Monday, November 21st, 2022
In Person at St Barnabas
11.30am special pre-session event/Noon Meeting

The Great Alaskan Earthquake
Guest Speaker
Jon Mooallem

Local author Jon Mooallem will take us on a journey to 1964 Alaska.

Jon will be presenting his book, This Is Chance!, about the 1964 Great Alaskan Earthquake — the thrilling, cinematic story of a community shattered by disaster and the people who helped pull it back together. 

Drawing on thousands of pages of unpublished documents, interviews with survivors, and original broadcast recordings, This Is Chance! is the hopeful, gorgeously told story of a single catastrophic weekend and proof of our collective strength in a turbulent world. “A powerful, heart-wrenching book, as much art as it is journalism.”—The Wall Street Journal

Jon Mooallem is a longtime writer for The New York Times Magazine and a contributor to lots of other magazines and podcasts, including This American LifeThe Daily, 99% Invisible and Wired. His book of essays, SERIOUS FACE, was published earlier this year. His previous book THIS IS CHANCE! was named a best book of 2020 by BuzzFeed, Amazon and The Marginalian and is currently being adapted into a film by writer-director Ol Parker. His first book, WILD ONES, was chosen as a best book of 2013 by The New York Times Book ReviewThe New Yorker, and Canada’s National Post, among others. Jon performs regularly at Pop-Up Magazine and occasionally collaborates on live storytelling and music projects with members of the Decemberists. He lives on Bainbridge Island with his family.
Reading Assignment for November 21st meeting.

"Thanks to Jon and this book, I now have my Ham Radio License. "
-Lisa Erickson
P.S. Something special is happening for the 11:30am pre-session. We will have the debut video of the Rotary Community Players!
11/28/2022: Midday: Jack Sutherland, Emergency Preparedness Updates
12/04/2022: Sunday Evening: Holiday Party at IslandWood
12/05/2022: NO meeting on Monday
12/12/2022: Midday: Annual Club Meeting: Officers will be elected for the 2023-2024 Rotary year. Come and cast your vote in person or on zoom.

The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island Calendar is HERE.
Holiday Party

Please Join Us
Sunday, December 4, 2022
Attire is festive and appetizers will be substantial.
There will be a cash bar. 

Please fill out both the Guest Registration Form and

Know the RSVP deadline is now November 21st, 2022. Register Now!
New Member Profile Featuring James Forsher, PhD

Please tell us your name and where you are from:
My name is James (Jim) Forsher and I am from West Los Angeles, CA.

Briefly tell us about your professional history:
I have been a filmmaker and educator my entire life.

My career began to take form almost 65 years ago when my mother was personal secretary to Elvis and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

By the time I entered my teens, I had caught the Hollywood bug. My first aired TV show (The Conrad Hilton Story) was shown the year I graduated college in 1975, and I have been making films and writing books dealing with pop culture stories ever since. 

What would you like to include about your family?
I'm married to Neena and have a daughter, Lily, who is 23 and living in LA.

What are your committee interests?
I am interested in Ukraine students in exile. I will be doing an artist in residence at Central European University. They are hosting over 700 Ukrainian students in exile. I hope to help with cash assistance, work opportunities and mentoring.

Please let us know about your favorite pastime:
I like maintaining my house. 

Is there anything else you would like to add? 
Www.forsherproductions.com is my website.
Toys for Refugees: Ukraine

We are collecting toys for refugee children from Ukraine and other countries.

They will be distributed by The International Rescue Committee, a nonsectarian, apolitical organization based in Seattle. https://help.rescue.org

Please bring your donations to any Club meeting from now through December 12th. Dave and the Greeters are always there early or give them to another Rotarian to bring.

