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Port Orchard Rotary Club
P.O. BOX 616

President Susan Veach
President Elect Donald DeMers
Secretary Jack Gallagher
Treasurer Janis Maracic
Past President Jay Villars
Co The Rotary Foundation Pete Holt
The Rotary Foundation Dan Phillips
Community Service Frank Tweten
Vice-President David Selbig
Vocational Service Jacqui Curtiss
World Community Service Bob Cairns
Club Adminstration Brian Lyman
Co Club Administratoin Darek Grant
Public Relations Dave Weikel
Membership Leslie Reynolds-Taylor
Co Membership Valarie Pettigrew
Youth Exchange Officer Ron Hutchinson
Youth Protection Officer Dave Weikel
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Posted by David Weikel on May 04, 2014

ImageSpecial dinner meeting at the Port Orchard Eagles honoring the representative of the partner agency in the international project we are sponsoring in Kenya.  The Port Orchard Club is providing monetary support for an International Educational Project in Baringo County of Kenya.  This area has a 96% illiteracy rate as the majority of people live a pastoral life with their primary occupation of being a herder.  This project is being executed by Hifadhi Africa Organization(HAO).  

About Hifadhi Africa Organization

Hifadhi Africa Organization is a fully registered Kenyan based NGO that aims at offering sustainable equal educational opportunities mainly through the provision of scholarships supported by mentorship and enhancement of educational facilities. Our mentorship program covers a wide range of issues that seeks to enlighten and nurture young minds on the importance of community social responsibility and social entrepreneurship.

The Genesis of H.A.O.

During their campus years as undergraduate students at United States International University, Collins Nakedi, Jovenal Nsengimana & Charles Mwakio voluntarily engaged themselves in various community development projects that aligned them towards a common vision beyond friendship to create a platform focused on sustaining Africa and in April 2013 Hifadhi Africa Organization came to birth. This was after examining the African societal challenges that they hoped via HAO will shape the future of Africa through sustainable development. 

Purpose of H.A.O

To be a solution to some of the issues that the people of Baringo, Marsabit and Nairobi Counties undergo through the provision of critical services that are dragging them behind when the rest of he country is moving towards vision 2030- an economic blueprint that aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens by 2030 in a clean and secure environment.

For more information on Hifadhi Africa Organization, please see thier website at

Posted by David Weikel on Mar 02, 2014

Join us for our annual crab feed & auction!

March 15, 2014 - 5PM. Price $75 per person.

Tickets are going fast so contact Dave Selbig today at 360.871.3823 to purchase your tickets and reserve seats.

Posted by David Weikel

ImageMembers of the Rotary Club and Soroptimists International of Port Orchard, including family members, distributed gifts and food to assist families and numerous individual senior citizens — adopted from South Kitsap Helpline.

Distribution took place Saturday 21 December at the 18th Annual Port Orchard Cares Christmas event at the South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Station No. 7 on Tremont Avenue.

Inside one room of the fire station were more than 30 volunteers wrappings gifts assigned for the families. There was an information sheet for each family with includes ages and sizes of the children.

For review, Here's who we helped.

Rotary Club Chair Dave Selbig said the program will help 29 families and 13 senior citizens. “This year’s Christmas shines brighter for 26 families, three military families and 13 seniors,” Selbig said. “This includes 67 children who will receive at least three gifts each.” He said a total of 135 people received all the fixings for Christmas dinner including turkey or ham, vegetables, potatoes, stuffing, pies and more.

In case you missed it, you can read the Port Orchard Independant write up here: Port Orchard Cares 2013. Really nice write up by editor DANNIE OLIVEAUX.

Thanks to All Rotarians, Siroptimists, Friends, for helping make this project a great success, but most of all, thanks to the people of Port Orchard for their generosity to help others!

Posted by David Selbig on Nov 14, 2013


Steve Hutchins and crew returned from a successfull foray into the wilds of eastern Washington today.  He was able to bring back 1800# of apples and 2000# of potatoes.  Some photos of the pickup are above. Thanks

About South Kitsap Helpline

Every day, there are 40,000 people in Kitsap County who struggle to put food on their table. According to a recent study from the USDA, at some point in the year, 1 in 6 Americans won’t know where their next meal will come from. By working with individuals, small businesses, grocery stores and churches across our community, we are working to eliminate hunger.
At the crossroads of compassion and integrity, by a partnership with both the private and public sector, South Kitsap Helpline was born. For more than 30 years, our mission has remained the same to empower people and eliminate hunger in our community. Thanks to the generosity of people like you, that mission is fulfilled every day.
In 2012, we provided meals to 48,751 children, adults, and senior citizens in South Kitsap. In recent years, demand has risen drastically as more people are laid off and struggling to make ends meet. We cannot rest. We must work and push forward our mission of empowering people and eliminating hunger.

Posted by David Weikel on Nov 04, 2013

Today Jackie Veach gives us an update on her international adventures, the conditions in Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand.


