Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club

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Kingston-North Kitsap

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Kingston Village Green Community Center
26158 Dulay Rd
Kingston, WA  98346
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submitted by Kathy Sole
the Kingston Historical Society is holding an informal Open House and Public Meeting on Monday, February 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Village Green Community Center. Below is a flier regarding the event. We hope you will join us for refreshments and offer your ideas for our 2017 project list.  Hope to see you there!
submitted by Ron Carter
Hello February.  Another boring, gloomy, rainy month in our Burg by the Bay.   When the days remain maddeningly short, and the daffodils tease, but don’t show, the first sign of spring.
Here’s some sunshine for your February bowl, courtesy of your Kingston North Kitsap Rotarians.  We’re the group that gets together for fun and fellowship for the purpose of doing good around here.  To spice up February, we’ve planned a Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament on Saturday, February 25th.  And you’re invited. Save that date if you are a player.  Save it even if you are not a player (a beginner’s lesson and tutorial on how to play will be provided before play begins). 
This is going to be a fun event.  Check-in is at 4:15 p.m. at Village Green Community Center in Kingston.  The action starts at 4:30 p.m.  Professional dealers will be there to run everything smoothly.  Your entrance fee of $100 (with unlimited re-buys at $20 each) gets you a seat at the table, appetizers, coffee and water.  Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
Contestants will be playing for pre-paid vacations, such as an Alaska Bed and Breakfast getaway,  overnight stays at local hotels and dinner/show tickets, night out packages in Kingston, Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island - dinners, movies, etc., and Seattle Mariners tickets.  All night long, we’ll be selling raffle tickets for a chance to go straight to the winner’s table.  We’ll pay the top eight winners from the prize pool. 
Why are we doing this?  Well, to have fun.  And to raise money for our projects and causes.  This event will support our work to get an electronic community reader-board in Kingston, to provide Kingston High School kids scholarships, to support our Food4Kids efforts in North Kitsap, and to retire the Village Green Community Center debt.
If you can’t or don’t want to be part of the poker action, we invite you to come join the fun anyway.  Continuous bingo games will be happening at $10 per game or five games for $25, new games every 15-minutes. 
Save the date.  Sign up now.  Contact Rotarian Fredrick Branchflower to get a seat at the table (, or to get more information.  We can’t promise you’ll win at the tables, but we can promise you’ll have fun, and the community will win.
submitted by Ron Carter

Calling All Golfers/Save the Date

            Friday, June 16, 2017.  That’s the date to save for this year’s 11th Annual Swing for Rotary Golf Classic at White Horse Golf Club.  You want to do good in our community?  Save the date.  You want to have fun with friends?  Save the date.  You want to play golf and enjoy a fabulous dinner at White Horse?  Save the date.  This is a terrific tournament.  As White Horse pro Bruce Christy said before last year’s 10th year celebration, “most of these don’t last more than three or four years.  That this one is marking ten years is testimony to it’s quality and value to our community.”

            Your $150 entry fee includes lunch, dinner, and golf, including cart rental, range balls, Mulligans, and tee gifts.  Put a team together - it is a scramble format in teams of four players.  It would be a great way to introduce family and friends to our very special community.  And to have fun and do good, too. 

            For more information - or to register now - go to:  Or to get answers to your questions call 360-286-5178.  Do it now!



submitted by Bill Maule
 Now, just who is this Doug guy?  You know, Doug Hallock?  Well,  I can tell you a few things  -  some of them Doug might even confess to himself.  This former Boy Scouts of America Executive, now confines his scouting to finding  houses and clients.  We know him, of course, for his activities in Rotary, of which he has been a member seemingly forever.  He has been the Club’ Sergeant at Arms since  day one in 2004, a member of the International Services Committee and this year serves as Club Secretary. He now has agreed to lead us as President starting in July.
Here is the trivia bit.  All of us have individual numbers that identify us to Rotary International and to the Foundation.  Mine is seven digits long, I assume  showing that  there were  6,166,942 Rotarians or former Rotarians who got numbers before I did. In fact our Club is replete with members with seven digit numbers -  everybody except one. Yes, you guessed it  -  Doug has been a Rotarian for  so long that his number  has only six digits! A unique distinction.   Let us all salute Doug for his service and his long, long membership!
submitted by President Stan Mack
If you missed this week's luncheon meeting, you missed a good one.  We hosted our Kingston High School Interact Club.  We had about 20 Interacters (out of a total of about 60) join us.  We opened up the room divider and used two meeting rooms.  Co-Presidents Brandon and Nolan provided a great presentation of all that the Interact Club has accomplished to this point, as well as plans for the rest of the year.  We had a chance to hear from young people who have attended Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly (RYLA).  Seniors filled us in on their education and career plans for after high school graduation.  Our Interact Club is filled with amazing young people.  They were quick to acknowledge the impact of Mark Baze in making the Club an attractive and vibrant organization.  We can all be proud of our Interact Club.
submitted by Sondra Peters
Keep in mind the coming schedule of fellowship Dinners:
  - 13 Jan, Stan Mack's home
  - 10 Feb, Suzanne Jenny's home
  - 14 April, Don Hutchins' home
Format will be potluck - bring a dish to share and a bottle if you're drinking wine...
More info and signup sheets will be available at coming meetings.  

submitted by Ron Carter

Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club is pleased to announce our annual Swing for Rotary Golf Classic on June 16, 2017 at White Horse Golf Club.  Save the date.  And save a place in your community sponsorship budget. 

We are now seeking sponsors for our 2017 event, which will fall on the heels of the most successful tournament ever in it’s 10-year history.  This is the time of year annual budgets are pulled together.  Please set aside monies to help us stage this exciting event.   Last year we were able to help fund Food4Kids (donating nearly $10,000), providing meals for kids in need during weekends, vacations, and holidays when they are not in school.  Also, we were able to continue financial support for the Village Green Community Center, organize bi-monthly blood drives, and provide KHS scholarships. 

Special thanks to last year’s primary sponsors including The Point Casino, Liberty Bay Auto, CHI Franciscan Health, Les Schwab, and Windermere Real Estate. 

For more information, and to learn about how your company can get involved in this big community event, contact:  Breane Martinez at 360-286-5178 ( or Alice Amas at 425-949-9773 (



You may recall the item submitted earlier this year by Treasurer Gale Kirsopp, about Amazon Smile - where you can do your Amazon shopping AND make a contribution to our Rotary Foundation in the process!  In case you haven't signed up yet - PLEASE do.  Here is the link to set up your "Amazon Smile" account.  After that it's just a matter of going to "" to do your Amazon shopping and your contribution will be automatic.  There is NO extra cost to do this.  Amazon is sharing their profit with us! 
From Gale: 

Just a reminder for all Amazon shoppers – please use Amazon Smile.

For each purchase you make through Amazon.Smile – Amazon will donate .5% of eligible sales to Kingston NK Rotary.

It’s a fund raiser that does not require any of your time !



A NEW feature on our website is a link to our current Mission and Strategic Plan.  See it just below the "Rotary Month" item at top left.  We hope this helps our non-Rotarian friends understand us just a bit better...
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Feb 22, 2017
State of the Schools, North Kitsap School District
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...