Monday, July 19th, 2021
In-Person or Zoom; It's Your Choice
St Barnabas Church
11:30 AM Lunch / Zoom Pre-Session
12 Noon Meeting
It's time for the Committee Fair Extravaganza!

Which committee(s) will interest you?

The purpose of Rotary is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance local community. Together we take action to create lasting change.

For decades, our club has been a leader by donating time, money and expertise to our island community. We do all of this through the committee process.

Solving problems takes commitment and vision. For more than seventy-four years, Rotarians have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects for our island community and beyond. 

The Club’s committee system offers networking opportunities that build personal and professional connections. This is the fun part, you get so much in return when you give!
There will be twenty-one committees available to research. The purpose is to find out where your interests and their unique work align. We want to light your passion and turn it into service. Please check out all of the tables and posters and talk with the committee members about their current work. Be sure to admire the posters.
If you want to eat lunch on the 19th, please use to order and pay by credit card for your meal before 5 PM on Thursday. 
If you plan to invite a guest, please share the website information with them so they too can order a meal before 5 pm on Thursday.
Meeting ID: 863 5800 9850
Passcode: 400332
Upcoming Club Meeting Schedule

7/26/21 Lunch meeting
St. Barnabas In-person or zoom
Guest Speaker Jennifer Townsend- "Girls that Create"
Please see the two minute trailer before the talk. 

8/2/21 Dinner Meeting
Guest Speaker: Brenda Fantroy-Johnson. Brenda is the author of Imagine Me, a memoir about her coming of age amid the personal loss and the civil-rights strife of Detroit in the 1960s.  To learn more about Brenda and her work, go to
Introducing the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce

Members: Carol Reitz, Rosie Hollinger, Gene Hassell, Mike Kaul, Caroline Clarke, Marina Cofer-Wildsmith, Sarah Bryant

Mission Statement:

We believe that exemplifying and embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) should be a part of everything we do at Rotary.

To ensure we live up to that ideal, the Board of Directors and our DEI Taskforce acted to strengthen the DEI statement originally adopted in 2019. The result is a new commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

At Rotary, we understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.

We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, color, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs.

Recognizing that individuals from certain groups have historically experienced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we commit to advancing equity in all aspects of Rotary, including in our community partnerships, so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive.
We believe that all people hold visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong.

In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better
Your 2021-2022 Board of Directors
The new Rotary year begins on July 1st. Here is a list of your Club Officers and Board of Directors for the upcoming year. 
Feel free to contact them if you have any questions about our Avenues of Service or how you can become more involved. They are people of action and ready to serve.
President - Tom McCloskey  (

President Elect - Vince DiCarolis  (

Secretary - Cindy McGregor (

Operations Treasurer - Glenn Coates  (

Trust Treasurer - Roan Blacker (

Immediate Past President - Marina Cofer-Wildsmith (

Club Communications Director - Bob Baranski (

Club Service Director - Carol Reitz (

Community Service Director - Jim Laws  (

International Service Director - Michael Camp (

Vocational Service Director - Winifred Perkins (

Youth Service Director - Kelly Muldrow (
Who Do You Know Who Has Kids Ages 4 to 7?

Submitted by Cindy McGregor 

The Literacy Committee needs help recruiting children. 

Out of concern about the hardships Covid-19 has put on kids who are learning to read, we have organized a Summer Reading Program. 

One consequence of Covid is that our access to the schools and the library is questionable this year. We are now thrilled to partner with the Bainbridge Island Senior/Community Center to offer an in-person Summer Reading Program for 4-7-year-olds. 

We were welcomed with open arms. The enthusiasm among Senior Center members and previous Rotary Readers for a chance to be paired with a child and share time with books has been extraordinary. 

Many of the readers are retired teachers and librarians. The program will be held every Monday afternoon, July 19 - August 30, from 2:00-3:00 pm at the Bainbridge Island Senior/Community Center located at 370 Brien Drive. Masks are required if unvaccinated. No appointment is needed.

