President's Message
Janis Maracic
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December seems to slip by so quickly yet is so packed with festive occasions, family and friends.  It is a time of year to pause and give thanks for the opportunities we presently have-----and at the same time, to look back upon time honored traditions that have helped us to become who we are.   Whatever your celebration at this time of year looks like----spend a moment to also reflect on our club achievements to date.   Your efforts inspire others to engage.  Port Orchard Rotary members are people of action.
Highway 16 Clean Up
Heritage Trail at South Kitsap Regional Park
Bill Bloomquist Rotary Park Trail and Bench
Port Orchard Cares, in partnership with Soroptimist International of Port Orchard and South Kitsap Rotary, Annual Christmas Food and Gift Giveaway. Through Club generosity over 140 children, 50 families and 250 people enjoyed a brighter Christmas this year. 
Kenya Literacy Book Drive - Construction of a Community Center and Library and multi-club literacy book drive.
Construct Sand Dam and water resources in East Pokot Kenya
Ombuumbuu Junior Secondary School Project in Namibia - school bell, garden, library fund
Due to a drought, goats perished.  Rotarians can adopt and name a goat to donate to people of East Pokot, Kenya.
Niels Nielson Roundabout Annual Holiday Decorations
Retsil Tree Decorations
---- People of Action….
Assistant Principal, South Kitsap High School
Class of 2021
Nov 27. 2018 Speaker: Sanjay Bhatt, Fast ferry
Today we hear from the Public Information Officer for Kitsap Transit on developments in the fast ferry program.
In 2016, the voters of Kitsap County passed Kitsap Transit's sales-tax measure, which added three-tenths of 1 percent to the local sales tax to support a new passenger-only ferry service to Seattle from Bremerton, Kingston, and Southworth.

About the Fast Ferry Program

Port Orchard Cares upcoming dates
Good morning all...I hope you all are enjoying your holidays this week.
I know many of you have already started enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday, but our POC program is well under way. There are families still available to adopt. Please let me know the age of kids and how many kids you would like to adopt. I will bring our clipboard of families to am meeting, as well. So far, about 80 families have been adopted. Thank you to all.  It’s awesome.
December 14th is the deadline for returning gifts. Just as a reminder, please bring receipts and unwrapped gifts. As you will notice, there are 3 wants and 3 needs. In many cases, these are the only presents the kids will get, so please try to get as many of these 6 gifts as possible. John Gese will be sending out a complete list of how this program works, very soon. Please bring to am meeting, or call John Gese, myself, or drop off at Chris Beckham’s office.
December 22nd is our wonderful distribution day. Please come at 9am to Firehouse on Lund. If you have boxes and scissors, please bring. We will have coffee, hot chocolate and lots of holiday spirit. 
Christmas party is coming up December 4th, at 530pm. Social time, then dinner starts at 6pm. I’m super excited to have our function at new cafe, Pinch Eats, on Bay Street inside Josephine’s. It’s the old Pavilion. Please wear your perfect ugly outfit or sweater. Also, please bring your own bottle of choice to drink. Please bring a ornament. 
Port Orchard Cares
Good morning Rotarians...…….It has been a busy time the last few days and I want to thank all of you who participated.  We started out last Wednesday setting up shelving at the Firehouse.  Then Thursday our club delivered xmas trees, lights, etc to Retsil for their holiday season.  Yesterday several of you took part in collecting food.  The collection was great, plus $600 was donated along with the food.  All the food is on the shelving at the firehouse.  Tomorrow Steve Hutchins and Frank Tweten will head over to eastern Washington for apples and potatoes.  I expect to ask for help in offloading them at Helpline either late tomorrow or Tuesday after the meeting.  On Saturday 1 December we will decorate the roundabout at 9am, then collect food again starting at 11am. Thank you all
2019 Crab Feed & Auction
March 16th, 2019.  Put that date on your calendar.  Hard to believe that our biggest fundraiser is only 4 months away.  As in past auctions, I have been given the task of selling tickets and assigning tables.  We will be in the Bremerton Conference Center again this year and I have 36 tables to fill.  10 people per table.  Believe it or not, I already have requests for 13 tables.  If you would like a table (10) reserved, please contact me asap.  The auction committee once again has decided that members will not be obligated to purchase auction tickets.  However, if you will be one of the few that will miss this social event of the year, the committee would appreciate your purchase of raffle tickets, donation of wine for the wall of wine, monetary donation for the trips we auction off, and of course DONATIONS.  If you and or your business can be a sponsor for this great event, now is the time to sign up for a sponsorship.  The theme for this auction will be Star Wars!  Let the crab be with you...………………..Have a great weekend.
Capture the moment in Hamburg, Germany June 1-5, 2019
2018-19 Presidential theme: Be the Inspiration
RI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”
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