do you hang out on week-ends or after 6 pm?   What would you like to see in downtown Kingston?  What would you like downtown Kingston to be known for?  We want to know what you think about these questions and a few more in a survey beginning on October 1 and continuing for 2 weeks. Look for the QR code around town to directly access the survey on your mobile device or log directly into the website at www.TellKingston.com.  You can also stop by the Kingston Chamber of Commerce at 11201 NE State Highway 104 to fill out a paper survey.

The survey, by the Greater Kingston Economic Development Council (GKEDC), is designed to gather information from both residents and visitors to Kingston so that we may better serve the interests of both groups.  The purpose of the survey is to identify potential next steps in the pursuit of sustainable economic vitality for Kingston.  

 

Educational Video Seminars

The GKEDC is offering educational videos and discussions for the Kingston community about why branding is important and identification of the steps to successfully brand our community.  Roger Brooks, a premier destination development expert, will present his 2 part series on Community Branding during 4 sessions.  Part 1 can be viewed at the North Kitsap Fire and Rescue Station, 26642 Miller Bay Road NE, at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, September 24 and at the Firehouse Theater, 11171 NE State Highway 104, at 9 am on Friday, September 27.   Part 2 can be viewed at 9 am on Thursday, October 3 at the Firehouse Theater and at 9 am and at 6:30 pm at the North Kitsap Fire and Rescue Station.  

The videos are part of a series of webinars created by Roger Brooks on Destination Development.  We thank Rick Bjarnson of the Kingston IGA for funding the All Access Pass allowing the GKEDC to have access to Brooks' entire video library.  The video is one hour followed by a discussion. The sessions are free and all community members are welcome.  No reservations are required.

 

Calendar of Events

Branding Seminar Part 1                           September 24 at 6:30 pm     North Kitsap Fire and Rescue Station, 26642 Miller Bay Road NE

Branding Seminar Part 1 (repeat)  September 27 at 9:00 am     Firehouse Theater 11171 NE State Highway 104

Community Survey                            October 1 - 14                        QR Code or www.TellKingston.com or Chamber Office

Branding Seminar Part 2                  October 3 at 9:00 am            Firehouse Theater 11171 NE State Highway 104

Branding Seminar Part 2 (repeat)   October 3 at 6:30 pm            North Kitsap Fire and Rescue Station, 26642 Miller Bay Road NE

Who is the Greater Kingston Economic Development Council?

The Greater Kingston Economic Development Council is a cooperative effort between many community organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, the Port of Kingston, Kingston Citizens Advisory Committee, the Office of the County Commissioners and the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance, multiple businesses and volunteers.  The mission of the GKEDC is to facilitate sustainable economic vitality in Greater Kingston as inspired by a common focus for economic development while maintaining the small town charm of Kingston.

We look forward to seeing you at the Seminars and to your survey input!  if you have questions, please contact us at KingstonEDC@gmail.com.

Of interest to Kingstonians, from the KCAC Donald Hutchins 2013-09-21 00:00:00Z
District Governor Pete Taylor visits Kingston - North Kitsap

ImageOur new District 5020 Governor, Pete Taylor of Tacoma #8 spent the better part of his day with Kingston Rotary and Staff today, passed on news and views from Rotary International and equally importantly listened attentively to President Meisha, the Board and our Club members as we bragged incessantly on our fantastic little Club.  Thanks for listening, Pete! 

One of Pete's news items was the logic for his choice of Whistler for the District Conference next May. As Whistler is outside the District, that has puzzled some 5020 Rotarians.  But Pete's logic was crystal clear and I'm sure attendance at next year's JOINT District Conference at this excellent venue should be well up over the norm.  Well done and thanks for your time, Mr. Governor.  Please come back soon. And you ARE invited to our 10th Anniversary Party - it'll be in the mail.  Save the date! 

 

 

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Pete spent almost an hour prior to the meeting touring some of KNK Rotary's major local projects, and was extremely complimentary about the efforts of the Little City Club.  Above is he, President Meisha, and Village Green Board Rotarian stalwarts Nick and Bobbie admiring the Rea Mowery KNK Rotary Pavilion. 

Image Finally, DG Pete presented a new Rotary Award, the Rotarian "Energizer Bunny" award for inexhaustible energy and enthusiasm to Nick Jewett - and the house was unanimous in agreement that this was the RIGHT award to the right guy!  Well done, Nick!

Thanks again for everything, Governor Pete!  Come back soon...

District Governor Pete Taylor visits Kingston - North Kitsap Donald Hutchins 2013-09-18 00:00:00Z
Kick it with Kenya update...

Michele sends this update:

We've raise about $2000 and they will have the Kenya youth tournament this December. They send a thank you for the Rotary contribution.  They are planning a medical camp specifically for children with the money from Rotary that will provide immunizations for children under 5.  There will be photos to come! 

Thanks!

Michele
Kick it with Kenya update... Donald Hutchins 2013-09-09 00:00:00Z
The latest Bottle School!

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Our Win/Win/Win Project

A town in northwest Guatemala is undergoing a transformation. It has a thriving school, but a serious shortage of usable secure classrooms. It also had the common third world problem - growing mounds of plastic litter.

That town is Xesuj - it is our Club that has contributed to its metamorphosis.

Under the direction of the Hugs It Forward organization, the town children spent months gathering discarded plastic bottles and other plastic litter from the town and its surroundings. Townspeople, primarily the women, spent many hours stuffing litter into the bottles. In the meantime, village men were taught basic construction skills while erecting the reinforced concrete framework of a new school building. . More recently all worked together to carefully arrange those bottles between wire mesh barriers, providing the core of inexpensive insulating walls. After two coats of cement plaster and paint, and the installation of a roof, a new and secure school house will be finished.

As you will see from the photo, only one wall had yet to receive its first coat of plaster. That was several weeks ago and we understand that much more progress has been made. In fact, by the end of this month Xesuj will have brand new classrooms ready for those hard working children.

In many ways this is an ideal project. An area is cleared of the modern scourge of plastic litter, townspeople learn valuable skills, and a school is built. Clearly that is a win/win/win victory. Because the beneficiaries have invested their own time and effort and have learned construction skills, the school buildings will be valued and well maintained. I could add still another “win”. Our Club gets to enjoy working on such an intriguing project.

Members may remember that our Club made a more substantial contribution to one of the first schools that Hug It Forward developed. Although our $1,000 contribution for Xesuj was more modest, it was enough to pay for a sixth of one complete school room!

Heenal, our correspondent in Hugs It Forward, writes that out of all the communities they have worked in, Xesuj has some of the most passionate and dedicated teachers and the most outgoing and ambitious students. He also sends special thinks to our Club, adding, “You believed in us early in our history, and thanks to you we are able to go from strength to strength.”

Heenal hopes that members of our Club will seize the opportunity for some “Voluntourism”, a one week visit to Guatemala that includes good accommodations, standard tourism, and a day working with villagers in the actual construction of a school.. Go to http://hugitforward.org/schools/Xesuj and first read more about Xesuj, then at the very bottom click on “Help build a bottle school.”

The latest Bottle School! Donald Hutchins 2013-09-07 00:00:00Z
NK Firefighters Neighborhood Breakfast

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Honor the memory of those who died and can no longer act for themselves by performing deliberate acts of kindness, community and compassion in their names

The firefighters of North Kitsap Fire and Rescue and Suquamish Clearwater Casino invite you to a FREE Neighborhood Breakfast at the Paul T. Nichol Headquarters on Miller Bay Road, Kingston, on Wednesday, September 11th from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Donations will be accepted to benefit the North Kitsap Community Partnership Fund, which allows firefighters to purchase and distribute safety devices such as smoke alarms, car seats, life jackets, bike helmets and address signs, as well as to provide emergency assistance to victims of fires and other incidents.

For information, call 297-3619

 

NK Firefighters Neighborhood Breakfast Donald Hutchins 2013-09-05 00:00:00Z
SAS Radio covers Kathleen Sutton!

ImageOur resident super-broadcaster Dr Tom has done it again.  Don't miss this terrific interview with the President of the Kathleen Sutton Inspirational Fund, Vivi-Ann Parnell.  Another great piece of SAS Radio, Tom!

Click on the SAS Radio logo to hear this interview, and on the Kathleen Sutton logo to see their website.

 



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SAS Radio covers Kathleen Sutton! Donald Hutchins 2013-09-05 00:00:00Z
President Meisha's September message
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The beginning of September signifies to me the transition from the easy going days of no schedule, sun, adventure, and relaxation (hanging out in the beer garden) to the return of a reality of school and work schedules.  With these schedules comes the refocusing on the rest of our Rotary year as well.

 As I think about the remainder of this Rotary year (through June) I am excited about everything on our horizon.  The Haunt is moving forward beautifully.  This will be a fun event with lots of opportunities for all different kinds of involvement.  I especially like how this event allows us to invite extended invitations to others to get involved - like Interact and the Kiwanis’s. 

Our other committees are in full gear as well.  Fredrick Branchflower has put together some sorely needs flyers and packets to help drive membership.  Gene Medina and the international committee are making great strides with our own international projects as well as the larger one done in conjunction with the Bainbridge and Poulsbo Rotary clubs.  Naomi Massberg and Scott Larson are kicking community services into action, tying up loose ends and getting the committee focused and on track. 

The energy is palpable. 

And, to have an excuse to have a large celebration this February couldn’t had come at a better time as we have so much to celebrate and be thankful for.

Thank you everyone for all your energy and for all you give to help in our clubs success!

President Meisha's September message Donald Hutchins 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z
Acercándonos ("Coming Together") Sponsorship Program

ImageOn Tuesday Victor delivered a "bonanza" of goods to Flor, the little girl who suffered burns in a crib fire, and her family.  Flor (shown here with her mother and little sisters) received a brand new bed. Her mother received a new mattress for the bed she sleeps in with one of Flor's little sisters. And the family as a whole received a table with 4 chairs (they previously had none), and a new gas burner to cook with.  You should have seen the excitement this delivery generated in this struggling family!

Acercándonos ("Coming Together") Sponsorship Program Donald Hutchins 2013-09-02 00:00:00Z
Rotary changes it spots after 107 years!

ImageWell, Rotarians - if you've not been online this busy Labor Day weekend you've probably missed the news from Evanston.  In addition to a totally new website, RI has now got a new Logo.  Apparently Headquarters had decided we needed to be re-branded.  Yup - you got it - the good old blue and gold gear is gone!  It's replaced by this rather insipid yellow wheel on white background, which in smaller sizes is almost impossible to read, let alone lacking the impact of the blue & gold. There are other options, and in uses where there is space the "official" logo includes the word Rotary in Royal blue next to the wheel, as seen below.  On darker backgrounds there is a reversed white on blue version of the same logo. 

You will have guessed that your Editor is not a fan of this change.  And I have a lot of company.  The Rotarians on Social Networks posted this on Facebook on Saturday and has received overwhelmingly negative comments.  I posted it on the Rotary Presidents group on LinkedIn, and have had much negative response, as has a poll started on the Rotarians Group on LinkedIn.  I have sent a bluntly worded complaint to RI HQ and suggested that this is a decision they need to revisit.  In the meantime, I suggest you weigh in with your own opinions.  The best route is probably to go to the new website Rotary.org and use the Contact Us link to send them an email.  I'm pretty certain they are going to be overwhelmed by this.  Maybe with some luck they will listen to their base and walk this thing back where it came from. 

RI has much more important work to do than "re-branding" the logo we have proudly worn for decades!

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Rotary changes it spots after 107 years! Donald Hutchins 2013-09-02 00:00:00Z
Grant Management training coming soon!

Gene Medina provides the following info about he training in Lakewood in September.  We MUST have at least two Rotarians with this training in order to get local grants:

The 2013-2014 Foundation/Grant Management Seminars are available for registration for those wishing to apply for grants in the 2014-2015 Rotary year. The cost is $35, payable by check or cash at the door. Checks should be made payable to District 5020 with “Foundation Seminar” on the note line.

The first seminar is being held on Sept. 14, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Express, 11751 Pacific Hwy. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499 (253-582-7000). Registration will start at 7:30AM with the seminar starting at 8AM. A buffet breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack is included in the registration fee.

 

Grant Management training coming soon! Donald Hutchins 2013-08-30 00:00:00Z
Rotary and Stanley Steemer co-host Octoberfest After Hours

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Rotarians Randy and Evi Monlux, owners of Kingston Stanley Steemer, have announced that the September Chamber of Commerce After Hours event will be a celebration of Octoberfest, jointly hosted with KNK Rotary, at the Stanley Steemer location

Rotarians, Chamber members and Friends are invited to come by and share the fun!

 

Rotary and Stanley Steemer co-host Octoberfest After Hours Donald Hutchins 2013-08-29 00:00:00Z
Creme Tangerine - a great end to a terrific Concert Season

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The Chamber Concerts on the Cove for 2013 came to a close on Saturday with Crème Tangerine doing a great Beatles cover show.  The Beer Garden Crew were on hand in strength to help and to celebrate the last concert for this year.  THANK YOU to all our stalwart Gardeners - and especially our Master Beeer Gardener Randy! - for the fantastic job you've all done this year.  See you for lunch - and let's get on with the Haunt!

Creme Tangerine - a great end to a terrific Concert Season Donald Hutchins 2013-08-25 00:00:00Z
ServiceAboveSelf Radio covers Pie in the Park - don't miss it!

ImageOur own professional broadcaster Dr Tom Lamar covers the recent Pie in the Park on ServiceAboveSelf Radio.  Check it out here:

http://serviceaboveselfradio.org/2013/08/16/033-serviceaboveselfradio-pie-in-the-park/

 

With apologies from the Editor to Dr Tom for missing this when he sent it last week...

 

ServiceAboveSelf Radio covers Pie in the Park - don't miss it! Donald Hutchins 2013-08-25 00:00:00Z
A new KNK Rotarian
ImageMembership Chair Fredrick Branchflower inducts Dee MacKinnon as our newest KNK Rotarian.  Dee is a retired Teacher.  She was very interested in our Community Service program, came by for lunch one Wednesday, liked what she found and applied for membership shortly thereafter.  WELCOME to Rotary and to Kingston North Kitsap Rotary in particular, Dee.  We look forward to a long and happy relationship!
A new KNK Rotarian Donald Hutchins 2013-08-23 00:00:00Z
STILLWATERS’ GARDEN ENTRY GATEWAY IS FINALLY BUILT

ImageCreating this entry gateway for the Stillwaters gardens has been on the drawing board for many years! Finally, this weekend, a team of wonderful, giving people from Lockheed Martin supplied the labor to build it for their United Way Day of Caring project.

