Weekly Meetings

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Upcoming Programs  (Program Chair for May: Bud Cole)


May 18, 2017 – Chris Funke – Armed Forces Day Parade. Chris will go over the assignments and last minute details for this year’s parade. This is an all-hands event, so please plan on attending.

May 25, 2017 – Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the Admiral Theatre? Well, today is your chance. Liz Gross (Admiral Theatre board member) has arranged for our private tour of the theater including areas that are off limits to everyone else. Ghosts anyone?

June 1, 2017 – Tif Junker – Attachment and Trauma Network

June 8, 2017 – Eirik O’Neal – Education and outreach: Kitsap County Public Works – Solid Waste Division.

June 15, 2017 – Antoine McDaniel – College Prep Advisor: Bremerton High School

June 22, 2017 – Marlaina Simmons – Graduate Kitsap Mason Network Manager

June 29, 2017 – Linda Sullivan-Dudzic: Director of Elementary Education and Special Programs: Bremerton School District

Future Month Program Chairs:
June:  Bev Luckey-Short
July:  Sunny & Greg Wheeler
August:  Teresa Bryant
September:  Pam Crowe

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Previous Meetings

DeniseKennedyMay 11, 2017 – Denise Kennedy – Bremerton School District. Denise presented a program about the Regional Conversation about the Bremerton School District meetings taking place to help plan the future for District. The District is seeking input from the community at large as they update the Vision and Mission Statements. Bremerton School District

NavyMuseumMay 4, 2017 – Katherine Young from the Puget Sound Navy Museum presented a fascinating program about the history of this wonderful museum
next to the Bremerton Ferry Terminal. Housed in beautifully restored Building 50 (originally in the shipyard), it preserves and displays many exhibits about the history of PSNS and the entire Navy. It is well worth the trip!

April 27 – Key Club Awards meeting (Click here for pics!)

April 20 – Darroll Clark – Business meeting and election of officers

April 13 – Kitsap Connect – Robin O’Grady

April 6 – Scarlet Road- Rosie Ludlow, Director of Community Engagement, Co-founder
“Through holistic care Scarlet Road offers the hope of freedom to those who have been sexually exploited.”  The problem of sexual exploitation of womeScarletRoadn and children is perhaps larger than most of us realize. Rosie presented the club with some statistics about the problem, along with a description of what Scarlet Rose is doing to help these people exit and recover from a terrible situation. Check out their website for more information and how you can help.

March 30 –  Today we had two speakers, both volunteering at the last minute to fill in. Our first speaker was Alex Bennett, long time member of our club, now living in Hawaii. Alex and his wife Dorothy volunteer in Hawaii to monitor the migration of whales. Let me get this right – living in Hawaii, watching whales, living the good life – yup, they are doing something right!  Good to see you Alex!

Our second speaker was Brian Johnson, Executive Director of the Admiral Theatre in Bremerton. (Our regular meeting room is part of the Admiral Theatre.)The Admiral Theatre Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has launched a $1.2 million dollar capital campaign to renovate the theatre for its 75th anniversary in 2017. The planned renovation includes: replacing seating and carpeting, remodeling the lobby and kitchen, upgrades to sound and lighting; HVAC, plumbing, and roof repairs, and restoring our iconic marquee. Don’t worry, Brian assures us that the mermaids and auditorium art are staying put – and some of the walls will even be touched up to repair light damage).AdmiralTheatre

March 23 -Melissa from the YMCA involved soYMCA Fitnessme of our members as she demonstrated fitness exercises we can all do – or at least most of us!

March 16 – Kiwanis History – Stan Wardin’s grandaughter presented some of our history found in a basement of her home.

March 9 – Back by popular demand!  Roger Zegers presented part two of his intriguing presentation on the new website. OK, maybe not popular demand – but more likely due to his last presentation being interrupted by a gas leak at the meeting location! Normally at this point I would insert a link to the subject of the presentation, but you are already here, so no need.

March 2 – Roger Zegers presented progress to date on the new website.  All was going well until we had to evacuate the meeting due to a gas leak in the theater! (Funny how Rob S disappeared just before the ‘gas leak’?)   To be continued!

February 23 – Robert Gelder, Kitsap County Commissioner talked about his role as a Kitsap County Commissioner, representing the north end of the county. Click here to go to the County Commissioner’s website.

February 16 – Russell Steele, Chief Executive Officer, Port Madison Enterprises. Russ explained how the Suquamish Tribe and their business entity, Port Madison Enterprises are working to improve the lives of the members of the tribe.

The Suquamish people have lived along the shores of the Kitsap Peninsula for hundreds of years. Taking their name from the word for “clear salt water,” Suquamish ancestors thrived by harvesting salmon, clams and other natportmadisonural foods. Their robust culture is rich with art, dance, song, ceremony, contest and ritual.  In 1987, the Suquamish Tribe established Port Madison Enterprises as an agency of the Suquamish tribal government. PME’s operations are aimed at developing community resources while promoting the economic and social welfare of the Suquamish Tribe through commercial activities. Read more…

February 9 – Myra Battin, Board of Directors President, Bremerton Backpack Brigade. In the Bremerton School District a high percentage of the students qualify for the free or reduced price lunch program. This helps provide nutritious meals for the students during the week. Many studies have shown how important good nutrition is in giving the students a more successful education. But what about the weekends?  The Bremerton Backpack Brigade, a totally volunteer run organization, has stepped forward to provide meals for these vulnerable students  and their families by providing take-home packs of food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, staples, shelf stable milk, and of course, a few snacks. For more info, click on the banner below.brembackpackbrigade

charburnetteFebruary 2 – Charleen Burnette and Jon Rauch, Public Access Manager, BKAT (Bremerton Kitsap Access Television) BKAT is a PEG station, meaning Public, Education and Government. They are funded by franchise fees levied against the local cable companies, as well as a 25 cent per month fee on your cable bill. It was amazing to hear about the wide range of programming presented on our local station. For more info click on their logo.bkat

January 26th – Vickie MacKenzie and Lindsey Kellum from OESD presented a program about the Youth Marijuana Prevention Education Program. Below is some information on the two House Bills (Marijuana based) that was covered at yesterday’s Kiwanis meeting.

