Welcome to our Club!
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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East Bremerton Rotary is beginning to distribute dictionaries to Central Kitsap Elementary Schools grades 3 and 4. We join with the Silverdale Rotary to give a dictionary to each third grade student in Central Kitsap School District. Since we could present any last year we elected to expand the program to grades 3 and 4. In all we plan to present over 800 dictionaries. 
We started distribution on March 31 at Brownsville Elementary. We plan to continue next week. If you are available and want to help please contact Dick Sims. 
 
Apr 12 Budd Hawk Elementary at Noon
Apr 15 Barker Creek at Noon
Apr 21 Pinecrest  Elementary at 7:45
 
 
Periodically we hold purely social gatherings which we call "Fifth Wednesday".  For our fist Fifth Wednesday of the year we will be doing a Wine Tasting on Tuesday Mar 29 at 5:30PM at McClouds
 
Andy Graham has curated a fine selection of wines for us. Come on out to McClouds, help reinvigorate our social programs and enjoy some wine. 
 
We are very grateful to the crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt for their support in maintaining the Illahee Forest Preserve. Trail blocking trees have be removed and the trails have been cleared. The Tuesday March 8 effort will place wood chips on the trails. The work will be from 10-2PM. Bring your wheelbarrow and Join the Fun! 
DISTRICT TRAINING VIRTUALLY is back for one more year, and registration is now open! You don't want to miss this great training event. Join us April 2! https://d5020.com/DTV2022
 
District Training Virtually
April 2, 2022
Session Descriptions
 
Session #1 - 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
 
Coffee and Chat with DG Lorna Curtis (for current Club Presidents):  You’ve obviously enjoyed the previous opportunities to share a cup of your favorite beverage with District Governor, Lorna Curtis over Zoom.  DG Lorna would love to take this time to hear how you’re feeling about your service as President of your Club as you prepare to hand over the gavel in just a few months. 
 
DACdb for Club Officers & Committee Chairs: (Two opportunities to take this class) Learn how to set up your club officers, committee chairs, add members, edit, delete and more.  Did you know there is an electronic new member form that does all the work for you? Learn how to send a “how to login” message to your entire club with one email, giving them their own personal info, update your club members data by sending one email, set up club assignments, club calendars and lots more! 
 
Imagine!  Energizing Your Way to a Vibrant Club:  You are encouraged to attend this forum and brainstorming session focused on recruiting, attracting, engaging and retaining members.  This is an opportunity to learn how to keep a club vibrant and fun, and to share some effective best practices.  Questions will be welcome since the answer will likely be in the Zoom room! 
 
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Bank…:   Learn how to avoid falling into "bad practices" as a Club treasurer.  This session will rely on real world experiences and heavily involve attendee participation.  Bring your questions!
Public Image Tools For Success (Part One of Two):   Public image is a big job. It covers social media, branding, advertising, public relations, website, club bulletin and more. The presenter is going to walk you through some social media tools that you’ll find helpful to stay on top of things. Attend this session to learn about Facebook & Instagram, specifically Facebook Business Suite and the integrated content calendar. 
 
Session #2 - 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 am
 
READY for Your Presidential Year?  GET SET with your plans in place!  GO make it a GREAT year!  (for current Presidents-Elect - President in 2022-23):  You have been to PETS, you've done the work to complete your Club Enhancement Plan, set your goals and hopefully have established who will serve on your Board.  Learn the final steps necessary to get you fully prepared for this awesome experience. This session will give you some tips on running great meetings, working cohesively with your Board and all Club members, and answer any questions you have before your term as President 2022-23 begins.  
 
Rotary Foundation Grant Management Training & District Community Grants: This session is NOT a grant qualification session.  Grant qualification for the 2022-2023 Rotary year will be completed online. This session by District 5020’s Foundation leaders will have only a short general presentation and be primarily for participants to ask questions about District Community Grants, and to learn from other Rotarians.  Participants are not required to complete the online qualification course before this session
Imagine Leadership:  If you are willing to open your own leadership toolbox and help others to succeed, you increase the chance and opportunity to make a difference and accomplish things in your personal, professional and volunteer life.  This class will help you take inventory of what leadership skills you currently possess, how to enhance those skills and also what important tools you could add to your own toolbox.
Public Image Tools For Success (Part Two of Two):   Public image is a big job. It covers social media, branding, advertising, public relations, website, club bulletin and more. This session will expose you to some helpful social media tools to stay on top of things. Attend this session to learn about Canva, a free graphic design platform, used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents and other visual content. This extremely user-friendly platform can help bring your content to the next level.
 