The supplies for the gate were provided by Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary and Trinity River Marine. You will notice that the timbers are cut from recycled boom logs, complete with some wormwood for architectural interest.

Once the Annual Used Book Sale is over, Stillwaters volunteers will be able to finish the gate with a Living Roof. And we will also build the living fence along the edge of the parking area, funded by Kingston & Poulsbo Garden Clubs. So watch for that final development to come!  

 

STILLWATERS’ GARDEN ENTRY GATEWAY IS FINALLY BUILT Donald Hutchins 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z
The Blues Counselors Paint the Park - and just ONE to go!

 

ImageSaturday Night was another great time, with the Blues Counselors putting on a great show, and KNK Rotary keeping the crowd well watered.  We're down to just ONE weekly concert left, and it may be the best yet.  Crème Tangerine is a well known Beatles Tribute group, who should have us all dancing out of our shoes.

Don't miss it!  And be sure to lend a hand with the Beer Garden - 5:00 at the tent for setup, and about 8:30 for breakdown.  BE THERE!

 

The Blues Counselors Paint the Park - and just ONE to go! Donald Hutchins 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z
Haunted Fairgrounds featured this week
James Tubberville, the head of the Haunted Fairgrounds group will be our featured speaker this week.  You all know that KNK Rotary is well into planning to take on management of this incredible event starting this fall.  Come on out and get the real scoop on this amazing opportunity!  Don't miss it...
Haunted Fairgrounds featured this week Donald Hutchins 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z
West African Service Opportunity!

Are YOU interested in putting yourself forward for a real service opportunity?  KNK Rotarians are asked to join a fascinating service trip to West Africa this fall.

Brief description here:

The purpose of this correspondence is to announce an upcoming trip to Togo, West Africa in October 2013 to participate in a polio immunization exerciseattend the 9th Annual West Africa Project Fair, and engage in a hands-on work project.  Attached is detailed trip information.  Please feel free to share this information with the Rotarians in your club as soon as possible as we have a limited amount of space and expect this trip to be filled in the next week or two.

 

Trip Dates:                         October 15 – 24, 2013

Travel to:             Lomé, Togo, West Africa

Per Person Price:              $1,689, double occupancy

Program includes:            Hotel accommodations, transfers, most meals, polio immunization exercise, hands-on community service field work, West Africa Project Fair registration, special Rotary and fellowship events, sightseeing, etc.

 

In October 2013, North American Rotarians will travel to Lomé, Togo, for a life changing experience.   Have you ever heard a Rotarian speak about their personal experience participating in a polio eradication exercise, a cleft lip/cleft palate mission, or work on a humanitarian grant?  These trips have a profound effect upon the individual.  For those of you who have gone on one of these trips you know, and for those of you who have yet to enjoy this experience, you should.

West African Service Opportunity! Donald Hutchins 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z
President Meisha's August message

ImageThank you, again, to everyone who helped out with the 4th of July Fun Run, the blood drive, and with the Beer Gardens.  Summer is always a great time in Rotary as it gives us an opportunity to get outside, enjoy the weather, and to build fellowship.  Volunteering in the Beer Garden is a great way to spend time with other Rotarians (and the community) and to get to know one another more. 

 

A couple house keeping items:

 

Please make sure to check the Duty Roster on these newsletters to see when it is your turn to be the greeter or to share a thought of the day.  If you are unable to perform your duties when assigned, please make sure and find a replacement.

 

It would be wonderful if we could all make a conscious effort to consider showing up to our weekly meetings early (11:30) to help set-up when we can.  As you know, lots of hands make for light work.  When we don't have lots of hands, it soon becomes heavy work for the few.

 

And, remember, the Rotary custom during our meetings and any Rotary event is to make sure everyone feels welcomed.  Part of that responsibility is to make sure to greet and engage our guests.  Introduce yourself (and possibly your role in Rotary), and try to get to know them more.  What is there name?  Why are they here?  Do they have any questions?  And, most importantly, please introduce them at the beginning of the meeting when we ask for guests to be introduced.  Its always so nice when you are the new person to feel welcomed. 

 

Enjoy this fabulous month of August, and again, thank you for all you do to help make our club so special.

  Meisha
President Meisha's August message Donald Hutchins 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z
Food for Kids Program Update

ImageProgram Focus: Students at Wolfle Elementary School who need food after the school meals program and school year ends (From the beginning of summer school until the opening of school in September—June 24 to September 9).

Some important information: Did you know that 60% or 234 of 373 students at Wolfle Elementary qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunch?

Number of children projected for Summer, 2013 Food for Kids:  We are predicting that 80 students will be involved between summer school and the opening of school and these are the children involved in the program.

How can you contribute?  Mail a tax-deductible donation to:

Food for Kids

Kingston Rotary Foundation

P.O. Box 832

Kingston, WA    98346

Food for Kids Program Update Donald Hutchins 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z
Iverson Brothers rock the Cove!

ImageThe Concerts on the Cove continued in their winning fashion Saturday, accompanied by the KNK Rotary Beer & Wine Garden in the tent.  Just three more to go!  Come on out on Saturday, lend a hand with the Garden and listen to some great music.  Schedule below...

Iverson Brothers rock the Cove! Donald Hutchins 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z
London (yes - that London!) Rotary proposes International Project partnership w/ KNK

A British Rotarian friend of PP Don Hutchins has contacted KNK Rotary asking if we'd be interested in jointly sponsoring a fundraising project to provide school furnishings and materials for a school in Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in the world.  The Clubs proposed to partner in this effort are Bobo Rotary in Burkina Faso, London UK, Kingston WA USA and Berlin, Germany. 

The proposal is in the hands of the International Committee for our consideration.  While not an unusual project, the Multinational nature of the proposed partnership is interesting, to say the least.  Will our little local Club join forces with two of Rotary's International Powerhouses?  Only time and the International Committee can say...

London (yes - that London!) Rotary proposes International Project partnership w/ KNK Donald Hutchins 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z
Community Services Committee meets Aug 8th

The Community Services Committee will be meeting on Thursday, August, 8, at 7 pm at Stillwaters (26059 Barber Cut Off Road).

If people need directions or have questions, they can call Naomi at 360-297-1226 or email Naomi@stillwatersenvironmentalcenter.org.

Community Services Committee meets Aug 8th Donald Hutchins 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z
Don't Miss Pie in the Park!

ImageThe Kingston Village Green's annual pie-eating-and-auctioning extravaganza is coming again to the fantastic Rea Mowery Rotary Pavilion at Village Green Park, on August 15th at 6 PM.

Besides benefitting the VGF Capital Campaign and getting us "that much closer" to starting construction on the new Community Center/Library/Boys & Girls Club, this is just plain FUN!  The Kingston Spirit is rarely more in evidence than at this great little event.

BE THERE, OR BE SQUARE!

 

Don't Miss Pie in the Park! Donald Hutchins 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z
The Blood Drive is coming around...

ImageKNK Rotarians and Friends, please note:

Our next Blood Drive is on Tuesday July 30th, at the Kingston Christian Church on Second Street. 

In addition to blood donors, volunteers are always needed. Please contact Jon Sole via email or at 297-4651 for more information.

The Blood Drive is coming around... Donald Hutchins 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z
House of Cards deals a winning hand

ImageSaturday the 20th saw another great Concert on the Cove, this time with House of Cards rocking Mike Wallace Park for the entertainment of Kingstonians and friends from all parts of the Sound. 

While Beer Garden Boss Randy and Assistant Don were both among the missing, Crew members Walt, Skip, Scott, Jessie, Jerry, Nick and others stepped up and made her go as usual, demonstrating that Service Above Self will soldier on regardless of Staffing shortfalls!

Thanks a million to all those who helped set-up, run the operation, then fold the tent (figuratively) at the end of the evening.  We can't get along without you guys...

House of Cards deals a winning hand Donald Hutchins 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z
ServiceAboveSelf Radio Rocks on...

ImageOur own "voice of Rotary" Dr Tom Lamar has hit the ball out of the park one more time, with a terrific interview with new KNK Rotary Pres Meisha Rouser.  Don't miss it! 

Just click HERE and sit back for a listen...

Meanwhile, we note with a touch of nostalgia that Tom has announced the impending end of his long-running SpinalColumnRadio podcast series.  Happily, he's not leaving broadcasting and assures us that ServiceAboveSelfRadio is alive and well.  We applaud that news, and thank Tom for his incredible efforts on behalf of KNK Rotary over the past few years.  Note that SASRadio archives are also readily available and remain some great listening.  Check Tom's website for more. 

ServiceAboveSelf Radio Rocks on... Donald Hutchins 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z
KNK Rotary's Leadership Change is official
Kingston - North Kitsap Rotary Club formalized its "Change of Command" at an installation dinner July 10th at the Port of Kingston's Fest tent.  After an excellent dinner by Anita Moore of Mi Sueno Taqeria, Past President Clint Boxman presided over the official passing of the gavel from Don Hutchins to incoming President Meisha Rouser.  Clint thanked the outgoing Officers, Chairmen and Board members for their services, and swore in the new slate of officials for Rotary Year 2013-14.  Outgoing President Don reported on the Club's activities for the year 2012-13, which included beating our Fundraising Goal by $5000, providing exceptional services to the community including doubling the Scholarship program, completing the new Village Green Pavilion and pledging $50,000 to the Village Green Community Center Capital Campaign, and beating our Membership Goal; ending the year with 46 Rotarians in our little Club.  Don thanked his Officers and our Membership for a year of exceptional Service Above Self, and incoming President Meisha looked forward to another great year in Kingston - North Kitsap Rotary.  Well Done, and Thank You to you all! 
KNK Rotary's Leadership Change is official Donald Hutchins 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z
Kingston - North Kitsap's Legends of Golf
At the KNK Rotary Installation meeting on 10 July, outgoing President Don Hutchins honored Skip and Sondra Peters of Port Gamble as Kingston - North Kitsap Legends of Golf.  Skip and Sondra were principle players in the inaugural Kingston Rotary Golf Classic at White Horse Golf Club in 2007.  That tournament was the first event ever held at White Horse, and has continued each year as one of the major events at that World-Class local course. The Peters Chaired the Golf Classic for its first five years, and grew it from its modest beginnings to KNK Rotary's foremost fundraising event, and a terrifically successful Golf Tournament in its own right.  Even after stepping down from the Chairmanship in 2011 they remained key members of the Golf Committee and have continued to make the event bigger and better each year.  Our Club owes Skip and Sondra a huge measure of gratitude for their exceptional dedication and leadership, and we hope that we at least partially recognized that debt with this award.  Congratulations and THANK YOU to you both! 
Kingston - North Kitsap's Legends of Golf Donald Hutchins 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z
Randy Monlux receives President's Award
ImageOutgoing President Don Hutchins presented the President's Award for Service Above Self to Randy Monlux, Vice President and Beer Garden Chair for as long as most KNK Rotarians can remember.  Randy was honored for his dedication, imaginative leadership and consistent service to the Club and our community this year.  We are all honored to have him as our Vice President and happy to follow him as our Beer Garden Chief, bar designer and Beer and Wine dispensing expert par excellence.  Congratulations and Well Done, Randy!
Randy Monlux receives President's Award Donald Hutchins 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z
4th of July Parade - and a new Rotarian of the Year
ImageEx-Pres Don and New-Pres Meisha carried the KNK Banner proudly in this year's edition of the greatest little 4th of July Parade west of the Mississippi.  A bunch of eager Rotarians walked behind tossing candy to the crowd, in front of 2013 Rotarian of the Year Clint Boxman, who rode in Jon Sole's great little red convertible.  Past President Clint was chosen for his amazing drive as Membership Chair this past year.  Clint has almost single handedly added several members to the Club this year, among them some very distinguished local folk who we're proud to have gracing our roster. We all know that Membership is the life-blood of any organization, so this year's great drive by Clint has given Kingston North Kitsap Rotary a fantastic shot in the arm.  WELL DONE, Clint!  And Congratulations on being named KNK's Rotarian of the Year, not once but twice now!  Super job!   
4th of July Parade - and a new Rotarian of the Year Donald Hutchins 2013-07-07 00:00:00Z
KNK Rotary Beer (& wine) Garden is off and running...

ImageIt's that time of year again!  May 29th saw our first Beer Garden of the year, in conjunction with the new Victory Concert organized by the Chamber.  And it was a WHOPPER!  The Beer Garden was humming the entire evening and gross receipts and contributions to the event were way up from a normal evening.  Glad it was such a hit, Chamber!  KNK Rotary was pleased to be a Sponsor of this worthy event and help to make it such a success.  Well done! We hope to see you there next year. 

The first "regular" Concerts on the Cove Series took place on Saturday the 6th of July and saw a much more normal sized crowd.  But our Rotary stalwarts were there to handle the logistics of the event, and did a great job keeping it running smoothly.  THANK YOU to our great KNK Rotary crew AND to the Chamber for sponsoring this great concert series.

Those of you who haven't joined the Beer Garden Crew should give it a try.  It may well be the most FUN Fundraiser on our Calendar - and where else can you listen to a free concert while you work?  Come on out! Just talk to Randy about who/what/when/where - and sign up if you would, to make his job just a bit easier!

Special thanks this year go to Jozef Rura for our spectacular new Bar, and Randy and Don for the new cutting-edge Beer and Wine dispensing "jockey box".  Our suppliers are VERY impressed with our technology.  :-)

KNK Rotary Beer (& wine) Garden is off and running... Donald Hutchins 2013-07-07 00:00:00Z
Fun Run is a huge success

ImageOur Annual 4th of July Fun Run, conducted in cooperation with Kingston Running Club, was an enormous success!  Almost 200 runners had pre-registered by the day of the event, guaranteeing them a hassle-free event, AND assuring them that a T-Shirt was waiting for them at the start.  That number would have marked a good turnout.  The real surprise was that about 200 MORE arrived un-announced on the morning, and signed up on the spot.  So the total was closer to 400 than the expected 250 or so, and the organizers were thrilled!

BUT: there's a cloud to every silver lining.  The need to register and enter data for that large number of add-ons delayed the start till about 9:10.  Ah well - next year we will be more ready.  All you runners/walkers are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to pre-register next year - to help us make this an ever-better event for the Little City.

Thanks to all the run/walkers, AND all the ROTARIAN stalwarts who showed up at O'Dark-thirty to organize, register, and do traffic control for the event.  AND to the Kingston Running Club, without whom this great little event would never exist!  We love ya! 

