Monday Meeting, May 24, 2021
11:30 AM Breakout /Noon Meeting
In honor of Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, there will not be a Club meeting.
Our next meeting will be Monday, June 7.
Bean To Bar….Chocolate in Madagascar

  Guest Speaker

Joe Stevick

At this Monday’s meeting, Joe Stevick will be discussing the production of high quality chocolate using heirloom cacao from the country of Madagascar.

I would really like this to be an in-person meeting where samples could be passed out. Instead, Joe will talk about how a company by the name of Beyond Good uses their local knowledge and relationship with Madagascar to shift the value chain of chocolate production to the origin of cacao. This benefits the local populations of cacao farmers and consumers alike.
Joe has lived here in Kitsap County most of his life. After graduating from Linfield College with a degree in Environmental Studies and Economics, Joe joined the Peace Corps and was stationed in Madagascar. For three years he worked as a PC Volunteer in farming, teaching, school administration and youth development work…to name a few.
But then, he got a got a “Willie Wonka” opportunity. The Brooklyn based chocolate company, Beyond Good - Chocolate & Vanilla, founded by former Peace Corps Volunteers, offered him the job of Operations Manager at their Madagascar facility.
It was there that he began to make inroads with the company, drawn to its sustainable methods using “direct trade” to produce heirloom chocolate.
The job entailed managing the factory, producing thousands of chocolate bars a day, dealing with farmers as well as hosting the groups that certify the product is hewed to socially conscious practices and ingredients.
Joe was the Operations Manager for a year...... then COVID struck. He is now back in the Pacific Northwest. Join us on Monday to hear Joe tell us about the chocolate and the people of Madagascar.
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 It’s True...
We’re Meeting in Person!
It is hard to believe that we haven’t had an in-person meeting since March of 2020.

But now it’s time to celebrate! Our meeting on Monday evening June 7 be will our first (and Marina’s). We’ll actually have a chance to see old friends and get to know all those new Club members we’ve only seen on Zoom.
We will be meeting outside in the patio area between Bainbridge Brewing and BIMA. We have a fun program planned. We’ll have two local artists demonstrating their work in paper and stone as well as a special dance routine.
You’ll be served pizza by Tom, Winifred and Vince. Be early and bring your mask.

Online Auction Update
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Contact us below if you have any questions.
Rosemary Shaw & Susie Glass Burdick
cell/text 206-353-2081
 "I was overwhelmed with their efficiency, kindness and compassion”
Anne LeSage
BI Rotarian Anne LeSage, our city’s Emergency Management Coordinator, held a celebration this week for the 100s of selfless volunteers who have made our vaccination effort such a success.
Our own Dr. Fred Hoffer was recognized as the Top Vaccinator at our Bainbridge Island and Chimacum Clinics. Fred jabbed 1,497 times! He is pictured here giving a vaccination to his wife Donna.
The following Rotarians were recognized for volunteering more than 100 hours at the various clinics:
Tom Lindsley
Ed Gilbert
Dr. Linda Semlitz (Ed’s wife)
Caroline Clarke
Fred Hoffer
Donna Rogers (Fred's wife)
Eric Smith .
Thanks to the many Rotarians and others who have volunteered, 25,986 doses had been administered as of May 15!
Dr. Hoffer and Ms. Rodger provided a great interview to the Kitsap
Sun regarding their door-to-door vaccination efforts. Read the full article about larger vaccination efforts. Click HERE.
The 2021 International Rotary Convention is virtual.

You can attend sessions of your choice for a $65 registration fee.

Register at this Link

Rotary Scholarship Winners

At last Monday’s evening meeting Todd Tinker announced this year’s Rotary Scholarship winners. 
This group is one the the most ethnically diverse in our scholarship history. It is also more economically diverse in terms of the choice of institutions of higher learning. The types of unpaid community service these students performed were as diverse as the community itself.
The Bainbridge Island Rotary Community Service Recognition Scholarship is not about academics beyond the 2.5 minimum grade requirement, but these recipients qualified for the National Honor Society. Many played varsity sports along with the hours put in volunteering.
This year’s winners were:
Sara Bukair
Minyoug Cho
Priya Christensen
Bianca Daniels
Zoe Harrington
Renee Messinger
Audrey Nelson
Zoe Pelligrino
Syna Stimson
Finn Velisaris
And a special Paul Harris award was given to Rowan Drury.
Congratulations to all !
Help For Special Needs
Jean Fernandez with the BI Special Needs Foundation is shown here thanking our Club for recent grant funding. This grant will help them pivot to
a new, more manageable space to serve their 15-20 special needs members
who live on the Island and in Kitsap County.
The $1,550 grant paid for new computer tablets, a smartphone and a mini-refrigerator. The non-profit organization plans to reopen soon at a new leased space at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church in Winslow.

Utility Bill Assistance

Puget Sound Energy is still helping customers in need pay their utility bills.
Their COVID Bill Assistance Program offers:
  • Up to $2,500 in additional utility bill payment assistance.
  • Up to $2,500 to forgive past balances for customers who received energy assistance in the past.
  • Extended payment plans up to 18 months.
  • The option to change your energy bills due date to help with monthly budgeting.
If a PSE customer is in any way in need of financial assistance or has questions on any PSE assistance program, they should visit
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Tom McCloskey our incoming President, has coffee and a consultation with Dr. Gary Hufford.

The talented Allen Ferris in his woodworking studio.
Peter Drury couldn't be prouder of his daughter, Rowan, our special scholarship winner.

Todd Tinker introduces Scholarship winner Syna Stimson at our last meeting.

Tom Lindsley receives expert instruction at the vaccine clinic.

Our own Dr. Ann Marie Kimball was featured last week in an inspiring Facebook Live interview by Rotary International President Holger Knaack. You can watch the full interview at this link:

"In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours."
Mark Twain