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Bremerton

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Kitsap Conference Center
100 Washington Ave
Bremerton, WA  98337
United States of America
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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 31st annual Bremerton Blackberry Festival will take place Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1, 2020. For more information, visit the Blackberry Festival website.

Members of our club help organize the event and also staff the Rotary information 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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Karen McKay Bevers was installed as our new Rotary president for 2018-19 at an End of the Year Celebration June 28, 2018 at McClouds Restaurant. Outgoing president Steve Strachan was also feted, but he was unable to attend the dinner due to his professional duties. Karen received the infamous goat's head and bowling ball to keep in her home. President-elect Aaron Leavell received the Swiss cowbell donated by a former Rotary exchange student's father. Karen is seen here with her daughter, Evvie.
 
Bremerton Rotary Club lost one of its finest members March 21, 2019, when Rotarian Marilee Hansen passed away at the age of 79. Marilee had been a Rotarian for nearly 30 years and was its first female president in 2003-04. She had a long and distinguished career as an educator, including being Principal of Bremerton High School. In Rotary, she was instrumental in setting up such programs as  giving dictionaries to third graders and reading to kindergarteners. She is greatly missed by all.

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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 16th consecutive year, Rotarians handed out over 500 dictionaries in November 2019 at the six elementary schools in the district, bringing the total number of dictionaries given to date to more than 5,500. The children are challenged to look up a new word every day!

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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.
 
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 time, 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 2018-2019 academic year, we are hosting Vinci Martonka from Slovakia. He is seen at the podium with President Karen McKay-Bevers.

 

This year's 41st annual Wild Game Dinner will feature a live and silent auction in February 2020, spectacular game-inspired dinner PLUS for the first time, Kitsap area chefs competed to prove who in Kitsap really has game!  Make this the best event yet by attending, donating a live or silent auction, making a prize dessert for our dessert auction - or better yet, all four! All proceeds benefit the Bremerton Rotary Foundation, which has to date supported over $1.9 million to local causes.

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Bremerton Rotary Club celebrated 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 $750,000 in the account. 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.



Bremerton Rotary Club recently awarded $30,000 in scholarships to 13 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 $850,000 in scholarships to Bremerton High School students since 1980.

 

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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.

For full text of article in the Central Kitsap Reporter, click here.

ImageFor the 12th 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 2019.  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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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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Bremerton WA 98337
 
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Speakers
Vinci Martonka
Jun 10, 2019
Exchange Student from Slovakia
Jennifer Kriedler-Moss
Jun 17, 2019
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