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East Bremerton

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
McCloud's Grill House
4111 Wheaton Way
Bremerton, WA 98312
United States of America
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Club Treasurer
Secretary
Past President and EBR Foundation President
Sergeant at Arms
Director - Community Service
Director - Club Administration
Director - Vocational Service
Director - International Service
Director - Youth Services
Director - Public Image
Director - Membership
EBR Foundation Secretary/Treasurer

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In honor of Polio Plus Day Sonny Loidhamer donated $1500 to the EBR Foundation Polio Plus Fund Drive. Open until the end of the month EBR Foundation has dedicated $5000 in matching funds to match members donations to eradicate Polio. District 5020 Foundation Chairman Howard Svigals informed us that there are only three documented cases of polio so far in 2021. 
 
The September 15 Morning meeting Raffle raised $300 in support of the Bremerton Boys and Girls Club. Foundation President Patty Murphy presented the Money to Katie Musgrave of the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound. Denny Smith won the wine gift basket raffle. 
The Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, Katie Musgrave presented Andy Graham their Jerry and Nancy Reid Community Spirit Award for his efforts in support of the East Bremerton Boys and Girls Club.
 
 
This coming Monday, September 13th the Kitsap County Commissioners will recognize Jim Aho for his many thousands of volunteer hours and for sharing his expertise for the benefit of the greater Illahee/East Bremerton community.  Jim has made a tireless focus to Illahee Preserve thru his Herculean effort to initially help make Illahee Preserve a Kitsap County Park, then immerse himself in the on-going maintenance, and most notably to lead the effort to expand from original 352 acres up to current 587 acres.  He also continues to serve as a Port of Illahee Commissioner, long-time member of Salvation Army Board, a long-time member of the Central Kitsap Community Council Board, and member of East Bremerton Rotary.  
Congratulations to our first Blue Badgers of the year! Membership Chairman Alijah Hawley presents Blue Badges to Chris Piercy and Jim Aho.
AmazonSmile and the East Bremerton Rotary Foundation
 
The East Bremerton Rotary Foundation is now part of the AmazonSmile program.  Shop at smile.amazon.com and they will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to your favorite charitable organization including Our Club's own 501c3 foundation with no fees and no extra cost to you.
 
Each year large businesses, such as Amazon, participate in philanthropic endeavors as part of their corporate mission.   Amazon claims to have donated over $293 million to non-profit organizations around the world.  This is our opportunity to get back collectively some of the money that we spend individually.
 
Please consider using this as a source of  essentially free money for Our Club's projects.
 
 
 
April 3, 2021 Club Get Together at Illahee Preserve Shelter.  First time together in over a year.
 
EBR in action! Patty Murphy, Denny and Connie Smith, Jill Wallen, Bill Wright, Marcie Axtman and Stacie Dore' on Friday assisted Chef Rachel prepare Kitchen Tool kits supplied by our Club with matching funds from Rotary District 5020. Monday begins the summer series of Fresh and Healthy Cooking for Your Family at Kitsap Community Resources. EBR is also compiling a recipe book and is om the lookout for Simple and Healthy recipes.
 
Fresh and Healthy Cooking started as a 3 week course to provide families with a kitchen kit, offer an opportunity to learn cooking skills, provide recipes for cost efficient meals, along with effective grocery shopping options, they will shop at a local grocery store, return to KCR’s industrial kitchen, prepare and package their meals to carry home to their family.

Illahee Preserve and the Environment
The Illahee Preserve Heritage Park is located in East Bremerton. It spans more than 580 acres of preserved land and includes nearly 7 miles of trails.  The members of East Bremerton Rotary have adopted stewardship of this preserve, providing thousands of dollars of donations and hundreds of volunteer hours each year toward its maintenance and improvement.
 
This year we held a Virtual Christmas Party via Zoom.
Highlight of the party was the Gingerbread House contest. John Armstrong had the winning entry with the "Bruserville Schoolhouse.
 
