Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club supports local scouts

    The Scouts of local Troop 555 are back on the trails.  Literally.  As will be reported in a forthcoming story in the Kingston Community News, Scouts hiked in the Olympic Mountains in June, biked Heritage Park Trails in July, and helped with “Trash your Trash”, picking up litter in Kingston’s Port to Park area, as part of Scoutings work around the world to clean up places they live.   

    Why does this matter?  Because Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club is a charter organization in support of Troop 555 and the local Cub Scout Pack. Rotarian Doug Hallock is the Club’s charter partner representative.  Under his guidance a separate committee of scouting alumni of Troop 555 and interested Rotarians is in action to restore the Scout Hall in Kingston’s Kola Kole Park.  It is hoped restoration can begin soon, following fund raising, architectural work, and permitting.  It is hoped the historic Scout Hall, built in 1961, will be ready for group activities by the beginning of this academic year. 

Presidential Transition

The omega and alpha - last and first - of the Rotary year is upon us.  June is the last month of the Rotary year; July the first.  It is good.  Those in leadership the past year are ready.  Ready to hand over the reins to the next group who have stepped up, volunteered.  That Rotarian, the one ready to hand over the reins, is Bill Maule.  Some call him “Rotary Bill.”  The group that stepped up, volunteered, is led by Walt Elliott.  He’s been called “Walt the Salt.”

    Bill became a Rotarian at the age of 73, less than two years after the tragic loss of his wife to pancreatic cancer.  He did so at the urging of his cousin Mike, a Rotarian for decades. At almost ninety years of age, most would expect to be stepping down from civic and community activities.  Not Rotary Bill.  He stepped up to become Kingston North Kitsap’s Club President a year ago.  Bill’s career as a State Department Foreign Service Officer had him quite comfortable doing the Club’s International Services work.  Holding its Presidency was quite another matter. 

    As he looks back on his year in office, Bill is proud to have accomplished one of his personal goals for the year, that of building a training fund for Club members to offset fees and travel costs involved in attending Rotary District and International training.  “Oops, the pandemic eliminated those training sessions.  But the money is there, ready to tempt our members when training begins again.”  “As an old Boy Scout, I was pleased that our Club is now the official sponsor of Kingston’s Scout Troop #555 and Cub Pack #555.  I think six of us members who are old Eagle Scouts are especially gratified.”

    Maule’s year is office was challenged like none who have gone before him, except perhaps those of a hundred years ago - yes Rotary was around then, too.  “In my nearly ninety years of life, there has been no time more disruptive of our daily lives, not even those during World War II.  But we were able to continue, holding our weekly Club meetings and our monthly Board meeting via Zoom.”

     In signing off, Rotary Bill states “It has been a great honor to serve as President of the Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club for the year just ending.  I can think of no other group that I would prefer to work with.  Our Board and members have worked together harmoniously to follow our goals, to be the people of action doing service here in Kingston and elsewhere in the world.  I retain my view that our Club remains small but mighty.”

    On to the alpha of Rotary’s year, the month of July.  Walt Elliott, a Kingston resident since 1989 and Navy retiree since 2000, is president for the next year.  Walt grew up in the Bronx, in apartments that were a 1940’s haven for families returned from World War II. It was a city kid’s life.  Rockefeller Center with skating, the movies and the Rockettes.  Swimming from the East River docks.  By the 1950’s the family was in Bay Shore, the suburbs, on Long Island. “Bay Shore was like Kingston but flat as a pancake.  Life was messing around with boats.”  And that life was to be continued.  After graduation from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Walt had a career in submarines, retiring as a Captain (O-6 rank).  He served on seven subs, including the USS Henry Jackson, a ship that came with a Scoop Jackson - long time U.S. Senator from Washington state - fan club.  His assessment of what a career in subs means is this: “Two things: quality and responsibility.  What was quality was for me an intimate career with nuclear submarines, the most complex machines in the world.  Responsibility is a unique concept.  If responsibility is rightfully yours, no evasion, or ignorance, or passing the blame can shift the burden to someone else.”