Fun Run is a huge success Donald Hutchins 2013-07-07 00:00:00Z
From our New President:

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 Welcome to the 2013/14 Rotary Year!

 

First, I would like to thank the incoming board members and committee chairs. Thank you for stepping up into a leadership role and for your continued commitment and devotion to our club.  I am looking forward to working with all of you.

 

We are going to have a fun, great year!

 

This is going to be a special year, one that will stand out for many reasons.  For starters we will be celebrating our clubs 10-year anniversary.  And, this year will be the first year of the Haunted House fundraiser.  In addition, we are expanding our impact and involvement on the international front, as well as continuing with local community projects – including building a playground (more fun!).

 

It is an honor to serve as President of our unique club.  When I first accepted this position my biggest fear, as I am sure everyone would feel, was “What if I fail!”  But, I feel confident that won’t happen because I know you all won’t let that happen!  I so appreciate how this club really is a result of all of us – our devotion and passion to Service Above Self. 

 

Thank you again, everyone, for all you do!  I am looking forward to the year and getting to know all of you better. 

 

OK…here we go…and thanks again for having my back!

 

Meisha

From our New President: Donald Hutchins 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z
Kick it for Kenya in Seattle
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Kick it for Kenya will be in Seattle this August.
Kick it for Kenya in Seattle Michele Fujii 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z
Career Bridge
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Welcome to a Potentially Life-Changing Resource – Really, No Kidding!
Career Bridge Meisha Rouser 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z
4th of July Fun Run Fundraiser
The 4th of July Fun Run is THIS WEEK! Volunteers are needed at the start on Thursday morning bright and early!  Here are the details...
4th of July Fun Run Fundraiser Clinton Boxman 2013-06-11 00:00:00Z
Random thoughts at the end of a FUN year -
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As we draw near the end of Rotary year 2012-13, and therefore the end of my term as President of our Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club, there are a few thoughts I’d like to leave you with.  In no particular order, they are as follows:
Random thoughts at the end of a FUN year - Donald Hutchins 2013-06-04 00:00:00Z
A Rotary Travel Journal- Episode 4
In this 4th episode our visit to Rotary’s Guatemalan projects, we visit Concepcion, a village which supports Wakami project, a women’s beaded necklace and bracelet  business.  This project is not a Rotary project but was visited to meet the participants, learn about its operations and asses the possibilities of a future Rotary partnership.
A Rotary Travel Journal- Episode 4 Eugene Medina 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z
Coffee Oasis Update
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After opening its doors in Poulsbo just a few short months ago, Coffee Oasis is already making an impact on our communities youth.
Coffee Oasis Update Meisha Rouser 2013-05-21 00:00:00Z
Interact Students Meet with Local Leaders
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"Inspired" was the shared feeling by a handful of Kingston Rotary Interact teens after spending two hours with some local leaders.
Interact Students Meet with Local Leaders Meisha Rouser 2013-05-21 00:00:00Z
A Rotary Travel Journal- Destination Guatemala
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My apologies for the gap between the last episode posting March 19 and this posting of Episode 3 of our Guatemalan Rotary journey. After our visit to the microcredit project villages, we back tracked over the mountains to Panajachel. This segment of our journey we visited the San Lucas de Toliman water and sanitation projects near Panajachel, Guatemala (See “C” bottom left of map below).  Enjoy this brief snapshot of our visit to these Rotary projects.

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A Rotary Travel Journal- Destination Guatemala Eugene Medina 2013-05-14 00:00:00Z
Rotarians Support Village Green at Cinco de Mayo Celebration
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On may the 5th the Village Green Foundation had it’s Cinco de Mayo calibration at the Rotary Rae Mowery pavilion, kicking off the Paver Stone part of our fund-raising campaign.  The Rotary Rea Mowery Pavillion is a great addition to the community and something our club should be proud!

Rotarians Support Village Green at Cinco de Mayo Celebration Meisha Rouser 2013-05-07 00:00:00Z
INSPIRATION IS 90% PERSPIRATION
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What’s that, you say?  Has Don’s GPS lost its satellite?  Has his philosophical compass started spinning?  What the heck is that supposed to mean?
INSPIRATION IS 90% PERSPIRATION Donald Hutchins 2013-05-07 00:00:00Z
"Where the cold streets meets a warm welcome"
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Caring for At-Risk Youth through Coffee Oasis Outreach
"Where the cold streets meets a warm welcome" Meisha Rouser 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z
Rotary MultiClub Fireside - Past RI Rick King to speak
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This years MultiClub Fireside will be on May 29th at White Horse Golf Course in Kingston.  Rick King, Past Rotary International President 2001-2002 will be our speaker. 
Rotary MultiClub Fireside - Past RI Rick King to speak Meisha Rouser 2013-04-23 00:00:00Z
Polio - The Current Challenge
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Over the past two decades, tremendous progress has been made toward the eradication of polio. In 1988, when the World Health Assembly established the goal of eradicating the disease and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was launched, wild poliovirus was endemic in 125 countries and about 350,000 people, primarily young children, were paralyzed by polio annually. Since then, immunization efforts have reduced the number of polio cases globally by more than 99 percent, saving more than 10 million children from paralysis. Polio remains endemic in just three countries—Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan—and fewer than 250 cases were reported in 2012, compared to 650 cases in 2011.

Polio - The Current Challenge Meisha Rouser 2013-04-16 00:00:00Z
150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg Presentation
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The Kingston Rotary Club is very honored to have as our program speaker on April 17 a very distinguished Rotarian: our very own Rea Mowery.  Rea is going to be talking about the Battle of Gettysburg and its 150th anniversary.  The Battle of Gettysburg is the most famous battle of the Civil War.  For three days the Union and the Confederacy engaged in fierce warfare, resulting in casualties somewhere between 46,000 and 51,000 men.  The heroism and tragedies of this singular battle, as so poignantly expressed in Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, is still profoundly felt by Americans 150 years later.  Please join us in  what promises to be a very thought provoking program presentation!
150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg Presentation Isaac Anderson 2013-04-16 00:00:00Z
District Conference May 31- June 2 in Sidney, BC
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The 2013 District 5020 Conference is your opportunity to learn more about Rotary’s growing emphasis on NEW GENERATIONS.  A diverse roster of speakers will provide their perspectives on the importance of encouraging and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders through our actions today. You’ll also have a chance to rub shoulders with Interact and Rotoract members from the our District. This is your opportunity to be an inspiration to these future leaders, and to be inspired yourself by the accomplishments and aspirations of these exceptional young people.
District Conference May 31- June 2 in Sidney, BC Meisha Rouser 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z
Videos Tell the Kitsap Story at new KEDA Website
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The story about life in Kitsap county is compelling", says John Powers, KEDA Executive Director and Poulsbo Rotarian, "and we should tell it and sell it".  That's the vision behind Kitsap Connected, a website that offers an 8-part video series highlighting the character and characteristics of life in Kitsap.  Important businesses, such as Harrison Medical Center, Port Madison Enterprises and Puget Sound Energy, have sponsored the videos, using single-word titles to tell so much:  Innovation, Community, Trust, Family, Authenticity, Sustainability, Balance and Trust.  You can visit this website and watch these 90-second videos, along with the longer "Work+Life", a 10-minute video featuring conversations with more than 40 Kitsap business and community leaders, at www.kitsapconnected.org

Videos Tell the Kitsap Story at new KEDA Website Meisha Rouser 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z
What Our Club is Proud Of...
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During our clubs goal setting workshop in March, we shared what we are proud of about our Rotary club.
What Our Club is Proud Of... Meisha Rouser 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z
April is Rotary Magazine Month
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A month devoted to a magazine?  Well, actually, yes.  That magazine you receive every month is more than just an update on Rotary.
April is Rotary Magazine Month Meisha Rouser 2013-04-02 00:00:00Z
A Note from Our President - Counting Our Blessings:
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Susan and I just got back from a cruise vacation (our first) which took us to Honduras, Guatemala and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, in addition to the US town of Key West.  While visiting those Central American destinations we had the opportunity to tour a bit of the countryside, see how the local folks are living, and visit some noteworthy historical sites of the old Mayan Civilization.  Overall a very interesting and educational experience, as neither of us had ever been very far South of the US/Mexican border.
A Note from Our President - Counting Our Blessings: Donald Hutchins 2013-04-02 00:00:00Z
A Rotary Travel Journal- Destination Guatemala Part II
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And so our Guatemalan journey with Gene Medina continues.   In this next segment of our journey we will visit two microcredit projects villages near Retalhuleu, Guatemala.
A Rotary Travel Journal- Destination Guatemala Part II Eugene Medina 2013-03-26 00:00:00Z
Mental Health Disorders - A perspective from teen Ashli O'Brien
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Kingston High School, Ashli O'Brien, shared with our club in March some of her art work which focuses on bringing attention to mental health disorders - especially with teens. 
Mental Health Disorders - A perspective from teen Ashli O'Brien Sally Christy 2013-03-26 00:00:00Z
Kingstons Rotary Goals and Strengths
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We had a productive and fun evening last week talking through our goals for our club for the upcoming year.  Thanks to all of you who attended.

In last weeks Club Goal Setting workshop, we brainstormed on our clubs strengths and challenges.  Here is what we came up with:

Kingstons Rotary Goals and Strengths Meisha Rouser 2013-03-26 00:00:00Z
Supporting Children’s and Adult Literacy in Laos
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Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary supports childrens and adult literacy in Laos.  The Laos Literacy Project is a U.S. non-profit, tax-exempt organization. It was created to increase literacy in Laos among both children and adults, and to increase access in Lao villages to books and information about health, nutrition, better agricultural techniques, and other subjects that will increase the quality of life in one of the world's poorest countries.
Supporting Children’s and Adult Literacy in Laos Eugene Medina 2013-03-19 00:00:00Z
Rotary Now Accepting Youth Scholarship Applications
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Kingston Rotary is making available up to $4000 for Kingston High School seniors! This is double the amount awarded last year.

Rotary scholarships applications are now available through the counseling office at Kingston High School. Applications are due Friday, April 19th.

The goal of the scholarship is to reward students who have worked to make a difference in our community through service. Part of the application process is an essay question asking what the 4 way test means to the student. Also this year we will be conducting interviews with our applicants. 

Jessica will be needing three individuals to review the scholarships.  Let her know if you would like to be on the Scholarship Review Committee.

Thanks!

Rotary Now Accepting Youth Scholarship Applications Jessica Larson 2013-03-19 00:00:00Z
Rea Mowery - ROTARY MOMENT
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Chicago, October 1945....Founder Paul Harris is asked... What is ROTARY? His response, "Thousands have answered, each in his own way. It is easier to note what ROTARY does than what it is. One recently has said, "If ROTARY has encouraged us to take a more kindly outlook on life and men; if ROTARY has taught us greater tolerance and the desire to see the best in others; if ROTARY has brought us pleasant and helpful contacts with others who also are trying to capture and radiate the joy and beauty of life, then ROTARY has brought us all that we can expect."
Rea Mowery - ROTARY MOMENT Eva Monlux 2013-03-13 00:00:00Z
Speaker Charlie Averill - "Bainbridge Rotary in the 1950s & 1960s"
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Charlie Averill, member of the BI Rotary Club, shared some amazing stories with us today about the history of the Bainbridge Island. How the BI Club helped with the development of parks on Bainbridge Island, The Boat Ramp at the Fort Ward State Park, building a Library and scholarships. The first scholarship was $250.00 in 1957 to a young man who later became a business owner on the BI. Its early involvement with Polio Eradication, in 1955 BI Rotary Club helped BI people who could not afford to pay for the Polio Vaccine and these are only some of the local community services that this club has provided. BI RC is also involved in the International scene. So how can this club support so many great programs and community projects? The answer is One Great Annual Auction, or should we call it "The Great Rummage Sale?" It did not started as an annual, but it turned out that way. Women have been helping with this Auction since 1961, even though the first women Rotary member was not until 1980’s, amazing! Charlie also talked about the Toll to go across the Agate Bridge, it only lasted 2 months. Thank you, Charlie for a great program on the history of the BI Rotary Club.
Speaker Charlie Averill - "Bainbridge Rotary in the 1950s & 1960s" Eva Monlux 2013-03-13 00:00:00Z
Kingston Rotary Receives "Thank You" from the Wheelchair Foundation
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The Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary donated $600 to the Wheelchair Foundation to provide wheelchairs to people in need throughout the world.  Each chair costs $150.
Kingston Rotary Receives "Thank You" from the Wheelchair Foundation Bob Winkel 2013-03-13 00:00:00Z
A Rotary Travel Journal- Destination Guatemala
As with all adventures there is the beginning, segments and the end.  I thought is would be fun to share this journey with you to provide you a glimpse of Rotary’s work in other countries.  And so the journey began.  The first segment is getting ready and getting there.  And so let’s begin.
A Rotary Travel Journal- Destination Guatemala Eugene Medina 2013-03-12 00:00:00Z
Bloomberg Philanthropies to donate US$100 million to polio eradication
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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a $100 million donation to support polio eradication efforts through Bloomberg Philanthropies. The donation represents a six-year commitment to help fund the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).
Bloomberg Philanthropies to donate US$100 million to polio eradication Meisha Rouser 2013-03-05 00:00:00Z
Kingston Rotary Goal Setting for 2013-14

What fun will we have in store for our club next year?  Join us this Wednesday to find out and contribute to the ideas!

Kingston Goal Setting Workshop for 2013-14

Kingston Financial Center
Wednesday, March 20th
6:30 - 9:00 pm

All members are encouraged to attend.  This upcoming year will be especially fun and exciting as we will be celebrating our 10 year birthday as a club!

Bring your enthusiasm and ideas!

