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Global Grant Project: Literacy and Clean Water for East Pokat, Kenya
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​First, the story behind the photo:  The sand dam was finished on Dec 22, 2016 (My birthday).  On 11 Feb, water just showed up mysteriously behind the sand dam without any local rain.  It rained 70 kilometers away and the residents thought it was magic through the witch doctor.  Almost all (95%) of surface water had dried  up and 80% of the animals (goats and cattle) have been lost because of a lack of water.  People came from as far as 70 kilometers to get water from the 2 km that backed up behind the sand dam.  This first water behind the sand dam was a godsend that saved lives of animals and people.

The Global Grant is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Port Orchard, D5020 and the Rotary Club of Eldoret-Uasin Gishu, D9212.   Project budget: $102,300 

The Literacy part of grant provides small, low-cost computers ($39.95) called raspberry pi, 146 Amazon tablets that are part of the raspberry pi system and 31 laptop computers.  Raspberry pi can operate where there is no electricity, no internet and can be solar powered.  Of the 9 schools in the GG, the 4 primary schools have no electricity.  The raspberry pi contains a full E-learning library produced by World Possible with nearly 3000 videos, over 10,000 literature books, over 60,000 wikipedia articles, medical encyclopedias, etc.
The Water part of grant has installed 5 large tanks at schools, a rainwater harvesting system, a sand dam, and a drip irrigation system.  A growing area of 30 acres is located adjacent to the sand dam and has the drip irrigation system.  With drip irrigation, the goal is to raise maize, and various vegetables.  Food insecurity rate is 56%.  Rainwater tanks of 225,000 was positioned deliberately within 1000 feet of a 12 year old Japanese drilled borehole that was not equipped to be active.  Equipment has been installed and the borehole will be connected to the water tank.  A 2nd growing area alongside the 225,000 liter tank will be established.

The area of the grant is East Pokot, probably one of the poorest places in the entire world.   The literacy rate is 4% and 60% of children never attend school ever.  Area has a population of 150,000 and almost all are goat/cattle farmers.  It is too dry for agriculture.  Major goal is to change the people from pastoralists to farmers.  Otherwise likely that people will die out due to droughts getting more extreme each year.  Current drought is severe with no rain from 20 Jun 2016 till May, 2017.  Area has an absolute poverty rate of 67% which means over 100,000 people have no material possessions.
The Rotary Global Grant is spending twice as much on water projects as Baringo County is for 2016/2017.  The project is having a major impact because of the success of the sand dam and the lack of support from either County or National Government.  The sand dam stored 2 kilometers of water 2 months after the sand dam although no rain was received in East Pokot.  It rained 70 miles away and the water traveled down the seasonal Natan river to the sand dam - see photo story above.  

A wonderful project with life-saving impact! For more information, contact Bob Cairns here.
Global Grant Project: Literacy and Clean Water for East Pokat, Kenya Bob Cairns 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z
Port Orchard Rotarians provide
heavy-duty washing machine
to cancer housing for mexican poor
 
Margarita Macias of the Rotary Club of Guadalajara Chapultepec stands with the heavy-duty washing machine donated by the Port Orchard Rotary Club for Albergue Mano Amiga cancer shelter in Guadalajara, Mexico. The machine, one of three funded by individual Rotary Clubs in Washington state and California, plus the water pressure system at right, launder clothing and bedding at the three-story hospice for impoverished cancer patients as they undergo treatment at a nearby government hospital.
Port Orchard Rotarians provideheavy-duty washing machineto cancer housing for mexican poor By Rex Wilson, member of the Chapultepec Guadalajara Rotary Club 2017-05-10 07:00:00Z
Tuesday 2/7/2017 meeting is cancelled
The tuesday, February 7, 2017 rotary meeting is cancelled due to weather and safety concerns.
Tuesday 2/7/2017 meeting is cancelled David Selbig 2017-02-06 08:00:00Z
Port Orchard Rotary's All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feed & Auction 2017
Port Orchard Rotary's 40th annual Crab Feed and Auction will be a Mexican Fiesta theme March 11, 2017 at the Kitsap Conference Center beginning at 5:00PM.  Come and enjoy the Mariachi Band while you bid on auction items.  This is Port Orchard Rotary's biggest fundraiser of the year.  The funds raised support local and global communities in need. Over the last 39 years, the Port Orchard Rotary has used community support to fund many worthwhile projects including:

Awarding more than $30,000 annually in vocational and academic scholarships
Ready for Kindergarten
AVID  Advancement Via Individual Determination Mentor Program and Grant Funding
Bill Bloomquist Rotary Park
Port Orchard CARES Food and Clothing Drive
Literacy Program for Adults
End Polio Now
Global Projects in Africa
And much more

You can support these programs by attending the auction, donating items to the auction, or providing a sponsorship.

Come join us March 11th and Eat! Drink! Give!  ¡Comer ¡Beber¡Dar!
 
Auction Tickets are on sale on Brown Paper Tickets:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2581262
Thanks to our proud sponsors Kitsap Bank, Kitsap Sun, Vita Graphic, Kitsap Veterinary Hospital, and G. Anderson Group!
Port Orchard Rotary's All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feed & Auction 2017 Janis Maracic 2017-01-25 08:00:00Z
first ever SAND DAM in East Pokot, Kenya
 
 
This video shows Collins Nakedi of Hifadhi Africa working with the East Pokot people to construct the first ever SAND DAM in East Pokot.  A team of 68 people(40 women/28 men) collected 38 tons of rocks, 30 tons of sand using 310 bags of cement each weighing 110 pounds to construct the dam in 13 days.  All work was done by hand using wheelbarrows, shovels, hammers, hand saws, etc to construct the dam.  The dam will serve as a secure source of water for over 500 families.
first ever SAND DAM in East Pokot, Kenya Bob Cairns 2017-01-25 08:00:00Z
Hifadhi Africa Documentary on East Pokot
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Collins has produced a 13 minute video (shown above) that does a good job of promoting Hifadhi Africa and explaining their mission. 
 
Hifadhi Africa Documentary on East Pokot 2017-01-06 00:00:00Z
Port Orchard Cares - 20 years of assisting families in need
Port Orchard Rotary has a long standing tradition of showing just how much Port Orchard Cares via a cause by the same name. Together with Soroptimist members we gather food and gifts, then wrap and distribute them. This was our twentieth year of the event. We collected at least as much or more food and gifts than we have ever done before for one day.
 
The event starts in October with a trip to eastern Washington to get fresh produce apples and potatoes. An entire truckload of 60 full size apple boxes and 36 of the 50 lb bags of potatoes was delivered to South Kitsap Helpline on October 10.
 
November is the time when we collect the food for the December distribution This year we collected food at local grocery stores on November 19th and December 3rd. David Selbig had this to say about the collection of November 23rd, " Starting out last Wednesday with a great turnout to set up shelving at the Firehouse, our club members moved right into Saturday on collecting food.  Headed up by our Leslie Reynolds-Taylor who tried like crazy to fill all the spots of those people who called in sick.  Lots of sickness.  Then  Soroptimist Tammy Wilson who also was filling spots.  Bottom line.............it got done!  Tammy and her crew stayed late and made sure all of the food was put away on shelving.  According to Tammy, it was one of the best single day collections we have had."
On Saturday, December 17th, Members of the Rotary Club and Soroptimists International of Port Orchard, including family members, distributed gifts and food to assist families and numerous individual senior citizens — adopted from South Kitsap Helpline. Distribution took place at the 20th Annual Port Orchard Cares Christmas event at the South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Station No. 31 on Tremont Avenue.
Inside one room of the fire station were more than 30 volunteers wrappings gifts assigned for the families. There was an information sheet for each family with includes ages and sizes of the children.
 
Port Orchard Cares - 20 years of assisting families in need 2017-01-02 08:00:00Z
2016 Fish release
2016 fish release coho-chumJerry Polley of Discovery Alternative High School and his students, along with several members of the Rotary Club of Port Orchard and Navy FLCPS Fuels Department released Coho and Chum Salmon fry into Beaver Ck., on Wednesday and Thursday totalling ~70k into Beaver Creek next to the brown & white "Beaver Creek" just past the intersection with Hilldale Road.
 
Jerry said ot the operation, "Great team effort for sure. we released the balance of the fry into Beaver Ck., totalling ~70k. Hopefully a few of them will make it back one day! Our students really benefit from the opportunity to participate in service based learning and they notice the power of collaboration. Congratulations on another successful release and thanks again for reacting on such a short notice. I really appreciate the great collaborative relationship we have with everyone involved in this project. Many thanks for your exceptional support. Speaking of which, the hatchery team is badly needing new incubation trays in the hatchery."
 
 
2016 Fish release 2016-02-26 00:00:00Z
2015 Port Orcahrd Cares
 
 
 
 
 
 
What a day we had!  36 families with 110 children that were all overwhelmed.  Lots of tears and hugs.  All of you can be proud of the job you accomplished.  There are a lot of people that deserve a big thank you, but in particular, Colleen Smith and Tammy Wilson.  We certainly would not had had such a successful day without them.  And all the volunteers who showed up Saturday, probably our best turnout ever. 
2015 Port Orcahrd Cares 2015-12-28 00:00:00Z
The First Tee of South Puget Sound: William at Chambers Bay
The video from this morning's meeting can be viewed online at
http://www.thefirstteesouthpugetsound.org/club/scripts/public/public.asp?NS=PUBLIC
I reproduced it below for ease of viewing.
 
 
The First Tee of South Puget Sound: William at Chambers Bay 2015-11-10 00:00:00Z
Raspberry Pi Device puts information in hands of world's poorest students
Here's the spotlight article from the Kitsap Sun on our own Rotary member Bob Cairn's efforts to get the Raspberry Pi distributed to some of the world's poorest students in East Pokot, Kenya.
 
 
 
Raspberry Pi Device puts information in hands of world's poorest students 2015-01-20 00:00:00Z
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Raspberry Pi Device puts information in hands of world's poorest students issuu 2015-01-20 00:00:00Z
Meeting notes 8/26/2014
Meeting notes 8/26/2014 David Weikel 2014-09-01 00:00:00Z
Meeting Notes 8/5/2014
Meeting Notes 8/5/2014 Bill Evans 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z
July 8, 2014 Speaker, Scott Bosch, Buildout of new Harrison Medical Facility in Silverdale

Today we hear from Scott Bosch on the buildout of the new Harrison facility in Silverdale.

July 8, 2014 Speaker, Scott Bosch, Buildout of new Harrison Medical Facility in Silverdale David Weikel 2014-07-07 00:00:00Z
May 27, 2014 Speaker, State senator Jan Angel

Today Jan Angel speaks to us on the differences between being in the house and now being in the Senate.  Meeting is at the Lighthouse Restaurant, 429 Bay St, Port Orchard.

May 27, 2014 Speaker, State senator Jan Angel David Weikel 2014-05-26 00:00:00Z
Speaker, May 13, 2014, Daryl Daugs, Habitat for Humanity

Welcome to Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County!

Lives are changing everyday because of people like you. Thank you for your volunteer time, your gifts, and your interest in improving your community. At Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County, we envision a world in which everyone has a decent place to live. Explore our site http://www.kitsaphabitat.org/ to learn how you can make that world possible here in your own community.


Where We Are Currently Building

We are currently building at our newest neighborhood, called Harris Court, in Port Orchard. Our build days are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8:30am-2:30pm. If you would like to join us on the build site, please attend a volunteer orientation held Saturdays at 10am in our offices at 3559 Wheaton Way in Bremerton. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Speaker, May 13, 2014, Daryl Daugs, Habitat for Humanity David Weikel 2014-05-12 00:00:00Z
May 8, 2014 SPECIAL DINNER MEETING Speaker, Educational scholarships in Kenya to increase literacy

ImageSpecial dinner meeting at the Port Orchard Eagles honoring the representative of the partner agency in the international project we are sponsoring in Kenya.  The Port Orchard Club is providing monetary support for an International Educational Project in Baringo County of Kenya.  This area has a 96% illiteracy rate as the majority of people live a pastoral life with their primary occupation of being a herder.  This project is being executed by Hifadhi Africa Organization(HAO).  

About Hifadhi Africa Organization

Hifadhi Africa Organization is a fully registered Kenyan based NGO that aims at offering sustainable equal educational opportunities mainly through the provision of scholarships supported by mentorship and enhancement of educational facilities. Our mentorship program covers a wide range of issues that seeks to enlighten and nurture young minds on the importance of community social responsibility and social entrepreneurship.

The Genesis of H.A.O.

During their campus years as undergraduate students at United States International University, Collins Nakedi, Jovenal Nsengimana & Charles Mwakio voluntarily engaged themselves in various community development projects that aligned them towards a common vision beyond friendship to create a platform focused on sustaining Africa and in April 2013 Hifadhi Africa Organization came to birth. This was after examining the African societal challenges that they hoped via HAO will shape the future of Africa through sustainable development. 

Purpose of H.A.O

To be a solution to some of the issues that the people of Baringo, Marsabit and Nairobi Counties undergo through the provision of critical services that are dragging them behind when the rest of he country is moving towards vision 2030- an economic blueprint that aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens by 2030 in a clean and secure environment.

For more information on Hifadhi Africa Organization, please see thier website at http://hifadhiafrica.org/

May 8, 2014 SPECIAL DINNER MEETING Speaker, Educational scholarships in Kenya to increase literacy David Weikel 2014-05-04 00:00:00Z
February 4, 2012 Speaker Bob Cairns, Scholarships in Kenya

ImageUpdate to the club about an international project we are sponsoring in Kenya.  The Port Orchard Club is providing monetary support for an International Educational Project in Baringo County of Kenya.  This area has a 96% illiteracy rate as the majority of people live a pastoral life with their primary occupation of being a herder.  This project is being executed by Hifadhi Africa Organization(HAO).  

 

About Hifadhi Africa Organization

Hifadhi Africa Organization is a fully registered Kenyan based NGO that aims at offering sustainable equal educational opportunities mainly through the provision of scholarships supported by mentorship and enhancement of educational facilities. Our mentorship program covers a wide range of issues that seeks to enlighten and nurture young minds on the importance of community social responsibility and social entrepreneurship.

The Genesis of H.A.O

During their campus years as undergraduate students at United States International University, Collins Nakedi, Jovenal Nsengimana & Charles Mwakio voluntarily engaged themselves in various community development projects that aligned them towards a common vision beyond friendship to create a platform focused on sustaining Africa and in April 2013 Hifadhi Africa Organization came to birth. This was after examining the African societal challenges that they hoped via HAO will shape the future of Africa through sustainable development. 

Purpose of H.A.O

To be a solution to some of the issues that the people of Baringo, Marsabit and Nairobi Counties undergo through the provision of critical services that are dragging them behind when the rest of he country is moving towards vision 2030- an economic blueprint that aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens by 2030 in a clean and secure environment.

For more information on Hifadhi Africa Organization, please see thier website at http://hifadhiafrica.org/

February 4, 2012 Speaker Bob Cairns, Scholarships in Kenya David Weikel 2014-04-21 00:00:00Z
Inaugural edition of District 5020’s news magazine, 50Twenty now online.

Inaugural edition of District 5020’s news magazine, 50Twenty now online. David Weikel 2014-04-14 00:00:00Z
NOTES FROM PORT ORCHARD ROTARY MEETING 3-25-14
NOTES FROM PORT ORCHARD ROTARY MEETING 3-25-14 Jack Gallagher 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z
NOTE TAKER 3/18 meeting

NOTE TAKER 3/18 meeting Bill Evans 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z
Pictures from the 2014 Port Orchard Rotary Auction and Crab Feed
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Just a few pictures hot off the camera from our 2014 Port Orchard Rotary Auction and Crab Feed. I have set up a photo album on the site , so send me your photos! A good time was had by all. Thanks to everyone who helped put together this fantastic event! More on the auction in next week's newsletter.

Pictures from the 2014 Port Orchard Rotary Auction and Crab Feed David Weikel 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z
March is Literacy Month!
fiftytwenty logoNo time to be idle during the Ides of March! LITERACY MONTH - March is Literacy Month. This is one of Rotary’s areas of focus. You can click on District Literacy on the district website under Resources (or HERE) to get some ideas for your club. Take a look at some examples of literacy projects, and if you are prepared to do so, apply for the Literacy Award (deadline April 15).
March is Literacy Month! David Weikel 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z
February 18, 2014 Speaker: Fathoms Court Contestants - Mission POSSIBLE!
2014 Fathoims Festival LogoToday we will hear from the 2014 Fathoms Court Contestants. The pagent, themed Mission Possible 2014 Pageant was held March 2nd.  The 2014 Royalty Coronation, was held at the Rhododendron Festival this past Saturday.

February 18, 2014 Speaker: Fathoms Court Contestants - Mission POSSIBLE! David Weikel 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z
MARCH 2014 DG DOINGS

MARCH 2014 DG DOINGS David Weikel 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z
March 4, 2014 Speaker- Paul Andrews, Leadership Kitsap program
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Paul Andrews, member of Leadership Kitsap's Class of 2014, discusses the Leadership Kitsap program.

Purpose
Leadership makes things happen. It identifies opportunities, shapes opinions, and meets challenges. Meeting these complex challenges requires a vigorous, informed group of leaders that represents all segments of our community.
 
Leadership Kitsap was originally organized in 1993 by the Bremerton Area chamber of Commerce in conjunction with all Kitsap chambers, and United Way of Kitsap County to reinforce the concept of informed and committed civic volunteerism. Its purpose is to provide focus for an effective group of alumni who respond to challenges facing our dynamic and evolving region.
 
Leadership Kitsap’s goal is to build a new and continuing source of fine leaders. The program brings together people from many professional fields (public and private), finance, manufacturing, construction, education, law, government, military, media, health care, utilities, retail and human services. It creates a structured system of communications among leaders from different sectors and constituencies, and facilitates access between the existing and the merging leadership of the community. Leadership Kitsap produces colleagues who can and will help each other get things done.
 
Above all, Leadership Kitsap promotes a breadth of vision and an understanding of the complexity of the Kitsap area and its public policy issues. It sharpens the leadership skills necessary to motivate and engage others in a collaborative effort to meet the challenges ahead.


Participants
are selected annually through a competitive process. Leadership Kitsap's goal is a cross section of individuals representing diverse interests, backgrounds and cultural experiences. The program lasts ten months and consists of two leadership retreats and eight forums centered on major public policy challenges. Small-group community projects to create change are an integral part of the curriculum.

March 4, 2014 Speaker- Paul Andrews, Leadership Kitsap program David Weikel 2014-03-03 00:00:00Z
2014 Auction tickets available

Join us for our annual crab feed & auction!

March 15, 2014 - 5PM. Price $75 per person.

Tickets are going fast so contact Dave Selbig today at 360.871.3823 to purchase your tickets and reserve seats.

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2014 Auction tickets available David Weikel 2014-03-02 00:00:00Z
February 25, 2014 Speaker- Tim Katona from the Navy League of The United States, Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council

February 25, 2014 Speaker- Tim Katona from the Navy League of The United States, Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council David Weikel 2014-02-20 00:00:00Z
AUCTION COMMITTEE MEETING Just before the regular meeting tomorrow morning at 6:30 AM

This is a reminder that there is an Auction Committee meeting tomorrow (February 4) at 6:30 a.m. at McCormick Woods Country Club.  I hope you are able to attend.  Don

AUCTION COMMITTEE MEETING Just before the regular meeting tomorrow morning at 6:30 AM David Weikel 2014-02-03 00:00:00Z
February 4, 2012 Topic - Mercy Ships

ImageA dream that began 35 years ago in a young man’s heart has become reality—a big, white, state-of-the-art hospital ship that delivers hope and healing to people around the globe living in dire circumstances.


February 4, 2012 Topic - Mercy Ships David Weikel 2014-02-03 00:00:00Z
Update on January 14, 2014 Speaker Greg Sandstrom, Kitsap County Coroner's Cribs for Kids Charity info
ImageAbout Cribs for Kids, the charity that Kitsap County Coroner spoke about, is described below. The website is located at http://www.cribsforkids.org . Here's the description from Cribs for Kids founder Judy Bannon.

Update on January 14, 2014 Speaker Greg Sandstrom, Kitsap County Coroner's Cribs for Kids Charity info David Weikel 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z
2014 DLTA Registration is now open: BYOB - Build Your Overall Bench-strength!


You're invited…. to the Hotel Grand Pacific, on the harbor in Victoria, for the 2014 District Leadership Training Seminar on March 29 and 30th! This event is all about learning, and with over 50 training seminars to choose from, we have something for everyone.  If you are a new Rotarian, newly elected to your board, or want to know more about serving the District, you don’t want to miss this event. 

Topics include all aspects of Rotary information, club administration, using Club Runner, Youth Services, Vocational Services, and the Rotary Foundation.  You can also hone your personal leadership skills, and learn how to develop them in others.

2014 DLTA Registration is now open: BYOB - Build Your Overall Bench-strength! David Weikel 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z
Speaker, January 28, 2014, Billie Schmidt, Superintendent of Park Operations at Kitsap County

ImageToday we hear from Billie Schmidt, Superintendent of Park Operations at Kitsap County.

Bille Schmidt has 20 years experience in recreation management with extensive experience in developing youth, staff, and boards and managing multifaceted programs, facilities, and operations. Extensive experience in training youth as well as adult staff on many topics individually, in small groups, and in conference settings as well as presenting with PowerPoint to large and small groups.

 

She has been the operations manager at Kitsap Park and Rec since May 2011. Her duties include managing operations at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds and Events Center, the largest indoor event center on the Kitsap Peninsula, featuring the Kitsap Sun Pavilion with capacity for 4400, Presidents' Hall which holds 1000, and many other smaller buildings and rooms, and outside venues Thunderbird Stadium Exhibition Arena, Lower Equestian Arena, and Lobe & Gordon Fields sports complexes. She also manages the Village Greens Golf Shop, and the scheduling, ticketing processes, and marketing of Kitsap County Parks rental facillities and ballfields. Kitsap County's Park and Rec's website is www.kitsapgov.com/parks.

Speaker, January 28, 2014, Billie Schmidt, Superintendent of Park Operations at Kitsap County David Weikel 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z
January 14, 2014 Speaker Greg Sandstrom, Kitsap County Coroner

ImageThe Coroner is an Elected Official with the responsibility for determining the Cause and Manner of Death of all persons who pass within the jurisdictional boundaries of Kitsap County. The Coroner or his/her Deputies are required to adhere to the Revised Code of Washington (RCW Titles 36.24 & 68.50) for determining if a case is a jurisdictional death that would require a more thorough and in-depth investigation.

All deaths are reported to the Coroner's Office 24 hours a day 7 days a week and all deaths are jurisdictional until the Deputy determines if further investigation is needed, this is based on the circumstances surrounding the death.

The Kitsap County Coroner's Office is instrumental in the investigation as well as the prevention of deaths. Coroner's Office personnel are involved in prevention groups such as Survivors of Suicide, Mothers against Drunk Drivers, Kitsap County Traffic Safety Task Force and  Reduce Under Age Drinking. For information about State wide deaths, including Kitsap County, Dept Of Health link: http://www.doh.wa.gov/Data/data.htm

Annual Report for 2012:

Kitsap County Coroner's Office took 1909 deaths and Investigated 334 of the 1909 total cases. Of the 334 cases investigated, 129 were autopsied and/or inspected, with the Pathologist consulting on additional cases. The rest being signed by the deceased regular physician or signed by the Coroner based on medical information provided by physicians and are broken down as follows:

Natural-194

Bone Cases-9

Accidental-54

Out of County Notifications-15

Traffic Fatals-15

Suicide-32

Homicide-7

Undetermined-17

Pending cases-6
January 14, 2014 Speaker Greg Sandstrom, Kitsap County Coroner David Weikel 2014-01-13 00:00:00Z
December 17, 2013 Speaker - Mary Lynn Pannen, RN, CEO of Sound Options

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Founded in 1989 by Mary Lynn Pannen, Sound Options is dedicated to improving the lives we touch through the compassionate delivery of quality family care. Integrating a unique approach and an uncompromising attention to detail, the Sound Options team is comprised of experts in their field who bring unparalleled knowledge, training, and compassion to the realm of care. Our many awards reflect our true dedication and commitment to the families we serve. Our professional affiliations are part of our deep commitment to the integrity of sound, ethical business practices and the well-being of our clients.

Our Mission

To improve the lives we touch through the compassionate delivery of high quality family care.

Care Management Code of Ethics

Integrity | A professional geriatric care manager is honest, diligent and accountable in the provision of service. A professional geriatric care manager always acts in a manner that is consistent with the professional values stated in this Code.

Loyalty and Responsibility | A professional geriatric care manager is trustworthy and dependable in all aspects of both professional and business relationships. A professional geriatric care manager maintains confidentiality, avoids conflicts of interest and always pursues the best interest of clients.

Promoting Benefit and Avoiding Harm | A professional geriatric care manager promotes clients' interests, values and welfare in order to maximize benefits and avoid harm. A professional geriatric care manager is aware of potential conflicts that may arise when balancing the benefits and risks of interventions being considered. A professional geriatric care manager strives to assure the vulnerable clients' individual choices are maximized to the greatest extent possible.

Respect for Clients' Rights and Dignity | A professional geriatric care manager treats clients with respect as complete individuals with their own history, narrative and unique cultural identity. A professional geriatric care manager respects the rights of each client, including the right to privacy, and, for the vulnerable client, strives to balance client autonomy with the need for protection and safety.

Justice | A professional geriatric care manager behaves in a just and fair way in all professional and business relationships. A professional geriatric care manager does not promote or sanction any form of discrimination such as discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or socioeconomic status.

Our Vision

To provide uncompromising quality of care with cost effective outcomes. To provide advocacy and positive conflict resolution. To create stable families and productive workplaces by offering education, consultation and resources.

December 17, 2013 Speaker - Mary Lynn Pannen, RN, CEO of Sound Options David Weikel 2013-12-16 00:00:00Z
PO Rotary Club Christmas Party

 Our Club Christmas Party is Dec 11th at 6pm.  It will be held this year at Amy's on the Bay, 100 Harrison Ave, Port Orchard.  All attendees please bring a white elephant gift.  $20. limit.  Please contact Leslie at  360-265-6691 or zmt6969@aol.com to register if you have not already done so.  Come one - come all!

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PO Rotary Club Christmas Party David Weikel 2013-12-11 00:00:00Z
PO Cares Food Collection 7 Dec
Thank you everybody who worked on the PO Cares Food Collection 7 December.
PO Cares Food Collection 7 Dec David Weikel 2013-12-09 00:00:00Z
PO Cares Food Collection 7 Dec 2013
Thank you to everyone who worked on the last food collection.  Now we need more volunteers for this one on 7 Dec.  We have 15 openings.  First of all:  SAFEWAY 1-3PM  1 person;  QFC  1-3Pm 4 people;  OLNEY ALBERTSON'S  11-1PM  1 person.  1-3pm  4 people; SEDGWICK ALBERTSON'S  11-1pm  2 people, 1-3pm 3 people.  If your available, call me at 871-3823 or selbigdavid@msn.com
PO Cares Food Collection 7 Dec 2013 David Selbig 2013-11-28 00:00:00Z
December 3rd, 2013, 5:30PM Joint Meeting with South Kitsap Rotary at Heritage Distilling Company

December 3rd, 2013 at 5:30PM is the Heritage Distilling event with the Noon Club.  We will host this time.  The owner has heavily discounted the event and will offer 20% off everything in his gift shop.  We are planning this to be a fun nigh to showcase Rotary so we encourage everyone to bring a potential new member.

Heritage Distilling Company is located at 3207 57th St Ct NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335. HDC Map

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 As a Imagemember you get your own 10 liter cask, filled the way
you want it, displayed for the world to see with your name and home town on
the barrel in our classic tasting room, special pricing on custom spirits, plus
many more privieges. Photo provided by Rotarian Valerie Pettigrew.

December 3rd, 2013, 5:30PM Joint Meeting with South Kitsap Rotary at Heritage Distilling Company David Weikel 2013-11-25 00:00:00Z
Port Orchard Cares Food Collection November 23rd
Port Orchard Rotary has a long standing tradition of showing just how much Port Orchard Cares via a cause by the same name. Together with Soroptimist members we gather food and gifts, then wrap and distribute them.

