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
Port Orchard Cares Gift Distribution is Saturday, 12/22/2018!
Port Orchard Cares Wrapping/Distribution  will be at the Tremont station, Station 31 South Kitsap Fire and Rescue, 200 Tremont Street. Please arrive at 8AM so we can get all the food moved before gift wrapping begins at 9AM.
We had a tremendous response to our Port Orchard Cares food and gift program.   We have collected gifts for over 140 children and food for approximately 50 families.   Well done Rotarians and Soroptimist volunteers! Now we need your help to finish the job and help distribute the gifts and food.   This Saturday, December 22nd, members are needed to help wrap gifts.   Food moving will occur at 8AM.  Wrapping will be done at the South Kitsap Fire and Rescue station on Tremont Avenue at 9:00am.   Please bring your own scissors to wrap and any spare gift or small boxes you may have to aid in the wrapping effort.   
December 18, 2018 Speaker: Terri Messing, Close up Foundation

Close Up High School Program

Close Up’s flagship High School Program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to experience their government in action. From visits to Washington’s famous monuments, memorials, and institutions, to meetings with their Congressional delegation on Capitol Hill, Close Up students get a first-hand look at the American political system and consider what role they, as students, play in our democracy.
Close Up is not just a tour, nor is it a series of lectures. Close Up takes what students learn in the classroom and brings it to life! Close Up really does make learning fun!
Throughout the week, students explore DC and interact with students from all across the country. With the help of our program instructors, students consider how the people and events represented in DC’s memorials impact their lives today. As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, Close Up helps students learn more about their history and government while considering a variety of viewpoints. This keeps students interested, informed, and engaged. They are not just passively listening to a tour guide—they are making a personal connection with the famous places of the nation’s capital
Close Up students also get face to face with Washington insiders that play a key role in the American political system. Our seminar panels often include lobbyists, journalists, and members of the Armed Forces. These instrumental political players take time to answer questions from students and explain more about how they impact government and policy. Additionally, our weekly ‘hot topics’ debate pits guest speakers - a liberal and a conservative- against one another as students moderate the debate and get involved in issues important to them. The program culminates with a banquet and dance, giving students the chance to unwind, say goodbye to their new friends, and reflect on what they have learned during their trip.
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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