Here are some selling points: easy to get to, free, books of all kinds to read, pleasant and air conditioned Huney Hall, readers who value interacting with children, and hopefully the chance to continue during the school year on early release Mondays.
 Fellow Rotarians, please help us round up some kids by spreading the word. 
Wings of Hope
Artist Trading Cards Testimonials

By Aidan Douglas Terry

My position at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is a Front Desk Associate. I get to meet and greet everyone coming into the museum and inform them about all our exhibitions, and that we are a free-admission non-profit contemporary art museum open to all and supported by our members and public donors. It's such a pleasure chatting with our visitors and I'm glad I get to be the first they talk with. 
I honestly knew nothing about Artist Trading Cards before the Wings of Hope team brought them in. And it's such a cool concept about performance, miniature, democratic free artwork. 
We get so many visitors; the cards fly out of the box. Whole families and groups of friends crowd around it sorting through and find their favorite. It's fun seeing one person go through the cards, then run to find their friends and show them. All ages love them, and I think that's one of the best aspects, from little kids running up to it with their parents, to older folks asking who makes them, and since they are so nice are they certain they can't pay for them. It's accessible miniature art for anyone and everyone that wants it.
The rules for the cards are so simple, and I explain that to people, that they too can do it however they want within the very simple limits! When we had some art kits with materials for some cards some parents really loved the idea of making some with their kids. The cards with postage stamps were particularly interesting to so many people as they tried to find one from their home country, or where they may have visited.
The first card I gave away to someone outside the museum was at a coffee stand, and once I told them it was an Artist Trading Card, their face lit up and they said "Oh my gosh, my grandmother collects these! She has a big binder full of them! I can't wait to give this to her, this is so cool!"
Sometimes people have come up to the desk or to me in the gallery asking just about the cards, not even about the exhibitions! People absolutely adore the cards, and they are undoubtedly bringing people joy, and hopefully inspiring them to start making some of their own!
Scenes from the Artist Trading Card box at BIMA
August 3rd

Flowers, birds and bees. Allen Ferris just loves them. And if you've never heard Allen regale on his walks, you've missed out.

Allen is walking on August 3rd.

Please meet in the parking lot of the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial at 10 AM. We will explore Rockaway Beach, then visit the labyrinth in the Park District's newest park then onward to Taylor and back to the Memorial.
There is one steep but short hill. Plan for two hours to walk the 3-1/2 miles.
For a sample hike click on above video.
Service Above Self

By Jack Sutherland, Chair
Community Emergency Preparedness Committee

At our Community Emergency Preparation Committee meeting, I announced the total number of Volunteer hours spent by Rotarians at the island’s vaccination sites.

The total volunteer hours of 3,359.5 hours is massively impressive. Further, there were nine people who each donated more than 100 personal hours. Those individuals are Fred Hoffer, Anne LeSage, Tom & Judy Lindsley, Caroline Clarke, Erik Smith, Christine Dufau-Smith, Ed Gilbert, and Ian Proffer.
Talk about Service Above Self! And our standout hero has to be Dr. Fred Hoffer, who personally inoculated over 1,500 individuals!
During the Covid-19 restricted months, the Community Emergency Preparedness Committee could only assemble by Zoom and had their “wings clipped” so to speak in terms of working their planned agenda. Yet, by helping to lead this effort along with the tireless dedication and Leadership of Anne LeSage, actively involved Rotarian and the CoBI Emergency Management Coordinator, our Rotary Club and community achieved genuinely noteworthy success in delivering Covid-19 vaccinations.
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Two New Inductions of MaryClare Kellett and Jeff Leinaweaver
A Very Happy Birthday to Vicki Browning! Crane mobile made by Sarah Bryant.
A very Rotary 85th Birthday to Vicki B! Flowers delivered by Rosemary Shaw
It's a well fed Pig! Reminder please bring cash to the meetings!
Mrs. Chasity Malatesta teaches us about Courage.
An Award of Excellence is given to Jamie Walkowski & Colleagues at Town & Country Markets Store by Ms. Eileen Miller
An Award of Excellence is given to Brian Scott & Colleagues at Rite Aid Pharmacy by Ms. Elise Bourmatnov
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
―Winston S. Churchill