Here's what Dave Selbig had to say about this year's November 23rd collection: "What a great day!!  The weather was great and almost everyone showed up at their assigned spots.  We collected at least as much or more than we have ever done before for one day.  Thank you to all who participated, both Soroptimists and Rotarians.  Rest up for the next collection on 7 Dec."

THANK YOU Port Orchard Rotary and Soroptimists!

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Kate Espy, Mark Grimm flank collection carts for Port Orchard Cares food collection day, November 23, 2013.
Port Orchard Rotary photo by David Weikel

Port Orchard Cares Food Collection November 23rd David Weikel 2013-11-25 00:00:00Z
November 26, 2013 Speaker: Tim Katona from the Navy League of The United States, Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council

November 26, 2013 Speaker: Tim Katona from the Navy League of The United States, Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council David Weikel 2013-11-25 00:00:00Z
November 19, 2013 speakers, Dan Phillips and Pete Holt: The Rotary Foundation

peace-286Dan Phillips and Pete Holt will be discussing The Rotary Foundation.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. This support is essential to make possible Foundation grantfunded projects that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need.

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!

 

November 19, 2013 speakers, Dan Phillips and Pete Holt: The Rotary Foundation David Weikel 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z
Helpline Apples & Potatoes

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Steve Hutchins and crew returned from a successfull foray into the wilds of eastern Washington today.  He was able to bring back 1800# of apples and 2000# of potatoes.  Some photos of the pickup are above. Thanks
 
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About South Kitsap Helpline

Every day, there are 40,000 people in Kitsap County who struggle to put food on their table. According to a recent study from the USDA, at some point in the year, 1 in 6 Americans won’t know where their next meal will come from. By working with individuals, small businesses, grocery stores and churches across our community, we are working to eliminate hunger.
 
At the crossroads of compassion and integrity, by a partnership with both the private and public sector, South Kitsap Helpline was born. For more than 30 years, our mission has remained the same to empower people and eliminate hunger in our community. Thanks to the generosity of people like you, that mission is fulfilled every day.
 
In 2012, we provided meals to 48,751 children, adults, and senior citizens in South Kitsap. In recent years, demand has risen drastically as more people are laid off and struggling to make ends meet. We cannot rest. We must work and push forward our mission of empowering people and eliminating hunger.

Helpline Apples & Potatoes David Selbig 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z
ShelterBox on the ground as Typhoon Haiyan strikes Philippines

ShelterBox on the ground as Typhoon Haiyan strikes Philippines David Weikel 2013-11-11 00:00:00Z
Port Orchard Cares, reminder

We have two food collection days this year, 23 November and 7 December.  As most of you know, we do 2 hour shifts.  11am - 1 pm, and 1pm - 3pm.  We have 5 stores to cover so its takes a lot of volunteers.  At this time, during the 11-1 time frame, we need 3 at Safeway, 1 at Saar's, and 2 at Olney Albertson's.  The 1-3pm shift needs a lot of help.  4 at Safeway, 2 at Saar's, 3 at QFC, 4 at Olney Albertson's, and 1 at Sedgwick Albertson's.  If you can find time in your busy schedules to help, please contact Sonnie or Dave at 871-3823 or our email selbigdavid@msn.com. 

The times listed above are for the 23 November shift. We will worry about 7 Dec later.

Port Orchard Cares, reminder David Selbig 2013-11-05 00:00:00Z
Five Tips for World Interact Week, November 4-10
Image Support the positive change Interactors are making in their communities during World Interact Week, 4-10 November. Here are five ways to celebrate:

Encourage your local Interact club to create a video for the Interact video contest and submit it by 2 December for a chance to win US $500 toward their next service project.

Introduce students to Interact with this cartoon showing the benefits of getting involved in Rotary’s youth programs.

Celebrate the worldwide impact of Interact by showing this video at a Rotary club meeting.

Plan a joint service project that brings together Interactors, Rotarians, and members of the community.
Use the Interact Presidential Citation to help an Interact club plan a successful year of service.
However you mark the occasion, let us know about it by posting a picture or story on the Interact Facebook page.
Five Tips for World Interact Week, November 4-10 David Weikel 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z
Meeting Notes 10/22/2013
10-22 meeting notes:
*Ron H has identified 3 short term (summer) exchange students to interview.

*Jonna's last home game is tonight at 5.

*Need someone to ride with Steve H to Eastern Washington on 11-7 to help pick up apples and potatoes.

*Need help on 11/3 to put up shelves at the fire station for the food collection in support of Port Orchard Cares.

*Recognized that Brian Sauer was named Port Orchard Man of the Year.

*Reminder that the Christmas party will be Dec 11 at Amy's by the Bay.

*New member, Sara Hatfield, was inducted.

*Jonna reported she went to homecoming dance but is not a big fan of dances.  Has been to the beach, Forks, the
rainforest, and attended Bremerton Rotary with Bill Evans.

*Mayor Tim Matthes was guest speaker.  Outlined the many programs Port Orchard is involved in:  new city parks, city of Port Orchard web site, City budgets, etc.  Is not in favor of changing City's form of government.  Took many questions from the members.  Much emphasis on the appearances of downtown Port Orchard.
Meeting Notes 10/22/2013 Jack Gallagher 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Speaker - Jackie Veach, International Adventures, update on Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand
Today Jackie Veach gives us an update on her international adventures, the conditions in Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand.

Biography

ImageJackie Veach grew up in Port Orchard, Washington, USA. She graduated from High School with her diploma and Olympic College with her AAS degree in 2007. She met Jesus in 2006 and fell madly in love with Him. So after graduating in 2007 she went to the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, California. She studied there for two years getting trained in ministry. She took trips to places such as Qatar, U.A.E., Oman, Mexico, Scandinavia and Thailand. In 2009 she moved to Norway to help a friend start the Nordic School of Supernatural Ministry. You can read more about what she did in Norway on the Norway page. Jackie has felt called to the country of Burma (now known as Myanmar) since she first went to Bethel in 2007. In February/March of 2011 she took a team from her school in Norway to Thailand, and has now moved to Thailand permanently. She is working with a ministry called Help Save the Kids.

In August 2012 the missions department at Bethel Church did an interview with jackie. They have been a great support emotionally and in prayer. She is very blessed to be connected with Bethel Church and the incredible leadership there.




Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Speaker - Jackie Veach, International Adventures, update on Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand David Weikel 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z
Did you Know?

Did You Know --

  • Burma, also known as Myanmar, is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia.
  • It is bordered by India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand.Image
  • The Capital is Naypyidaw.
  • Burma's President is Thien Sein.
  • The population is 48,336,763 (2011)

Did you Know? David Weikel 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z
Tim Matthes and Fred Chang, Mayoral form of Government

ImageTim Matthes

Mayor Tim Matthes is a Kitsap County native, born and raised in Bremerton, graduating from West High School and attending Olympic College. In 1970,  he and his family made their home in Port Orchard. He is known and respected for his thoughtful and effective role as a fiscal planner.
 
Mayor Matthes retired from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in 1993 and served seven years in the Bremerton Army National Guard. He is a 34 - year  member of Bethany Lutheran Church and School in Port Orchard and has served asProperty Chairman and School Board Member for the Church.
 
He currently serves as chair of the Port Orchard Planning Commission, chair of the Kitsap County Board of Equalization, which arbitrates assessed valuation disagreements between property owners and the county assessor, and immediate past president of Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners, a countywide community -based organization advocating protection of private property rights.

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Fred Chang has lived in downtown Port Orchard since 1996.  He feels fortunate to live in walking distance of Bay Street where there are many interesting shops and great places to eat.  He especially likes walking by the library each work day on the way to the foot ferry.

Fred first served on the city’s planning commission for six years before running for a city council position in 2005.  On the planning commission he learned about zoning, land-use and several issues facing the city.

Fred has worked in the entertainment and software industries, and now works for the State Department of Transportation in Seattle.

He has been a member of several local organization such as the Bremerton Ferry Advisory committee, the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce and the Sidney Museum and Arts Association.

Fred would love to hear from you and can be reached at councilmanfred@yahoo.com or by phone at 360-876-5077.
Tim Matthes and Fred Chang, Mayoral form of Government David Weikel 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z
Rotary Service Update
Connect. Partner. Serve.
October 2013
Rotary reaffirms commitment to fight hunger

In recognition of World Food Day on 16 October, this edition of Rotary Service Update highlights examples of Rotarians’ efforts to help some of the 850 million people worldwide without access to nutritious food. Listen to a webinar about Rotary’s work with other organizations to alleviate hunger, and read General Secretary Hewko’s message about Rotary’s commitment to the fight against hunger and malnutrition.

Partnering with The Global FoodBanking Network
Did you know that billions of pounds of food are wasted each year? Rotary clubs and districts work with The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) to establish and support food banks, which redistribute excess food to the people who need it most.

Has your club ever worked with a food bank or participated in a food distribution project? Are you interested in exploring partnership opportunities with GFN? Take this brief survey to tell us about your work or how we can help you get started with a food banking initiative.

 

 


Clubs work with local partners to overcome malnutrition

  • The Rotary Club of Guilford (Greensboro), North Carolina, USA, is a sponsor of the Numay Project, an initiative to curb childhood malnutrition Cali, Colombia. Children in need receive nutritious food distributions monthly, and their parents and care-givers receive meal-planning guidance and classes on proper nutrition. Read more.
  • The Rotary Club of Lucena South, Quezon, Philippines, partnered with local relief agencies and Stop Hunger Now, a U.S.-based initiative that packages and distributes nutritious meals, to distribute 5,000 meals at the Aeta Children’s Home in Zambales, Philippines.
  • The Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA, partnered with the Ak’tenamit community in the Guatemalan jungle to install a sustainable aquaponics system and train local residents to maintain it. Aquaponics is used to produce both fish and vegetables, providing affordable protein that can be cultivated by the local community. Watch a video and learn more about this project.
  • The Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, USA, obtained a Rotary grant to help fund the Back Pack Buddies initiative, a project carried out with the Lowcountry Food Bank that provides 120 local students in need of daily food assistance with food to take home over the weekend.
Browse Rotary Showcase to find more service projects that can be replicated in your community, or support a project in need of assistance.

Lifecycle of a Service Project (Part 2): Planning and Organizing

Rotary International is pleased to present this five-part webinar series to support the Rotary family in producing sustainable service projects.

The series will highlight different strategies, best practices, and Rotary resources available to help clubs and districts undertake successful, sustainable service initiatives, using real-life examples from Rotarians.

In this webinar (part 2 in the series):

  • Learn how to conduct a community needs assessment, and how to select a service project
  • Evaluate how the service project ties into your club or district’s goal
  • Understand the importance of building measurement, evaluation, and sustainability into your service project

Space is limited to 500 attendees, so register today! Please note these times are in US Central (Chicago) time. To see what time this will be in your area, please use the time zone converter.

Click on the blue hyperlinks below to register:

English 1: 19November 2013, 10:00 - 11:00
English 2: 19 November 2013, 18:00 - 19:00
Japanese: 12 December 2013, 18:00 - 19:00
Spanish: 11 December 2013, 10:00 - 11:00
French: 12December 2013, 9:00 - 10:00
Portuguese: 12 December 2013, 12:00 - 13:00


Support international development at an upcoming project fair
Is your club ready to make a global impact? Attend a project fair to gain a better understanding of local communities’ most pressing needs, to establish international service partnerships, and to build lasting relationships around the world.

The 21st Central America Project Fair will be held 30 January-1 February in Antigua, Guatemala. Rotarians are invited to share friendship and fellowship while exploring opportunities to support local projects. Read the brochureand register online.
Service Project Resources
ideas.rotary.org
Browse projects in need of assistance or post yours on Rotary's crowdcontributing tool.
Rotary's Areas of Focus Guide (965)
Get this informative, color booklet for an introduction to Rotary's six areas of focus.
Communities in Action (605A)
Find step-by-step instructions for developing, implementing, and evaluating successful service projects.
Community Assessment Tools (605C)
Learn about eight useful tools for selecting an effective service project, including asset inventory, community mapping, and focus groups.
Rotary Service Update is a resource for Rotarians interested in planning service projects. If you have questions, comments, or story recommendations, contact us at rotary.service@rotary.org.
Rotary Service Update David Weikel 2013-10-20 00:00:00Z
Meeting Notes: 10/15/2013
The Christmas party will be December 11th at Amy's by the Bay.

Our new member, Sarah Hatfield, will be formally inducted next week.

Jonna reported that she attended a UW volleyball game

Rotary moment:  Steve Hutchins recalled that the year he joined the Club raised money to purchase a wheelchair capable van for a family that was living in an old van.  They had two children in wheelchairs and no lift.

Jay distributed the lists of committees to the committee leaders present and the members joined up to get started.  That list was sent out to all members recently.  If you didn't sign up today you can still do so by contacting the leader.

Drawing:  Don DeMers won $25.  I think we are down to about 6 or 7 cards and the Joker is still among them!!!

Jack Gallagher
Rotary Club of Port Orchard


Meeting Notes: 10/15/2013 Jack Gallagher 2013-10-15 00:00:00Z
October 7, 2013 speaker: Fred Olin, City Manager vs Mayor form of government

Today we will be hearing from our own Rotarian, former city councilman Fred Olin. He'll be addressing a city manager vs mayor form of government.

Fred's Background info from the Kitsap Sun's 2013 election guide archives, at http://elections.kitsapsun.com/candidates/fred-olin

Background Information

Educational background:

 

BA- Washington State University
MA-University of Puget Sound

Current occupation/work history:

 

Currently, loan officer for Olympic Northwest Mortgage.
Retired education administrator. Twenty-one years years as a classroom teacher grades 1-12.
Former Realtor and associate broker; sales manager.

Volunteer/Civic involvement:

 

Civil Service Commissioner for City of Port Orchard.
Member, Port Orchard Revitalization Team.
Director, South Kitsap Youth Athletic Association Girls Basketball program.
Co-ordinator, SKYAA Basketball Referees program.
Team Manager, South Kitsap Eastern Little League.

Family info (spouse, children):

 

Married to Fran (retired SKHS Counselor), four grown children, one grandchild.

How long have you lived in the community?

 

38 years

October 7, 2013 speaker: Fred Olin, City Manager vs Mayor form of government David Weikel 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z
October is Rotary Vocational Service Month
Vocational Service concentrates on the Four Way Test, Leadership, and Ethics in Business. All Rotarians should remember that Rotary was founded on the principle that its members maintain high levels of integrity and this should be emphasized throughout the year. Specifically, for October, please consider the following types of activities to recognize Vocational Service Month:
Organize a club gathering such as a membership fair, open house, or other activity to bring together folks from various occupations and who are not Rotarians.

ImageInsure that new club members give Vocational Service talks so all may gain an understanding and appreciation for the various occupations represented in the club.

Let us remember the Declaration of Rotarians in Businesses and Professions

In the words of John Armenia "No aspect of Rotary is more closely related to each member than a personal commitment to represent one’s vocation or occupation to fellow Rotarians, and to exemplify the characteristics of high ethical standards and the dignity of work. Rotarians understand that each person makes a valuable contribution to a better society through daily activities in a business or profession."

Rotary International has an award called Vocational Service Leadership Award.

The Vocational Service Leadership Award recognizes Rotarians who have made a significant impact in advancing vocational service.
District governors may nominate one candidate from their district each year.

Eligibility
An individual may receive this award only once. Current, incoming, and past district governors, and current, incoming, and past RIdirectors are ineligible.

Criteria
Candidates must have exhibited significant support of vocational service by fulfilling each of the following criteria:

  • Exemplifying integrity and high ethical standards in their vocation and in Rotary
  • Using their vocational talents to serve the community
  • Personally undertaking at least one of the following:
    • Mentoring a young person to help that person succeed in vocational pursuits
    • Organizing a vocational service discussion or group workshop to inspire others to take action
    • Teaching other club members about their vocation by participating in a classification talk
    • Participating in a business networking event that introduces non-Rotarians to the principles of vocational service
    • Implementing an activity to celebrate Vocational Service Month in October
    • Participating in another vocational service project that meets local needs

Selection procedure
The district governor must submit a completed nomination form to RI World Headquarters by 1 November.

Have a wonderful October and remember to recognize Vocational Service month.

October is Rotary Vocational Service Month David Weikel 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z
Board meeting Tuesday night 10/8, 5:30 PM at Everybody's
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October's board meeting will be held tonight at 5:30 PM tonight at Everybody's American Cookhouse & Sports Theater, 4215 Southeast Mile Hill Drive.

Map image of Everybodys
Board meeting Tuesday night 10/8, 5:30 PM at Everybody's David Weikel 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z
Rotary Beer and Wine with Wags Date: October 5, 2013 Time: 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM

ImageA wine and beer tasting event to raise money for the Kurt Wagner Education Fund.

Event Location McCormick Woods Clubhouse
Date/Time Information Saturday, October 5th
Fees/Admission
$50.00 ($2.74 service fee added to online purchases)
$60.00 at the door

Rotary Beer and Wine with Wags Date: October 5, 2013 Time: 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM David Weikel 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z
Meeting Notes: 9/17/2013

Opening music: O Canada/Star Spangled Banner

Note Taker: Orrin & Dave

Invocation: Susan

 Pledge: Pat oster

Song by Danford, US and Candain National Anthem

4 way Test

Make Ups: Cornie

Sunshine Report: Tom Herstad

Announcements:

Firesides: 16 participants

Board meeting October 8th Everybody's 5:30 PM

Interact - Holiday Extravaganza craft fair November 30th

New Member - * Leslie - survey for new members

October 5, wine with wags

Exchange Student Report, Jonna - Likes classesgoing to school, Wa State Fair, 1st football game.

Rotary moment: Dan - 9/11, Danford

Happy bucks/fine program: Derek Grant! Fireside Assignments

Program: District Governor 5020: Pete Taylor. Make things happen - Recognition. Whistler District Conference

Raffle, $1000+, Tim Thompson, $10.

 

Meeting Notes: 9/17/2013 David Weikel 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z
October 1, 2013 Speaker Justin Stiefel: "Every spirit has a story"

The Story Behind Heritage Distilling Company, Inc.

DEF: Her-it-age (noun)

  1. Anything that has been transmitted from the past or handed down by tradition.
  2. Something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth; a national heritage of honor, pride and courage.
  3. Something reserved for a particular person or group or the outcome of an action.
  4. Evidence of the past.

Years in the planning, we are now proud to share our heritage with spirits enthusiasts.

Each of our product lines and services were developed with a particular story in mind, because “Every Spirit has a Story”™. Some are rooted in the history and heritage of our company founders, while others are centered on the collective heritage and history we all long to create and share.
Whether you are getting ready to enjoy our premium spirits, or you are joining us at the distillery for our exclusive and customized “Your Whiskey, Your Way™” programs (Cask Club™* and My Batch™*) we are confident you will find the story behind your spirit.

About Heritage Distilling Company, Inc.™
Heritage Distilling Company, Inc.™ (known by locals, friends and fellow spirits enthusiasts as “HDC™”) is a Washington State Craft Distillery. We are majority owned by women and family operated.

As a Craft Distillery we manage the entire process of making our spirits by hand – from identifying and working directly with the farmers growing our grains, to ensuring the purity of our water source, to milling the grain, making our own mash and wort and running our own custom made stills – we strive to maintain the best of the “Field to Flask”™ Imageethos. In this way you can be assured the hand-crafted, small batch spirits we produce meet the highest standards.

We pour a little of our heart into every hand crafted, small batch of spirits we make. Learn more about HDC™ and the different product lines of spirits and patent-pending programs in our “Story behind the spirits“.

You can also download, view and share our HDC Overview Brochure.

October 1, 2013 Speaker Justin Stiefel: "Every spirit has a story" David Weikel 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z
Kol Medina, Executive Director, Kitsap Community Foundation

Kitsap Community Foundation

Vision

To improve Kitsap County by connecting people who care with causes that matter through
endowment-funded grants.

Mission

The Kitsap Community Foundation (KCF) exists to provide a flexible, efficient vehicle for local philanthropy. Through the Foundation, donors establish a legacy of ongoing financial support for the benefit of our community and its future generations.

 

Goal

The Kitsap Community Foundation was founded in 1993 by a group of dedicated citizens who wanted to ensure there was a "forever" mechanism for providing on-going support to meet the needs of our community.

This goal is accomplished through the distribution of grants which are funded through "forever" endowments and other funds that have been established by businesses, your neighbors and people like you. Donors create endowment funds in order to support the community good, not just for today, but for generations to come. Establishing an endowment is a long-term commitment to the community. It is a recognition that the needs of our community change over time and that our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will need resources to meet those needs.

 

Kitsap Community Foundation offers a variety of endowment and other charitable fund options to match our donor/investors' desire to give back to the community in a meaningful, directed way with the option to leave a permanent legacy for future generations. KCF provides good stewardship of donor funds, and relieves the donors of many of the administrative and management tasks involved with private or family foundations.

 

In summary, the Kitsap Community Foundation is a tax-exempt, independent and publicly-supported philanthropic organization, organized and operated primarily as a permanent collection of endowed funds. Income from the investment of these funds provides long-term benefits to Kitsap County and its residents through creative advocacy and grant-making activities.

Kol Medina, Executive Director, Kitsap Community Foundation David Weikel 2013-09-23 00:00:00Z
Rotary Board Input for Newsletter
Editor's note: these are the draft board minutes for the board meeting of September 10, 2013 at Everybody’s Restaurant. A revision will be sent out once they are approved.
Rotary Board Input for Newsletter Jack Gallagher 2013-09-15 00:00:00Z
ON THE ROAD TO WHISTLER
ON THE ROAD TO WHISTLERCheck out the scenery at Whistler Blackcomb on the live webcams set up at six locations: http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/the-mountain/web-cams/village.aspx . You will also find weather and mountain statistics, trail maps and images of the bike park to whet your appetite for a visit for the May 2014 District Conference.
ON THE ROAD TO WHISTLER David Weikel 2013-09-14 00:00:00Z
Pete Taylor presents DG Doings for September
PeteTaylorSmallSeptember is NEW GENERATIONS MONTH. What is your club doing to make itself attractive to younger potential members and equally important, what is it doing to hold the interest of your existing younger members? Clubs should be non-discriminatory in their recruiting efforts - anyone of any age who would be a good Rotarian should be recruited - but the area of “New Generations” presents the most challenges.
Pete Taylor presents DG Doings for September David Weikel 2013-09-14 00:00:00Z
Pete Taylor 2013 - 2014 District Governor visits Port Orchard Rotary September 17th

Pete was Pete and Kristine Taylorborn in New Jersey, raised in Miami and graduated from Duke. After Coast Guard service in Hawaii, he embarked on a career in communications, starting with DJ work in Miami, Honolulu and San Francisco. He then went into management as VP&GM of WJIB Boston and KFOG San Francisco. Pete ran his own advertising and PR firm in San Francisco for 18 years before retiring in 1996. He still does occasional voice work.

Native Tacoman Kristine attended Stadium and UW and then went on to the University of Oregon Medical School, emerging as a Registered Dietitian. She and Pete met in San Francisco where they married in 1978. Their son John went to UW, lives in Seattle and works as an engineer in Everett. Kristine retired from Franciscan Health System January 1, 2011.

Pete joined San Francisco #2 in 1984. While there, he served as club president, District PR Chair and Conference Chair. After retirement, the family moved to Tacoma. He joined Tacoma #8 in 2002 and was President 2006-07. He has recently served the District as Area 7 AG and Council Chair.

The Taylors live in Northeast Tacoma. Pete has served as chair/member of numerous community organizations. He works out five days a week; Kristine thrives on water-walking and is active at church.

 

Pete Taylor 2013 - 2014 District Governor visits Port Orchard Rotary September 17th David Weikel 2013-09-14 00:00:00Z
September 10 - Skype former exchange student
At today's meeting, Susan Veach will be facilitating a Skype with former exchange student Joliet, who was on exchange several years ago.
September 10 - Skype former exchange student David Weikel 2013-09-09 00:00:00Z
Class Size Update
Class Size Update

Posted to South Kitsap School District website by Michelle Reid at 8/31/2013

We are continuing to monitor class size and allocate teachers where we see the highest need to support student class load.  We are working hard to realize the lowered class size expectations of the tentative new teacher agreement.  While we have a ways to go, the elementary class sizes are looking better in most places, and the junior high school class sizes have improved in many places.  The high school staff continue to adjust the high school master schedule to balance and lower class sizes.  The overall enrollment numbers have been climbing across the district and are now being integrated into the classrooms.

 
Please note that we will continue to monitor, adjust and post class lists until we have completed the staffing for the coming school year.  I am confident that we will have all students in classrooms with an acceptable class size and with an incredible teacher focused on their teaching and learning needs.  Our support staff are also allocated based on the number of students we have, so rest assured we will be appropriately staffed in support areas as we meet the needs of the 'whole child' in every possible way.
 
I want to thank you for following this important data with me as it matters to the success of each child in the district.  Please also enjoy this holiday week-end.
 
Warmest regards,
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Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

Class Size Update David Weikel 2013-09-02 00:00:00Z
District Reaches Tentative Agreement with SKEA
District Reaches Tentative Agreement with SKEA
Posted to South Kitsap School District Website by Michelle Reid at 8/30/2013

 

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
 

August30, 2013

South Kitsap School District announces tentative agreement with South Kitsap Education Association

 
South Kitsap School District (SKSD) and South Kitsap Education Association have reached a tentative agreement. The proposal will be presented to SKEA members for a vote, and then if ratified, presented to the School Board for approval.
 
“We are very pleased that we were able to reach a tentative agreement with our dedicated and skilled staff in the South Kitsap Education Association,”commented Board President Keith Garton. “I also want to acknowledge the hardwork of the district’s bargaining team.”
 
President Garton also added that the School Board has directed Superintendent Michelle Reid to work with district stakeholders to continue the focus on rebuilding the district’s reserves and fiscal stability. The Board also expects Dr. Reid to work on the implementation of the recommendations from the recent independent fiscal review.
 
“We want to thank everyone in the community for your dedication to our school system and your patience as we worked on reaching a tentative agreement. I know both the district and SKEA are united in providing the best education possible for South Kitsap students.”
District Reaches Tentative Agreement with SKEA David Weikel 2013-09-02 00:00:00Z
South Kitsap superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid to speak at Sept 3 meeting of Port Orchard Rotary Club
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 South Kitsap superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will be speaking today at the September 3rd meeting, and will discuss the state of our district. 

South Kitsap superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid to speak at Sept 3 meeting of Port Orchard Rotary Club David Weikel 2013-09-02 00:00:00Z
Meeting Notes from August 14, 2013
PO Rotary Club Joint Meeting 8/14
An excellent evening of fellowship and comradery, at McCormick Woods clubhouse.

Fellowship 5:30-6:30
Dinner 6:30-7:00
Program 7:00-8:15


Speakers
Rob Putaansuu Port Orchard city council, SK rotary http://www.cityofportorchard.us/municipality/city-council/meet-the-council/council-position-3
Siroptimists http://www.siportorchard.com/
Kiwanis http://www.kiwanisclubofportorchard.org/public/index.aspx
Christine Daniels, PO Chamber of Commerce http://www.portorchard.com/joomla/ , events http://business.portorchard.com/events/
Port Ochard Police Chief Jeff Maitai http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2013/apr/19/marti-selected-as-new-port-orchard-police-chief/?partner=RSS#axzz2c04ImhTh
Port Orchard Rotary Club - Jay Villars Engage Rotary, Change Lives. http://www.portorchardrotary.org/
South Kitsap Rotary Club (noon) http://portal.clubrunner.ca/732

Softball challenge Trophy to Rotary of Port Orchard

Meeting Notes from August 14, 2013 David Weikel 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z
Rotary Board Minutes, August 13, 2013, Tommy C’s

 

 
Rotary Board Minutes, August 13, 2013, Tommy C’s Janis Maracic 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z
Editor's Call for Items for the weekly newsletter (ebulletin)
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I'm trying to re-establish a weekly enewsletter for our club and am looking to each of you for assistance in material to complete the newsletter: stories, events, speaker bios, etc.

Submissions for the newsletter will be accepted at any time; however I need to have the materials by Friday for the following week's publication. I plan to put the newsletter out Saturday or Sunday for the next week's publication. You can email submissions to me at dweikel@kitsapsun.com. It would really be nice to see lots of pictures; we can even embed video into your story submission!

