Deanna Webber, a 5th-grade student at Suquamish elementary, presented an in-person thank you to Kingston North Kitsap Rotarians at their June 26 meeting.  Webber, and her teacher Jan Kragen and all 5th-graders, enjoyed three days at IslandWood, Bainbridge Island.  IslandWood bills itself as a nature-Disneyland.  The Kingston Club awarded a $1500 scholarship in support of the experience.  Kragen, the teacher, requested another for next year’s 5th-graders. 
June 26th Meeting Highlights Ron 2019-06-30 07:00:00Z 0

Kingston North Kitsap Rotarians celebrated their alpha and omega - beginning and end - of the Rotary year June 28 at White Horse.  Led by outgoing president Breane Martinez and incoming president Bill Maule, a group of approximately fifty members and guests celebrated the year’s accomplishments.  Dan Martin and Helen Ralph were celebrated for their more than twenty-five years of Rotary membership.  Distinguished Service Awards were presented to Sondra Peters, Sally Christy, Fredrick Branchflower, Bill Maule, De’ MacKinnon, Mark Baze, Shaun Stephenson, and Ron Carter.  A special award was presented to Michele Fujii for establishing and leading the newly formed Satellite Club.  Chris Gilbreath was the recipient of the Rae Mowry Fellowship Award.  The Presidents Service Award was presented to Karen Gibson and Alice Amas for their years of toil on the perennially successful Swing for Rotary Golf Tournament.  Martinez created and presented a new award, the Distinguished Mentor Award, to Doug Hallock for his coaching and counsel during her term.  And the Rotarian of the Year  (drumroll please) was Helen Ralph, for her many years of “always being there” for any need of the Club.  In a clever way, incoming president Bill Maule introduced his cousin from New Mexico, whom he credited with getting him into Rotary.  Looking ahead, Maule said he’s looking forward to a smooth Rotary year.   


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Helen Ralph received the Rotarian of the Year Award.
Alice Amas and Karen Gibson received the President's Service Award.
Passing of the Gavel from Breane Martinez to Bill Maule, officiated by Assistant District Governor Meredith Green
Rotary Year Comes to a Close Ron Carter 2019-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
Meg Hall from Bloodworks presented our club with an award for our continued support of their program.
Thank you to all that volunteer and donate blood!
Award from Bloodworks 2019-04-22 07:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Kris & Mark Libby 2019-04-22 07:00:00Z 0
On April 10th our speaker was Simon Calcavecchia. He is a children’s author, motivational speaker and disability advocate. His books are geared towards age 9 and below.  Simon enjoys visiting elementary schools across Washington to speak about disabilities through his personal experiences and how he has overcome them through his adventures. If you would like to review his website and see his work, visit:
The Adventures of Frank and Mustard: Stuck in the Mud
Children's author Simon Cacavecchia 2019-04-07 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary rocked it!!!
Some stats from the evening:
  • 84 meals with 11 take outs
  • $242 in donations
How did you hear about the meal?
  • Word of mouth - 37
  • Work at Village Green - 13
  • Newspaper - 4
  • Sign at the bottom of the road - 3
  • Elevator sign at Village Green apartments - 2
  • Poster - 1
  • I'm a regular - 1
  • Website - 1
  • Church - 1
  • Boys & Girls Club - 1
Rotarian Michele Fujii serving desert.
Highlights from the Community Meal Night 2019-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Satellite Meeting! 2019-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Enjoy a pint with a friend! Thrifty folks who enjoy a pint now and then take note.  The Kitsap Olympic Ale Trail is open year round.  It’s purpose is to connect “hikers” with 50% off deals at twenty establishments in Kitsap County and beyond.  Here’s how it works.  Go online to either the Apple Store or the Google Store and download the app called “Donor Trail.”  Then click on “Kitsap Olympic Ale Trail.”  From there, select a charity to which benefits should go (half of the Trail Pass cost goes to community organizations), and then purchase a Trail Pass for $20.  The final step is to save money and enjoy.  Hikers have a full year to visit all Trail sites, and they can have more than one Trail going at a time.  All information is located at:  
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March is Beer Month! Ron Carter 2019-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Kingston NK Rotary Club Celebrates 15 Years! 2019-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Carter
When Rotary International was formed in 1905, approximately thirty members “rotated” offices where they met weekly.  Today, Rotary clubs around the world continue that tradition of weekly meetings.  Including ours, in Kingston.  Over the years Rotary Clubs have changed with the times.  Women were invited to become members in 1989.  Attendance standards were relaxed in 2016.  Now, furthering flexibility to become a Rotarian for those who simply cannot attend weekly meetings in the middle of the day, Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club has announced the formation of the KNK Rotary Satellite Club.
Kingston NK Rotary Announces Satellite Club Ron Carter 2019-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
From left: Kierston Cashman, Collin Gomez, Emily Ramirez, Clara Kehoe, Kate Halverson.
On camera: Alexis Williams
Interact, in their search for an international project, began corresponding with Days for Girls last year.  Days for Girls is an international charity that provides feminine hygiene products for impoverished girls globally, mostly in Africa.  Headquartered in Bellingham, WA, it has an annual budget of $3 million and receives high ratings by the organizations that evaluate charities.
Poulsbo Days for Girls is the local chapter.  Their forte is manufacturing the reusable products in "Sew-Ins" and then assembling and shipping them out as "kits". 
Interacts 1st International Project Mark Baze 2019-01-26 08:00:00Z 0
Our club moved incrementally closer to our goal of $100,000 all time giving with the donations of Sally Christy and Bill Maule.  Sally received her 3rd Paul Harris pin and Bill received his 6th Paul Harris pin.  Bill encouraged all members to work towards becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.
Congratulations Sally & Bill! De' MacKinnon 2019-01-26 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Carter


The typical young woman in South Africa will spend an average of 60 days a year managing her menstrual cycle.  While doing so, most are sheltering in, missing valuable time at work or school, falling behind.  This is the information shared with Kingston North Kitsap Rotarians at their final meeting of the year, December 19. 

Days for Girls Ron Carter 2018-12-27 08:00:00Z 0
Stan Mack, Rotarian and Board Member for Kingston Cares
Pictured: Stan Mack (Rotarian and Board Member for Kingston Cares)
In 2008, individuals from Kingston Rotary, Kiwanis, Sharenet, Kingston Food Bank and Wolfle Elementary met at Wolfle Elementary School to address the fact that many of the children on the National Food Program had no access to a food program during the summer months. 
The History of Food 4 Kids Stanley Mack 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0

Kingston Tree lighting

Kingston Tree Lighting 2018
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.
KHS Interact In and Around Kingston 2018 2018-12-09 08:00:00Z 0

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. 


Fundraising, Recycling and Wine! Oh My! Bill Maule 2018-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
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. 
Scholarship Assistance 2018-12-01 08:00:00Z 0

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


Underage Substance Abuse Prevention 2018-11-25 08:00:00Z 0
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.

