Posted by Barbara Beagle on Aug 28, 2017
It was a powerful combination of inspiration, fellowship, and contributing to a great cause as Rotarians from the four Clubs in Area 9 gathered at the Kingston Village Green Rotary Pavilion on September 27.  As emcee,  Assistant Governor (and Poulsbo Rotarian) Meredith Green first introduced the four Club Presidents, pictured below.
From left to right: Doug Hallock – Kingston-North Kitsap; AG Meredith Green, Kim Peterson – Silverdale; John Stephens – Bainbridge Island; Michele Doyle – Poulsbo-North Kitsap
Then Meredith introduced our Exchange Student Ata Celik, pictured on left with District 5020 Governor Tom Carroll (center) and an Exchange Student from Italy. Ata just arrived from Turkey on August 24!
An unexpected WOW factor happened when 7-year-old Zak Darner took to the mic and articulately described his non-profit Kidzz Helping Kidzz, which is collecting toys for sick young people at Mary Bridge and Seattle Children’s Hospital at Christmas.  See As you can see in the photo below with DG Tom, Zac, the four Presidents, and AG Meredith, this event added a considerable addition to the collection.  Thanks to everyone who contributed!
DG Tom then addressed the group.  The 2017-18 Rotary Theme is Making a Difference, ‘’which reflects why many join and stay in Rotary: we want to make a difference in our community, and in our world. We make lasting friendships with those who want to give something back, and this friendship strengthens our service because together we can accomplish so much more.”  DG Carroll talked about the reasons why Rotary International is unique worldwide as a humanitarian organization and the compelling reasons to support The Rotary Foundation. 
Then his wife Laurie described her District literacy project, which is to encourage every Rotarian (some 5,000) in District 5020 to donate two books to the literacy cause of their choice.  Imagine the good that 10,000 books can do!
DG Tom also related that the combined 5020 District Training and Conference in May 2017 was such a success (it sold out twice!), that the combined format is being repeated in 2018 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma on May 4-5, 2018.
Then the group feasted on a taco bar catered by Coffee Oasis; plus, there was a scrumptious dessert competition – and in order to vote your favorite, you just HAD to sample several!
Thank you, DG Tom and Laurie for your visit, and thank you to the organizers of the Area 9 event.  It was a fun and meaningful event.