 

Yours in Rotary,

David Weikel

Editor's Call for Items for the weekly newsletter (ebulletin) David Weikel 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z
Pat Lynns, Recovering Quadriplegic Bike Across America, links from last week's meeting
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Here are the links from last week's speaker Pat Lyon's video presentation. He is fundraising to aid recovering paraplegics and I have also listed his his Bike across America fundraising site, indegogo.com.

 

 

 Here's the indego.com link. Bike Across America

Pat Lynns, Recovering Quadriplegic Bike Across America, links from last week's meeting David Weikel 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z
Meeting Notes from January 15, 2013
8/6 Meeting Notes

invocation, Susan
pledge, Dan
Song Danford
upcoming guest-Susan's sister & speaker

Make ups Brian Jane - SO Lake Tahoe
Frank - Community Service BBQ next week
Wednesday August14 5:30PM - here
NO MORNING MEETING

anniversaries    Janice,David,Jeff Swan,Leslie R-T,Mark Gruin

Exchange -Jonna arrives Sea Tac Thursday 11:52 AM

Outbound - McKenzie Rill to Croatia (Zagreb) Leaving 24 August meets 4 others

Happy Bucks:  Bill, ?,  Pete, Frank,?, ?, Danford,  Dan,  Bill

Speaker-Patrick Linn,  Youth Minister life Christian School-Tacoma  mission to Dominican Republic accident broke neck indiegogo.com  Quadriplegic Bike Across America  Trike recumbent bike-Spring2015

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/recovering-quadriplegic-bike-across-america-part-1

Raffle- Janice $10

Meeting Notes from January 15, 2013 David Weikel 2013-08-11 00:00:00Z
Join us for Port Orchard Rotary's Officer Installation and awards banquet June 18
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Join us for Port Orchard Rotary's Officer Installation and awards banquet June 18 Pat Oster 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z
What is Community Service for Port Orchard Rotary?

Port Orchard Rotary’s Community Service Committee is responsible for the promotion of relationships between Rotary and the community it serves. The committee members review service applications requesting funds from Port Orchard Rotary and oversee the disbursement of funds throughout the Port Orchard community. If you are interested in applying for service assistance, you may download the Grant Guidelines and Application found on our home page in both PDF and Word format in the download section.

What is Community Service for Port Orchard Rotary? Frank Tweten 2013-04-18 00:00:00Z
Join us for Wine and Cheese Tuesday April 16th at 5:30 pm
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Join us for Wine and Cheese Tuesday April 16th at 5:30 pm Pat Oster 2013-04-15 00:00:00Z
Meeting Notes from September 4, 2012
Thank you to note taker Darek Grant.
Meeting Notes from September 4, 2012 Darek Grant 2012-09-04 00:00:00Z
Gotta love those fishing stories
We love hearing about other members lives beyond Rotary. Please send us your summer stories and pictures. You can email them to kristy@ewingcreative.com
Gotta love those fishing stories Kristy Ewing 2012-07-04 00:00:00Z
Notes from February 14, 2012 - Valentines Day Evening Meeting
Prez Cathy Ecker provided the following recap of the evening:

Bea, wearing angel wings, played Cupid and handed out roses to all the girls.

Invocation by Scott Veach
Pledge by Jay Villars
Song by Danford "You Are My Sunshine"

Sonnie Selbig was thanked for her service with Port Orchard Cares and announced she and Colleen will be passing the touch this year and are actively looking for volunteers to take over.  

Wayne Cohen was thanked for setting up such a wonderful dinner. The menu was wonderful. It was a 4 course meal. Shrimp to start followed by a salad followed by the main entree your choice short ribs or halibut followed by a creme brûlée desert.

Wayne spiced things up with a little Valentine's day trivia accompanied by the pianist, Anthony, whom he'd hired.

The picture is of Wayne C. queuing up the pianist.

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Notes from February 14, 2012 - Valentines Day Evening Meeting Kristy Ewing 2012-02-14 00:00:00Z
A Festive Evening on the Town for Rotarians

Have you ever wondered what a

top hat, Christmas music,

a cougar, your spouse's favorite color

and $10,000 dollars have in common?

If you attended this year's holiday gala you'd know that they all figured into the sights and stories of the evening.

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A Festive Evening on the Town for Rotarians Kristy Ewing 2011-12-06 00:00:00Z
Meeting Notes for Sep 13, 2011
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Thank you Bill Evans for taking notes!

photo of guest speaker Carol Cassella

Meeting Notes for Sep 13, 2011 Bill Evans 2011-09-13 00:00:00Z
Port Orchard Rotary annual change of officers
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By Natalie Stokke:

Port Orchard Rotary club hosts banquet to honor the incoming President and board, while also celebrating the past year with Holland Exchange Student.

Port Orchard Rotary annual change of officers Natalie Stokke 2011-06-20 00:00:00Z
Crab Feed and Auction
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What a fabulous event this year thanks to Pat Oster and every Port Orchard Rotary member who worked so hard to make it happen!

Pat, Thank you for being our Chairman this year. Our collective hat is off and tipped to you! See the public service announcement recognizing Pat on facebook. Thank you too to those on the club's board and others who aren't on the board who tirelessly worked alongside you.

"All that Jazz" decorations set the mood for the evening - thank you Karlee Oster for taking the lead and for all those who assisted her.

We had a full house thanks to everyone who bought and hawked tickets, and thanks to Dave Selbig for somehow managing to find a chair for everybody.

Lots of effort went into public relations and marketing to not only get the word out about this event, but also to remind people what it is that Rotary does. A special thanks to past-member Gregg Scott for volunteering to work alongside Kristy Ewing to that end. Thank you to our Dancing Crab (aka Wayne Cohen.) for starring in our first ever YouTube promotion which made 380 impressions via facebook + 141 views on YouTube.

There were lots of good auction items to the credit of all of our members and their inspirational team leaders. Big bucks were shelled out to put together fun vacation prizes. We had pleny of raffle ticket buyers — thanks to Dave Selbig, Ron Hutchinson and a host of young volunteers — for our custom made roulette wheel. Undoubtedly Vana W. has nothing on our Juliette.

At the last minute Brian Lyman gave us a rendering of a very cute playhouse/garden shed which he designed for us to auction. Scott McLendon (McLendon Hardware) donated materials to build that and Brad Smith (CHC Painting) donated painting services. Heads up - We will be seeking volunteers to construct the house.

We had a full wall of wine - again thanks to members for bringing in bottles every week and to Chief Whiner Wayne C.

There was tasty crab this year, restoring our reputation for hosting a good crab feed. The desserts were so unbelievably tempting they did indeed had everyone bidding and dashing to procure their favorite before someone else stole it away.

Check-in, check-out and all things electronic can be a veritable nightmare for anyone holding an auction the size of ours. This year we established a system that promises to improve the process and have secured promises from people who will be back next year to assure continuity. Thank you Susan Veach for pulling an all nighter to make it happen. There were a few dedicated Rotarians practically camping at McCormick Woods before the doors opened.

We even had live music this year. Wow, weren't the No Inhibitions band fabulously jazzy?! - thanks Jack Gallagher.

See photos from this year's event on our facebook page - thanks to soon-to-be-member Natalie Stokke for manning the camera.

There is no way to thank each and every one of the many good souls in our club who faithfully make this event happen — too many of whom go unnamed. You know who you are. An especially big THANK YOU to YOU our unsung heros.

We would be amiss if we neglected to salute those businesses whose sponsorship we could not do without:

Premiere Sponsor: St. Anthony's Hospital

Media Sponsor: The Kitsap Sun

Major Sponsors:
Kitsap Bank
Pacific Asset Management
Kitsap Veterinarian Hospital and Pete Holt
Harrison Hospital

Business Sponsors:
Fisher Distinctive Dentistry
Hutch-Con & Olson Assoc. - Co-Sponsors
Kitsap Business Journal – In Kind
McCormick Woods – In Kind
Orchard Pointe Apartments
Rent-A-Center – In Kind
Southard, Beckham, Atwater & Berry
Westbay Auto Parts

Crab Feed and Auction Kristy Ewing 2011-05-15 00:00:00Z
Meeting Notes for March 29, 2011
Sorry, no name on notes... thank you to the unnamed note taker!
Meeting Notes for March 29, 2011 Kristy Ewing 2011-05-15 00:00:00Z
Meeting Notes for April 5, 2011
Thank you Cathy Ecker for taking notes!
Meeting Notes for April 5, 2011 Catherine Ecker 2011-05-15 00:00:00Z
Meeting Notes for April 12, 2011
Thank you Ron Richmond for taking notes!
Meeting Notes for April 12, 2011 Ron Richmond 2011-05-15 00:00:00Z
Meeting Notes for May 10, 2011
Get this - Before even officially becoming a member Natalie Stokke took notes. Thank you Natalie and welcome. Could we please get this great gal inducted before she gets away? !!
Meeting Notes for May 10, 2011 Kristy Ewing 2011-05-15 00:00:00Z
Meeting Notes for April 19, 2011
Thank you Bill Evans for taking meeting notes!
Meeting Notes for April 19, 2011 Bill Evans 2011-05-15 00:00:00Z
Save the date — May 7, 2011 — for the jazziest fundraising event in Kitsap County!
Save the date — May 7, 2011 — for the jazziest fundraising event in Kitsap County! Kristy Ewing 2011-04-10 00:00:00Z
Food Collection and Christmas Wrapping 2010
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What a great turnout of Rotarians again this year for our big annual push to decorate the roundabout and to help those who are less fortunate during the holidays —
Good job to all!

See photos on facebook.

>> Roundabout decorating.

>> Wrapping and readying fire station for pick up.

>> Jim Avery and Mark Grimm collecting food.
Food Collection and Christmas Wrapping 2010 Kristy Ewing 2011-03-21 23:29:16Z
Niels Nielsen memorial and celebration
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Paul Nielsen wishes to inform members of our club on behalf of the Nielsen family that a service is set for Niels to be held on January 1, 11:00 AM at Rill Chapel. There will be The Celebration of the Amazing Life of Niels G. Nielsen immediately following at The Clubhouse - McCormick Woods. Rotarians are encouraged to attend.

On Dec 7, 2010 the club paid tribute to Niels by beginning its usual Tuesday meeting in his honor. View a 6 minute video on YouTube.

photo: Niels and Margie in October of 2006 on their 45th anniversary.
Niels Nielsen memorial and celebration Kristy Ewing 2011-01-15 16:44:54Z
Niels Nielsen memorial and celebration - follow up
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The Nielsen family thanks the club for their participation in Niels's memorial service and celebration. Paul Nielsen expressly wants to thank Brad Smith for officiating the Rotary meeting, Tim Thomson for a touching innvocation, Jim Avery for sharing a list of make-ups that Niels made in Rotary clubs and conventions around the world, and Kristy Ewing for a brief "classification talk - eulogy". Also thanks to Bob Cairns for sharing the slide show which was originally created for Niel's Lifetime Achievement award ceremony.

Paul Nielsen would also like to make sure Rotarians were aware of the Kitsap Sun article about the event.

Last photo of Niels taken while on Rhine river cruise with Margie.
Niels Nielsen memorial and celebration - follow up Kristy Ewing 2011-01-15 16:44:12Z
Rotarians kick back and enjoy the holidays
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Sometimes it's not all just about doing good deeds. Like Santa Claus even Rotarians need to kick up their heels. Our club did this in style at its annual holiday party with Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Members had their photo taken with Santa - some members came back multiple times for photos (they really wanted to make sure that Santa knew what they wanted for Christmas). Everyone enjoyed a fun filled evening socializing, even singing. Campy presents were handed out poking light fun at good humored members. An amateurish wreath and swag were auctioned off "for the children". Jeez, Jody you missed your chance to see how wreaths are really made. Enjoy photo memories of the evening on our facebook page.

photo: Santa took delight in giving our exchange student Juliette Evinhaus a glowing red nose like Rudolf's.
Rotarians kick back and enjoy the holidays Kristy Ewing 2011-01-15 16:43:29Z
Meeting Notes for December 7, 2010
The first meeting in December began on a sad note due to the passing of a much beloved fellow Rotarian. Prez Brad read a tribute, written in his own words that encapsulated how well regarded Niels was (read that in its entirety here). Tim Thomson provided a moving innvocation. This was followed by the pledge of allegiance led by Bob Cairns which was done "Niels style". That is to say, "...with liberty and justice FOR ALL!" Kristy Ewing led members in a Danish Toast. Pat Oster, with his amazing voice led us in song to America the Beautiful. Some of this was captured on video which can be viewed on our club website here.
Meeting Notes for December 7, 2010 Kristy Ewing 2011-01-15 16:43:04Z
Meeting Notes for November 9, 2010
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Guest speaker Detective Martin presented a program informing members how to protect themselves from being victims of identity theft and fraud. See below.
Meeting Notes for November 9, 2010 Kristy Ewing 2011-01-15 16:42:48Z
Ralph Munro, dedicated Rotarian falls ill
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Bob Cairns would like the club to be aware that Ralph Munro, former Secretary of State (Washington) and dedicated Rotarian has fallen ill. What began as a collapsed lung led to 2 surgeries and several setbacks. His recovery has been slow and wrought with concern but ultimately optimistic. The family hopes that he'll be able to return home soon.

Bob and Chris Cairns traveled with Ralph Munro in Africa very recently. They worked side-by-side providing humanitarian service through Rotary.

To stay current on Ralph's status and to make donations to Caring Bridge go to their website. There is a page for Ralph which the family uses to post updates on his recovery. To access information you will be asked to create an account (no fee). Ralph Munro status on CaringBridge.com
Ralph Munro, dedicated Rotarian falls ill Kristy Ewing 2011-01-15 16:42:17Z
Port Orchard Rotary mourns the loss of much loved, longtime member Niels G. Nielsen.
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Our condolences to his wife Margie, their sons Erik and Paul and their entire family.

Niels Nielsen is pictured here at an event held in his honor. Port Orchard Rotary recognized Niels with its first ever Lifetime Achievement Award in March this year.
Port Orchard Rotary mourns the loss of much loved, longtime member Niels G. Nielsen. Kristy Ewing 2011-01-15 16:41:56Z
Baseball Game with South Kitsap Rotary Club
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Okay, so we got creamed, but we had a blast. Photos can be seen on our club's facebook page.
Baseball Game with South Kitsap Rotary Club Kristy Ewing 2011-01-15 16:40:56Z
Backpacks for Homeless program needs you
Sean Smith sent out the following message via email to members in lieu of the Backwards Golf Tournament being canceled. Proceeds from the Golf Tourney were earmarked for the Backpacks for Homeless Program. Helping this program is a no brainer. Please note the ways in which you can contribute.
Backpacks for Homeless program needs you Kristy Ewing 2011-01-15 16:40:38Z
Susan Veach to represent our club in Bolivia
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Susan Veach will be traveling to Bolivia to represent Port Orchard Rotary, as a volunteer for Etta Projects.
Susan Veach to represent our club in Bolivia Susan Veach 2011-01-15 16:40:19Z
Niels Nielsen - Lifetime Achievement Recognition
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The Rotary Club of Port Orchard, at an event held in his honor, presented Niels G. Nielsen with a Lifetime Achievement award. Niels is world renowned, a Rotarian who has traveled the globe extensively for international humanitarian projects and Rotary events.

The award was the first such award ever given by our club, and the first time an entire evening was dedicated to recognize just one individual's lifetime commitment to Rotary.
Niels Nielsen - Lifetime Achievement Recognition Kristy Ewing 2011-01-15 16:40:00Z
Cedar Heights School project
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Andrew Cain, Darek Grant and Scott Logan, along with PTA volunteers weeded around the new landscaping at Cedar Heights School. Port Orchard Rotary collaborated with the school to install the landscaping, which included tons of bricks.
Cedar Heights School project Kristy Ewing 2011-01-15 16:39:43Z
Brennan Baglio performs on primetime tv

Norm and Bess Olson's grandson, son of Robert Baglio, appeared on primetime tv a couple of months ago with his a cappella group Groove For Thought. The gifted Brennan Baglio has been singing since he was a youngster. Groove for Thought rocked the house with a couple of great performances on NBC's Sing Off contest.

The group played at Benaroya Hall on Jan 14. Due to an unprecedented response from Seattle fans, Square Peg Concerts has added an additional performance at Benaroya Hall.

Friday, February 18, 2011
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101-3428
Ticket Information

To know when and where Groove for Thought is performing see their website.

Also see the article in the Sammamish Review.

Brennan's father Robert Baglio and grandfather Norm Olson are members of Port Orchard Rotary.

Brennan Baglio performs on primetime tv Kristy Ewing 2011-01-15 00:00:00Z
Meeting Notes for January 11, 2011

Thank you Brian Sauer for taking notes.

Brad Smith, Port Orchard Rotarian, is alive and well!, unlike the Bremerton Rotarian that was in the obituaries.

Meeting Notes for January 11, 2011 Brian Sauer 2011-01-15 00:00:00Z
Meeting Notes for January 4, 2011
Thank you Brian Lyman for taking notes and for delivering them to Kristy's door!
Meeting Notes for January 4, 2011 Brian Lyman 2011-01-05 00:00:00Z
A tribute to Port Orchard Rotary's Niels G. Nielsen
Rotary International and the Port Orchard Rotary club has lost a great Rotarian in Niels G. Nielsen. On Tuesday December 7, 2010 the club paid tribute to Niels at the beginning of its weekly meeting. President Brad Smith officiated.

A tribute to Port Orchard Rotary's Niels G. Nielsen Kristy Ewing 2010-12-07 00:00:00Z
Dave Selbig bounces well.
Last week fellow Rotarian Dave Selbig underwent surgery to remove a cranky gall bladder. Am happy to report that he's recovering quickly. Sonnie tells me Dave came through surgery just fine and is bouncing back as expected... although she was perplexed by his lack of appetite. It's the first time she's ever known Dave not to have one. (And you know they've been together forever.) Even though techniques have improved over the years this is still considered major surgery, but don't expect Dave to lay around for long. If he decides that he is Superman and shows up at Tuesday morning's meeting - DO NOT let him lift anything!

By the way, his surgery was only a few days after making the haul to E WA last week to pick up apples with Brian and Steve.

Dave, we're sure glad you got that taken care of, now will you get off your behind and do something?
Dave Selbig bounces well. Kristy Ewing 2010-11-08 00:00:00Z
Message from Bob Cairns in Uganda
Editor's note: Bob Cairns sent the following message to a few members, which President Brad asked me to publish in our newsletter. I had to reformat it to flow correctly in the newsletter, but other than that am posting it unedited. - Kristy
Message from Bob Cairns in Uganda Kristy Ewing 2010-11-08 00:00:00Z
Club delivers one ton of apples to Helpline
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Rotarians showed their volunteer spirit again this year by donating 2,132 pounds of premium Red Delicious apples to the South Kitsap Helpline food bank. Brian Sauer, David Selbig and Steve Hutchins drove over the pass Monday to eastern Washington to pick up the apples in Brian's truck. They then delivered the 49 cases of apples to South Kitsap Helpline in Port Orchard despite a torrential downpour Monday afternoon. Read more on the Kitsap Sun
Photo of Steve Hutchins and Brian Sauer.
See more photos on facebook.
Club delivers one ton of apples to Helpline Kristy Ewing 2010-11-08 00:00:00Z
Brad Smith recognized as one of "Kitsap Peninsula’s best"
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Congratulations to Brad Smith for being recognized as one of "40 under Forty". He's quoted as saying that, "His proudest moment was being installed as president of Port Orchard Rotary". The club is fortunate to have you as our President this year! Read more...
Brad Smith recognized as one of "Kitsap Peninsula’s best" Kristy Ewing 2010-11-08 00:00:00Z
Auction dog is no puny pup
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Here's an update on the "auction puppy" Huey that Sean, Colleen and Katelyn won at Port Orchard Rotary's annual crab feed and auction. While still a "baby" Huey is one healthy and large puppy! Daddy Sean reports that Huey is "big and uncoordinated – but sweet". See pictures on our facebook page.
Auction dog is no puny pup Kristy Ewing 2010-10-18 00:00:00Z
Kristy Ewing develops PR strategy for club
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As part of a Rotary district wide effort to raise public awareness of Rotary, Kristy Ewing met with Port Orchard Independent publisher Rich Peterson. Port Orchard Rotary club intends to embark on a combined advertising and public service information campaign. Rich and Kristy enjoyed a cup of coffee together at Tully's on Sept. 22nd. Rich shared examples of previous Rotary press releases and ads, some of which recieved recognition at a District 5030 Conference.

The club will embark on a series of PSA / ads that feature local Rotarians.
Kristy Ewing develops PR strategy for club Kristy Ewing 2010-10-18 00:00:00Z
Soroptimist International of Port Orchard - Holly Daze Craft Show
Our sister club, the Soroptimists of Port Orchard are having a gift and craft show / fundraiser on Sunday October 24th from 11 AM to 4 PM.

HollyDaze


Soroptimist International of Port Orchard - Holly Daze Craft Show Kristy Ewing 2010-10-18 00:00:00Z
Meeting Notes for October 12, 2010
Thank you to new member Gerry Gilberton for taking notes!
Meeting Notes for October 12, 2010 Kristy Ewing 2010-10-12 00:00:00Z
Port Orchard Cares: Rotarians, Soroptimists distribute food, gifts for needy families

ImageMembers of the Rotary Club and Soroptimists International of Port Orchard, including family members, distributed gifts and food to assist families and numerous individual senior citizens — adopted from South Kitsap Helpline.

Distribution took place Saturday 21 December at the 18th Annual Port Orchard Cares Christmas event at the South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Station No. 7 on Tremont Avenue.

Inside one room of the fire station were more than 30 volunteers wrappings gifts assigned for the families. There was an information sheet for each family with includes ages and sizes of the children.

For review, Here's who we helped.

Rotary Club Chair Dave Selbig said the program will help 29 families and 13 senior citizens. “This year’s Christmas shines brighter for 26 families, three military families and 13 seniors,” Selbig said. “This includes 67 children who will receive at least three gifts each.” He said a total of 135 people received all the fixings for Christmas dinner including turkey or ham, vegetables, potatoes, stuffing, pies and more.

In case you missed it, you can read the Port Orchard Independant write up here: Port Orchard Cares 2013. Really nice write up by editor DANNIE OLIVEAUX.

Thanks to All Rotarians, Siroptimists, Friends, for helping make this project a great success, but most of all, thanks to the people of Port Orchard for their generosity to help others!


Port Orchard Cares: Rotarians, Soroptimists distribute food, gifts for needy families David Weikel
Speaker, January 7, 2014, Patricia Hennessy, Youth Wellness Campus in Bremerton
Executive Director, Patricia Hennessy will update the club on vision for Bremerton's Youth Wellness Campus at former East High.
Speaker, January 7, 2014, Patricia Hennessy, Youth Wellness Campus in Bremerton David Weikel
Port Orchard Lighting at the Roundabout
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Thanks to all the Rotarians who attended the lighting 9am this past Saturday 7 Dec at the Roundabout.  Here are some photos from the event.
Port Orchard Lighting at the Roundabout David Weikel
District Governor Message – December 2013. December is FAMILY month
District Governor Message – December 2013. December is FAMILY month David Weikel
Today's Meeting, October 15, 2013
It's Club Assembly this week.
Today's Meeting, October 15, 2013 David Weikel
Board meeting Tuesday night 9/10, 5:30 PM at Everybody's
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September's board meeting will be held tonight at 5:30 PM tonight at Everybody's American Cookhouse & Sports Theater, 4215 Southeast Mile Hill Drive.

Map image of Everybodys 

Board meeting Tuesday night 9/10, 5:30 PM at Everybody's David Weikel
Annual Crab Feed & Auction - March 16, 2013

Join us for our annual crab feed & auction!

March 16, 2013 - 5PM. Price $75 per person.

Tickets are going fast so contact Dave Selbig today at 360.871.3823 to purchase your tickets and reserve seats.

This year's theme — Port Orchard Rotary Embracing the World — celebrates the many wonderful and worthy international projects that our club and members participate in.

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Annual Crab Feed & Auction - March 16, 2013 Kristy Ewing
If it snows - a meeting we will go - or no?

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A message from President Pat Oster regarding winter weather.

This time of year is always a gamble with weather. For the safety of all Rotarians, for the remainder of Pat Oster's term as President if it snows and schools in South Kitsap are delayed and/or cancelled, there will not be a Rotary meeting. So if it snows, listen to the school reports on television and the radio and if there is a school delay or canceling, stay in bed and keep warm.
If it snows - a meeting we will go - or no? Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes from January 15, 2013
Thank you Natalie Stokke for taking notes!
Meeting Notes from January 15, 2013 Natalie Stokke
Meeting Notes from December 18, 2012
Thank you Tom Herstad for taking notes.
Meeting Notes from December 18, 2012 Tom Herstad
Port Orchard Rotarians and Soroptimists do care

Despite the cold sidewalks our guys and gals showed up with warm hearts and once again proved how much we care!

Thank you to all who donate their time for our annual food drive. Below is a photo of Brad Smith's daughter Bailey at Safeway and another photo from QFC where 4 carts filled up in just 2 hours! Bob Cairns was caught donating a full cart of food himself. Thank you one and all!

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Port Orchard Rotarians and Soroptimists do care Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes from November 16, 2012
Thank you Glenn Schmitt for taking notes!
Meeting Notes from November 16, 2012 Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes from November 20, 2012
Thank you Bev Cheney for taking notes!
Meeting Notes from November 20, 2012 Bev Cheney
Annual baseball game with South Kitsap Rotary
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The annual game between our club and South Kitsap Rotary club started with Star Spangled Banner. Great game. Lots of fun! No serious injuries. Thanks to the noon club for providing hot dogs on the grill and for keeping us challenged. BTW - They whooped us again. There's always next year...
Annual baseball game with South Kitsap Rotary Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from October 2, 2012
Thank you to President Pat Oster for providing notes!
Meeting notes from October 2, 2012 Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes from September 17, 2012
Thank you to Chris Beckham for taking notes!
Meeting Notes from September 17, 2012 Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes from September 11, 2012
Meeting Notes from September 11, 2012 Kristy Ewing
Danford Moore
Danford Moore is currently at Ridgemont Terrace recovering from surgery of his broken ankle. Francis says Danford would enjoy having visitors. See Ridgemont's website for phone and location.
Danford Moore Kristy Ewing
The dirt on Rotary
Wayne Cohen informs us that 288 yds of dirt were removed from the baseball fields at Rotary park. The same amount was replaced with a clay/sand mixture. The cost was $15,000. Contractor Ron Choate, donated the “xtra” 88 yds not originally budgeted for.

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The dirt on Rotary Kristy Ewing
Upcoming Events - mark your calendar!
There are lots of fun ways to get involved in Rotary beyond regular weekly meetings!
Upcoming Events - mark your calendar! Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes from April 10, 2012
Thank you Bill Evans for taking notes!
Meeting Notes from April 10, 2012 Kristy Ewing
Rotary Notes from April 24, 2012
We are not certain who to thank for the notes taken at this meeting. Rumor is that Janis Maracic perhaps took them? Thank you. In the future please include your name on the notes so we'll know who to credit.
Rotary Notes from April 24, 2012 Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes from May 1, 2012
Thank you Bruce Bennett for taking notes!
Meeting Notes from May 1, 2012 Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes from April 2, 2012
Thank you Cathy Ecker for taking notes!
Meeting Notes from April 2, 2012 Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes from January 1, 2012
I did not receive notes from this meeting so am providing information about today's guest speaker. - Kristy
Meeting Notes from January 1, 2012 Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes from January 17, 2012
Thank you Lary Coppola for taking notes.
Meeting Notes from January 17, 2012 Lary Coppola
errata
In the March 20th minutes we reported that Jim Civilla had new twins, but in fact he does not. Jim Carmichael does have twin grandbabies. Congratulations to both of you. ;-)
errata Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes from March 27, 2012
Thank you Leslie Reynolds-Taylor for taking notes!
Meeting Notes from March 27, 2012 Leslie Reynolds-Taylor
Meeting Notes from February 21, 2012
Thank you to Bill Evans for taking notes!
Meeting Notes from February 21, 2012 Bill Evans
Meeting Notes from March 6, 2012
Thank you Andrew Cain for taking notes.

