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ABOUT THE LIONS

The Lions Motto is “We Serve."  For 93 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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On April 28th, We lost one of our truly great Lions when Charles Jackson "Charley" Simmons passed away at age 82.  Charley graduated from the Naval Academy in 1960 and joined the Bremerton Central Lions Club in the mid-1980s.  He served as club president in 1988-89.  He was one of the founders of the Bremerton Central Lions Charitable Foundation and also was the originator of the Foundation's Seafood Dinner and Auction - now known as the Dinner and Auction - which is our Lions largest annual fundraiser.  His charitable work went far beyond the Lions club, though, and  benefitted many worthy causes in the Bremerton area.  It's sad to know we'll never hear that cheerful booming voice of his, but we take comfort in the simple realization that we've had a personal relationship with a great man, and a great Lion. 

 

RECENT EVENTS

 

Lions Benefit Families in Need:

On June 20th, Club Treasurer Lon Howard, assisted by Lion Bob Perkins, presented a $500 donation to Bremerton School District Superintendent Aaron Leavell.  The donation benefits the District's School and Alumni Fund, which purchases school supplies for students whose families cannot afford them.

 

3rd Annual Beep Ball Game:

On June 1st the Seattle South King Sluggers made their third annual visit to Lions Park to take on the Bremerton Police Department and other Kitsap area first responders in a beep ball game.

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.

The Sluggers are now 3-0 in the short series, having posted a 6-0 shutout against the locals.  The game wasn't actually as lopsided as the score suggests - both teams placed bat on ball with approximate equal regularity, but the Sluggers were clearly more adept at chasing down the balls once they were hit.

The members of both teams thoroughly enjoy this now annual event, not only because it''s fun but because it puts on full display what it means to live blind in a sighted world.

Here are some images from the game - played on June 1st:

 

2019 Pancake Breakfast:

The club hosted its traditional Pancake Breakfast on 4th Street on May 18th.  Between the hours of 7 to 10 AM, approximately 450 meals were served to the public prior to the beginning of the Armed Forces Day parade.  $2,881 was rasied to give back to the community.  Luckily, the weather cooperated and it was a great day for all.  Here's a brief look at the goings on at this year's event:

 

Lion Stan Williams:

On January 7th, 2019, our club lost one of it's most notable members when Lion Stan Williams passed away at 72 years of age.  His obituary can be found here on the Miller-Woodlawn website: 

In addition to his accomplishments addressed in the obituary, perhaps his most lasting legacy are the legal services he provided that culminated in the establishment of the Bremerton Central Lions Charitable Foundation in 1987; currently the Foundation provides nearly $50,000 annually to worthy causes in the Bremerton Community.  Stan suffered immensely from Parkinson's desease in the later years of his life, but his efforts to serve his community never ceased.  He will be missed enormously.

 

Stan is pictured here, being honored  at Lions Park on July 25th, 2018 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.

  

2018 Salvation Army Bellringer Campaign:

On December 8th, 2018, volunteers from the Bremerton Central Lions Club relieved the Salvation Army  from hiring Bellringers at all three entrances at the Fred Meyer store in Bremerton, as they have done for many years.  Committee Chair Jeff Reynolds (pictured above (L) with Lion Mike Peterson once again organized a flawless performance by our club volunteers.

Lions Pat Sullivan and Sandy Simon ring in the donations.  Lion Joe Simon reportedly is somewhere in the frame ...

 

Combined Service Club Luncheon:

On November 21st, the Bremerton Central Lions hosted a combined Service Club Luncheon at the Admiral Theatre in downtown Bremerton.  Read all about it on the November Tattler page!  (Link may not work with Firefox - try another browser if so).

 

Annual Dinner and Auction:

The Bremerton Central Lions 31st Annual Dinner and Auction was held again at the Admiral Theatre in downtown Bremerton on October 27th, 2018.  Thanks to the stellar  leadership of Committee Chair Patty Lent and the tireless efforts of all Committee members, the event grossed $58,000, easily the highest amount in recent memory, and possibly the most ever.

Undoubtedly, the effort was boosted by the return of Auctioneer Brian Orwiler, who was assisted by Master of Ceremonies Frank Shiers, and also by Lion Mike Peterson.  The focus of this year's event was the youth job training program at Bremerton's West Sound Technical Skills Center, and many in attendance agreed that it was the most worthy recipient ever chosen by the Committee.  

Also notable was the splendid job done by the two Miss Kitsaps in selling Destination Raffle tickets to members in the audience.  Thanks in large part to them, that effort raised more than double the highest amount ever done by the raffle.

Following the holidays, Patty and the Committee will begin planning next year's Auction.  Let's all get together and make that number go even higher!

 

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/ - Scroll down to Bremerton Central Lions.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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