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Bremerton

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We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Kitsap Conference Center
100 Washington Ave
Bremerton, WA  98337
United States
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Did you know that your purchases on Amazon.com can help support our club?  We are now enrolled in AmazonSmile. If you name our club as your beneficiary, Amazon will make a donation equal to half of one percent of anu qualified purchase you make. To sign up, click here.
 

 

Bremerton Rotary is proud to sponsor the Bremerton Blackberry Festival, held each year over the Labor Day weekend. The Bremerton waterfront boardwalk comes alive with food booths, arts & crafts, music, clowns and children's activities. The 27th annual Bremerton Blackberry Festival will take place Sept. 3-5, 2016. For more information, visit the Blackberry Festival website.

Members of our club help organize the event and also staff the Rotary information booth, Seafood Booth, Berry Central (selling T-shirts and souvenirs), Blackberry Wine booth and Chalk on the Block contest. All proceeds our club receives from the event will be reinvested in the local community

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Bremerton Rotary Club will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding in 2016. Organized Oct. 31, 1941, it is the oldest Rotary Club in Kitsap County, Washington. The charter dinner was scheduled for Dec. 7, 1941, but had to be postponed when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Our club is composed of some 85 business and professional men and women from a variety of vocations. We are dedicated to community and international service, and we also provide an opportunity for fellowship among the members.
 

 

 
President Dale Holdren presents a $20,000 check to Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent (center) and city officials in May 2016 to pay for additional work at Rotary Evergreen Park. The money will pay for a new 350-foot waterfront pathway at Evergreen Rotary Park. It will connect a new waterfront outlook (where an old pump station used to be located) to the city’s 9/11 Memorial. About $17,000 in federal funding is also being pursued to complete sidewalks in the area of the new portion of the park. Our club has been a consistent donor to improvement efforts at the park. We previously gave $100,000 for the park.
 

 
The Bremerton Rotary Foundation has an ongoing fundraising campaign to raise money for its Endowment Fund, which will provide high school scholarships once the $1 million goal is met. Currently we have more than $500,000 in the account. In June, the Drive to $1 Million Campaign raised $44,000 in donations. Five local businesses--Orchard Foods; Reid Realty; Sanchez, Mitchell, Eastman & Cure; Kitsap Credit Union; and Lewis Funeral Chapel; with the Kitsap Sun as media sponsor--provided a $17,000 matching challenge grant. To donate to the Bremerton Rotary Endowment Fund, click on the Donate button in the left-hand column of this page.
 
 

AVID mentor Paul Pazooki greets AVID students attending club's meeting.

With the help of businesses and community members, and as part of its AVID mentorship program, Bremerton Rotary has donated computers to 80 Bremerton High School AVID students since March 2015. AVID stands for Advancement through Individual Determination and the program is aimed at helping students who would be the first in their families to attend college. We have some 40 additional computers including operation system that are in need of some IT work and hope to have them ready before the start of 2016/2017 school year.
 
During planning sessions with high school staff and the Rotary mentor coordinators, the teachers commented that a good number of the students did not have access to computers after school, except via the public library. The Rotarians set out in search of computers at low cost to take of this issue. The students applied for receiving a computer and were chosen by their teachers based on need.

 
 
Our club is proud to be an active participant in Rotary International's foreign student exchange program. Each year we send a deserving student from Bremerton High School to a foreign land to spend the academic year abroad. At the same, we host an international exchange student who spends the year with several host families here. Both the inbound and outbound students find this to be an enriching experience. For many it awakens a life-long interest in foreign travel. For the 2015-2016 academic year, we are sponsoring Bridger Schuster to spend the year in Austria. We are hosting Julia van Hoek, left, from Croatia.
 

 



Bremerton Rotary Club recently awarded $30,000 in scholarships to 14 deserving students from Bremerton High. Students received from $1,000 to $3,000 to attend the university or college of their choice. Bremerton Rotary has awarded nearly $757,000 in scholarships to Bremerton High School students since 1980.

 
 

 

 

Bremerton Rotary Club held its 37th annual Wild Game Dinner fundraiser Feb. 27, 2016 at the Kitsap Conference Center. This popular event, featuring silent and live auctions and a dinner of wild game and exotic meats, helps support many of our charitable activities in the community. It has been held annually since 1979. Next year's event will be held in early 2017. A typical menu includes moose, elk, buffalo, venison, crab, oysters and baron of beef. 

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Four local Rotary clubs (Bremerton, East Bremerton, South Kitsap and Silverdale) hold a gigantic garage sale at the Kitsap Fairgrounds Pavilion every April. Known as R.A.G.S., or the Rotary Auction and Garage Sale, 2017 will be the 20th consecutive year this popular event has been held. Eager patrons rush into the building shortly after 8 a.m., seeking the biggest bargains.
 
The sale items include everything from computers, televisions, sporting goods, tools, building materials, exercise equipment, dishes, artwork, furniture, books, clothes, appliances, lawn movers, garden tools to automotive items. 
 
 
 

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Rotary President Chris Henrickson with
KCR Executive Director Larry Eyer.

The Bremerton Rotary Foundation donated $30,000 in November 2014 to Kitsap Community Resources toward its effort to build a new Early Learning Center at West Hills Elementary STEM Academy, part of the Bremerton School District.

The school is organized around STEM, which stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.” According to Larry Eyer, executive director of Kitsap Community Resources, “the early learning classes will be used primarily for Head Start and ECEAP pre-school for children from low-income families.

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ImageFor the 9th consecutive year, Bremerton Rotarians and others read to kindergarteners in the Bremerton School District's six elementary schools once a week for nine weeks, starting in January 2016.  We read to 22 kindergarten classrooms, including two in a Spanish immersion program where our volunteers read in Spanish. Studies have shown that the more kindergarteners are read to, the better they will be prepared for learning to read.

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Thanks to Bremerton Rotarians, all third graders in the Bremerton School District have a scholastic dictionary to call their own. Marking the 13th consecutive year, Rotarians handed out more than 400 dictionaries in January 2016 at the six elementary schools in the district, bringing the total number of dictionaries given to date to more than 5,000. The children are challenged to look up a new word every day!

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Each Christmas season, Bremerton Rotarians open their hearts and their wallets to make sure those less fortunate would experience the Christmas spirit.  Through our Christmas Angels program, we provide gifts to several needy local families, plus enough money to buy a holiday meal.  Rotarians serve as bell ringers for the Salvation Army, and then give donations in exchange for gag gifts at our last meeting before Christmas, raising nearly $7,000. After the meeting, Santa and Rotarians go to sing and hand out gifts at Peninsula Services, a sheltered workshop.

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