Chamber's Interests Make Kingston Interesting Chris Gilbreath 2018-11-16 08:00:00Z 0
Please Welcome our Newest Members to the Kingston-NK Rotary Club!
Lori Buijten (l), Sally Christy, Membership Committee (lc), Mike Norris (rc), Barbara Aston (r)
The Kingston-NK Rotary Club initiated our newest members at our regular club meeting on 11/14/18.  Lori Buijten joins our club as Assistant Director Special Education with the North Kitsap School District.  Mike Norris, joins us as a retired contractor, fly fisherman and river guide.  Barbara Aston, joins us as a retired teacher and volunteer.  All three were inducted by our membership chair, Jennifer Carrier and membership co-chair Sally Christy.  Don't forget to check out Mike's flashy shoes!  Go Hawks!
New Member Induction Jennifer Carrier 2018-11-16 08:00:00Z 0
Kingston Historical Society Open House 2018-11-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Carter
New member Julie Fox gave her “classification” speech to Kingston North Kitsap Rotarians at their Halloween meeting, October 31 (classification speech is essentially “your story” and is part of becoming a blue badge member in Rotary). Promising no tricks or treats, Fox told her story.  One of being the Mom of four children, the oldest having graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, the youngest a junior at Kingston High School.  While she recently transitioned to a new job involving data entry, allowing a more flexible schedule, she, for fifteen years, was involved as a physical therapist and trainer at Kitsap Physical Therapy. Julie continues to teach classes at KPT, including a “mean” spin class five days a week.  She looks forward to being able to contribute more in her community and has been an essential part of the Club’s Kitsap Olympic Ale Trail committee.  
Fox, Classified. Ron Carter 2018-11-04 07:00:00Z 0
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November is Rotary's Foundation Month 2018-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Carter

There are 529 Rotary Districts worldwide.  Leading one of the geographically largest of those, District 5020 (all of Vancouver Island and western Washington), is Craig Gillis, who visited the Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club October 17. Gillis is a teacher by profession.  He “educated” club members on what he called the heart and science of service.  The heart is why we do it.  The science is how, the body of practice we learn as Rotarians.  As Rotarians, he said, we are connected by invisible strands…the stories we tell each other.  This is why it is a goal to bring in more new members.  He said the future is youth.  “Whatever we can do to support youth, keep on doing it.”  Gillis left members with two homework assignments. First, “move the needle forward in whatever way you like.”  Second, take a blank note card home and write to someone who’s made a difference in your life.  A note of appreciation.  Put something in their “shoebox of life.”

District Governor Gillis Visits Ron Carter 2018-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
District Governor Craig Gillis presents Paul Harris awards to Fredrick Branchflower (l) and Shaun Stephenson (r)
Paul Harris Recipients 2018-10-21 07:00:00Z 0


North Kitsap Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Rick Lagrandeur spoke to Kingston-North Kitsap Rotarians at their October 10 meeting.  The Chief explained the November 6 ballot measure, Proposition 1, which would increase NKFR’s revenue $1.6m annually 2019-2022.  If passed, Proposition 1 would replace a 1999 Capital bond measure, and a 2014 maintenance and operations levy.  NKFR’s Prop 1 materials state that it cannot continue to maintain current levels of service without the additional funds to pay for increasing operational costs and capital needs long deferred due to revenue limitations. 

Lagrandeur said the current district is the result of four districts combining in three mergers over the years.  Their motto is “Proud to serve in the protection of lives and property.”  There are four stations in the district, with a minimum of nine firemen on duty at all times.  All personnel are cross-trained in both fire and EMT.  Interesting statistics:  NKFR responded to 3052 calls in 2017.  Only three percent of those were for fires.  64% were for medical. Not stats were given on “cats in trees” calls.

Fire Official Speaks to Rotarians RON 2018-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
A BIG thank you to these wonderful members from the Kiwanis and Kingston Rotary club who were able to volunteer their time to take down the beer tent in Kingston.
Thank You Volunteers! 2018-10-06 07:00:00Z 0

            At their October 3 weekly meeting, Kingston-North Kitsap Rotarians heard a presentation from Dr. Laurynn Evans, North Kitsap Schools Superintendent.  Evans, whose weekend passion is Puget Sound diving and underwater photography, talked about the renewed focus on learning in all eleven district schools, with the idea students get through school, to a place after high school. She advised that 58 new certified teachers joined the ranks this school year.  On arrival in July 2017, her challenge was the number 537.  That is how many kids left the district to get educations elsewhere because there was not enough variety in the programming at NK to meet the needs of all learners.  From that challenge resulted Choice Academy and STEM Academy which were created to find ways for students to achieve learning in ways more suited to their individual talents and abilities.  A guiding theme has been developed among the district’s educators:  Every student is known - students are known as people and students are known as learners. 

            Dr. Evans touched on a focus of the district this year, school safety.  She also spoke to the problem of having two relatively small high schools in the district, which limits its ability to offer expansive programming.  To counter that problem they are looking at the two buildings as one, resulting in a much larger universe - 1696 students - and opportunity to deliver more programs.  For example, a Kingston High student might identify as a Buccaneer, but attend a horticulture class at North Kitsap High. 

            Finally, Dr. Evans announced strategic plan community meetings next spring. She invited attendance and public ideas at those meetings. 

Rotarians hear from NK District Superintendent Ron Carter 2018-10-06 07:00:00Z 0


At their September 12 meeting, Kingston North Kitsap Rotarians heard from one of their own.  Walt Elliott.  Elliott is a member of the Kingston Washington State Ferry Advisory Committee.  The State Department of Transportation recently released it’s long range (2040) draft plan for WSF.  It details how WSF intends to improve reliability, customer service, growth management, sustainability, and resilience across the fleet.  Elliott said the Kingston-Edmonds route operates at 116% profit, while the system as a whole is at 78%.  On that route the draft plan calls for three mid-sized boats.  The Ferry Advisory Committee suggests it is more cost effective to run two jumbos and one mid-size ferry.  The plan also calls for converting two of the jumbo’s four engines to rechargeable electric, with plug-ins at the Kingston dock.  The Ferry Advisory Committee suggests this is risky as it has not successfully been accomplished any place else in the world.  Their preference would be to design and build all-electric boats from the keel up.  Elliott also touched on a reservation system for Kingston-Edmonds that, in the plan, anticipates, Saturday-Sunday only reservations, which attacks only part of the waiting problem.  Residents wishing to comment may make their thoughts known at WSF’s open house, October 11, from 6-8 p.m. at Kingston’s Village Green Community Center.  The plan’s entirety may be viewed at: 

Walt Updates Us on Ferry Draft Plan Ron Carter 2018-09-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Carter
Breane Martinez, Club President
If ever there was a juggling act to behold, it is right here in Kingston, Washington, where master magician and local Rotary club president Breane Martinez practices.  Family.  Career.  Community.  Shuffle.  Career.  Family.  Community.  Shuffle.  She keeps all three plates spinning on their sticks, not losing a one to the concrete below. 
            Community: Breane became the Club’s president July 1, 2018, having been Rotarian for eight years.  Career: 15-year physical therapist.  Family: spouse of Owen; mother of Benett (7) and Jax (5).  Breane holds an undergraduate degree in Health and Sciences from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, and a Master’s in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University in southern California.  During her Loma Linda internship, she practiced at Kitsap Physical Therapy in Kingston, where, eventually, she was hired full-time and has been helping people ever since.  Kitsap Physical Therapy is also where she met her husband-to-be, Owen, who was working out in the adjoining gym. She gets great career satisfaction working with patients,  seeing progress, knowing she is helping improve their quality of life.  That is a theme of her involvement in the community as well.  Helping improve it’s quality of life. 
            Breane grew up in a family that was service oriented.  At the age of two-weeks, her parents took her on a missionary trip to Mexico.  Not that she remembers the trip.  Her parents gave her the foundation, the modeling, for a life of service.  She tells the story of an experience when she was “eleven or twelve, my parents told me this year we are having no Christmas.  No presents.  No tree.  Instead, we’re going to Guatemala to help in an orphanage.  That was a turning-point trip.  Seeing those kids.  It made such an impact on me.” When asked about her motivation, she says, “I want to have a positive impact, to leave a small positive impact in my community.  I get daily satisfaction in helping people.” 
            Before becoming the Kingston North Kitsap Rotary’s President, she led, and continues to lead, the Club’s annual major fundraiser, the Swing for Rotary golf tournament.  Under her leadership, net proceeds have grown each year, setting another record in 2018 at $47k.  This with an active roster of barely 50 members.  She has also recently led the Club to establish the Kitsap-Olympic Ale Trail, where “hikers” buy a $20 pass to discount pours at more than 15 local breweries and eating establishments.  Half the proceeds go back into community organizations as designated by hikers when they sign up.  “The Trail” is patterned after one developed by Fort Collins, CO Foothills Rotary Club.  Info at:
            Martinez claims Rotary has helped her grow a lot. “I was so nervous when I chaired the first meeting of the golf committee.  But I found I enjoy leadership roles. Rotary means a lot to me.  I enjoy being part of something bigger than myself - the community,  the friendship, and the fellowship.  It motivates me to be better.  I’m inspired by Rotary.”
Juggling Act Makes it's Way to Kingston NK Rotary Club Ron Carter 2018-09-05 07:00:00Z 0
Special Trivia After Hours Event! 2018-08-30 07:00:00Z 0
from Communications Chair Ron Carter

