Rotarian golf tourney, hanging baskets just part of club

Each June the Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club presents its annual golf tournament to raise money for community causes.

The tournament is the longest “continuously running” event at White Horse Golf Club. It is the 16th Annual Swing for Rotary Golf Tournament, set for June 23.

Club president Jackie Baker said this year’s event is focused even more on having fun. There will be dunk tanks, hula hoops, licorice, etc. Call to carts will be at 9:15 a.m. The shotgun will sound, and action will begin at 9:30 a.m. Golfers will discover hole sponsors and fun at most of the holes. Entry fee is $105 per player. That includes 18 holes of golf, practice range warmup, two beverage tickets and a gift bag.

Following the action, players will be welcomed to a hot lunch and fun-filled awards ceremony. While serious golfers are welcome, players need not be seasoned, or even good. It is about the fun and camaraderie. “Team up with your buddies, neighbors, family members, work associates,” Baker said. Register at:

Proceeds go to Kingston Cares Food4Kids, Kingston’s Boys & Girls Club, various North Kitsap schools needs, Scouts, affordable housing in Kingston, Stillwaters Environmental Center, and the recently announced Rotary Club leadership role in developing a sports and recreation complex in NK.

Several tournament sponsorship opportunities remain. Individuals, community organizations, and businesses can sign on as sponsors at the club’s website:

Hanging baskets

Beautiful hanging baskets have been put up again this year by the Community Beautification Committee, led by Rotarian Kris Libby.

Preparing the baskets is a pet project of Valley Nursery. Volunteers set 167 of them up around town.Under the direction of Rotarian Mary Jane Gilbreath, volunteers water the baskets.

Funds for the baskets come from community members who sponsor them, along with proceeds from the annual 4th of July Ball Race, part of Kingston’s 4th of July celebration, parade and all.

To sponsor a basket, get a form at Village Green Community Center. Sponsorship is $100 the first year, with a $40 maintenance fee each year thereafter.

Take part

This is a very busy time of year for Kingston North Kitsap Rotarians. As a member, there are so many ways to be involved in bettering the community. Many hands – together – have, and will continue, to accomplish much. Two meeting options exist. Monthly in the evening, and weekly at noon. The weekly meeting is Wednesdays at Village Green Community Center.

The evening meeting is the first Thursday of each month at various restaurants around North Kitsap. Attendance at every meeting is not required. To sample a meeting, email Bill Beaudoin at

Ron Carter writes a monthly column on Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club for this newspaper.