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President's Message
Janis Maracic
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Greetings Port Orchard Rotarians,
 
Our largest fundraising, our annual crab feed and auction, is just five days away.  This event takes every member to be a success.  Consider contributing wine for the wall of wine, a homemade dessert for the Dessert Dash, donations for the silent and live auction … all are all welcome. 
 
District Training is just around the corner.  DLTA is in Victoria, BC May 9, 10, 11.  Consider attending.  Conference is a weekend of learning, socializing, connecting…and getting inspired! Attending training is a fun way to meet Rotarians from throughout District 5020 and to deepen your knowledge of the world of Rotary.  Fellow Rotarians facilitate learning sessions that are engaging.  Conference speakers motivate and inspire action.  Attending conference is a great way to further develop our leadership team and explore the welcoming city of Victoria. 
 
I also want to encourage each of our members to contribute to Foundations Annual Fund / End Polio Now campaign.  What if every  Rotarian contributed a minimum of $25.00.   How proud we would all be to know that all Rotarians were able to do so this year.  
 
Continue to be the inspiration!  Janis
 
 
Stories
October 30, 2018 Speaker:Jeff Pettigrew
Jeff Pettigrew is our speaker Tuesday.  His website is jettwardauthor.com
 
 
Jett Ward is a former naval aviator and Desert Storm combat veteran flying A6 Intruders. As the Air Director for controlling close air support missions abroad, he orchestrated the precision strike of airpower within the murky world of Special Forces ground operations. He is a graduate of Air War College, and holds Master of Business Administration and Master of Science degrees. He and his wife live in the Pacific Northwest.
Bob Cairns speaks to Bremerton Rotary on his service in Kenya.
The program was Bob Cairns from the Port Orchard Club speaking on his service in Kenya.  Bob retired in 2014 and since that time he and his wife, Christie, have devoted much of their time in Kenya focusing on education and water projects and much more.
 
Bob has been successful in obtaining several Rotary Global Grants (very, very difficult to obtain). Bob thanked the Bremerton Rotary for contributions that had been made to the Kenya projects and noted that the contributions were very important to being able to secure Global Grants.  The Global Grants come with matching donations from District 5030 and other resources.
 
Bob’s presentation was inspirational and tremendously moving.  The needs in Kenya are great and the efforts that Bob and his wife and other partnerships that they have developed have been successful in building water systems, developing food resources and getting schools set up for learning, particularly with laptops and communications.  Bob is still taking donations of laptops to place in the schools where communications are minimal.
 
Bob Cairns, Port Orchard Club and speaker, and
Valencia Tang, BHS Interact Club
October is Economic and Community Development Month
Editor's note: reprinted from District 5020, Posted by Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19

Welcome to Economic and Community Development Month

As Rotarians I have often believed that ‘we do----because we have the means to do’. We have been so fortunate to have been nurtured in countries---the U.S. and Canada--- that have given us access to resources, education, and opportunity. Our fundraising efforts from club to club may chart different pathways or look a little different community to community…… yet the end in mind in universal----we are eliciting funds through the generosity of our communities to make a difference both locally and globally.   Xavier Ramey, a young New Yorker in an impassioned speech at the Toronto International Convention, concluded by asking us to “dig into our privilege”. His words resonated for many because they spoke to the heart of what we so often do in our individual Rotary clubs----we raise funds to make a difference to others…..through our unique fundraisers and through our individual contributions to the Annual Fund, to Polio Plus, or to whatever endeavor touches our hearts. We help to develop economies and communities.
 
Photo Credit: Dr Linda Venczel of the Gates Foundation
 
October 24 is World Polio Day.   How gratifying it is to know that our children and grandchildren now need to be taught about what polio is rather than learning about it through experience.   World Polio Day gives us an opportunity to remind one another of how fortunate we are to be ‘this close’ to polio eradication.   Yet at same time we must not be complacent ---- there are still measured steps that must be taken before we officially begin our ‘Countdown’ to a world free of polio.   It is the efforts of thousands of Rotarians since 1988 who have raised the profile of polio, have organized countless fundraisers, have been involved in National Immunization Days around the globe, have dug into their own pockets…..and have garnered the support of benefactors like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation…..that have truly led us to our current place in this war we have waged.   Our very own Joan Toone and husband Terry have been tireless crusaders in bringing home a message of understanding and hope.   Polio has enabled us to come together as allies in our efforts. As a result of our united efforts in ‘service above self’ we are known to the world as ‘Rotary----the organization that is going to eliminate polio from the face of our world’!
I conclude by looking ahead to a great month and by expressing our collective gratitude for those initiatives that help to stimulate economic growth and build a sense of community.   Ask any Rotary club what it is known for and with pride members will cite local projects such as a trail that thousands walk every day or a splash park that children (and parents watching their children!) enjoy …. or international aid to a specific country through one of six focus areas such as Water and Sanitation or Maternal and Child Health.   The Rotary Foundation that we have developed is brilliant in its design ----and as long as we annually support our Foundation, we have those dollars needed to work with to leave a deep and sustainable imprint. Thank You Rotary!
Capture the moment at the Rotary Convention in Hamburg, Germany, 1-5 June 2019 (video)
 
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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