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

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

Rotary Foundation update 2018-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
Hey Kingston,
Are you in favor of helping Homeless Youth in and around Kingston?  Well - so are we.  The Kingston-NK Rotary Board has decided that the proceeds from this year's Raise the Paddle at our Rotary Classic Golf Tournament Dinner will be dedicated to helping Coffee Oasis finish their new Kingston location.  This organization does SO much for Homeless Youth in this County, we firmly believe we need them here in the North End, and the sooner the better.  
So - Sign up to play in the Tournament here at, or get your Dinner tickets from any Kingston-NK Rotarian, and come out to help finish Kingston Coffee Oasis!
Raise the Paddle for Coffee Oasis! 2018-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
from Communications Chair Ron Carter
Kingston-North Kitsap Rotarians heard an update from eight year old Zachary Darner at their May 16 meeting.  Zachary is the whiz kid behind Kidzz helping Kidzz, an effort that delivers toys for kids in local hospitals during the holidays.   Zachary began the program two years ago after observing kids in the hospital when his younger brother, Noah, was hospitalized three times.  Last holiday, the program’s second year, Zachary raised an amazing 1589 toys.  This year his goal is 5,000 toys.  And he’s already well on his way to accomplishing his goal, with a donation of 1500 toys from the Eagles Club of Port Orchard.  Kidzz helping Kidzz is also supported by Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club. 
Kidzz helping Kidzz 2018-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
from your Editor
Our Rotary Classic Golf Tournament this year will feature an incredible HOME IMPROVEMENT RAFFLE item, thanks to the generosity of local contractor Mike Lambro.  The winner will choose either a new roof or a new deck for their home.  Either option is valued at upwards of $7500 and both can be expanded through negotiation.  Tickets for this incredible prize are $50 each or 5 tickets for $200. Cash or check accepted. Tickets may be purchased at Kingston Financial Center or Columbia Bank in Kingston, or at the Rotary Golf Tournament on June 22, 2018. Drawing will be at the dinner that evening, but you do not need to be present at the event to win.  Added details available at the ticket sale sites.  Get yours NOW!  
HOME IMPROVEMENT RAFFLE! 2018-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
from Communications Chair Ron Carter

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

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

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

Kingston Coffee Oasis update 2018-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
from your Editor
Hear ye, Hear ye!  The Kingston Rotary Golf Classic will once again feature a raffle to win an INSTANT WINE CELLAR - consisting of a 28-bottle Wine cooler and enough wine to fill that cooler (and then some).  Tickets to win this great prize will be available at the Golf Classic at White Horse Golf Course on the day of the event, Friday June 22nd.
Meanwhile, Wine-loving Kingston Rotarians (you know who you are!) and KNK Rotarians who want to help the club out anyway are encouraged to bring a couple of bottles to any Rotary Club meeting between now and June 20th inclusive.  Our Wino-in-Chief Don Hutchins will collect them and organize the inventory.  
UPDATE: as of last week we have 44 bottles donated by generous KNK Rotarians.  We only need a few more to break last year's record of 47 bottles!  So PLEASE - BRING YOUR WINE TO ROTARY - the earlier the better for the Chief Wino...
Instant Wine Cellar Raffle! 2018-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome Mike Olsen to KNK Rotary 2018-01-12 08:00:00Z 0
Please help us make this a safe, secure, and happy year for everyone!  And if you're NOT a Rotarian, think about joining us in Service Above Self, to keep that magic going all year long! 
Happy New Year, everyone! 2017-12-30 08:00:00Z 0
Have fun AND contribute to worthy causes! 2017-12-30 08:00:00Z 0
Submitted by Rotary Readerboard Project Lead Jon Sole
After years of fundraising, discussing, convincing and now several weeks of actual construction, (see more background in the "ground breaking" piece below) the new Kingston Readerboard is up and running!  Led by KNK Rotary but a co-operative effort of many dedicated Kinstonians as well as our Port Commission,our Little City now has a great information-sharing bulletin board.  Groups wanting to run messages should contact the Port Office.  
It's up and running! 2017-12-15 08:00:00Z 0
Fellowship Chair Sondra Peters organized a great Holiday celebration last weekend at the Village Green Community Center. The party was well attended and as can be seen - Rotarians were in great spirits!  Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you all.
KNK Rotarians celebrate the Holidays 2017-12-14 08:00:00Z 0
Kingston Rotary Holiday Party, Friday, December 8th, 6:00 PM 
Village Green Community Center hosted by our club 
Dinner will be catered by Le Garmache'
Bring your favorite wine or beverage of choice along with a wrapped White Elephant gift per guest for loads of laughs and entertainment by many.
Bring along your spouse, significant other or perhaps a prospective member
**Grand Prize for best song, Ho Ho Ho!! 
Don't forget our Holiday Fellowship Party 2017-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
At their November 1 meeting, Kinston North Kitsap Rotarians received an update on their support of a Literacy Project in Cambodia and Laos.  An annual grant from the Club supports the work of Anne Thomas, who, for thirty years, has worked with ethnic minorities in those countries.  The Club’s money goes to print books which are used to teach reading, math, and health education. In 1995 Thomas wrote a book that became the national model for education in Laos.  She teaches local villagers to be teachers in their local language - there are hundreds - then to be taught in the national language. 
Rotarians Hear About Literacy in Cambodia and Laos Project 2017-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
submitted by Sondra Peters
At last week's meeting, Past President of the Kingston Kiwanis Club Pat Bennett-Forman was made a Paul Harris Fellow, recognizing her years of work on behalf of Kingston's youth.  
A Kiwanian receives a Paul Harris Fellowship 2017-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
submitted by Sondra Peters
Sondra Peters and Past President Stan Mack presented her Paul Harris Fellowship to KNK Rotarian Jessica Larson, who is on a medical leave of absence.  We congratulate Jessie for this honor and send her our best wishes for a quick recovery.  
Jessica is a Paul Harris Fellow! 2017-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
Kingston Rotarians celebrated another successful project benefitting our community.
Monday afternoon, Oct 30, two benches were installed near the playground area at Kingston’s Village Green Park.  The project was spearheaded by Rotary’s Community Affairs Committee and it’s chair, Jim Dixon.  Dixon says the project could not have been done without the assistance of local contractor Matt House and Kiwanian Dave Wetter.  “Matt is, the hero on this thing,” Dixon said, speaking of House.  “He donated 65-bags of concrete to pour the pads and the bench supports.  He designed the supports and the bench architecture, and he delivered all the materials for the work party to install today.  This community owes a lot to Matt House, and Kiwanian Dave Wetter who engineered the new drinking fountain (below), and was a huge help with both projects.”  Every time you drive past the park and see mothers, dads, grandmas and grandpas watching their kids enjoy the playground from the comfort of the new benches, think of Rotary.  It is the mission of Rotary to bring together resources to improve our community, one project at a time.  
New Benches and Fountain at Village Green Park 2017-11-02 07:00:00Z 0
submitted by Ron Carter, Communications Chair

Kingston residents, North Kitsap residents, and Olympic Peninsula visitors and residents will soon notice a major change at the intersection of Highway 104 and Lindvog Road in Kingston.  Ground was broken Wednesday, Oct 25, for an electronic community reader-board on the southeast corner of that intersection.  Although it has taken nearly ten years to bring the project to fruition, those behind the project believe the effort has been worth it.  Kingston Rotary Club’s Jon Sole, the sign’s driving force, saw that with the advancement of technology there was an opportunity to build a sign to announce community events, welcome visitors, and serve as a “community water cooler.”   Kingston’s Rotary Club took on the project, spearheaded by Sole and former Rotary Club President, Clint Boxman.  They enlisted community partners to get behind the project including Port of Kingston, Kingston Citizens Advisory Council, and Kingston Chamber of Commerce.  According to Sole, “this is a clear example of what can be done by building partnerships in a great place like Kingston.”