 

Kingston Rotary Goal Setting for 2013-14 Meisha Rouser 2013-03-05 00:00:00Z
Administrivia (or not)…
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I almost hate to bring this up. But you all must know that NO successful organization can exist without a certain basic minimum structure of "rules" by which everyone agrees to operate.  Our beloved little Kingston-NK Rotary Club is no different.
Administrivia (or not)… Donald Hutchins 2013-03-05 00:00:00Z
Rotary Youth Leadership Awarded to Two Outstanding Kingston High School Interact Students
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The Kingston - North Kitsap Rotary is pleased to announce Jack Larson and Garrett Rouser as the recipients of this years Rotary Youth Leadership Award.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awarded to Two Outstanding Kingston High School Interact Students Meisha Rouser 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z
Welcome Stanley Mack!
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We are happy to announce Stanley Mack is a new member to our club.  Stanley is a retired Naval Submariner and still serves as a consultant to the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps. He and his wife Jane are very active Kingston residents. Stanley has three children (Melissa, David and Peter) and so far one grandchild (Olivia).
Welcome Stanley Mack! Meisha Rouser 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z
Coin Box Program Contributing to Rotary Foundation
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The Coin Box program is proving to be a success.  Some of our members have already picked up more of the boxes, which are designed to collect your loose change. The average amount collected per box is $100!  In just the last couple of weeks $152 was collected.
Coin Box Program Contributing to Rotary Foundation Bob Winkel 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z
Update on Arequipa by Jim Hintz
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We received our fourth report from Jim Hintz in Arequipa, Peru on our Acercandonos Partnership Project.
Update on Arequipa by Jim Hintz Eugene Medina 2013-02-19 00:00:00Z
Fun Run 2013 Update
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Our committee of four - Dave Roberts, Beth Brewster, Nick Jewett and Clint Boxman - are making a lot of headway and progress towards our 6th Annual Kingston 4th of July Fun Run. As you may recall this event consists of a 1-mile kids dash, 5k, and 10k all rolled into one - officially kicking of our community's full day of 4th of July festivities.
Fun Run 2013 Update Clinton Boxman 2013-02-19 00:00:00Z
The Worldwide Need for Wheel Chairs
Our Rotary Club has supported the Wheel Chair Foundation since our inception.   Recently we heard from  the Wheel Chair Foundation that an “estimated 100-150 million people worldwide need wheelchairs and less than one percent own or have access to one”. They indicated that the number of people who need the wheelchair will increase by 22 percent over the next 10 years. The greatest need exists in developing countries where only a small percentage of folks who need them don’t have wheelchairs . This forces dependence on families and friends for mobility. Many without a support system get around by  crawling or simply spend most of their time  staying in bed or sitting in a room.
The Worldwide Need for Wheel Chairs Bob Winkel 2013-02-19 00:00:00Z
Congressman Derek Kilmer to Present Status of Congressional District at Kingston Rotary
Don't miss this opportunity to meet Derek Kilmer, newly-elected State Congressman for the 6th district.  Derek will give a Status of Congressional District presentation at the Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary on Wednesday, February 20th, 12:00pm at the Miller Bay Fire Station. 
Congressman Derek Kilmer to Present Status of Congressional District at Kingston Rotary Meisha Rouser 2013-02-11 00:00:00Z
Making a difference – in the real world…
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As Rotarians, we share a genuine wish to put Service Above Self – which I’d like to think means we want to make a real difference, in the real world.  That requires that we sit back and carefully evaluate how much good we are really going to do before we launch ourselves into a new Service project.
Making a difference – in the real world… Donald Hutchins 2013-02-04 00:00:00Z
Local Decision Makers Join to Map a Prosperous 2013
Local Decision Makers Join to Map a Prosperous 2013 Meisha Rouser 2013-01-22 00:00:00Z
Thank You Letter Received from Kathy Nelson, Leadership Kitsap
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Thank You Letter Received from Kathy Nelson, Leadership Kitsap Meisha Rouser 2013-01-22 00:00:00Z
'Engage Rotary, Change Lives' is 2013-14 RI theme
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RI President-elect Ron Burton will ask Rotarians to Engage Rotary, Change Lives in 2013-14.

He unveiled the RI theme during the opening plenary session of the 2013 International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, the annual training event for incoming district governors.

'Engage Rotary, Change Lives' is 2013-14 RI theme Meisha Rouser 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z
Creating a Sustaining Club
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Clint would like to remind all of you that it’s every Rotarian’s responsibility to boost club membership and ensure the future of Rotary and our club. 
Creating a Sustaining Club Meisha Rouser 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z
Top 5 Rotary stories of 2012
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The year got off to an exciting start in January when India marked a year without a new case of polio. By February, the World Health Organization had removed India from the list of endemic countries.  Here’s a look back at this and other memorable Rotary events of 2012.
Top 5 Rotary stories of 2012 Meisha Rouser 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z
Update on Arequipa
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We received an email from Jim Hintz, Charlotte, NC, Rotarian who has been working in Arequipa for the past 10 years.
Here’s a brief update upon his return last week. Thought it could provide more context for the funds we send to the Arequipa
Education Program for Children and funds for child we are supporting. Click here to read more...
Update on Arequipa Eugene Medina 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z
Interact/Youth Services Update
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The Interact group has been hard at work collecting warm clothes and hygiene items for “Project Help”.
Interact/Youth Services Update Jessica Larson 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z
Exploring a New Interclub International Partnership
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Gene Madina will be representing our club in the Interclub International Partnership with the Bainbridge Island and the Poulsbo Rotary Clubs. Over the past six months, Bill Maule, Fredrick Branchflower and Gene Medina have been exploring the possibilities of this interclub partnership Rotarians from these clubs and the decision has been made to proceed and send a team of volunteers to visit active Rotary projects in Guatemala.
Exploring a New Interclub International Partnership Eugene Medina 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z
International Services Update
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The club’s international service committee has been busy organizing and implementing our plans for 2012-13. Our primary work will be in three areas:

1. Increasing club members' awareness of and interest in international services.

2. Implementing our eight (8) active international projects and identifying and initiating an interclub international project with Bainbridge Island and Poulsbo Rotary Clubs.

3.    3. Assisting the Youth Services Committee in its annual Rotary high school student exchanges.

 

International Services Update Eugene Medina 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z
Kiwani / Rotarian Social Potluck

The Kiwani and Rotarian organizations share much in common in our service to the Kingston community while also maintaining some unique projects and goals.  The Social get together will allow us to share with each other information about our primary goals and major projects.  It will also allow for time to brainstorm ideas for greater collaboration between our two clubs in areas of mutual service. Spouses are certainly encourage to attend.

January 24 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Miller Bay Fire Station

Kiwani / Rotarian Social Potluck Meisha Rouser 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z
A Message from our President: A New Year
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What does the New Year bring to you?
A Message from our President: A New Year Meisha Rouser 2013-01-01 00:00:00Z
Isaac Anderson to Accept 2013-2014 President Elect Nomination
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The officer nominating committee received great news that Isaac Anderson will accept the committees recommendation for nomination to join the 2013-14 club officers as president-elect.
Isaac Anderson to Accept 2013-2014 President Elect Nomination Meisha Rouser 2013-01-01 00:00:00Z
2013-2014 Rotary Officers
Congratulations to the newly elected Rotary Officers for 2013-2014! At the December 19th meeting the new board was unanimously voted into position by the club members.
2013-2014 Rotary Officers Meisha Rouser 2013-01-01 00:00:00Z
Scott Larson - New Member
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Kingston NK Rotary Club Welcomes our newest member Scott Larson.
Scott Larson - New Member Eva Monlux 2012-12-12 00:00:00Z
Rea Mowery - Rotary Moment
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In 1912 delegates to the Duluth Convention saw the need to create a geographic grouping of clubs. They organized the Rotary world into eight divisions. In 1915 Rotary changed divisions to be districts with numbers. Each district had 40 to 60 clubs. Some districts were compacted into a very small area. London, England is a district in itself with some 80 clubs. At the other extreme some districts extend through many countries across multiple time zones. District 5010 encompasses Canada's Yukon territory, Alaska and Russia's Siberian territory east of the Ural Mountains. 5010's District Governor 2001-02, Mrs. Wanda Cooksey, of Douglas, Alaska stated... " My district is an area of 6.5 million square miles...it takes me 3 days to get to my clubs in Russia."
Rea Mowery - Rotary Moment Eva Monlux 2012-12-12 00:00:00Z
ServiceAboveSelfRadio – ShareNet Food Bank
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Check out the latest edition of the ServiceAboveSelfRadio.

ServiceAboveSelfRadio – ShareNet Food Bank Meisha Rouser 2012-12-10 00:00:00Z
Vote for Rotary in United's 10 million miles giveaway
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As a year end holiday gift, United Airlines is again offering a donation of 10 million miles to benefit charity miles partners.

Rotary has been United's partner for many years through the "Rotary Miles" program, which has provided free airfare for hundreds of children and adults in need of lifesaving surgery and other worthy causes.

From 6 December to 25 December, you can vote once each day for Rotary on each of your devices such as laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc. Charities receive a portion of the miles based on the percentage of the overall vote they receive. So forward the link http://10millioncharitymiles.com/charity/39  to everyone you know. Last year, we took second in the contest, receiving 2.5 million charity miles. Your vote could help Rotary come in first this year in the 10 Million Charity Miles Giveaway
Vote for Rotary in United's 10 million miles giveaway Meisha Rouser 2012-12-10 00:00:00Z
Looking for more ways to help?
Kitsap County has thousands of homeless men, women, children and infants, many of whom can use some assistance. We are often asked “How can I help?” Here are some ideas.
Looking for more ways to help? Meisha Rouser 2012-12-03 00:00:00Z
Time to Share
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Whether you call it Christmas, or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or just “The Holidays”, this is the time of year when most of us reflect on just how lucky we really are, and when we are particularly moved to share our good fortune with those less blessed.  And they are out there, in many different degrees.
Time to Share Donald Hutchins 2012-12-03 00:00:00Z
Rea Mowery - Rotary Moment
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In 1924 several Rotary districts contributed funds to have a special meeting place for Rotarians attending the International Convention at Toronto, Canada. It was the beginning of an unbroken tradition at conventions and conferences... the establishment of the "House of Friendship" it's the International version of what happens each week at the local clubs. People exchange greetings and club banners, swap stories, pass ideas about Rotary activities and projects. At these meetings Rotarians of every conceivable ethic background, language and vocation, meet and share friendly moments where for a few days the world seems united in peace and goodwill. The first Rotary Convention in Chicago in 1911 had 60 delegates. The Convention in Tokyo, Japan in 1978, one of Rotary's largest with 39,834 registered delegates. Seoul, Korea in 1989 was second with 38,878 delegates. Rotarians like to Party!
Rea Mowery - Rotary Moment Eva Monlux 2012-11-28 00:00:00Z
Speaker Julie Katana - KAT's Violin
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Julie is a Rotarian at the Rotary Club of Poulsbo. Today she visited our club and talked to Rotarians about violin making and violin restoration.
Speaker Julie Katana - KAT's Violin Eva Monlux 2012-11-28 00:00:00Z
Rotary Service Connections
Reach beyond your community and connect with others who share common interests. Make a positive impact on people’s lives worldwide. Whether you’re interested in meeting new friends, participating in a cultural or vocational exchange, or finding a partner for a service project, Rotary International has resources that can help.
Rotary Service Connections Meisha Rouser 2012-11-27 00:00:00Z
ROTARY NEWS By Nancy Martin
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Rotary is reaching out with the Interact Club.

One way that Rotary reaches out to the community is through the Interact Club. It is Rotary's service club at Kingston High School, much like the Kiwanis Key Club and the Lions' Leo Club. All of these groups have the common goal of engaging our youth in community service, and projects that better our local area. Co-presidents Antonio Fajardo and Shawn Evans lead the Interact Club.

ROTARY NEWS By Nancy Martin Eva Monlux 2012-11-25 00:00:00Z
Swing for Rotary Golf Classic

 Save the Date:  Friday, June 21st, 2013

This years golf tournament promises to be the best ever as it will be held in the new club house!  This is a great opportunity to attract new sponsors and we encourage each Rotarian to reach out to a new potential sponsor.  With all of us pitching in, we can make this next tournament our best ever!

Swing for Rotary Golf Classic Alisha Martinez 2012-11-20 00:00:00Z
Nominations for 2013 - 2014 Board Possitions

Nominations are being sought for 2013-2014 board members for the Kingston/North Kitsap Rotary Club.  If you have any nominations you would like considered please contact any of the nominating committee: Meisha Rouser, Gene Madina, or Dan Martin.  Nominations need to be received by December 3, 2012.

Nominations for 2013 - 2014 Board Possitions Meisha Rouser 2012-11-19 00:00:00Z
ShareNet Needs Our Help
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As many of you are already aware, there is a huge need right now for our local youth, homeless and low-income families. Clint talked with the directors and volunteers with ShareNet as well as the local Kingston/North Kitsap Food Banks there is a large need that our club can help fill.  Please help raise awareness for and gather items that can help them out in this time of great need. Enclosed is a list of items that are of high priority:
ShareNet Needs Our Help Clinton Boxman 2012-11-19 00:00:00Z
Poulsbo Coffee Oasis Grand Opening
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Please mark your calendars...SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15th, 1pm to 4pm will be the GRAND OPENING!

Come prepared to enjoy treats, tour the new facility, experience a tea tasting or coffee cupping, learn more about the Coffee Oasis or buy a bag of our fresh roasted coffee or a Christmas gift basket.

The completion of The Coffee Oasis-Poulsbo has been an amazing effort on the part of so many people...we are looking forward to celebrating together.

We would love for you all to share in the time with us.

Thank you,  David O Frederick, Executive Director, The Coffee Oasis, (360)509-8642, www.thecoffeeoasis.com
Poulsbo Coffee Oasis Grand Opening Meisha Rouser 2012-11-19 00:00:00Z
Rotary at work in our community by Dan Martin.
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There's a new structure in Village Green Park, thanks to the Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Culb and community volunteers. President Don Hutchins presided at the ceremony, thanking the many people who worked on the project and dedicating the structure to one very special Rotarian. The pavilion is dedicated to Rotarian Rea Mowery, who made significant contributions to our club. The picnic pavilion is just one example of Rotary at work in our community. Rotary previously purchased the field lights at Kingston High School and made significant renovations to the Kola Kole preschool building. But the biggest contribution is yet to come. Rotary has pledged $50,000 to help build the new Village Green Community Center, a significant donation from a small group of dedicated community-minded individuals.

Join us for club meetings on Wednesday at noon at North Kitsap Fire & Rescue on Miller Bay Road to meet some of these people. We are always looking for new members to join our ranks. For more information or an invitation, contact Clint Boxman at 297-8677.

Rotary at work in our community by Dan Martin. Eva Monlux 2012-11-17 00:00:00Z
Speaker Wendy Armstrong Jewett - Art Cards for Causes LLC

Art Cards for Causes LLC was founded by the Jewett family in 2010. It is a labor of love and commitment, and one that will continue to grow, change and develop as the worlds needs demand. Wendy, Instigator of this project is an artist, and was born into a family of artists. She has exhibited work in fine galleries, museums and exhibitions internationally. Wendy talked to Rotarians about the membership, using the website and how easy it is to send an e-card ... Go Green!  You can also use it as an fund-raising program. The Mission is to promote fine art and Artists while supporting non-profits around the world! www.artcardsforcauses.com

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Wendy Armstrong Jewett and Don Hutchins

Speaker Wendy Armstrong Jewett - Art Cards for Causes LLC Eva Monlux 2012-11-15 00:00:00Z
Membership - Mark Baze

The KNK Rotary Club Welcomes a new member Mark Base, on Wednesday November 14th.

