Poker tournament in Kingston | RotaryNews

Hello, February. Another boring, gloomy, rainy month in our Burg by the Bay.

When the days remain maddeningly short and the daffodils tease but don’t show the first sign of spring, here’s some sunshine for your February bowl — courtesy of your Kingston North Kitsap Rotarians, the group that gathers for fun and fellowship for the purpose of doing good around here.

To spice up February, we’ve planned a Texas Hold ’Em Poker Tournament on Feb. 25, and you’re invited. Save that date if you are a player, and even if you aren’t. It’s going to be fun (a tutorial on how to play will be provided).

Check-in is at 4:15 p.m. at Village Green Community Center. The action starts at 4:30 p.m. Professional dealers will be there to run everything smoothly. Your entrance fee of $100 (with unlimited re-buys at $20 each) gets you a seat at the table, appetizers, coffee and water, with beer and wine available for purchase.

Contestants will play for pre-paid vacations, such as an Alaska bed and breakfast getaway, overnight stays at local hotels, dinner/show tickets, movies, etc., even Seattle Mariners tickets.

All night long, we’ll be selling raffle tickets for a chance to go straight to the winner’s table. We’ll pay the top eight winners from the prize pool.

Why are we doing this? Well, to have fun and to raise money for our projects and causes. This event supports our work to get an electronic community reader board in Kingston, to provide Kingston High School kids with scholarships, to support our Food4Kids efforts in North Kitsap, and to retire the Village Green Community Center debt.

If you can’t or don’t want to be part of the poker action, we invite you to come join the fun anyway. Continuous bingo games will be happening at $10 per game or five games for $25 with new games every 15 minutes. Save the date and sign up now. Contact Rotarian Fredrick Branchflower (fbranch to get a seat at the table, or to get more information. We can’t promise you’ll win, but we can promise you’ll have fun — and the community will win.

— Ron Carter is the communication chair for the Kingston/North Kitsap Rotary. Contact him at