Note from editor: On this day there was ice and snow on the ground in several areas around Port Orchard. Prez Cathy tells me the turn out was low as a result, but the program was very interesting. She says, "Afterward Doug Richards coordinated a photo op for the fire and rescue levy for the paper."
Meeting Notes from March 6, 2012 Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes from March 13, 2012
Thank you to Prez Cathy for providing notes!
Meeting Notes from March 13, 2012 Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes from March 20, 2012
Thank you Dan Phillips for taking notes!
Meeting Notes from March 20, 2012 Dan Phillips
Rotary House
This year's Rotary House, although short of siding is looking good on the outside!

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Rotary House Kristy Ewing
Coming Soon - International Best-Selling Author Patrick Snow!

"The Dean of Destiny", Patrick Snow will speak to the Port Orchard Rotary club on January 24. Patrick Snow is an international best-selling author, professional keynote speaker, publishing and book marketing coach, and Internet entrepreneur. Snow has been featured on the cover of of USA Today and in The New York Times. Be sure to mark your calendars to attend this meeting.

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Coming Soon - International Best-Selling Author Patrick Snow! Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes for January 3, 2012
Thank you Bill Evans for taking notes!
Meeting Notes for January 3, 2012 Kristy Ewing
Rotary Fish Hatchery project

Our club has a small fish hatchery on Karcher creek. Annually a team of Rotarians will fertilize fish eggs and incubate them until they are big enough to be released into the creek. December marks the beginning of a new cycle. Seen here with students are Rotarians Brian Sauer, Dave Selbig and Pat Oster.

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Rotary Fish Hatchery project Kristy Ewing
No Meeting December 27th
There will not be a meeting on December 27th. I presume we will resume our regular meetings on January 31st, unless we hear otherwise. - Kristy
No Meeting December 27th Kristy Ewing
Another successful apple run for Helpline

The Apple run is successfully completed for yet another year. Brian Sauer, Steve Hutchins and Dave Selbig drove to eastern washington and back to deliver 2000# of Red Delicious apples to Helpline by 5pm December 20th.

Great job to the Apple Team!

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Another successful apple run for Helpline Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes for Dec. 20, 2011
Thank you Andrew Cain for taking notes!
Meeting Notes for Dec. 20, 2011 Kristy Ewing
Rotary Notes from Dec. 13, 2011
Thank you Darek Grant for taking notes!
Rotary Notes from Dec. 13, 2011 Darek Grant
Decking out the round-about

As per tradition a group of stalwart Rotarians arrived early on a Saturday morning to decorate the round-about. Many were puzzled by how the Chinese managed to package the lights so tightly that they were almost impossible to unravel. Donuts and coffee were available for volunteers. Everyone was pleased to have Margie Nielsen join us to help decorate. The round-about is named in honor of Margie's late husband Niels, a dedicated Rotarian.

Photo by Kristy Ewing: Steve Krecker, Dave Selbig, Margie Nielsen, Don DeMers, Susan Veach and Wayne Cohen. See more photos on our facebook page.

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Decking out the round-about Kristy Ewing
Santa's elves wrap up Port Orchard Cares

Last Saturday December 17th Rotarian and Soroptimist elves turned out with bells on to wrap up our annual Port Orchard Cares project.

Many thanks to Sean & Colleen Smith and Dave & Sonnie Selbig for organizing the food and gift collection, food storage, gift wrapping and distribution! This event requires much attention to detail and careful planning to pull off and it could not be done without them.

It was great to see Tim Kelly from the Port Orchard Independent at the event taking photos. Be sure to read the resulting article in the Port Orchard Independent online.

President Cathy Ecker snapped a picture of a few elves resting on the back of a fire truck. L to R. Shawn (Ron Hutchinson's wife), Kristy Ewing, Brad Smith, Leslie Reynolds-Taylor and Valarie Pettigrew.

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Santa's elves wrap up Port Orchard Cares Kristy Ewing
Jingle Bell Walk / Run

A good time was had by all who attended the Jingle Bell Walk/Run to raise funds and awareness of Juvenile Arthritis. Valarie Pettigrew reports that those who particapted on the Port Orchard Rotary team brought in $470. Good job team! Thank you Wayne Cohen for showing up as our club mascot CRABBY! Photos of some of our participants can be viewed on our facebook page.

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left to right: Sheila Cline / event organizer with Rotarians Kristy Ewing, Valarie Pettigrew / club champion, Wayne Cohen as Crabby and Natalie Stokke.

Jingle Bell Walk / Run Kristy Ewing
Danford Moore's "little stinkers"

Danford Moore shared this photo of his grandkids dressed as skunks a few meetings ago. They are Bronwyn's children. Danford referred to them as "the little stinkers".

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Danford Moore's "little stinkers" Kristy Ewing
Senters too busy being grandparents to party

The following message came to me from Wayne Senter the day after our Christmas party. Congratulations!

Kim and I missed our Rotary Holiday banquet because we were at the hospital. Brooklyn Bailee Robinson was born at 4:20 PM December 6, 2011 at St. Joes in Tacoma she is 7 lbs, 6 ozs and 21 inches long. Everyone is healthy and mom and Brooke should be home today! Please feel free to share with our Rotary membership…regards, Wayne

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Senters too busy being grandparents to party Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes for Nov. 29, 2011
Thank you Doug Richards for taking notes!
Meeting Notes for Nov. 29, 2011 Doug Richards
Brad Potter doing better - thankfully!
The rumor - via facebook - is that Brad Potter is doing much better now after a 2 week stint in the hospital. We're glad! Hope to see you back at the meetings soon Brad.
Brad Potter doing better - thankfully! Kristy Ewing
On a personal note - Wayne Senter's grandchild

Wayne Senter sent an attachment to friends today regarding his granddaughter Olivia LeeAnn Robinson. With his blessings I am summarizing the note to share with club members. Although our club, and Rotary in general does not make a practice of contributing to funds for personal causes or needs, members are certainly encouraged to lend a hand to fellow Rotarians and their families whenever they see a need that can be addressed.

On a personal note - Wayne Senter's grandchild Kristy Ewing
Ho Ho Ho - Can you believe it's getting to be that time of year again - already?!

Port Orchard Rotary has a long standing tradition of showing just how much Port Orchard Cares via a cause by the same name. Together with Soroptimist members we gather food and gifts, then wrap and distribute them. This is a finely orchestrated event which can only be achieved with the direction of a few very dedicated individuals. For the past few years Colleen Smith, wife of Sean Smith, along with her husband and Dave and Sonnie Selbig have played lead elves in Rotary's, er, um Santa's workshop.

Next time you spy these elves working offstage be sure to make a point of thanking them for all their good work!

Checking the list twice. Photo of Sean & Colleen from 2008 by Kristy Ewing

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Ho Ho Ho - Can you believe it's getting to be that time of year again - already?! Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes for Nov. 8, 2011
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Thank you Rick Seward for taking notes!
Meeting Notes for Nov. 8, 2011 Rick Seward
Meeting Notes for Nov. 22, 2011
Thank you Brad Smith for taking notes - and for getting them to me so soon! - Kristy
Meeting Notes for Nov. 22, 2011 Brad Smith
What's happening?
Here's a list of volunteer and social activities for the months of November and December. If you are aware of other Rotary related events that should be added to this list please contact me. Thanks! - Kristy
What's happening? Kristy Ewing
Port Orchard Cares

Rotarians and Soroptimists joined company to collect food and accept monetary donations at local stores on Saturday, November 19th. This massive effort dubbed Port Orchard Cares is coordinated by some very capable people in both clubs. A big thank you and hoo-rah to Sonnie (current President of Soroptimists) and David Selbig! Thanks to all members who braved the cold to help and to those who helped construct temporary shelving at the Fire Station.

We will collect food again on December 3rd. Please contact Dave Selbig to volunteer. Call 360-871-3823 or email Dave.

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Photo of volunteer Rose Nitz provided by Wayne Senter. Rose is the daughter of Soroptimist Leah Nitz.

Port Orchard Cares Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes for Nov. 15, 2011

Thank you to Chris Beckham for taking notes.

Thank you to Susan Veach for manning the technical equipment for today's program, a suprise visit from Juliette via Skype. Thank you Sean Smith for the photo of today's program - our mystery guest Juliette.

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Meeting Notes for Nov. 15, 2011 Christopher Beckham
Meeting Notes for Nov. 1, 2011

Thank you Sean Smith for taking notes! Sean also scanned in handouts from today's meeting that provide in-depth details about hospice care in general, Hospice of Kitsap County, and a special hospice program especially for veterans. I made some changes to the website which will allow us to download files directly from the home page.

- Kristy Ewing

Meeting Notes for Nov. 1, 2011 Sean Smith
Jingle Bell Walk / Run with your fellow club members
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Join other Port Orchard Rotary club members for a fun winter afternoon and support Juvenile Arthritis at the same time!

Members interested in joining a team of fellow Rotarians in the Jingle Bell Walk/Run please sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/Rotary-JingleBell

The event takes place on December 3, 2011. It's a 5k walk/run coordinated around the Festival of Lights and Chimes in Port Orchard. 2:00 start.

Valarie Pettigrew has started a team page for us at the link above. Follow the link, and once on the page just click the "Join the Team" link, fill out the form and donate at least $20. The form asks for your team ID. Fill in Port Orchard Rotary AM.

Jingle Bell Walk / Run with your fellow club members Kristy Ewing
Get to know Bea Quezada
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You know how time flies as you age? How many times have we had a new exchange student whose arrival is quickly followed by their departure? Or so it seems. For them it's a much longer year, one that they'll remember and cherish the rest of their lives.

Get to know Bea Quezada Kristy Ewing
Port Orchard Rotary sells coffee for a cause beginning this weekend

This coming weekend Port Orchard Rotary will begin selling Washingtonians favorite beverage - COFFEE! Come see us at our booth at Holly Daze Craft and Gift Show in the Town Square Mall (aka S. Kitsap Mall), Saturday 9-5. Sunday 11-4.

Goodwill and Better Friendships holiday blend is the first of 3 different roasts that will be available through the club. It is a rich dark roast perfect for long winter days, and holiday gatherings. Bags are vacupressured to preserve freshness. Buy whole beans or ground - $13 each.

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Port Orchard Rotary sells coffee for a cause beginning this weekend Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes for Oct 25, 2011
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Meeting Notes for Oct 25, 2011 Kristy Ewing
Firesides schedule for 2011-12

The much awaited firesides are happening! Pete Holt and Steve Hutchins have been busy putting together a schedule and have paired hosts with guests throughout the coming year. The schedule can be accessed in our club documents online here. It contains names, phone numbers and email addresses of all who have signed up to participate. Contact Steve or Pete if you have any questions:

Steve & Dianne Hutchins 360.871.1257

Pete and Kathy Holt 360.871.3677

Firesides schedule for 2011-12 Kristy Ewing
Soroptimists Annual Holly Daze

The Soroptimists will be having their annual Holly Daze Craft and Gift Show on October 29th and 30th. Doors open at 9:00AM on Saturday, 11:00AM Sunday. Event will be at the Towne Square Mall (aka South Kitsap Mall) on Mile Hill. Admission is only $1 per person or a can of food for donation to the SK Helpline foodbank. See their facebook page, Contact Debbie Austin 871-0100 or Sharron King 871-1805.

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Soroptimists Annual Holly Daze Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes for Sep 27, 2011
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Thanks Natalie Stokke for taking notes!
Meeting Notes for Sep 27, 2011 Natalie Stokke
Meeting Notes for Oct 11, 2011
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Thank you Natalie Stokke for taking notes!
Meeting Notes for Oct 11, 2011 Natalie Stokke
2nd Ladies of Rotary get-together
Leslie Reynolds hosted an informal get-together for the women of our club at her beach front home early September. We gathered outside on her little slice of paradise on Watagua Beach and enjoyed a splendid view of Mt. Rainier as the sun went down. Everyone chose a unique glass to use for their evening refreshment from Leslie's extensive collection of colorful stemware. The gathering provided a perfect opportunity for some of the more long time Rotarian ladies to spend time with the new gals and to share stories about the history of women in Rotary. Representive Jan Angel joined Dee Marie, Natalie Stokke, Valarie Pettigrew and myself. We were joined for awhile by Leslie's brother and sister-in-law who live next door.
2nd Ladies of Rotary get-together Kristy Ewing
Welcome Owen Austin Ecker-Travatte
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President Cathy and Justin announce the birth of their son Owen. He was born on 9-11-11 at 8:20 am, weighs 8lbs 1oz and is 20.5 inches long.

Past President Brad Smith is filling in for Cathy as she recoups.

Welcome Owen Austin Ecker-Travatte Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes for June 28, 2011
Thank you to Brad Smith for taking notes. Today was Brad's first meeting NOT as President. Today was Cathy Ecker's first meeting officiating as President.
Meeting Notes for June 28, 2011 Brad Smith
Meeting Notes for June 7, 2011
Thank you Darek Grant for taking notes! Kristy attempted to translate... (yikes!)
Meeting Notes for June 7, 2011 Darek Grant
Port Orchard Rotary Year in Review 2010-11
Port Orchard Rotary Year in Review 2010-11 Kristy Ewing
Brad Smith is the first to appear in clubs' PSA campaign

Brad Smith is the first of our members to appear is a series of public service announcements for the club. Thank you Brad Smith for your outstanding leadership to Rotary and your service to the community of Port Orchard!

See the ad in this week's Port Orchard Independent newspaper.

Brad Smith is the first to appear in clubs' PSA campaign Kristy Ewing
Annual installation of new officers
On Monday evening June 20th at 5 PM Port Orchard Rotary will have its annual installation of officers and directors. President Brad Smith will step down and Cathy Ecker will preside this coming year beginning July 1. Join us for refreshments staritng at 5, dinner will be served at 6 at McCormick Woods. If you haven't already indicated that you want to attend please contact Dave Selbig.
Annual installation of new officers Kristy Ewing
Rotary ladies get together
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On Friday afternoon June 10 all female Port Orchard Rotary members were invited to join Kristy Ewing at Amy's By the Bay for a casual get-together and to welcome new members. All who made it agreed it was fun and that we would definitely want to do it again. Ladies stay tuned - guys beware. Photo left to right: Jacqui Curtis, Leslie Reynolds, Kristy Ewing, Valarie Pettgrew, Cathy Ecker.
Rotary ladies get together Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes for June 13, 2011

 Thank you Orrin Nelson for taking notes on Flag Day!

Meeting Notes for June 13, 2011 Orrin Nelson
Port Orchard Rotary club announces scholarship recipients for 2011

Port Orchard Rotary is very proud of its annual contribution to students in our community towards their advanced education. Each year we carefully review and select students to be awarded. Although we regret not being able to recognize more of the many deserving students we are pleased to assist those we can. Awards and checks were given to selected students at the club's weekly meeting on May 31, 2011.

Dennis Bonneville, Chairman of the Port Orchard Rotary Academic Committee announced and awarded Port Orchard Rotary's Academic Scholarship recipients with checks at the club's weekly meeting. He was joined by those who assisted him in the selection process; Brian Lyman and Jody Greseth. Brian Lyman represented the club by announcing the same awards at South Kitsap High School's Laurels event.

Jim Civilla announced the recipients of the Phil Grey and Bob Price memorial scholarships. Brian Lyman announced the Vocational Scholarship.

Don Cox is involved in the selection process for the Maynard Lumberg scholarship along with Bill Evans. Don told a little about the history of this particular scholarship. He noted that Maynard himself may not have qualified for his own award when compared with the outstanding students who are selected. Academics aside these students embody Maynard's enthusiasm. Don introduced Maynard's daughter Janet Lumberg Pugh who in turn paid tribute to her father, the award's namesake. Janet then introduced the recipients of that award.

Some parents, grandparents and friends attended the morning breakfast meeting to share the moment with their recipients.

The awards are as follows:

Port Orchard Rotary club announces scholarship recipients for 2011 Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes for May 31, 2011
The following notes are provided by Jim Avery. Thank you Jim!
Meeting Notes for May 31, 2011 Jim Avery
Invitation to kickoff event
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This announcement is brought to us from Wayne Senter, with the following note:

While I appreciate that we [as a Rotary club] don't committ politically, this is more of a community event for a friend and a trusted citizen activist.

thanks, Wayne

Invitation to kickoff event Kristy Ewing
Upcoming Events

June 20 - Monday - Evening Event. Annual Installation of new President and Directors Banquet.

June 21 - Tuesday - NO morning meeting.

September 16 - Apple Core Cup - a fundraising golf tournament pitting Udub (University of Washington) Husky fans against Wazzu (Washington State University) Cougar fans. Proceeds to be earmarked for scholarships to both schools. See Wayne Cohen for details.

Upcoming Events Kristy Ewing
Fish Release
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Brian Sauer, our faithful fisheries friend again released salmon into Sinclair Inlet with the help of David Selbig and grandson Jake. See photos on our facebook page.
Fish Release Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from March 15, 2011
Thank you Dave LaRose for taking notes!
Meeting notes from March 15, 2011 David LaRose
Meeting notes from February 1, 2011
Thank you Jeff Swan for taking notes!
Meeting notes from February 1, 2011 Jeff Swan
Meeting notes from February 9, 2011
Thank you Derek Grant for taking notes!
Meeting notes from February 9, 2011 Darek Grant
Meeting notes from March 22, 2011
Thank you Andrew Cain for taking notes!
Meeting notes from March 22, 2011 Andrew Cain
Meeting Notes for December 21, 2010
Thank you Jim Avery for taking notes at our Dec 21 meeting.
Meeting Notes for December 21, 2010 Jim Avery
President Brad Smith's tribute to Niels Nielsen
Brad read the following message to the club on December 7, 2010. Written in his own words.
President Brad Smith's tribute to Niels Nielsen Kristy Ewing
HO! HO! HO! MERRY CHRISTMAS
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The following is a note from Norm (and Bess) Olson...
HO! HO! HO! MERRY CHRISTMAS Norm Olson
Meeting notes for October 26, 2010
 Thank you Danford Moore for taking notes.
Meeting notes for October 26, 2010 Kristy Ewing
South Kitsap Rotary clubs seek exchange students
Here is a special opportunity for young people from Port Orchard to live and study in a foreign country. Both the Port Orchard Rotary club and South Kitsap Rotary club — will each sponsor one inbound and one outbound student during the 2011-2012 school year.  Both clubs are currently taking applications for next year's outbound students. The application deadline is October 6th.

For more information please contact: Ron Hutchinson at 360-710-2380, or Dr. Chris Bock at 360-649-3177.
South Kitsap Rotary clubs seek exchange students Kristy Ewing
Backwards Golf September 28th
Another backwards game of golf is scheduled for September 28 - after the regular morning meeting at McCormick Woods. Those who played last year had a great time so... Be sure to invite your friends, colleagues and clients to play too! Contact Rick Seward or Wayne Cohen, or just call the golf shop to field your team 360.895.0130.
Backwards Golf September 28th Kristy Ewing
Making Friends on Facebook
Port Orchard Rotary on facebook. Our fan club on facebook is increasing - we have 80 facebook people who regularly "like" us. This week we posted information about our guest speaker Nick Slepko and about our new exchange student Juliette. You don't have to have a facebook account to view the photos and read the posts. See our group photo with Juliette on facebook.
Making Friends on Facebook Kristy Ewing
Installation of officers makes the news
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The Kitsap Sun published a story about new officers. Click here to read.
Installation of officers makes the news Kristy Ewing
auction puppy
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Remember that cute little puppy that Sean and Colleen Smith won at the auction? This picture is several weeks old now. Reports are that the pooch will be a giant. The puppy sometimes accompanies Sean to the office and languors contently while Sean works.
auction puppy Kristy Ewing
Installation Dinner
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On June 23rd, 2010 Port Orchard Rotary club installed new officers for the current Rotary year which began July 1st. Past President Wayne Cohen passed the reigns to incoming President Brad Smith at an evening meeting. Members of the new board was sworn into service by retired judge Dan Phillips.
Installation Dinner Kristy Ewing
Photos from Castaway
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See photos from Castaway - the 2010 crab feed and auction - on Port Orchard Rotary's facebook page You do not need to have a facebook account to view them.
Photos from Castaway Kristy Ewing
Baby Allison
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Birth Announcement: Cathy Ecker and Justin's baby Allison was born 3/30/09 - at 2:19pm - 7lbs 13oz. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Baby Allison Kristy Ewing
Niels Nielsen recognition gets press
Article in Kitsap Sun about Niels Nielsen Lifetime Achievement award. Read here.
Niels Nielsen recognition gets press Kristy Ewing
Port Orchard Rotary - facebook page
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Port Orchard Rotary has a facebook page. If you are "into" facebook then "fan us" and help spread the word about all the great things our club is doing. The page was just created this weekend (April 10th) and has already attracted attention, and fans.

District 5020 also has a page. See it too.
Port Orchard Rotary - facebook page Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes from March 30th, 2010
Thank you Tim Thomson for taking notes at today's meeting!
Meeting Notes from March 30th, 2010 Tim Thomson
Castaway - Crab Island
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Castaway, Crab Island crab feed and auction. Port Orchard Rotary club's annual fundraiser - will be held this year on May 1st, 2010. For tickets please contact Laurie Stearns 360-443-3550. It's not too late to be a sponsor - please contact Brad Smith 360-895-5696.
Castaway - Crab Island Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from March 9, 2010
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Scott Gjertson / Outdoor Education Director at Camp Seymour was guest speaker to the club on March 9th, 2010.
Meeting notes from March 9, 2010 Kristy Ewing
Camp Seymour - Adventures for Life
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In the summer of 1903 WW Seymour graciously allowed a group of youth from the Tacoma YMCA to camp on his farm property on Balch's Cove (now known as Glen Cove).

The relationship between the Tacoma YMCA and W.W. Seymour grew, and two summers later, in 1905, YMCA camping for local Tacoma boys officially began with one tent on the same part of Seymour's property where Camp Seymour now stands. The following summer, 16 boys enjoyed a two-week camping experience, learning outdoor skills, cooking, swimming and sleeping under the stars. The first crude cookhouse/dining pavilion was constructed in 1908 with over 60 boys in ten tents attending camp that summer. In our first 100 years YMCA Camp Seymour has grown significantly in facilities and service. During 2003 over 12,500 youth, teens and families through outdoor and environmental education, summer camping, family camps, and contracted user groups were served.

[above text and photo excerpted from the YMCA Camp Seymour website]
Camp Seymour - Adventures for Life Kristy Ewing
Port Orchard Rotary Crab Feed and Auction
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Port Orchard Rotary's Crab Feed and Auction will be held on May 1st, 2010. This year's theme: Survivor, Port Orchard Island.
Port Orchard Rotary Crab Feed and Auction Kristy Ewing
Classification Talk - Laurie Stearns
Classification Talk - Laurie Stearns Kristy Ewing
Classification Talk - Brian Lyman
Brian Lyman gave members an insight into his life during his classification speech on Feb 23rd.
Classification Talk - Brian Lyman Kristy Ewing
Classification Talk - Brad Smith
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Brad Smith shared a bit about himself with members at the Feb 2nd, 2010 meeting. Photo of Brad wrapping gifts for Port Orchard Cares.
Classification Talk - Brad Smith Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from Feb 2, 2010
Time to put on our buffs and start forming strategies for this year's auction — Survivor Port Orchard Island! The race is on to get sponsors and donations. The event is May 1st, again to be held at the Clubhouse at McCormick Woods.
Meeting notes from Feb 2, 2010 Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from Feb 9th, 2010
Meeting notes from Feb 9th, 2010 Kristy Ewing
Mayor Lary Coppola Program
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Port Orchard Mayor Lary Coppola presents a "State of the City" address to the members of Port Orchard Rotary on February 9th, 2010.
Mayor Lary Coppola Program Kristy Ewing
Amelia Earhart Program
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What really happened to Amelia Earhart? On January 26th members entertained the many theories that have evolved over time, as to the disappearance of Amelia.
Amelia Earhart Program Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from Jan 26th, 2010

Meeting notes from Jan 26th, 2010 Kristy Ewing
Tacoma Rotary is 100 years old!
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Rotary No. 8 celebrates 100 years. On January 30th the club had a gala evening event.
Tacoma Rotary is 100 years old! Kristy Ewing
$10 - Haiti donation thru Shelterbox
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Here's an easy way to make a big difference for Earthquake victims in Haiti - thanks to Shelterbox! Here's how -
$10 - Haiti donation thru Shelterbox Kristy Ewing
Classification Talk - Robb Osborn
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Robb Osborn was born in Dexter IA, in an 800 person farming community, 35 mi west of DesMoines. He worked on a farm while in HS, feeding pigs, milking cows, and weeding corn and soybean rows.

Robb is a retired doctor and a new member of Port Orchard Rotary.
Classification Talk - Robb Osborn Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from Jan 19, 2010
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Mitch Morey Jr. is a proud new father! Chrystal gave birth on December 9th, 2009 to Maguire Morey. 7lbs. 9oz., 19 inches. (photo of Maguire at 7 weeks).

The club welcomes new member Laurie Stearns!
Meeting notes from Jan 19, 2010 Kristy Ewing
Hannah Spool - former waitress, aspiring actress
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A fond farewell to our waitress Hannah Spool. Hannah will have a bit part in the Season Premiere, third year, of the series Leverage on TNT. She says to "look for her wearing all black." Wayne gave her an Oscar moment at the podium in which he presented her with a card that was signed by members and a check, thanking her for putting up with us. Hannah was very grateful. (picture of card for Hannah - the oscar has her name on the base as "Best Waitress")
Hannah Spool - former waitress, aspiring actress Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from Jan 12th, 2010
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Our speaker today was the club's own Dave La Rose, Superintendent of South Kitsap School District. David exemplifies the school's mission of:

"Nurturing growth,
Inspiring achievement,
Building community"
Meeting notes from Jan 12th, 2010 Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from Jan 5th, 2010
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Our speaker on January 5th was Paula J. Hammond, P.E. Secretary of Transportation for the State of Washington

Paula J. Hammond, was appointed by Gov. Christine Gregoire in 2007 and leads the Washington State Department of Transportation, an agency of 7,100 employees that operate, maintain and build state highways. WSDOT is more than just a "highways' department, Paula's responsibilities are truly multi-modal as well as multi-dimensional. She leads and oversees the Washington State Ferry system, the nation's largest, WSDOT Aviation, Public Transit, Amtrak Cascades and Freight. WSDOT is responsible for the operation, maintenance and construction of improvements on over 7000 centerline miles of highway and 3500 bridges. Paula's leadership focus at WSDOT is on public accountability, project delivery, open communications with the public, and the quest for efficiency in the use of transportation facilities and in the agency's own business practices.