    Walt Elliott, and the other half of Team Elliott-Moore, Bobbie Moore, have been  Rotarians since 2012.  He has served on Kingston’s Citizens Advisory Committee, its Parks and Trails Committee, the state Ferry Advisory Committee, and he served a term as a Port of Kingston Commissioner, campaigning for the office as “Walt the Salt.”  In his spare (?) time, he writes a Ferry column and cartoon for the Kingston Community News.  Bobbie has spent two decades making the Village Green a reality and is a Park District Commissioner.  It looks as if the small, but mighty Club is getting a “two-fer” this coming year.  Walt and Bobbie.  Quality and responsibility. 

Rotarians of the month

In his last official act as 2019-2020 Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club President, Bill Maule named Dan and Nancy Martin as co-Rotarians of the month.  Maule said, “Dan has the most Rotarian service by far, and he has the most Paul Harris awards.”  He further cited the couple in activities outside Rotary, with their service to the community, the Chamber of Commerce, “you name it.”  Dan Martin.  Nancy Martin.  Rotarians of the month.

4th of July Fun Run ??
It will be a different 4th of July in America this year.  Years of traditional celebrations and events will be turned on their ear by Covid-19.  That is the case, too, in Kingston with the event that traditionally kicks off Independence Day around here, the 4th of July Fun Run.  Co-sponsored by Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club and Kingston High School Boosters Club, the fun run has traditionally featured “runs” of 1k, 5k, 10k and a doggie dash.  Not so in 2020.  That vision is dashed.  

    Please meet the Kingston 4th of July Fun Run Virtual Challenge.  The Challenge is to commit to “an exercise or activity” (subject to Covid-19 safe distancing limits) between July 4 and July 31.  Walk.  Run.  Swim.  Bicycle.  Dog Walk.  Jump rope. Push-ups.  Put a number on it and make the commitment.  “I will bicycle a minimum of five miles each day, a total of five days between July 4 and July 31.”  “I will walk at least thirty minutes each day, etc.” Then secure pledges of support from family, friends, neighbors, and other acquaintances.  “Hey neighbor, I’m doing this 4th of July Fun Run Virtual Challenge.  Would you please support me with $5 for each day I ride my bike a minimum of five miles, five times?”  Secure the pledges.  Do the activity.  Collect and send in the funds.  Feel good about what you’re doing for yourself and your community.

    Registration fee is only $15, including a t-shirt for each participant.  To register, go to:  Proceeds support the Kingston High Boosters Club and Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club.  Participants may designate the High School Club or Team of their choice. 


KNK Rotary Scholarships announced

   Each year Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club awards college scholarships to Kingston High School seniors.  This year’s recipients, as recently announced by a committee of four Rotarians led by De’ MacKinnon, are Justice Correa-West, who will attend University of Washington, Lauren Fox who will be a Western Washington University student, Anastasia Home who plans to go to Colorado School of Mines, and Sean Webb, who will attend University of Alaska. The scholarships were awarded based on financial need, achievement, and how well the applicant could apply Rotary’s Four-Way test to a personal experience.  The Four-Way test, cited by Rotarians the world over, goes like this.  “Of all the things we think, say, or do:

  1. Is it the truth
  2. Is it fair to all concerned 
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned.”

    A recent note of thanks was received by the Club from past scholarship recipient, Nolan Meyer.  “Thanks to each and every one of you I will be graduating Magna Cum Laude from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science on June 13, 2020.  I am thrilled to be searching for my first position in the “real world.”

    Funding scholarships is but a small example of Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club’s “investment” in our community.  It’s impact.  Covid-19 has thrown the Club into alternative modes of fund raising, meeting activities, interpersonal gatherings and all the rest.  It has not thrown the Club off its mission to make a meaningful impact in North Kitsap and beyond.  Support from 4th of July Fun Run Virtual Challenge participants is welcomed.  It is good for the body.  The soul.  And the community.

Did you know

     Rotary International is composed of clubs around the world.  The most recent Rotarian Magazine had a piece on global etiquette.  Did you know, when getting off an elevator in Poland, say “thank you” to your fellow riders.  In Brazil, call people by their first name, while in Germany do not address a person who is not a friend or longtime acquaintance by their first name.  In Peru, kiss a woman on the cheek when you are introduced to her by a friend.  In Korea, don’t pick up rice or soup bowls from the table when eating, but in Japan and China, is is appropriate to do so.  Finally, in Japan, bow, don’t hug as a greeting.  And don’t talk on the phone on public transportation.  It is considered rude.


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