Monday Meeting, May 3rd, 2021
6:00 PM Breakout |6:30 PM Meeting

An Update on Congress

Guest Speaker

Congressman Derek Kilmer

This Monday’s presentation, by our Congressman Derek Kilmer, will provide an overview of the legislation passed so far during the 117th Congress and what can be expected in the months ahead.

The primary focus will be the American Rescue Plan and the Covid-relief Bill passed in early March. As time permits, Derek will discuss HR 1, the For the People Act, HR 5, the Equality Act, along with recently passed pieces of gun control legislation.

Derek serves as the United States Representative for Washington’s 6th Congressional District where he is focused on getting our economy and our Congress back to work. Born and raised in Port Angeles, Derek saw first hand how the region's economy struggled, and the impact on families and communities. That’s why after college, Derek put his education into practice right here in Washington.

He worked for over a decade in economic development in the Puget Sound region before serving in political office, first in Olympia, and then Washington, D.C. Derek was reelected to a fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020. He was chosen by his Democratic colleagues to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, one of only four ‘exclusive’ committees in the House.

Derek serves on the Interior and Environment Subcommittee, Defense Subcommittee and Energy and Water Development Subcommittee.

He is famous among Rotarians for having the Four Way Test on a plaque in his office.

Join us for what will prove to be one of our most stimulating and informative talks of the year.

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Mark Your Calendars!

Submit ‘mock’ donations - Through the end of day April 30 (Today!)

Shop the ‘Mock’ Auction - Through May 15

Calling all Rotarians…

We need you to help us run a full test on the system prior to the real deal. This is a Mock Auction for Rotarians only!

Click Here to enter your Mock donation only through today.

Follow THIS LINK to Carol Reitz’s Mock Donation tutorial form.

Help us get Sponsors!

Do you have or take part in a business? They too can be sponsors for this year’s auction. So far, we’re at $17,300 with a goal of $34,500 to cover all expenses. Then, 100% of proceeds from the auction will go back out the door to help our community!

At this writing, we have the following sponsors committed: Morgan Stanley, PSE, Modern Collision, Eileen Black at John L Scott, Sound Publishing (in-kind), Bainbridge Storage (in-kind), and the Masonic Hall (in-kind). We are awaiting responses from 10 other businesses, as well.

Please join us and reach out to your company or ones you do business with. Before you start, please contact Susie ( or Marina
( to be sure we haven’t already asked that organization. We’ll also send you a 2021 Sponsor Benefit document to forward, print or drop off to your prospect.


Blood Donations Needed

Ed Gilbert reminded us at our last meeting that Bloodworks Northwest is in real need of blood donations.

With COVID, donation dropped significantly. But now, anyone who has received their vaccinations can give. As soon as it is collected, your blood works to save lives whether it’s for accident victims, surgeries, blood disorders or cancer treatment.

Go to for more information or to book an appointment.

Walk with Allen

Yes, it's time again for one of our noteworthy "Walks With Allen," where we learn Island history, get some exercise and solve world problems with fellow Rotarians.

The walk is Tuesday May 4th at 10 AM (to accommodate our Strider members).

We will meet at Joe Earnest's home (6647 NE Latyson Lane--off Point White Dr.NE) ....we will walk a few wild forest trails and enjoy beautiful gardens from afar and the views of Rich Passage....3.5 miles/moderate walk with some hills...plan on 1.5 hours. Rain or Shine. Please wear your mask!

The Informed Rotarian

A shout-out and more goes to our Programs Committee co-chaired by two MDs, Dr. Fred Hoffer and Dr. Lisa Erickson. The Committee also includes Brent Olson, Dirk Smith, Flo Klein,
Gary Ball, John Spuller, Dr. Marc Miller, Peter Drury, Phil Tooey, Roan Blacker, and Marina Cofer-Wildsmith.

The Committee has truly outdone themselves during the pandemic. They have provided speakers for our meetings that are not only engaging, but truly keep us informed on important topics and events…..locally, nationally and internationally.

Our upcoming May meetings will feature:

5/10 - Inez Maubane Jones - Morality, Justice & Apartheid

5/17 - Rotary Scholarship Award Night - led by Todd Tinker

5/24 - Joe Stevick - Direct Farm to Consumer Madagascar Chocolate

Kudos to this hard-working group. (I only wish we had in-person meetings so I could get a chocolate sample at Joe Stevick’s presentation.)

Weekly Communique - 1955

At last week’s Zoom, Charlie Averill showed us a copy of one of our weekly newsletters from 1955!

It’s hard to remember information like this getting circulated without email!

Our Club hasn’t missed a beat, though, from then until now for prominence and service to our community. The speaker that week was the Attorney General for the State of Washington and the Special Committee report was the Club’s donation to enable every child on the Island to receive their Polio vaccinations.

Just So You Know

At this week's meeting, you’ll be hearing the second reading of these motions approved by your Board.

Hybrid Meetings
The Board approved a purchase of up to $3,000 for equipment
to conduct hybrid meetings. So….when we can gather again in person our Club meetings will be broadcast live. You’ll be able to watch online if you can’t attend.

Paul Harris Points
Working for your next Paul Harris Award? The Board is making it easy to
reach it. From our store of excess points, the Club will give points on a 1:1 basis to any BIRotarian who gives a minimum $100 monetary donation to the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island Scholarship Foundation or Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island Trust.

Chyangba Nepal Wang Chou Hospital Project #2
Our World Service Committee is still very much involved in helping humanity in desperate situations around the globe. We approved $4,000 from the WCS budget to work in conjunction with the Wilderness Medical Society to contribute essential medical supplies and equipment to the remote Wangchu Hospital in Chyangba, Nepal.
Jim Hopper and family celebrated his wife Sarah's birthday. Jim put the arrow in to make sure we know who Sarah is.

Our soon-to-be-President, Tom McCloskey receives another Paul Harris Award.

Soon-to-be President Elect, Vinny D. practices his presentations with (l to r) Jim Reitz, Mike Kaul, Dave Erickson and Ginny Kaul.

Joanne Croghan knows how to relax in the rain.

In this photo by Lisa Erickson, the rainbow settled on the house of financial planner Christy Givens. She considers it a great advantage for her clients.