Bremerton Central Lions

October 2021

Message from King Lion, Todd Faulkner

So much to be grateful for!!!

I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude these past few days. I have found myself looking around my home and office and noticing things that cause me to be grateful: my family, friends, home, meaningful work, and so much more. Gratitude is often defined as the quality of being thankful, but I think it is so much more! It is interesting to note that every major religion considers gratitude as a core belief. Much work has been done to document the value an attitude of gratitude has on our health and well-being.

One of the things I’ve been thinking about as I have considered gratitude is how often gratitude is expressed through service to others. I’ve heard it said that service to others is the rent we pay for our space here on the earth. I would agree, but I would add that service to others is the expression of all we are grateful for in our lives. I have noticed time and again the close relationship between gratitude and service share. When I choose gratitude, my natural inclination is to serve others; when I serve others, I am more grateful for all the goodness in my life.

I’m inspired by those in my life who demonstrate gratitude. I like to be around people who say thank you, and tip big, and serve others when there is no possibility of repayment. I am inspired by the Lions I have gotten to know over the past several years as a member of the Bremerton Central Lions. I consistently see Lions give to projects and support fundraising efforts to support our local community.

My gratitude extends to each member of the Bremerton Central Lions. I see you! I see the long hours of service, the hard work invested in projects, the commitment to pay your own way, and the investments of your time, money, and talents to make our club a success. You challenge me to serve more, and in more meaningful ways.

As we look ahead to Thanksgiving season this month, I want to challenge each of us to think about all those things we are thankful for. Let’s make gratitude a central part of who we are, and allow ourgratitude to translate into service for others. And thank you for all you do, Lions!

- King Lion Todd

Thank You Lions and Friends!

BCLF Auction Featured on Admiral Theater Sign

Lions Club Foundation Virtual Auction

This year's Bremerton Central Lions Club Foundation Virtual Auction was a success! Thank you to those that donated, supported, encouraged, and engaged in the virtual auction.

Our raise the paddle event brought in more than $4,000 for the Olympic College Promise and once the foundation is done reimbursing and such, we will have a total amount raised this year by our Lions and friends.

Raise the Paddle!

This year's Raise the Paddle supports the Olympic College Foundation's Promise Scholarships for students. Thanks to you, we raised more than $4,000 for the OC Promise.

The OC Promise provides on tuition-free year at Olympic College and additional support services to help students succeed.

The Promise Scholarship is designed to fully support students by filling the gap between awarded financial aid and the administrative and tuition costs for their first year of college.

Research shows that students who earn 45 credits or more are likely to complete their

certification and/or degree, so the promise Promise scholarships provide one-on-one support

to award winners from coaches, advisors, and foundation staff who work to remove any

barriers students may face to access and completion of certification and/or degree


Our “Promise for the Future” supports up to 30 students from Bremerton High School and up to 30 students from Olympic High School prepare for their future through one-year free tuition-free year to at Olympic College.

What the students say:

"It means the world to me. I probably wouldn't have been able to go to college otherwise." Amaya, Promise Scholar 2021-2022

"I like it. I love it. It's honestly great. I don't think I could have paid for (college) without the OC Promise." Charnita, Promise Scholar 2021-2022

"I struggle financially... The OC Promise made it easier for me to just narrow my path. That's why I chose OC." Rodgie, Promise Scholar 2021-2022

"I would like to thank the donors because you guys made me feel so successful." Lydia, Promise Scholar 2019-2020.

"It's just a beautiful opportunity for students to live their dreams." Wendi, Promise Scholar 2020-2021

"(The Promise scholarship) was a major impact on my life, not even just for the financial part, but also for the community that I was able to build." Teresa, Promise Scholar 2020-2021

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Our very own PDG Ida was presented with her Lion for Life Certificate.

Congratulations, Ida!

October 6, 2021 Lunch Speaker

Thank you to this week's lunch speaker, Scott Williard, from Kitsap Homes for Compassion. What a wonderful mission they have to create compassionate spaces for the homeless in Bremerton and Kitsap County.

The mission of Kitsap Homes for Compassion is to create affordable, permanent supportive housing (PSH) and other resources for those experiencing homelessness, using shared housing as well as private apartment units.

They envision a future Kitsap County where homelessness has been eliminated and everyone has a safe, supportive permanent home.

There are six housing programs available, reaching various homeless populations in Kitsap County.

  1. Mature adult program
  2. Single mother with small children program
  3. Houses for U.S. Veterans
  4. Olympic College program
  5. Houses for Kitsap Immigrant Families
  6. Young adult program for homeless singles age 18 - 40 years old

The KHOC program has several elements that are part of the housing system. Some current elements may not have enough funding and/or volunteers/human resources to fully support in entirety, but it is the vision and goal for the future:

  1. Housing first - clean room with locking door, shared common areas for an affordable monthly price. Cost of utilities included in monthly fee, including WiFi, internet, cable TV, and a landline house phone.
  2. Being a "Family" Member - must be part of the household, or family, and be respectful to one another. This means an end to isolation. it means working together as a team to complete household chores, allowing for smooth operation of a home. Thus, developing improved social skills that are key to success in life.
  3. Computer access and support - all houses are equipped with a shared computer that can be used by members to access the internet, jobs, and training opportunities. KHOC computer staff and volunteers help provide support and connect KHOC members with County training resources at WorkSource Kitsap.
  4. Discovering your strengths - Members take the StrengthFinder assessment from Gallup by Don Clifton to find out their individual strengths. This information helps members have more information to pursue employment opportunities and/or hobbies, interests and activities.
  5. Planned group activities and field trips - Activity coordinators (both from House Members and KHOC Volunteers) provide planned group activities and weekly field trips in which members can voluntarily participate.
  6. Employment Program - in the future KHOC would like to offer members job readiness skills and long-term employment acquisition that enables them to regain the confidence and motivation needed to obtain greater economic independence.

To learn more and find out how you can help, go to:

October 20 Lions Club Speaker

King Lion Todd with our October 20th speaker, Amy Steinhilber, Director of the Washington Youth Academy.

Amy shared valuable information on the Washington Youth Academy and its positive impact on students.

Washington Youth Academy is a National Guard ChalleNGe Program. It was established under authority of both federal and state law and 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. It is a quasi-military training and mentoring program for at-risk youth. The goal 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.

October 27 Lions Club Speakers

Thank you to Mr. Ulsh and Mr. Aho, for sharing their extensive knowledge about the Ilahee Preserve. It is wonderful to learn more about our local community and the land that is preserved for generations to come. If you have a chance, take a nice hike through the preserve and keep your eye out for some of the incredible birds that make the preserve their home.

MD 19 Annual Convention 2021

It's the 100th year for MD19!

The annual convention is virtual this year and the event website opens Monday, November 1, to give everyone a chance to review the site and become familiar with how it works before sessions begin on Friday.

Location: Virtual

Dates: Friday, November 5 (9:00 AM) - Saturday, November 6 (6:30 PDT)

Lion Shani awarded Lions International Award for Centennial Membership

Dates to Remember

November 5 - 6: MD19 Annual Convention - virtual

November 7: Daylight Savings Time Ends

November 11: Veterans Day

November 23: Lions Lunch Noon at McClouds - more information to come