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ABOUT THE LIONS

The Lions Motto is “We Serve."  For 92 years our Club's members have followed this mandate through the creation and support of a wide variety of facilities and service projects.

While Sight is the major institutional goal of Lionism, our bylaws also direct us to take an active interest in the Civic, Cultural, Social and Moral Welfare of our community. 

We welcome membership interest from any man or woman of legal majority, good moral character and community reputation who recognizes Lions as a vehicle through which they can make a contribution to the community, expand their acquaintances and make some wonderful friends.

The Lions are the largest service club organization in the world with over 1.5 million members. The members of our club represent all walks of life: employees, business people and retirees -  male and female members.  Though we come from every corner of the social, economic and religious spectrum, we are united in our desire to provide aid and support to those in our community who are in need.  If you are motivated to offer help to your neighbors who can benefit from it, you will find many opportunities for personal fulfillment by joining with us.  

 

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RECENT EVENTS

Slug Sales At Blackberry Fest:

The Bremerton Central Lions amazing concoction known as a Blackberry Slug was back on the Bremerton Boardwalk for all three days of Bremerton's Blackberry Festival on Labor Day weekend.  Lines were long and sales were brisk as word about the Slug has clearly spread throughout the region.  Because the product is fresh each day, supplies routinely expire before the festivities end, and the disappointed faces of those that peek in the booth while the cleanup crew is at work are hard to endure.  At least we know that we are now FAMOUS!  And now, thanks to this video from "This and That Northwest," we are ever more famous:

https://thisandthatnorthwest.com/category/meetthevendors/

Here are some more images of the wonderful weekend at work:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Kure Sister City Students Visit To Bremerton:

The three students from Bremerton's Sister City of Kure, Japan visited Bremerton from July 23rd to August 19th.  During their stay, they enjoyed many local experiences they had anticiipated, such as going to a Mariners game, and visiting the Pike Place Market and the Space Needle.  As usual, they were not looking forward to leaving.  Here are a few pictures of their time in Bremerton.

Exchanging Presents With Mayor Greg Wheeler


 

The three Kure Students visit the City Council, flanked by Lion Sister City Chairman Lon Howard, and several host family members along with Mayor Wheeler

 

Two Kure Students chat with Lion Gene Hart at their Farewell Party

 

Lion Richard Huddy with two Kure Students at their Farewell Party

 

Farewell Party guests with two Kure Students

 

Lion Stan Williams Honored at Lions Park:

On July 25th, 2018 Lion Stan Williams was honored at the Club's annual picnic at Lions Park for his many years of service on behalf of not only the Park, but also numerous recreation projects in the City.  In recognition of his persistent and tireless contributions, the Parks and Recreation Department has re-named softball Field #2 "Stan Williams Field."  Stan is shown here receiving the certificate proclaiming the award.

 

Lions Benefit Golf Tournament for Project New Hope:

On June 29th, 2018 the Bremerton Central Lions sponsored a scramble golf tournament at McCormick Woods Golf Club.  All net proceeds went to benefit Lions Project New Hope NW.  It was the first golf fundraiser for our Lions, and we were proud to present a check to Project New Hope for $1,000.  Plans are already underway for the 2nd Annual Tournament in 2019.

 

2nd Annual Beep Ball Game:

On June 2nd, 2018, the Club sponsored the 2nd Annual Beep Ball game at Bremerton's Lions Park , featuring the Seattle South King Sluggers vs. a team consisting of first responders from Kitsap County, including the Bremerton Police and Kitsap County Sheriff Departments, as well as local firefighters. 

The Sluggers are an all blind team from Seattle that plays in an organized league.  Players on both teams are required to wear blindfolds whenever they leave their dugout to either go hit or take the field.  They are always led to their defensive positions or to home plate.

Beep Ball is essentially slow pitch softball, but with several twists.  The pitcher and catcher are the only sighted players and both are on the batter's team.  When a batter makes contact with a pitched ball, they run toward a "base" - positioned down the first or third base line - that also beeps after a pitched ball is hit.  One volunteer has a remote control that determines which base beeps.  The base is actually a styrofoam stanchion.  If a defensive player gains control of the batted ball before the batter reaches the beeping base, the batter is out - if not, the batter's team is credited with a run.

Unlike last year, both the Sluggers and the opposition had much difficulty making contact with the pitched balls.  The Sluggers finally got something going late in the game and scored two runs, winning by a 2-0 score.

 Everyone had great fun and learned much about what life is like without the gift of sight.  The Sluggers plan to make an annual visit to Lions Field.  Unfortunately there were few pictures taken this year so here are some images from the wonderful day on June 3rd, 2017.

 

Lion J.R. Kinnison welcomes the fans.

 

  Lion Pat Sullivan presents the Beep Ball.

 

Dang !

 

The base is here somewhere ...

 

Found it !

 

The Sluggers are led to their defensive positions.

 

There's a guy who knows his way to the base !

 

A great time was had by all !

 

 

2018 Pancake Breakfast:

Here it is, another fabulous Lions Pancake Breakfast on 4th Street in Bremerton - preceding the equally famous and fabulous Armed Forces Day Parade in the downtown area on May 18th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salvation Army Bellringers:

On December 9th, 2017 our club once again assisted the Salvation Army Bellringing Campaign, this time at all three entrances to Fred Meyer in Bremerton.  In addtion, we continued the annual tradition of leading off the Kitsap Sun Bellringer Fund with a $500 donation.  Past Zone Chair Mike Peterson and Past District Governor Ida Malone were clearly in the Christmas spirit here, with Ida delivering snacks and beverages to all the Lions.

Mike Peterson and Ida Malone

 

Centennial Legacy Project:

On October 18th, 2017 Foundation President Ron Morse presented Parks and Recreation Supervisor Jeff Elevado with the final payment for the Club's Lions Centennial Legacy Project recently erected at Lions Park.  It is a climbing structure designed to provide recreational activity for younger age children - something the Park heretofore did not provide.  On November 1st, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony at Lions Park for the new structure, featuring Foundation President Morse and  Mr. Elevado, as well as King Lion Jim Lamb, Centennial Committee Chairman Margie Torbron, Lion Mayor Patty Lent and City Council Member Pat Sullivan (also a Lion).  A number of club members also attended, in additon to Zone Chair Ginger Shields.  Early reports are that the kids love their new plaything!

King Lion Jim Lamb, Lion Mayor Patty Lent, Legacy Committee Chairman Margie Torbron, Foundation Chairman Ron Morse and Parks and Rec Supervisor Jeff Elevado

 

Lion Pat Sullivan joins the group.

 

Zone Chair Ginger Shields, Lions Ron Lund and Ida Malone join the celebration.

 

Foundation Chairman Ron Morse thanks the workers on the project.

 

   

The Annual Dinner and Auction:

On October 7th, 2017 The Club's Charitable Foundation crossed another milestone by hosting it's 30th annual Dinner and Auction at the Admiral Theatre.  As usual, the event was fun and very rewarding, not only to the community at large but to this year's central focus:  HOPE, Inc. - the expanding job skills training program for homeless youth in Kitsap County - created by Coffee Oasis, who sponsors a number of programs in our community benefitting our youthful homeless population.    Once again, kudos to the intrepid members of the Club's Dinner and Auction Committee that meet several times each month throughout the year to push the project forward to success each year, and after a few weeks "off", re-start for the following year.

The Catalog Cover

 

    

The Action

 

Auctioneer Ron Hippe

 

 

 

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