A busy meeting it was.  That of the Kingston North Kitsap Noon Rotary Club, Wednesday, Sep 15.  In addition to special guests who received Paul Harris Fellow Awards, Rotarians were greeted by a presentation from District Governor Lorna Curtis, who “Zoomed” in from Victoria, B.C.  As Governor of District 5020, which spans Vancouver Island to southwest Washington west of Puget Sound (one of the largest districts in the world with 91 clubs and 4700 Rotarians), Lorna leads, inspires, and visits each Club in the District during her one-year term.  

The District Governor’s message included a challenge, “do you want to be a Rotarian or a club member?”  Really dig into Rotary or just attend meetings?  She expressed a hope that “we don’t go back” after Covid, that there will be more diversity, and equal access to serve club needs.  She encouraged support of the Rotary Foundation, and its ongoing work to rid the world of polio.  She reminded members we have been 7-months without a case of polio in the world.  She encouraged members to introduce one new person to Rotary, to participate in one club fundraiser, one club project, and one club social event.  


Paul Harris Fellows (a Rotary award that recognizes significant contributions to Rotary Foundation, and recognition of exceptional service) were awarded to community members who have worked tirelessly to assist our community respond to and recover from Covid.  They included Jolene Sullivan, Port Gamble S’Kallam Tribe’s Health Services Director, for assisting Tribal staff and Tribal community members with testing and vaccines. Assistant District Governor, and Club Member, Breane Martinez and Club Rotary Foundation chair Doug Hallock present the award to Jolene Sullivan.





Dr. Barbara Hoffman, of the Suquamish Tribe was also presented a Paul Harris award, for her role as the Tribe's Public Health Officer in protecting the Tribal community, and the community at large, including first responders, senior citizens, schoolteachers, and children.





Another meeting highlight was the awarding of a Blue Badge to Jon Sunderland, signifying his accomplishment of requirements to become a full-fledged member in good standing.  Jon's Blue Badge was presented by Club President Chris Gilbreath.

Dates of note.  Board meeting Tuesday, Sep 21, 6:30 p.m., Windermere offices.  Membership committee meeting, Monday, Sep 27, 7 a.m., Starbucks.