Here is what to donate:
Unwrapped items from $25 - $40
$25 Gift Cards from major mall stores
Stuffed animals for very small children
Games that do not require English
Lego sets
Art supplies

Nena Peltin will be storing all items in her garage. We will later caravan them all over to Seattle.
Hello DACdb!
(Farewell Club Runner)

The District and Club database (DACdb) is now your only on-line resource for membership. Log on now.

All contact and committee information is now on DACdb.

Check it out HERE.
Rotary Cares

Are things going by too fast?

To slow down a bit, contact:

Protection and Stewardship
Submitted by Winifred Perkins

There are numerous benefits to living on Bainbridge Island, but one important one to me is the fact that our city and its leaders have historically and continue to govern in a progressive manner. This is especially true when it comes to environmental protection and stewardship. One of most significant accomplishments is the commitment to reduce waste. 

In 1989, the city prohibited retail food establishments from using non-biodegradable packaging (styrofoam). In 2012, this was followed by a plastic ban use. Then in 2020, a charge for using a retailer’s paper bag was increased from five cents to eight cents. In June, 2021 the City Council passed an ordinance that allows single use food service products (such as utensils and napkins) to be handed out only when a customer asks for them. Starting in 2023, new requirements to reduce plastic waste will be enacted. These requirements will focus on reducing plastic waste associated with onsite dining, to-go food orders and packaging for personal care products.

What can you do? You can start by always bringing your own reusable drinking container and utensils when you are eating out at a casual venue where reusable ones are not provided. 

The commitment to reduce waste and especially single use plastics is a core principle of Rotary’s Environmental Protection Area of Focus.
Save the Dates

Department Manager Meeting: Tuesday, May 9th 5:30-7:30pm at Woodward Middle School.

Volunteer Open House: Monday, June 5th (4-6 pm setup) 6-7:30pm event at Woodward Middle School.

NEW FEATURE: A Walkthrough for the Curb, Traffic Control and Receiving/Welcome area of the drop off process, Saturday, June 24th, Woodward Middle School (time - tbd).

The Next Auction & Rummage Sale is 07/08/2023!
Hi Everyone,

Greetings from the International Association of Emergency Management Conference in Savannah, GA. Yesterday, myself, along with Scott James, and Deputy Chief Jared Moravec were honored to receive on YOUR behalf the award for Emergency Management Voluntary Organization of the Year!!!!

All of your hard work supporting Bainbridge Prepares and our Covid response in 2021 has been recognized at a National and International level. Thank you, thank you, and thank you again for your continued commitment to Bainbridge Prepares. We look forward to working and serving with you in 2023. See link HERE.

Anne LeSage, CEM, MSEM
Emergency Management Coordinator
Mandatory Survey for Rotarians!

The goals of the Emergency Preparedness Committee is to prepare our Rotary members for disasters. 

There are 43 people who have yet to respond... we are at a 68% response rate.

Deadline is the end of November.

Please take the 2022 Rotary Preparedness Survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/birotary 

We want 100% participation from Rotarians.
Mochi Tsuki

Mochi Tsuki is the largest cultural event held on Bainbridge Island. 

For over a millennium, making and eating the sweet rice treat mochi (moe-chee) has been a celebrated New Year’s tradition in Japan, with generations of families and communities coming together to wish good health and prosperity for the new year.

Celebrate the new year hosted by the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC) on January 7th, 2023. You can experience the tradition of “mochi–making” first hand. Pound rice and make mochi cakes along with the mochi masters.

We need the help of the community to supply 100 volunteers to handle 1500 guests who will show up at Woodward Middle School (a place we know well!). We welcome families, people who don’t know anything about this and those of you who helped us out in 2020. 

Questions? Carol Reitz, Mochi Tsuki Chair carolreitz@msn.com

Set up and orientation is Friday, January 6th, from 4-7pm.

Event is on Saturday, January 7th, from 11am-3pm.

Sign up to volunteer on genius link:
Kitchen area Kitchen Volunteer Sign-up
Front of the house Front of the House Volunteer Sign-up
Year End Giving!
Every Member, Every Year.