 
East Bremerton Rotary donated and delivered 70 backpacks to The Coffee Oasis, YWCA and KCR Children's Fund. This was part of our Clubs Back to School effort supporting youth in our community.
2020 Christmas Angel program. This year’s program was necessarily different than years past. East Bremerton Rotary partnered with Kitsap Community Resources to provide Christmas gifts to families in need. Instead of shopping for families and providing wrapped gifts, donated items were assembled at the Bremerton Masonic Lodge and deserving parents were allowed to “shop” for gifts for their family. This enabled the parents to more closely match their family’s needs. 
Andy Graham was a gracious host for last week's "Fifth Wednesday" wine-tasting event at McCloud's. Stay tuned for our next edition of the new social event that adds a fifth fun meeting during the month for club members. 
 
Rotarians pledged $6,703 and with the $4,000 club Foundation match, the total donation for World Polio Day was $10,793. This generosity resulted in 17 new or next level Paul Harris Fellows and three first time Rotary Foundation Polio Plus donors.
 
Tina Robinson - PHF
Bill Dean Benson – PHF + 1
Robert Washbond – PHF + 1
Jonathan P. Buesch – PHF + 2
Patty Murphy – PHF + 2
David J. White – PHF + 2
Dr. Kenneth Lee Hegtvedt – PHF + 3
Sue Ann Shipley – PHF + 3
John (Sonny) Loidhamer – PHF + 4
Kim W. Zook – PHF + 5
Jerry LeTexier – PHF + 6 & 7
Steve Fabry – PHF + 8
EBR meets every Wednesday for Breakfast. Fifth Wednesday was conceived as a means to get together on a more social basis and perhaps learn something at the same time. On Wednesday Feb 19th we met at McClouds Grill house for a wine tasting. Andy brought a distributor Rep Amanda Landenberg and together they lead a sampling of Northwest wines. The vintners ranged from Washington and Oregon with one California wine thrown in for comparison. All the wines were excellent and we learned a lot. 
 
President Donna and her Sweetheart Auction Team did it again, and another successful fundraiser is in the books. A big thanks to all club members for helping out by making donations, volunteering your time, inviting friends and showing up to bid. From the looks of these photos, a good time was had! 
 
Thanks to everyone who came out to Gold Mountain for another great Christmas Party, and thanks as always to John Armstrong for his talent in organizing a great event. Our dessert dash raised $1,900 that will go to a good cause, John's son-in-law Jeremy Cross served as emcee, and the entertainment was provided by Mark Pearson of the Brothers Four, who attended UW with John. 
 
 
President Donna's major project for her Rotary year is now complete.
 
All fall groups of Rotarians have been working at the Stella Maris women's shelter in West Bremerton to add a storage shed that will help accommodate a need for storage space. EBR also helped stock the shed with goods they need. At last week's meeting all the members who participated were recognized, including Dick Shipley, who led most of the organization and construction, and Jill Wallen, Jon Buesch, John Armstrong, Dave White, Vic Ulsh, Kim Zook, Guy Stitt, Bill Wright, Bill Benson, Ron Muhleman, Jerry LeTexier, Sonny Loidhammer, Alijah Hawley, Eric Roberts, Howard Julien, Jack Stodden, Patty Murphy and Ken Hegvedt
 
Find more photos from the work parties on our Facebook page.  
 
The Bremerton Stella Maris Women's Shelter provides housing, food, and a safe, supportive environment to women and their children in our community who have been subject to domestic violence. EBR is helping the shelter by building a storage shed for supplies. 
 
Speakers
Jed Selter
Dec 01, 2021
A Thanksgiving Message
Dan Dubiak
Dec 08, 2021
A Virtual Trip to Namibia
Melissa Kittrell
Dec 22, 2021
The Cider Business
Steven Strachan
Jan 05, 2022
Law Enforcement In Washington
Paul Andrews
Jan 12, 2022
Kitsap County Elections
Jim Rothlin
Jan 19, 2022
Port of Bremerton
Aaron Leavell
Jan 26, 2022
A Conversation with Superintendent of Bremerton Schools
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