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Welcome to Bremerton Rotary Club!

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 WA 98337
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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.
The Bremerton Rotary's 41st Annual Wild Game Dinner is set. Leap Year 2020 - the Chef Competition portion will ask you, the attendee, to vote for your favorite entry. The only guidance the chefs will be given is their entry must have, at one time, leaped in some way! Our tip of the hat to this year's leap year day!  In addition to spectacular noshes from the local competing chefs, you'll enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, delectable desserts and libation to match the food offerings. This year's auction items will include our famous photo and hunting destinations, Seattle Seahawks, Mariners, and Sounders tickets, amazing hotel packages and a whole lot more.  All proceeds benefit the Bremerton Rotary Foundation, which has, to date, supported over $2,000,000 to Bremerton & Kitsap area causes. To purchase tickets,  click here.
Since 2011, Bremerton Rotarians have been mentoring students at Bremerton High School who show academic potential but need extra help to get ready for their college careers. The program is known as AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination. Most of these students come from families in which they would be the first to attend college. For the 2019-20 school year, we have 85 AVID mentors tutoring 184 students; in addition to our members, many spouses, family members and co-workers participate. The mentors meet once a month during the school year with the AVID students. In all, we have mentored about 350 students.
Bremerton School Superintendent Aaron Leavell was installed as our new Rotary president for 2019-20 at an End of the Year Celebration June 27, 2019 at McClouds Restaurant. He received the infamous goat's head and bowling ball to keep in his home or office. President-elect Doug Berger received the Swiss cowbell donated by a former Rotary exchange student's father.
 
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 2019-2020 academic year, we are hosting Marie Laerke Johnson from Denmark. 

ImageThanks 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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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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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 be held September 5-7, 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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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.

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 we make donations to a selected charity 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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