[bio excerpted from WSDOT website]
Meeting notes from Jan 5th, 2010 Kristy Ewing
Port Orchard Cares grand finale
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On December 19th members joined together with the Soroptimists to wrap presents and prepare food care packages. We met at the Tremont Fire Station. Always a heartwarming experience, it's also an amazing fete.
Port Orchard Cares grand finale Kristy Ewing
Magical Strings
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At our annual Holiday social, the club enjoyed the beautiful music of local artists, the Magical Strings. Pam and Philip Boulding played Christmas and celtic music. Philip Boulding's craftsmanship of fine musical instruments, particularly harps, is world renown. CD's of their music are available on their website - Magical Strings. Also see their concert calender.
Magical Strings Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes from Dec 22nd, 2009
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Since today's meeting follows the annual Holiday Party and happens to be at a time when many people are traveling for the holidays, attendance was low. However, it was an intimate meeting in which we made time for members to share with us the traditions that are unique to their family.
Meeting Notes from Dec 22nd, 2009 Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from Dec 15, 2009
President Wayne began the meeting with a funny Adam Sandler recording about Hanukkah. He also announced today that our club raised $615 during the fine program at the annual Christmas party. Those funds will go towards our fundraising effort for Helpline. Good job fellow Rotarians!
Meeting notes from Dec 15, 2009 Kristy Ewing
Tis the Season for Volunteering!
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Rotarians have been plenty busy volunteering these last few weeks. We have one final big push for the season... Please mark your calendars for this Saturday, Dec 19th, 9:00AM because that is when we'll begin moving the food to the loading area. Gift wrapping will begin at 10:00AM. Sean says we should be done around 1:45PM.
Tis the Season for Volunteering! Kristy Ewing
Dr. Seuss book?!
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Prez Wayne Cohen won't be able to sleep until he can find his nighty night bedtime story book! Has anyone seen his Dr. Seuss book?
Dr. Seuss book?! Kristy Ewing
11/24/09 AWB program
Our program on Nov 24th was presented by the Association of Washington Business and addressed the Health Care Reform Bill.
11/24/09 AWB program Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from Nov. 10th, 2009
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Welcome new member Jack Gallagher! - no more free breakfasts for you pal. ;-)
Meeting notes from Nov. 10th, 2009 Kristy Ewing
Niels and Margie go to Copenhagen
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Niels and Margie Nielsen attended the meeting at Fredriksberg-Mariendal Rotary club, Copenhagen, Denmark on 12th of November 2009. Niels is shown giving the Port Orchard Rotary club's banner to club president Tove C. Asby.
Niels and Margie go to Copenhagen Kristy Ewing
Christmas / Holiday party
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December 8th will be our club's annual holiday social. Please bring fresh fruit to donate. Will be at the Clubhouse at McCormick Woods. 5:30 social. 6:15 dinner. Bring a bag of fruit and receive 2 drink tickets! Our donations will be delivered the following morning to Helpline Food Bank by David Selbig. Entertainment to be (I think) Magical Strings of Olalla. There will NOT be a meeting that morning.
Christmas / Holiday party Kristy Ewing
Riding 4 hope coast to coast
"Riding4hope coast to coast" On November 3rd, 2009 David Mackovjak and his twin sons visited the club to tell about their cause, and of their long bicycle ride to promote that cause.
Riding 4 hope coast to coast Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from October 27th, 2009
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Brad Smith temporarily presided at this morning's meeting while Wayne Cohen prepared to be "the new sheriff in town". Pictured here.
Meeting notes from October 27th, 2009 Kristy Ewing
Annual clothing run for Retsil
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This week I had the pleasure of spending part of a day with David and Sonni Selbig. With a donation of $1,000 we went shopping for warm winter clothing to give to the residents at Retsil Veterans Home.
Annual clothing run for Retsil Kristy Ewing
Laura Daugereau - musher
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Laura Daugereau, a dog-sled musher spoke to the club about her Iditarod experiences, her life, her speaking engagements and her dogs.
Laura Daugereau - musher Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from October 20th, 2009
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Our club is "giving back" to the community in a big way! Today Sean Smith announced a 3-year, $10,000 commitment to the development of the South Kitsap Skate Park. Also we gave the SKHS band $1,000 to go march in the Rose Bowl Parade.
Meeting notes from October 20th, 2009 Kristy Ewing
Kitsap Transit Surplus Vehicle Program
The following was brought to our attention by Bob Cairns. If you know of a non-profit agency that could benefit from this please spread the word.
Kitsap Transit Surplus Vehicle Program Kristy Ewing
Bloedel Reserve - Program for October 13th, 2009
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Clark Townsend introduced speaker Ed Moydell. Ed has been with the Reserve just 3 months but is a knowledgable and educated spokesperson for Bloedel Reserve and the America Public Gardens Association.
Bloedel Reserve - Program for October 13th, 2009 Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from October 13, 2009
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Today's meeting began differently, with a 1969 recording of Red Skelton as he recited the pledge of allegiance slowly and with his own interjections, after which members recited it with Red. The video was brought to us by Steve Krecker.
Meeting notes from October 13, 2009 Kristy Ewing
Niels and Margie at Indiana Rotary club
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Niels and Margie Nielsen attended Jeffersonville Rotary Club in Indiana, on Tuesday September 29, 2009. Pictured here are Niels, Bill Odgen and Bob Johnston. The club had an assembly and some classification talks. 
Niels and Margie at Indiana Rotary club Kristy Ewing
Bara's Blog
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Our exchange student Bara has a blog to chronicle her adventures here. It is called Baru's Journeys and you can see it here. It has many of her great pictures - really she does show a talent for taking pictures. Good luck trying to read it though!
Bara's Blog Kristy Ewing
Kelly Evans steals photo with Huskie quarterback
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Bill Evans' last minute Happy Buck. Long after Happy Bucks were delivered Bill recalled a message he had received from his daughter. Kelley happened to run into Jake Locker, the starting quarterback for the University of Washington Huskies one evening. She sent the photo of her and Jake to her dad via cell phone which he discovered later that evening. Bill happily issued happy dollars for this fun announcement.
Kelly Evans steals photo with Huskie quarterback Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from Oct. 6th, 2009
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Today's meeting featured a $750 check to Sally Santana and a face-off between Amy Igloi-Matsuno and Fred Chang who are running for a Port Orchard City council seat which is currently held by Chang.
Meeting notes from Oct. 6th, 2009 Kristy Ewing
Rotary's Backwards Golf Tournament
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September 29th many members and friends played golf - backwards - as a fun fund raising effort for Sally Santana's Homeless Relief Cause. We raised $750! Weather cooperated by not raining cats and dogs, but did offer "kitties and puppies" as forecasted by Wayne Cohen. The sun even peeked through the clouds several times. After the game, prizes were given for various golfing achievements, many of which were tongue-in-cheek like the backwards play strategy of the game. Thank you to all who participated and especially to Rick Seward and Jeff Mehlert for championing the effort. Well done!
Rotary's Backwards Golf Tournament Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from Sept. 29th, 2009
New member inducted - Welcome Robert Osborn. Robert is a retired physician who says he has thought of joining Rotary for a long time. Retirement has afforded him the chance to do so. He looks forward to being of service and will be on the World Community Service Committee. Robert and his wife Jean are residents of McCormick Woods. Members, please take a moment to meet Robert and welcome him to our club.
Meeting notes from Sept. 29th, 2009 Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from Sept 22nd
Meeting notes from Sept 22nd Kristy Ewing
Classification Talk - Jeff Jahns
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Jeff Jahns was Born in Wisconsin but grew up in Tacoma - going to Geiger School, then graduating from Wilson High. He was a self proclaimed nerd (he drove a Corvair Wagon) and the only time he was in trouble was when he did a project on The Stairway to Heaven in Pop Culture Class. The teacher was impressed until she heard the last part of the song.

He married his high school sweetheart Terry after graduating from college because she wouldn't marry him until he graduated.
Classification Talk - Jeff Jahns Jim Civilla
Meeting notes from Sept 15th
Thank you Jim Civilla for taking meeting notes. He wrote, "Here are my notes -- I kept forgetting to write things down as they were happening!"

That's okay Jim, after serving more than the usual amount of time as President, nobody is going to knock your note taking, especially not me! - Kristy
Meeting notes from Sept 15th Jim Civilla
Noah Heidner Memorial Fund
The following is a note sent from Ron Hutchinson to many members on September 2nd, and a follow up email sent on Sept. 21st. With his permission I am including it in our newsletter for those who may be interested in helping a young family.
Noah Heidner Memorial Fund Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes from Sept. 1st, 2009
Exchange Students share stories of life abroad. Our speakers today were returning exchange students Erin Thatcher and Marion Fairgrave. There were some glitches in the presentation (slow, slow computer), so their time in the limelight was much delayed.

Erin spoke of her time in Slovakia and showed some images. Marion's presentation was unfortunately cut too short due to technical delay. She shared with us some of her stay in France. Her parents Rhonda and Bill were present.

To fill the time we had an impromptu fine program. Random members were called on to recite the 4-way test from memory. Niels, chose to look directly at the words on the large banner and read them aloud. Go Niels!
Meeting Notes from Sept. 1st, 2009 Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes from Sept. 8th, 2009
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Meeting Notes from Sept. 8th, 2009 Kristy Ewing
Classification Talk - Darek Grant
Relatively a newcomer to the club, Darek gave us a look inside his life.
Classification Talk - Darek Grant Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from August 25, 2009
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On her first visit to our club Bara was greeted with a flower from every individual member in attendance. Pictured here with Bill Evans. Barbora Debefová is our new exchange student from the Czech Republic.

Wanting to make sure we were spelling it correctly, I inquired about her nickname. Is it Bara or Baru as I had seen it spelled in facebook? Her reply to me was, "both is a correct in Czech Republic we have a lot of nicks for our names you know I am BARBORA but my friends call me barča,barush,baru,bara atd..."

Bara addressed the club with impeccable English and let us know that she is looking forward to meeting everyone. She loves food and museums and is curious to see many things. She is currently living with Susan Veach. Bill Evans is threatening huge fines to those who don't manage to spend some time with her during her year's visit with us.
Meeting notes from August 25, 2009 Kristy Ewing
Barbora Debefová's first fireside
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On her first evening in Port Orchard Bara and Bill Evans dropped in on a fireside dinner at the Christman's home. She "won" a giant colorful leaf of rainbow swiss chard from Denny for being the most English conversant exchange student we've had so far. Bara accepted the honor with the good humor in which it was intended, charming all of us to bits.
Barbora Debefová's first fireside Kristy Ewing
postcard from Jean LeJeune to Hutchinsons
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Ron Hutchinson and family got a postcard from Jean. In it Jean wrote about being on holiday in the South of France with his family. He also enticed Hutchinsons to come to Belgium, "Remember that Belgium makes better beers than yours and if you want to have a proof of it, come to see me and you'll see!"
postcard from Jean LeJeune to Hutchinsons Kristy Ewing
letter from Jean to Bill
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Bill Evans would like to share a letter he got from Jean. In it are typical Jeanisms like, "you're right about my mom, she freaked out at the second she saw my hair" and "trust me, there was way more mean tyrants than you [Bill] in USA!!!"
letter from Jean to Bill Kristy Ewing
Auburn Rotary Golf Tourny
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Wayne Senter would like to bring to your attention the 2009 Golf Tournament being held by Auburn Rotary - benefiting Childrens Charities. September 11, 2009. 11:30 registration, 1:30 shotgun start. scramble. $125 includes cart and dinner. Register your foursome or let them find a team for you.
Auburn Rotary Golf Tourny Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from August 18, 2009
A big thanks to Rick Seward for keeping up on meeting notations during my absence! Without paper and pen handy he submitted these from memory.
Meeting notes from August 18, 2009 Rick Seward
Barbora Debefová - exchange student
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Be prepared to greet our new exchange student. Good morning or hello sounds like "DOE-BRAY DEN".
Barbora Debefová - exchange student Kristy Ewing
Social Networks in Rotary
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Social networks help you find thousands of Rotarians online. Join Rotary International on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Here you can find videos, news, discussions, and thousands of other people from around the world interested in Rotary.
Social Networks in Rotary Kristy Ewing
Homeless in Port Orchard
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Local advocate for the homeless in Kitsap County, Sally Santana, was the featured speaker on August 11, 2009 - introduced by Wayne Senter. Santana was bestowed the Paul Harris Fellow Award recently by the club in recognition of her outstanding service for the homeless in Kitsap County.
Homeless in Port Orchard Niels G. Nielsen
Meeting Notes from August 11th, 2009
Meeting Notes from August 11th, 2009 Rick Seward
Diversity and Rotary
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Rotary International recognizes the value of diversity within individual clubs. Rotary encourages clubs to assess those in their communities who are eligible for membership, under existing membership guidelines, and to endeavor to include the appropriate range of individuals in their clubs. A club that reflects its community with regard to professional and business classification, gender, age, religion, and ethnicity is a club with the key to its future.
Diversity and Rotary Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes from August 4th, 2009
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Meeting Notes from August 4th, 2009 Rick Seward
Meeting Notes from July 21st, 2009
Meeting Notes from July 21st, 2009 Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from July 14th 2009
Meeting notes from July 14th 2009 Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from July 7th, 2009
Today was Wayne Cohen's first regular meeting as President of the Port Orchard Rotary Club. He chose to begin his term with a Club Assembly. It was nice to see Jim Civilla sitting down and enjoying his breakfast for a change.
Meeting notes from July 7th, 2009 Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from June 23rd, 2009
Although we've had a few meetings since the one on June 23rd, here are the notes from that meeting.
Meeting notes from June 23rd, 2009 Kristy Ewing
A new Rotary year
In the evening of June 30th, at McCormick Woods Clubhouse, Port Orchard Rotary ended a great year of leadership and embarked on a new one. Thank you to outgoing President Jim Civilla for all you did this year! Thank you again for serving more than the usual 12 months, by stepping up to fill a seat vacated early by your predecessor. Retha, thank you too for all your support.
A new Rotary year Kristy Ewing
Outgoing officers 08/09
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Board members and chairpersons serving the 2008/09 year receive thank you cards/gifts and applause. Thank you all for your hard and good work!
Outgoing officers 08/09 Kristy Ewing
Jean provides program
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In what was probably the best testament as to why the exchange program is worthwhile, Jean Le Jeune from Belgium shared with the club a little about his stay here.
Jean provides program Kristy Ewing
New Board
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Dan Phillips swears in the 2009/10 Board.
Pictured left to right - Cathy Ecker, Susan Veach, Denny Christman, Glenn Schmitt, Pat Oster, Sean Smith, Brad Smith, Jim Avery, Brian Lyman.
New Board Kristy Ewing
First act of office
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In his first act of office Wayne thanked Jim for his ambitious term of office - approx 18 months. Wayne stated that being on the board with others you begin to notice their habits and quirks. He saw that Jim was always drinking diet coke, so presented him with an equivalent amount of diet coke as his days in office. This equated to a dolly loaded with boxes of pop - 500+some cans.
First act of office Kristy Ewing
Thank you Retha
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Wayne thanks Retha Civilla for all of her support to the club, and to Jim, with a beautiful bouquet of roses and a warm embrace.

Jim graciously thanked his wife as part of his outgoing speech.
Thank you Retha Kristy Ewing
Our new President - Wayne Cohen
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Adjusting quickly to his new "seat" at the podium, Wayne looks official.
Our new President - Wayne Cohen Kristy Ewing
Swearing in the new Prez
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In full stride, and smiling and laughing Dan Phillips swears in Wayne Cohen as President for 2009/10.
Swearing in the new Prez Kristy Ewing
uncertainty
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Both Dan Phillips and Wayne Cohen look like they are uncertain about Wayne taking the oath of office.
uncertainty Kristy Ewing
a gift for Brad Smith
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The club gave Brad a framed poster from this year's fundraiser. Brad is a Rodeo buff through and through, so the theme suited him well. He was enthusiastic about the event's poster design.
a gift for Brad Smith Kristy Ewing
Brad Smith - Rotarian of the Year Award
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Jim Civilla recognized Brad Smith as "The Rotarian of the Year". Brad was this year's successful Crab Feed and Auction Chairman. Members showed their respect with a standing ovation. Congrats Brad for a well-earned award.
Brad Smith - Rotarian of the Year Award Kristy Ewing
Susan Veach - President's Award
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Jim recognized Susan Veach with the President's Award for Service above Self. Susan has been always available to Jim to get things done or handled. "If she couldn't do it, she'd get her husband to".
Susan Veach - President's Award Kristy Ewing
Bruce Bennett - Prez Award
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Jim recognized Bruce Bennett with the President's Award for Service above Self. Bruce has led the charge in arranging programs and speakers for more than a year.
Bruce Bennett - Prez Award Kristy Ewing
Special Recognition for Bob Cairns
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Jim Civilla presented Bob Cairns with a Special Recognition Award in appreciation of his representation of our club and dedication to the Rotary ideals as Rotary Assistant District Governor. Jim also recognized and thanked Bob's wife Chris.
Special Recognition for Bob Cairns Kristy Ewing
Denny Christman - Foundation recognitions
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Denny recognized Bob Cairns and Jim Avery as Multiple Paul Harris Fellows and gave them each pins containing several stones. Bob contributed $6,000 to date, so his pin would have 4 sapphires in it. Denny also presented a Paul Harris award to our Belgium exchange student Jean Le Jeune for being a professional student.
Denny Christman - Foundation recognitions Kristy Ewing
Bob Cairns - banner from Intl. Convention
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Bob Cairns presented Jim Civilla with a banner from the Rotary International Convention in Birmingham England and tells a little about the event.
Bob Cairns - banner from Intl. Convention Kristy Ewing
Bill Evans Fine Program
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"And you wonder what's wrong with the world today?" Finemaster Bill Evans amused members by citing a few Stella Awards. One particularly outrageous lawsuit — about a claimant named Grazinsky, who left the drivers seat of a Winnebago as it was traveling 72mph down the freeway, resulted in winning a million dollar plus lawsuit — actually had some banquet attendees wondering aloud whether it really could have happened. (seriously?!)
Bill Evans Fine Program Kristy Ewing
Cary Bozeman / Port of Bremerton
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Cary Bozeman spoke to the club on June 16th about his agenda as CEO for the Port of Bremerton.
Cary Bozeman / Port of Bremerton Tom Herstad
meeting notes from June 16th, 2009
Thank you Tom Herstad for taking notes at the June 16th meeting.
meeting notes from June 16th, 2009 Tom Herstad
Fathoms of Fun Street Scramble
The following invitation to participate in the Fathom of Fun Street Scramble was distributed by the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce:
Fathoms of Fun Street Scramble Kristy Ewing
Derek Kilmer visits Port Orchard Rotary
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Senator Derek Kilmer addressed members at the June 9th meeting. He began by placing his cell phone on the podium and announcing that if it is his wife he WILL answer it. 8.5 months pregnant he and Jennifer are expecting their second child soon.

For anyone interested in getting the latest scoop in Olympia according to Derek, he has an excellent site, which is continually updated: Senator Derek Kilmers website.
Derek Kilmer visits Port Orchard Rotary Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from June 6th, 2009
Meeting notes from June 6th, 2009 Kristy Ewing
Classification Talk - Andrew Cain
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June 9th, Andrew Cain briefly told us about himself via a classification talk.
Classification Talk - Andrew Cain Kristy Ewing
3rd Rotary club in Gig Harbor
Gig Harbor North's Rotary club was chartered on May 21.

My friend, and fellow Rotarian Patrick Williams tells me that their Charter Night is June 30 and EVERYONE IS INVITED!!! [Please note that this is the same evening as our - Port Orchard Rotary - Installation Banquet.]

They meet Tuesdays, 5PM @ St Anthony's Hospital on Canterwood Blvd in Gig Harbor.
3rd Rotary club in Gig Harbor Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from June 2nd, 2009
Today's meeting was almost entirely consumed by the Student of the Year awards.

Denny from Gig Harbor Rotary's noon morning club announced their upcoming Poker Tournament.

Bob Cairns announced that Jim Civilla was the only one of the 5 clubs in his territory that received the Presidential Citation. Congrats to Jim, and to our club!

Pete Holt began beating the drum for the next round of Firesides starting now and to be completed by September. Thanks again Pete for chairing this program.

Susan Veach has printed member's invoices. If you didn't get yours, please contact her. If you did and have a question about it she reminds us to "remember the 4-way test".

Rick Seward promoted a golf game for interested members, for after the June 9th meeting (now past).


Meeting notes from June 2nd, 2009 Kristy Ewing
Student of the Year Awards
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Our club's annual Student of the Year awards presentation packed the house at the June 2nd meeting. Pat Oster and Jay Villars did a fine job of organizing and emceeing the program. They introduced each of the presenters, who in turn said a few words and gave awards to kids in their schools. Most presenters referred to the criteria for their selection which was based on tenets that sounded much like the Boy Scout pledge, or Rotary's 4-way Test. There were proud faces and cute kids aplenty. Amongst the recipients were Ron and Shawn Hutchinson's daughter. I observed one child returning to their chair while admiring their award.
Student of the Year Awards Kristy Ewing
Dave La Rose receives award
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On March 27th, Dave La Rose, Superintendent of South Kitsap School District was selected as one of two winners of the Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's (WSASCD) 'Educating the Whole Child Award' for educators.

Excerpt from the SKSD website. Link to the District's site to learn more.

Our members congratulate you on this distinction David!
Dave La Rose receives award Kristy Ewing
meeting notes from May 26, 2009
The meeting of May 26th was devoted mostly to the annual awarding of scholarships. A few announcements were made.
meeting notes from May 26, 2009 Kristy Ewing
Jean Lejuene's recent adventures
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Jean has been enjoying himself and getting a few opportunities to see our corner of the earth. He got to take a whirlwind trip to Montana and Yellowstone National Park with his host family the Thatchers. An exchange student friend, a Hungarian girl named Judit who lives on Vancouver Island got to go with him. He was thrilled to see the famous park.
Jean Lejuene's recent adventures Kristy Ewing
Rainier baseball game
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It was one of those perfect summer evenings last Thursday when a bunch of Rotarians met at Cheney Stadium to watch the Tacoma Rainiers play baseball. Located near left field we had a party deck all to ourselves, complete with food and drinks and a great view of Mt. Rainier. Highlights of the evening included a few balls hit our direction and a Rainier logoed shirt tossed to us by Rhubarb the Reindeer (the team's mascot) - which landed unfortunately on Julie Cox's head much to her surprise. Rainiers beat Nashville 5 to 3.

Special thanks to Pat Oster for arranging the social. Sorry you couldn't make it to the game Pat!

Photo of Ray and Patricia Gehlen.
Rainier baseball game Kristy Ewing
Beer Garden Needs You
This weekend marks the first Kitsap Harbor Festival. Many of our members will be pouring beer at the beer garden near the Gazebo on the waterfront, downtown Port Orchard. If you aren't pouring we hope you'll drop by and buy, bye and bye. Ey matie? By the way, it IS a fundraiser. ;-)

1:30 set up  till 4 ish - Jim/Retha, Wayne C., Jim Avery
2:45 till 5:15 ish - Erin Civilla, Dee Marie
3:45 till 6:15 ish - Mark Grimm, Kristy Ewing, Bob Cairns
4:45 till 7:15 ish - Marty Mobly, Sean Smith, Steve Hutchins, Carmen T.
Beer Garden Needs You Kristy Ewing
Kitsap Bank assumes Westsound Bank
Kitsap Bank On May 12 Jim Carmichael shared with members a little about the downfall of Westsound Bank and its subsequent takeover by Kitsap Bank. He described, from his point of view as Kitsap Bank President, the events of the last few months leading up to the final closure of Westsound Bank on Friday evening, May 8th. Of the long hours following the closure, Jim says, "it was quite a weekend".
Kitsap Bank assumes Westsound Bank Kristy Ewing
Programs Past
With a wide variety of programs to start the day members can look forward to learning or hearing about something new every week. To recap:

In the past many weeks we've heard from Real Estate and Mortgage experts in our own club Jacqui Curtiss, Cathy Ecker and Mitch Morey. Doug Baxter of Big Brothers and Sisters of Puget Sound. Arden Norvold updated us on Kids First Vietnam. Head Coach Brian Agler shared Seattle Storm happenings.
Programs Past Kristy Ewing
Jean goes skydiving. Visits elderly Belgian.
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In what is probably a Rotary first, our exchange student Jean LeJeune went skydiving in the Shelton area with his host family. Jean shared pictures of his exciting day with members at the May 5th meeting. He was all smiles in retelling the details of his big jump!
Jean goes skydiving. Visits elderly Belgian. Kristy Ewing
Port Orchard Rotary meets at Clubhouse
Port Orchard Rotary club is now meeting at the Clubhouse at McCormick Woods.



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Port Orchard Rotary meets at Clubhouse Kristy Ewing
District Governor's Award!
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Our club is the recipient of District 5020 2009 District Governor's Award - "Most Significant New Community Project". This is for the Backpacks for Kids Project. Special thanks to Sean Smith and the Community Service Committee for engaging the club in such a worthwhile endeavor!
District Governor's Award! Kristy Ewing
John Nsabimana update
John Nsabimana, a survivor or the genocide in Rwanda, and a regional youth ambassador for UNICEF, gives us an update via Bob Cairns. John will soon have the opportunity to travel to Geneva to study the work of the United Nations. He is one of only 25 people who were selected for this rare opportunity. His travel and accommodations will be covered by the Quaker Peace & Social Witness Program.

John was a guest speaker at our club several months ago. He was "discovered" and given assistance to escape Uganda by a former Rotary Youth Ambassador.
John Nsabimana update Kristy Ewing
Kids First Vietnam
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Our speaker on the 5th will be Arden Norvold who will present a program on "Kids First Vietnam". Niels Nielsen is actively involved in this project, having traveled to Vietnam on numerous occasions.
Kids First Vietnam Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from April 14th, 2009
While Jim and Retha were playing in the sun Wayne Cohen took a trial run at presiding over a meeting, proving the leadership in the club remains strong and capable. Nice job Wayne.

Our scheduled speaker canceled at the last moment, but thanks to our resident experts in real estate and mortgage we had the privilege of first hand insight into the local housing market. Thank you Jacqui Curtis, Cathy Ecker and Mitch Morey Jr.
Meeting notes from April 14th, 2009 Kristy Ewing
Rompin Stompin Auction
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Brad Smith whooped it up in full western attire on the March 31st member assembly.
Wearing a cowboy hat and sexy chaps, and clanging a cowbell, Brad called for us "little doggies" to get saddled, head 'em up and ride 'em out. As of that day the event was only 32 days away, and Brad is feeling mighty nervous about whether the donations will come in soon enough.
Rompin Stompin Auction Kristy Ewing
Bee a volunteer
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Jacqui Curtis is seeking volunteers to participate in this year's Spelling Bee. Participants have a fun time and help to raise funds and awareness for the Literacy Council of Kitsap County. Thursday, May 7th - 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.- Silverdale Beach Hotel. See details of event on the LCKC website.
Bee a volunteer Kristy Ewing
April is Polio Plus Challenge Month
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April is considered Polio Challenge Month for Rotary. Denny Christman would like to share with members a few outstanding images which show how Rotary is recognized world wide for its effort to end polio. View images here.
April is Polio Plus Challenge Month Kristy Ewing
Port Orchard Mayor's 2008 Annual Report
Former club member and President Lary Coppola, who is now the Mayor of Port Orchard has released to the public the City's 2008 Annual Report. He has also provided it to us for interested members. See "downloads" on the main Clubrunner page.
Port Orchard Mayor's 2008 Annual Report Kristy Ewing
District Conference coming soon - register now
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Go to this page on District 5050 website to register for the upcoming District Conference to be held in Bremerton April 24-26. A complete breakdown of the events and speakers is available online.

District 5020
are the clubs from Vancouver Island, B.C. and Western Washington and from Pierce county south to Woodland and the Olympic Peninsula.
District Conference coming soon - register now Kristy Ewing
Residents at the Round-about
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The roundabout clean up party were surprised to find squatters in the busy intersection at Bethel and Mile Hill. A killdeer made us very aware with its loud squawking that we were not welcome near its nest. Eventually the partner also arrived to take turns watching over the 4 spotted eggs. Apparently this bird, a member of the Plover family is not uncommon to find in open areas such as golf courses.
Residents at the Round-about Kristy Ewing
Jean Le Jeune joins a fireside outing
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Jean joined the Civilla's, Cohen's and Kristy Ewing on a unique fireside evening which included an art walk in Tacoma. After touring the Tacoma Art Museum, the Chihuly Glass Museum and its hot shop we cozied up for a yummy Indonesian meal at Indochine. Jean got a kick out of having his own personal teapot to use and became rather attached to it. He came home with souvenirs, including a T-shirt emblazoned with "nice glass" on the back.

What an absolute pleasure Jean is to be around. Be sure to include him in your activities, however simple and mundane they may seem to you.
Jean Le Jeune joins a fireside outing Kristy Ewing
Roundabout gets a spring cleaning and flags
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Community Service Director Sean Smith and President Jim Civilla raise the American flag at the Bethel/Mile Hill roundabout. They and other members worked hard to spruce up the landscaping which included tons of bark and spring flowers. Thank you to new member Rick Gehring for bringing hot coffee and muscle power. Brad Smith, Wayne Cohen and Kristy Ewing (a.k.a doughnut lady) were also part of the work party.
Roundabout gets a spring cleaning and flags Kristy Ewing
Baby Veach
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Finally - a photo of Susan Veach's granddaughter Aliyah Grace Veach!
Baby Veach Kristy Ewing
Meeting Notes from March 3, 2009
Meeting Notes from March 3, 2009 Kristy Ewing
Get your tickets now!
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May 2nd is rapidly approaching. Grab your tickets, find your seats, and get ready for the big annual fundraiser, Rompin Stompin Rotary Roundupthe 32 annual Crab Feed & Auction 5:00PM at the Clubhouse at McCormick Woods.

