Monday Meeting, November 16, 2020
11:30 AM Breakout |Noon Meeting

Making Help Happen

Guest Speaker

Howard Svigals
District 5020
Rotary Foundation Chair

The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. 

Howard Svigals, District 5020 Rotary Foundation Chair, will speak to the club about how the Rotary Foundation transforms our gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. 

Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. More than 90 percent of donations go directly to support our service projects around the world. For the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent close to $3 billion in life-changing sustainable projects. 

With donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases, trained future peacemakers, supported clean water projects and strengthened local economies. 

Howard, a Past President of the Gig Harbor Rotary Club, is uniquely positioned for his job of 5020 Rotary Foundation Chair. During his career in telecommunications with GTE/Verizon, he traveled extensively throughout the world seeing both the need and effects of Rotary’s work.

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This is What Rotary Is All About !

Normally, we put our pictures at the end of our Communique. But I am so blown away with individuals in our Club taking initiative during this pandemic to help our community. So, I put them upfront.

It's important for all to see.

This week, Winifred Perkins, on behalf of the Literacy Committee of the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island, delivered book bags to Laura Nelson, Librarian, at Ordway School. These book bags will be provided to young readers throughout the District who need additional support learning how to read. 

Allen Ferris on Tuesday giving out a kit with gloves, scarf and hat to the homeless in Seatle. Want to help Allen in his mission? Contact him at go to for more information.
Jim Morss is shown here at Safeway helping out last week in our Food Drive for the Helpline House Food Bank. More than thirty of us volunteered for the four days of collection.

Our BI Rotarian, Dr. Marc Miller, has recently spoken at the online meetings of four Rotary Clubs..... Alderwood / Lynnwood, Bremerton, East Bremerton, and Woodinville, with an upcoming talk scheduled for the Poulsbo Club. He speaks on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs and what they are now doing to help kids in our communities.
Dick Brown and Glenn Coates do their thing at the Food Drive...collecting dollar donations as well as food. We have collected over 4 tons of food, along with cash donations totaling over $2,000.

Christy Givans is using her office near downtown as a Toys For Tots drop off. Stop by and donate new, unwrapped toys until December 16th. The Marine Corps Reserve will distribute them to families in Kitsap County. The location is 435 Erickson Avenue, Suite 100.

In an effort to help the local merchants, Phil Tooey came up with his "Secret Santa" idea. Buy a gift certificate...receive one back. Over 40 Rotarians said "Im in" during the first week. To be a part of the program supporting our local businesses email Phil


Veterans Day Video

If you didn't catch our salute to veterans video at our last meeting take a look at it here. Cindy McGregor, Art Bartel Larry Smith, Norm Davis and his son Chris as they tell us about their experiences and what it means to be a veteran.

I Am Not a Shopaholic...I'm Helping Rotary!

Doing Holiday shopping on Amazon this year? Don't forget to log into AmazonSmile. Designate either the Rotary of Bainbridge Island Trust or the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island Scholarship Foundation. At no extra cost to you, Amazon will contribute a small percentage of each purchase to our Club.

Help Direct Traffic

There are some traffic control and perhaps other needs for the Bainbridge Island COVID-19 test site at City Hall.

If you would like to help, contact
Dr. Ann Marie Kimball at

Based on your interests, experience and time availability, you can help our Club and community by working with one of our 30 committees and subcommittees. Just click on the button below to find one that best fits and contact the Chairperson.