Posted by Steve LANDAU
Deborah Horn, Meals on Wheels Kitsap, speaker
Marissa Aulgur, next year’s outbound student to Thailand
Dean Bostic, video & cable TV producer
Mayor Patty Lent (honorary member)
Jack Edwards, Economic Development Manager, City of Bremerton
Grace deMeurisse, outbound exchange student to Denmark, 2014-15
Kurt Wiest gave the Reflection, based on Flag Day, which is June 14. He told of a high school student Robert G. Heft, who had designed the 50-star flag in 1958 as a class project, but got only a B-minus from his teacher. Two years, 21 letters and 18 phone calls later, the lad got a call from President Eisenhower, inviting him to the capital for the unveiling of the new flag he had designed. Heft’s grade was later change to A. (Kurt apparently stole the thunder from the sergeant, but more on that later).
In keeping with the same theme, the Music Committee performed and we sang along to “It’s a Grand Old Flag.”
Jill Robinson said her proudest and happiest day was 18 years ago nearly to the day when she became a mom, bringing home her adopted son from Russia. Last Thursday, she said choking back tears, he graduated from high school. Congratulations Jill!  A job well done.
David Emmons was happy because 135 Olympic College students had received $410,000 in scholarships at a recent ceremony.
Dave Anderson is impressed not only that his son, a teacher at Sedro Woolley High School, had been chosen as commencement speaker, but that the graduating class of 300 received $5.7 million in scholarships.
Peter Braun gave 29 bucks in recognition of his and Marty’s 29th wedding anniversary. Also, his youngest daughter graduated with honors from Central Kitsap High School.
Carrie Rivers enjoyed attending soccer camp with her son at Bremerton High School’s Memorial Field, one of the last events to be played on real grass. The High School is installing turf in order to be able to host major events with less maintenance.
Gary Cunningham attended his 55th reunion at Yale University. He noted that the Yale crew team beat his other alma mater’s crew team, the UW Huskies, by 7/100 of a second. He donated a “conflicted buck.”
Debbie Mick, who promised not to brag any more about her son, who recently became a veterinarian, did just that. He is now attending postdoctoral studies at Cornell University Veterinary Medicine School. When he received his orientation materials, he was thrilled to see “Dr.” before his name.
Mayor Patty Lent, carrying a cane as a result of recent knee surgery, enjoyed seeing 57 nurses graduate from Olympic College. She didn’t enjoy the BHS grad ceremony as much, since it was pouring rain. Also, her son just retired from 23 years in the Air Force.
Tim Olson recognized his 49th anniversary with wife Ann. This time, instead of donating a penny for each year, he was generous, upping it to a dime. His wife said no way was he giving a buck per year. Hey, it’s for a good cause!
Kevin Clancey was the Sergeant, and he had done some flag research as well, and apparently was planning on using the story about Robert Heft himself. He asked trivia questions about Fathers Day instead.
He praised Debbie Mick, his AVID partner for the last three years as “an incredible mentor and outstanding Rotarian.” Debbie was planning to attend the AVID Dinner and encouraged Kevin to go so she wouldn’t have to sit alone, but Debbie failed to show. This forced Kevin to sit with Chuck Henderson and Larry Eyer instead. Kevin was very impressed to learn that Larry had spent 38 years at the helm of Kitsap Community Resources, from which he will be retiring at the end of this year.
Our outbound exchange student to Thailand, Melissa Aulgur, graduated a year early from Bremerton High School with multiple honors and cords, including one in language studies. Marissa also met with Mayor Patty Lent. Our outbound exchange students are ambassadors not only for our Rotary club, but also the City of Bremerton and Mayor Lent talks to them and gives them encouragement and some city pins to trade on exchange.
Carrie Rivers reminded Rotarians to sign up for President Andrea’s upcoming Kickout Dinner June 23. She needed to tell the Conference Center by Tuesday how many persons to cook for.
President Andrea gave an update on Paul Pazooki, who is recovering from triple bypass heart surgery. Apparently he is due to be released shortly from Harrison Hospital and will go to the Northwoods Lodge in Silverdale, where he will spend another month. He would welcome emails or other communications.
Tom Long read an email from Malea Martin, our outbound exchange student from 2006-07 to Germany.She is working for the State Department and is excited to learn that she will be posted to the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany in the second half of 2018. She will have temporary status as a Foreign Service Officer, which is her ultimate career goal. By serving in this position she'll have a better chance of achieving permanent status. She already speaks German.
Deborah Horn gave the program on Meals on Wheels Kitsap, now in its 44th year (previously known as the Chuckwagon Program). Its mission is “providing meals, nutrition and support services to improve the health and quality of life for seniors and others with hunger and health needs in Kitsap County. It serves primarily those 60 years or older throughout the county, both by delivering meals at home and in 11 community dining locations. The home-delivered meals constitute 65% of the meals served.
The organization is staffed by two full-time and eight part-time staff, but depends heavily on the 105+ volunteers who help prepare and deliver the meals. For the shut-ins, the Meals on Wheels volunteer is sometimes their only contact with the outside community. Last year, the program delivered 58,456 meals to 864 clients.
Meals on Wheels is sponsoring the Whale of a Run July 29 as part of Whaling Days in Silverdale. It will be a fundraiser for the program. It consists of a 4 mile race, 1 mile run/walk and kids’ dashes. Call 360-377-8511 or visit
WE HAVE A WINNER!!! With only 12 cards left in the deck, Jaime Forsyth pulled the Ace of Spades and won $1348.
Photography and proofreading by Tom Long
This Week in Rotary Steve LANDAU 2017-06-16 07:00:00Z 0


Bremerton Rotary Club held its 39th annual Wild Game Dinner fundraiser Feb. 24, 2018 at the Kitsap Conference Center. This popular event, featuring silent and live auctions and a dinner of wild game, helps support many of our charitable activities in the community. It has been held annually since 1979. A typical menu includes moose, elk, buffalo, venison, crab, oysters and baron of beef. 

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Wild Game Dinner Held Feb. 24, 2018 2017-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
Did you know that your purchases on 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.
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Did you know that your purchases on 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.
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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 14th consecutive year, Rotarians handed out 478 dictionaries in January 2017 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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Third Graders Get Free Dictionaries 2015-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

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 29th annual Bremerton Blackberry Festival will take place Sept. 1, 2 & 3, 2018. 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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Blackberry Festival Coming Up Labor Day Weekend 2015-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

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.

Rotary Awards Computers to AVID Students 2015-03-10 07:00:00Z 0
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.
Bremerton Rotary Celebrates 75 Years! 2014-12-31 08:00:00Z 0


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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Rotary Donates $30,000 for New Preschool 2014-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

ImageFor the 10th 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 2017.  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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Rotarians Read to Kindergarteners 2014-03-10 07:00:00Z 0

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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Spirit of the Season 2013-12-25 00:00:00Z 0

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.

Bremerton Rotary Awards $30,000 in Scholarships 2013-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Four local Rotary clubs (Bremerton, East Bremerton, South Kitsap and North Mason) held a gigantic garage sale at the Kitsap Fairgrounds Pavilion every April. Known as R.A.G.S., or the Rotary Auction and Garage Sale, 2018 was the 21st consecutive year this popular event has been held. It will be held again in April 2019. 
Eager patrons rushed into the building shortly after 8 a.m., seeking the biggest bargains. The sale items usually 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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