Thank you to this year's Premier Sponsor: Harrison Hospital. Major Sponsors: Pacific Asset Management, Kitsap Bank and Clubhouse at McCormick Woods. Business Sponsors: Rent a Center, Hi-Joy Bowl, Compensation Consultants, Westbay Auto Parts. Hutch-Con Construction are sharing a business sponsorship with N.L.Olson(Jr.) and Associates.
Get your tickets now! Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from March 10th, 2009
David Rill was kind enough to take notes from the March 10th, 2009 meeting. Thank you David!
Meeting notes from March 10th, 2009 Kristy Ewing
2009 Crab Feed & Auction 2
Brad Smith has been rounding up the riders for this year's Rodeo (aka Crab Feed).

Team leaders and monikers are:

Brian Lyman - Stampeding Rotarians

Scott Logan - The Blazing Saddles

Ron Hutchinson - The Revenue Rustlers

Jim Snyder - The Wranglers
2009 Crab Feed & Auction 2 Kristy Ewing
Rotarians learn about Tai Chi
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Teenie Spiker a certified tai chi wellness instructor was our program on February 10th. Teenie explained how she has helped people realize less pain, more energy and vibrant health through the discipline of tai chi.

You could have heard a pin drop when Teenie demonstrated how to release energy through a graceful and mesmerizing tai chi routine.
Rotarians learn about Tai Chi Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from Feb 10th, 2009
Meeting notes from Feb 10th, 2009 Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from Feb 3rd, 2009
February 3rd. Jim Civilla presided.

In light of the tragic shooting in Portland on Saturday January 24th which claimed the lives of two Rotary district 5100 exchange students and wounded several others, the meeting began with a moment of silence. For details about the nightclub shooting see Seattle Times article.
Meeting notes from Feb 3rd, 2009 Kristy Ewing
June 30th - Installation Banquet
On Tuesday evening, June 30th we will be meeting at the Clubhouse at McCormick Woods from 5:30-8:00 PM, to usher in our new President Wayne Cohen and cohorts. The cost for attendance will be only $10 per person. Exchange student Jean LeJeune will be our guest speaker.
June 30th - Installation Banquet Kristy Ewing
Dan Phillips bon voyage
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"Here comes the judge." There goes the judge. On January 9th an open house in Dan Phillips' honor was held at the new city hall, in the commissioner's chambers. We watched as he was bestowed with all sorts of plaques and listened as he was teased (admiringly) about his time on the bench. Diane was by Dan's side and daughter Tara flew in from LA to attend.

Dan said, "I have a lot of families. I have my court family, my own personal family, my Rotary family. And the family of the people who appear in court. You get to know them when they come back."
Dan Phillips bon voyage Kristy Ewing
Irons in the Firesides
Pete Holt and Steve Hutchins have worked out a fabulous new approach to the traditional fireside get-togethers. Those who will be hosting the first round of firesides should contact their guests to arrange a time and place. Hosts for January are: S.Smith, Morey, Nelson, Oster, Moore, Hutchinson, Ewing, Olson. Fireside schedules and instructions can be downloaded here.
Irons in the Firesides Kristy Ewing
Silverdale club - Sweetheart Dinner Auction
Elmo Zumwalt III Guild & Silverdale Sunrise Rotary Club come together to host the third annual Sweetheart Dinner Auction.

Saturday, February 7th, 2009. 6:00 PM
Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside
Dinner: $50.00
Dress: Business Casual or Semi Formal
All proceeds support: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Kitsap County Rotary Community Service Projects

editor's note: The flyer I received did not include contact information, however it was originally emailed by Jeff (?) email Jeff to Bob Cairns to distribute.

Silverdale club - Sweetheart Dinner Auction Kristy Ewing
WASRAG
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Niels Nielsen forwarded a newsletter from WASRAG to me. WASRAG is a Rotary action group whose mission is: Rotarians working to improve Life and Livelihood through the provision of Safe Water and Sanitation.

Their goal: Providing information, support and encouragement to Rotarians, Rotary clubs and districts to take active roles in projects/programs to develop safe water and sanitation as a means of promoting health and alleviating hunger.

An excerpt from the WASRAG newsletter:

It's not too late to join the surge - almost 1000 Rotarians have joined WASRAG to support D.K. Lee's challenge to reduce child mortality by bringing safe water and sanitation to the millions lacking these fundamental needs for life and livelihood.
 
To see where we're going, take a look at the Executive Summary of WASRAG's Strategic Plan.


photo credit - WASRAG - African children carrying water.
WASRAG Kristy Ewing
Jean LeJeune's Christmas holiday
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Jean LeJeune - whose English is getting better weekly - shared with members what's been happening in his life during the past few weeks. He spent Christmas Day with his host family in Manchester. He enjoyed a skiing trip to Crystal Mountain with Ron Hutchinson's family, and also enjoyed bringing in the New Year with them. He used "crackers" for the first time. It's obvious that Jean has greatly enjoyed living with Ron and Shawn and kids Clayton and Emmeline.

Photo from Jean's Facebook page: Dans la voiture, pour aller voir le feu d'artifice à Crystal Mountain. [In the car, while we're going to Crystal Mountain for the firework.] Clayton, Jean, Emmeline

note: since Jean mentioned facebook at a meeting, a few members have made a page on the popular social networking site.
Jean LeJeune's Christmas holiday Kristy Ewing
Program - World Vision - Dec. 16th, 2008
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Kim Lornez - Director and Rotary Liaison of World Vision was introduced by Bob Cairns. He explained what World Vision does and gave us an overview of how Rotary can partner effectively to powerfully impact the lives of children around the world.
Program - World Vision - Dec. 16th, 2008 Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from Dec 16th, 2008
Jim Civilla presided.

Wayne Cohen solicited laughter at his own expense by kicking off the meeting with new market terms for 2009, such as -

FINANCIAL PLANNER - A guy whose phone has been disconnected.

MARKET CORRECTION - The day after you buy stocks.

CASH FLOW- The movement your money makes as it disappears down the toilet.

Meeting notes from Dec 16th, 2008 Kristy Ewing
Three Cups of Tea
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Here is a book every Rotarian should read: Three Cups of Tea One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . One School at a Time.
Three Cups of Tea Kristy Ewing
Glad Tidings
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As the year wraps to a close, I'd like to share the following quote from Mohandas Gandhi, "If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children."

Past President Wilfred J Wilkinson elaborated on Gandhi's pronouncement, "What Gandhi understood so well was simply this: that anger and hatred, arguments and differences, rivalries and quarrels are not inherited or innate. They are learned. Children who see hate, learn hate. But children who see sharing and love, learn sharing and love."

Glad Tidings to all of you, my friends in Rotary, and a heartfelt "get well soon" to our friend Niels Nielsen.

your editor,

Kristy

photo - A little Smith elf and her friend at the fire station, Port Orchard Cares wrapping party.
See more photos here >>
Glad Tidings Kristy Ewing
Phillips retirement party - Friday, Jan 9th - 1:30
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Reminder - Be sure to save-the-date of January 9th to celebrate Judge Dan Phillips' retirement. The party is open to the public, and all are invited, but it will be especially nice for Dan to see fellow club members. 1:30pm Friday, Jan. 9th at the County Commissioner's Meeting Room - in the new building.
Phillips retirement party - Friday, Jan 9th - 1:30 Kristy Ewing
Port Orchard Cares - press release
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Soroptimists and Rotary Show That "Port Orchard Cares". PORT ORCHARD, WA. This Christmas despite the challenging economy, families who might have gone without will have plenty, thanks to the goodwill of local service organizations. As in years past the Port Orchard Rotary club and Soroptimists pooled their efforts in a joint food and gift drive dubbed "Port Orchard Cares". Club members collected donations of food from generous shoppers at local grocery stores, and from the stores themselves. More than 35 families were "adopted", with special attention paid to the children's needs and wishes. Every child under 18 received a bag filled with presents, and their families got bags of food including a turkey. Recipients included military families and senior citizens. The seniors also got gifts.

This year, due to the snow and poor road conditions, food and gifts were personally delivered to 10 families. Other families took delivery of their gifts at the Fire Station on Tremont which had been set up as a gift wrapping and distribution center. Colleen Smith, a key organizer of the event says that, "Some folks cried as we loaded their cars. Made us cry. Very humbling. Two families brought Christmas cards filled with gratitude - a very nice gesture."

- photo caption - Rotarian Pete Holt and Soroptimist Bess Olson wrap Christmas gifts at the fire station.

See photo album>>

Port Orchard Cares - press release Kristy Ewing
Cruise Gift Certificates
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Cruisin' Glenn and Deb Schmitt have an online travel store that is currently offering cruise gift certificates starting at $418 for two guests. Go to www.GoTravel2Day.com and give the gift that creates memories! Please call Deb at (360)731-4250 if you have questions or need assistance.
Cruise Gift Certificates Kristy Ewing
Sonnie's Polished Stone Birdhouses
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Here's a unique gift for your feathered friends - a polished stone birdhouse made by Sonnie Selbig. All are lovingly adorned with polished stones, but each one is unique! We can only assume that she has plenty of time to scout for the coolest rocks on our pristine Washington beaches while husband Dave is fishing the straits. See a few pics here. $75 each. Call Sonnie (SPT Assoc. Inc.) at 360.871.3823.
Sonnie's Polished Stone Birdhouses Kristy Ewing
Flagpole Christmas Trees
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On December 6th a bunch of Rotarian worker-bees gathered at the RoundAbout to string lights to the flagpoles. See photo album here.
Flagpole Christmas Trees Kristy Ewing
Christmas / Hanukkah Gits
Last minute shoppers?! This week we feature 2 sources for gifts. Sonnie's Polished Stone Birdhouses - which are available year around, and Deb's online travel store is offering cruise specials for a limited time.
Christmas / Hanukkah Gits Kristy Ewing
Memories by Design Finds
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David and Lori Rill are "Turning Memories Into Works of Art."
The following is a note from David Rill -

One of our home businesses is called Memories by Design Finds. We take flowers and other items, ie photos, poems, pearls, etc. and after drying them in a special way, they are placed into the wax walls of a handcrafted Heirloom Candle. The candles are illuminated via a fuel cell, electric light, or memory lamp and will not burn away. It makes a wonderful keepsake. We produce Heirloom Candles for weddings, anniversaries, memorials/funerals, graduations, and any event that uses flowers and is memorable. We have customers both retail and wholesale across the USA and Canada.
Memories by Design Finds Kristy Ewing
2009 Rotary International Convention
Niels Nielsen reminds us that this years RI Convention takes place in Birmingham England. He and Margie were some of the first to sign up and Niels is hoping to feel well enough by then to go.
2009 Rotary International Convention Kristy Ewing
County Parks / Bloomquist Garden
Prez Jim sent the following email to members on 12/8:

Wayne Cohen, Brad Smith, Danford Moore, and I met with the County Parks Dept on Friday concerning the Bill Bloomquist Community Gardens at the Jackson/Lund park.
County Parks / Bloomquist Garden Kristy Ewing
Global Teams for Local Initiatives
Dec. 8th, 2008 Lori Sweningson, Rotary Club Seattle #4 gave a presentation about Global Teams for Local Initiatives (GTLI). She was introduced by Bob Cairns.
Global Teams for Local Initiatives Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from Dec. 9th, 2008
Announcements

Pete Holt - sign up for firesides. >details.

Bruce Bennett - needs speaker suggestions

Brad Smith - Auction - 144 days until the 2009 auction. Theme - Rodeo. Date May 2nd at McCormick Woods. First auction committee meeting - January 8th at 7:30 AM at the Pancake House. Donation forms available 12/16/08. Several slogans suggested, but none printable. A lot of 8 second scenarios.

Dave Selbig - Port Orchard Cares Food collection good as last year which was pleasant surprise. Also collected $1500 in cash donations. Wrapping party December 20th at 9 AM at the Tremont Fire Station. Need wrappers and help transporting goods from basement to upper level. Gifts deadline is Friday, December 12th. Drop off items to office of Chris Beckam or ??

Sean Smith - RoundABout Work went well Saturday. Need more electrical sources to power lights and water feature.

Bill Evans - Introduced outbound student Rachel Schulte. Rachel is a sophomore at South Kitsap High School. Interviewed in Victoria this past weekend and was selected to go to FInland.

Wayne Senter and Sean Smith introduced Matt Millen, an EMT with District 7. Our Rotary club donated $500 to the South Kitsap High School Athletic Department for a medical stabilizing board to carry injured athletes off the field. Matt explained its use and the need for safer transport of injured players.

President Jim mentioned that a committee will be established to assist members with dues/meals payments if needed. This topic has been addressed to members via email too.

Officer position reading (1st of 3).
Susan Veach - World Service - extending
Jim Avery - Secretary - extending
Cathy Ecker - Vice President
Meeting notes from Dec. 9th, 2008 Kristy Ewing
Beautiful sketches
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Gregg Scott original sketches. Our friend, and former member Gregg Scott has  delved into the artists underground of live model sketching and his most recent work will astound you. While not advertising it, he now has a website where you can see it all - and I do mean all. If you are looking for a beautiful sketch to showcase in your home or give as a gift check out Gregg's new website Drawn Live. There is no mention on the site that his work is for sale, but a little bird told me it just might be. Inquire with Gregg. His contact info is on his site.
Beautiful sketches Kristy Ewing
John Woods Photography
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Fellow member John Woods has been busy taking photos. You may recall that over time John has paid a few "happy bucks" about various camera purchases. If you've been following John's work, as I have, you'll know that his talent is ever-improving. The good news is that he has a selection of work online now. Prints are for sale on Smug Mug. pssss. John is kind of bashful about his photography and wasn't keen on the idea of me showing you... but hey, I knew you'd enjoy seeing it!
John Woods Photography Kristy Ewing
Fining the finemaster
Exchange student Jean is settling right in to the rhythm of Rotary and the finemaster program. At the holiday party Bill Evans made a plea to all members to be engaged in activities with our exchange student. He also levied a few fun fines. Then he presented Jean with a wrapped gift - an ipod docking station. But before returning to his chair Jean fined Bill $10, because he always sees Bill fining others, but not paying anything himself. Bill took it all in stride and members shared a good laugh with him. Go Jean!
Fining the finemaster Kristy Ewing
Stephanie Cox - a star in the night
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Gold medalist Stephanie Cox was the highlight of the evening at this year's holiday party. With much pride Don Cox introduced his endearing daughter-in-law to members, and managed not to tear up sentimentally despite being humorously taunted by his friend Bill Evans. Stephanie is married to Don and Julie's son Brian Cox.
Stephanie Cox - a star in the night Kristy Ewing
Who knew Krecker played drums in a band?
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Oh, the things you can learn about your fellow members! Over the years many friendships have been forged through the tradition of Rotary firesides. In the past these get-togethers were staged around a host/hostess invitation to 3 other members and their significant other to dine at their home. This year the fireside has evolved to a more open platform which is limited only by imagination and budget.

The following is a note from Pete Holt and Steve Hutchins -
Who knew Krecker played drums in a band? Pete Holt
Bob Cairns program - November 18th, 2008.
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Bob and Chris Cairns recently returned from Ethiopia and Uganda where they participated in Rotary humanitarian work. Chris attended the meeting modeling an Ethiopian dress and showing handicrafts from both countries. The couple went on this trip to perform polio immunizations in Ethiopia, and to observe other humanitarian work done by Rotarians in both Ethiopia and Uganda.
Bob Cairns program - November 18th, 2008. Kristy Ewing
Send Out Cards
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David Rill and Dan Weedin, President of the Rotary Club of Poulsbo, gave a demonstration to the club for a greeting card program that could serve a two-fold purpose for our members. Send Out Cards is an online greeting card company offers an easy way to send cards to friends and family AND benefit our club financially. Send Out Cards will print it, stuff it, stamp it, and mail it. You can keep a list of friends and family, their birthdays and anniversaries online. They both vouched for how easy it is to do, and how their families and friends have appreciated it.
Send Out Cards Kristy Ewing
Member Steve Krecker
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Steve Krecker shared a bit of himself with the club via a classification speech he gave on November 25th. Steve was born in New York. He enjoyed machine shop in high school. In 1969 he joined the Navy just prior to getting his draft card. There he got "a good education in electricity, electronics and hydraulics." Noting that although standard military advice is NEVER volunteer, he did so anyway and wound up being a Gunner's mate. He liked that job.
Member Steve Krecker Kristy Ewing
MAKE A CHANGE
The following is a letter from Laureen Lund, a member of midday Gig Harbor Rotary.

How do I tell this story? I am not a good enough writer to do it justice. The only way I can begin is to say that I have experienced an unbelievable thing. In all my world travels, in all my life's blessings, nothing has compared to what has happened to me the past two days.
MAKE A CHANGE Kristy Ewing
Port Orchard Cares food drive
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Chief Jim Civilla sets a fine-free example by showing up to help at this year's food drive. Pictured here with Soroptimists Sharon King and behind-the-scenes-organizer Sonny Selbig.

Niels and Margie Nielsen motored by us, waving and offering encouraging smiles. Thanks Niels! Good to see you. ooxxoo
Port Orchard Cares food drive Kristy Ewing
John Nsabimana / 11.11.08 speaker
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John Nsabimana is a remarkable young man whose life our club has been following for a few years. We were first told about him by one of our ambassadorial scholars, who discovered John in Uganda and was so captivated by him that she helped him get out of the refugee camp, and to get passage to Canada. Bob Cairns met John at a Rotary gathering and was also taken with him. Bob invited John to be our guest speaker, and introduced him.
John Nsabimana / 11.11.08 speaker Kristy Ewing
Christmas Get Together
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Mark your calenders for this year's Christmas Social. December 2nd, 2008, 5:30PM at the Clubhouse at McCormick Woods. Featured guest will be Stephanie Cox, Don Cox's daughter-in-law, and a member of the US Women's National Soccer team. Her team took a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Christmas Get Together Kristy Ewing
Member Jacqui Curtiss
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A descendant of a Norwegian immigrant, Jacqui spoke very fondly of her grandmother who was the "frontier type". Grandma came from Norway on a ship to Seattle with the ambition of being hired as household help. She traveled to Kodiak where she met her husband (Jacqui's grandfather) at a fish processing plant. That is how Jacqui came to be born in Anchorage Alaska.
Member Jacqui Curtiss Kristy Ewing
Derek Boyden - International Service in Bolivia
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Dr. Derek Boyden, a local Maxillofacial and Cosmetic Surgeon with Olympic Surgical, recently returned from a trip to Bolivia where he volunteered his expertise on behalf of our club and Etta Projects. He traveled with another local dentist Chris Bock to provide basic dental services to Bolivian children in the city of Montero - where Etta Projects is located.
Derek Boyden - International Service in Bolivia Kristy Ewing
Hosting the Aussie GSE Team
The following note is forwarded to us from Brian Beagle.

Greetings Everyone:  It is time again to start the planning process for this years incoming GSE teams. An exciting opportunity for your Club. One from Dominican Republic - Apr. 14 to May 19/09, and one from Southern Australia - Mar. 23 to May 4 /09, the Aussie team will be theme specific, based on Forestry, logging, silvaculture, Mills, etc.

Please discuss hosting one of these groups, with your committee chair, at your Club/Area during their short visit to our District.  Rotary International requests that we have a complete itinerary ready a minimum of two months prior to their arrrival.

Time is of the essence- - - Please act now - Today!!!!!!!!!!!

PLEASE RESPOND TO BOB FENTY - DISTRICT GSE CHAIR ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 8/08 IF YOU WISH TO HOST ONE OF ABOVE GSE TEAMS.

Thank You in advance
Yours in Rotary
Bob Fenty
District 5020 GSE Chair
Hosting the Aussie GSE Team Kristy Ewing
Board Minutes from Oct. 14th
Snippets from recent Board Meeting:
Wayne Cohen confirmed that 6 acres have been set aside for the Bill Bloomquist Community Garden as part of the SK Park master plan. This will involve Kitsap County Parks, WSU Extension and the Master Garders. Speculative start in April/May 2009.
Brad Smith reported that an auction date has been finalized as May 2, 2009 - the Theme - "Rodeo".

Read all about it here. Go to Club Documents, drill down to most recent post.
Board Minutes from Oct. 14th Kristy Ewing
Oct 21st Program WA Biz Week
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Washington Business Week

Speaker was Steven Hyer / Executive Director.

Washington Business Week is an exciting and unique experience for high school students. Students spend an intensive week in a simulated "corporate" environment where they learn business, team building, leadership and life skills. It's a crash course in the challenges and opportunities of life after high school such as preparing for a career, workplace issues, managing money, networking skills, email etiquette, business ethics and so much more.

Mr. Hyer brought 3 students to share their experience at WA Biz Week. Syliva Klatman's son Joshua said he learned that a business is "only as strong as its weakest employee". Mathew Hartman described it like "getting to try out a possible future career with real life business experiences, but in a learning environment".

More info go to www.WBW.org or call 253.815.6900
Oct 21st Program WA Biz Week Kristy Ewing
Meeting notes from October 21st. 2008
Thank you to Terry Diehlman for assisting with notes!

Glenn Schmidt is working with a committee on an effort to gain and retain members. He will have an assembly to address challenging membership attendance.

Sean Smith announced that Community Service has decided to pitch in on an effort to assure kids in our community aren't going hungry over the weekend. Apparently there are 1400 kids in our local school district who are being sent home each evening with a backpack of food to supplement the family meal. Our club hopes to be engaged in an extension of this program with the intention of sending backpacks home over the weekend that will put food on the table Saturday and Sunday.

Firesides are likely to be scheduled late January and early February.

Fines and Happy Bucks
  • Bill Evans was fine master. Don Cox was fined in absentia for some foot supports that were left at Bill's doorstep. Bill has no more Mexican workers and his wife doesn't know yet that they no longer have yard help. Cougers and Huskies are both loser according to Bill's math. Also -
  • David Rose quoted a student who said, "Don't bite the hand that has a tattoo!"
  • Christmas Party - 29th of December. There will be no morning meeting December 30th.
  • Dan Phillips back from 30 day vacation, gave $5 happy bucks.
  • Gary Lucy's son in law passed his bar exam on first try.
Meeting notes from October 21st. 2008 Kristy Ewing
Update on Niels Nielsen
Two weeks in a row we were updated on Niels progress. Oct. 21st Gary Lucy shared with us that he saw Niels at Albertson's doing his daily walk, using a shopping cart for stability. Last week (Oct. 28th) Tim Thompson mentioned that he had called and learned that Niels was back in the hospital for 5 days. He's doing better, but is not taking visitors at this time. He thanks us for our cards and well wishes.
Update on Niels Nielsen Kristy Ewing
Kitsap County gets their waste together
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As a result of last week's program, what follows is a summary of really useful information related to recycling electronics and yard waste. You may want to bookmark this article for future reference.
Kitsap County gets their waste together Kristy Ewing
Classification Talk - Leslie Reynolds-Taylor
A born pilot. Members got to know one of our newer members, Leslie, a little better last Tuesday. She shared with us tidbits of her life beginning at age 5 when she first started flying planes with her dad. To listen to her describe her career it becomes apparent that not only has she mastered flying the big planes, but that she managed to contend with gender biases on her way up.
Classification Talk - Leslie Reynolds-Taylor Kristy Ewing
October 14th, 2008 meeting notes
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October 14th, 2008 meeting notes Kristy Ewing
Rotary, Etta Projects and Dental Care

An article was published in the Kitsap Independent which details an International service effort that we and the South Kitsap club are currently undertaking. Kitsap Residents to Deliver Dental Care to Bolivians

Rotary, Etta Projects and Dental Care Kristy Ewing
Press Release - Rotary Youth Exchange
With only 10 days to apply - Rotary seeks applicants for their International Youth Exchange Program.

October 8th, 2008 - Port Orchard The Rotary Club of Port Orchard (the "morning club") is currently taking applications from students who are interested in a long-term exchange of one year with one of 25 countries around the world. Applications are also being accepted for a short-term exchange of one month in the summer with one of 12 countries, most located in Europe.

The Rotary Club of Port Orchard has been involved in a Youth Exchange program for over 20 years and sponsored many students from our area, to live in a foreign country and be an ambassador for our community and country. We've also hosted students from many nations around the globe over the years and are proud to be involved in this program. We will take applications for the school year 2009-2010, for the next 10 days, with selection interviews to follow here and in Canada.

Students must be at least 16 years of age but not yet 18 years of age before departure for the exchange, of good character and reputation, independent and self reliant, above average academic ability, outgoing and able to face challenges and adjust to a wide variety of people and conditions. Contact Bill Evans 360-871-3598 or Dee Marie  360-871-6191. Applications can be downloaded from rye5020.org.
Press Release - Rotary Youth Exchange Kristy Ewing
Last minute search for exchange students
Dee Marie and Bill Evans have been busy trying to find some students to send as part of our Youth Exchange program. Dee writes, "we are behind schedule in recruiting students interested in either the long term (nearly a year) or short term (about 1 month in the summer) youth exchange program, as we were waiting to know if our club was going ahead with this program this year. Our club is, so need some help getting the word out." Consequently an urgent press release was sent this week.
Last minute search for exchange students Kristy Ewing
Dino Rossi packs a full house
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Last week members packed the room to see Dino Rossi, with special thanks to our program chair Bruce Bennet. This publicized event was attended by several local politicians including former member Jan Angel, the Port Orchard Mayor and Past President of our club Lary Copolla, as well as members of the press.

Mr. Rossi enjoys a large following from Republicans and also from Democrats whom Dino refers to as "Dinocrats". He dubs himself the "poster boy of every vote counts".

Dino Rossi packs a full house Kristy Ewing
Dino Rossi to speak to Rotary Oct 7th
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Gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi is scheduled to speak to our club on Oct. 7th. To learn about Dino, and his positions prior to his visit to the club see his website. http://www.dinorossi.com

The public is welcome to attend.
Dino Rossi to speak to Rotary Oct 7th Kristy Ewing
What's in the water?!
Dr. Scott Lindquist, from the Kitsap County Health District spoke to the club on September 30th. He began his presentation by stating that his biggest job in the Health Department was to make sure that, "your stool does not get into your water". He then went on to outline how the Public Health district acts as a safely net for the County's health concerns. One of the things he has done is to devise a system of indicators to determine how healthy his "patients" [people living in Kitsap County] are. He analyzes the quality of water and air in our county, in addition to providing public health emergency information and education.

Scott stated that about 50% of our streams have "too much poop in them", whereas private wells test okay 98% of the time. One thing our county does that others don't is post signs where water is unsafe.

According to Dr. Lindquist the number one cause of death in our first 10 years of life is from accidents in cars. If we survive the first 10 years of live then from the ages of 10-20 the #1 cause of death is depression or accidents. Age 20 and above you are most likely to die from disease.

Kitsap County's top "burden of health" is depression, the second being drugs and alcohol.

Overall Scott said our air quality is "pretty good. Our pollution tends to blow to Seattle".

Kitsap County Health District http://www.kitsapcountyhealth.com/about.htm

Scott W. Lindquist, MD, MPH lindqs@health.co.kitsap.wa.us
What's in the water?! Kristy Ewing
Jim Carmichael speaks on financial crisis
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Sept 30th, 2008

Jim Carmichael, gave members an overview of his perspective of the current financial crisis as President and CEO of Kitsap Bank. Jim said that the "bailout" might more appropriately be dubbed a "liquidity bailout". He explained that the point of the measure before the House would be to "bring liquidity to the system".

Jim interpreted some of what we've heard on the evening news and expounded on the roll of banks in this financial crisis. He explained how Kitsap Bank differs from other banking institutions, particularly Washington Mutual. WaMu's failure was tied to enormous bad bets in the sub prime housing market. The fall of WaMu represents the largest bank failure in the history of the USA. Kitsap Bank has been more conservative in their lending practices and did not enter into sub prime markets.

Referring to call reports Jim says that individuals can access that information online at the FDIC - http://www.fdic.gov

Those who didn't make this meeting missed an opportunity to learn from one of our own members. Many members shared with me how much they appreciated hearing what Jim had to say. At the risk of misreporting the information that Jim shared with the club, I've asked him to provide a story for the bulletin that recaps what he shared with us, and to elaborate on it as time permits.

Kitsap Bank just celebrated 100 years of business. They have Annual and Quarterly Reports available to download from their website.

We are fortunate to have people in our club like Jim who can speak with authority about their profession. In Rotary a member's Profession or Trade is referred to as one's "classification".
Jim Carmichael speaks on financial crisis Kristy Ewing
District Gov visit
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District Governor Brian Beagle and his wife Barbara visited the club on September 16th. They gave an inspiring program about their reasons for being in Rotary and reminding us of the many accomplishments of Rotary International.

