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East Bremerton

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT MEETING IN PERSON
Bremerton, WA 98310
United States of America
All meetings are currently held via Zoom. Please contact club secretary for invitation or follow links to Zoom Meeting Invitations (Login Required).
Rotary Members serving Lunch at Bremerton Boys and Girls Club.
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Due to the Corona virus pandemic we are unable to meet for our regular Wednesday morning breakfast at McClouds Grill House.  We have established a weekly Zoom meeting at 7:30 AM every Wednesday until our normal meetings can be restored. A meeting invitation is being sent out with instructions on how to join. Visitors and Rotarians are welcome to join us. Please contact us via email: eastbremertonrotary@gmail.comfor access instructions.
 
Rhydian an autistic 6 year old military dependent was upset that the Silverdale Rotary Duck Race was canceled. In response the Rotary  Dressed up their Silverdale Duck and conducted a “Birthday Parade” at the Seabeck Conference Center. In Support Jon Buesch organized a group of 20 old cars to participate.
 
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! 
 
 
Happy New Year Everyone,
 
We have not had a meeting since December 18th.  That feels so long ago....  It feels even scarier to think that our largest fundraiser of the year is 33 days away.  The catalog goes to print in 21/2 weeks.  That is only 2 meetings away.  Yikes!!!
 
Here are things that we need:
 
We need 2 or 3 more table captains.  We are only asking to use your name for registration, the club will help you fill up your table.  Each table seats 8.
 
We need silent auction items and super silent auction items. Super silent is valued higher then silent items but not quite live auction value.  Ask other members to go in on something together to keep down the price and all the work involved.  Even if you do not know what you will bring, sign up to show your commitment. You have a few weeks to decide.
 
Sponsorships are still needed and/or cash donations to use for auction item purchases.  If you own a business and would like to sponsor, your company will be advertised in the program.
 
We as a club will be putting together the wall of wine as a live auction item again.  We will need 50 bottles of  wine valued at $20 or more.  Would you kindly purchase one or more bottles?
 
Sign up sheets for Live & Silent  auction items, Table Captains and Dessert Dash will be going around on Wednesday.
 
Remember to sell, buy or return the cash for the raffle tickets  you were given at the beginning of December.  Money, stubs, tickets need to be returned to Howard Julien.
 
Below you will find information and instructions on how to navigate the registration:
 
2020 Sweetheart Dinner Auction
Saturday February 8th
5:00     $70 pp
 
Kitsap Golf and Country Club
3885NW Golf Club Hill Road
Bremerton
 
 
Follow instructions.  If you are paying for and registering other guests, please make sure you have available their first/last name, phone, email and mailing address.  Also, their entrée choice, which is Filet Mignon, Baked Chicken Breast or a rice noodle vegetable bowl. A complete menu description is on the website.
 
Please note that there is no option to pick a table captain. So PLEASE put the table captain's name for each registrant in the box where it says "What would you like us to know?"
 
If you have any questions, please reach out to Marcie, Tina, Patty or myself.
 
I know that we will all pull together and make it another fabulous evening!! East Bremerton Rotary is the best club and I look forward the second half of my term with all of you.
 
Wishing you a healthy and Happy New Year,
 
Donna
 
 
 
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. 
 
Everyone's favorite musical duo led the EBR takeover of Salvation Army Bellringer bins last Saturday. And despite what you've heard about these two, it was a great success and a lot of fun for members all day long. 
 
ANNNNNNND... according to Bellringing coordinator Ron Muhelman, we raised a total of $1,349.96 in one day! Thanks to everyone who took a shift, and special thanks to those who sang... 
 
That's now the total to beat for the downtown Bremerton club, which will try to best us and take the inaugural bell trophy that's on the line between our two clubs. Stay tuned for the results of that one... 
 

Jim Aho presented his Classification speech at our Weds Nov 27 breakfast meeting, espousing his love of Illahee Preserve, Nature and his Community. He also presented his Thanksgiving wish. This is the same person who presented his obituary with his application.
 
 
2019 Bellringer Challenge
During the Bremerton Service Club Luncheon on Nov 27th a Challenge was made to all of our Clubs. An engraved Bell will be presented to the Club that produces the most money during their Salvation Army Bellringing efforts this Christmas season. East Bremerton Rotary will be belling at the Bremerton Fred Meyers all day Dec 7th. 5050 State Highway 303 Ne Bremerton, WA 98311.
 
Each year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving members from five service clubs in Bremerton -- Bremerton Rotary, East Bremerton Rotary, Bremerton Kiwanis Club, Bremerton Central Lions, and Bremerton Soroptimists. gather for a turkey lunch at the Admiral Theatre. The Admiral Theatre has donated the lunch so the money raised can establish a fund to start a project we work on with our fellow service organizations. This year we raised $1042 dollars to support the Bremerton Backpack Brigade.  
  
 
 
 
The Bremerton Backpack Brigade exists to provide a supplemental food source on weekends for children in need throughout the Bremerton Elementary School District. Due to homelessness, financial struggles and an array of other issues prevalent today, food provided at school often make up the most nutritious meals children will receive all day. For some, those meals may be the only ones they will receive that day. 
 
Each week during the school year, volunteers fill backpacks with practical kid friendly foods; including fresh fruit and vegetables, shelf-stable milk and juice.  Those backpacks are then delivered to the schools, where the staff discreetly distributes them to the students enrolled in the program.  The students return the backpacks to their school on Mondays, to be picked up and refilled for the following weekend. 
 
 
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.  
 
 
Today is End Polio Day. East Bremerton Rotary raised and donated $10,703 to help end Polio. 
 