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Clint Boxman, Don Hutchins, Mark Baze, Randy Monlux

Membership - Mark Baze Eva Monlux 2012-11-15 00:00:00Z
A letter from a 10 Year old Melody Zuniga Alfaro, Peru
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Kingston NK Rotary Club received a letter from Melody Zuniga Alfaro, the child in Arequipa, Peru we sponsor.

       

For my Kingston North Kitsap Rotary sponsors (Por mi Kingston Norte Kitsap padrinos).

                                                                                      August 9, 2012

Dear Sponsors,

Please receive my affectionate greetings. I tell you that I am very happy that I have been chosen as your goddaughter and was very happy when this happened.

I am ten years old and study at CIRCA school and am in the 5th grade.  I really like school and want to grow up an be a teacher or other professional.  My hobbies are listening to music, singing and painting.  My favorite sports are swimming and chess.  I have a dog named Maylop, named after the puppy mask (a Peruvian toy) and a pair of parrots who are named James and Suly. I love them and care for them.

On July 10th  we celebrated my 10th birthday (July 2nd) at the Acercandonos office.  All of us with birthdays that month celebrated them.  I was very happy that day. We ate cake and opened our gifts.  I received a pair of boots and a musical doll that I really like very much.  Thank you because without your support, I would not have received these wonderful gifts. Adios.

Con todo mi amor y carino. Su  ahijada. (With all my love and affection. your goddaughter)

Melody

                                     

A letter from a 10 Year old Melody Zuniga Alfaro, Peru Eva Monlux 2012-11-15 00:00:00Z
Rea Mowery - Rotary Moment
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Arch Klumph's dream has become a reality.

Facts from "A Century of Service" by Rotarian David C. Forward, a Rotary Publication; presented to Kingston NK Rotarians by Rea Mowery. November - Foundation Month. In 1911 Arch Klumph became a member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland, Ohio. He became president of his club in 1912-1913. In his final address as club president, Klumph suggested "an emergency fund should be built up which would enable the club in the future years to do many things".  Arch continued his interest in Rotary.... he went on to became president of the international association of Rotary clubs for 1916-17. He never forgot his idea A Fund to Expand the Good Work of Rotary.

Rea Mowery - Rotary Moment Eva Monlux 2012-11-15 00:00:00Z
Rotary Fundraising Announcement
As all of you know our main fundraising events are late in our fiscal year but some of our members have ideas for smaller events we might consider earlier in the year. For example Randy has suggested a “Wine Cellar” raffle.  I’d like to invite anyone interested in working on this to an informal meeting in the next couple of weeks to discuss the various ideas.

Even if you don’t want an active role in putting on an event I would like you to email me any ideas you have for fundraisers. Big or small we’ll make a list, scope out what might be involved and present the list to the board for consideration. WE also want your suggestions for improvements on our existing fundraisers. At the meeting next week I’ll see if we can find a date for the meeting which works for most of you.

Rotary Fundraising Announcement Nick Jewett 2012-11-12 00:00:00Z
November is Rotary Foundation Month.
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Joanne Croghan - Assistant Governor, District 5020, Area 6a at Rotary International, visited our club on November 7th and talked to Rotarians about the importance of the Rotary Foundation. There are many good things that occur because of the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation helps fight hunger needs, provides basic education and literacy support and helps eradicate polio! Support the work of Rotarians by donating to the Annual Funds. Learn more at: www.rotary.org/contribute.
November is Rotary Foundation Month. Eva Monlux 2012-11-07 00:00:00Z
Emma Walker - Musician and Athlete
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Actor, clarinetist/saxophonist, debater, sailor and runner; Emma Walker is a Senior at the KHS. She played on the clarinet for the Rotarians at the lunch meeting. Thank you Emma.
Emma Walker - Musician and Athlete Eva Monlux 2012-11-07 00:00:00Z
Kingston Clean Up Event
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Hello everyone! It's that time of year again! The Kingston Clean Up event will be held Saturday, November 17th from 9:00 am to Noon - Meeting at the Kingston Chamber office.

 

Kingston Clean Up Event Meisha Rouser 2012-11-05 00:00:00Z
“Club Service”? – What’s that about?
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The Foundation of Rotary is Service. More specifically, five Avenues of Service:  Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service, and most recently New Generations Service. 

Most of us understand Vocational Service (using our professional skills in Service to others), Community Service (projects and activities we undertake to improve the quality of life in our own community), International Service (humanitarian projects we undertake around the world, to promote world understanding and peace) and New Generations Service (implementing positive change through programs involving youth and young adults).  But what exactly is this “Club Service”, the very FIRST Avenue? To be honest, I’ve wondered about that myself.  Let me see if I can help clarify:

“Club Service”? – What’s that about? Donald Hutchins 2012-11-05 00:00:00Z
An International Mission Accomplished
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We have recently learned that final formal report on the successful multi-Club Etta Project was approved by the Rotary Foundation.  Thus our Club has another international effort to be proud of. Let’s review what the project was all about.
An International Mission Accomplished Robert W. Maule 2012-11-05 00:00:00Z
Speakers Nancy Langwith and Meisha Rouser - NK Tourism Consortium
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Nancy and Meisha talked to Rotarians about NKTC - experience North Kitsap where culture and adventure come naturally.
Speakers Nancy Langwith and Meisha Rouser - NK Tourism Consortium Eva Monlux 2012-11-02 00:00:00Z
The Kingston Port Tent.
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Thank you to all Rotarians and Kingston Community Friends that helped to bring the Kingston Port Tent down for a winter.
The Kingston Port Tent. Eva Monlux 2012-11-02 00:00:00Z
Speaker Ed Moydell - Blodel Reserve
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Executive Director Ed Moydell presented Blodel Reserve to Rotarians.
Speaker Ed Moydell - Blodel Reserve Eva Monlux 2012-11-02 00:00:00Z
Call for District Governor Nominees
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This is the second and final call for nominees for District Governor for the Rotary year 2015-16.
Call for District Governor Nominees Meisha Rouser 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z
Helping Youth Homeless - A call to action
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With winter approaching, it is time to think about our at risk youth.
Helping Youth Homeless - A call to action Meisha Rouser 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z
North Kitsap Joint PR Campaign to Kick Off
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The Rotary clubs of North Kitsap - Poulsbo, Kingston and Bainbridge Island- will be launching a joint Rotary PR Campaign which is funded by Rotary International Grant money.
North Kitsap Joint PR Campaign to Kick Off Meisha Rouser 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z
Share Your Talents to Make a Lasting Impact
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Want to expand your influence and share your talents throughout the world?  Consider joining a vocational training team.
Share Your Talents to Make a Lasting Impact Meisha Rouser 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z
World Polio Day - October 24
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Rotarians are getting ready to launch events linked to World Polio Day, 24 October, in support of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative

Led by RI President Sakuji Tanaka, International PolioPlus Committee Chair Robert Scott, and Rotary Foundation Trustee Stephanie Urchick, delegates to the Rotary institute for zones 24-32 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, will take part in a downtown walk and rally on 19 October. One hundred of the participants will carry signs bearing the End Polio Now message. more...

World Polio Day - October 24 Meisha Rouser 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z
Rotary Internationsl Foundation Update
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November is Rotary Foundation Month and we’ve scheduled some quests and Club Members to share “Why I Contribute to the Rotary Foundation!”  Each presentation will be 5 minutes and speak from the heart.
Rotary Internationsl Foundation Update Bob Winkel 2012-10-22 00:00:00Z
Time is Running Out!
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Do you know of an outstanding student who would like to take advantage of the Short-Term Student Exchange program?  If so, applications are now due.
Time is Running Out! Jennifer Carrier 2012-10-22 00:00:00Z
Speaker Shari Storm - Author of the book "Matherhood is the New MBA"
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Shari Storm is a senior VP at Versity Credit Union and a member of the Emerald City Rotary Club. Shari talked to Rotarians about her book and using perenting skills to be a better boss.
Speaker Shari Storm - Author of the book "Matherhood is the New MBA" Eva Monlux 2012-10-17 00:00:00Z
Kingston High School Homecoming Parade 2012
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Thanks to the Chamber Events Committee for sponsoring another great Homecoming Parade! (4 years now)
Kingston High School Homecoming Parade 2012 Daniel Martin 2012-10-15 00:00:00Z
An International Partnership is Brewing
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This summer Bill, Fredrick and Gene met with representatives of the Bainbridge Island and Poulsbo International Service committees to form a partnership with our clubs international committees.
An International Partnership is Brewing Eugene Medina 2012-10-15 00:00:00Z
Rotary Blood Drive Received Many Thanks
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The Puget Sound Blood Centers' Donor Representative, Greg Supancheck, recently sent this message to our Blood Drive director, Jon Sole:
Rotary Blood Drive Received Many Thanks Meisha Rouser 2012-10-15 00:00:00Z
Food for Kids, Summer 2013—A wonderful success story
This summer our Food for Kids program, summer 2012 fed 72 Wolfle Elementary kids during summer school (morning snacks) and between the end of summer school and the beginning of school (July 19-September 9).  Many thanks for you support for these efforts.
Food for Kids, Summer 2013—A wonderful success story Eugene Medina 2012-10-15 00:00:00Z
Happy Bucks Helping Acercandonos Program
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Ever wonder where all those "Happy Bucks" go that we share each meeting...
Happy Bucks Helping Acercandonos Program Eugene Medina 2012-10-09 00:00:00Z
Trash to Treasure
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How would it be possible to clean up the litter scattered around a remote village, earn enthusiasm and dedication from villagers and simultaneously build a schoolhouse for a bunch cute kids?
Trash to Treasure Robert W. Maule 2012-10-08 00:00:00Z
Interact/Youth Services
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This weeks featured Interact Youth Board Member is Megan Jackson, Interact Vice President.
Interact/Youth Services Jessica Larson 2012-10-08 00:00:00Z
Presidents Message - A good kind of problem to have…
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Charitable and Service organizations like Rotary International are enormous forces for good in the world.  Rotary in particular has accomplished so much, and continues to provide such tremendous humanitarian service all over the globe that simply being a member of the organization gives me (and you, I’ll bet) a great deal of satisfaction, knowing I’m a small part of that enormous good.
Presidents Message - A good kind of problem to have… Donald Hutchins 2012-10-08 00:00:00Z
Picnic Pavilion in Village Green Park
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There’s a new structure in Village Green Park, thanks to the Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club and community volunteers. The Pavilion will be dedicated to Rotarian Rea Mowery, who made significant contributions to our Kingston Rotary Club.
Picnic Pavilion in Village Green Park Nancy Martin 2012-10-08 00:00:00Z
Kingston's Food for Kids Program - By Gene Medina

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Our Food for Kids program is progressing very well. There are 62 kids receiving our food support!!! Through the  efforts of Kingston Food Bank which purchases the food and prepares the packets and the Port Gamble S'Klallam Child and Family Services which distributes the packets, these 62 children are supported in these "between" weeks ( from the end of summer school to the opening of school). Earlier in the summer, ShareNet provided the food packets and will being doing so at the opening of school. Beyond these supports, the tribe's Child and Family Services will continue daily lunch for kids up to 18 years old through federal grant funds they applied for this year. So, we are seeing some exciting and creative community coordination focused on assuring that children are receiving nutritious food during these summer months. We have received over $4000 in donations, it is an amazing, collaborative effort in community service. A special thank you to all of you for your crucial and vital support helping provide for our kids @ Wolfle Elementary. And thank you for your continuing effort in fundraising. Our goal is $6000. Our sincere appreciation for all you do. You can mail a tax-deductible donation to: Food For Kids, Kingston Rotary Foundation, PO Box 832, Kingston WA 98346.

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Kingston's Food for Kids Program - By Gene Medina Eva Monlux 2012-08-16 00:00:00Z
Speaker Linda Joyce - Exacutive Director of the YWCA of Kitsap County


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Linda Joyce, Exacutive Director and Tracy McConaughy



Linda talked to Rotarians about Domestic Violence as a community problem, effecting all of our lives. Domestic Violence is progressive, cyclical, and generative in nature, knows no economic, ethnic, or social boundaries. Children are often the hidden victims. The YWCA of Kitsap County is dedicated to ensuring the personal safety, rights, welfare and dignity of those who experience domestic abuse while building partnerships and increasing community awareness to create postive social change. Linda has a great group of people working together on many projects, programs and events.

A fundraiser is coming up on Saturday, September 8th, "Take a Walk in Her Shoes". The walk is not just any walk. Participants are encouraged to have fun, create teams to raise money. "We hope it's an evening of fun", Tracy McConaughy said. The fundraiser is a first for the YWCA and the hope is people will be able to empathize with domestic violence survivors and learn about the many programs the YWCA offers to help women and children escape abusive situations and become self-sufficient.

www.ywcakitsap.org

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Speaker Linda Joyce - Exacutive Director of the YWCA of Kitsap County Eva Monlux 2012-08-15 00:00:00Z
Rotary Summer Youth Program Exchange - Germany and USA
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Schirin Knott (Germany), Scott Larson and Taylor Larson (Kingston)



Welcome Schirin! Schirin and Taylor arrived at the SeaTac Airport on Tuesday August 14th. Taylor spent 6 weeks in Germany with Schirin's family and now it's Schirin's turn to stay with Taylor's family here in Kingston. This is our 3rd Rotary Summer Youth Exchange group this Summer.
Rotary Summer Youth Program Exchange - Germany and USA Eva Monlux 2012-08-14 00:00:00Z
Rotary Summer Youth Program Exchange - Spain and USA
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Esther Garcia -Spain, Don Hutchins - our president and Leah VanLieshout - Kingston







On Wednesday August 8th Esther and Leah came to our Rotary Club meeting and gave us a nice picture presentation. The first half of the presentation was about Spain, where the young ladies spent 3 weeks together with Esther's family, visiting local places and cities. The second half was about the USA, visiting places in WA and OR. Esther spent 4 weeks with Leah's family. When the question came up: What was the most memorable experience of their trip?



Both ladies answered: The People.



Rotary Summer Youth Program Exchange - Spain and USA Eva Monlux 2012-08-08 00:00:00Z
Fireside
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Rotarians work together for many hours on great fundraisers… but they also enjoy them self’s, they have good time and fun… and what a great time we had at our fireside on Sunday July 29th.  Thank you to our President Don Hutchins and his wife Sue for hosting a perfect evening!