Brian inducted Scott Logan and David LaRose. Please welcome these two gentlemen to the club.

To stay current with District events be sure to see the 5020 website - always posted on the members website on ClubRunner.
District Gov visit Kristy Ewing
Helping Helpline
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On Sept 23rd our club, via Community Service Director Sean Smith, presented a check to Helpline. We have regularly helped in an annual food drive around Thanksgiving and "adopt" kids for Christmas. This year, due to a sagging economy Helpline has seen unparalleled numbers of two-income families needing help to get them from one pay day to the next and rely on Helpline as a safety net - As many as 700-800 families a month. Our club presented a donation which represents about half of our usual donation earlier this year than usual.

Helpline welcomes donations of canned or dry foods, and other personal items, especially at this time. If you will bring your donations to a morning meeting we'll get them to Helpline, or you can drop them off at the thrift store during open hours. They are located in the Westbay Center. To see a detailed list of items they seek, please link to the South Kitsap Helpline website.
Helping Helpline Kristy Ewing
Coast Guard Ice Breaker Healy
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Last week our guest speaker was Ted Lindstrom, captain of the US Coast Guard Cutter HEALY. The HEALY (WAGB - 20) is United States' newest and most technologically advanced polar icebreaker. Members saw fascinating photographs and an overview of the cutter's purpose. At a time when scientific interest in the Arctic Ocean basin is intensifying, HEALY substantially enhances the United States Arctic research capability.

Ted was introduced by Bob Cairns who just returned as a passenger on the ship's recent trip to Alaska.
Coast Guard Ice Breaker Healy Kristy Ewing
Kitty Hawk arrives
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The USS Kitty Hawk CV 63 made its grand entry into Sinclair Inlet on Tuesday morning as we wrapped up our regular Tuesday morning meeting, which included a presentation by Norm Dicks. Congressman Dicks was one of the key decision makers responsible for decommissioning the historical aircraft carrier.
Kitty Hawk arrives Kristy Ewing
Exchange Student Jean Le Jeune
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Anyone wishing to spend time with our exchange student Jean (pronounced "zhawn") Le Jeune can contact him through his host family - Ron and Shawn Hutchinson. Jean is visiting us from Belgium.
Exchange Student Jean Le Jeune Kristy Ewing
Congressman Dicks addresses Port Orchard Rotary
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Airbus's "SUV" vs. the Boeing's "hybrid". Veterans. Infrastructure. Hood Canal.

The following press release was prepared by Cathy Ecker and distributed to local news publishers.

Port Orchard, WA, 9/02/08 - On Tuesday September 2nd 2008 Congressman Norm Dicks met with the Port Orchard Rotary Club at Le Garmache in Port Orchard to give a community update on local political issues concerning Kitsap County, such as, energy and fuel economy, Shipyard Employment, Airbus vs. Boeing's hybrid plane, Veterans, Infrastructure, and the Hood Canal.
Congressman Dicks addresses Port Orchard Rotary Catherine Ecker
Sept 2nd Announcements
The following announcements / fines and happy bucks were made on Sept 2nd.
  • The flag poles will be installed at the round-about soon, probably this week.
  • Glenn Schmidt held a membership committee meeting in a renewed effort to boost membership.
  • Golf Tourney - Robert Baglio says there are still a few holes to sponsor.
  • Bill Evans fined Jim C., for providing too much info on a couple of topics. So as not to embarrass Retha we won't go into detail... but once the news is published Jim will probably hear about it if she's reading the newsletters. ha!
  • Bill Evans is a grandpa and those who hung around after were treated to a wallet picture of the little guy. Congrats.
  • Tim Thomson is pleased to have his son (an Army doctor) back from a 2-year assignment in Korea. They enjoyed a hike up the Hoh river together.
  • Dan Phillips mentioned having shared a dorm shower with Norm Dicks and added "it's good to see you Norm". [Norm was the guest speaker this morning]
  • Dan Phillips also announced that his wife Diane will be traveling to Italy again this fall. [She has a knack for putting together wonderful vacation packages, and ought to consider doing it professionally as a "retirement job".] 
  • Chris Beckham enjoyed time with his son recently.
Niels Nielsen is back home from the hospital and recovering. He sent an email which Jim Civilla read at the meeting:
Sept 2nd Announcements Kristy Ewing
Ambassadorial Scholar speaks to club
On August 12th Ambassadorial Scholar Hannah Johnson spoke to the club about her upcoming stay in Coventry England. Hannah is from Gig Harbor and worked for Larry Seaquist until recently when she began preparing for her trip abroad. She will be studying Peace and Reconciliation. Next year's Rotary International Convention will be held not far from where Hannah will be staying, in Birmingham England.

Hannah told the club that the Ambassadorial Scholar program began in 1947 and that 3800 students go abroad annually. It is the largest program of its kind in the world, having donated $500 million in scholarships.
Ambassadorial Scholar speaks to club Kristy Ewing
Stephanie Cox - Olympic Gold Medalist
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Don Cox's daughter-in-law Stephanie played on the gold medal winning woman's soccer team in China. Don and Julie joined their son Brian in China to watch Stephanie's team win the gold. Congratulations! Read about Stephanie in the "Oregon Live" news.
Photo of Stephanie and Brian Cox.
Stephanie Cox - Olympic Gold Medalist Kristy Ewing
Exchange student Jean arrives
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Ron Hutchinson sent photos to members commemorating the arrival of our new exchange student Jean Le Jeune (pronounced John) from Belgium. Ron reports:
Even after seventeen hours of air travel and layovers he was in good spirits. He has a great personality. We will all enjoy getting to know him in the coming year. Photographed here are his welcoming committee, the Mitch Morey Jr. family.

Bill Evans reminds us to bring pins for Jean's Rotary jacket.
Exchange student Jean arrives Kristy Ewing
Thank you Dave Selbig and Dennis Bonneville
Volunteering or volunteered? Sometimes when you get to be such a reliable member of the club, as is Dave Selbig, it's hard to know when you've volunteered or been appointed to do something... at any rate, Dave is now our Sunshine Reporter (hey, you've done that before Dave!). Since Dave has better things to do on some Tuesday mornings - like fishing - his backup will be Dennis Bonneville, who really did volunteer himself. thanks guys!
Thank you Dave Selbig and Dennis Bonneville Kristy Ewing
8/19 meeting
A recap of the August 19th meeting:
  • FFA's Linda Martin visited the club to personally thank us for our support.
  • Tee Sponsors needed for this year's Golf Tourney, to be Sept. 17th at McCormick Woods. See Robert Baglio.
  • Jim Civilla announced plans pending for a summer get-together for members.
  • Community Service Director Sean Smith brought the club up to speed with projects. We will be installing 3 flag poles at the roundabout - one for a Washington state flag, one for the American flag, and the third for a club flag. The committee decided to commit $15k over the next 5 years for the cancer care center at Alderbrook.
  • Jacquie Curtiss relayed a thank you from the Literacy Council for our club's participation in the spelling bee.
  • Jim Civilla recently spoke with Claudia Nysoe who is having personal challenges in regards to her family's health. She has been very busy attending to her mom, who is in the last stages of cancer. Her dad recently underwent open heart surgery. Claudia - please know our thoughts are with you.
  • Bill Evans got a nice email of thanks from former exchange student Paulo. He didn't fully appreciate the value of the Paul Harris award he received from our club until after he was home and his father explained it to him. Paulo wanted to tell us how very much it meant to him.
  • Bryan Lyman announced that the house project is "back on track". The club will buy a lot from Dave Hedger. Currently the students are working on a greenhouse.
  • The program was about Junior Achievement, and was presented to us by Damian Chapman, the Director of Development.
8/19 meeting Kristy Ewing
SKSPA fundraiser
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The following is from new member Leslie regarding a fundraiser for the South Kitsap Skate Park Association:

SKSPA is having a fundraiser with the Moon Dog Too, in downtown Port Orchard. The event starts at 3p and goes until 11pm, on Aug 30th. Families are invited from 3p to 7pm, and adults only after 7pm. There will be 4 bands: Snakebite and Wendy Zukowski, as a special guest, then Super Hero in Training, both of these bands are local. Then at 7 is Leon Hendrix, Jimmy Hendrix's brother, and Goldy McJohn, who does Steppenwolf.  The cover charge is $5.00, all but 5% goes to the skatepark, that other goes to city.
 
From 3 to 7p, we will have kid raffles, with skateboards, trucks, wheels, etc. Then in the evening we will be having raffles for adults. 100% of the money we make that night, will go to skatepark. Money donations are excepted. Tshirts will be sold not only with SKSPA on them, but t shirts that have the names of the band, and their autographs.
 
The other event, is the designing of the skatepark starts Aug 21st. Newline skateparks will come to Port Orchard for a community event to start designing our skatepark. This an exciting time, history making. This skatepark will last generations to come. The Public is invited.
SKSPA fundraiser Kristy Ewing
David Rill
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Rill Named Funeral Director of the Year

David Rill, owner of Rill Life's Tribute Center in Port Orchard, was honored earlier this month as the 2008 Funeral Director of the Year by the Washington State Funeral Directors Association.

He is only the 15th person honored with the award in the organization's 107-year history, which recognizes the "best of the best" in funeral service.

As the winner, Rill is regarded as a role model and as an exceptional and dedicated volunteer leader who has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of funeral service through example, leadership, and service, the association said.

Rill grew up living above the funeral home that his parents, Bill and Avis, owned. He attended South Kitsap High School and the University of Washington, where he was an Academic All-American linebacker and team captain for the UW Huskies football team.

Rill continued his education in funeral service at Mt. Hood Community College. In 1993, he joined the family-owned business as a funeral director and embalmer. He serves as president for Sunset Lane Cemetery. He is active in the Port Orchard Rotary, First Lutheran Church and serves on various school advisory and scholarship committees. He also served on the Washington State Funeral Directors Association board, which culminated in his presidency in 2002.

He and his wife, Lori, have two daughters, Mackenzie and Ellie, and live in Port Orchard.

[excerpt from Kitsap Sun - link to full article]

David Rill Kristy Ewing
Niels Nielsen
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Famous Rotarian Niels Nielsen hospitalized. Last Friday (Aug. 22nd) Niels had surgery to remove an intestinal block. President Jim Civilla paid Niels a visit on Wednesday and emailed members a too vivid report about the drainage tubes. (geez Jim!). He is recovering at Harrison Hospital in room 418W. I saw him that day too and can vouch for his determination to recover.

Niels is revered throughout Rotary clubs worldwide and is an avid, enthusiastic Rotarian, past president of Port Orchard Rotary, and beloved by many people. He probably holds some kind of a record for being the most photographed Rotarian. To see some of his more recent photos link to this photo album.

Photographed here with wife Margie on their 45th wedding anniversary.
Niels Nielsen Kristy Ewing
Fire Chiefs Golf Tourney
The Pierce & Kitsap County Fire Chiefs Association will be holding their 14th Annual Chief Bill Meigs Golf Classic. $1,000,000.00 shoot out. Hole in one $10k. August 1. Gold Mountain Golf Course. 1300 hours Shotgun Start - registration at noon. Four player scramble. Entry form online here (see item #19). For more info call Greg Rogers (360)876-8600 ext. 251
Fire Chiefs Golf Tourney Kristy Ewing
Niels at the 2008 International Convention
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Niels Nielsen, past president of Port Orchard Rotary club and his wife, Margie, recently attended the 99th Rotary International Convention in Los Angeles, Ca. Nielsen is pictured with deputy Lord Mayor of Birmingham, UK, Councillor Randall Brew. The Lord Mayor was on hand to invite Rotarians to the 100th Rotary International Convention in Birmingham June 2008.
Niels at the 2008 International Convention Kristy Ewing
May 6th - Announcements
Wayne Cohen gave us a quick update on the auction. Although the work continues to wrap up the event, the pressure is off. Wayne received a standing ovation for his grand leadership!

Raffle - We finally had a loser. A strange streak of winners was finally broken. We decided to toss the chips and try for the joker in a deck of cards. Two weeks in a row, two brand new decks and we had a winner from the first draw. The odds? Steve Krecker won one week, Niels Nielsen the week following.

Paulo gave us an update on his life and events. He's really enjoying himself and is proud of how well he's learned to speak English - and we are proud of you Paulo!

Gregg Scott. An artist's reception on May 9th at Custom Picture Framing. [This was attended by at least 9 Rotarians, and Past Prez Dave Hedger and Terry Boyle.] Thank you all for showing up.

Phone Fines
- a.k.a Steve Hutchins fine - were levied towards Don Morrison and Brian Sauer. [I think]
May 6th - Announcements Kristy Ewing
Questionnaire
Questionnaire Results. On Tuesday May 6th we had a Club Assembly. Jim Civilla gave us a run-down of the various club duties, explaining what they are and who generally heads them up. Jim also asked members to take time to give the Board feedback on a range of topics pertaining to our current and future choice of venue, exchange students, newsletter, and club activities in general. Here are some of your responses:
Questionnaire Kristy Ewing
Academic Scholarships 2008
Under the capable guidance of Gary Lucy a committee of members will be meeting next Tuesday evening (May 20th) to select the recipients for this year's scholarships. A budget of $10,000 has been established.

Scholarships are one of many ways that Port Orchard Rotary provides service to our community.
Academic Scholarships 2008 Kristy Ewing
The case of the missing trowel
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New girl jumps in with both feet, and a very small shovel. Cathy Ecker showed up to help at the roundabout with a little hand trowel. (All the "real men" were using shovels.) She got a little jiving but took it all in stride until her brand new shiny hand trowel goes missing in action. Everyone kept a straight face as Cathy and yours truly looked behind rocks and under bushes for it. Low and behold it magically appeared at the next Tuesday meeting along with some good laughs.
The case of the missing trowel Kristy Ewing
Welcome new member Ecker
Cathy Ecker was inducted on April 15th as a new member to Port Orchard Rotary. Dick Peterson initiated. Cathy is sponsored as a member by Jacqui Curtiss and will use the classification of "Real Estate Sales" and works at John L. Scott in Port Orchard. Cathy has volunteered to serve on the Community Service committee. Don Cox has volunteered to be Cathy's mentor. Please make a point of welcoming Cathy when you see her. She can be reached during the day at 360.340.4301
Welcome new member Ecker Kristy Ewing
Fiestaville is HOT
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Fiestaville is MAY 3rd, 2008.
To buy tickets or to have your butts in assigned seating (wanna sit with friends, or not?), see Dave Selbig. Buy golden tickets from Brad Smith - GREAT ODDS since only 50 have been sold! Chance to win a dream vacation of your own design. Bring wine to the next meeting. Do your volunteer thang Port Orchard Rotarians!
Fiestaville is HOT Kristy Ewing
April 15th Fines $ Happy Bucks
The following are stories (thanks Bill Evans), fines and Happy Bucks from April 15th.
April 15th Fines $ Happy Bucks Kristy Ewing
April 15th Announcements
The following announcements were made on April 15th, 2008:
April 15th Announcements Kristy Ewing
Biography - Sean Spencer
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Local boy Sean Spencer has 15 minutes of fame playing baseball. Sean, under much duress from badgering members, delivered his classification speech on April 8th, 2008. Born in 1975, Sean is a South Kitsap native. He attended SK High and then U Dub. His father Jim, now deceased, was a member and past president of Port Orchard Rotary and is remembered fondly by many.

Soft spoken and matter-of-fact he recounted his years in baseball. Sean is a left handed pitcher (and batter in high school and college) who played in the major leagues for the Mariners, Tigers and the Orioles. Remembered by many as a great pitcher, Sean was plagued by typical pitcher injuries, which bounced him back and forth from the majors to minors. Sean played on the Greek National Baseball Team in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. To read more about the "Greeks" in the Olympics check out Baseball America News, Buzzle, or Wikepedia.

Sean has worked for Westsound Bank since 2005. He's been married 3 years to Angela and has a beautiful baby daughter named Eva - see baby pics here.

Our annual James Spencer Golf Tournament / fund raiser is held in honor of Sean's dad, who was one of the original organizers of the tournament.

You can buy Sean Spencer's autographed baseball cards online.
To see a few stats about Sean's baseball career go to the Baseball Cube
Biography - Sean Spencer Kristy Ewing
Adam Seward on Oprah
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Rick & Diane Seward's son Adam made a telephone appearance on Oprah's first ever webcast. The webcast, offered through Oprah's Book Club, focuses on spiritual guide Eckhart Tolle's book "A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life's Purpose". Adam debuts on the first episode of the webcast, asking Eckhart a very insightful and intelligent question by phone, while his picture is displayed on the screen. The clip has also been used on the Oprah Show to promote the webcast.

Adam is leading two "Embracing Silence" groups, one in Bellevue, the other in Seattle for those who are studying and discussing Eckhart Tolle's new book.

Adam attended South Kitsap HS, received a BA from PLU and a MA in Counseling from Seattle University where he completed his graduate work in Integral Studies. He has made a niche of counseling troubled youth. See his website at Eastside Counseling Services.

This is Oprah's first attempt at a webcast. It's offered free as part of her Book Club and has been very popular and attended by over 11 million people all over the world. The webcasts are archived on Oprah's site and available for download.

Past President Rick Seward is on a temporary leave of absence from the club, but plans to return soon.
Adam Seward on Oprah Kristy Ewing
People on Paper
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Gregg Scott will have drawings on exhibit at Custom Picture Framing gallery. An artist's reception will be held on May 9th from 4-6PM. "People on Paper" consists of a few of the outstanding charcoal figure drawings that Gregg has made over the years. His original sketches will be available to view April 1 through May 31st at Custom Picture Framing. Gallery open Tuesday-Saturday, at 839 Bay Street, Port Orchard. 876-1031

Some original sketches and framed prints will be on sale.

Gregg is a former member of Port Orchard Rotary.
People on Paper Kristy Ewing
April 1st Announcements
Jim Civilla - Jim announced that the club needs a new Treasurer to be on the Board during his term. Danford Moore has since volunteered for this job. Thank you Dan!

South Kitsap's Noon Club is coordinating an effort to extend the sidewalk around the Westbay Center building from Etta Park.

Natasha Pugh gives birth to twins. A sweet photo of former member Natasha and her newborn twins was passed around the room for members to see.

Snowbird Jim Cavanaugh is back in town. He attended today's meeting looking happy and fit.

Transitional Housing - a joint project with Soroptimists may be in the works. In an email Jim writes, "We are still looking for an arrangement that works for us. Soroptomist, the Housing Authority and the Y and are getting all the required elements in line. Once established, we will then hit the market looking for a lease-to-buy arrangement in order to satisfy the timeline for possible grants. While we want to make this work, we want as little risk exposure for Rotary as possible."

Mile Hill Banners - Have you seen them? They are in honor of our servicemen. Hanging the banners in recognition of those in service is the effort of one woman - Lynette George.

Happy Bucks: Dave and Joyce Middendorf's son and Ken Davis's daughter will be having their 1st child. Danford Moore's daughter is having her first child.
April 1st Announcements Kristy Ewing
April 8th Announcements
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Fiestaville. 2 weeks left to get items. EVENT IS MAY 3RD! Bring wine and other items for auction. Do you have extra airmiles you would be willing to donate? See Wayne Cohen if you're stumped about what you can contribute. Golden Tickets for sale, need to sell just a few more to break even (this means good odds!) - see Brad Smith.

Dave Selbig - Westport trip
- Will reserve 10 spots on a boat and fishing trip for members this year. Probably late July, or early August. Let Dave know if you want to go.

Susan Veach - Member Dues. Check your email for your invoice. Let her know if you didn't get one.

Jacqui Curtiss - Spelling Bee. Will be 1st of May. She's getting a team together.

April 26th is Rotarians at Work Day.

Dee Marie - Exchange Student News.
Time is running short for Paulo stay, so now's your time to make time for him. Next student will be from Belgium, slated to arrive in August. Be sure to let Dee know if you'd like to enjoy hosting this student in your home.
April 8th Announcements Kristy Ewing
Fiestaville - around the corner
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Members - one and all. We need more wine and more donated items. Please bring wine to the next meeting and contact Wayne Cohen if your stumped about what to donate. Thanks!
Fiestaville - around the corner Kristy Ewing
Annual Programs Fund
Here is the latest report about the Foundation giving. We are at 104% of our quota. Quota was $8600 and we are at $8935. Our club continues to be one of the leaders in the District for Foundation giving. In our area (6a and 6b) we are second only to Bainbridge Island in per capita donations.
 
Well done Chairman Denny and everyone in the Club!!

- submitted by Jim Civilla
Annual Programs Fund Kristy Ewing
DVDs4Vets
Donate your used DVDs to vetarans.

The following letter was recieved by Brad Smith:

As I had visited the Port Orchard Rotary Club in 2004, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce DVDs4Vets to your fellow Rotarians.

Our goal is to allow for the donation of DVDs for the benefit of military veterans, who for whatever reason cannot easily obtain them on thier own. In the past year, we have arranged for the donation of more than 25,000 DVDs to various VA hospitals, centers, and clinics. For more info go to www.dvds4vets.org

As we are adding State veteran homes to our list of recipient facilities, I am reaching out to Rotary Clubs asking them to consider donating DVDs to our vets. If your members would like to take part, we would greatly appreciate your help.
 
Please note we do not ask for financial assistance, only for the donation of DVDs to directly benefit the recipients.

If donating 25 or more DVDs we will also include your Rotary Club on our honor roll. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Sincerely yours,

Laurance Baschkin
DVDs4Vets Kristy Ewing
Jim Civilla - virtually connecting the clubs
Between Jim Civilla and Bob Cairns an effort is afoot to connect some of the local Rotary clubs via their bulletins. Those of us tasked with writing the bulletins are sending our newsletters to other clubs. So, this issue of the bulletin will contain information gleaned from other clubs. Sharing information and events is a nice way to unite us with other Rotarians in our district, for fellowhip and support. Consider attending an event hosted by another club.
Jim Civilla - virtually connecting the clubs Kristy Ewing
Rotary International warns of email scams
The emails you get from Susan Veach are not scams - They are your dues. Pay them. Thanks. Be sure to let her know if you are not recieving her email.

On a similar note - Rotary International does not solicit funds through e-mail, nor does it ask that personal information be updated by e-mail or other electronic means. To alert members of email scams that are targeted to Rotarians, RI has published a notification of two current scams on the site. RI encourages Rotarians and Rotary clubs to avoid becoming victims of such scams by deleting any e-mail that appears suspicious.

This information is brought to our attention by Niels Nielsen.
Rotary International warns of email scams Kristy Ewing
Hawks Prairie Rotary Club - 3rd Golf Tourney
The Hawks Prairie Rotary Club is conducting their Third Annual Charity Hawks Prairie Rotary Golf Tournament to be held on Friday, May 16, 2008, at the Woodlands Course at the Golf Club at Hawks Prairie. The following email with details of the event was forwarded to me from Jim Avery:
Hawks Prairie Rotary Club - 3rd Golf Tourney Kristy Ewing
Animal Rescue Site
The following email was sent to me from Dielmans and forwarded to them from Mark Grimm:

Hi, all you animal lovers. This is pretty simple... Please tell ten friends to tell ten today! The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It takes less than a minute (How about 20 seconds) to go to their site and click on the purple box 'fund food for animals' for free. This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising.

Here's the web site! Pass it along to people you know. http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/

Animal Rescue Site Kristy Ewing
Disposal of Computers / Equipment
Donate your old computers and equipment to a worthwhile South Kitsap Rotary service project.

The Rotary Club of South Kitsap helps recycle old computers and equipment (monitors and printers). The program delivers theses items to the South Kitsap High School for refurbishing and gifting to needy projects. For pickup, call Danny Brown at 360-895-2075.
Disposal of Computers / Equipment Kristy Ewing
East Bremerton - Blast from the Past
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The Rotary Club of East Bremerton is gearing up for their annual "Blast from the Past", to be held this year on April 26th. For more info, see Blast website.
East Bremerton - Blast from the Past Kristy Ewing
Gregg Scott - artist
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Gregg Scott to have drawings on display at Custom Picture Framing gallery. "People on Paper" consists of a few of the outstanding charcoal figure drawings that Gregg has made over the years. His original sketches will be available to view April 1 through May 31st at Custom Picture Framing. Gallery open Tuesday-Saturday, at 839 Bay Street, Port Orchard. 876-1031

Gregg is a former member of our club.
Gregg Scott - artist Kristy Ewing
Slip 45
Invitation to a soft opening of Slip 45 - "Port Orchard's premier hot spot"
March 29th, 2008, 6pm - Midnight. Featuring The Jazz Ambassadors from 6-8, and stand up comedians Christina Lopez and Mike Wally Walter from 8-10.

715 Bay Street, Port Orchard. RSVP 895-7932
Slip 45 Kristy Ewing
Brian Sauer - fish release
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Brian Sauer has been very busy babying fish, which were released to Karcher Creek on the 6th of March. A few Rotarians showed up to watch and help.


Brian Sauer - fish release Kristy Ewing
Bob Cairns - Polio Plus report
Bob Cairns ADG reminds our club that Rotary International has an annual push for Polio Plus in March. Currently any contributions to Polio Plus is matched 50¢ to the dollar. You can contribute to Polio Plus and have it credited towards your Paul Harris annual donation. If you need details about how to make this work contact Denny Christman. Bob reported that there are 3 strains of polio. Type B has been eradicated, but types A and C are becoming harder to eradicate. Rotary International has asked clubs to donate $1K year for 3 years towards this effort. Those clubs who can't afford to give that much will donate less, and those who can will donate more, but, Rotary International's goal is to average $1K/per club/per year.
Bob Cairns - Polio Plus report Kristy Ewing
Paulo - only 3 months left
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Time has flown for Paulo. He shared with the club that at first he was lonely and wanted to go home. Now he's loving it here and trying to pack his stay here full of experiences. He has only 3 months before he leaves. He will be going to the Grand Canyon shortly.

Dee Marie wants members to know that Paulo has moved to his new and last host family. They are Alan and Marilyn Paja. The Paja's have a daughter Katie who is at college and 17 year old twin sons Alex and Ian. Paulo can be reached at their home phone which is 360-876-2839 if any of our Rotarians want to take him with them to an event, game or take him some place they like and what to share with him. Paulo also has a cell with free Verizon to Verizon only, other wise it is restricted and can't be used, that number is 360-271-9823
Paulo - only 3 months left Kristy Ewing
Happy Bucks
Pat Oster announced his engagement to the pretty lady he's been seen with at a few of our club functions. This after being teased by Finemaster Brad Smith. Brad donned super large eyeballs and declared that this is just what Pat looks like when ogling his date.

Susan Veach will be a grandma. Her son Jake and wife are expecting. Jake was our speaker on March 25th.

Steve Krecker's granddaughter had a bit part in a commercial filmed for Air Masters. She may be very young but according to Steve is already calculating her monetary worth as an actress - "lots of money an hour".
Happy Bucks Kristy Ewing
Biography - Terry Diehlman
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Terry Diehlman gave us a short but sweet "classification talk" on March 25th. Although this is not the first time he's done so, it's always nice to hear from members and a great chance for new members to meet "old" members.

Terry has led an interesting life full of travel as a result of his service to the Air Force and career as a commercial pilot. He has lived in so many different locations around the States and the world that this writer could not keep up.

Born in 1943 in Ohio.

Joined the Air Force in 1965 in Laredo Texas. During Vietnam war he was "lucky to be posted in Thailand" and, "made many trips to Vietnam", alluding to flying over Nam and being "lucky that he wasn't shot down."

He flew for the Air Force for 24 years, served as an instructor, and retired after 26 years of military service.

Terry then flew as a captain with United Airlines out of Seattle from 1991-2003, and retired at age 60.

He and his wife Jane have been married 37 years. She is an RN. They have two grown children: Daughter Tracey is a dental hygienist. Son Todd owns and operates a charter boat in Astoria, WA.

Terry is a constant and reliable Rotarian. He's served on the Board and is in this writer's opinion one of the unsung heroes of our club, always pitching in, but never in the limelight.
Biography - Terry Diehlman Kristy Ewing
Taking turns playing Prez
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Not to let a little thing like the resignation of a President get in the way, our club has handled the transition handsomely. Our very capable Board determined that rather than commit one person to completely fill the vacancy we will share the responsibility. While Jim Civilla is indeed our President for the interim and Chairs the Board, the role of leading meetings is shared on occasion with other members. To date Kristy Ewing, Don Cox and most recently Bill Evans have led meetings.

