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Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club

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Kingston-North Kitsap

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Kingston Village Green Community Center
26158 Dulay Rd
Kingston, WA  98346
United States
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Kingston Tree lighting

Kingston Tree Lighting 2018

November Food Drive


Halloween - Making Cards for Wolfle Elementary Students

Removing Invasive Ivy

Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Find out how serious leadership can be seriously fun.
What are the benefits?
Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:
  • Take action to make a difference in your school and community
  • Discover new cultures and promote international understanding
  • Become a leader in your school and community
  • Have fun and make new friends from around the world
What’s involved?
Interact clubs organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Rotary club sponsors mentor and guide Interactors as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills.
Celebrate the global impact of Interact by getting involved in:
  • World Interact Week
  • Interact Video Awards
  • Rotary Youth Day at the United Nations
  • Global Youth Service Day
How do I join?
Check with your school or contact a local Rotary club to find out if there’s an Interact club in your area. Contact the Interact club to find out how you can join its next meeting, service project, or community event.
Follow Interact on Facebook to see how Interact clubs are having fun through service.
Dear Rotarians,
With the leadership of our newly appointed District Scholarship Chair, Harry Panjer (Comox Rotary Club), we are excited to ask for your assistance in finding suitable candidates who would potentially qualify as Ambassadorial and Peace Scholars.   Rotary District 5020 has funds to provide a post-graduate scholarship to an individual who is planning to purse graduate studies in 2019-20 in an area related to the goals of Rotary. The scholarship is for US$ 15,000 and can only be used in a country other than Canada and the USA. 
Each applicant for the scholarship must be sponsored by a club in District 5020. Please ask your club members ( announcement, newsletter, emails, etc) to identify possible applicants and bring their attention to the scholarship.  Detailed information about the scholarship as well as the application form are available at 
This year, the deadline for complete applications is Jan. 15, 2019.  With such a short time frame it is imperative that this information get to potential applicants very soon.  
The selection of the winning applicant will be done by the D5020 Scholarship Committee in February of 2019.   Should you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact Harry Panjer at 250.650.7675 or
Rotary District 5020 has a remarkable history of commitment to this program which has the ability to transform individual lives and entire communities.   We hope to see this tradition continue.  
Thank you for your help in supporting this program.
Craig Gillis
District Governor----Rotary District 5020

Fundraising for Coffee Oasis.

Diane Tandy (l) and Tony Fyrqvist (r)
At our Wednesday Club meeting, we were rewarded by a plentitude of speakers.  Our primary speakers were Diane Tandy and Tony Fyrqvist, who are in the process of forming a fundraising event to benefit the completion of the Kingston Coffee Oasis.  They reminded us of Coffee Oasis's primary mission to serve homeless and at-risk youth. Their mission statement describes it well – “Changing the World for Homeless Youth in One Community After Another.” Coffee Oasis facilities now exist in Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo.  Soon a fourth center will open right here in Kingston in the old Community Center where our Club was “born”.  The cost of refurbishment of the property has escalated, including the fire-department-required installation of a sprinkler system. There is a need to raise another $170,000.  Rather than organizing a complex fund raising banquet and auction, Diane hopes for something simple to include a “Raise the Paddle” request such as those that have been surprisingly effective for other organizations.  The speakers asked if our Club could help organize this event that is tentatively scheduled for early March of 2019. Our club President, Breane, stated that she will discuss the proposition with the club's Board at its December meeting.  There will be a fringe benefit for our members when the new center opens.  There will be a new place to get a great cup coffee and snacks where we can meet some of the youth who are learning the ‘barista’ and cooking trades!

Up to Your Neck in Styrofoam?

Poulsbo Rotary's Lauri Cloutier
A highly energetic and enthusiastic member of the Poulsbo Rotary Club, Lauri Cloutier, spoke about the planned December 29 “STYRO-Roundup” to help keep those pesky styrofoam blocks and peanuts out of our landfills. This form of plastic cannot be recycled locally.  Surprisingly, Styrofoam can be processed into a very useful hard plastic, but only at specific locations.  The problem is that Styrofoam is uncompressible and thus an enormous mound of the stuff clutters our landfills.
Event information:
Save your holiday styrofoam packaging and bring it to our first Styrofoam Recycling Collection Event at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds Van Zee Building. Styrofoam will be accepted FREE of charge from county residents for recycling.
Saturday, December 29th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   

- Kitsap residents only, no commercial loads accepted.
- Items accepted include packing peanuts, styrofoam block
(remove tape or labels), styrofoam food packaging (clean and
unstained), styrofoam trays (seperate color from white).
- Styrofoam must be clean and dry.
- Sort material by type and color.
- Limit one car load per household
- No trailers or box trucks.

