Serving Our Communities – Locally & Globally
Crossroads Rotary was founded in 2019 in order to help alleviate conflicts between North Kitsap Rotary member desires to contribute to projects and yet still manage personal schedules that revolved around work and family obligations.
Meetings take place in the evenings, late enough for a full day’s work and early enough to get home at a reasonable time. At just an hour, these family-friendly gatherings are designed to fit between the workday and kid’s bedtimes (as applicable).
Crossroads presents a different meeting schedule than was previously available in the area. We meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, from 6:00 to 7:00-ish PM, in the back room of Western Red Brewery.
2023 Crossroads Rotary Board Members
Peter Simkins serves as the Youth Protection Officer for the Crossroads Rotary of Poulsbo. With a deep commitment to the safety and well-being of young people, Peter plays a pivotal role in ensuring that all Rotary youth programs are conducted within the guidelines of the organization’s robust child protection policies.
Holding a degree in Computer Science, Peter brings a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience to the role. Learning and gaining experience will provide the background to equip him with the insights and skills necessary to ensure a safe environment for all participants.
Peter is responsible for conducting regular training sessions for Rotary members and volunteers aimed at raising awareness about potential risks, recognizing signs of abuse, and implementing appropriate preventive measures. He also collaborates closely with program coordinators, parents, and community partners to ensure a comprehensive approach to youth safety.
When he isn’t championing the rights and safety of young people, Peter enjoys hiking with his dog Ollie, learning new technology, and volunteering with Crossroads Rotary.
Through his dedication and vigilance, Peter ensures that the Crossroads Rotary of Poulsbo remains a safe and enriching space for all its young members and participants.
Who is Kelly Simkins
Kelly Simkins is the diligent Treasurer for the Crossroads Rotary Group of Poulsbo. Instrumental in anchoring the group’s administrative structure, Kelly guarantees smooth communication, ensures precise documentation of meetings, and keeps members abreast of forthcoming events and initiatives.
Armed with a degree in Psychology, Kelly couples her professional expertise with an unwavering commitment to community service. Before embracing her role in Rotary, she gained invaluable experience in the schools of North Kitsap in Poulsbo and Building Transparency, a non-profit focused on reducing the carbon footprint of building materials. Kelly continues to refine her organizational and communication capabilities.
Within her secretary role, Kelly takes the helm in recording pivotal discussions during group assemblies, circulating essential updates among members, and preserving an accurate archive of the group’s diverse undertakings. She’s not just an administrative figure; Kelly often immerses herself in the group’s volunteer activities, firmly believing in Rotary’s ethos of hands-on community impact. Beyond her Rotary engagements, Kelly relishes hiking across scenic trails, curating a vintage postcard collection, and mastering the art of gourmet baking.
Through her meticulous approach and deep-rooted belief in Rotary’s ideals, Kelly Simkins ensures that the Crossroads Rotary of Poulsbo remains a beacon of organization and positive change in the community.
Darwin is one of our most experienced members, with 24 years of service, and currently serves as not only our President, but also Foundation Chair. A workload few are capable of handling. He loves the community service aspects of Rotary most of all, such as building parks and ball fields, and therefore our club with its focus on the community was a great fit for him. When he isn’t working as a software product manager he enjoys travel, movies, exploring, and of course Rotary. Darwin’s musical claim to fame is marching in the 1969 Inaugural Parade in Washington DC with his High School band.
Geoff is our most recent past president and one of the co-founders of our club along with his lovely wife Sloane. He is no stranger to Rotary or acts of service; he started out in the Poulsbo club six years ago but remembers volunteering in his community as a kid in Bainbridge. His favorite memories center around working with the exchange student program and he values the long-term relationships that were forged in the process. He feels our club is special because of the diverse grouping of people who all come together to help their community. When he isn’t working in corporate finance you can find him sailing, golfing, hiking, acting or playing with his dog Max. He maintains that his hidden talent is invincibility!
Sloane is an honorary member and also a past (and first) president, as well as our co-founder with her husband Geoff. A member of Rotary since 2012, she has plenty of fond memories from her initial work in establishing housing for survivors of domestic violence to a more recent project collecting over 250 suitcases for foster kids so they could transport their belongings in something other than garbage bags. Her love for her community is apparent in all she does and she loves that our club is never short on volunteers and ideas to help make it even better. When she isn’t working as a financial controller you can find her hiking, gardening or traveling. Amy is always willing to chat about our club, just don’t get in a disagreement with her about the Rotary colors, she has all of the Crayola colors memorized.