Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club

June is Rotary Fellowship Month

A key element of Rotary membership is the fellowship it brings, both within and outside each Club.

Kingston Rotarians develop life-long friendships at weekly meetings, fellowship events and in interactions with other local Clubs.  Why not join us, and make new friends of your own? 

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Kingston-North Kitsap

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Kingston Village Green Community Center
26158 Dulay Rd
Kingston, WA  98346
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by Bulletin Editor/Golf Team Captain Don Hutchins
CONGRATULATIONS to Golf Committee Chairs Breane and Alice, and all the fantastic KNK Rotarians who made this year's Rotary Classic the BEST EVER, by a wide margin.  From the set up through the long day of supporting Golfers and Sponsors through a fantastic dinner and hugely successful auction (thank you Poulsbo Rotarian Todd Tidball!) every facet of the day was pretty near perfect - and that included the overcast-but-dry-and-warm weather.  WHAT A DAY!  What else is there to say?  (And OBTW - it appears that Team KNK Rotary took the Challenge Cup for the second year in a row).  :-)
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
Calling all North Kitsap runners and families and neighbors.  If your 4th of July plans include a staycation, lace up your sneakers and kick off your holiday with a run for fun…and the community.  There will be a 1k kid dash (adults welcome), a 5k race and a 10k race.  Walk, jog, or run…or all three…folks of all abilities and interests are welcome.  Families have walked together, run together.  Neighbors have done the same.  This is about putting the “fun” in the “run.”
As participants walk, jog, or run, they will do so knowing they are having fun, and giving back to their community.  This year the Fun Run will have greater importance to our community’s youth.  The Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club has, for the last nine years, hosted the annual event the morning of the 4th.  The money earned has helped fund a variety of charitable Rotary projects.  Some of the funds have also helped local running activities.  This year a much greater emphasis is being made to support our kids.  The Rotary Club has teamed up with the Kingston High School Athletic Booster Club.  Recently, funds for student school activities have become tighter and tighter.  The student programs including arts, music, and athletics are now more dependent on ASB funds and booster clubs to bridge the gap.  The Kingston High Athletic Booster Club works hard to support our school’s teams, but there are always more needs than funds.  This year, half of the race proceeds will go to the Booster Club to support student activities. 
Our community, students, and their families will have a number of ways to participate in the event.  Some will run.  Others will volunteer.  Others will cheer on the participants.  Students began the partnership early this year, when art students created designs for the Fun Run t-shirts and posters.  Kingston High students Katranna Stamper and Jakob Jones drew the stunning images that are being used this year (see nearby). 
The race will be on the Fourth, with check-in from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.  Scheduled start time is 9:00 a.m.  Runners who pre-register will be insured a race t-shirt.  The starting line is at the medical/fitness center at Barber Cutoff and West Kingston roads.  The race will end at Village Green Park, with refreshments, prizes, and giveaways.  Generous sponsors include 4700 Group, Albertson’s, Isaac Anderson, Beebe Roberts & Bryan, Borrowed Kitchen Bakery, Central Market, Costco, Cup & Muffin, D’Vine Wines, Grub Hut, Imagine Moore, Kingston CPA, Pizza Factory, Poulsbo Running, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Food Market at Kingston, West Side Pizza, Kingston Lumber, Sound Family Health, CHI Franciscan Hospital, Cory Signs, and Domino’s Pizza. 
Pre-register yourself, your family, and your neighbors at  Further information is available at
We look forward to seeing everyone there.  
submitted by International Committee member Bill Maule
International news, these days, is never really very good.   But for a change, here’s some good news on our Club’s international efforts. Last fall our International Service  Committee decided to donate   $500, a third of its budget,  to help with the construction of another Bottle School in Guatemala.  As chance would have it, the school  is “historic”  as its completion marked  an important milestone for the Bottle School  organization. The village of  Panimacac, located in the northwestern part of the country, suffered greatly from the years-long civil war, and is now still recovering, as is the case with other villages in the area.
Although there are only 79 families resident in the town, it provides some infrastructure to four surrounding villages.  That includes its schools. As is the case in all Bottle School projects, a functioning school, with government provided teachers, was in operation.  Ten teachers served 162 students.   Yes, lots of students with good teachers, but school buildings were far from adequate and safe. There was already one completed Bottle School for Middle School students. The elementary school was held in a temporary, and structural unsafe, adobe structure. Another Bottle School was, at the time we became involved again, was nearly complete as a second Middle School,  replacing an old shabby metal siding building. But the elementary children were still in that adobe building.  Our contribution helped build yet another Bottle School to replace the unsafe building.
We just received news that the school we consider as “ours”  is finished and functioning. Of course, we cannot claim all that school.  Our contribution covered only about a fifth of the total cost.  Nevertheless,  the Bottle School staff  said  in the recent e-mail that our contributions over the years have always been most welcome and helpful. They said that they hope we will continue with our important support. The school was officially inaugurated on March 27th and is considered a great success.
Oh, yes,  The historic nature of the building?   The new elementary school is the 100th Bottle School completed!   Way to go, Kingston Rotary!
submitted by Foundation Chair De McKinnon
At our June 7 luncheon, the club learned we’d been awarded the District 5020 Al Brooks Award for 2016.  Al Brooks, a long time Rotarian from the Tumwater Rotary Club, was one of the few District Foundation Chairs over the years that was not a Past District Governor.  His knowledge of the Foundation and his ability to increase giving District wide was exceptional.  He passed away during his term as Foundation Chair. 
Beloved by all at the District Administration and by all club members who had the opportunity to meet him, our District created the Al Brooks award in his memory.  It represents a modified Every Rotarian Every Year award to clubs whose members each and all gave something to The Rotary Foundation; Annual Fund, Polio, a Matching Grant, or the Endowment Fund (if they gave cash).
This last year District 5020 had 15 clubs in 11 areas qualify for the Al Brooks Award.  Our District has been in the top 10% of Foundation giving among Districts worldwide for several years.
Congratulations and WELL DONE to Chairperson De and ALL KNK Rotarians for this achievement!  Ed
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
The May 24 Kingston North Kitsap Rotary meeting welcomed a presentation by student leaders at Gordon Elementary.  Those in attendance were impressed.  Anyone concerned about our local elementary school programs should have been there; they wouldn’t be afterward.  Gordon Elementary Principal Karen Tollefson, a Rotary Club member, introduced the 5th-grade students, who described the many programs the school features.  They include STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) nights, monthly family reading nights, parent/teacher plays, and meaningful work program (if you’re late, you’re fired). All the programs are extra-curricular and meant to expand, beyond the classroom, school, student, and parent connections.
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
Kingston High School juniors Alexander Robertson and Georgia Rose Richens described the experience:  “transformative, most amazing experience I’ve had, met new people, learned new things, learned to help my community and the world.” Robertson and Richens,  members of Kingston High School’s Rotary Interact Club, applied to the Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club for scholarships to attend the four-day Assembly at Pacific Lutheran University in early April.  More than 100 students representing Rotary Clubs around the area attended.  They heard many speeches, including one that was particularly instructive and sobering, from a holocaust survivor telling of his experience getting out of Holland. They also participated in many team-building events and activities.  The pair presented their experience at the Club’s May 31 meeting.  Asked the one thing they learned, Richens said “it teaches you if you have a dream, go for it.”
Fellowship Chair Sondra Peters reminds all of us to save the date:
Kingston-NK Rotary Installation Dinner
Friday, June 30th 2017 at 6:00 PM
Rotary Room, Village Green Community Center
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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