Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club

September is Rotary Basic Education and Literacy Month

KNK Rotary supports Literacy through our contributions to the Bottle Schools project and SE Asian literacy project.  We support Basic Education through our many contributions to our local schools and students.

What are YOU doing to advance Basic Education and Literacy?

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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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a letter from our Communications Chair, Ron Carter
We are on a 3-weeks + trip in the UK.  Yesterday we visited a place called the Cheddar Gorge, a fabulous place in southwest England, and home of (tah-dah) cheddar cheese.  At a local market what did we stumble on but a group of Rotarians selling raffle tickets to benefit a local cancer patient family stay center, like the Pete Gross House in Seattle.  The Rotary Club of Mendip got my 5-pounds, with a pledge to donate the travel trailer to the Charity it I win.  Now wouldn't that be something.  Cheers to all, 
We lost a beloved long-time Rotarian and benefactor of our Kingston Community when Thorn Percival passed on in July.  
His wife Elaine wishes to advise his many friends that a Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 30, at  2 PM, at St Barnabas Episcopal Church, 1187 Wyatt Way NW, Bainbridge Island.  There will be a reception at the church following the service which everyone is welcome to attend.  Please plan to be there.
forwarded by Blood Drive Chair Jon Sole
Good Afternoon Kingston Community Donors!
Big thanks for a great blood drive on 8/22/17!
The ongoing support and dedication of donors is very appreciated. We truly value your partnership in our lifesaving pursuits.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Drive Results:
  • Total Registered Whole Blood Donors: 41 people  
  • Units of Whole Blood Collected: 34 units
  • Apheresis Donors Registered: 5
  • Apheresis Units Collected: 4
  • Lives Saved: Since each whole blood donation can save up to three lives and each apheresis donation can save more than 3 lives, your collective donations will help save more than 114 patients in our community. 
  • We welcomed 10 first-time donors.
Your efforts will bring health and comfort to many patients. The blood donations collected at the blood drive are critical to maintain a stable blood supply for surgeries, medical emergencies, and for supporting patients battling life-threatening illnesses like leukemia and other cancers.
Each day, 800 people must donate blood to support Bloodworks Northwest blood supply in order to meet the needs of patients in our hospitals. Your blood drive played an important role in helping meet that goal.
Thank you from all of us at Bloodworks NW for your support in this life-saving mission.
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by Communications Chair Ron Carter
If you want to turn that gleam in his eye and smile on his face into outright bursts of joy, ask Doug Hallock about one of two things:  Scouts or Rotary.  Those are his passions.   He has been involved with Scouts since he was age 6 or 7, when someone gave him a Scout Handbook at Lake Tahoe.  And he has been a Rotarian 34 years, having been a member of Arlington, Silverdale, and Port Angeles Rotary clubs, before becoming a charter member of the Kingston club in 2004. June 30th Hallock was installed as President of the Kingston-North Kitsap Club for the Rotary year 2017-2018.
Doug Hallock’s day job is in commercial and residential real estate sales.  He’s the managing broker of the Windermere office in Kingston, where he has been a resident 29-years.  In a prior career of 12-years, he worked for the Boy Scouts of America doing unit organizing, membership management and fund raising.  When he was Chief Kitsap District Executive, his group received the Quality District Award four consecutive years.  Among other activities, he led a contingent from Kingston Troop 555 on one of three backpacking expeditions to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.  As a youth, Doug attained the rank of Eagle Scout, and later was in Sea Scouts prior to enlisting in the Navy, where he volunteered for submarine duty, and was aboard the first nuclear submarine, the U.S.S. Aspro, in Japan.
Hallock is naturally inclined to be a Rotarian. Since he joined in 1983, he has seen Rotary change for the better.  Women were not allowed to join when he was a member of the Arlington Club. Since 1985 that has changed. He says, “they have really enhanced what we do.”  Half of the Kingston Club members are women.  Also over the years, he’s seen membership and attendance requirements loosened and modernized to align with today’s lifestyles.  When asked what is most misunderstood about Rotary, Hallock said, “people think it’s an old boys club.  It’s not. Rotary is a roll-up-your-sleeves, hands-on group.  It has tentacles into the community in a diverse, non-political, non-religious way.  We’re involved not to enhance resumes, but to serve our community and get things done.  When people get together for a cause or a project, it’s surprising how powerful it can be.”
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Don’t look now, but the southeast corner of Highway 104 and Lindvog Road is about to get a bright, new addition….Kingston’s Electronic Readerboard.  The site has been cleared pro-bono by Steve Kelly Construction.  Construction contracts are about to let to build the sign. Final site work will be done by volunteer labor with the goal of lighting it up this fall.  The project has been spearheaded by Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club and is being completed as a joint effort with the Port of Kingston. The Port will operate the sign.  According to Jon Sole, Rotary’s sign chair, the sign will be for community use.  It will not be commercial or political.  Sole said, “we hope to be operational in October…and we need to thank Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder for his help on the project, as well as the Port of Kingston. Like the lights at Kingston High’s football field, this is an example of Rotary leading the way in our community.”
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Kingston-North Kitsap Rotarians meet Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m. at Village Green Community Center.  Guests are always invited. Come join the fun.  Get involved. 
by your faithful Editor
Rotarian Clint awards Sue Hutchins' Pecan Pie to Rotarian Gale Kirsopp
Thursday August 10th marked the 9th Annual Pie in the Park celebration of our great Little City, where Kingstonians young and old get together, play, eat pie, and BUY pies to help complete the fundraising effort for the Village Green Community Center.
Conceived by our own Rotarian Nancy Martin with Rotarian Clint Boxman as the perennial pie auctioneer and many, many stalwart KNK Rotarians assisting every year (along with Kingston Kiwananians and other dedicated village folk) and with the assistance of Rotary's Chair & Table stash, PiP has been incredibly successful every year.
It continued that unbroken run this week, reducing the construction debt on the VGCC by some $40K plus.   
THANK YOU to all who organized, attended, helped, baked pies, bought pie and otherwise lent moral support to the effort.  We WILL complete this mission very soon!
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter
This week at Rotary we learned about bats.  OK.  So you thought all we ever did was work on doing good around here.  Mostly, that’s true.  Not today.  Today our speaker was Meg Dunham, board member of Bats Northwest, and expert on rehabilitating injured bats.  We learned there are fifteen species of bats in Washington state, and more than 13,000 species worldwide.  Some migrate in winter.  Some hibernate.  Some live to 34-years old!  All eat insects.  And if there’s one making a home in your patio umbrella, there’s not a darn thing you can do.  Sorry, Rotarian Don Hutchins. 
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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Sep 20, 2017
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Oct 04, 2017
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Bonnie Block
Oct 11, 2017
Photography Africa
Anne Thomas
Nov 01, 2017
Literacy project in Laos/Cambodia
Kathy Sole, De' MacKinnon
Feb 14, 2018
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