ImageJackie Veach grew up in Port Orchard, Washington, USA. She graduated from High School with her diploma and Olympic College with her AAS degree in 2007. She met Jesus in 2006 and fell madly in love with Him. So after graduating in 2007 she went to the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, California. She studied there for two years getting trained in ministry. She took trips to places such as Qatar, U.A.E., Oman, Mexico, Scandinavia and Thailand. In 2009 she moved to Norway to help a friend start the Nordic School of Supernatural Ministry. You can read more about what she did in Norway on the Norway page. Jackie has felt called to the country of Burma (now known as Myanmar) since she first went to Bethel in 2007. In February/March of 2011 she took a team from her school in Norway to Thailand, and has now moved to Thailand permanently. She is working with a ministry called Help Save the Kids.

In August 2012 the missions department at Bethel Church did an interview with jackie. They have been a great support emotionally and in prayer. She is very blessed to be connected with Bethel Church and the incredible leadership there.

Posted by David Weikel on Oct 21, 2013

ImageTim Matthes

Mayor Tim Matthes is a Kitsap County native, born and raised in Bremerton, graduating from West High School and attending Olympic College. In 1970,  he and his family made their home in Port Orchard. He is known and respected for his thoughtful and effective role as a fiscal planner.
Mayor Matthes retired from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in 1993 and served seven years in the Bremerton Army National Guard. He is a 34 - year  member of Bethany Lutheran Church and School in Port Orchard and has served asProperty Chairman and School Board Member for the Church.
He currently serves as chair of the Port Orchard Planning Commission, chair of the Kitsap County Board of Equalization, which arbitrates assessed valuation disagreements between property owners and the county assessor, and immediate past president of Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners, a countywide community -based organization advocating protection of private property rights.

ImageFred Chang

Fred Chang has lived in downtown Port Orchard since 1996.  He feels fortunate to live in walking distance of Bay Street where there are many interesting shops and great places to eat.  He especially likes walking by the library each work day on the way to the foot ferry.

Fred first served on the city’s planning commission for six years before running for a city council position in 2005.  On the planning commission he learned about zoning, land-use and several issues facing the city.

Fred has worked in the entertainment and software industries, and now works for the State Department of Transportation in Seattle.

He has been a member of several local organization such as the Bremerton Ferry Advisory committee, the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce and the Sidney Museum and Arts Association.

Fred would love to hear from you and can be reached at or by phone at 360-876-5077.
Posted by David Weikel on Sep 14, 2013

Pete was Pete and Kristine Taylorborn in New Jersey, raised in Miami and graduated from Duke. After Coast Guard service in Hawaii, he embarked on a career in communications, starting with DJ work in Miami, Honolulu and San Francisco. He then went into management as VP&GM of WJIB Boston and KFOG San Francisco. Pete ran his own advertising and PR firm in San Francisco for 18 years before retiring in 1996. He still does occasional voice work.

Native Tacoman Kristine attended Stadium and UW and then went on to the University of Oregon Medical School, emerging as a Registered Dietitian. She and Pete met in San Francisco where they married in 1978. Their son John went to UW, lives in Seattle and works as an engineer in Everett. Kristine retired from Franciscan Health System January 1, 2011.

Pete joined San Francisco #2 in 1984. While there, he served as club president, District PR Chair and Conference Chair. After retirement, the family moved to Tacoma. He joined Tacoma #8 in 2002 and was President 2006-07. He has recently served the District as Area 7 AG and Council Chair.

The Taylors live in Northeast Tacoma. Pete has served as chair/member of numerous community organizations. He works out five days a week; Kristine thrives on water-walking and is active at church.


Posted by Pat Oster on May 28, 2013

Posted by Pat Oster on Apr 15, 2013

Posted by Kristy Ewing

Active Members: 79
Paul Harris Fellows: 149
Benefactors: 10
Bequest Society: 3
Major donors: 3
All Time Giving to Foundation

Home of District 5020 Area 6B - Assistant Governor: Bill Evans

Meets at McCormick Woods - Time: 7:15am

Home of Port Orchard Crab Feed & Auction Fundraiser
Posted by Kristy Ewing

Wayne Cohen informs us that 288 yds of dirt were removed from the baseball fields at Rotary park. The same amount was replaced with a clay/sand mixture. The cost was $15,000. Contractor Ron Choate, donated the “xtra” 88 yds not originally budgeted for.

Posted by Kristy Ewing

This year's Rotary House, although short of siding is looking good on the outside!

Posted by Kristy Ewing

"The Dean of Destiny", Patrick Snow will speak to the Port Orchard Rotary club on January 24. Patrick Snow is an international best-selling author, professional keynote speaker, publishing and book marketing coach, and Internet entrepreneur. Snow has been featured on the cover of of USA Today and in The New York Times. Be sure to mark your calendars to attend this meeting.


Posted by Kristy Ewing

Thank you Bill Evans for taking notes!
Posted by Kristy Ewing

There will not be a meeting on December 27th. I presume we will resume our regular meetings on January 31st, unless we hear otherwise. - Kristy
Posted by Kristy Ewing

Our club has a small fish hatchery on Karcher creek. Annually a team of Rotarians will fertilize fish eggs and incubate them until they are big enough to be released into the creek. December marks the beginning of a new cycle. Seen here with students are Rotarians Brian Sauer, Dave Selbig and Pat Oster.