About half of the sign’s total cost of $40k is being supported by the Port of Kingston, which will operate it and provide maintenance and insurance.  The sign will be for community use.  It will not be commercial or political. 

The site has been cleared pro-bono by Steve Kelly Construction.  Community leader Dave Wetter handled the excavation.  Hanson Sign Co. is the contractor.  County Commissioner Rob Gelder has been an ongoing supporter and has assisted in matters involving Kitsap County.
Kingston Electronic Community Reader-Board Groundbreaking 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
Rotarian Michelle Fuji told her story to fellow Rotarians at a recent October meeting.  And she demonstrated the art of acupuncture.  Fuji is owner and practitioner of an acupuncture and herbal medicine practice.  She refers to herself as an East Asian Medical Practitioner.  A veteran of years of East Asian Medical training, Michelle practices in Poulsbo, Kingston, and Silverdale. 
At the same meeting, Rotarian Jon Sole reported a record number of blood drive donors at the October 17 blood drive.  58 donors came to lend their arms to the cause.  Rotarians support each Bloodworks Northwest Kingston Blood Drive, every eight weeks at Kingston’s Village Green Community Center.  
A Rotarian Tells Her Story 2017-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
Multiple award-winning photographer Bonnie Block displayed a collection of her images at our recent October meeting.  Block is a 37-year resident of Kingston who specializes in photographs of birds of the Pacific Northwest.  In addition to a collection of those images, she shared pictures of her recent photo shoot in Botswana.  And, she showed the image of eagles and herons taken at Seabeck, WA that was selected as 2016 Audubon Photography Awards grand prize winner.
Award-Winning Photographer Visits Rotary 2017-10-13 07:00:00Z 0
Last week your Editor joined this crew of Rotarians, Kiwanians and dedicated Kingstonians who got together under the organization of Jim Dixon, our Community Services Chair, to prepare for two new benches and a water fountain at the park. We're happy to say that prep works were completed in fine fashion.  The water fountain was worked further on Friday and with a little luck, the final products may be in place by next week.  Time will tell. Thanks  for the organization, Jim!
More progress at Village Green Park 2017-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
Senator Rolfes Visits Kingston Rotary

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

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

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



A Legislative Update 2017-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
Membership Chair Jennifer Carrier and Sponsor Breane Martinez Assisted President Doug at this week's meeting by inducting new Rotarian Margie Sullivan.  Welcome to Rotary International Margie, we look forward to a long and happy journey together in Rotary Service.
Another new KNK Rotarian 2017-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
from De' MacKinnon
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How to Access Board Minutes  2017-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
a letter from our Communications Chair, Ron Carter
We are on a 3-weeks + trip in the UK.  Yesterday we visited a place called the Cheddar Gorge, a fabulous place in southwest England, and home of (tah-dah) cheddar cheese.  At a local market what did we stumble on but a group of Rotarians selling raffle tickets to benefit a local cancer patient family stay center, like the Pete Gross House in Seattle.  The Rotary Club of Mendip got my 5-pounds, with a pledge to donate the travel trailer to the Charity it I win.  Now wouldn't that be something.  Cheers to all, 
Rotary Good the World Over 2017-09-14 07:00:00Z 0
We lost a beloved long-time Rotarian and benefactor of our Kingston Community when Thorn Percival passed on in July.  
His wife Elaine wishes to advise his many friends that a Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 30, at  2 PM, at St Barnabas Episcopal Church, 1187 Wyatt Way NW, Bainbridge Island.  There will be a reception at the church following the service which everyone is welcome to attend.  Please plan to be there.
Thorn Percival Memorial Service 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
forwarded by Blood Drive Chair Jon Sole
Good Afternoon Kingston Community Donors!
Big thanks for a great blood drive on 8/22/17!
The ongoing support and dedication of donors is very appreciated. We truly value your partnership in our lifesaving pursuits.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Drive Results:
  • Total Registered Whole Blood Donors: 41 people  
  • Units of Whole Blood Collected: 34 units
  • Apheresis Donors Registered: 5
  • Apheresis Units Collected: 4
  • Lives Saved: Since each whole blood donation can save up to three lives and each apheresis donation can save more than 3 lives, your collective donations will help save more than 114 patients in our community. 
  • We welcomed 10 first-time donors.
Your efforts will bring health and comfort to many patients. The blood donations collected at the blood drive are critical to maintain a stable blood supply for surgeries, medical emergencies, and for supporting patients battling life-threatening illnesses like leukemia and other cancers.
Each day, 800 people must donate blood to support Bloodworks Northwest blood supply in order to meet the needs of patients in our hospitals. Your blood drive played an important role in helping meet that goal.
Thank you from all of us at Bloodworks NW for your support in this life-saving mission.
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Bloodworks NW says THANK YOU! 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
by Communications Chair Ron Carter
If you want to turn that gleam in his eye and smile on his face into outright bursts of joy, ask Doug Hallock about one of two things:  Scouts or Rotary.  Those are his passions.   He has been involved with Scouts since he was age 6 or 7, when someone gave him a Scout Handbook at Lake Tahoe.  And he has been a Rotarian 34 years, having been a member of Arlington, Silverdale, and Port Angeles Rotary clubs, before becoming a charter member of the Kingston club in 2004. June 30th Hallock was installed as President of the Kingston-North Kitsap Club for the Rotary year 2017-2018.
Doug Hallock’s day job is in commercial and residential real estate sales.  He’s the managing broker of the Windermere office in Kingston, where he has been a resident 29-years.  In a prior career of 12-years, he worked for the Boy Scouts of America doing unit organizing, membership management and fund raising.  When he was Chief Kitsap District Executive, his group received the Quality District Award four consecutive years.  Among other activities, he led a contingent from Kingston Troop 555 on one of three backpacking expeditions to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.  As a youth, Doug attained the rank of Eagle Scout, and later was in Sea Scouts prior to enlisting in the Navy, where he volunteered for submarine duty, and was aboard the first nuclear submarine, the U.S.S. Aspro, in Japan.
Hallock is naturally inclined to be a Rotarian. Since he joined in 1983, he has seen Rotary change for the better.  Women were not allowed to join when he was a member of the Arlington Club. Since 1985 that has changed. He says, “they have really enhanced what we do.”  Half of the Kingston Club members are women.  Also over the years, he’s seen membership and attendance requirements loosened and modernized to align with today’s lifestyles.  When asked what is most misunderstood about Rotary, Hallock said, “people think it’s an old boys club.  It’s not. Rotary is a roll-up-your-sleeves, hands-on group.  It has tentacles into the community in a diverse, non-political, non-religious way.  We’re involved not to enhance resumes, but to serve our community and get things done.  When people get together for a cause or a project, it’s surprising how powerful it can be.”
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Don’t look now, but the southeast corner of Highway 104 and Lindvog Road is about to get a bright, new addition….Kingston’s Electronic Readerboard.  The site has been cleared pro-bono by Steve Kelly Construction.  Construction contracts are about to let to build the sign. Final site work will be done by volunteer labor with the goal of lighting it up this fall.  The project has been spearheaded by Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club and is being completed as a joint effort with the Port of Kingston. The Port will operate the sign.  According to Jon Sole, Rotary’s sign chair, the sign will be for community use.  It will not be commercial or political.  Sole said, “we hope to be operational in October…and we need to thank Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder for his help on the project, as well as the Port of Kingston. Like the lights at Kingston High’s football field, this is an example of Rotary leading the way in our community.”
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Kingston-North Kitsap Rotarians meet Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m. at Village Green Community Center.  Guests are always invited. Come join the fun.  Get involved. 
Hallock Rotary’s New President 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
by your faithful Editor
Rotarian Clint awards Sue Hutchins' Pecan Pie to Rotarian Gale Kirsopp
Thursday August 10th marked the 9th Annual Pie in the Park celebration of our great Little City, where Kingstonians young and old get together, play, eat pie, and BUY pies to help complete the fundraising effort for the Village Green Community Center.
Conceived by our own Rotarian Nancy Martin with Rotarian Clint Boxman as the perennial pie auctioneer and many, many stalwart KNK Rotarians assisting every year (along with Kingston Kiwananians and other dedicated village folk) and with the assistance of Rotary's Chair & Table stash, PiP has been incredibly successful every year.
It continued that unbroken run this week, reducing the construction debt on the VGCC by some $40K plus.   
THANK YOU to all who organized, attended, helped, baked pies, bought pie and otherwise lent moral support to the effort.  We WILL complete this mission very soon!
KNK Rotarians Help Push Pies in the Park 2017-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
This week at Rotary we learned about bats.  OK.  So you thought all we ever did was work on doing good around here.  Mostly, that’s true.  Not today.  Today our speaker was Meg Dunham, board member of Bats Northwest, and expert on rehabilitating injured bats.  We learned there are fifteen species of bats in Washington state, and more than 13,000 species worldwide.  Some migrate in winter.  Some hibernate.  Some live to 34-years old!  All eat insects.  And if there’s one making a home in your patio umbrella, there’s not a darn thing you can do.  Sorry, Rotarian Don Hutchins. 
Learning at a Rotary Meeting 2017-08-03 07:00:00Z 0
Most everybody is well aware of our Chamber's fantastic Concerts on the Cove Series on Saturday nights thru the end of August.
And hopefully, most of THOSE folks will be patronizing our KNK Rotary Beer & Wine Garden, led once again by our stalwart BeerMeister, Randy Monlux.
So mark your calendars and get down to Mike Wallace Park every Saturday evening - Beer Garden opens at 5, Concerts at 6.  Be there or be square!
DO NOT Miss the Saturday Rotary Beer/Wine Garden! 2017-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
submitted by KCAC Rep Sally Christy