We had a great turnout at Hale's Ales Barrelhouse in West Bremerton last Wednesday for our "Fifth Wednesday" social event. Thanks to the social events committee led by John Armstrong for setting that up, Ken Hegvedt for recruiting our speaker from Washington Youth Academy and, as always, Andy Graham for a wonderful meal by McCloud's. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Work continued last week, rain and shine, at the Stella Maris women's shelter, where our club is rebuilding a storage shed for residents and staff. The project was scheduled to finish up Tuesday, Sept. 24, so listen for potentially a final update at Wednesday's meeting. 
 
Five-club meeting with our District Governor will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the Kitsap Conference Center.
 
District 5020 Governor Maureen Fritz-Roberts’ home club is the Rotary Club of Comox. Since joining the Rotary Club of Comox, she has been club membership chair, district membership chair, club president (in that order), district visioning chair and an instructor at PETS and at the Rotary Leadership Institute.
 
Maureen Fritz-Roberts (Mo) has seen the world change in numerous ways over the years. Even as Rotary has adapted to those changes, the core meaning of Rotary has remained the same- service, high ethical standards, personal commitment. No matter what the changes and no matter what the core meaning, Mo’s mantra has remained the same: membership is still the most important thing in Rotary.
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. 
 
 

 
Saturday morning 14 of us gathered at the East Bremerton Rotary Shelter for a tour and history discussion of the Illahee Preserve lead by Vic Ulsh and Jon Buesch. The tour included an identification of the major trees, bushes, mushrooms and birds found in the forest. We found 4 different varieties of edible berries along the trails. The next trail work party is scheduled for September 27 for a final application of bark to the trails in preparation for winter. 
President Donna Evans donates $500 to Kitsap County Library Foundation Director Wendy Kile to support their October 18 Fund Raiser at the Sylvan Way Library.
 
 
KITSAP UNCENSORED
A BANNED BOOK AFFAIR:A fundraiser to celebrate the un-censoring of stories and our community's freedom to read them
 
Join us for a night of featured bites from local restaurants, cocktails, music, maker space activities, and more – all to benefit Library programs!
Friday, October 18, 2019, 7-10 p.m.
Kitsap Regional Library at Sylvan Way
1301 Sylvan Way, 
Bremerton 98310
 
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 September 25thwe will meet at the Hales Barrelhouse (1509 N Wycoff Ave, Bremerton)at 5:30. We've got Amy Steinhilber, the director of the Washington Youth Academy lined up as a guest speaker.
 
The Washington Youth Academy is a National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. The WYA is a state-run residential and post-residential intervention for youth who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out. The Washington Youth Academy is a six month quasi-military training and mentoring program. The goal of the program is to give youth a second chance to become responsible and productive citizens by helping them improve their life skills, education levels, and employment potential. In addition to their schooling the Cadets volunteer to serve the community. They support EBR with work parties at the Illahee Preserve, and at the Bremerton Armed Forces Festival Heroes Barbeque. 
 
Since this is an educational meeting attendance counts as a makeup! To encourage our new members, the first drink is on us for all members of less than one year.  Bring a friend, come out a greet us and learn more about East Bremerton Rotary!
Fall arrived right on cue after Labor Day, but the cooler and rainy weather doesn't have to send you inside just yet. There are several social events and volunteer opportunities for club members to get September going. 
 
Starting this Saturday, when our Illahee Preserve leadership team is offering a morning walking tour of the forest that East Bremerton Rotary has been closely involved with for years (pictured above). Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Almira Drive parking lot for a really interesting walk and lesson about this special place. 
 
Then on Sunday, the annual EBR Golf Fellowship tees off at Rolling Hills Golf Course, just next door to Illahee Preserve. If you aren't signed up for a tee time yet, talk to Doug Fairbanks or Justin Paquette. As always the golfing is followed by dinner at McCloud's, which non-golfers are welcome to attend. 
 
Our club work project with Stella Maris women's shelter began last week, and will continue with a few upcoming work days. We are helping the shelter build a storage shed on Tuesday, Sept. 12 (4-8 p.m.), Wednesday, Sept. 18 (4-8 p.m.), Saturday, Sept. 21 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) and the finishing up with a painting party and restocking on Tuesday, Sept. 24 (4-8 p.m.). If you are interested in helping or need more details, contact Sue Shipley. Also, this week our club will hear a request for a donation of up to $10,000  to the women's shelter to reimburse the cost of the supplies for the storage shed. Any donation of $5,000 or more requires a club vote and approval by the EBR board. 
 
Finally, sign up now for the "Fifth Wednesday" club social at Hale's Barrelhouse, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25. We'll meet at Hales, at the corner of 15th and Wycoff in West Bremerton, at 5:30 p.m., and we've got the director of the Washington Youth Academy lined up as a guest speaker. Look for a sign-up sheet at tomorrow's meeting. 
 
Whew, what a month. It's going to be a fun fall! 
 

This past Friday 53 cadets from the Washington Youth Academy (WYA) made major progress depleting major piles of wood chips to what have been called the best maintained trails in Kitsap County. With WYA supervisors, East Bremerton Rotary and Stewardship volunteers, nearly 500 hours of work was accomplished in just one day. No wonder users say the Preserve has the best trails. 

We wanted show the partnership between the Rotary and the Stewards with the last photo.

Upcoming Events
Speakers
President Patty Murphy
Sep 30, 2020
Internal Club Planning Session
RYLA
Oct 07, 2020
RYLA
Joe Stevick
Oct 14, 2020
There is More to Chocolate than Flavor
Amy Washbond
Oct 21, 2020
Rotary Exchange in Sweden
Chris Piercy & Taylor Murphy
Oct 28, 2020
Classification Talks
Ed Moydell
Nov 04, 2020
Bloedel Reserve