Posted by Kristy Ewing

The Apple run is successfully completed for yet another year. Brian Sauer, Steve Hutchins and Dave Selbig drove to eastern washington and back to deliver 2000# of Red Delicious apples to Helpline by 5pm December 20th.

Great job to the Apple Team!


Posted by Kristy Ewing

As per tradition a group of stalwart Rotarians arrived early on a Saturday morning to decorate the round-about. Many were puzzled by how the Chinese managed to package the lights so tightly that they were almost impossible to unravel. Donuts and coffee were available for volunteers. Everyone was pleased to have Margie Nielsen join us to help decorate. The round-about is named in honor of Margie's late husband Niels, a dedicated Rotarian.

Photo by Kristy Ewing: Steve Krecker, Dave Selbig, Margie Nielsen, Don DeMers, Susan Veach and Wayne Cohen. See more photos on our facebook page.


Posted by Kristy Ewing

Last Saturday December 17th Rotarian and Soroptimist elves turned out with bells on to wrap up our annual Port Orchard Cares project.

Many thanks to Sean & Colleen Smith and Dave & Sonnie Selbig for organizing the food and gift collection, food storage, gift wrapping and distribution! This event requires much attention to detail and careful planning to pull off and it could not be done without them.

It was great to see Tim Kelly from the Port Orchard Independent at the event taking photos. Be sure to read the resulting article in the Port Orchard Independent online.

President Cathy Ecker snapped a picture of a few elves resting on the back of a fire truck. L to R. Shawn (Ron Hutchinson's wife), Kristy Ewing, Brad Smith, Leslie Reynolds-Taylor and Valarie Pettigrew.


Posted by Kristy Ewing

A good time was had by all who attended the Jingle Bell Walk/Run to raise funds and awareness of Juvenile Arthritis. Valarie Pettigrew reports that those who particapted on the Port Orchard Rotary team brought in $470. Good job team! Thank you Wayne Cohen for showing up as our club mascot CRABBY! Photos of some of our participants can be viewed on our facebook page.


left to right: Sheila Cline / event organizer with Rotarians Kristy Ewing, Valarie Pettigrew / club champion, Wayne Cohen as Crabby and Natalie Stokke.

Posted by Kristy Ewing

Port Orchard Rotary has a long standing tradition of showing just how much Port Orchard Cares via a cause by the same name. Together with Soroptimist members we gather food and gifts, then wrap and distribute them. This is a finely orchestrated event which can only be achieved with the direction of a few very dedicated individuals. For the past few years Colleen Smith, wife of Sean Smith, along with her husband and Dave and Sonnie Selbig have played lead elves in Rotary's, er, um Santa's workshop.

Next time you spy these elves working offstage be sure to make a point of thanking them for all their good work!

Checking the list twice. Photo of Sean & Colleen from 2008 by Kristy Ewing


Posted by Kristy Ewing

Rotarians and Soroptimists joined company to collect food and accept monetary donations at local stores on Saturday, November 19th. This massive effort dubbed Port Orchard Cares is coordinated by some very capable people in both clubs. A big thank you and hoo-rah to Sonnie (current President of Soroptimists) and David Selbig! Thanks to all members who braved the cold to help and to those who helped construct temporary shelving at the Fire Station.

We will collect food again on December 3rd. Please contact Dave Selbig to volunteer. Call 360-871-3823 or email Dave.


Photo of volunteer Rose Nitz provided by Wayne Senter. Rose is the daughter of Soroptimist Leah Nitz.

Posted by Kristy Ewing

Join other Port Orchard Rotary club members for a fun winter afternoon and support Juvenile Arthritis at the same time!

Members interested in joining a team of fellow Rotarians in the Jingle Bell Walk/Run please sign up here:

The event takes place on December 3, 2011. It's a 5k walk/run coordinated around the Festival of Lights and Chimes in Port Orchard. 2:00 start.

Valarie Pettigrew has started a team page for us at the link above. Follow the link, and once on the page just click the "Join the Team" link, fill out the form and donate at least $20. The form asks for your team ID. Fill in Port Orchard Rotary AM.

Posted by Kristy Ewing

This coming weekend Port Orchard Rotary will begin selling Washingtonians favorite beverage - COFFEE! Come see us at our booth at Holly Daze Craft and Gift Show in the Town Square Mall (aka S. Kitsap Mall), Saturday 9-5. Sunday 11-4.

Goodwill and Better Friendships holiday blend is the first of 3 different roasts that will be available through the club. It is a rich dark roast perfect for long winter days, and holiday gatherings. Bags are vacupressured to preserve freshness. Buy whole beans or ground - $13 each.


Posted by Kristy Ewing

Posted by Kristy Ewing

Port Orchard Rotary on facebook. Our fan club on facebook is increasing - we have 80 facebook people who regularly "like" us. This week we posted information about our guest speaker Nick Slepko and about our new exchange student Juliette. You don't have to have a facebook account to view the photos and read the posts. See our group photo with Juliette on facebook.
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