Members of the Kingston business community will join in a roundtable discussion to talk about their experiences and challenges during the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council meeting which takes place 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2 in the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road, Kingston. The public is invited to attend and learn more about the local business community.

Colleen Carey, executive director of the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, and Dave Wetter, representing the Kingston Stakeholders, will moderate an informal discussion with business owners including Cameron Fletcher, who recently purchased the old Kingston Lumber site; Micki Monroe of d’Vine Wines; Amy Anderson of Cup & Muffin; and Johnny Walker of Almost Candid.

Upcoming KCAC Business Roundtable 2017-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
by your faithful Editor...
Our first meeting under the gentle gavel of President Doug saw some "old business" taken care of:
Past President Stan finally received his placque.
De' McKinnon was awarded the Rea Mowery Fellowship Award.
And De' as Foundation Chair was pleased to award Jerry Tellinghuisen his first Paul Harris Fellowship.
Overall a most satisfying way to start the year.  Thanks Doug! 
A Busy Meeting! 2017-07-13 07:00:00Z 0
from Communications Chair Ron Carter
Runners of all abilities, shapes, and sizes lined up at 9 a.m. to hear the cannon blast that signaled the beginning of Kingston North Kitsap Rotary’s annual 4th of July fun run.  This year the Rotary Club teamed with the Kingston High School Booster Club to benefit teams and clubs at the school.  Runners entered a 1-mile run, a 5k run, or a 10k run. More than 250 participated.  Upon completing the run at Village Green Park in Kingston, participants  were treated to water, bananas, oranges and other nourishment to replenish fluids.  2017 marks the event’s 10th year.
Fun Run Supports Kingston High Clubs and Teams 2017-07-13 07:00:00Z 0
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
Kingston North Kitsap Rotarians celebrated the Alpha and Omega - the beginning and end - of their Rotary year Friday, June 30.  During a special dinner at Kingston’s Village Green Community Center, outgoing President Stan Mack recounted numerous accomplishments, including a more-than-successful golf tournament and two Rotary Foundation giving awards, during his year in office.  Mack honored several club members for their contributions and named Fredrick Branchflower Rotarian of the Year.  In accepting the award Branchflower said he hadn’t learned how to say the word “no.” 
Incoming President Doug Hallock cited Bill Gates Sr. as a role model on how to get things done when Hallock was associated with Boy Scouts of America. 
Perhaps the most exciting element of the event was a report from co-chairs Breanne Martinez and Alice Amas on the financial success of this year’s Swing for Rotary Golf Tournament, June 16.  According to Martinez, “it was amazing to watch the day unfold.  In 2015, tournament net income was $20,000; in 2016 it was $35,000.  This year, with a full field of golfers, nearly sold-out sponsorships, and an amazing raise-the-paddle response, net income was more than $45,000.”  This money will support Kingston North Kitsap Rotary causes including Kids of North Kitsap (Kingston High School scholarships, Food4Kids, ShareNet backpacks and school supplies, and others), Kingston electronic reader-board, and Village Green Community Center.
KNK Rotary Changes Hands! 2017-07-03 07:00:00Z 0
submitted by Bill Maule
The Rotary International Convention
For the second year in a row, I learned that attending a Rotary International Convention is inspiring , educational, and fully in compliance with the fifth part of our four way test!
I missed the opening ceremony because of conflict with my grandson's college graduation, but I remember from Seoul the spectacle of the presentation of the flags of over a hundred nations. In Atlanta there were four other grand  meetings - Wow! sharing  a room with over thirty thousand Rotarians from around the world, all united in the ways and wonders of Rotary, a truly international organization. The speakers may have looked a mile away, but giant screens put everybody up close and personal.  The main themes were the 100th birthday of our Foundation, and the Polio Plus campaign.  Yes, we really are "this close" to the end of this horrible disease, but it is not officially extinct until there have been no cases for three years.  In these days of air travel, the threat of an outbreak is always present.  All of us should consider including Polio Plus in our contributions to the Foundation. ( Now I break for "a commercial"  -  Let us all support the Foundation in this new Rotary Year.  Just  $6.25 a quarter will help the Foundation in its efforts to do good at home and abroad and will also assist  the Club gain recognition if all its members contribute at least $25 a year. Better yet,  there's a  way to celebrate the Foundation as it enters its second century.  Each quarter contribute $25 and join your colleagues who are Sustaining Members. That's  a bit less than 30 cents a day!)
Speakers included Bill Gates  who praised Rotary -  and our methods  that had attracted his Foundation's mega-contributions to anti-Polio efforts. That was followed by a  presentation by a polio survivor now a para-Olympic champion, and then an interview with  great golfer Jack Nicklaus. also a polio survivor, a Polio Ambassador, and since recent days a Rotarian.
Atlanta tales... 2017-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
Calling all North Kitsap runners and families and neighbors.  If your 4th of July plans include a staycation, lace up your sneakers and kick off your holiday with a run for fun…and the community.  There will be a 1k kid dash (adults welcome), a 5k race and a 10k race.  Walk, jog, or run…or all three…folks of all abilities and interests are welcome.  Families have walked together, run together.  Neighbors have done the same.  This is about putting the “fun” in the “run.”
As participants walk, jog, or run, they will do so knowing they are having fun, and giving back to their community.  This year the Fun Run will have greater importance to our community’s youth.  The Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club has, for the last nine years, hosted the annual event the morning of the 4th.  The money earned has helped fund a variety of charitable Rotary projects.  Some of the funds have also helped local running activities.  This year a much greater emphasis is being made to support our kids.  The Rotary Club has teamed up with the Kingston High School Athletic Booster Club.  Recently, funds for student school activities have become tighter and tighter.  The student programs including arts, music, and athletics are now more dependent on ASB funds and booster clubs to bridge the gap.  The Kingston High Athletic Booster Club works hard to support our school’s teams, but there are always more needs than funds.  This year, half of the race proceeds will go to the Booster Club to support student activities. 
Our community, students, and their families will have a number of ways to participate in the event.  Some will run.  Others will volunteer.  Others will cheer on the participants.  Students began the partnership early this year, when art students created designs for the Fun Run t-shirts and posters.  Kingston High students Katranna Stamper and Jakob Jones drew the stunning images that are being used this year (see nearby). 
The race will be on the Fourth, with check-in from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.  Scheduled start time is 9:00 a.m.  Runners who pre-register will be insured a race t-shirt.  The starting line is at the medical/fitness center at Barber Cutoff and West Kingston roads.  The race will end at Village Green Park, with refreshments, prizes, and giveaways.  Generous sponsors include 4700 Group, Albertson’s, Isaac Anderson, Beebe Roberts & Bryan, Borrowed Kitchen Bakery, Central Market, Costco, Cup & Muffin, D’Vine Wines, Grub Hut, Imagine Moore, Kingston CPA, Pizza Factory, Poulsbo Running, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Food Market at Kingston, West Side Pizza, Kingston Lumber, Sound Family Health, CHI Franciscan Hospital, Cory Signs, and Domino’s Pizza. 
Pre-register yourself, your family, and your neighbors at  Further information is available at
We look forward to seeing everyone there.  
Rotary and Booster Clubs Announce 4th Fun Run   2017-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
by Bulletin Editor/Golf Team Captain Don Hutchins