We all enjoyed a presentation that Marco (Italy) and Simon (Kingston) prepared for this evening. We heard about their adventures and trips they had together. Now is Simons turn to go and visit Italy with Marco. Have a great trip! Esther (Spain) and Leah (Kingston) joined the group also. All 4 youth summer exchange had a lot to talk about. Thank you to all parents for hosting the summer exchange youth program and for their involvement, it is greatly appreciated!

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Marco (Italy), Simon (Kingston), Esther (Spain) and Leah (Kingston)
Fireside Eva Monlux 2012-08-01 00:00:00Z
Clean Water Project in Ethiopia
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Clean Water Project in Ethiopia Eva Monlux 2012-07-17 00:00:00Z
Rotary Summer Youth Exchange
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Esther Garcia (Spain) and Leah VanLieshout (Kingston) by the Rock at the KHS.



Leah spent 3 sunny weeks in Spain with her exchange partner, Esther. Both young ladies arrived in Kingston on Thursday July 12. Esther will stay with the VanLieshout family until August 9. 



 



Rotary Summer Youth Exchange Eva Monlux 2012-07-16 00:00:00Z
Judy Byron - District Governor
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Don Hutchins-KNK President; Judy Byron-District Governor and Joanne Croghan-Assistent/Area Governor



District Governor Judy Byron visited our club on Wednesday July 11th, 2012. She is honored to serve as a District Governor during the 2012-2013 Rotary Year. Her commitment to Rotarians is to hear our concerns, to respond to our needs to the best of her ability and to help us celebrate our accomplishments in furthering the ‘Object of Rotary’.



She talked about use of social media, Twitter and Facebook. At the District level the District PR and Communications Committee will work with all club PR Chairs. The log-in to our District website is going to be much easier and entering fundraising events on a calendar will help further vision.



She wishes Rotarians every success and looks forward to working with us to further the goals of Rotary.











 
Judy Byron - District Governor Eva Monlux 2012-07-11 00:00:00Z
Beer Garden - Summer Fundraiser and a Concert on the Cove
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Kingston NK Rotarians started to set up arund 5PM for our first Beer & Wine Garden of the summer. With so many of us we were ready by 5:45PM. Thank you to all that came! 

We all enjoyed the beer from the Silver City Brewery in Silverdale and the wine from the Piccola Winery in Woodinville, and the peanuts from CB's Nuts in Kingston.

The band - Locust Street Taxi had some great music for all of the people that came and relaxed on the Saturday evening at the Mike Wallace Park. There were also 2 food vendors that served Bavarian Bratwurst and Tacos & Burritos.

It was a beautifull summer evening in Kingston!
Beer Garden - Summer Fundraiser and a Concert on the Cove Eva Monlux 2012-07-09 00:00:00Z
4th of July Fun Run
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Megan & Landon Boxman -  Marco Parolin youth exchange from Italy and Simon Campo KHS





Young and older they all came and had a good time, running or walking 10K, 5K and 1-mile dash. They all did something good for them self's and for others. The 4th of July Fun Run is a Fundraiser. Proceeds benefit Kingston NK Rotary Club and the Kingston Running Club.

Thank you to all volunteers and sponsors who made this event possible.
4th of July Fun Run Eva Monlux 2012-07-06 00:00:00Z
Kingston NK Rotary in 4th of July Parade
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Rotarians enjoyed walking in the 4th of July Parade. This year we had a youth exchange Marco Parolin from Italy and Simon Campo KHS student with us.

Kingston NK Rotary in 4th of July Parade Eva Monlux 2012-07-06 00:00:00Z
Swing for Rotary Golf Classic
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By Breane Martinez

Friday, June 22nd, 2012 was a day of many firsts for the Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club and local golfers. Friday was the Rotary Club’s 6th annual, and most rainy, charity golf tournament at the White Horse Golf Club. What a day it turned out to be! For a record number of golfers, it was a day they won’t soon forget. In spite of torrential rains throughout most of the event, golfers’ spirits were high as they sloshed from hole to hole. Though, it is rumored that some of their Gore-Tex gear finally succumbed and took on water like sponges.

A huge THANK YOU to our golfers and sponsors for showing up on such a rainy day and helping us set a new fundraising record! Proceeds from the tournament will benefit service projects in our community, for our youth, and internationally. Locally, we provide college scholarships for deserving students, will help fund the covered picnic shelter for the Village Green Park, feed children during the summer months, and sponsor local food banks.

Swing for Rotary Golf Classic Eva Monlux 2012-07-03 00:00:00Z
Induction Dinner
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On Saturday, June 30th 2012, the Kingston-NK Rotary Club thanked our outgoing officers and our outgoing President Clint Boxman for a very successful year.  We welcomed our new officers and our new President Don Hutchins. Don has big shoes to fill. He will have the support of all the Rotarians as we go forward. Don is pleased with the enthusiasm of our Rotarians and knows we’re going to have another highly successful year.
Induction Dinner Eva Monlux 2012-07-03 00:00:00Z
Jessica Larson - KNK Rotarian of the Year 2011/2012
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Jessica Larson is our Rotarian of the Year 2011/2012. Jessica helps young people to succeed and be part of our community. The Interact Club at the Kingston High School is the largest in our District 5020. 

Congratulations!



Jessica Larson - KNK Rotarian of the Year 2011/2012 Eva Monlux 2012-07-03 00:00:00Z
Incoming President, Don Hutchins, Talks Rotary on the Radio

ServiceAboveSelfRadio.org
 
Join host Dr. Thomas Lamar  as he sits down with incoming Kingston North Kitsap Rotary President, Don Hutchins, to get the 411 on what our local Rotary Club is up to and how it is making an impact on the community and beyond!
Incoming President, Don Hutchins

Incoming President, Don Hutchins, Talks Rotary on the Radio Eva Monlux 2012-06-14 00:00:00Z
Speaker Thomas Weaver - Attorney
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Thomas Weaver visited our club and talked to our Rotarians about criminal justic.
Speaker Thomas Weaver - Attorney Eva Monlux 2012-06-13 00:00:00Z
Thomas Lamar - Swing for Rotary Golf Classic is ON THE AIR!




It's "Tee Time" once again!  Join host Dr. Thomas Lamar of the Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club as he sits down to talk "tee" with with fellow Kingston Rotarians, Breane Martinez and Karen Gibson — the cochairs for the 2012 Swing for Rotary Golf Classic. Now in its 6th year, this local Rotary golf event held at the beautiful White Horse Golf Club, has enabled the Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club to do some pretty amazing things for our community.  



Helpful Links:

Thomas Lamar - Swing for Rotary Golf Classic is ON THE AIR! Eva Monlux 2012-06-12 00:00:00Z
Rob Gelder - District 1 Kitsap County Commissioner
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Rob Gelder, Kitsap County Commissioner gave Rotarians an update on two NK County projects. One of them was the NK Shoreline Master Program and the second was the NK Urban Growth Area. Rotarians were able to look at the maps of each project with enough time for Q's & A's.
rgelder@CO.Kitsap.Wa.Us
http://www.kitsapgov.com/boc/gelder/gelder.htm

Rob Gelder - District 1 Kitsap County Commissioner Eva Monlux 2012-05-23 00:00:00Z
The Tent is Up
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Thank you to each and every person who came to Port of Kingston last Sunday and helped raise the Tent. We were able to put the tent up in a record time. While the Kingston NK Rotary Club led the way we had colunteers from the Greater Kingston Kiwanis, Kingston High School Athletic Boosters, KHS Athletes and some every day great Kingston people. The Tent is used for a variety of events held at the Port not the least of which is the Rotary Beer and Wine Garden during the Summer Concerts on the Cove.

Thank you Volunteers: Randy Monlux, Doug Hallock, Don Hutchins, Jerry Tellinghuisen, Mark Bayz, Eva Monlux, Andrew Monlux, Matt House, Steve Byers, Sam Byers, Erika Daniels, Jackson from KHS, Nick Jewett, Sally Christie, John Rotta, Gene Medina, Dan Martin, Meisha Rouser, Jeff Rouser, Garrett Rouser, Thornton Percival, Mitch Brockett, Mike Hofstedt, Patrick Hofstedt, B. Hofstedt, Sarah Hofstedt, Patt Foreman, Ed Foreman, Chris Neil, Rachell Neil, Suzanne Jenny.
The Tent is Up Eva Monlux 2012-05-20 00:00:00Z
Homeless/Street Youth - The Coffee Oasis
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David Frederick - Exacutive Director of the Caffee Oasis talked about the importance of this project. We look forward to opening the teen center soon.
Cofee Oasis is a not-for-profit organization with a proven track record in Port Orchard and Bremerton in outreaching to homeless youth, providing case management and job training.  Recently, Coffee Oasis leased this building from the City of Poulsbo, which will be remodeled with the help of volunteers under the leadership of Kitsap Trident Homes.
You can help too: bring small hygiene products to our rotary meeting.
www.thecoffeeoasis.com
Homeless/Street Youth - The Coffee Oasis Eva Monlux 2012-05-16 00:00:00Z
Speaker Dave Foot - United Way of Kitsap County
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Dave Foot visited our club and talked about some of the toughest issues our community faces:  People without jobs, houses in foreclosure, families in need of food, clothing, medical and school supplies. United Way of Kitsap County conducts regular research in partnership with other community organizations to determine what the most critical needs are. Then funding is allocated to meet those needs. www.unitedwaykitsap.org

For Community Information and Referrals call 2-1-1 or visit www.win211.org to find services such as: Employment Support, Medical Care Questions, Mental Health Services, Senior Assistance, Shelter Needs, Domestic Violence Help, Food Resources and more.  

Speaker Dave Foot - United Way of Kitsap County Eva Monlux 2012-05-09 00:00:00Z
Speaker Walt Eliott - Port of Kingston Commissionar
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Walt Elliott was our speaker. He is one of our Port Commissioners and an outspoken ferry advocate. Walt is also one of our newest Rotarians.  He addressed many of the concerns at the Port of Kingston focusing on the Sound Runner passenger only ferry. He explained the budgetary issues the Sound Runner is experiencing and the Ports plan to sustain it in the near term till a regional ferry district plan can be implemented in 2015. The regional ferry district plan would create and support multiple passanger only ferry routes through the region.
http://www.portofkingston.org/home.html

Speaker Walt Eliott - Port of Kingston Commissionar Eva Monlux 2012-04-25 00:00:00Z
Speaker Donna Etchey - Kingston Chamber of Commerce
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Donna Etchey the President of the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce talked to Rotarians about the current status of the Chamber. She addressed the challenges and changes that the Chamber is going through during these difficult economic times. The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce has a lunch open to the public the 1st Tuesday of the month. Check the website for time and location along with who the speaker is.
http://www.kingstonchamber.com/
Speaker Donna Etchey - Kingston Chamber of Commerce Eva Monlux 2012-04-18 00:00:00Z
Speaker Chad Solvie - Martha & Mary
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Martha and Mary CEO Chad Solvie and his staff came and spoke to us about Martha and Mary, how it is changing and the role it will be playing in the Village Green. Martha and Mary has been a provider of senior care services but has expanded into child care, senior at home services and now independent senior housing. The Martha and Mary Kids program offers a variety of child care and after school care for children across the county. Randy Hardin and Bette Herman run the Martha and Mary at home program that brings assisted elder  care into a person’s home allowing seniors to stay in their own home for as long as possible and are focused on providing a quality service to aid in  extended quality of life  as the community ages. Martha and Mary is also acquiring affordable senior housing units across the region and are building their first new senior housing center in Kingston on the Village Green and are scheduled to open in 2013. Martha & Mary is the 3rd largest employer in Kitsap County and it is a not-for-profit organization. www.marthaandmary.org/

Speaker Chad Solvie - Martha & Mary Eva Monlux 2012-04-11 00:00:00Z
Speaker Rick Jones - NK Shool District Superintendant
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Our North Kitsap School District Superintendant Rick Jones spoke to the club. He went over the districts school closures that have been causes by shrinking enrollment and the burdens that it places on the district as a whole. He educated the club on the needs of having to increase class sizes along with the need to reduce teachers’ salaries over the next few years. He explained the changing dynamic in the schools of shifting from a days in seat model to a performance model based on student learning achievement measured by testing methods.

Our schools are performing exceptionally in both academics and athletics when measured to the rest of the schools across the state. He noted the importance of the relationship between academic and athletic achievement. We need to commend all of the staff at our schools on their achievements to date and look forward to them meeting the challenges in the future.
Speaker Rick Jones - NK Shool District Superintendant Eva Monlux 2012-03-28 00:00:00Z
Speaker Robert Doane - Acupuncture and Wellness Center, P.S.
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Our Speaker Robert Doane talked about Western medicine, Chinese medicine and wellness. What is Health…How healthy are you… What can you do.  Robert also talked about his life, work and his family.

Acupuncture and Wellness Center, P.S. is located in Poulsbo and it is one of the largest Chinese Medical Clinics in the United States, treating in excess of 500 people a week using Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Chinese pulse diagnosis is an ancient diagnostic tool used to interpret the function of your internal organs. By taking your pulse at the radial artery they can diagnose your current health problems and determine the most effective treatment.

For more information visit: www.acupuncturewellness.net

Speaker Robert Doane - Acupuncture and Wellness Center, P.S. Eva Monlux 2012-03-21 00:00:00Z
Lauren Silver - Speaks About Dementia
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Lauren Silver a local author came to our rotary meeting and talked to rotarians about Dimentia. Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities.
Lauren Silver - Speaks About Dementia Eva Monlux 2012-03-14 00:00:00Z
Multi Club Fireside - Suquamish Tribe Longhouse
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MultiClub Fireside - Five Kitsap County Rotary Clubs Hosted by the Suquamish Tribe.
On Tuesday, March 13th our club joined Rotary Clubs of BI, Bremerton, East Bremerton, Poulsbo-North Kitsap, Silverdale and Poulsbo Historical Sociaty at the Multi Club Fireside at the Suquamish Longhouse, "The House of Awakened Culture". After the social hour we all learned a lot about the Suquamish Tribal history and archaeology.
Multi Club Fireside - Suquamish Tribe Longhouse Eva Monlux 2012-03-13 00:00:00Z
Debby DeMartini - Thermal Body Scan NW
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Debbie DeMartini of Thermal Body Scan came to the club and explained this non invasive medical imaging system and the benefits it provides in preventive care and early detection of a wide variety of disease symptoms.  The Thermal Body Scan NW is located in Poulsbo.
www.thermalbodyscannw.com

Debby DeMartini - Thermal Body Scan NW Eva Monlux 2012-02-22 00:00:00Z
Christian Cole - Principal of Kingston High School
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Kingston High School Class 2011.

