Kitsap Homes of Compassion Update
     Scott Willard "zoomed" into the Kingston North Kitsap Noon Rotary Club's Jan 26 meeting.  Who's he?  The recently-appointed Executive Director of Kitsap Homes of Compassion.
     Scott reminded Rotarians the Kitsap Homes of Compassion (KHOP) rents multi-bedroom homes in Kitsap County, typically four-to-five bedrooms.  It then "rents" those bedrooms to folks who are, or are on the verge of, experiencing homelessness.  At monthly fees of $650-$700 per month, residents still don't cover all costs.  The goal of KHOP is to provide long term supportive housing for folks who may be employed but their incomes are such they cannot afford apartments or homes.  They currently operate 25 homes, with 110 bedrooms, including a home in Kingston that accommodates as many as five men.  
     Three needs were addressed:  volunteers, money, and wisdom.  According to Scott, "the future is to develop homes ourselves," which is why KHOP is in the process of purchasing the former Gorst Elementary, to develop it into fifty units of housing.  They have applied for state funding, etc., but the total cost will be $7m.  "Just housing is not enough, though, there is a need to provide support services, too," according to Willard.
     Volunteers are needed to work ten hours per week in various capacities.  Those interested can volunteer, or find more information, at
Social Meeting Highlights of the Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club
     It being the third Wednesday of the month, the Jan 19 meeting of the Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club was in the evening, it hinged on being a social event, and it was a joint meeting of the Satellite Club and the Noon Club.  Nonetheless, some items of business were discussed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rae Winn updated members on a conversation with Trevor Roth of Olympic College.  The matter involved the Club's Vocational Scholarship, its difficulty finding scholarship applicants.  Olympic College might be able to help with a joint scholarship under their Olympic Scholarship Foundation.  Rotary would still be able to help in selecting the awardee, and the Club would still be able to award a separate vocational scholarship, as funds allow.                                                                                                                                                                       
     The other half of the Team Winn, David, updated members on plans to resume Kingston Order Bombing on a once-monthly basis.  The first such bombing run will occur the week of Feb 21 at PuertoVallerta.  
     President Chris Gilbreath advised members of the outcomes of that day's International Committee meeting.  The Club will continue to support PARSA with a $4k grant for its efforts in support of women and children in Afghanistan.  Additionally the Club will support Poulsbo Crossroads Club's effort on behalf of migrant farm workers in Mexico.
     One other item on the docket was announcement that the Club's Winter Auction had been postponed by the Board from Feb until Apr 16, due to Covid, Omicron, etc.,etc. All other details of the auction, White Horse Golf Club, 5:30p-8:30p remain the same.
Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club Winter Auction Nears

    Hey, bidder, bidder.  It is time for Kingston North Kitsap’s winter gala, the Rotary Club Auction.  Only this year it will be held in the spring.  This year’s event, originally set at White Horse Golf Club, Saturday evening, Feb 5, 5:30p-8:30p, has been moved to Apr16 because of the pandemic.  It is the Club’s major fundraiser of the year, with all the money going directly to the causes in the community it supports.  According to Auction Chair Jackie Wood, the goal this year is to raise $50k.  Save the date.  Apr 16.  5:30p-8:30p.  White Horse.  

    Bidders will compete for a range of items, most of which will have been donated by community members and local businesses.  A getaway to Suncadia.  Multiple overnights in Seattle. A roof from Mike Lambro Construction. The always popular, overflowing, Rotary wine fridge, Town & Country-Poulsbo, gift cards.  And more.

    Proceeds from the auction will fund groups and Rotary activities that make North Kitsap a better place: the Kingston Boys and Girls Club, ShareNet, Kingston Cares Food4Kids, Stillwaters Environmental Center, Kingston Scouts, high school scholarships, affordable housing, North Kitsap Schools, and Kingston Cares Community Meals .  

    Members of the community are encouraged to come join the fun, support the cause.  Tickets and information are available at:  

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    Much of the Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club’s effort in 2021 derived from Covid-19 mayhem.   Food insecurity.  Business insecurity.  Homelessness.  A year ago this time, vaccines were just becoming available.  The hope was a shot or two, maybe a booster, and we would be done with Covid.  Now two years into the pandemic, many of the needs remain, as Covid finds its way around the barriers erected against it.  Protocols like masks and social distancing remain. Variants pop up.  So, as is the case with Rotary Clubs around the world, the Kingston North Kitsap Club will continue to work on the needs of the community, many of which source from the pandemic. The Club will take leadership, bring together other groups, and develop resources to fill the need again this year.  Community support at the auction is vital to the Club’s ability to continue in service to the community.  

    Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change.  With 1.4 million members and 46k+ clubs, it is perhaps the largest service organization in the world.  Rotary contributes 16 million volunteer hours each year. No challenge is too big for Rotary.  With Rotary’s leadership, for example, polio in the world has been virtually eradicated; nearly three billion children have been immunized against polio.  While its strength is worldwide, its activity is often intensely local.  With water projects,  literacy initiatives, and Covid battles in the smallest of communities.  

    In our small community, Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club makes a difference.  Often working hand-in-hand with Kiwanis and others, it provides leadership and fills needs in North Kitsap.  Support of the auction is key to its ability to help out around here.  Buy tickets now:






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