YES!  Rotary Needs You!  Ever thought of serving as club president, serving on your board or joining a district leadership committee?  You have talents and skills that will flourish as you step forward to be part of the leadership team for your Rotary Club.   Chart the journey, begin to prepare, and know that this adventure will ultimately deepen and enrich your Rotary experience.   Best of all, you will meet some remarkable people who will truly become part of your ‘Rotary family!’  Get ready to be energized
 
designing. tomorrow. together.  (for current Presidents-Elect Nominees - President in 2023-24):  Will you be President during the 2023-2024 Rotary Year? You really don't want to miss this opportunity! This will be the perfect time to ask the 2023-24 District Governor questions and hear some wild ideas about how things are lining up, and how everyone can have fun during the year while helping to Grow Rotary.
 
Session #3 – 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
 
Rotary Foundation Global Grant Q&A: This session is NOT a grant qualification session.  This session by District 5020’s Foundation leaders will have only a short general presentation and be primarily for participants to ask questions about Global Grants, and to learn from other Rotarians.  Helpful hints will be shared. Participants are not required to complete the online qualification course before this session.
 
Imagine!  Happiness is a Warm Greeting: This session will provide you with some innovative and effective ways to introduce new members to Rotary.  You will learn about the importance of utilizing mentors to help new members feel welcome and engage them in your club.  You will have an opportunity to share your ideas and you will leave with lots of ideas on how to make new members feel they have received a warm greeting!  
See the World: (Two opportunities to take this class) After so many months being locked indoors, it’s time to break out and SEE the WORLD!  One of the best ways is to let the world come to you!  Student visas and passports are renewed and ready to go, so all we need now are clubs to get involved!  This workshop will provide you with an overview of why Rotary is so passionate about Youth Exchange, why clubs get involved, and what it takes to get started!  If your club has been thinking of getting your feet wet in Youth Exchange, or you are just curious about what all the fuss is about, come join us and find out how close you really are to Seeing the World through a Student’s Eyes!
 
DACdb for Club Officers & Committee Chairs: (Two opportunities to take this class) Learn how to set up your club officers, committee chairs, add members, edit, delete and more.  Did you know there is an electronic new member form that does all the work for you?  Learn how to send a “how to login” message to your entire club with one email, giving them their own personal info, update your club members data by sending one email, set up club assignments, club calendars and lots more!
 
 
Session #4 – 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
 
Goals Versus Vision:  Can you identify “WHY” people should join your Rotary Club?  Can you list the reasons “WHY” they stay?  In this session, we will help you find the tools and procedures to enable your club to achieve a clear vision, take your goals and turn them into an action or plan and create a positive a club culture where everyone feels valued and able to contribute. 
 
Imagine!  Bungie Jumping Your Club to Membership Growth:  This session will focus on the importance of innovation and adapting to a changing environment in growing Rotary.  It’s a new age and Rotary reflects this.  Learn about different membership and club types and Rotary’s new flexibility in so many areas.  Pick up tips to make your club more attractive to current and potential members.  The presenter has been around the block and is bursting with ideas.
 
 
Are YOU a Champion for The Rotary Foundation in Your Club?  As a Rotary Foundation Champion or your Club’s Rotary Foundation committee member, you will learn to inspire your Club to give to The Rotary Foundation & participate in its activities. Learn how to conduct inspirational Foundation-focused club programs throughout the year, Paul Harris points, Rotary Direct & club member contribution reporting.  Share resources available to become a TRF champion. Bring your questions! 
 
 
See the World: (Two opportunities to take this class) After so many months being locked indoors, it’s time to break out and SEE the WORLD!  One of the best ways is to let the world come to you!  Student visas and passports are renewed and ready to go, so all we need now are clubs to get involved!  This workshop will provide you with an overview of why Rotary is so passionate about Youth Exchange, why clubs get involved, and what it takes to get started!  If your club has been thinking of getting your feet wet in Youth Exchange, or you are just curious about what all the fuss is about, come join us and find out how close you really are to Seeing the World through a Student’s Eyes!
 
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. 
 
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May 25, 2022
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Miah Davis
Jun 01, 2022
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