There are three ways to support Rotary:
1) The Rotary Foundation
2) Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island Trust
3) Bainbridge Island Rotary Scholarship Foundation

This week we feature:
The Bainbridge Island Rotary Scholarship Foundation

In 1957, RCBI gave its first Rotary Scholarship. This started a tradition and commitment to giving scholarships every year to Bainbridge Island High Schools seniors who were recognized for exemplary community service. We have been providing scholarships for 65 years and this is our longest continuous commitment to the community. 
Our club wanted to ensure that this cornerstone Rotary program continued in perpetuity and in 2004 an independent 501(c)3 was formed to establish the Scholarship Foundation. Money set aside from the auction and contributions from individual donors are used to build a fund that can eventually support the scholarship program on its own, without help from the auction. 
Proceeds from every auction are used to fund these scholarships and we provided $40,000.00 in scholarships this year. The Scholarship presentation dinner is the feel good meeting of the year. Hearing stories of extraordinary service by BHS students reaffirms our faith in humanity and the future.

Contributions to the Scholarship Foundation help ensure that our Club can continue our long tradition of supporting Island high school students who exemplify our motto of "service above self".  

In 2020 and 2021, because of covid, our club had to cancel our live rummage sales, and replace them with on-line auctions that raised only one-fifth as much money. The Scholarship Foundation is what made it possible to continue our full scholarship awards in those years, providing strong support to high school graduates in a difficult period. 

If education is one of your passions, you can give to Scholarship Foundation by:
  • Donating on our club’s home page HERE.
  • By designating Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island Scholarship Foundation through the One Call for All (OCFA) red envelope campaign HERE. (A gift through OCFA qualifies it for a matching contribution.)
  • You can donate stock, securities, use a Donor Advised Fund or trigger a Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA by doing a Qualified Charitable Distribution. Contact Christy.Givans@edwardjones.com for more information.

Your gift to the Scholarship Foundation supports our Island youth and is greatly appreciated.


The Development Committee
(Remember that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to our Club. Try the link HERE.)
Rotary Bears handmade by local artist, Alaina Seyssel, The Diverted Agrarian 
The communiqué is committed to publishing a diversity of letters to the editor.
Any public question or opinion involving the welfare of the community, the nation, and the world is a proper subject of fair and informed discussion.
Wilderness First Responder Course 

Join IslandWood and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) for our hybrid Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Course Jan 4 – 8, 2023.

Course participants will learn how to provide emergency care in the wilderness where access to medical care is delayed or communication is unreliable. It is the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, outdoor recreationists, and international travelers.
The hybrid WFR combines three modules of online learning with five days of in-person training. You’ll begin by completing work on an online platform that includes readings, videos and quizzes. Each module requires 10 to 15 hours to complete, and you’ll need to finish them before the in-person portion begins. The five-day in-person course will focus on skills and scenarios.
Upon completion, you will be able to conduct a thorough physical exam, obtain a patient history, assess vital signs, provide emergency care in the wilderness, and make crucial evacuation decisions.
The program fee includes instruction, textbooks, equipment use, certification, and continuing education credits. 
Course Cost:
$700 – Basic Package (includes program fee and lunches.)
$1,195.00 – Full Package (includes program fee, overnight lodging, and all meals.)
Scenes from the Activities Committee at The Filipino American Community Hall
Gina Corpuz and friends
Carol & Gina
Carla and Proctor
Norm & Flo
Paul & Ginny
Heather's son and Heather Church
Quinton & Colleen, probably talking legalese.
Good to see our past past president Marina and Mike
Nena & Vicki
Madhu and Al
David and Bob
Auctioneer Art Roth
"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people."
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
Communications Team
Director of Communications: Susie Burdick
Editor of Communiqué: Lisa Erickson
Photographers: Cindy McGregor and Lisa Erickson
Proof-reader: Allen Ferris
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