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
November 13, 2018 speaker: The Rotary Foundation
Howard Svigals (Svi-GALS) serves as the Rotary Foundation Fundraising Chair for WA Clubs and was named the District Foundation Chair for the 2019-2020 Rotary year. Howard is a Major Donor to The Rotary Foundation and a member of the Paul Harris Society and the Bequest Society. 
Howard also is the Assistant Governor for Area 11 which includes the three Gig Harbor Rotary Clubs, and two Tacoma Rotary clubs. He is a Past-President of the Gig Harbor Midday Rotary and has been in Rotary fifteen years.
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 International, 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!
The collective leadership and expertise of our 1.2 million members helps us tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, locally and globally. We are united by common values and vision for the future as we sharpen our focus with targeted specific causes that will reach communities most in need.


For more than 100 years, our guiding principles have been the foundation upon which our values and tradition stand. The Four-Way Test, Object of Rotary, and the Avenues of Service express our commitment to service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership.
We direct our efforts in six areas to enhance our local and global impact. Our most successful and sustainable projects and activities tend to fall within the following areas:
  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies


At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.


In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.
When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.


1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.
1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.
1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.
1985: The PolioPlus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.
1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.
2013: New district, global, and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.
Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.
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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