CONGRATULATIONS to Golf Committee Chairs Breane and Alice, and all the fantastic KNK Rotarians who made this year's Rotary Classic the BEST EVER, by a wide margin.  From the set up through the long day of supporting Golfers and Sponsors through a fantastic dinner and hugely successful auction (thank you Poulsbo Rotarian Todd Tidball!) every facet of the day was pretty near perfect - and that included the overcast-but-dry-and-warm weather.  WHAT A DAY!  What else is there to say?  (And OBTW - it appears that Team KNK Rotary took the Challenge Cup for the second year in a row).  :-)
Golf Classic is a HUGE success! 2017-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
submitted by International Committee member Bill Maule
International news, these days, is never really very good.   But for a change, here’s some good news on our Club’s international efforts. Last fall our International Service  Committee decided to donate   $500, a third of its budget,  to help with the construction of another Bottle School in Guatemala.  As chance would have it, the school  is “historic”  as its completion marked  an important milestone for the Bottle School  organization. The village of  Panimacac, located in the northwestern part of the country, suffered greatly from the years-long civil war, and is now still recovering, as is the case with other villages in the area.
Although there are only 79 families resident in the town, it provides some infrastructure to four surrounding villages.  That includes its schools. As is the case in all Bottle School projects, a functioning school, with government provided teachers, was in operation.  Ten teachers served 162 students.   Yes, lots of students with good teachers, but school buildings were far from adequate and safe. There was already one completed Bottle School for Middle School students. The elementary school was held in a temporary, and structural unsafe, adobe structure. Another Bottle School was, at the time we became involved again, was nearly complete as a second Middle School,  replacing an old shabby metal siding building. But the elementary children were still in that adobe building.  Our contribution helped build yet another Bottle School to replace the unsafe building.
We just received news that the school we consider as “ours”  is finished and functioning. Of course, we cannot claim all that school.  Our contribution covered only about a fifth of the total cost.  Nevertheless,  the Bottle School staff  said  in the recent e-mail that our contributions over the years have always been most welcome and helpful. They said that they hope we will continue with our important support. The school was officially inaugurated on March 27th and is considered a great success.
Oh, yes,  The historic nature of the building?   The new elementary school is the 100th Bottle School completed!   Way to go, Kingston Rotary!
GREAT NEWS FROM ABROAD 2017-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
submitted by Foundation Chair De McKinnon
At our June 7 luncheon, the club learned we’d been awarded the District 5020 Al Brooks Award for 2016.  Al Brooks, a long time Rotarian from the Tumwater Rotary Club, was one of the few District Foundation Chairs over the years that was not a Past District Governor.  His knowledge of the Foundation and his ability to increase giving District wide was exceptional.  He passed away during his term as Foundation Chair. 
Beloved by all at the District Administration and by all club members who had the opportunity to meet him, our District created the Al Brooks award in his memory.  It represents a modified Every Rotarian Every Year award to clubs whose members each and all gave something to The Rotary Foundation; Annual Fund, Polio, a Matching Grant, or the Endowment Fund (if they gave cash).
This last year District 5020 had 15 clubs in 11 areas qualify for the Al Brooks Award.  Our District has been in the top 10% of Foundation giving among Districts worldwide for several years.
Congratulations and WELL DONE to Chairperson De and ALL KNK Rotarians for this achievement!  Ed
KNK Rotary Club Earns District Award 2017-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
The May 24 Kingston North Kitsap Rotary meeting welcomed a presentation by student leaders at Gordon Elementary.  Those in attendance were impressed.  Anyone concerned about our local elementary school programs should have been there; they wouldn’t be afterward.  Gordon Elementary Principal Karen Tollefson, a Rotary Club member, introduced the 5th-grade students, who described the many programs the school features.  They include STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) nights, monthly family reading nights, parent/teacher plays, and meaningful work program (if you’re late, you’re fired). All the programs are extra-curricular and meant to expand, beyond the classroom, school, student, and parent connections.
Impressive Student Leaders Visit Kingston Rotary 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
Kingston High School juniors Alexander Robertson and Georgia Rose Richens described the experience:  “transformative, most amazing experience I’ve had, met new people, learned new things, learned to help my community and the world.” Robertson and Richens,  members of Kingston High School’s Rotary Interact Club, applied to the Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club for scholarships to attend the four-day Assembly at Pacific Lutheran University in early April.  More than 100 students representing Rotary Clubs around the area attended.  They heard many speeches, including one that was particularly instructive and sobering, from a holocaust survivor telling of his experience getting out of Holland. They also participated in many team-building events and activities.  The pair presented their experience at the Club’s May 31 meeting.  Asked the one thing they learned, Richens said “it teaches you if you have a dream, go for it.”
Scholarships send students to Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
submitted by Nancy Martin
The Kingston Wine Walk is a Kingston Chamber of Commerce fundraiser, or should I say fun-raiser. The event is scheduled for June 3 and the Port of Kingston tent, under the supervision of Kingston Rotary, will be one of the 12 stops.
A total of 36 wineries and brewers will begin pouring at 5:00. All of the wine walk venues will serve appetizers and some will feature live music or entertainment.  It’s an excellent opportunity for Kingston Rotary to network with the community, spread the word on our latest projects, and attract new members.
As a Wine Walk host, we will need to set up the venue, monitor the entrance to the tent, and provide appetizers to go along with all that wine, beer and cider. I will have sign up sheets at our next meeting that detail the ways in which you can help.  We’ll need a set-up crew at 4:30 who will stay at the tent until 6:30.  The wine walk continues until 8:00, so our second crew should arrive at 6:30 and stay to close up. And of course we will need lots of appetizers to go along with all that wine and beer.
Tickets are available for $25.00. If you want to drop off your appetizer and then go out wine walking, see me at our Wednesday meeting for tickets.
Rotary to Host Wine Walk in the Port of Kingston Tent 2017-05-28 07:00:00Z 0
submitted by Communicatiions Chair Ron Carter
Better community.  Check.  Fun.  Check.  Golf at White Horse.  Check.  Great time with friends.  Check.  All the boxes are checked.  All that’s needed is you - and your friends - to play in the 11th-annual Swing For Rotary Golf Tournament, June 16.   Note:  We’ve checked with Mother - Nature that is - and she’s checking another box - dry.  So, get out your driver, get online, and get your group registered before it’s too late. Only a few entries are still available.   Go to:
Each golfer will contribute $150, but here’s what they’ll get:  gift bag on check-in, filled with a first-rate Antigua golf shirt, CB’s Nuts, treats from Borrowed Kitchen Bakery; a tasty boxed lunch; silent auction tables full of prized items to be bid on throughout the day via Text2Bid on cell phones; raffle for a full Rotary wine cooler; unlimited practice range balls; a chance to win in the putting contest; 18-holes of White Horse golf, and a chance to win a car with a hole-in-one; dinner overlooking the Olympics and a beautiful golf course; awards and a live auction.  All for only $150.  If that isn’t value, Warren Buffet is not an investor.  Dinner tickets are available for $35 at our website, or at the door.  Registering for you and your team is as easy as Amazon Prime.  The site, once again is:
Sponsors, golfers, and dedicated Rotarians are the lifeblood of this exceptional event to benefit our community.  Sponsors include Port Madison Enterprises (Main Sponsor), The Point Casino (Hole-in-One Contest), Kitsap Physical Therapy (Putting Contest), Director’s Mortgage,   Les Schwab Poulsbo, and Kingston Dental (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, North Kitsap Herald, Land Title, Acupuncture & Wellness, In Memory of Duke Schader, Kingston Crossing & Wellness, 20/20 Eye Care, and Kingston Henery Hardware.
The winners in the tournament will be golfers, yes.  However, Kingston North Kitsap Rotary does this to benefit it’s community causes, who’s winners include Kingston High School scholarships, Food4Kids in North Kitsap, purchase of an electronic reader-board in Kingston, and Village Green Foundation.   
Kingston North Kitsap Rotarians give almost 5,000 hours to bettering our community each year.  Immediately on the heels of the golf tournament, they are busy organizing the Kingston 4th of July Fun Run.  With old fashioned fun for the whole family on the 4th of July, there will be a 5k, 10k, and 1-mile kid dash.  New this year, Rotarians are partnering with Kingston High School Athletics Boosters to make the run better than ever.  For information, and to register, go to:
Rotary Calling All Golfers 2017-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
submitted by Communication Chair Ron Carter
At the May 10th Kingston North Kitsap Rotary meeting we learned of an effort to build Tiny House Villages in Kitsap County to aid the homeless.  These are small - about 120 square feet - houses with electricity and light.  They are meant to house one or two people comfortably, and when grouped as a village aid in the transition from homelessness. 
The speaker was Randy Spitzer, a Gig Harbor Rotarian, who has taken an interest in the Kitsap homeless problem  He shared that one of every 150 people in Kitsap County experience homelessness.  Randy is part of a committee, endorsed by County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. Their goal is to provide homes for all.  They believe “every person should have the opportunity to live in a safe, decent, affordable home.”  They strive to make homelessness rare, brief, one-time, continuously improve homeless response systems, and expand community engagement. Their effort to build as many as three encampments, Tiny House Villages of fifteen homes each, is underway. Each encampment will operate as a community, with security, sanitation, self-governance, and access to nearby transportation. The program is modeled after those of Eugene, OR and Nicklesville, a Tiny House Village in Seattle.  At a cost of $2100 each, four units will be built Saturday, May 13, to be sprinkled around the county as a first step to educating Kitsap residents about the program.
Kingston North Kitsap Rotarians Learn about Homeless Housing Initiative 2017-05-11 07:00:00Z 0
submitted by Communication Chair Ron Carter
The Spirit of Rotary was on full display May 4-6 at the Clearwater Casino Resort in Suquamish, Wa. There 550 Rotarians from Vancouver Island, Canada and western Western Washington gathered for their annual District 5020 Training and District Conference.  Five members of the Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club were in attendance, including President-Elect Doug Hallock, Chris Gilbreath, Bill Maule, Jim Dixon, and Ron Carter. 
Opening ceremonies featured flag presentations by Rotary Youth Exchange students representing 23 countries.  There was a full day of training sessions, where leaders and members from district clubs shared ideas and successes on building membership, social media exposure, public image and communication.  A full day of speakers with Rotary stories followed.  The theme of every story:  Rotary matters.  As current District Governor Joanne Croghan noted, “Every Rotary project begins because ONE Rotarian sees a need and acts on it.” The theme for 2017-2018 Rotary year was introduced:  “Rotary: Making a Difference.”  Evidence of Rotary making a difference was clearly evident throughout the conference.  
Rotary: Making a Difference 2017-05-11 07:00:00Z 0
Fellowship Chair Sondra Peters reminds all of us to save the date:
Kingston-NK Rotary Installation Dinner
Friday, June 30th 2017 at 6:00 PM
Rotary Room, Village Green Community Center
Mark your calendars, Rotarians! 2017-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
submitted by Ani Gatz of the Kitsap Foundation
Woohoo! We Did It!
Another year has come and gone for the Kitsap Great Give, and this year was much smoother than the last!
Whether you made your personal goal of money, raising awareness, or just had a good learning experience, we hope this was a fun time for everyone.
There is no doubt that as far as funds go, this year was a smashing success! We have an awesome community of donors, nonprofits, and businesses and this year, we did better than ever before.
I’m happy to report that the Great Give was a tremendous success! The leaderboard on the Great Give website, lists the total at $1,327,830.  When we add:
the bonus pool and prize dollars
offline donations
The total raised is about $1,620,000!  
Great Give is a Great Success! 2017-05-06 07:00:00Z 0
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
Meet Breane Martinez and Alice Amas.  Arguably the busiest women in North Kitsap this time of year, Breane and Alice are leading the Rotary team that is readying the 11th-annual Swing for Rotary Golf Tournament, June 16th, at White Horse Golf Club.  They have an endless list of “to do’s” as they coordinate the efforts of more than forty Rotarians to stage the club’s primary fund-raising event of the year. 
According to Breane, “last year we had 118 golfers who helped celebrate our tenth anniversary tournament, and it was our best ever.”  She and Alice want you to sign up to play.  Here’s their sales pitch.  “It’s the best deal around.  It’s a Friday afternoon/evening event, so players are able to roll into their weekend about noon on Friday.  When they check in, golfers will be given a goodie bag full of good stuff like Borrowed Kitchen Bakery ‘yummies,’  CB’s Nuts, and a high-quality golf shirt. Next they’ll be given a boxed lunch prepared by one of the best kitchen crews in North Kitsap, the White Horse folks.  Then it’s on to the silent auction tables to view the dozens of great auction items and wine cooler raffle. All golfers and dinner guests will be able to place their bids on their personal cell phones through Text2Bid (bid activity and items on your ‘watch list’ will be instantly available on your cell phone). Then, a warm-up on the range, a chance to win in the putting contest, 18-holes of golf at beautiful White Horse, and a chance to win a car with a hole-in-one.  Finally, awards and short and sweet live auction in the White Horse banquet room .  Out of there by 8:00 p.m.  All for only $150.  Dinner tickets are available for $35 on our website or at the door.”   To recap:  goodie bag, box lunch, silent auction, golf, dinner and live auction.  $150.  (Author’s note:  I played in this last year for the first time.  It is truly a first-class event and a very good value).  Whether you see this as a good deal or simply a community donation - or both - it is well worth your time and treasure.  To sign up individually or to sign up a foursome, go to: 
“We would like to thank our generous sponsors, too,” according to Alice. “We wouldn’t be able to do this without them.” They include Port Madison Enterprises (Main Sponsor), 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, Lattitude 48 Group, LYNX Enterprises, Olympic Property Group, Valley Nursery, West Hills Honda, Windermere Real Estate, and North Kitsap Herald.  Additional sponsorship opportunities exist.  For more information, go to: 
Proceeds from the tournament benefit Kingston North Kitsap Rotary’s causes, including Kingston High School scholarships, Food4Kids in North Kitsap, purchase of an electronic reader-board in Kingston, and Village Green Foundation.
Kingston Rotarians meet Wednesday’s at 11:45 a.m. at Village Green Community Center in Kingston.  Guests are always invited.  Come join the fun.  Get involved.
Swing for Rotary Tournament Time 2017-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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  or by calling 1-800-398-7888.
People can also can check online at 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 0
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 0
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 0
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:  Or to get answers to your questions call 360-286-5178.  Do it now!