Har Har. The club levied it's first cell phone fine the morning that Don Cox was president. Don's own cell phone rang! Dubbed the "Steve Hutchins fine", any members whose cell phone rings during a meeting better be prepared to pay up.

Taking turns playing Prez Kristy Ewing
Fiestaville - auction items and wine.
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As of March 25th, Wayne Cohen announced that we are 37 days away from the big event. There has been an extension to the final cut off date - now April 22nd. This, in a last push effort to gather more tangible/physical auction items. If you are having trouble figuring out what to contribute, ask Wayne.

Bring VINO. If we each brought 1.5 more bottles of wine to the next meeting we'll have 100 bottles of wine [on the wall... take one down, pass it around...]. I'm not sure how we are supposed to bring that half bottle.
Fiestaville - auction items and wine. Kristy Ewing
Our Board
Board not Bored. A quick glance at minutes submitted by our Board assures me that they are certainly an active group. Some entries might need to be read twice to comprehend...

"Still investigating alternative meeting locations, including Blondies who will give us prices prior to our next meeting."


Anyone who cares to translate this is welcome to submit comments to the editor.
Our Board Kristy Ewing
Fiestaville - getting in the mood.
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It's hard not to be thinking about margarittas because of this year's Crab Feed and Auction theme - Fiestaville. If you need a little help getting in the mood watch this "how to" video for making margarittas at home.
Fiestaville - getting in the mood. Kristy Ewing
Fiestaville is heating up
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The 31st annual Crab Feed and Auction is fast approaching. Fiestaville (where Cinco de Mayo meets Margaritaville.)

The committee is very busy organizing the event, and as always members are asked to step up their volunteering a notch for this one important fund raiser. As of this writing, I know of one Premiere Sponsor ($3,000): Harrison Medical Center, and two Major Sponsors ($1,500): Pacific Asset Management owned by members Gary Lucy and Don Cox, and Kitsap Bank, represented by members Jim Carmichael, Pete Douvis, and John Woods.

The art for tickets is at the printer - Printing Services, owned by member Brad Potter. Expect to be seeing those soon.

February 26th, at our usual Tuesday morning meeting, we'll devote some time to bringing everyone up to speed.

Graphic Design for this year's event by - Kristy Ewing / Ewing Creative.

Fiestaville is heating up Kristy Ewing
A heartfelt thank you
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Sean and Colleen Smith received a handmade thank you card intended for the club , from a family whom we adopted this year as part of our annual Port Orchard Cares food and gift drive. The card reads: Thank you for your generosity. The kids enjoyed the toys and the clothes. Your thoughtfulness if greatly valued. The food was immensely pleasant. Thank you. See the card.
A heartfelt thank you Kristy Ewing
Community Service and Ready for Kindergarten
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At a February School Board meeting, Brad Smith donated $1,500, on behalf of our club to Patty Henderson, School Board President and Terry Botsford for Ready for Kindergarden.

Indeed, Brad looks like he's ready for kindergarten. See full size image. Jim Civilla saw this photo and commented that Brad is almost as tall as the Kindergartners.
Community Service and Ready for Kindergarten Kristy Ewing
Exchange student Paulo
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Paulo wants to spend time with YOU. Dee Marie encourages members to take time to get to know Paulo and let him get to know you. A sign up sheet has been circulating at meetings and Dee is available to help you arrange time with Paulo. Email Dee.
Exchange student Paulo Kristy Ewing
A letter from Gary Christman
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Dear Friends and Fellow Rotarians,

After 27 years of dental practice in Port Orchard, I have transitioned out of my practice and into a more global and mission oriented dentistry. Many of you have become friends; all of you may be interested in more detail, so would I! So far, I am looking at local, need-based dentistry, perhaps a free-clinic in Tacoma or in Western Washington. Also I am pursuing through non-profit organizations, dentistry in the third world. Rotary has meant much to me as a place to grow relationships deeper than in the business environment. I have learned much from many of you about truth, commitment, maturity and family.

Thank you for including me in your extended families. Thank you for both the challenges and joys. I wish each of you only the best, if I can assist you in any way, please call or write me.

Yours in Rotary, Gary Christman
A letter from Gary Christman Kristy Ewing
New member Jim Snyder
On Jan 22nd, we inducted a new member - Jim Snyder. Jim is the manager and lead instructor at Sound Dive Center in Bremerton. He retired from the Navy, off the USS Arkansas (CGN 41). Please make a point of personally welcoming Jim to the club.

Glenn Schmidt is his sponsor. Dan Phillips, always thoughtful and sincere, performed the induction.
New member Jim Snyder Kristy Ewing
Valentine's Evening Event Feb 12th
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On February 12th we will have an evening event at McCormick Woods' Clubhouse Grill. Bring your sweetie for this evening out complete with fellowship, dinner, sweets and an entertaining program - only $25/per person. Our guest speaker will be a young new author, Sarah Nilsen. Sarah has recently published a book titled, "Does this book make my butt look big? (and who cares anyway, it's my butt)".

You can sign up on ClubRunner to attend this event. Go to: http://www.clubrunner.ca/CPrg/Home/eventitem.asp?cid=720&iid=37988&rtp=/CPrg/Home/homeA.asp

Excerpt from Sarah's book:
Valentine's Evening Event Feb 12th Kristy Ewing
New President, new fines.
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January 22nd, was officially Jim Civilla's first day as President. As we adjust to a new leader there will be new fines to keep us on our toes. Watch out for these:

1) "Back Seat Driver Fine" a fine levied on those members who tend towards the tables in the back. Let's move to the front and make a point of keeping our guest speaker company at their table.

2) "Steve Hutchin's Fine" a whopping $10 fine levied at those who forget to turn off their cell phones. Some members suggested that fine might go up based on the number of times the phone rings before it is shut off, or for unique ring tones/songs.
New President, new fines. Kristy Ewing
Glenn Schmidt - a Paul Harris Fellow
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Joan Firkins presented Glenn Schmidt with a framed certificate and pin in recognition of becoming a Paul Harris Fellow on January 22nd. Good job Glenn!
Glenn Schmidt - a Paul Harris Fellow Kristy Ewing
Foundation Chair Joan Firkins speaks to club
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Past District Governor and current Foundation Chair Joan Firkins spoke to the club on January 22nd. She shared a slide show from many places around the world that she has visited in the name of Rotary. A very active Rotarian, Joan has been involved in a number of projects including polio vaccination programs, building better schools in developing countries and clean water projects.
Foundation Chair Joan Firkins speaks to club Kristy Ewing
Exchange student Paulo - update 1.15.08
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Paulo spent Christmas in Spokane and New Years with Jeff Mehlert's family. He made a movie here for his sister who just married. He tells us that everyone in his family was happy to get the movie, and they cried. He will be going to Portland over the weekend (Jan 19-20).
Exchange student Paulo - update 1.15.08 Kristy Ewing
Retiring members
Gary Christman has retired from his dentistry practice, and hence will resign his membership in the club. When he gets a moment we hope to hear from him about his future plans. Gary was President of Port Orchard Rotary in 1989-90.

Bev Cheney has publicly announced that she will retire as Superintendent of the South Kitsap School Distrtict.
Retiring members Kristy Ewing
Judi Banks' father passed away
The club sends its condolences to Judi Banks, whose father recently passed away. He was living with Judi and obviously enjoyed her company. He passed away at their home. Judi has taken a leave of absence from the club. She still has one year of physical therapy to mend from a broken bone in her arm or hand. The somber announcement of her father's passing was made at the February 15th meeting. We are thinking of you Judi.
Judi Banks' father passed away Kristy Ewing
just a few happy bucks
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January 15, Happy Bucks. John Woods, glad to be getting the kids through school. Gary Lucy, Dan Phillips and Glenn Schmidt were all happy to have had tropical vacations. Terry Diehlman is happy to be going on one. Jim Civilla's daughter passed the first of her 3 CPA exams. Ron Hutchinson and family went to Disneyworld, but he seemed happier to go skiing in Canada afterwards.
just a few happy bucks Kristy Ewing
RI requires experts for project
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Expertise in Watershed Management.

Fellow Rotarians and Friends,

Rotary has an opportunity to cooperate with PepsiCo Foundation on a holistic water project in Northern India.

One criterion in their selection of a partner will be the skills and expertise that Rotary can deploy.  And, one of the most critical will be a person with expertise in Watershed Management.

Do you have experience in that field?  If so, please tell us about it.  Also, if Rotary is chosen for a significant role, how much time would you be able to commit to a watershed program, in India, over the next three years?

Thank you for your support,

Ron Denham,
Chair, Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group
info@wasrag.org
416-596-3607

Questions or comments can be directed to our administrative contact:
Contact Name: Anna Shepherd
E-mail Address: info@wasrag.org
Phone Number: 416-596-3624

The above letter was brought to our attention by Niels Nielsen.

RI requires experts for project Kristy Ewing
Change in leadership and past due dues.
As of January 15th the Board has decided to move Jim Civilla into the role of acting President, with other members running meetings now and then for a change of pace.

In regards to past dues, the following note is from the Board: "The Club depends on timely collections of member's accounts to help fund our activities. There are some members who have past due bills that are over 90 days past due. Would you please bring these current by the end of January? If there are special circumstances, please let either Greg Roberts or Susan Veach know so we can help in any way we can."
Change in leadership and past due dues. Kristy Ewing
Fish Hatchery
Brian Sauer is looking for volunteers to assist occasionally at the fish hatchery. This small hatchery has been producing lots of fish over the past couple of years. Although the club takes credit for this by donating a small portion of funds to the effort, it has really been a volunteer effort of one person. Namely Brian Sauer. He could use help cleaning out the trays now and then. Contact him if you'd like to participate and or lend a hand. w.360.876.5535 or h.360.895.2073. email Brian.
Fish Hatchery Kristy Ewing
Questions about club billing?
Susan Veach would like members to please contact her if they have any questions or complaints about the new electronic billing system. Susan sent bills out last week. If you have not received yours, but would like to receive it as an email attachment, be sure to let her know. Call Susan at 360.377.9293 or email: veach@telebyte.com
Questions about club billing? Kristy Ewing
Rotary Friendship Exchange
Clark and Pam Townsend return from an intense two week trip to Australia, as participants in a Rotary Friendship Exchange. The couple shared with the club a little about their experience visiting the "land down under". Pam, who had been an exchange student there was pleased to finally have a chance to return. Although many of the Rotarians who were in the Cardiff club that sponsored her are now deceased, the couple was welcomed by the children of one family, and stayed in their home. They also stayed at the home of a man who was the Cardiff Rotary Club President during Pam's exchange. Clark says that they were kept very busy, seeing many things and moving every 3 days. They attended 9 different functions, and even had the unique chance to go into the bush to see Aboriginals. Clark presented us with several banners. He says that while he and Pam had a wonderful time, that this sort of trip isn't for everyone, "If you're picky about what you're eating, when you're eating, and where you are sleeping - don't go [on a Rotary friendship exchange]". The Clarks made friends with several people in Australia, and hope one day to be able to host them in their own home.
Rotary Friendship Exchange Kristy Ewing
GED Program and Kitsap Literacy
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Representatives of the Literacy Council of Kitsap bring us up-to-date with their work. Olga Fedoravski, the Executive Director and her team shared with us the status and results of Port Orchard's GED program. Olga informed us that our club supports the Kitsap Literacy Council them more than any other Rotary club. With our help, in April 2004 they began offering GED prep classes in Port Orchard, whereas it was only offered in Bremerton before.

On February 22nd the Literacy Council plans a recognition program of their graduates where they will also recognize and thank our club.
GED Program and Kitsap Literacy Kristy Ewing
Old Boy's Club?
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Is Port Orchard Rotary an "Old Boy's Club"? You might be surprised to know that despite Rotary Internationals efforts, and those of our own club to show how the club has evolved, that question still pops up. As we solicit new members be cognoscente of their concerns in that regard. Be conscious of the impressions we make when visitors attend our regular meetings. Be proud that Rotary is represented by women as well as men of many, many nationalities around the world. Lastly, but not leastly, remember to "build goodwill and better friendships" by our actions.

Photo courtesy of Rotary International: Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair-elect Jonathan B. Majiyagbe and his wife, Ayo, watch as the Grand March participants assemble.
Old Boy's Club? Kristy Ewing
Program from January 8th
Kitsap Bluejackets Baseball. Although Port Orchard woke to a blanket of snow a few members attended the January 8th meeting. The program consisted of three representives from the Kitsap Bluejackets baseball club: Rick Smith, General Manager and part owner; Terri Huddleston, part owner, marketing; Matt Aker, head coach. They gave the club an update on the team, and discussed our club attending a game as a group.

submitted by Bruce Bennett
Program from January 8th Kristy Ewing
Name the new bridge - Oke

An effort is afoot to name the new Narrows Bridge in honor of the late Senator Bob Oke. There is increasing support for this effort as evidenced by the accumulation of signatures on the bridgebog.org website.

The following letter has been included in our club newsletter at Bob Cairns' request:

Name the new bridge - Oke Kristy Ewing
Claudia Nysoe resigns Presidency
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In a surprising turn of events our dear lady Claudia Nysoe, is resigning her Presidency.

As life goes, sometimes we don't foresee what is around the corner. We make plans, and we change them. We get thrown curve balls and we adjust our swing. Such is the case with our club's leadership.

Dain Nysoe has taken a position with Walla Walla State Penitentiary that makes good use of his expertise and experience. Claudia says that this move feels for them like "going home" since they began married life in Walla Walla and still have family there.

As an Assistant Manager of WA State Correction Industries, Dane is responsible for directing 6 divisional managers. In addition to overseeing the penitentiary's various inmate programs, Dain, who has a Masters Degree in public education will be instituting a program that helps convicts attain certification via local colleges. Walla Walla currently has programs that raise pheasants for release to the wild, license plate making, and welding, all of which Dain will administrate.

Claudia's mother is ailing from cancer and will benefit from having her daugther nearby.

Dain's new job and subequent change of locale is a fortuitous opportunity for our friends the Nysoes and we wish them all the best!

Nysoe's home in Port Orchard is for sale. It is a 3000 sq. ft. house with a breathtaking view of Yukon Harbor, Blake Island, and downtown Seattle in the distance. Contact Claudia directly if you, or someone you know is interested.
Claudia Nysoe resigns Presidency Kristy Ewing
Shout it out!
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Whatjasay? Okay folks, here's the deal. It's too dang hard to get fellow members to take minutes each week, and yours truly just doesn't catch everything, nor am I always in attendance. If you are a chairperson or on the Board, this newsletter is your voice to the club - tell us what's happening. If you want others to know about an upcoming event in the club, with your business or family, or if you have some juicy gossip please send me your news in an email, or call. I'm grateful for your input and assistance, and happy to spread the news. Thank you, Kristy
Shout it out! Kristy Ewing
Christmas / Holiday party 2007
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Members joined together for a special holiday evening at McCormick Woods Clubhouse Grill December 18th. There was no formal program, just lots of laughter, good food and drink. Two Paul Harris Fellow's were presented that evening. One to Jim Carmichael's wife Sherry and one to yours truly - Kristy. This was an extra special evening for me as I recieved a hug and a kiss from every male member present in recognition of turning 50. Wow, what a treat! There are a few photos courtesy of Wayne Wright. See the photo journal titled Winter Holiday party 2007 linked from the home page.
Christmas / Holiday party 2007 Kristy Ewing
Tell us your news
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In November Don Cox announced a merger of his and Gary Lucy's business with another firm in town. Members were invited to an open house in the evening of November 16th, which was well attended. The name of the newly merged CPA firm is Cox, Lucy, Peterson & Jake.

What is YOUR news? Don't be timid about sending news about your business, or anything at all that you'd like to share in the club bulletin. Members are interested to know what is happening in your life. The only prerequisite is that you must be a member of the club and that it is about you, your significant other or family.

Tell us your news Kristy Ewing
Port Orchard Cares gift wrapping
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Santa's elves were very busy the weekend before Christmas. Our members joined with Soroptimists at the Tremont Fire Station to wrap presents on Saturday, Dec. 22nd. The whole process was wonderfully orchestrated. Another successful season of giving is documented in photos - see "Port Orchard Cares 2007" album. Recipients arrived at the station to collect their food and gifts.

A special thanks to Wayne Senter and the fire department for lending space. Not only was the food stored in the bowels of the building for weeks prior, we were provided a warm room in which to wrap presents, and stage the pickup of packages in the station's truck bay.

Photos courtesy of Wayne Wright and Kristy Ewing.
Port Orchard Cares gift wrapping Kristy Ewing
First meeting of 2008
Happy New Year to all. Tomorrow, Tuesday January 8th is the first Rotary meeting of 2008. Same place, same time - Le Garmache, 7:15 - 8:30 am. Thank you for all you've done this past year - You are what makes Port Orchard Rotary the great club that it is.
First meeting of 2008 Kristy Ewing
Port Orchard Cares Food Drive
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David Rill and his daughter Ellie shared space with the Salvation Army at this year's Port Orchard Cares food drive. The unexpected competition didn't dampen the enthusiasm of shoppers who "answered the call" with generous donations. No doubt shoppers were charmed by young Elli with her tooth gaped smile. The day this photo was taken was biting cold and snow flurries contributed to the festive holiday attitude of goodwill. See more photos here in the journal named "Port Orchard Cares 2007".

Members showed up in force to join in our annual food drive with the Soroptimists, and Dave Selbig reported that we collected "amazing amounts of food" - at one count there were 225 bags. He urged for huge fines to be levied against those who didn't help this year, and those members obliged him in good spirits.

Former member and captain of this event Kim Wilson 1 was caught making a donation and said to tell members "hi". This year the torch was passed to Sean and Colleen Smith in our club, and to Bobbi Weatherill of Soroptimists. Thank you to these fine people for bravely volunteering to lead us in this awesome project.

Thank you to all members of Rotary and Soroptimist for making this year's drive the success that it was.
Port Orchard Cares Food Drive Kristy Ewing
Foundation news 1/7/08
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Rotary Foundation proposes simpler accounting procedure. Denny Christman would like to bring to members attention that beginning on Tuesday our quarterly Foundation invoices will reflect the Sustaining Members annual pledge. For most members this has been divided and billed quarterly. The Foundation has requested that the accounting be simplified. They would also like to receive our donations by the end of the Rotary fiscal year, which is June 30th. Presently our quarterly contributions made in June do not get credited. Most of our members gift between $100 and $1,000 per year. This amount will be on the January statement as will any unpaid balance. Denny plans to make an announcement this Tuesday. Please direct your questions to him - email Denny.

Foundation Chairs will have a regional seminar on Saturday, January 19th, 2008, in Vancouver BC. Interested members are invited to attend. Keynote speaker will be Jose Tenga, Rotary World Peace Fellow. For details see http://www.rotaryevents.ca/
Foundation news 1/7/08 Kristy Ewing
Exchange student Paulo - update
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Paulo has been having a good time so far in his host town of Port Orchard. He's visited the club several mornings, and joined us for our annual Christmas party. One morning he even played the guitar for us. He said the song was one that the older men in Brazil like. He'd like to spend time with members whenever you can include him in your activities. Please contact Jeff Mehlert or Dee Marie to make plans with Paulo.
Exchange student Paulo - update Kristy Ewing
No more meetings for 2007
Please note that the next Rotary meeting is January 8th. There will be no meeting on Dec. 25, nor Jan. 1st. Wishing you all a wonderful time with your loved ones this holiday season, and a happy, healthy, prosperous 2008!
No more meetings for 2007 Kristy Ewing
Yelizovo Rotary Matching Grant progress
Our matching grant project in Russia is nearly complete. Below is correspondence with the Yelizovo Rotary club which details the ways that our monies will benefit the people of Yelizovo.
Yelizovo Rotary Matching Grant progress Kristy Ewing
Annual Homeless Count in Kitsap County
An opportunity to help the homeless in our community in 2008. Claudia Nysoe was asked by Bev Kincaid if Rotary would like to participate in the annual count of homeless individuals in our County. Additionally, or instead she requests a monetary donation of $422, and contributions such as toothbrushes and toothpaste. Please contact Brad Smith if you are interested in volunteering for the count and/or would like to see the club participate in some way.
Annual Homeless Count in Kitsap County Kristy Ewing
2007 Christmas party
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Regardless if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, or Kwanzaa, we'll celebrate it all on December 18th at the Clubhouse Grill at McCormick Woods. 6:00 PM, open bar. There will NOT be a meeting that Tuesday morning. I wish I could tell you who to call if you haven't signed up already. Jody Greseth is officially handling this, however due to his work he's sometimes hard to reach. Hopefully Bruce Bennett will help handle this for the club - call 613-1974 - (sorry Bruce). There is no sign-up online as there has been for past events.
2007 Christmas party Kristy Ewing
Port Orchard Cares - Gifts wrapping party
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Saturday December 22nd, 10:00AM is the present wrapping party to be held at the firehouse on Tremont. Bring scissors. The paper, boxes, and refreshments will be provided. Contact Sean Smith or Dave Selbig to assist with deliveries.
Port Orchard Cares - Gifts wrapping party Kristy Ewing
Silverdale club changes meeting location
Silverdale Rotary now meeting at Silverdale Beach Hotel

The following message is from Steve Slaton, President of the Rotary Club of Silverdale.

Starting on November 15, 2007 the Silverdale Club will meet at the Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road, Silverdale, WA98383. Meeting day and time remain unchanged: Thursdays at 12:15PM. Please let your club members know so they will go to the correctlocation on make-ups!
Silverdale club changes meeting location Kristy Ewing
The Rotary Express to the LA Convention
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District Governor Norm Watts shouts "all aboard the Rotary train" to those interested in traveling by rail to the LA Convention.

The following message is from DG Norm -
The Rotary Express to the LA Convention Kristy Ewing
Foundation
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Denny Christman would like to remind members about annual donations to the Foundation. November was Foundation month, and although November is gone the reasons for contributing to it aren't.
Foundation Kristy Ewing
Gates Foundation - $200M to end polio
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Rotary International has announced a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that will inject a much needed US$200 million into the global effort to eradicate polio. The Rotary Foundation received a $100 million Gates Foundation challenge grant, which Rotary will raise funds to match, dollar for dollar, over three years.
Gates Foundation - $200M to end polio Kristy Ewing
Flood relief effort in Southern Washington
In light of last week's storm damage and destruction 5020 Rotarians are asking, "how can we help?" Here is Assistant Governor Gene Hansen's list of items that are needed and contact information for providing flood relief in Southern Washington.
Flood relief effort in Southern Washington Kristy Ewing
2008 LA Convention travel special
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Special fare for Rotarians traveling to the 2008 LA Convention by rail. $387 roundrip fare includes roomette (sleeping berth) and meals on Amtrak.

The following message is from District Governor Norm Watts:
2008 LA Convention travel special Kristy Ewing
Banners for servicemen and women
Lynette George is organizing an effort to recognize men and women from our community serving in the armed forces. Her aim is to hang 6 foot Gold Star Banners for all those who have given their life, and Blue Star Banners for those currently serving. Banners will be hung in Port Orchard on Mile Hill. She has started a non-profit organization for this purpose. Lynette George was the guest speaker and program to our club on November 6th, 2007.
Banners for servicemen and women Kristy Ewing
Crab Feed and Auction 2008
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Wayne Cohen is causing moans and groans, gasps and oh-by-golly-gee-wiz. Is it REALLY time to start thinking about the next Crab Feed and Auction?! According to Wayne it is, and he's taking no prisoners in his quest to gather volunteers. He's assigned teams for the annual scavenging of auction items and set the clock for a 6 month count down. The theme - FIESTAVILLE - where Cinco De Mayo meets Margaritaville.
Crab Feed and Auction 2008 Kristy Ewing
Hedger hunting for new blood
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Past President David Hedger has been dedicating a chunk of time and effort to solicit members to serve on our Board. Dave issued a passionate plea to members on October 30th to be more proactive in shaping the future of our club.

Rumor has it that Brad Smith was recently seen having lunch with Dave...

Thank you Dave for all you've done and continue to do for our club.
Hedger hunting for new blood Kristy Ewing
Exchange student Paulo - update
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Paulo would like to get to know you. Our exchange student recently moved to his new host family's home. He will stay with Steve and Roberta Kaio-Maddox until February. Dee Marie, Exchange Student Director, would like to remind members that Paulo is here to be involved in as many different experiences as possible. Please invite him to join you and your family in activities, sporting events, family get-togethers, parties, boating, tennis, skiing, etc. Paulo loves music, plays keyboard and guitar. He enjoys learning about our country. He can be reached at the Kaio-Maddox residence 871.0523. Or call Dee Marie 871.6191, or Jeff Mehlert 253.227.7471, or Bill Evans 871.3598.

A little bird told me that upon learning that Paulo was missing his guitar, Gary Lucy lent one to the young aspiring musician.
Exchange student Paulo - update Kristy Ewing
Rotary Club of Silverdale - new meeting place
Starting on November 15, 2007 the Silverdale Club will meet at the Silverdale Beach Hotel , 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road, Silverdale, WA 98383. Meeting day and time remain unchanged: Thursdays at 12:15PM. Please let your club members know so they will go to the correct location on make-ups! Yahoo map.

This message is from Steve Slaton / President of the Rotary Club of Silverdale
Rotary Club of Silverdale - new meeting place Kristy Ewing
Lary Coppola wins mayoral election
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Past Port Orchard Rotary President Lary Coppola - the next mayor of Port Orchard. Lary was reported by the Kitsap Sun to be the "winner by a landslide" in the race for mayor of Port Orchard. A victory party was held on election night at Amy's by the Bay.

"Coppola, publisher of the Kitsap Business Journal, raised $32,390 and spent $27,780 in cash donations during his campaign, along with more than $5,000 worth of in-kind contributions.

Coppola said his first order of business, even before he takes office, will be to hold a retreat with City Council members, "to get everyone on the same page, outline priorities and get everyone's input on about where we would like to go."
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* Excerpted from the Kitsap Sun article published on November 6th. Read the Kitsap Sun article.
Lary Coppola wins mayoral election Kristy Ewing
Derek Kilmer
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Derek Kilmer speaks to Port Orchard Rotary club. Representative Kilmer was our guest speaker on October 2nd. He provided an overview on the state of affairs in Olympia, and discussed his priorities as he runs for Senator. He covered programs for Veterans, Economic Development, Building Permits, Education and Transportation.
Derek Kilmer Kristy Ewing
Annual Food Drive
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Port Orchard Cares annual food drive will be November 17th and December 1st this year. Be sure to mark your calendars to participate in the food drive which will take place at a grocery store near you. Sean Smith is organizing volunteers for our club in this worthy volunteer effort. If you haven't already signed up to help, see or call Sean.
Annual Food Drive Kristy Ewing
Our club's board meetings
Board meetings are 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:30 pm. As a member you are welcome to attend board meetings at any time. President Claudia Nysoe and the Board meet at The Clubhouse Grill on Mile Hill.

Minutes from each meeting are posted by Jim Avery on Clubrunner under "Club Documents". To access these when logged into ClubRunner go to Administration > then in the top yellow box on the left see the link under "My ClubRunner" > "View Club Documents".

If at anytime you have trouble logging into ClubRunner, do not hesitate to contact Kristy for instructions.
Our club's board meetings Kristy Ewing
READY! for Kindergarten volunteers
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Brad Smith and Dan Phillips greeted parents and kindergartners on a Saturday morning as they came to class. Dan reports that they he and Brad had a great time. Thank you gentlemen for volunteering to represent our club.

Our club donated $1,500 to the READY! for Kindergarten program.
READY! for Kindergarten volunteers Kristy Ewing
Where Do We Stand In the War on Tobacco?
"Where Do We Stand In The War On Tobacco?

You've got to hand it to smoking. It may be reviled as the "biggest mass murderer of all time," "the most preventable cause of death in America" and a dozen other terrible titles - but it has style.
Where Do We Stand In the War on Tobacco? Kristy Ewing
Barb's K-9 Place
When it comes to misbehavin', dog trainer Barb Friehs says sometimes it's about the dog, sometimes the owner. Barb, a professional dog trainer presented a program to our club on October 9th that was all about getting Fido to "sit", "stay", "fetch",