House Bill 1060 – Regarding medical marijuana on school campuses
Infancy Stage – House Bill 1060 relates to the administration of marijuana to students for medical purposes.  A school district will be required to permit a student who meets the requirements of RCW 69.51A220 to consume marijuana for legal purposes on school grounds, aboard a school bus, or while attending a school-sponsored event in accordance with the school district’s policy. If this bill moves forward, by September 1, 2017, the board of directors of each school district shall adopt a policy to authorize parents, guardians and primary caregivers to administer marijuana to a student for medical purposes.

House Bill 1092: Regarding home production of recreational marijuana
Infancy Stage – House Bill 1092 allows the possession of no more than six marijuana plants and up to twenty-four ounces of usable marijuana harvested from lawfully grown plants if the person in possession is at least 21 years old. Allows the possession of no more than twelve marijuana plants and forty-eight ounces of usable marijuana, in the aggregate, by the adult residents of a single housing unit, regardless of the number of persons who are at least 21 years old residing in the housing unit.

You can read the full bills by visiting the Washington State Legislature webpage.

January 19th – Club business meeting.

January 12th – Amanda Baker from the Red Cross will be discussing emergency preparedness.  Need more info?

January 5th – Sarah Holt – Prior Kiwanis-Bennett Memorial scholarship winner brings us up to date on what she’s been up to at the University of Portland.

January 5th – Bev Kincaid and two Kiwanians from the Gig Harbor club presented a ebcprogram about Eastside Baby Corner, an organization founded to provide newborns with the essential needs that many families do not have access to.

Deseedsofgracecember 15th   Karole Lee Johnson from Seeds of Grace.  Karole spoke about the sustainable, organic garden program that serves families in our area and throughout the wold, encouraging growing your own garden food and creating gardens to feed the hungry.  Click on the icon to visit their website and find out how you can help in this life changing project!

December 8th    Jason McMillan, ”KCDEM” Severe Weather Shelter program in Kitsap County

Jason is the Operations Coordinator for Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management.  For the last few years and more he has helped to coordinate volunteers to provide shelter for the homeless at various sites throughout the county.  He provides volunteer training and works with other concerned groups who want to ensure that we have safe and warm places for homeless persons in the worst weather.

December 1st  –  James Goojamesgoodmandman, “WANGY” or Washington National Guard Youth

James is the WA National Guard State Youth Coordinator. He designs and oversees programming, events, educational opportunities, and fun adventures for all the National Guard service members children.  This position also helps the families that may be facing the deployment of a parent.

Contact info:  james.n.goodman.ctr@mail.mil

November 23 – (Wednesday) We had a great turnout for our annual joint Thanksgiving meeting with the Bremerton Lions img_4094Club.  Congressman Derek Kilmer was our guest speaker and Chef Ted provide a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Many spouses and other guests joined with us.  Congressman Kilmer invited anyone that would like to receive his biweekly newsletter to provide him with your name and email address. In case you missed the signup sheet, here’s his contact onfo:
Congressman Derek Kilmer
(202) 225-5916

A raffle was held to benefit the Kiwanis-Bennett Memorial Scholarship.  Thanks to everyone that provided items for the raffle.  $237.00 was raised!

November 17 – Jill Giddings is a music educator and the President of the West Sound Art and Music Association. They just brought the first Ukulele festival to The Admiral Theatre. ukuleleCheck out the picture to see the hidden talent of some of our members!

Want to learn more about the ukulele?  Check out The UkeVerse, a ukulele group focusing on learning and loving to play the uke, singing together harmoniously; welcoming all levels of playing, all instruments and many music genres.

  • Meetups:   2nd & 4th Saturdays
  • Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Bremerton
  • 10:00am – 11:30am
  • Leader:  Jody Cady
  • jodymcady@gmail.com

November 10 – Coach Paul Theriault – Bremerton High School

Novemberoc-logo 3 – Dr. Caroline Hartse, Olympic College Anthropology Professor presented a program about the Yama Project on Bainbridge Island.  The Yama Project is conducted by the Archaeology Field School of Olympic College. Click here to find out more about this fascinating project investigating the Japanese community on Bainbridge Island which was abandoned almost 100 years ago.

October 27 – Michael Goodnow is a community leader in Bremerton. He spoke about his involvement in several organizations, including those linked below.
downtownbremassoc     brandmanuniv       kitsappride


October 20 – Jon Clauson, Kitsap Transit.  The fast ferry issue is on the November ballot.  Jon made a presentation about the plan and h0w it will be financed.

Learn more at KitsapFerries.com

October 13 – Bobby Gross – “All the magazines you want for free!”  Kitsap Regional Library has both books and magazines that you can download for FREE!. Here’s a link to the library.

October 6 – Business meeting

August 29 – Regular meeting

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