Christiana Cole Principal of Kingston High School and a “Principal of the Year” in 2011 came and spoke to the club. She went over in detail about the positive scholastic accomplishments of our buccaneers with comparison to the district and state. She also spoke about the athletic program and how important these and all the extracurricular activities are to our kid’s growth. She answered many questions about the budgetary short falls. We are very lucky to have Mrs. Cole in our community.



Christian Cole - Principal of Kingston High School Eva Monlux 2012-02-15 00:00:00Z
Howard Robinson - Apple Tree Animal Hospital

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Howard Robinson the new owned of Apple Tree Animal Hospital came and spoke to the club about coming to the area and the approach he and his wife have towards animal care. They have redesigned the facility and their staff is ready to support our local needs. Welcome in Kingston!

Howard Robinson - Apple Tree Animal Hospital Eva Monlux 2012-02-08 00:00:00Z
Speaker Mary Hancock - Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap Co.
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Mary Hancock of the Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County came and spoke about the center and the many services it provides. The Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) of Kitsap County began in 1990 when a group of professional mediators, attorneys, and educators formed a small agency to help neighbors solve disputes peacefully and out-of-court.

Speaker Mary Hancock - Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap Co. Eva Monlux 2012-01-25 00:00:00Z
Cami Floyd - KHS Fine Arts
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Cami Floyd from our Kingston High school and our featured artist of the month came and spoke to the club about the local fine arts program and how important the fine art boosters are to the program.

Cami Floyd - KHS Fine Arts Eva Monlux 2012-01-11 00:00:00Z
ShareNet - Kathy Melseth Food Bank Manager

Kathy Melseth, manager of the ShareNet Food Bank in Kingston talked to Rotarians about valunteers, clients and services. ShareNet is a ministry striving to support the needs of our community. ShareNet provides food, encouragement, spiritual support and advice for every day needs in addition to directing people to various available resources. 360-297-2266, www.sharenetfoodbank.org, Facebook: sharenetfoodbankandthriftstore, 26061 United Rd, Suite A, Kingston 98346.

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ShareNet - Kathy Melseth Food Bank Manager Eva Monlux 2011-12-14 00:00:00Z
2011 Annual Rotary Holiday Party

Kingston Rotarians, Visiting Rotarians and Guests at the Kingston Holiday Party. It was a good evening with lots of good laughs.

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2011 Annual Rotary Holiday Party Eva Monlux 2011-12-03 00:00:00Z
Making Kingston Beautiful

Saturday November 12th 8AM-12Noon, Kingston Volunteers helped clean up Kingston.

 

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Making Kingston Beautiful Eva Monlux 2011-11-12 00:00:00Z
Joint Food Drive Rotary/Kiwanis

Joint Food Drive Rotary/Kiwanis was held on Saturday November 12th at the IGA and on Sunday Novmber 13th at the Albertsons. The Food collected was given to Kingston ShareNet and Kingston Food Bank.Thank you to all members that were part of this 2 day event.

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Joint food drive Rotary/Kiwani on Sunday 11/13/2011 

 

Joint Food Drive Rotary/Kiwanis Eva Monlux 2011-11-12 00:00:00Z
Speaker Joanne Croghan - H2O Project in Kenya

Our Area Governor Joanne Croghan talks about the Water Project in Kenya. 

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Speaker Joanne Croghan - H2O Project in Kenya Eva Monlux 2011-11-02 00:00:00Z
Bottle School in Guatemala

Local people help to build the Bottle School in Guatemala. There are 14 Bottle Schools in Guatemala, built in less then 2 years. Bottle school projects are under way in 3 further communities-but more funds are needed. Hug It Forward is a non-profit that empowers communities to build bottle schools.

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Bottle School in Guatemala Eva Monlux 2011-10-26 00:00:00Z
Speaker Dana Coggon - KCAC Noxious Weeds

Dana talkes to Rotarians about Noxious Weeds. Prevention, education and technical assistance continue to be the keys to the success of the Kitsap County Noxious Weed Control Program. Noxious weeds are found everywhere in Kitsap County: in urban, suburban and rural areas; on developed and undeveloped land; in gardens, farmland, forests and natural areas, as well as in lakes, rivers, streams and in Puget Sound. The mission of the Kitsap County Noxious weed Control Board is to educate county residents, property owners and managers to be responsible stewards of the land and resources of Kitsap County by protecting and preserving all lands and natural resources of the county from the degrading impact of invasive noxious weeds.

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Speaker Dana Coggon - KCAC Noxious Weeds Eva Monlux 2011-10-26 00:00:00Z
Speaker Becky Brown - Kitsap Legal Services

Becky Brown speaks to Rotarians about helping low-income individuals find solutions to civil legl problems. Isaac  Anderson is one of many attorneys who volunteer their time and resources to make a difference in our community. Isaac joined Kingston NK Rotary Club this summer.

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Speaker Becky Brown - Kitsap Legal Services Eva Monlux 2011-10-19 00:00:00Z
Karen Gibson - Classification Talk

Karen Gibson -  Clssification Talk on Wednesday October 19th,

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Karen Gibson - Classification Talk Eva Monlux 2011-10-19 00:00:00Z
Tent Take Down

A group of Rotarians, along with some outside help, cleaned and then took down the tent for storage until next year.  This tent is owned by the Port and is used for Beer Gardens during the Saturday Night free Concerts of the Cove in July and August.

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Tent Take Down Fredrick Branchflower 2011-10-18 00:00:00Z
Isaac Anderson New Rotary Member

Isaac Anderson became our new Rotary member in September. His clssification talk was presented on 10/12/2011.

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Isaac Anderson New Rotary Member Eva Monlux 2011-10-12 00:00:00Z
Speaker Dan Martin - Greater Seattle SCORE

Dan talks to Rotarians about Greater Seattle SCORE

 

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Speaker Dan Martin - Greater Seattle SCORE Eva Monlux 2011-10-12 00:00:00Z
Speaker on Belize

Linda speaks to Rotarians about Belize.

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Speaker on Belize Eva Monlux 2011-09-28 00:00:00Z
Kingston NK Rotary goes to Mariners Game via SoundRunner

Rotarians and Friends of Rotary at the Mariners Game.

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Kingston NK Rotary goes to Mariners Game via SoundRunner Eva Monlux 2011-09-16 00:00:00Z
JoClark-StandUp for Kids

Speaker JoClark talks about Stand Up for Kids.

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JoClark-StandUp for Kids Eva Monlux 2011-09-14 00:00:00Z
Dr. Sean Couch Speaks about Dental Health and Physical Health.

Dr. Sean Couch, Kingston Dental

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Dr. Sean Couch Speaks about Dental Health and Physical Health. Eva Monlux 2011-08-31 00:00:00Z
8th Beer Garden and Concert on the Cove

Locust Street Taxi made the evening come alive for young and old at the last Concert on the Cove and the Beer Garden this summer.  Rotarians had 8 incedible Satudays at the Beer Garden... Go Rotary! Go Kingston!

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8th Beer Garden and Concert on the Cove Eva Monlux 2011-08-27 00:00:00Z
Pat Wiklund Speaks About Building a Healthy Community.

Pat Wiklund has helped thousands of executives, entrepreneurs and professionals change their minds and their behaviors to achive the goals and successes they've always wanted. As a professional speaker for over 20 years, Pat has appeared before hundreds of audiences as small as 5 and as large as 2,000; as far away as Johannesburg and as close as Kingston NK Rotary Club.

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Pat Wiklund Speaks About Building a Healthy Community. Eva Monlux 2011-08-24 00:00:00Z
7th Beer Garden and Concert on the Cove.

Kingston Community and Visitors enjoyed the evening at the Mike Wallace Park with Blues Counselors, Local Food and the Silver City Brewery Beers at the Rotary Beer Garden. Money raised at the Rotary Beer Garden supports our local community.                                  Some people had a chance to see the Floating Radar to leave Seattle.

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7th Beer Garden and Concert on the Cove. Eva Monlux 2011-08-20 00:00:00Z
Johnny Walker speaks to Rotary about Camperdown Elm Tree

Wednesday August 17th, Johnny Walker shared with rotarians an interesting story of a Camperdown Elm Tree,  located at the Village Green. There are four Camperdown elms in Kitsap County believed to have roots in the region's pioneer heritage. In addition to Kingston's tree, there are two in Port Gamble and a fourth in Bremerton.Camperdown elms are not typical trees; they are grafted trees unable to reproduce on their own.

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Johnny Walker speaks to Rotary about Camperdown Elm Tree Eva Monlux 2011-08-17 00:00:00Z
Scholarships

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A major contribution from the Kingston NK Rotary Club each year is scholarships for Kingston Highschool students.  This year, we contributed $ 2,000. ( 2 students x $ 1,000)

Scholarships Eva Monlux 2011-08-15 00:00:00Z
Eradicate Polio Now
Image  Rotarians worldwide have contributed more than $900 million in this effort to eradicate polio world wide. The efforts have been wonderful but there are still some areas left to complete the mission. Now we are raising another $200 million to match the $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Eradicate Polio Now Eva Monlux 2011-08-15 00:00:00Z
6th Beer Garden and Concert on the Cove.

We Rocked the Evening Away with The House of Cards.

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6th Beer Garden and Concert on the Cove. Eva Monlux 2011-08-13 00:00:00Z
5th Beer Garden and Concert on the Cove

Fifth Concert by the Sea montage

The mix of Latin/Flamenco/Funk music preformed by Deseo Carmin. Warm Summer Evening in Kingston, WA.

5th Beer Garden and Concert on the Cove Eva Monlux 2011-08-06 00:00:00Z
4th Beer Garden and Concert on the Cove

 

Fourth Concert

Great Evening at the Beer Garden... Everyone Enjoyed the Music, Food and Beer!

 


4th Beer Garden and Concert on the Cove Eva Monlux 2011-07-30 00:00:00Z
Mark Hoppen - New Generation of Service
At the Rotary Meeting Speaker Mark Hoppen Talks about New Generation of Service.MH 1
Mark Hoppen - New Generation of Service Eva Monlux 2011-07-27 00:00:00Z
3rd Beer Garden & Concert on the Cove 7/23

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On Saturday, July 23rd we had a spectacular view of Mt. Rainer.

3rd Beer Garden & Concert on the Cove 7/23 Eva Monlux 2011-07-23 00:00:00Z
Youth Exchange Students tell their stories
Youth Exchange
Youth Exchange Students tell their stories Fredrick Branchflower 2011-07-20 00:00:00Z
2nd Concert By The Sea

2nd Concert by the Sea 

Despite the iffy weather the 2nd Concert By The Sea was a great success. 


2nd Concert By The Sea Fredrick Branchflower 2011-07-16 00:00:00Z
Rea Mowery receives President's Award

Rea receiving President's Award 

Rea Mowery receiving the President's Award for his many years of dedicated service to Rotary.


Rea Mowery receives President's Award Fredrick Branchflower 2011-07-13 00:00:00Z
District Governor visits

Dave Stock, Mrs Stock and Clint

District Governor David Stocks and his wife Frances with new President Clint Boxman during the governor's visit to our club. 

District Governor visits Fredrick Branchflower 2011-07-13 00:00:00Z
1st Beer Garden of 2011

Beer Garden

The first Beer Garden/Concert by the Sea of the year - 9 July 2011 


1st Beer Garden of 2011 Fredrick Branchflower 2011-07-09 00:00:00Z
4th of July Parade

 Fourth of July

Rotary's participation in the 4th of July Parade 

 

4th of July Parade Fredrick Branchflower 2011-07-04 00:00:00Z
4th of July Fun Run

Fun Run 

What a great turnout for the Fun Run this year.  Click here to see slide show.


4th of July Fun Run Fredrick Branchflower 2011-07-04 00:00:00Z
Verizon Wireless - Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Golf Tournament 2011

Golf Tournament 

This year's Golf Tournament was by far the best we have put on to date.


Verizon Wireless - Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Golf Tournament 2011 Fredrick Branchflower 2011-06-24 00:00:00Z
Brainstorming our future

 

Clint Boxman, assisted by Gene Medina, led a brainstorming session at the Branchflower home to examine where we are now and where we want to be one year and five years down the line.

Brainstorming our future Fredrick Branchflower 2011-05-28 00:00:00Z
Major General Ed Trobaugh

 

Major General Ed Trobaugh talks about the American Lake Veterans Golf Club and the volunteer effort to make something special for our wounded veterans. 

Major General Ed Trobaugh Fredrick Branchflower 2011-05-25 00:00:00Z
Fireside at Martin's House

 

 

Misha Rouser receives her Rotary pin and becomes our newest member.

 

 Dan Martin receives his 5th Paul Harris Award.

 

Megan Martin, with friend Maggie Levine, watches the activities at the Fireside.  Megan will be the club's first Summer Exchange student.

 

 

Fireside at Martin's House Fredrick Branchflower 2011-04-25 00:00:00Z
Aging in Place

 

 

Aaron D. Murpy, Architect and Poulsbo Rotarian talk to the club about  making the home friendlier and safer for elderly persons. 

Aging in Place Fredrick Branchflower 2011-04-20 00:00:00Z
Dr. Rick Jones - North Kitsap School Superintendent talks on School Programs

 

 

Dr. Rick Jones - North Kitsap School District Superintendent and Poulsbo Rotarian talks to the club about the effect on budget cuts on school programs. 

Dr. Rick Jones - North Kitsap School Superintendent talks on School Programs Fredrick Branchflower 2011-04-13 00:00:00Z
Jamaica

 


Edwin Sterling talks to the club about the culture in Jamaica and provides us with some Jamaican cuisine.

Jamaica Fredrick Branchflower 2011-03-18 00:00:00Z
Dresses for African girls

 

 

Using pillow cases donated by people in the Community, various Kingston citizens met at Nancy's Green Garden to convert the pillow cases into dresses for some lucky African girls.

 

Dresses for African girls Fredrick Branchflower 2011-03-10 00:00:00Z
Babe Ruth World Series - 2012

 

 

 

Rush Baker and Brent Stenman brief us on the Babe Ruth World Series scheduled for Kitsap County in August of 2012

 

Babe Ruth World Series - 2012 Fredrick Branchflower 2011-03-09 00:00:00Z
Being Homeless

 

Major Baker from the Salvation Army talked to us about the homeless situation in Kitsap County. 

