Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club

June is Rotary Fellowship Month. 

And by Fellowship, we don't refer to the warm feeling between Rotarians...

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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Kingston-North Kitsap.

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Kingston-North Kitsap

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Kingston Village Green Community Center
South Kingston Rd
Kingston, WA  98346
United States
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Our next Blood Drive will be Tuesday the 28th, from 12-6 PM at the Village Green Community Center.
Remembering the impressive presentation by Daniel & Elaine Johnson a couple of weeks back.  Here is a reminder of why Blood Drives are SO important:
After 18 years of monthly blood transfusions, Elaine Sonntag-Johnson is happy to report that she doesn't need them anymore. When she was first diagnosed with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a rare disorder that causes the body to destroy its own blood cells, the only available treatment was transfusion of donated blood.
At the time, people diagnosed with PNH were expected to live only three to five years. With the help of hundreds of blood donors and nearly 1,000 units of blood components, Elaine beat the odds and lived long enough to benefit from a new treatment for the disorder.
"My husband always thought a treatment would be found," says Elaine. He was right. In 2007, the FDA approved a new drug, which prevents the breakdown of red blood cells. It works so well that Elaine rarely needs blood transfusions anymore. Now 52, Elaine works part-time as a social worker and enjoys every minute with her two kids. Doctors say she can expect to live a normal lifespan. Understandably, Elaine gets teary-eyed talking about the blood donors who helped her survive. "The gratitude can't be expressed—they kept me alive! They are quiet heroes, helping people they don't even know out of the goodness of their hearts. We have a blood center we can rely on every day, if people get sick or get into accidents. It's just there."

Now that the Golf Tournament is in our rear-view mirrors, we're looking ahead to the next big fund-raiser, which is of course the 4th of July FUN RUN.  We need as many Rotarians as we can muster to help with Registration, traffic control and the finish line, so come on out at our next meeting to get involved! 

THANK YOU to all you dedicated KNK Rotarians and friends who made the 10th Annual 2016 Rotary Classic an absolute SMASH Hit!
As Bruce said, most Golf Tournaments peter out after 2 or 3 years.  Clearly this one is HERE TO STAY!  Our incredible Golf Chairs Alice and Breane did an amazing job again this year, but it wouldn't be possible without the efforts of ALL of you helpers.  It was a fantastic day - and you are an amazing group! 

Our Instant Wine Cellar was a great success at this year's Rotary Classic. THANK YOU to all you dedicated Rotarians who got us over the bar again this year.  The winner of this great raffle was our "own" Edmonds/Hansville Rotarian Will Caldwell, who as you know spends as much time with KNK Rotary as he does at home in Edmonds.  Congratulations, Will! 

Our 20-year dream of a Kingston Community Center, Park and Playground came true on Saturday April 30th as Dave Wetter, Construction Chair for the Village Green Foundation, raised the flag over our fantastic new facility.  THANK YOU to the VGF members (including several Rotarians) and countless other Kingstonians who have made this come to pass.  What a great day for our Little City!
You can see here the whole VG Park, Playground and Community Center - all together an incredible accomplishment for even a large community.  For a village like Kingston - this is a game changer!  THANK YOU again to all who have participated.  Now: get down to the VGCC and volunteer to help run this place for the benefit of our community!

Our great KHS Interact team was on the go again last week - spreading 2 tons of gravel on muddy portions the Carpenter Reserve Trail that leads from Barber Cut-Off to Kingston High.  And they paid for the gravel themselves!  From the left, they are:Evan Jacobson, Brennan Jacobson, Duncan Platz, Sorana Nance, Eric Anderson, and Colin Veilleux.  WELL DONE again, Interacters!

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...

Our Mailing address
PO Box 832
Kingston WA 98346
Jun 29, 2016
Dave Roberts
Fun Run Presentation, Update & What More is Needed
Jul 20, 2016
Leslie Reynolds-Taylor & Marshall Reid
Kingston Skate Park and South Kitsap Skate Park Competitions
Jul 27, 2016
Steve Strachan - Police Chief in Bremerton
Gun Violence and what we can do in an emergency
Member Spotlight: The book on Brad Rubini
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian When Brad Rubini was reading a bedtime story to his seven-year-old daughter, Claire, she asked him why he was reading the words wrong. “I’m dyslexic, so I thought I was reading the words right,” recalls Rubini, a past president of the Rotary Club of Toledo, Ohio. After he explained his problem, she began to read to him on most nights instead. “She was a voracious reader and storyteller. She was always telling stories, even when she was a toddler,” he says. Three years later, while Claire was away at summer camp, she died unexpectedly as a result of a...
Health: Survival of the Fitbittest
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian In the seven days from 7 through 13 March, I took precisely 84,250 steps. This amounted to 39.85 miles. I also climbed 288 floors and burned 22,055 calories. I’m fairly certain that you, gentle readers, could not care less about those statistics. Unless, of course, you’re one of the millions of gentle readers who have joined America’s fitness self-surveillance movement by strapping a tracking device to your wrist. In which case, you are probably pretty darned impressed by my stats. I should therefore add a few crucial caveats. Caveat No. 1: That week...
John Germ: Champion of Chattanooga
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Just before John Germ dropped by, Rick Youngblood took a deep breath. “You want to match his energy,” he says, “but he makes it hard to keep up.” Youngblood is the president and CEO of Blood Assurance, a regional blood bank in Chattanooga, Tenn., that Germ helped found in 1972. After his visit with Youngblood, Germ strode between mountains of empty bottles and cans at Chattanooga’s John F. Germ Recycling Center at Orange Grove, which he designed, before he drove to a construction site and popped a cork to dedicate a Miracle League field where special...
Cynthia Salim: Former Rotary Scholar makes clothing with a conscience
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian The way Cynthia Salim sees it, the fashion industry doesn't have much to offer a young, socially conscious woman like her when it comes to work clothes. "The fashion industry often does 'sexy' or 'fun' or 'hip,' and things that encourage frequent purchases," the 29-year-old says. "It's very rare that the design community will design something that will make a young woman look credible and influential as well as timeless." Add "and is ethically made" to that list, and it becomes a tall order that Salim became increasingly frustrated trying to fill when...
Member Interview: Susan Davis uses social entrepreneurship to fight poverty
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Susan Davis has devoted the past three decades to using social entrepreneurship and microfinance to address extreme poverty, particularly in Bangladesh. A Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship in the early 1980s allowed her to study international relations at the University of Oxford. A decade ago, she co-founded BRAC USA (previously the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee) to help the world’s poor through self-empowerment. She is co-author, with journalist David Bornstein, of the book Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to...