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
October 16, 2018 Speaker: DECA and CTE Students
DECA Region 7

Students from Deca competed at the area competition in Tacoma. Many wolves placed and will advance to State in March. Congratulations to Alex Agee, Trystin Peterson, and Rachel Albertson for taking home first place in their categories. Also congratulations to Ainsley Agee, Avery Meyers, Eva Knowels and Emmy Shaffer for placing 2nd. And also congratulations to Carson West for coming in 4th place.

About CTE
Students are entering a highly competitive workforce based on a global knowledge and information economy. To be career and college ready, students need to be able to integrate and apply 21st century skills, technical knowledge and skills, and core academic knowledge. With an emphasis on real world, real life skills, Career and Technical Education will help students be successful in the future. Our goal is that every student will graduate from high school globally competitive for work and post secondary education and prepared for life in the 21st century.
No matter what their dreams, students can pursue it through CTE.
Why CTE?
The case is this: in order for students to succeed, we need to prepare them for the ever-changing world of work, which means not only college readiness, but career readiness—students with access to post secondary education and skills attainment possibilities that will prepare them to achieve in the 21st century.
We ask the question, “Why Career and Technical Education?” with honesty. Why, among the many competing education demands, student needs, and graduation requirements, does a program that has its foundations in the 1917 Smith-Hughes Act hold relevancy still? Between emphases on early learning to college preparation, where does Career and Technical Education (CTE) fit in and merit consideration? Why should students who barely have an opportunity to explore the arts, health and fitness, or social studies, be directed to courses in aerospace manufacturing, horticulture, financial math, sports medicine, or integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics ( STEM).
The answer to the above questions, we believe, is that CTE offers a unique opportunity to engage students in an enormous variety of subjects, incorporating academic, creative and technical skills, with the specific goal, nowhere else represented in education, of preparing students for all of life that comes after high school.
CTE needs to be an integral part of every student’s education so that all students graduate from high school globally competitive for work, prepared for post secondary education, and ready for life as positive, contributing members of society in the 21st century. With CTE, students succeed.
Imagine not knowing where your next meal is going to come from.  Then imagine where you are going to get your next drink of water.  That is what life is like for the Pokot tribe in NW Kenya.
As Pastoralists living in a mostly arid climate, the Pokot tribe must concentrate almost their entire energies towards successfully finding the most basic of needs-food and water.  Heavily impacted by global warming, the Pokot tribe had to endure almost 11 months without a drop of rain.  All streams and springs dry up during these droughts.    
There is a famine belt across Northern Kenya, Southern Ethiopia and Southern Somalia extending across the Red Sea to Yemen that has inflicted great suffering and extensive loss of lives onto many desert peoples.    The Pokot people lost 80-90% of their animals, including almost all their cattle.  People too are dying, particularly the young, the old and the infirm.    People are attempting to survive by boiling poisonous berries for 24 hours in order to get any nutrition at all.    Government food assistance is meager or non-existent. 
However, significant nutritional help is being provided by the Port Orchard Rotary Club(PORC).  Partnered with a young NGO called Hifadhi Africa and through District 5020 Community Grants(DCG’s) and Rotary Global Grants(GG’s), life sustaining assistance has been provided during the past year.  
From Oct 2017-May 2018, 2 DCG’s were used to procure maize which is the primary food consumed by humans.   In May 2018, a DCG was executed in just 19 days from start to finish and successfully delivered 48,000 pounds of maize to thousands of people.  A highway construction company provided a 20 ton dump truck and with 12 volunteers delivered the maize in 3 days.  Because of the rough or non-existent roads in East Pokot, all 12 volunteers squeezed into a truck cab and sleeper designed for 3 people.  This maize was directly responsible for saving many lives.  
Additionally, the PORC was able to obtain monetary donations from Rotarians and friends of Rotarians to procure goats so the Pokot people could start replenishing their herds.  
Lastly, through a Rotary International GG, a sand dam was constructed which it is hoped will introduce the Pokot people to a different way of life, mainly crop agriculture, and this change in life-style will lessen the hardships presently being endured.  A sand dam works on the principal of creating a large sponge around a normally dry stream and this sponge stores water for irrigation, people and animals.  It is a basic concept that has existed since biblical times.  A future GG will install 3 more sand dams and it is projected that more and more people will adopt crop agriculture as a new way of sustaining themselves. 
Rotary Grants and the Rotary Foundation is doing wondrous work in an area of the world that desperately needs help.
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)
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