Mailing address
P.O. Box 242
Bremerton WA 98337
Bremerton Rotary Club has resumed in-person meetings. We are also providing an online option via Zoom. For more information on how to view our meetings, contact Secretary@bremertonrotary.org.
Club Information
Welcome to Bremerton Rotary Club!
Bremerton

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Kitsap Conference Center
100 Washington Ave
Bremerton, WA 98337
United States of America
News of Our Club
Rotary District 5020 Governor Lorna Curtis, 2021-22, will make her annual visit to our club Jan. 3, 2022. Lorna has been a Rotarian since 1997. She has been district, secretary, youth policy coordinator, Rotary Foundation Fundraiser and an AG. She brought 10 Rotary Clubs together in Victoria to raise a half a million dollars to support the Food Rescue Project. She is a member of the Oak Bay Rotary Club. 
We will be holding our annual Wild Game Dinner Feb. 26, 2022, the 42nd year. We invite celebrity chefs to prepare special game entrees with participants voting for the winner. Guests enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, delectable desserts and libation to match the food offerings. Last year's auction items included our famous photo and hunting destinations, Seattle Seahawks, Mariners, and Sounders tickets, amazing hotel packages and a whole lot more.  All proceeds benefitted the Bremerton Rotary Foundation, which has, to date, supported over $2,000,000 to Bremerton & Kitsap area causes.
 
Doug Berger is serving his second year as president for the 2021-22 Rotary year. A Seattle native, he joined our club in 2002. Doug began as a financial advisor with the old Foster & Marshall in Bremerton, which evolved over time in Morgan & Stanley. He is a retired Navy Commander. He graduated from the University of Washington with a major in accounting and finance. He met his wife Cheryl at the UW. They have three children and six grandchildren.

The Bremerton Rotary Blackberry Festival returned on Sept. 4-6, 2021, after a one-year absence due to COVIDBremerton Rotary is proud to sponsor the festival, usually held over the Labor Day Weekend. This year was the festival's 33rd anniversary. The Bremerton waterfront boardwalk comes alive with food booths, arts & crafts, music, clowns and children's activities. For more information, visit the Blackberry Festival websiteAll proceeds our club receives from the event are reinvested in the local community.

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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, and is underway for the 2021-22 school year. Most of these students come from families in which they would be the first to attend college. Overall we have had about 200 mentors mentoring more than 2,000 AVID 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.

ImageThanks to Bremerton Rotarians, all third graders in the Bremerton School District will have a scholastic dictionary to call their own. Marking the 17th year, we will be handing out some 500 dictionaries at six elementary schools in the Bremerton School District in November 2021. The total number of dictionaries given to date is 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.
Rotary International has suspended the Youth Exchange Program for the 2020-22 Rotary years due to COVID-19. Normally, 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.

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. The program was suspended in the 2020-21 school year due to COVID restrictions.

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Former Club President Dale Holdren presented 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 paid for a new 350-foot waterfront pathway at Evergreen Rotary Park. It connects a new waterfront outlook (where an old pump station used to be located) to the city’s 9/11 Memorial. Our club has been a consistent donor to improvement efforts at the park. We previously gave $100,000 for the park.



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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Former 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.” The early learning classes are primarily for Head Start and ECEAP preschool 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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