Items NOT Accepted include soft foam, hot tub covers, expanded polyethylene (EPE), sealed foam and foil lined polystyrene/insulation.

Click here for more details (pdf):  STYRO-Roundup

Wine Trail on Bainbridge.

Brooke Huffman
Finally, Brooke Huffman, the Executive Director of   the Winery Alliance of Bainbridge Island, spoke about the possibility of adding a Wine Trail under DonorTrail.  There appears to be support among our members to round out our tipple trails and thus become the only organization with two “Trails”. Brooke is available to provide additional information at

On November 21st, at our regularly scheduled meeting, we welcomed Deanne Jackson, the Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator for the Kitsap County Dept. of Human Services.  The program known as the Kitsap Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, is more than a job for Deanne, it is her passion.  The Coalition is a partnership of state agencies, counties, schools and local prevention coalitions supporting communities in preventing alcohol and other drug abuse and its negative consequences.  One of her favorite quotes by Mark Hyman sums it up:  “The power of a community to create better health is far greater than any physician, clinic or hospital.”

Deanne discussed the need and importance of educating both youth and adults on underage substance abuse prevention.  Some examples included the use of Vapors (an alternative to smoking cigarettes) at schools.  Until recently, Vapors were not classified as an illegal substance on school premises. However, thanks to the continued efforts of the coalition and other agencies, by providing resources that included health studies on its dangers, Vapors were finally banned from school premises.  Another example and hot topic affecting our youth is the illegal use of prescription drugs.  How many of us have had prescribed pain killers from an old injury or an operation and we forgot to discard them?  The Coalition teaches that properly disposing of prescription drugs eliminates access by youth and at the same time can protect the environment.

If you would like to learn more or to get involved, the coalition meets on the second Monday of the month at 1:00 p.m.  For details on the location of the meetings and any other activities of the coalition, contact Deanne Jackson at 360-337-4878, or by e-mail at


Silverdale Rotarians Jennifer Strong (l) and Erin Shannon (r) presented their club’s holiday fundraising project to Kingston North Kitsap Rotarians at their October 31 meeting in Kingston.  Partnering with Lynch Creek Farm in Shelton, Wa, the Silverdale Club is making it possible for anyone, anywhere to purchase a fresh wreath, centerpiece, or garland for the holidays.  20% of all sales go to organizations throughout Kitsap County that support homeless and neglected kids (organizations such as Coffee Oasis and Stand Up for Kids).  Most wreath prices range from $45 to $65.  Free shipping is included to anywhere in the contiguous U.S.  To shop and make purchases, go to: 
Colleen Carey, Executive Director
Colleen Carey, the Executive Director of the Kingston Chamber of Commerce probably feels possessed with a sense of déjà vu when she speaks with a group of Kingston Rotarians.  It is not just that she grew up in the community and has been a Chamber Executive for seven years. It is not just that she works so closely with many Rotarians on numerous community efforts.  It is not even that it might be just another annual presentation at another lunch meeting with a sense that, “Did I already tell them this?” The reality is that Colleen directs a Chamber that is always striving to create new innovative ways to make Kingston interesting for those who live and visit our community.  Her efforts are recognized and appreciated.

from De' MacKinnon
Board meeting minutes are sent to all members in a bulk mailing.  Should you wish to review a set of minutes you may not have saved, follow these steps to find them online.
  1. Go to our website:
  2. Login.
  3. Next select “Member Area” from the top bar.
  4. Scroll down under “My Clubrunner” and select “View Club Documents”.
  5. Scroll down to the Board Minutes you wish to read.
  6. When done, be sure to log out.
You may recall the item submitted last year by Treasurer Gale Kirsopp, about Amazon Smile - where you can do your Amazon shopping AND make a contribution to our Rotary Foundation in the process!  In case you haven't signed up yet - PLEASE do.  Here is the link to set up your "Amazon Smile" account.  After that it's just a matter of going to "" to do your Amazon shopping and your contribution will be automatic.  There is NO extra cost to do this.  Amazon is sharing their profit with us! 
From Gale: 

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

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

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



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