Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club


May is Rotary History Month. 

In May we look back on the long, rich history of Rotary's century plus of Service Above Self.

A major milestone came in 1989, when RI voted to admit women as Rotarians.  Looking around Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary, we have to be very grateful for that decision.  Women Rotarians are the lifeblood of our Club today!  

Thank you, 1989 Directors, for that long-overdue move.   

President Elect
Vice President
International Chairman
Youth Services Chairman
Youth Protection Officer

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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
United States
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submitted by Communicatiions Chair Ron Carter
Better community.  Check.  Fun.  Check.  Golf at White Horse.  Check.  Great time with friends.  Check.  All the boxes are checked.  All that’s needed is you - and your friends - to play in the 11th-annual Swing For Rotary Golf Tournament, June 16.   Note:  We’ve checked with Mother - Nature that is - and she’s checking another box - dry.  So, get out your driver, get online, and get your group registered before it’s too late. Only a few entries are still available.   Go to:
Each golfer will contribute $150, but here’s what they’ll get:  gift bag on check-in, filled with a first-rate Antigua golf shirt, CB’s Nuts, treats from Borrowed Kitchen Bakery; a tasty boxed lunch; silent auction tables full of prized items to be bid on throughout the day via Text2Bid on cell phones; raffle for a full Rotary wine cooler; unlimited practice range balls; a chance to win in the putting contest; 18-holes of White Horse golf, and a chance to win a car with a hole-in-one; dinner overlooking the Olympics and a beautiful golf course; awards and a live auction.  All for only $150.  If that isn’t value, Warren Buffet is not an investor.  Dinner tickets are available for $35 at our website, or at the door.  Registering for you and your team is as easy as Amazon Prime.  The site, once again is:
Sponsors, golfers, and dedicated Rotarians are the lifeblood of this exceptional event to benefit our community.  Sponsors include Port Madison Enterprises (Main Sponsor), The Point Casino (Hole-in-One Contest), Kitsap Physical Therapy (Putting Contest), Director’s Mortgage,   Les Schwab Poulsbo, and Kingston Dental (Dinner), the Turk’s Apprentice (Text2Bid), and Beverage Cart sponsors Windermere Real Estate West Sound and Windermere Real Estate - Catherine Arlen.  Hole sponsors include Cloise and Mike Construction, Kingston CPA, Latitude 48 Group, LYNX Enterprises, Olympic Property Group,  Valley Nursery,  West Hills Honda, Windermere Real Estate, North Kitsap Herald, Land Title, Acupuncture & Wellness, In Memory of Duke Schader, Kingston Crossing & Wellness, 20/20 Eye Care, and Kingston Henery Hardware.
The winners in the tournament will be golfers, yes.  However, Kingston North Kitsap Rotary does this to benefit it’s community causes, who’s winners include Kingston High School scholarships, Food4Kids in North Kitsap, purchase of an electronic reader-board in Kingston, and Village Green Foundation.   
Kingston North Kitsap Rotarians give almost 5,000 hours to bettering our community each year.  Immediately on the heels of the golf tournament, they are busy organizing the Kingston 4th of July Fun Run.  With old fashioned fun for the whole family on the 4th of July, there will be a 5k, 10k, and 1-mile kid dash.  New this year, Rotarians are partnering with Kingston High School Athletics Boosters to make the run better than ever.  For information, and to register, go to:
submitted by Communication Chair Ron Carter
The Spirit of Rotary was on full display May 4-6 at the Clearwater Casino Resort in Suquamish, Wa. There 550 Rotarians from Vancouver Island, Canada and western Western Washington gathered for their annual District 5020 Training and District Conference.  Five members of the Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club were in attendance, including President-Elect Doug Hallock, Chris Gilbreath, Bill Maule, Jim Dixon, and Ron Carter. 
Opening ceremonies featured flag presentations by Rotary Youth Exchange students representing 23 countries.  There was a full day of training sessions, where leaders and members from district clubs shared ideas and successes on building membership, social media exposure, public image and communication.  A full day of speakers with Rotary stories followed.  The theme of every story:  Rotary matters.  As current District Governor Joanne Croghan noted, “Every Rotary project begins because ONE Rotarian sees a need and acts on it.” The theme for 2017-2018 Rotary year was introduced:  “Rotary: Making a Difference.”  Evidence of Rotary making a difference was clearly evident throughout the conference.  
submitted by Communication Chair Ron Carter
At the May 10th Kingston North Kitsap Rotary meeting we learned of an effort to build Tiny House Villages in Kitsap County to aid the homeless.  These are small - about 120 square feet - houses with electricity and light.  They are meant to house one or two people comfortably, and when grouped as a village aid in the transition from homelessness. 
The speaker was Randy Spitzer, a Gig Harbor Rotarian, who has taken an interest in the Kitsap homeless problem  He shared that one of every 150 people in Kitsap County experience homelessness.  Randy is part of a committee, endorsed by County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. Their goal is to provide homes for all.  They believe “every person should have the opportunity to live in a safe, decent, affordable home.”  They strive to make homelessness rare, brief, one-time, continuously improve homeless response systems, and expand community engagement. Their effort to build as many as three encampments, Tiny House Villages of fifteen homes each, is underway. Each encampment will operate as a community, with security, sanitation, self-governance, and access to nearby transportation. The program is modeled after those of Eugene, OR and Nicklesville, a Tiny House Village in Seattle.  At a cost of $2100 each, four units will be built Saturday, May 13, to be sprinkled around the county as a first step to educating Kitsap residents about the program.
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
submitted by Ani Gatz of the Kitsap Foundation
Woohoo! We Did It!
Another year has come and gone for the Kitsap Great Give, and this year was much smoother than the last!
Whether you made your personal goal of money, raising awareness, or just had a good learning experience, we hope this was a fun time for everyone.
There is no doubt that as far as funds go, this year was a smashing success! We have an awesome community of donors, nonprofits, and businesses and this year, we did better than ever before.
I’m happy to report that the Great Give was a tremendous success! The leaderboard on the Great Give website, lists the total at $1,327,830.  When we add:
the bonus pool and prize dollars
offline donations
The total raised is about $1,620,000!  
submitted by Communications Chair Ron Carter

Local Rotarian Bill Maule has travel plans.  He’s heading to Atlanta in June for Rotary’s 108th Annual International Convention.  Few institutions, civic or otherwise, have survived 108 years.  Rotary has.  And for good reason.  Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.  Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries.  Their work improves lives here in Kingston North Kitsap, across America, and internationally. 

In Atlanta, the keynote speaker will be Bill Gates, co-chair, of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  The Gates Foundation and Rotary International have an ongoing match of 2:1 to support polio eradication efforts up to $35 million a year.  The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership includes Rotary, the Gates Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund.  The incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year in 1988 to just 37 confirmed in 2016.  Rotary, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, has donated $1.6 billion to polio eradication. 

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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