 

Glenda Wilson shared with us what it is like being a homeless woman. 

Being Homeless Fredrick Branchflower 2011-02-23 00:00:00Z
Bruce Fleet - Author of "The Solomon Secret"

 

Bruce Fleet talks to the club about his book "The Solomon Secret - the 7 secrets of financial success"

Bruce Fleet - Author of "The Solomon Secret" Fredrick Branchflower 2011-02-16 00:00:00Z
Motorcycles – what to know when your child or grandchild wants to ride one

 

 

Dave Preston from Team Ride West tells us about programs available for teaching motorcycle safety to persons of all levels of experience.

Motorcycles – what to know when your child or grandchild wants to ride one Fredrick Branchflower 2011-02-10 00:00:00Z
Tish Satre talks to our club

 

Tish Satre was our "pinch hit" speaker at Rotary yesterday. She shared her adventures as President of the Juneau Rotary Club.  Their District encompasses all of Alaska, the Yukon, and parts of Russia so District gatherings become quite an event.   Tish Satre is co-owner of Alaska Quest Charters and had some interesting stories to tell us about a deer rescue during their first month of operations. The slides of the deer rescue she described in her talk can be found on their website here.  

Tish Satre talks to our club Fredrick Branchflower 2011-01-28 00:00:00Z
Dec 29 Dr Tom Lamar did a live podcast at the Rotary Club on Podcasting
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Here is a link to the pod cast direct.

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Dec 29 Dr Tom Lamar did a live podcast at the Rotary Club on Podcasting Thomas Lamar 2010-12-29 00:00:00Z
Rotary Christmas Party

 


A fun time was had by all at this year's Rotary Christmas party.

Rotary Christmas Party Fredrick Branchflower 2010-12-15 00:00:00Z
Brian Maule awarded Paul Harris Award

 

Bill Maule presents his son Brian Maule with the Paul Harris award.

Brian Maule awarded Paul Harris Award Fredrick Branchflower 2010-12-15 00:00:00Z
Vicki Evans - Rotary Trip to Uganda
 

Vicki Evans, Rotary member of the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club talks to the membership about the Rotary Trip she and her husband Lee recently took to Uganda.

Vicki Evans - Rotary Trip to Uganda Fredrick Branchflower 2010-12-08 00:00:00Z
Induction of Jerry Tellinghuisen
 

Jerry Tellinghuisen has become the newest member of our club.  Jerry is an accountant and will be mentored by Randy Monlux.
Induction of Jerry Tellinghuisen Fredrick Branchflower 2010-12-08 00:00:00Z
Thanksgiving Food Drive

 Eva, Skip, Don and Bill during the Thanksgiving Food Drive

Thanksgiving Food Drive Fredrick Branchflower 2010-11-22 00:00:00Z
Puns for educated minds
 
Puns for Educated Minds
 
The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference.
He acquired his size from too much pi.
 
I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian .
 
She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
 
A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.
  
 
No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
  
 
A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
  
 
A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
 
Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
 
A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.
 
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
 
Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
                                                         
Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'
                                                    
I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'
 
The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
 
The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
 
A backward poet writes inverse.
 
In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count  
that votes.
 
When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.
 
If you jumped off the bridge in Paris , you'd be in Seine .
                                                         
A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.'

Two fish swim into a concrete wall.  One turns to the other and says 'Dam!'
                                                                                        
Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

Two hydrogen atoms meet.  One says, 'I've lost my electron.' The other says 'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.'
 
Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root  canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.
 
There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh.  No pun in ten did.


Puns for educated minds Fredrick Branchflower 2010-11-20 00:00:00Z
Richard LeMieux talks to members

 



Richard LeMieux talks to the members about his homeless experiences.  Richard is the author of the best selling book "Breakfast at Sally's"

Richard LeMieux talks to members Fredrick Branchflower 2010-11-10 00:00:00Z
Humor - Paraprosdokian Phrases
 

Ø    I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a  bike and asked for forgiveness.

Ø    Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you  with experience.

Ø    The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.  

Ø    If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

Ø    We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

Ø    Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit  salad.

Ø    Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening', and then proceed to tell  you why it isn't.

Ø    To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.  

Ø    A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On  my desk, I have a work station.

Ø   I thought I wanted a career.  It turns out I just wanted pay checks.  

Ø    A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that you don't  need it.

Ø    Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says "If an emergency,  notify:" I put "DOCTOR".

Ø    I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

Ø    A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

Ø    You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive  twice.

Ø    The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!  

Ø    Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.

Ø    A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you  will look forward to the trip.

Ø    Hospitality:  making your guests feel like they're at home,  even when you wish they were.


Ø   Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live  with.

Ø    Some cause happiness wherever they go; Others whenever they go.

Ø    I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.

Ø    I always take life with a grain of salt, plus a slice of lemon, and a shot of  tequila.

Ø    When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department  usually uses water.

Ø    You're never too old to learn something stupid.

Ø    To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the  target.
 
Ø    Nostalgia isn't what it used to be. 

Ø    Some people hear voices. Some see invisible people. Others have no imagination  whatsoever.


Ø    A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are running after it as when  you are in it.  


Humor - Paraprosdokian Phrases Fredrick Branchflower 2010-11-05 00:00:00Z
Time/Time Management
 
Time is our most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it, and spend it rather than invest it.

The greatest definition for concentration I ever heard is "Wherever you are, be there!"

We can no more afford to spend major time on minor things than we can to spend minor time on major things.
Time/Time Management Jim Rohn 2010-11-05 00:00:00Z
Leadership

Leaders think and talk about the solutions.  Followers think and talk about the problems.

Respect is the key determinant of high-performance leadership.  How much people respect you determines how well they perform.

Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership.  Always keep your word.

Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary achievement from ordinary people.

Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position
Leadership Brian Tracy 2010-11-05 00:00:00Z
Lifestyle

Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.
 
Let others lead small lives, but not you.  Let others argue over small things, but not you.  Let other cry over small hurts, but not you.

Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you.

There are three things to leave behind: your photographs, your library, and your personal journals.  These things are certainly going to be more valuable to future generations than your furniture
Lifestyle Jim Rohn 2010-11-05 00:00:00Z
Little Book of Big Quotes
ENCOURAGEMENT:
   When someone we love is having dificulty and is giving us a bad time, it's better to explore the cause than to critize the action.

HAPPINESS:
   Be helpful.  When you see a person without a smile, give him yours.

   Most of us would be upset if we were accused of being "silly."  But the sord "silly" comes from an old English word "selig", and its literal definition is "to be blessed, happy, healthy and prosperous."

   The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now.

Little Book of Big Quotes Zig Ziglar 2010-11-05 00:00:00Z
The Seeds of Greatness Treasury
The Seeds of Greatness Treasury Denis Waitley 2010-11-05 00:00:00Z
James Hodges, Ph.D speaking of George Washington



James Hodges of the Edmonds Rotary Club spoke on the subject "Victory or Death" - How George Washington's ethical principles of leadership, incorporating the four way test, overcame all obstacles to win independence for us.
James Hodges, Ph.D speaking of George Washington Fredrick Branchflower 2010-10-27 00:00:00Z
Randy Monlux - What is Green?

 

Randy talks to the club about what is Green.

Randy Monlux - What is Green? Fredrick Branchflower 2010-10-20 00:00:00Z
Michele LeBoda talks about "Preventing Childhood Injuries"
 

Michele LeBoda talks about "Preventing Childhood Injuries" Fredrick Branchflower 2010-10-13 00:00:00Z
Edwin Sterling giving classification talk

 

Edwin Sterling giving classification talk Fredrick Branchflower 2010-10-13 00:00:00Z
Rea Mowery receives his 9th Paul Harris Award

 

Rea Mowery receives his 9th Paul Harris Award Fredrick Branchflower 2010-10-13 00:00:00Z
Commissioner Steve Bauer talks to club


Kitsap County Commissioner Steve Bauer talks to the club about County plans for the Kingston area.

Commissioner Steve Bauer talks to club Fredrick Branchflower 2010-09-29 00:00:00Z
District Governor inducts Edwin Sterling into our club

 

District Governor Bob Martin (right) inducted new member Edwin Sterling (left) into  our club as part of the governor's visit.  Laura Neal (Membership Chair) and Fredrick Branchflower (President) look on.

District Governor inducts Edwin Sterling into our club Fredrick Branchflower 2010-09-22 00:00:00Z
Randy received the Greatest Gear award
 
 


Randy Monlux received the Greatest Gear in Town tee-shirt from Governor Bob Martin


Randy received the Greatest Gear award Fredrick Branchflower 2010-09-22 00:00:00Z
District Governor Bob Martin


 
District Governor Bob Martin address the club.
District Governor Bob Martin Fredrick Branchflower 2010-09-22 00:00:00Z
District Governor Bob Martin and his wife Jan to visit club on 22 September 2010
 


Bob graduated from Medical School in Oregon in 1968 and has been a Board certified Dermatologist since 1973. In 1985, he married Jan Atkinson, and she helped him finish raising two boys and a daughter. They now have two grandchildren.

One of his patients invited him to a Rotary meeting in April 1977 and he was thrilled with what he saw and continues to be thrilled. He has been a member of the Gig Harbor Club since 1983 and has served three years as Secretary, President 1989-90, and bulletin editor for 4 years. He served as Floyd Olson's conference chair in 1995. Serving as an AG for three years, opened his eyes to the time and responsibility of the DG.

Jan and Bob are multiple Paul Harris Fellows and their children are well on their way. They are also Benefactors. Bob is proud of Rotary's contributions to our communities and to the world, and he is proud to be a Rotarian.

District Governor Bob Martin and his wife Jan to visit club on 22 September 2010 Fredrick Branchflower 2010-09-15 00:00:00Z
Sheriff Steve Boyer talks to Club

 

Sheriff Steve Boyer talks to our Rotay Club

Sheriff Steve Boyer talks to Club Fredrick Branchflower 2010-09-09 00:00:00Z
Rotary Beer Fests at the Cove

 

The Rotary Club of Kingston - North Kitsap completed its 8th Beer Garden on the 28th of August

Rotary Beer Fests at the Cove Fredrick Branchflower 2010-08-29 00:00:00Z
Puns
Puns Fredrick Branchflower 2010-07-18 00:00:00Z
Don't Forget!! Let's send hunger packing!

(submitted by Breane Martinez)

As most of you know, our local Rotary club is participating in the community-wide food drive to “Send Hunger Packing”.  You will find drop off boxes in many of our local businesses thru the end of the year.  All food/items collected will be divided among participating food banks according to demand.  Please visit www.kitsapcu.org/sendhungerpacking for program information including full list of items needed, and /or to download the Send Hunger Packing promotional flyer.

                Our club has decided to see how many boxes we can fill internally before the deadline of December 31st.  If each Rotarian provides an item a week at minimum, we should able to fill a box a week no problem!  So let’s join together in “GOODWILL WEDNESDAY” to make this happen and set a new club record for pounds of food collected:

·         Rotarians WILL donate a food or hygiene item every week

·         Rotarians WILL fill at least one box a week to be donated to local food bank

·         Rotarians WILL help “Send Hunger Packing” one box at a time!

Don't Forget!! Let's send hunger packing! Donald Hutchins
SWING FOR ROTARY GOLF CLASSIC
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 Save the Date:  Friday, June 21st, 2013

This years golf tournament promises to be the best ever as it will be held in the new club house!  This is a great opportunity to attract new sponsors and we encourage each Rotarian to reach out to a new potential sponsor.  With all of us pitching in, we can make this next tournament our best ever!

SWING FOR ROTARY GOLF CLASSIC Alisha Martinez
Rotary Christmas Party Coming Up!
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Rotary Christmas Party Coming Up! Meisha Rouser
Our newest member


Edwin Sterling has become our newest member.
Our newest member Fredrick Branchflower
Rolling Reader of Kitsap County

 

Terri Day talked about the reading program in Kitsap County.

Rolling Reader of Kitsap County Fredrick Branchflower
Rae Mowery's 8th Paul Harris Award

 

Rae Mowery received his eight Paul Harris award this week.  Rae contributed $1000 to the Rotary Foundation as a present to his wife for 65 years of married life.

Rae Mowery's 8th Paul Harris Award Fredrick Branchflower
Fredrick and Randy demonstrate Club Runner

 

 

Randy Monlux and Fredrick Branchfower demonstrate the new features of ClubRunner.

Fredrick and Randy demonstrate Club Runner Fredrick Branchflower
Rae & Betty Mowery's 65th Anniversary

 

Rae and Betty Mowery celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on the 15th of July.  The club listened to stories of Rae's 42 years in Rotary and then we all shared in the cake.

Rae & Betty Mowery's 65th Anniversary Fredrick Branchflower
4th of July Parade

 

Rotarians enjoying the 4th of July Parade

4th of July Parade Fredrick Branchflower
Work on Pre-School

Skip Peters and a group of Rotarians work on a very labor intensive upgrade to the Kingston Pre-School at Kola Kole Park.

 

Work on Pre-School Fredrick Branchflower
GSE Departure

On Saturday morning we said goodbye to our GSE team and passed them on to the Olympia Rotary.  We all enjoyed their visit and made 5 new friends

GSE Departure Fredrick Branchflower
GSE Welcoming Party

 

There was a welcoming party for our GSE team from Germany at the Sole's lovely home on Sunday night

GSE Welcoming Party Fredrick Branchflower
GSE Team Presentation

 

The GSE team from Germany made a presentation at our club this past Wednesday.

GSE Team Presentation Fredrick Branchflower
GSE Teams arrives at SeaTac

The GSE team from Germany that we will be hosting for the next week arrives at SeaTac airport

GSE Teams arrives at SeaTac Fredrick Branchflower
Golf Tournament Results
Kingston Rotary Charity Golf Challenge Results are available on the Tournament Website under Club Links.
Golf Tournament Results Charles (Skip) Peters
New Rotarians

From left to right are our new Rotarians Lori Lupo, Don Hutchins, Gordon Fountain & Jessica Larson.

New Rotarians Fredrick Branchflower
How secure is all this data?
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No need to worry. ClubRunner secures all your private information using the latest security technologies.
How secure is all this data? Fredrick Branchflower
Don't forget the eBulletin!
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ClubRunner makes it easy to publish your eBulletin, and send to all your members and friends.
Don't forget the eBulletin! Fredrick Branchflower
Welcome to our new website!
We are all excited to see how ClubRunner will revolutionize the way we manage our day to day club activities, as well as communicate more effectively.
Welcome to our new website! Fredrick Branchflower