Weekly Meetings

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Nov 1  –  Carol Stein, Sponsorship and Special Projects – Washington State Science and Engineering Fair

Nov 8  –  Chad Enright, Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney (Newly elected)

Nov 15  –  Alison Sonntag, Kitsap County Clerk (Newly elected)

Nov 21  –  Joint meeting with Lions and Rotary

Nove 28  –  Edward Wolfe, Kitsap County Commissioner – “State of the County”


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Previous Meetings

Sept 21, 2017 – Kelsey Cain, was one of our Bennett Memorial scholarship recipients. She goes to UW and is studying Oceanography, She just returned from a summer program where they studied on board a research vessel off the coast of Oregon.

September 14, 2017 –
Annual training on working with youth. If you did not attend the meeting, Click here to review the important updated guidelines presented by Kiwanis International.

August 31, 2017 –  No regular meeting. Everyone met at the Bremerton Boardwalk to set up for the annual Blackberry festival.

August 17, 2017 – Annual Family and Friends Picnic – was held at the home of Roger and Diana Zegers for this fun annual event. The club provided burgers and hotdogs, and everyone else brought their favorite dish to share. We do a lot of work during the year so its fun to just get together and enjoy each other’s company. A signup sheet will be circulated a couple weeks prior.

August 10, 2017 – Meet at the Bremerton Library

July 13, 2017 – Randy Spitzer spoke to us about the effort to build Cottage Encampments (tiny houses) for homeless individuals as part of the county’s comprehensive plan to address homelessness in the county.  These are not the ‘tiny houses’ so popular on the Home and Garden channel!  As Randy described them, they are basically wooden tents.  The goal is to make the shelters available on a very short term basis to help individual transitioning from homelessness into more traditional housing. Click here for more info

July 6, 2017 –  Club business

June 29, 2017 – Linda Sullivan-Dudzic: Director of Elementary Education and Special Programs: Bremerton School District. Linda explained how all the elementary schools in the Bremerton School district are evolving to specialize in various areas (STEM, Arts, etc).  All children in the district have the ability to attend any of the schools in the district, although if outside their local elementary school boundary they must provide their own transportation.

June 22, 2017 –

June 15, 2017 – Eirik O’Neil – (‘eye-rik’) Education and Outreach, Kitsap County Dept. of Public Works. Recycle Eirik presented a very interesting program about recycling in Kitsap County.   Check out their website for a complete guide of how, what and where to recycle just about anything!

IMG_4472June 8, 2017 – Jennifer Chamerlian–GEAR-UP.  Jennifer has been working with a class of students at Bremerton High as they explore the options for post secondary education. They visit college campuses, explore financing options, scholarships, etc.

IMG_4466We were also privileged to be able to induct as new member this week. She is Lisa Heaman, the principle at West Sound STEM Academy.  Our club has been very involved with several project at West Hills, so it is great to have Lisa join our group.  Welcome Lisa!

June 1, 2017 – Due to a scheduling mix-up, our scheduled speaker was unable to attend the meeting. Instead, we took the time to reminisce about our club history. One the talk turned to the subject of the air shows our club sponsored in the past, there was no turning back. A great time was had by all – the old timers reliving the days and the newer members who were wondering how the heck we pulled it off!

May 25, 2017 – Admiral Theatre – Back Stage tour. Having so many Admiral Theatre Board members and employees in our club is a real benefit! Today, Liz Gross arranged for a special behind-the-scenes tour, led by Tim Hoffman, the Technical Director for the theater. But that was only after having our lunch served on stage! For all members there, we can now add “Sang in front of a sold-out crowd* at the historical Admiral Theatre in Bremerton Washington” to our resumes!

* Sold-out-crowd – I understand that tickets for this event were not available anywhere at any price, so I call that a sold-out-crowd. rz

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May 18, 2017 – Chris Funke – Armed Forces Day Parade. Chris reviewed the assignments and last minute details for this year’s parade. This is an all-hands event, so please plan on attending.  Follow-up: Great Parade!  Great Weather!  Super job Chris and everyone involved!

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, 2017 – Key Club Awards meeting (Click here for pics!)

April 20, 2017 – Darroll Clark – Business meeting and election of officers

April 13, 2017 – Kitsap Connect – Robin O’Grady

April 6, 2017 – 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, 2017 –  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, 2017 -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, 2017 – Kiwanis History – Stan Wardin’s grandaughter presented some of our history found in a basement of her home.

March 9, 2017 – 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, 2017 – 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, 2017 – 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, 2017 – 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, 2017 – 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, 2017 – 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, 2017 – 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, 2017 – Club business meeting.

January 12th, 2017 – Amanda Baker from the Red Cross will be discussing emergency preparedness.  Need more info?

January 5th, 2017 – 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, 2017 – Bev Kincaid and two Kiwanians from the Gig Harbor club presented a program about Eastside Baby Corner, an organization founded to provide newborns with the essential needs that many families do not have access to.


December 15th   Karole Lee Johnson from Seeds of Grace.
December 8th    Jason McMillan, ”KCDEM” Severe Weather Shelter program in Kitsap
December 1st  –  James Goodman, “WANGY” or Washington National Guard Youth
November 23 – (Wednesday) Thanksgiving meeting with the Bremerton Lions Club. November 17 – Jill Giddings, President of the West Sound Art and Music Association.
November 10 – Coach Paul Theriault – Bremerton High School
November 3 – Dr. Caroline Hartse, Olympic College Anthropology Professor
October 27 – Michael Goodnow Bremerton community leader.
October 20 – Jon Clauson, Kitsap Transit
October 13 – Bobby Gross – “All the magazines you want for free!”  
October 6 – Business meeting
August 29 – Regular meeting

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