Save the Date! 2017-02-14 08:00:00Z 0
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 (, 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.
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 0
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 0
submitted by Jon Sole
Here's another great reason to be a regular donor:
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 0
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 0
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 0

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 ( or Alice Amas at 425-949-9773 (



Club Seeks 2017 Golf Sponsors 2016-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
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 – 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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
submitted by Jon Sole
Be there, or be square!  Here's another reason why...
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 0
NOTE: there will be NO MEETING on December 28th 2016-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
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 0
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 0
"Thank You, Rotary", from our outgoing Blood Drive Director 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
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 0
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 0
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It’s a fundraiser that does not require any of your time!


Are YOU "Smiling" for Rotary? 2016-10-22 07:00:00Z 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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, 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
2016-2017 Rotary Fellowship schedule - latest news! 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
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 0
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. 
Come support our LAST Beer Garden! 2016-08-06 00:00:00Z 0

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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 0
Yet another Scholarship Recipient thanks us for our help.  You're entirely welcome, Katelyn!
Another nice Thank You 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
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. 
WAY TO GO, Golf Committee! 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
One of our recent Scholarship recipients, Sorana Nance, sent us this note recently... 
A very nice "Thank You" 2016-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
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 0
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 0
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. 
We're into our Summer Season... 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
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:
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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
Blood drive coming soon! 2016-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
submitted by Bill Maule and Dan Martin
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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! 
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 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 0
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 0
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 0
submitted by Jon Sole
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 0
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 Our e-mail is  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 0
NO MEETINGS ON DEC 23rd & 30th 2015-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
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 0
submitted by Jon Sole
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
Don't miss the Blood Drive - Nov 17th! 2015-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
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 0
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 0
MAD Committee at work 2015-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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
Operational Audits

These services are provided as
Application and project advisers

Technical reviewers
Site visitors
We make a difference! 2015-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
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 
Don't miss the Kingston Community Open House 9/29 2015-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
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 0
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 0
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
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
2016 International Convention coming 2015-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
Come see what's up at The Point 2015-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
Don't miss our great Concerts on the Cove 2015-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
Youth Mental Health 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Leadership and Service 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
A place at the table... 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Kingston Complete Streets public meeting at KCAC 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
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 0
CPR Class coming 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
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).   
Kingston Blood Drive results 2015-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
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?

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 0
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 0

(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, .

Upcoming KCAC presentation of interest 2015-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
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 0
Don't miss this great event 2015-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
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 0
First Annual Spring Kick-Off is April 3rd! 2015-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
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
Don't miss our next Blood Drive 2015-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
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 0
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 0
SAS Radio Presidents' series - President no. 10 2014-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
SAS Radio Presidents series - Episode 7 President Skip Peters 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
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 0
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 0
SAS Radio Presidents' series episode 6 - Dan Martin 2014-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
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 0
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!

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 0
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 0
SAS Radio President's series V - Phil Dorn 2014-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
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  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 0
Submitted by Jon Sole
Don't miss next week's Blood Drive!  And if you've wondered if this is worth doing - read on!
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
Posted on Apr 12, 2014

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 Additional information is available on Facebook.



Kingston Community Forums on at-risk youth Donald Hutchins 2014-04-13 00:00:00Z 0

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:  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 0
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 0
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 

Village Green Working Party 2014-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
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 0
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 0
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:




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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Mar 15, 2014

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...





 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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Mar 15, 2014

Submitted by Stan Mack 


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

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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Mar 15, 2014

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 0
ServiceAboveSelf Presidents' series - Episode III - Chuck Atcheson Donald Hutchins 2014-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Our friend Rea is remembered by the District Donald Hutchins 2014-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Mar 01, 2014

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”,


Update #3 from Guatemala- San Lucas Toliman Ecotoilets Donald Hutchins 2014-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Feb 21, 2014



 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

 $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

Support our Buccaneers! Donald Hutchins 2014-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Feb 15, 2014

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!



Kick it with Kenya Dinner/Auction Donald Hutchins 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Feb 15, 2014

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...


Joint Rotary/Kiwanis meeting coming up soon! Donald Hutchins 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
ServiceAboveSelfRadio President's series - Episode No. 2 Donald Hutchins 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Feb 15, 2014

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


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


Update from Guatemala Donald Hutchins 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Feb 05, 2014

Rotary District 5020 DLTA

Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria BC

March 29 to 30, 2014


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.



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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Feb 05, 2014

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!


Kingston Middle School Career Day is a big success! Donald Hutchins 2014-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Feb 02, 2014

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


Report from Antigua, No. 1 Donald Hutchins 2014-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Feb 02, 2014

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!


We start our second Decade of Service! Donald Hutchins 2014-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Jan 25, 2014

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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Jan 25, 2014

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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Jan 21, 2014

(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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Jan 12, 2014

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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Jan 11, 2014

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.


ServiceAboveSelf Radio is back on the air! Donald Hutchins 2014-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Dec 28, 2013

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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Dec 28, 2013

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

We CAN do this!

We NEED your votes! Donald Hutchins 2013-12-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Dec 16, 2013

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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Dec 14, 2013

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!







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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Dec 08, 2013

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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Dec 08, 2013

From the Puget Sound Blood Center:


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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Dec 04, 2013

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.


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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Dec 04, 2013

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


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


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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Dec 03, 2013

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!


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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Dec 01, 2013

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, 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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Nov 26, 2013

“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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Nov 25, 2013

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.

Shelterbox making progress in the Philippines Donald Hutchins 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Nov 18, 2013


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 ( or Sondra Peters (]. 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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Nov 18, 2013
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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Nov 18, 2013

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:



Contribute now to Typhoon Haiyan Shelterbox relief Donald Hutchins 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Meisha Rouser on Nov 03, 2013
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 0
Posted by Meisha Rouser on Nov 03, 2013

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 0
Posted by Robert W. (Bill) Maule on Nov 03, 2013
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 0
Posted by Meisha Rouser on Nov 03, 2013

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 0
Posted by Meisha Rouser on Nov 03, 2013

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


2014-15 Board Nominating Committee Meisha Rouser 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Share Your Talents to Make a Lasting Impact Meisha Rouser 2013-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) - Coin Collection Bob Winkel 2013-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Oct 27, 2013

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!

 Thank you again for everyone who has been helping out!

The Haunt needs our help! Donald Hutchins 2013-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Oct 14, 2013

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


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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Oct 14, 2013

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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Oct 14, 2013

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.  :-)


Now you see it, now you don't! Donald Hutchins 2013-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Oct 12, 2013
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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Oct 12, 2013


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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Oct 06, 2013

The Kingston Community Survey, sponsored by the Greater Kingston Economic Development Council, is now available for input.  Please click on 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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Oct 05, 2013
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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Sep 29, 2013


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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Sep 26, 2013

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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Sep 20, 2013

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  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 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

Of interest to Kingstonians, from the KCAC Donald Hutchins 2013-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Sep 17, 2013

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! 




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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Sep 08, 2013

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! 


Kick it with Kenya update... Donald Hutchins 2013-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Sep 06, 2013


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 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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Sep 04, 2013


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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Sep 04, 2013

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.


SAS Radio covers Kathleen Sutton! Donald Hutchins 2013-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Sep 02, 2013

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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Sep 01, 2013

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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Sep 01, 2013

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 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!



Rotary changes it spots after 107 years! Donald Hutchins 2013-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Aug 29, 2013

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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Aug 28, 2013


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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Aug 24, 2013


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 0
ServiceAboveSelf Radio covers Pie in the Park - don't miss it! Donald Hutchins 2013-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Aug 22, 2013
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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Aug 19, 2013

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!  


Posted by Donald Hutchins on Aug 19, 2013


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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Aug 11, 2013
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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Aug 11, 2013

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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Aug 04, 2013

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.

President Meisha's August message Donald Hutchins 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Aug 04, 2013

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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Aug 04, 2013

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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Jul 28, 2013

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 0
Community Services Committee meets Aug 8th Donald Hutchins 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Jul 21, 2013

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.



Don't Miss Pie in the Park! Donald Hutchins 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Jul 21, 2013

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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Jul 21, 2013

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 0
Posted by Donald Hutchins on Jul 21, 2013

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